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!

 

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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…

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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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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 

Photo by Kimbal Office

Photo by Kimbal Office

 

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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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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ACTIVITY SPACES by Knoll

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TEEM by Kimball Office

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Ideas to Create Activity Spaces

Ideas to create an activity space using some of Knoll best products. Pictured in our mood board:
1. Interpole

  1. Pixel table

  2. Toboggan

  3. Scribe marker board

  4. Suzzane lounge seatin

“Activity Spaces are go-to spaces that encourage collaboration and enhance productivity.” @knollinc

Read more: Activity Spaces by Knoll

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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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 Kimball Wish Height Adjustable Arms

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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

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

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 Consider this:

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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!