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Working Well or Wishing Well?

Our friends at Aberley workplace experts recently invited us to a fantastic seminar on ‘Healthy Workplaces and Cultures’, hosted by Kinnarps furniture at their Farringdon showroom. It was a stimulating and thoughtful presentation by two leading wellness protagonists - Professor Emeritus Derek Clements-Croome of Reading University and Ann Marie Aguilar of IWBI-WELL Faculty. Here are some of the key points that resonated with us…..

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What are the key office design trends for 2017?

The links between an employee’s working environment and productivity are well known, and backed up by several pieces of research.

So it’s perhaps not surprising that industry insiders are predicting that the emphasis of office design this year will be firmly on the employee, specifically from a health and well-being perspective.

This marks a shift from previous conversations , which have focused more on ‘objects’, from furniture to space and technology, or even policies.

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Maddy Goes To Sleep

Set in London’s Business Design Centre, just a short walk from the ‘furniture hub’ of Clerkenwell, Sleep 2016 was the in the perfect location for the those in the industry to step away from the computer screen for an afternoon.

With 160 contract brands exhibiting this year, only a fraction of the exhibitors were furniture manufacturers. With Interion branching out into the hospitality sector, my main focus was to find new manufacturers - steering away from my usual mix of desks, task chairs and meeting tables!

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Wood is Good – Main trends at Orgatec 2016

Orgatec is one of the best international furniture shows and Cologne 2016 did not disappoint. It was great to see manufacturers investing in design for working futures, although as usual there were too many ‘me too’ products.

FX Magazine will carry David’s full report on Orgatec in the December issue. Here are the main trends:

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Smart phone, smart office

We came across this article by Matt Salter, Sales Director of Redstone, specialists in infrastructure and smart buildings. We’ve been thinking much the same...

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Quotes that resonate

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies”

Jon Stewart, quoted in the Cape Cod Times

 

"Can you imagine anything more depressing than fulfilling your potential?"

Peter Cook, quoted in The Daily Telegraph

 

"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right"

Isaac Asimov, quoted on TheBrowser.com

 

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition”

Timothy Leary, quoted in The London Evening Standard.

 

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse”

Benjamin Franklin, Quoted in The Daily Telegraph

 

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

Ingrid Bergman quoted in the Daily Telegraph

Office acoustics – more complicated than you think

Here at Interion we’re surprised by the lack of technical acoustic data that is available to support manufacturer’s claims in respect of sound attenuation.

There is no shortage of products available in the rush to provide breakout/meeting spaces with a degree of privacy, but do they work?

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Issues with weight-sensing chair mechanisms

The modern generation of weight-sensing task chairs only work correctly if the chairs are set at the correct height (thighs parallel to floor, or very slightly elevated). In today’s office environments, occupants often have multiple large monitor screens mounted on arms, which leads to a conflict.

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