Sit Stand Desktop Converter vs. Complete Standing Desk

The decision to switch from a tradition workstation to one that is height adjustable may be quite simple, but choosing between multiple sit to stand options will take a bit more time. While there a…

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Let’s Meet |Tips for Creating an Efficient Conference Room

 

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Whether you are designing a new meeting space or updating your existing conference room,  consider the following basic tips that we have prepared for you:

  1. Think about your brand and the image you want people to see when they attend a meeting. If you are a trendy, cutting edge company you may want to consider a modern, bold look for the room. But if you are more traditional, choose rich woods and more conventional colors.
  2. If you are starting from scratch, think about how many people you want to sit at the conference table.  Use this number as a guide for how much square footage you want to allocate for your conference room.  If you want to sit 12 people, your minimum room size requirement should be at least 12’ x 10’.
  3. Choose a color palette for productivity. To improve efficiency and focus, you may want to try a restful shade of green. To trigger innovation, try a mellow shade of yellow. And if what you want is the room to feel stable and calm, try a soft shade of blue.
  4. Make sure there is enough room for attendees to move around.
  5. Do not cramp the table. Leave enough space between chairs so people have some elbow room.
  6. Choose comfortable, upholstered chairs with ample seat room and back support.
  7. Presentation tools and technology integration are a must. Aside from the basics such as a telephone, make sure you have data ports, outlets to charge laptops and other electronic devices. Audio visual equipment, flat screen displays and white boards are staples for every conference room. Make sure these are user-friendly.
  8. Add a buffet credenza to use as a place to set up drinks and snacks to complement your meeting. That ensures that attendees do not have to leave the room to get refreshments.
  9. Proper lighting is essential for every conference room.  Indirect candescent and diffused fluorescent will offer the most lighting flexibility.Let’s look at some beautiful ideas:

 

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Team | Train | Transform

 

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Today, we are bringing you some ideas on how to create a vigorous team environment and develop stronger employee relationships by having the right furniture and tools. Let’s take a look:

WANT TO CREATE A VIGOROUS TEAM ENVIRONMENT?

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For training environments, select tables that come in different shapes, with casters and can be easily configured to accommodate the way you want to impart knowledge. → INFO 

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For seating choose either a stackable chair or select a task chair if you want more comfort. Mobility is a crucial element for creating a training environment to accommodate different teaching and learning styles. INFO

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TEAMING

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A teaming area is a smaller space that can be assigned for the duration of a project, or unassigned for spontaneous meetings. Look for furniture such as Smart Boards and Focus Walls, which allow for ideas to be discussed, evaluated, rearranged and documented. Flip-top tables allow for easy and countless reconfigurations for demonstration, learning, meeting and negotiations. Allow for recessed monitors and controls for live teleconferencing and presentations that connect team members in different location. → INFO

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Up To The Task

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Up to The Task

Our faithful companion at the office, aside from the desk, is the task chair. That sturdy piece of furniture that waits for us every day. They come in all sizes, colors, and in an array of materials and features. However, no matter the aesthetics you choose, the task chair has one major function: to support movement and our bodies every day. When deciding to purchase a task chair consider the following factors: ergonomics, mobility, comfort, adjustability, and durability.   

 

What type of chair should you get? Let’s explore some options: mid-back, multi-shift and ergonomic.

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 MID BACK

Offers support to the mid-to-upper area of the back. This type of task chair fits most office environments. Also, the scaled seat, height adjustable arms and back components support a wide range of body types comfortably encouraging healthy postures and reducing physical stress.

FEATURES TO LOOK FOR:

Back support with height adjustable lumbar support, adjustable seat depth for individually tailored comfort and a synchronous tilt mechanism with tension adjustment.

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MULTI-SHIFT [24/7]

A 24-hour task chair is designed for extended use or multiple-shift environments that require round-the-clock staffing such as nurses’ stations, police stations and call centers. Intended for a succession of users, 24-hour task chairs are built to be strong, durable and long-lasting.

FEATURES TO LOOK FOR:

Height, seat and armrest adjustments and tension control to adjust the chair to an individual’s body weight.

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Ergonomic task chairs are minutely adjusted to achieve Unrivaled support. A sliding seat, pneumatic height adjustment, are standard.

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The best question to ask yourself before buying a task chair?

 

How will the office chair be predominately used? If you need more help, we are always here to assist you purchase the right chair for you. We are up to the task!

 

20 Of The Most Iconic Office Chairs of All Time

Among the many thousands of office chairs designed and manufactured today, there are a but a mere handful considered true icons of the industry. These chairs are not only the possible basis and inspiration for most created today, their timeless designs have kept them in production for up to more than 75 years.

 

We’ve highlighted our top 20 icons since 1925, below. Which ones would you add?


1) WASSILY LOUNGE CHAIR – 1925

 

 

Designer: Marcel Breuer

Manufacturer: Knoll

Marcel Breuer was an apprentice at the Bauhaus when he conceived the first tubular steel chair, the Wassily chair, based on the tubed frame of a bicycle.

 

 

 

2) LE CORBUSIER LC2 ARMCHAIR – 1928

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer : Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand

Manufacturer: Cassina

The “Cassina I Maestri” (Cassina Masters) collection includes some of the most important furniture created by leading figures in the Modern Movement, pieces which have since become landmarks in the evolution of contemporary design.

 

 

 

3) BARCELONA CHAIR – 1929

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Manufacturer: Knoll

The Barcelona chair features the pure compositional structure that now epitomizes Modern architecture.

 

 

 

4) FLAT BAR BRNO CHAIR – 1929

Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Manufacturer: Knoll

Designed for the Tugendhat house in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the Brno chair mirrors the ground breaking simplicity of its original environment. The simple profile, clean lines and meticulous attention to detail have elevated the Brno chair to an icon of twentieth century furniture design.

 

 

 

5) RISOM LOUNGE CHAIR – 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Jens Risom

Manufacturer: Knoll

 

One of the first designers to bring traditional Scandinavian values to the United States with the Risom Lounge chair, Jens Risom was part of a new vanguard that helped establish post-war America’s leadership role in modern furniture design and manufacturing.

 

 

 

6) EAMES MOLDED PLYWOOD CHAIR – 1946

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Charles and Ray Eames

Manufacturer: Herman Miller

Designed to comfortably fit the body, the sculpted form of the molded plywood chairs are produced using thin sheets of lightweight veneer gently molded into curved shapes with natural rubber shock mounts to absorb movement.

 

 

 

7) WOMB CHAIR – 1946

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Eero Saarinen

Manufacturer: Knoll

The Womb Chair displays the Finnish-born designer’s flair for challenging rules, breaking molds and setting new standards for modern design.

 

 

 

8) EIFFEL CHAIR – 1946

Designer: Charles and Ray Eames

Manufacturer: Herman Miller

In the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames were looking forward while other American designers were content to stay put. Designed in 1948, the Eiffel Chair was the first plastic chair to be mass-produced with its clean, simple form that is sculpted to fit the body.

 

 

 

9) DIAMOND CHAIR – 1952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Harry Bertoia

Manufacturer: Knoll

Innovative, comfortable and strikingly handsome, the chair’s delicate appearance belies its strength and durability. In Bertoia’s own words, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.”

 

 

 

10) FLORENCE KNOLL ARM CHAIR – 1954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Florence Knoll

Manufacturer: Knoll

Like so many of her groundbreaking designs that became the gold standard for the industry, Florence Knoll’s 1954 lounge collection has made its way into the pantheon of modern classics.

 

 

 

11) BUTTERFLY STOOL – 1954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Sori Yanagi

Manufacturer: Vitra

“True beauty is not made ; it is born naturally”, Sori Yanagi, hence the Butterfly Stool.

 

 

 

12) STACKABLE CHAIR SERIES 7 – 1955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Arne Jacobsen

Manufacturer: The Republic of Fritz Hansen

In speaking of the Stackable Chair Series 7, Arne Jac”I have made my chairs so that they can be stacked and leave the floor open.” -Arne Jacobsen

 

 

 

13) TULIP CHAIR – 1956

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Eero Saarinen

Manufacturer: Knoll

In his purist approach to architecture and interior design, Finnish-born Eero Saarinen sought the essential idea and reduced it to the most effective structural solution within an overall unity of design.

 

 

 

14) LOUNGE CHAIR AND OTTOMAN – 1956

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Charles and Ray Eames

Manufacturer: Herman Miller

Originally designed as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, the director of “Some Like It Hot” and “Sunset Blvd,” the Eames’ lounge chair and ottoman is recognized everywhere including museums like MOMA in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. They have even been the subject of documentaries and books.

 

 

 

15) EGG CHAIR – 1958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Arne Jacobsen

Manufacturer: The Republic of Fritz Hansen

Originally designed for the lobby and reception areas of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, this organically egg shaped chair has since become synonymous with Danish furniture design throughout the world.

 

 

 

16) SWAN CHAIR – 1958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Arne Jacobsen

Manufacturer: The Republic of Fritz Hansen

In 1958, the Swan was a technologically innovative chair: No straight lines – only curves.

 

 

 

17) ALUMINUM CHAIR GROUP – 1958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Charles and Ray Eames

Manufacturer: Vitra

The Aluminium Chair, one of the greatest furniture designs of the 20th century, stands out for its intelligent combination of materials. The covers are attached inside the aluminium profile sections and simply stretched over the frame, transforming them from mere coverings to a load-bearing part of the structure.

 

 

 

18) PANTON CHAIR – 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Verner Panton

Manufacturer: Vitra

Most people spend their lives living in dreary, beige conformity, mortally afraid of using color. The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.” – Verner Panton

 

 

 

19) BALL CHAIR – 1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Eero Aarnio

Manufacturer: Adelta

A Ball Chair is a “room within a room” with a cozy and calm atmosphere, protecting outside noises and giving a private space for relaxing or having a phone call. Turning around its own axis on the base the view to the outer space is variable for the user and thus he is not completely excluded from world outside.

 

 

 

20) SOFT PAD CHAIR – 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer: Charles and Ray Eames

Manufacturer: Vitra

The Soft Pad is identical to the Aluminium Chair, although the attached padded sections form an interesting contrast to the elegant aluminium frame. They make the Soft Pad Chair softer and plusher, without detracting from its transparency and clear lines.


Top 10 Blogs for Architects and Interior Designers

Top 10 Blogs for Architects and Interior Designers

The web is a wonderful place if you know where to look. Unfortunately it can be difficult to find high quality content that’s both inspirational and informative – especially if you’re an architect or designer. Here we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 blogs for architects and interior designers. If you have a favorite that you think should be on this list, please leave a comment below.

  1. ARCHITONIC

    For the architect in all of us, this site is available in five different languages and makes it easy to catch up on new products or find that perfect construction material you’ve been looking for.

  2. ArchDaily

    Explore architecture from all over the world with in-depth project profiles, billing itself as “the world’s most visited architecture website.”

  3. The Contemporist

    Heavy on photography and light on copy, this blog focuses on interior design, architecture and furniture. Perfect for snapshots of inspiration.

  4. +Mood

    Equal parts architecture and design, this blog seems to have the perfect blend of stunning photography and engaging writing. Good lunch hour reading.

  5. MoCo Loco

    One of our favorite design blogs, this site has one of the coolest layouts, once you get used to the navigation. Always something fun on the front page, and brilliantly minimalistic in its design.

  6. Design Milk

    Another good product and interior design blog with flourishes of fashion and technology. Their Friday Five series looks at today’s prominent designers and asks them to list five things that inspire them, personally.

  7. Trendir

    Although the focus of this site is residential interior design, there’s lots to look at – from bathtubs and cabinetry to wallpaper and appliances. This is a great site for getting quick ideas. There’s even a section for modern outdoors.

  8. Design Addict

    Although the site itself is a little cumbersome to navigate, the blog section is rich with contemporary architecture and industrial design, making the ‘once-in-a-while’ trip to the archives worth it.

  9. Dezeen

    This widely acclaimed blog considers itself an online magazine. It’s mission is simple: “to bring you a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world before anyone else.” And in this regard, it doesn’t let us down.

  10. Dwell

    You’ve probably found yourself grabbing a copy of this magazine at the newsstand. Now, there’s an iPad edition available so you never have to leave the couch. Plus, the site is easy to navigate and find archived stories and videos that make Sunday reading even more enjoyable.

  11. What’s on your architecture and design reading list?

5 Tips to Prepare Your Office Furniture Budget

5 Tips to Prepare Your Office Furniture BudgetWhen purchasing office furniture, you need to be prepared to answer the following question.

“What is your budget?”

If you don’t have a budget, don’t feel alone. Most companies are unfamiliar with costs associated with office furniture, and often find themselves dependent upon contract furniture dealers, architects and designers to determine how much they need to spend. But there are some things you can do to on your end that will help them, help you. It will also give you the upper hand at the negotiation stage.

Below are 5 quick tips to help you get started building an office furniture budget:

  • Decide how many people you need to provide workspaces and/or seating.
  • Decide whether lighting or other furnishings fit into your budget.
  • Determine how many spaces you need to fill with furniture, and assign a value to each.
  • Add 5% for shipping, 10% for installation, and 10% for tax.
  • Add 20% to the total to give yourself a buffer against miscellaneous expenses.

 

Budgets based on solid information with a bit of a cushion will reduce heartache and hysteria down the road. If you are convinced you need to spend it all, there are no surprises. If you come in under budget, all the better.

Either way, a realistic budget upfront saves money in the long run.

Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year Can Make Your Office Shine

Last year’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango, was a spirited, reddish orange that provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward.

 

The 2013 PANTONE Color of the Year, Emerald 17-5641, picks up where the tango left off with a vivid, verdant green, enhancing our sense of well-being even further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.

 

Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious.
Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

 

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

 

A Little History About the PANTONE Color of the Year

The Color of the Year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

 

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Below are just a few of the past colors.

 

Pantone color of the year swatches

How do you use PANTONE’s expertise when designing offices? Will you use Emerald? We’d love to see how!

 

How To Find The Perfect Height For An Office Chair

adjusting executive chairs Rarely is there a solution so simple that can bring benefits so great and yet it’s either unknown or ignored in almost every office.  A few moments reading this and acting on the tips can prevent weeks, or even months, of pain and discomfort.

According to the American Chiropractic Association an improperly adjusted chair can cause you a multitude of problems including lower-back pain, carpal-tunnel syndrome and even rotator cuff strain in your shoulder—and that just for a chair that’s too low. A chair that’s set too high can lead to Golfer’s Elbow, which is pain and inflammation on the inside part of the elbow.

Are you ready to adjust your chair—and then teach your co-workers?  The first step is to get up on your feet and stand in front of your chair (with the chair facing you, see the illustration). Now, adjust the height so the highest point of the seat is just below your knee cap. With the chair seat at this height, your feet ought to be flat on the floor with your back upright. If everything is correct, your knees will be at a 90 degree angleperfect chair height

Once your chair is set to the optimum height you may notice that some other parts of your workstation are not ergonomic.

Desktop height

You should be able to easily fit your legs under the top of the desk and move them around comfortably.  If you’re bumping the underside of the desk then your desk is probably too low for a proper fit for you.  Have the desk raised with some type of risers or take the opportunity to find a new desk that that is the correct height.

Keyboard height

It’s not uncommon to get the chair to the ideal height only to find you have to raise your arms to reach the keyboard. That means your work surface is too high and your arms will quickly tire.  See if there is a way to lower the top of the desk or workstation.  Some find it helpful to install a pull-out keyboard tray that swivels and/or tilts. If a keyboard tray is not in the plans you may adjust the chair height so your elbows are at the same level of your desktop.  That may make your seat too high for your feet to comfortably reach the floor.  If that’s the case use a footrest that allows your feet to sit flat on the footrest.

You can see more information for ergonomic workstation setup at Spine-Health.com.