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
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Charge it!

 

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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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The Power of Ergonomics to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

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Ergonomics is all about efficiency, less downtime, and better performance, which leads to increased productivity. Isn’t that what all businesses want? Technology has created a variety of tools for the workplace, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones changing how we work.  Each tool presents new opportunities, as well as challenges for workers. Addressing ergonomic issues affects staff emotionally as well as physically, because it expresses the company’s core values to employees that their health and wellbeing matter.

Most ergonomic injuries happen slowly over time, so they may not be initially detected. It may seem like things are going fine in your business, but gradually poor ergonomics will become more apparent in workers from eye strain, to issues like carpal tunnel, and  back and neck strain slowing productivity. Simple things can be done to design a workplace that minimizes fatigue, stress and injuries to workers that keeps business running smoothly. Many companies are creating tools that can be easily implemented into your business.

Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll
Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll

Knoll takes an approach called “holistic ergonomics” in the development of products that address ergonomic concerns.  As the company states in a research paper produced by Knoll, called “Holistic Ergonomics™ – A New Approach”, “Thus, holistic ergonomics is all about creating products and workspaces that support how people think and move.”

Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

remic_01Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

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Kimball Office is also committed to creating ergonomic workplace solutions.  According to Kimball, the Kimball Joya™ Chair is designed with advanced ergonomics in mind that perfectly fits all body types and offers back support and fits any workspace.  Advanced ergonomics and material technology give the Joya its smooth-flowing movement. Thoughtfully scaled seat and back components support a wide range of body types comfortably encouraging healthy postures and reducing physical stress. Optional sliding seats modify thigh and back support for people with long legs while an adjustable lumbar option personalizes lower back comfort.

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Both sitting all day and standing all day can be tough on the body. The Humanscale workstation standing desk makes it easy to create some balance. The QuickStand height-adjustable workstation is easy to operate.

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National’s ergonomic keyboard kit includes a keyboard mechanism with a tray that adjusts from -15° to +15°, 360° swivel, and arm tilt that moves up and down. The mouse tray can be moved to support right or left-handed users. The keyboard kit also includes high density polyethylene tray platform, foam gel wrist pad, and thermoplastic mouse tray.

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NeoCon 2016 | A Look at The Latest Trends and Products

In case you did not have the opportunity to attend this year’s NeoCon show in Chicago, do not worry….we got you covered.

Let’s take a look:

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Biophilic Design | Bringing Nature into The Office

 

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 “The relationships between nature, human biology and the design of the built environment.” 

 

Bill Browning’s 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

Biophilia, not a new concept, has been gaining a lot of traction among proponents of sustainable design. The premise behind the biophilic design is to incorporate aspects of nature into products and built environments to enhance our health, well-being, and productivity.

 

What is Biophilia and Biophilic Design?

 

Biophilia suggests that there is a natural bond between human beings and other living systems. Biophilic Design takes that bond and aims to bring it into spaces where there is a separation between humans and nature. How can you bring that alliance into your office space? We all at some point have worked in a barren office space with no windows, filled with fluorescent light and no living plants in sight. In this article, we want to bring you some ideas that could help you in creating an office space that will help you connect with nature and enjoy your work experience

 

Let’s take a look at 3 ideas that you can implement:

 

 1. ADD A LIVING WALL

Sometimes bringing natural light through regular windows might not be possible but a skylight might help you bring the illusion of nature into your space. There is a company called Skyfactory that provides affordable ceiling and wall installations.

Choose soft furnishings, like the one shown above by Kimball Office, with patterns inspired by nature. Incorporate more diverse colours and textures and tone when selecting carpets, rugs, wallpaper and wall paint. Interface flooring is one company that is currently offering some terrific options to help you create a nature-inspired space.

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Living plants are always a great way to bring nature inside your office. Not only do they provide a natural element to the environment and enhance the aesthetic value of the office, interior plants can also provide sound absorption, have air filtering qualities, absorb toxins in the atmosphere and can improve humidity. One company you need to check out is DIRTT Walls. They provide beautiful living wall solutions.

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 2. BUILD A SKYVIEW

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 3. UPDATE YOUR FURNITURE AND INTERIOR MATERIAL ELEMENTS

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To read more about Biophilic design, we have compiled some good resources for you:

 

Terrapin Bright Green

Human Scapes

Interface Blog

 

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Photo by Interface 

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Photo by Kimbal Office

 

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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A Must for Every Campus

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Gathering Spaces

With the advances in technology, learning can take place just about anywhere on campus. The student union or commons area, also referred to as gathering spaces, can provide a way to enhance the academic experience.Envision a casual, creative atmosphere like a technology-enabled cafe.  A flexible learning environment gives students a sense of community. 

When considering creating a gathering space on campus, examine these ideas:

1. Mix furniture styles for individual work, one-on-one meetings, and large working groups.

2. Furniture with built-in power and communication access is a must.

3. Select durable, adaptable, and sustainable furniture.Let’s take a look at a few space plans ideas by Kimball:

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Some other great ideas for your gathering space:

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