Kore® by Kimball Office was designed for working and living no matter how workers are situated, eliminating barriers to help people stay better connected to their work and each other. In the workplace, people need flexibility. KORE offers a single source for many destinations. Though simple in form, KORE is substantial in function, providing configurability that supports human needs.
KORE’s design is simple yet timeless and blends seamlessly into endless scenarios.
± Kore Offers All You Need To Be Inspired and Productive.
KORE gives people a proper place to gather, chat, and engage—effectively and without taking up too much space
Divide space as needed while keeping your space feeling minimal, light, and airy.
KORE focuses on simplicity and does not distract, keeping users focused on the task at hand. With technology proficiency, it provides a scalable solution to support today’s work environment.
± In the workplace, people need flexibility. KORE offers a single source for many destinations.
Made for what workers need— a shared space for work and comfortable retreats for moments alone.
KORE blends well with lounge seating for a setting that’s casual, comfortable, and cohesive
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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.
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.
2. BUILD A SKYVIEW
3. UPDATE YOUR FURNITURE AND INTERIOR MATERIAL ELEMENTS
To read more about Biophilic design, we have compiled some good resources for you:
Sometimes when we are trying to determine what is our style, we can certainly come up with many different interpretations. By chance, we came across this infographic which we thought was pretty cool and to the point. Even though the pictures are geared more towards home environments, the descriptions could be applied to any space. What’s your style?
During National Architect Week, we wanted to take a look at how digital technology is helping the industry go paperless. Although still in its infancy, tablets and compatible applications for the day-to-day work of architects and contractors, are growing.
Ryan Sutton-Gee, CEO of PlanGrid, noted in this TechCrunch article that the tablet is basically the first computer that is truly usable in the field. As a result apps are already starting to be rapidly adopted allowing construction companies to:
Say goodbye to blueprints
Improve analytics to manage team efficiency in the field
Improve communication between the construction team and architect
Below are 7 iPad apps useful for both architects and general contractors interested in transitioning to a paperless workflow.
Bentley Navigator for the iPad – Gives a 360-degree view of 3-D design models. Using iPad’s motion sensors and touch screens, you will not only get panoramic views but also get object properties. For example, you can determine the thickness of the pipe, or its paint color, or the pressure rating.
PlanGrid – Store, view, manage and share your blueprints on the iPad.
TOTAL for iPad(formerly DaVinci) – The first field app for appraisers on the iPad. Filling out onsite inspection forms is done with a few taps of your finger, and every data gathering screen is completely customizable to fit individual workflow.
Construction Punchlist for iPad – Stores plans on the iPad, annotates plans with the touch of a finger, and automatically generates site visit reports and emails reports on the fly.
Architecture is one of those creative industries where the work not only speaks for itself, it is long-standing and long-lasting – making it imperative that the architect connect his/her designs capably with the environment as well as for the people it is designed. For National Architecture Week we have chosen a few architects we believe more than accomplish this these challenges. If you too are inspired by the works of these fascinating talents, you are sure to enjoy the up-close and personal interviews below.
In this documentary, Wright talks about life, culture, and organic architecture (1962)
“I’ve been accused of saying “I” was the greatest architect in the world and if I had said so, I don’t think it would be very arrogant because I don’t believe there are many, if any. For 500 years what we call architecture has been phony in the sense that it was not innate it was not organic. It didn’t have the character of nature. A building should be natural appropriate to the the time. Appropriate to the place.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
At 92, Chinese-American I. M. Pei, was named The 2010 Royal Gold Medallist. This 10 minute film is an edited version of the 35 minute film shown in lieu of a traditional lecture at his request. It features a personal interview and examples of his work over five decades.
“I have always been fascinated by the West.” – I. M. Pei
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, was famous for being one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. A student of modern high design he was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities.
The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in its 26 year history, Zaha Hadid defined a radically new approach to architecture by creating buildings with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life.
In this interview with Maison & Objet in 2008 after being named the erhielt sie den Titel “Designer of The Year,” Hadid discusses the concept of a creating a fluid world in the sense that there is no boundary for people to move from space to another.
Piano, an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect describes the building site as a magical place where the art of construction takes place and reminds us that building architecture lasts a long time.
An architect is always connected to the past and he is always connected to the future. You need the past because you need the memory, but you need invention as well. I’m very grateful for tradition, but at the same time, I hate tradition. –Renzo Piano
A living legend, Frank Gehry has forged his own language of architecture, creating astonishing buildings all over the world, such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and Manhattan’s new IAC building.
For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did, and I get the sweats, I go in and start working, I’m not sure where I’m going.” – Frank Gehry
We’re always excited about trends and new materials for architecture and design and what more perfect time to highlight some of our favorites than during National Architecture Week?
It seems even the most unrefined technologies find their way into furniture design and manufacturing. New materials can improve the sustainability of a project as well as give it flair. Even finding new uses for natural materials – such as using seaweed for insulation – has become popular in recent years.
Below are a few examples of varying materials, from metals, to glass to fabrics, that you might be able to use in your next project:
Aero is made of flexible sheets of corrugated and anodized aluminum. From Forms + Surfaces.
Translucent Concrete allows light to pass through without compromising structural integrity. Available from LiTraCon. A more recent innovation by Luccon adds optical fibers for even more dramatic effects.
Aerogel is 99.8% air, looks like glass, insulates better than mineral wool and is more heat resistant than aluminum. An aerogel product by Cabot called Lumira is an insulation that can be used in all types of construction projects.
Much like office furniture, the materials used make a difference in the finished look. The talent and expertise come in knowing when and how to use them. In addition to the ones we’ve highlighted above, be sure to check out our Construction Material Pinterest Board as we continue to add to it periodically.
Check out the following great resources to stay on top of the most recent material trends:
Materia – a knowledge centre for developments and innovations in materials, and their applications for architecture and design.
Design connects a structure to its environment and this week we are kicking off National Architecture Week with some of our favorite examples of organic architecture from around the world.
Organic architecture according to Frank Lloyd Wright, is more about symbiosis with the surrounding environment, honest design and a respect for natural materials. While the following examples may not adhere perfectly to Wright’s original definition, we find them all amazing in their own right.