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!

 

Top 5 Apps for Architects 2017

Tablet and smartphones technology have come a long way and compatible applications for the day-to-day work of architects and designers keep growing.

Here we bring you 5 apps for tablets and smartphone that are useful for both architects and designers interested in taking their next project to another level.

iRhino 3D | (IOS)

Would you like to show your beautiful 3-D designs to your clients from anywhere, anytime? This app does just that. Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger.

Paper (IOS)

Paper is a simple, It is a beautiful sketching app that lets you treat your iPhone or IPAD just like your favorite notebook. (Free).  You can create sharp diagrams, draw on photos or quickly spotlight details, and take notes.

 MagicPlan (iOS/Android)

Magicplan is the floor plan tool for everyone. This app uses your camera to measure rooms, create floor plans, and suggest work estimates. With the free version, you can create super cool plans.

 AutoCAD 360 (iOS/Android)

Autodesk’s apps let you access your AutoCAD files on-the-go for easy drafting, sketching, and modeling on job sites. View, create, edit, add markups, and share AutoCAD drawings on mobile. Also, you can create new CAD drawings on the go. They a seven-day trial version.

 

 Autodesk FormIt 360 (iOS/Android)

With FormIt® architectural modeling software, architects can sketch, collaborate, analyze, and revise early-stage design concepts. Work smarter from the beginning with BIM-based conceptual design.

 

Do you have any favorite apps that help you do your job as an architect or designer?

 

A Pathway to WELL Certification | Design With Purpose

ASID’s new headquarters is the first space to receive both the WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications. It’s a space that’s on the cutting edge of modern workspace design, but also a space that’s restorative to people with minimal negative impact to the environment.

Read the full story here: Source: A Pathway to WELL Certification | Interface BlogInterface Blog | Design With Purpose

One-Of-A-Kind Space | FreshDIRTT Project #FD061217TSa

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DIRTT Connext 2017 is the best yet. When your inspiration connects with technology, everything is built better.

The newly redesigned  DIRTT’s Chicago Green Learning Center is absolutely exquisite. If you happened to be in Chicago for NeoCon 2017, please make sure to visit their showroom.

 

SOLUTIONS

DIRTT Timber Frame, DIRTT Millwork, Leaf™ Folding Wall system, pivot doors, combination walls, glass walls, solid walls

FINISHES

Back painted glass, clear tempered glass, powder coat, Chromacoat

 

Read the full story. Source: FreshDIRTT Project #FD061217TSa

Knoll to Present a Range of Immersive Planning Solutions at NeoCon 2017

Knoll_NeoCon17Knoll Inc., a constellation of design-driven brands, will showcase a range of Immersive workplace planning solutions for commercial, healthcare, and educational space at NeoCon 2017 – the annual contract industry trade show that will take place in Chicago from June 12 – 14.

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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…

Source: Sit Stand Desktop Converter vs. Complete Standing Desk

This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

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We found this very interesting new product by Designtex called Casper Cloaking Technology. It is an architectural film for glass walls. The purpose of the film is to obscure digital screens to outside view, perfectly balancing openness and privacy in the workplace. Casper can be applied to any clear, smooth glass on new projects or existing glass. It is recommended for conference rooms, meeting rooms and team studios. It is engineered to work with most LED displays, 40 inches or larger.

 

Via Fast Company: This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

Charge!

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Jolt! A new power option charging from Kimball Office makes it so much easier to stay connected seamlessly. The Jolt includes a USB charger and a wireless power-charging surface that integrated technology vital to connection, collaboration, and productivity.

What We Like About Jolt!

USB Charger

  • Capable of charging a variety of devices including phones and tablets; IOS or Android
  • Blue light indicates USB connectors are powered
  • Charges up to 2 amps per port
  • Charges devices compatible with USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 (Type A)
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 10′ cord

Wireless Charging

  • Charges up to three devices at the same time; IOS, Android or Windows
  • Charges devices with varying power requirements
  • Capable of charging metal encased phones
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 6′ cord
  • Can be used on surfaces 1/2″ to 1 3/16″ thick
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TransferWise Transforms Office Design

TransferWise office boasts creative #interiordesign to attract & retain talented employees

Source: TransferWise Transforms Office Design

Technology | How It Is Changing Education

 

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As technology has transformed higher education, so has how we accommodate those changes. Technology makes learning mobile and makes students active participants in their education, engaging and collaborating with one another, in both small and large groups, in and out of the classroom. Their tools are at their fingertips. Now the classroom is portable. As a result high education is addressing these needs.                

 

Knoll Office facilitated the University of Portland Oregon’s project of modernizing its Clark Library. “We needed to create a fresh environment that would attract 19-23-year-olds to the library,” said Dan Danielson of Soderstrom Architects, of Portland.             

 

“Serving the digital natives of Generation Y on college campuses requires not only state-of-the-art technology, but also an environment that supports the highly collaborative way students work and learn today. At the University of Portland, administrators and library staff sought to create such a space to replace an existing mid-century library that no longer serviced today’s students,” cited Knoll’s case study.

 

Technology is at the forefront of the evolving needs of education, inspiring a mobile and dynamic learning environment that embraces creativity and collaboration. To bring Clark Library up to date, Knoll focused not only on technology, but also on creating collaborative spaces.

“We knew technology would be the heart of the library,” said Harrington. Moreover, improved connectivity was the driver planners assumed would build traffic.

 

Although the building’s technology infrastructure had been updated through the years, the furniture had not necessarily kept up, explained Erika Dehle, Interior Designer at Soderstrom Architects. A shortage of power outlets resulted in a dangerous and unsightly collection of endless cords across floors.”

 

They had cables, cords, tracks, Velcro,” Dehle said. Hampered by low ceilings that made burying cables in raised floors impossible, planners needed to find another solution. 

 

Equal to technology requirements was an acute need for spaces where students could learn collaboratively in a way that did not exist when the original library was built. “Collaboration was really central to what we wanted to do,” said Harrington.

 

From a cultural perspective, planners sought to enhance the facilities to encourage non-academic usage. “They wanted students to use it as a place where they would feel comfortable meeting, studying or whatever,” explained Gina Zaharie, Knoll Sales Representative. “While the physical piece was important, they really wanted that attraction piece to create a place to hang out.”

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“Clark Library went from an old traditional library with limited technical capability to a modern facility providing dynamic, interchangeable power, data, storage capacity and display capabilities,” summarized Corrado.

 

“My favorite part is going into the library and seeing it being used the way it is: a warm, inviting space,” said University Operations VP Ravelli. “It’s really night and day with our old space. The space has moved from a 1960s version of a library with mostly books and not much study space, full of dark wood and low energy to one that is high energy, vibrant with almost a “buzz” when you walk in there. Students no longer have to go to the library. They want to go because it’s the place to be. We’re pretty thrilled.”

 

 

 

Case Study information provided by Knoll.