Spaces that Work: Product Solutions to Help Return to a Healthier Workspace

2020-05-19T20:01:44+00:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19, News, Solutions|

As we work with our clients and their partners to help navigate a safe return to the office, we wanted to share a range of product solutions that can transform your existing focused workspaces with more appropriate physical distance.   WORKSTATION PANELS: Panels offer fundamental delineation and are easy to reconfigure so that users can be properly distanced, staggered or oriented back-to-back. Additionally, greater safety can be achieved by adding glass, lexan polycarbonate, acrylic, or laminate stack-ups, return panels or even doors. Moreover, existing fabric panel inserts can be easily swapped for laminate, steel or bleach-cleanable fabrics.               [...]

Knoll Workplace Research: Considerations for Returning to a Healthy Workplace

2020-04-17T17:03:29+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Design, News, Research, Solutions|Tags: , , |

Help Your Employees Get Back to Work Safely After a major disruption that affects work and life, getting back to the office requires an intentional strategy to assure employees feel they are safe and can remain healthy in their environment. Successful transitions take a holistic approach, addressing health and well-being from a physical, mental, social and emotional perspective. Here are some tips to ease your employees back to the workplace Post-COVID-19 and give them confidence in their work environment. DEVELOP PEOPLE-FOCUSED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Establish flexible work strategies such as remote work options, alternate shifts, phased return to work Allocate spaces [...]

Spaces that Work: Remote Reality

2020-04-02T13:04:33+00:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: News, Solutions, Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

The way we work has been transformed overnight. This new "remote reality" can be overwhelming, disorienting and uncomfortable. As we all try maintain business continuity, while keeping our employees and partners safe and healthy in the face of a global pandemic, we wanted to offer a few simple tips to help create a positive, productive and ergonomic work space from home. Sometimes its the little things that can make the biggest difference. Designate a space where you’ll “set up shop.” That could be two different places: one for your nitty gritty work, and one for conducting virtual meetings when privacy matters. We suggest that you identify the [...]

Spaces that Work: Digging into DIRTT

2020-03-11T13:23:07+00:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Design, News, Solutions|

You’re interested in DIRTT’s method of pre-fab construction – but how and when do you get started. Building Understanding: DIRTT represents a unique-multi-trade, pre-fab solutions and an entirely different method of construction that affects all aspects of a project including scope, schedule and budget. Think of us as a super-sub who are partners along the way from design development through client move-in. Timing: The earlier the better. The best time for the DIRTT conversation to start is in “Pre-Design;” when construction methods and major systems are being discussed. DIRTT scope and the effect on other trades can be determined at this time. If [...]

Spaces that Work – the ABCs of Acoustics

2019-10-26T00:33:30+00:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Design, News, Research|Tags: , , , |

For all the benefits: increased collaboration, engagement and knowledge sharing; open offices bring acoustical challenges that can have a profound impact on the productivity, health and wellness and overall effectiveness of employees, a company’s greatest asset. Fortunately, there are numerous acoustic design strategies to create an acoustically balanced environment. Knoll Workplace Research has coined this the ABCs of office acoustics solutions: Absorb, Block, Cover. A - ABSORB: Minimize noise by absorbing sound with the use of porous materials such as suspended ceiling tiles, soft carpet, acoustical wall panels and fabric and draperies. B- BLOCK: Manage noise via sound avoidance through smart space [...]

NeoCon 2019

2019-10-26T00:26:05+00:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: News, Solutions|Tags: , , |

NeoCon 2019 brought into sharper focus many of the themes we first saw emerge in 2018. Almost all manufacturers highlighted a variety of settings across focus and collaboration, the blurred line between work and play and the importance of hospitality, wellbeing, flexibility, and access to power. We may be biased but Knoll’s new showroom in Fulton Market blew it out of the park when it came to showcasing best-in-class planning strategies along with vibrant, enduring and elevated design - or as Florence Knoll called it “total design”. Below were our key takeaways from this design convention. BOTH/AND One big “aha” from our [...]

Spaces That Work – Across Generations

2019-10-26T00:23:03+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: News, Research, Trends|Tags: , |

A conversation that impacts our clients as much as our own office, is how to best design and deliver a workspace that supports the five generations that comprise today’s workforce (Traditionalists or Maturists (before 1945), Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964) Gen X (1965-1976), Gen Y or Millennials (1977-1997), Gen Z (after 1997). Broadly speaking, each of the 5 generations in the workplace have their own sets of values, work habits, communication and technology preferences and stereotypes. And while it is important to recognize and understand the differences, tensions and why one work space won’t work for the other…. ...good workplace [...]

NeoCon 2018 – 50 Years of Tomorrow’s Design

2019-11-08T22:57:06+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: News, Solutions, Trends, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Inspired by our recent trip to NeoCon, the commercial design industry's annual event, we wanted to share a few themes we believe are most applicable to our market and our clients. MODERN WARMTH Across our favorite showrooms, notably Knoll and Kimball, there was a common design aesthetic – Scandinavian mid-century modern office furniture with a human touch. Simple, clean modern lines made more approachable with the incorporation of wood, curves, natural elements and touches of color. MIX IT UP We've heard a lot about flexibility, adaptability and the importance of multi-use spaces. One execution of this we look forward to putting into [...]