How to create flexible learning spaces that focus on the needs of students and teachers

Purchasing the right furnishings can make a difference in creating positive and efficient learning environments. Manufacturers such as National and KI, offer a complete range of products covering the full needs of teaching institutions, from the reception area to interactive learning stations and computer labs. All components are designed to meet your requirements in terms of ergonomics, flexibility and the integration of new technologies.

When it comes to creating a fluid, tech-savvy, and collaborative learning space consider the following solutions:

THINK ADAPTABILITY 

The wide range of options provides flexibility and functionality making it easier to adapt to different teaching approaches.

Tables & Seating Solutions

Fold Tables by National

Move tables together to collaborate or apart for focus time, or move them out-of-the-way entirely.

Solution highlight: durable casters and flip/nest capabilities allow users to reconfigure with ease.

Essay Seating by National

Essay by NationalFrom classrooms to informal settings, Essay is prepared and ready to perform in any situation. Easily hang a bag or backpack on the chevron-shaped back and feel comfortable that it won’t end up on the floor.

Solution highlights: The optional double pivoting tablet arm offers a non-handed dual work zone allowing users to swivel the worksurface into the perfect location. Add an optional upholstered seat cushion to any Essay model for extra comfort.

Ruckus by KI

Rickus by KIRuckus innovative seating promotes student movement and lets users choose how they relate to their learning spaces. The Ruckus collection fosters student engagement, enables a wide range of teaching styles and adapts to a variety of users and uses.

Solution Highlights: With Ruckus chairs, users can quickly and easily change from focused to collaborative work on the fly without the disruption of rearranging furniture. Seating is non-directional to improve sight lines, and the chair back is perch-able to facilitate tiered classrooms without the need for stools.

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TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Interactive technologies are at the heart of the modern school. A collaborative classroom setting that enables easy integration of today’s and tomorrow’s technologies is essential in every campus.

The Right Tools

The Power Tower by National

Power To wer by NationalThis Power Tower is power hub that can be used in a variety of ways. Simply position it among a cluster of chairs or tables in a lounge, student center, or meeting area to provide 360 ̊ of power to a group of users.

Solution highlight: The power tower provides access to 9 power receptacles and 6 USB charging ports.

 

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Connection Zone by KI

Connection ZoneConnection Zone Screens move where you move. Spark creativity and facilitate collaboration with writable surfaces that create and define classroom zones. Screens can be used individually or ganged together for division of space, or to provide a larger canvas.

Solution highlights: A variety of insert materials are offered, from acrylic to steel, to tackable fabrics. Easel hooks support writing pads, while accessory trays give quick access to Collaborative tools and dry erase items.

 

Stylish Solutions for Healing Environments

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In the ever-changing world of healthcare, we recognize the need for cost-effective, efficient facilities that serve the patient needs, satisfy government regulations, and offer productive spaces for today’s healthcare professionals.
Manufacturers of healthcare furnishings are focused on creating products that are durable, sustainable, and affordable and yet full of style and comfort. Today we are highlighting three different spaces

 

WELCOME AREAS | Feel at home

Delgado by National

This seating collection offers components that are stunning so that together they embody spectacular design. Delgado’s plush comfort and unconventional beauty accentuate its design, while the bent plywood back offers angular appeal.

Solution highlight: Its clean lines and crisp details are enveloped by rich wood or tailored upholstery to create a versatile seating collection.

 

QUIET SPACES| Function and Sophistication

Zola Privacy

Zola Privacy provides a unique level of comfort for higher-back modular seating: a supportive contour that’s been specifically designed to make extended sitting a pleasurable and healthy experience.

Solution highlight: Made to withstand the rigors of heavy use, including bariatric applications, with features such as removable and replaceable upholstery covers, so covers can be cleaned, repaired or replaced as required; modular construction allows damaged components to be easily replaced, and allows for complete cleaning and disinfecting of each unit. 

PATIENT CARE| Distinctive and Diverse

Meadow by Kimball Health

Meadow is a holistic family of recliners designed for human needs within the healing environment.

Solution highlight: Fit for all patient body types and sizes, Meadow offers comfort, smooth motion, and features that support spatial efficiency in a variety of applications

 

Kimball Redefines Healthcare Design

“Modularity, Flexibility and Adaptability are the future of all environments but especially healthcare.”

– Aneetha McLellan, Director of Kimball Health Sales, Design, and Innovation.

At this year Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, Florida,  Kimball Healthcare unveiled their new healthcare design vision with new products as well as “new mindsets to support and challenge today’s healthcare spaces.”

Let’s take a look at the innovative new introductions:

Alterna – Supporting the Full Facility

Modular | Flexible | Adaptable |

Ideal for lounge and waiting spaces, registration, nurse stations, infusion bays, in-room solutions, cafes, administrative areas and more.

Wilder – Design, Simplistic Scale, Comfort and Durability

Wilder is a lounge and guest seating family that is small in scale with aesthetic detailing, while still having a very generous and comfortable seat.

 

Pairings Health – Changing the Way We Wait

Adaptable | Comfortable |Tailored Solutions

Ideal for privacy room, family alcoves, open café, as well as small group huddle space.

Behavioral Health Solutions

Designed with wellness in mind.

The Wonder of Technology | How DIRTT Can Help You Build Your Vision

Few products on the market today can give you the results that DIRTT delivers.  By using the latest technology, the  ICE® software, the design team can assist you in exploring and modifying your design in real-time 3D.

The ICE® software is “a video game for design – with brains for business. “

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ICE® software provides graphical, interactive exploration of your design. The process is very simple:

As your visions are rendered, you are able to view in 3D how your space is going to look. The advantages of this approach are very simple: everyone is on the same page and understands the big picture.

Once all the details have been finalized,  your design is instantly calculated into the parts, pieces, connections, and pricing.

When everything is ready, the information goes to the DIRTT factory where your vision is precisely manufactured without human interpretation.

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Here are some examples of completed projects:

Another way DIRTT is using technology to bring your project to reality is with the recent introduction of ICE Reality ™ which  is built on DIRTT’s ICE® software. A BIM tool that captures material, pricing, engineering, manufacturing, and installation information for every aspect of an interior construction project. The ICEreality app takes that functionality and blends it into a social, mobile and immersive virtual reality world that mirrors the ICE design file.

 

ICEreality is available in the App Store and is compatible with iPhone 6s or newer, running iOS11. Users without a connection to DIRTT’s ICE software can explore the app’s preloaded DIRTT timber frame demo file. For the full experience with ICE software, contact us to try it in person.

 

Let Your Furniture Design Your Workspace

Kore® by Kimball Office was designed for working and living no matter how workers are situated, eliminating barriers to help people stay better connected to their work and each other. In the workplace, people need flexibility. KORE offers a single source for many destinations. Though simple in form, KORE is substantial in function, providing configurability that supports human needs.

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 BLEND

KORE’s design is simple yet timeless and blends seamlessly into endless scenarios.

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 ± Kore Offers All You Need To Be Inspired and Productive.

 COLLABORATE

KORE gives people a proper place to gather, chat, and engage—effectively and without taking up too much space

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 VISUAL PRIVACY

Divide space as needed while keeping your space feeling minimal, light, and airy.

FOCUS WORK 

KORE focuses on simplicity and does not distract, keeping users focused on the task at hand. With technology proficiency, it provides a scalable solution to support today’s work environment.

 THOUGHT STARTERS

 ± In the workplace, people need flexibility. KORE offers a single source for many destinations.

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 DISPLAY DESTINATION

 PRODUCTIVE LOUNGE

Made for what workers need— a shared space for work and comfortable retreats for moments alone.

KORE blends well with lounge seating for a setting that’s casual, comfortable, and cohesive

Want to learn more about how we can help you with your next project?
take the first step and Schedule a consultation.

New vs Used: What to Consider When Evaluating Furniture Options

With an eye on reducing costs, organizations often evaluate the purchase of used furnishings for their new workplaces. While used furniture savings may appear considerable, buyers must take into account a series of underlying factors in their decision making process.

This great infographic will give you some insightful ideas when considering buying furniture.

New vs. Used Furniture

A visual summary of the Knoll Research paper “New versus Used: What to Consider When Evaluating Furniture Options.”

Download the article, click here

Open Office Etiquette | Workplace Research by Knoll

Introducing Policies, Protocol, and Politeness

It can be challenging for companies to transition from a private office workplace into an open space work environment. A significant number of workers do not know what to expect. Moreover, they may not how to handle the difficult situations that often arise in open office environments. That is why it is extremely important for companies to develop a clear path for a smooth transition and to provide each employee with the necessary tools to alleviate possible anxieties. This new research prepared by one of our favorite manufacturers outlines in very simple terms how we can easily implement a program that will benefit the whole organization.

Photo by Knoll

“By improving collaboration and communication, flattening hierarchies and eliminating siloes, open environments can catalyze the innovation businesses seek.”

Photo by Knoll

Source: Open Office Etiquette | Workplace Research | Resources | Knoll

Download the full article click here

Unassigned Workspace Etiquette by Knoll

Introducing Policies, Protocol and Politeness

“Workstyles have changed and so has the workforce. No longer is the workplace population comprised of just resident employees who are on-site full-time. Today, a network of mobile employees, remote workers, part-time employees, contract workers and consultants work collaboratively across disciplines in teams and tasks that shift as frequently as their projects.”

 

Read the entire article click here . You can also download the PDF wp_Knoll_UnassignedWorkspaceEtiquette.

We Are All in Stitches

Stitches_01Making it your own is so easy to accomplish and you do not have to spend a fortune.  National Office Furniture offers the Stitch-It program. It gives you the unique capability to enhance products with additional artistry. Add dimension and design flair by choosing intricate or simple stitched designs, resulting in a quilted aesthetic. Available on select wood side seating and lounge pieces, Whimsy® impromptu seating, Toss™ pillows, and cushions, this revolutionary process is offered in a variety of patterns and sizes.

STITCH-IT THREAD COLORS

Learn more about this great program.

 

 

Everyone Needs a Place to Plug In

Flexible work environments need to provide more flexible products. Since we are relying more and more on our mobile electronic devices, so does the need for keeping mobiles, laptops and tablet devices charged. Consequently, a good portion of the furniture manufacturers have answered the call and are incorporating charging points into upholstered seating as well as desks and tables.

Let’s take a look at some of those options:

Highlights:

≡ The PowerCube by Knoll is a lounge table that does double-duty as a digital charging hub and an analog communications tool,  with whiteboard writable surfaces on all sides.

Jolt by Kimball Office has a USB charger and a wireless power-charging surface that seamlessly integrates technology vital to connection, collaboration, and productivity.

≡ The Pairings Lounge Collection by Kimball Office merges simple sofa/lounge collections with the more informal space where people work, team up, and gather, creating adaptable, lounge-based work settings that host teams and technology in comfort.

≡ The Power Up Arm available in the Fringe Lounge Seating Collection by National Office offers extreme flexibility. It features two power outlets and
two USB ports.

Charge it!