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

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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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Photo of Kimball Joya Chair™courtesy of Kimball

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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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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7 Ways to Create a Healthy Office Space

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The healthy office is a well-balanced and positive environment where the relationship between space and employees is harmoniously integrated. Business Interiors can assist you in creating and maintaining a healthy work environment that can boost productivity and increase efficiency. We have put together some ideas that may help you create a healthy office space.
Let’s take a look:

 

⊗ CHOOSE GREEN MATERIALS

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Minimize indoor pollution by choosing materials that are green certified and minimize the emission of pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC). Learn More

 

BRING NATURE INDOORS

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Incorporate plants that naturally remove harmful pollutants. Try for example Bamboo Palm, Snake Plant, Areca Palm, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisy and Phalaenopsis Orchids.
Another great option is to add a living wall to your space. Learn More

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LIGHTING

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Choose the right lighting solution to help with concentration and motivation. Learn More

 

PROVIDE WELL-EQUIPED BREAK AREAS

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Provide an office break-room area/ cafeteria that encourages employees to eat healthy throughout the day. Learn More

 

MAKE AVAILABLE ERGONOMIC FURNITURE

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Purchase ergonomic furniture such as treadmill desk, sit to stand desks and ergonomic task seating. Learn More

 

RECYCLE RECYCLE RECYCLE

 

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Integrate recycling bins in key areas in the office to encourage and foster a green environment. Learn More

 

OPTIMIZE YOUR OFFICE LAYOUT

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Optimize your office layout by understanding your employees’ needs and providing them with different office zones to accommodate different tasks such as quiet areas, activity spaces and team meeting rooms. Learn More

 

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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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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.

Favorite Article | How to Harness Technology’s Effect on the Workplace

 

This article comes from Work Design Magazine. Check it out.

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Technology is transforming business. Tim Allen, CBRE‘s head of workplace consulting for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, explains how the real estate services company is harnessing the change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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