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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.

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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.

 

 

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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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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?

Pixel by Knoll

 Pixel by Knoll

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 

 TRAINING

PIXEL by Knoll

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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

Teaming by Kimball
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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

#ActivitySpaces #knoll #moodboardfriday

Moving from Wellness to Well-Being Infographic by Knoll

 A visual summary of the Knoll Research paper WHAT’S GOOD FOR PEOPLE? MOVING FROM WELLNESS TO WELL-BEING.  

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A little inspiration for you

  1. Henry Domke Art http://ow.ly/M58aJ
  2. Architex Draperies RX 8006 Beauty http://ow.ly/M58GA
  3. Architex Textiles Salt Spring Invigorate http://ow.ly/M5c4D
  4. Kimball Healthcare Casegoods Sanctuary http://ow.ly/M5amC
  5. Kimball Healthcare Textiles Cassidy http://ow.ly/M59GK
  6. Alpine Patient Seating by Kimball Healthcare https://www.kimballoffice.com/furniture/Alpine/
  7. 7. Kimball Healthcare Textiles Natural World http://ow.ly/M59GK

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Trends For Contract and Office Seating

Some of the trends we are seeing are brand new while others are “coming back” styles with updated materials.

Let’s take a look:

 

 

⊇ Padded models are back.

Amuse by Encore Seating

 

 

⊇ Slim squared shapes.

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Mondial Chair by KI

 

⊇ Appearance is more important than performance. More unconventional models.

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Washington Skin™ Nylon Chair by Knoll

 

⊇ Models are less bulky and complex. Lighter and more compact.

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Olivares Chair by KI

 

⊇ A wide variety of materials but wood is still a large component being matched with other elements.

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Anne by Bernhardt Design

 

⊇ Flexible families to fit different context and spaces.

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Sketch Family by Davis Furniture

 

⊇ Lounge seating for open areas is still the option to help with acoustic comfort thought high padded backs or well-organized configurations.

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