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 

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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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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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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!

 

A High-Tech Partnership

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Business Interiors’ new office/showroom is in a historic downtown former garage. (From left: Business Interiors President Alan Pizzitola and Joe Corona of Corona Integrated Systems.)

 A HIGH-TECH PARTNERSHIP

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Connectivity has become a key communication component in the workplace. When we moved to our new location, we knew that connecting rooms and staff was imperative for a successful and seamless collaboration environment. So, the process of finding the right company to assist us in achieving our goals started. Needless to say, a daunting task. Luckily for us we found Corona Integrated Systems. They listened, they asked the right questions, and most importantly they were able to adjust to all the different challenges we threw at them.

 

The Project:

7 Conference Rooms

1 Large Training Room 

3 Executive Offices

 

The Products:

+ AV System: Kramer VIA Connect PRO wireless presentation and collaboration system for each of the seven conference rooms.

 

DIRTT Solutions: designed and manufactured the entire wall environments, with power and other cabling inside, as well as provisions for the built-in AV systems.

 

The End Results:

A super high-tech environment with displays supported by custom mounts inside a glass wall.  The glass is painted from within the wall with an automotive-grade paint that makes it look like the image is part of the wall. Plus, the glass surface allows meeting participants to write on it, giving collaboration an additional dimension.

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Business Interiors and Corona Integrated Systems were featured in the recent August Issue of Sound & Communications

 

Magazine. www.soundandcommunications.com for the entire article.

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Collaborative Spaces

COLLABORATIVE OFFICES are working environments that allows people to work in multiple ways. Collaborative spaces are not built simply by putting people next to one another – but are instead an intentional space with the tools necessary for collaborative activities.

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The most common types of collaborative spaces include large monitors to display information, video conferencing technology, wall-sized whiteboards, shelves and tables where materials can be displayed and casual lounge seating.

Power Up The Conference Room The Cool Way

 

How many times have we been at a meeting, proceed to check your emails on your favorite electronic device and What?! We see that we are just running out of juice!You do not want to get up to plug your device and interrupt your boss for sure…So here something to consider a solution:

There is this product called Trace Power by OFS Brands. It is an aluminum rail mounted around the perimeter of a table top that delivers power and A/V connections in a minimal and seamless way. Love it.

The best part: Every seat at the table has access to power at the edge of the surface. We hear angels singing!

Check it out: http://www.ofs.com/produc…/tables_technology_reception/trace

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All about the bar stool | Choosing the right height

Sometimes selecting the right height can prove to be a difficult tasks and we end up buying the wrong height bar stool. But do not despair, here is an easy visual guide to help you make the right buying choice:

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A counter-height bar stool is commonly 23-28 inches from the floor to the seat (23- to 28-inch seat height). Pair counter-height bars tools with 35 to 37-inch table heights.

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A bar-height bar stool is commonly 29-32 inches from the floor to the seat (29 to 32-inch seat height). Pair bar-height bar stools with 41 to 43-inch table heights.

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An extra-tall bar stool, also known as spectator height, is commonly 33-36 inches from the floor to the seat (33 to 36-inch seat height). Pair extra-tall bar stools with 44 to 47-inch table heights.

 

Here are some of our favorites: