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Comfort is experienced, not perceived. A typical office chair layered in bulky padding may look comfortable, but it also looks… well… bulky. Technology has helped make everything slimmer, trimmer, and more streamlined—from TVs to mobile phones. Nucleus brings the same sophisticated, high-tech aesthetic to office seating without sacrificing comfort. With a coordinating selection of ergonomic work chairs, stackable multi-purpose chairs, and elegant café height stools—all available in a variety of material options, including a choice of fully upholstered or mesh backs for Nucleus work chair—Nucleus brings “cool” and “comfortable” together for any area of the workplace.
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By Kitty Shea
THREE TIPS FOR TAILORING A COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE
The Perkins+Will Boston office features a kitchen space that also serves as a meeting area, and an open office that provides collaboration spaces throughout the space. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn Photography.
Once upon a time, “collaboration” in the office happened at the water cooler. Soon whiteboards, a rolling office chair, and a coffee pot began to appear. What appeared as relaxing and not working to some became a whole new way to work, collaboratively, in the office.
Use flexible furniture.
During the dot-com era, furniture companies started doing research on workplace culture and different ways various industries would want to collaborate. They were onto something. The biggest extreme was (and still is) those in creative services versus those in the financial sector. Nowadays, creatives – as they’re called – have more dynamic furniture and flexibility. A high-top table with high-top chairs and a rolling whiteboard will be more at home in a marketing agency than in a law firm. A conference room with classic rolling chairs will help those in the financial services – who are used to working at individual cubicles – leave their desks and financial statements or reports.
Design spaces that support technology.
Financial services usually have individual desks or cubicles with higher enclosures for dealing with confidential, private information. When it comes to sharing their data or laptops, smaller rooms for maintaining privacy – while still allowing for discussions – help them collaborate. Those in creative jobs working on visual projects require larger areas to display their work to garner input and additional ideas. Projection areas, walls for storyboards, and video conferencing require open spaces rather than closed-off rooms.
Create an environment that reflects your brand identity.
Branding the work environment and understanding the culture creates an identity. While creatives value collaborative space, they don’t want to feel like areas are designated specifically for collaboration; they don’t want to “go to” the collaborative space. Rather, the entire office environment should be conducive to creativity. An employee at a tech startup company would value a dynamic office space where you can turn around and speak with a colleague while also having a cup of coffee. An accounting firm would be more apt to have a desk designated for working, and a room that may be open for collaborating with colleagues – a more controlled environment. In science and technology, there are completely different areas for the lab and an office where research is analyzed and discussed – both require space to interface workers with media that helps them express their newest ideas. Regardless of the industry, collaboration and interaction with colleagues can take place, but how and where these employees wish to meet is dependent on their office culture. Recognizing these personalities and level of comfort can best design the modern-day water cooler space.Content goes here
“Every element of Endorse is designed to not only bring consistency to today’s workplace, but provide greater personal selection and comfort,” said Deisig. “The design and materials used to create Endorse result in dynamic support that keeps the body in healthy alignment so people can stay oriented at work.” Take a sneak peak and learn how to make Endorse seating work for you.
Designed with purpose, Ceres seating began with scientific research on how people sit. The end result is a superior sitting experience—and a stylish, beautiful chair. The aesthetic integrity of form that follows function gives Ceres its clean, purposeful appearance. Its contours and shape exist to support you completely as you move throughout your workday. As a bonus, Ceres also has the aesthetic flexibility to reflect just the right personality for practically any workplace environment.
“Stripe is a tech startup that is completely of the moment: A competitor to PayPal, it is a software company that enables online credit card payments. However, its new, laid-back office, populated with young programmers coding away with their headphones on, occupies a building from another era.”
Designing for Health
“It’s everywhere. News commentary, opinion, and editorial pieces in the national press, political buzz on Capitol Hill continues to keep the concerns of healthcare costs, healthcare reform, and improved patient care on the forefront of public consciousness.”
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To industrial designer Wolfgang Deisig, the most personal—and most important—object in the office is the work chair. “A chair should be like a comfortable jacket,” Deisig said. “You slip into it and it feels good.” Since 1971, when he founded Deisig Design Studio, the Berlin-based designer has focused much of his time and talent designing chairs that welcome the people who use them. And, in the process of building those “comfortable jackets,” he’s built something else: a reputation as a world-class innovator. Most recently, Deisig teamed up with The HON Company to bring another breakthrough product to market—Ceres seating. “Ceres takes a step further than existing chair designs,” he said. “It’s the essence of all the research we did in developing it.”
Ignition is flexible enough to handle any day-to-day tasks, as well as accommodate any future need. A combination of human-centered design and full family selection, Ignition has everything you need to outfit your entire space and give everyone the comfort and performance they need. This fully coordinated offering unifies your space with design continuity and gives everyone the functionality they require to perform at a higher level in today’s active work environment. Ignition is designed to fit the majority of the population. See how to adjust Ignition just for you!