The Sustainability Movement: Techniques & Trends | Kimball

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As our population continues to grow and climate change becomes a more prominent issue, the need for sustainability has never been greater. No matter how big or small the action, any act helps in the collective goal to create healthy, safe and sustainable environments. This movement toward sustainability is creating new techniques and materials that are now being used in constructing “green” buildings, redesigning or fitting-out existing ones, managing resource consumption, and reducing harmful emissions.
 

But making sustainable choices doesn’t just stop with the external components of a building, it moves inside as well. Spacestor identified sustainability as one of the Top 8 Workplace Trends for 2019, with an upward trend of combining wellness culture with sustainable design. These are some of the trends surfacing in each of the primary areas in architectural and interior design.

Building & Materials
Today, there are new artificial materials that are more environmentally safe than traditional materials. Since 2015, the Dubai Municipality has required the use of sustainable “green” concrete in all new construction which uses environmentally friendly materials that have low-energy costs, high durability and low-maintenance requirements, and contains a large proportion of recycled or recyclable materials.[1] Many new buildings are being constructed as multi-use spaces or structured for modular interior design, which will be more sustainable over time because it can change and adapt to new occupant needs. Instead of building spaces for specific functions, architects and designers are creating buildings that can serve a wide range of uses.

Water Usage
With water, the goal is to use less and reuse more. From high-efficiency fixtures, automatic sensors, metering and flow controls, to reduced flow toilets and urinals, low consumption fixtures for sinks and showers, and dual flush water closets, there are numerous options to help us become sustainable with water consumption.

Energy Efficiency
According to a recent study by Harvard based researchers, buildings consume nearly 40% of primary energy production around the world. Any cuts in energy consumption can have a tremendous impact on carbon emissions, which is the main source of climate change. One method of reducing energy consumption is increasing natural light through sky lights, sloped ceilings, light shelves, or solar harvesting. Other options include automatic lighting control, timers to turn lights on or off during office hours, and energy-saving lighting like LED, T5 and HE fluorescent.

Waste Management
Tracking your waste, generating less waste, and recycling provide the key foundation for a successful waste management program. For existing businesses and buildings, tracking it is the first step to knowing the type and amount of waste your company creates. With this knowledge in hand, you can determine the best sustainable practices to implement for reducing waste.

Changing from single-use to multi-use cups, switching to paperless documents where possible, donating items that are no longer needed, reusing items that you already have in new ways, and implementing a recycling program are just a few of the ways to become more sustainable with waste in the workspace.

The EPA's guide to managing and reducing waste in commercial buildings also shares that organizations that sign up as a partner in WasteWise, the Food Recovery Challenge or the Federal Green Challenge can use the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Data Management System hosted in Re-TRAC Connect. Through the SMM Data Management System, partners can track and report to EPA their annual waste management and green purchasing activities, set annual goals and apply for recognition.

Air Quality
When it comes to air quality, the EPA also states that indoor pollutants are often two to five times greater than those encountered outdoors. To create a healthier and more sustainable workplace, improvements to air quality can be made by integrating plants inside, selecting low-emission materials, creating separate spaces for high-emission equipment, and ensuring fresh air through windows or ventilation.

Sustainable Interior Design Elements
Design elements such as wood, cork, bamboo, and linoleum are all low-maintenance, durable and renewable. Countertops made from recycled materials, sustainable textiles and natural fibers such as soy, wool, hemp or flax are also eco-friendly options in sustainable design planning.

Seattle’s Bullitt Center, a six-story office space is billed as the “Greenest Commercial Building.” It is outfitted with solar panels, rainwater treatment systems, and a ground-source heat exchange system, all of which result in a net-positive energy environment. Additionally, the building materials were carefully handpicked so as to avoid 14 categories of chemicals. Impressively, as of 2015, the Bullitt was the world’s largest certified Living Building Challenge (LBC) facility. (Living Proof: Building the Bullitt Center from Brad Kahn on Vimeo.)

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Sustainability is also becoming more important to the employees that are, or will be, working in the spaces being designed. According to a recent Nielson study, Millennials and Generation Z will be the first generations willing to pay more for sustainable products and view sustainability as a critical component in the company culture they want to join for their career.

At Kimball, we are proud of our environmental stewardship we have been practicing since the founding of the company and are committed to not only meeting current environmental standards, but also setting new ones. Kimball works diligently to improve our understanding of our impact on the environment. We partner with companies and certifying bodies such as LEED and WELL that can help us monitor and reduce our overall impact so we can continue to be a responsible steward of resources. We continue to bring products to market that are not only innovative, but sustainable. It’s part of our heritage to take initiative, reduce waste, conserve energy, commit fully and lead by example. It’s not enough to simply sustain. We strive to enhance our world. And we hope you’ll join us.

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Understanding acoustic design elements in the office

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photo source: Snowsound

Cell phone conversations, co-workers talking too loud, typing keyboards…it can all be VERY distracting. Especially when in an office setting. With the Open Plan being the new norm of an office space plan, it may seem like things will never quiet down. Luckily, there are sound absorbing resources to alleviate some of those distracting noises.

What is an acoustic space? An acoustic space refers to an acoustic environment in which sound is heard by an observer. Not only is proper acoustical design vital in the importance of the functionality of a space, but it can directly effect tasks that take place in those spaces. It is an elemental area of design work and one that can also enhance the visual appeal of a scheme as well as the acoustic comfort. There are two ways to solve an acoustic problem in a space: sound masking and sound absorption.

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photo source: Lencore

Sound Masking

Sound masking systems use a soft unnoticeable background sound through a speaker. It muffles any sounds or distractions within a setting. Users can control this sound masking setting by depending on the amount of distracting noise. The disturbing noise can be measured by sound level sensors that are installed in the ceiling. Therefore, the sound masking level can be adjusted in real-time. For further information on how sound masking works, check out this short video by Lencore! Lencore Sound Masking



Sound Absorption

Sound absorption refers to wave lengths being soaked up by soft surfaces. Sound absorption absorbs unwanted noise within a room. Essentially, it converts the sound wave energy into a small amount of heat that reduces the amount of sound throughout the room. There are many different sound absorption products including acoustic panels, tiles, clouds, and ceiling baffles. Check out this short video about Snowsound’s incredible sound absorbing technology! Snowsound Acoustic Panel Demo

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photo source: Snowsound

Choosing the right sound solution for your space will depend on whether you are looking to mask sound or absorb sound. It is possible to use both sound masking and sound absorption in a space. For example, sound masking or ‘white noise’ can be used in an open office plan to muffle colleague conversations and sound absorption solutions can be used in conference rooms to absorb meeting discussions. You will find that most modern offices use a combination of these solutions to reach an acoustically pleasing office setting.


Interested in hearing more about our sound solutions? Contact us for a quote and let us help you quiet your noisy office!



Sources:

https://www.teacherboards.co.uk/community/the-sound-of-success-how-acoustics-play-role-in-modern-office-designs/

https://www.acousticbulletin.com/how-architects-explain-acoustics

https://www.audimute.com/blog/sound-absorption-vs-soundproofing

https://speechprivacysystems.com/how-sound-masking-works/

https://www.snowsoundusa.com/why-snowsound/

Living Green Walls Bring Nature Inside the Workplace

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photo source: Kimball

The concept of bringing nature inside is circling back around as an important piece of workplace design. As cities grow larger and the push for healthier environments continues, elements of nature are being brought back into our workspaces and communities.

One example of this is the living green wall. Also known as vertical gardens or eco walls, these vertical panels of plants help restore the natural balance while also making a powerful design statement.

Plants are naturally beneficial by helping improve air quality, increasing positivity, and helping you feel more relaxed. Green walls also help reduce noise and provide benefits connected to biophilic design: the concept that people feel better when they have access to nature.

Research has shown that air quality and lighting at work can have significant effects on brain function and productivity. According to Ambius, a premier creator of ambiance for businesses, green walls incorporated into a biophilic design plan can help improve creativity, reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, and other workplace concerns. Just being close to plants can have a positive impact on an individual’s wellbeing. Simply seeing nature in the work environment can increase job satisfaction.

The installation of a structure like a green wall also sends a message to employees that they are employed at a company that is concerned with providing them with an enjoyable work environment. They can even earn buildings LEED points and WELL credits.

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photo source: Kimball

Helio | by Kimball

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Greater exposure to natural light increases creativity, communication and happiness. That’s why we’ve taken a different design approach with Helio. Rather than framing it to be a focal point, we’ve created that perfect balance of visual continuity and personal comfort. Blending harmoniously with its surroundings, Helio gives people access to natural light, elevating their comfort and well-being.


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Helio provides freedom of movement with adjustable comfort that is seamlessly integrated to eliminate visual disruption. The back is constructed with durable, cross-woven nylon that provides ergonomic lumbar support while maintaining its crisp, clean lines. Refined details such as contrast seat stitching and premium casters with polished accents further elevate the sophistication offered within a light-scale design.

Details

  • The translucent white and semi-translucent black, cross-woven nylon back material allows light to pass through

  • Polished aluminum details on lower back, base, casters, and arms

  • Contoured seat and lowered back lumbar support provide long-lasting comfort

  • Standard adjustable seat height, seat depth, and a self-balancing, 4-position synchro lock

  • Adjustable arms are height-adjustable and available with side-to-side adjustable arms pads or fully adjustable arm pads

  • Static C-arm caps are available in white or black with a durable, translucent PU cap

  • Low profile controls reduce visible levers

  • Black or white headrest can be added to any model

  • The foot ring on the sit-to-stand and stool models features a simple hand-adjusted level for easy positioning

  • Contrast stitching available on configurable models




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Workplace Trends for 2019 | Kimball

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photo source: Kimball

While some of the trends that experts are predicting for 2019 are a continuation of what some workplaces were already doing in 2018, there are still a number of new ones. Some that might even raise a few eyebrows.

Here’s a quick preview of the trends that experts believe will be popular for workplace design in 2019.

Different work settings for different tasks.
Okay, technically, designating different areas of the office space for employees to work alone, in collaboration with others, or without distractions, isn’t new. But utilizing furniture options that can be easily rearranged to an employee or team’s liking does take the concept further. The furniture buzzwords moving forward are “minimal restrictions”.

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photo source: Kimball

Multifunctional rooms.
An adaptation of the designated space for 2019 will be to create small, multifunctional rooms that can be rearranged depending on the function. These rooms can be used for informal meetings, quiet spaces, interviews, or to relax with a cup of coffee. Versatility is the key — that includes the furnishings.

photo source: Kimball

photo source: Kimball

Space that contributes to employee well-being.
Employee health and psychological well-being will play a bigger role in office design for 2019. Research shows that people who experience higher levels of well-being are more resistant to colds, have a quicker recovery time from illness, a greater life expectancy, feel less pain, are more creative, and are better at problem solving. Literally, there’s no downside for a company to create a space that makes people feel good about working there.

Blurring the lines between the workplace and the comforts of home will also continue in 2019. For example, relaxation spaces will be a big plus to employees. Comfy seating, mini fridges stocked with cold beverages, and coffee machines will be a must.

photo source: Kimball

photo source: Kimball

Experience-driven spaces.
Another trend that experts expect to see among companies other than the high-tech and startups is something called experience-driven spaces. These spaces could include such features as massage therapy, yoga studios, meditation areas, virtual reality gaming spaces, espresso bars, and even rock-climbing walls or music stages.

The melding of furniture design and technology.
The introduction of laptops, cloud, and mobile phone technology into the workplace has increased the demand for more creatively thought out workstations. In 2019 expect to see more desks and workspaces with built-in technology like air-charging ports for mobile devices, under-desk mounted CPU holders, tabletop-embedded “personal assistant” touchscreens, electronic cable management systems, even Bluetooth-enabled standing desk controllers connected to mobile apps.

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photo source: Kimball

Abstract patterns.
Plain walls are so 2018. Abstract patterns and geometric shapes will be the thing for 2019. In the halls, lobbies, and conference rooms, you'll start to see the use of bold shapes, colors, and patterns accenting the walls. Handcrafted, artisanal, and earth-based products will also be making their way into the office and wood furniture will be moving towards darker, more elegant tones.

The Second Nature trend.
The use of plants and biophilic design in office space will continue to grow. (Sorry, for the pun.) Living green walls, plants, trees, and flowers will be used more and more to bring the outside in. This once trendy fashion statement is now considered by many companies to be a “must have’ in 2019 workspace design.

Here are some other characteristics of this Second Nature trend:
• WELL certification
• Fitwell certification
• LEED certification
• Natural materials - biomorphic forms and patterns such as wood and stone
• Natural lighting
• Thermal comfort and high-quality ventilation
• Visual connections with nature

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photo source: Kimball

So, if you’re designing a new space or giving your old space a makeover for 2019, make sure you keep these new trends in mind. If you need furniture to fill that space, we know a great place where you can look.

New Employee Spotlight | Janice Tran

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We have a new addition to the family! We would like to welcome Designer Janice Tran. Janice has over 10 years in the design industry, with talents ranging from construction, residential interiors, multi-family housing, commercial + hospitality design.  She believes that the core to all great design starts with the function and flow of a space.  Her approach to designing a visually pleasing aesthetic is heavily influenced by her love for travel and seeing how old architecture can blend with new ideas.  In 2018, Janice joined the b + c team and is charged with helping clients identify and bring to fruition, their interior needs.

Can’t get enough of Janice?! Let’s get to know her a little better…

Fun Facts…

What is on your bucket list?

  1. Complete a full triathlon

  2. Live in Barcelona

  3. Hike Machu Picchu

  4. Attend one of the 12 days of Christmas on the Ellen Show

  5. Snorkel in Maldives

What’s a secret talent of yours?

I can out eat a bear

 

Favorite travel spot?

Barcelona, Spain

 

What’s your most over used word/phrase?

Awesome (I’m trying to work on fixing this lol)

 

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Relax, whatever you are fretting about now, is not a big deal, just enjoy being young and carefree.

A Look Back at Kimball 2018 Products

It was a busy year at Kimball. We introduced a variety of exciting new products for office, school, and healthcare. So many in fact, that you might have missed one or two. So here’s a quick recap.

January 2018 - Alterna
Alterna was designed to meet the changing needs of today’s work, learning and healing environments. Offering a broad spectrum of caseworks in different widths and heights, Alterna can be easily configured to suit any need — from public spaces to clinical areas, workspaces, break rooms, and more. And if your needs ever change, Alterna can easily be reconfigured.

Alterna is ADA compliant and comes in a variety of finishes and materials. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/storage/alterna/

February 2018 - Sycamore Metal
Our popular Sycamore collection has been expanded to include a metal frame. It offers medical facilities all the quality and comfort of Sycamore with the durability of metal. The Sycamore Metal collection includes single guest, tandem two-seat, tandem three-seat, bariatric, and patient seating options. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/sycamore-metal/

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March 2018 - Pep
Playful and simple in design, Pep adds a little fun to any space. Its contour shape provides comfort all day long while its durable structure ensures that it will be a part of your space for a long time to come. Available in multiple color, frame, and leg options. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/pep/

March 2018 - fiXt
With its sturdy metal trusses, fiXt brings urban design into a workspace. Available as occasional tables, worktables, bookcases, and benches, fiXt can be used to enhance the look of any space, while its variety of surface materials makes it as functional as it is stylish. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/fiXt/

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June 2018 - Joelle and Spruce Behavioral Wellness
Thoughtfully designed, Joelle and Spruce offer a solution to meet the unique and critical needs of today’s behavioral wellness facilities. Joelle’s ottomans and tables and Spruce’s single-seat lounge blend together to create safe environments that are both serene and comfortable, while still offering modern aesthetics and functional value.
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/joelle-behavioral-wellness/
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/spruce-behavioral-wellness/

August 2018 - Wilder
With its unique design, the Wilder collection invites visitors to sit down and relax. Its sophisticated style will make anyone who sits down almost forget that they’re in a medical facility. Available in lounge, guest and bench solutions, the Wilder Collection offers 360º cleanout design, wallsaver legs, and optional moisture barrier on seat and back. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/wilder/

September 2018 - KORE Work Cart
With complete mobility, the KORE Work Cart allows you to move your workspace wherever you need to. Featuring a rechargeable battery pack for technology integration and optional height-adjustable work table, the KORE Work Cart is ready to go to work whenever, and wherever, you are. Available with optional storage cabinet. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/KORE-Work-Cart/

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September 2018 Flip Upholstered Back
Flip has been enhanced to include an upholstered back and left-hand tablet. The same unique style with a thin profile and a seat that folds up to allow for convenient nesting and storage. Flip is available in all graded-in Kimball fabrics as well as COM on a new upholstered back. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/flip/

October 2018 - Poly Enhancements
Now available with arms and a counter-height stool, Poly brings mobility and lightness to a variety of spaces. Stackable and available in mesh or plastic with a wide variety of colors, Poly stands out in a crowd but fits right in any application. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/poly/

November 2018 - Xsede Height Adjust Enhancements and Power Beam/Panels
Enhanced for greater flexibility with enriched options, Xsede Height Adjust provides acoustic separation and privacy to support different work styles that foster creativity, well-being, and engagement. The new offerings of Xsede Power Beam and Power Panel enable complete connection by delivering power, data, and voice while creating integrated work surfaces and storage support.
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/Xsede-Height-Adjust/
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/Xsede-Power-Beam/

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December 2018 - Pep Counter-Height Stool
Pep has been expanded to include a counter-height stool. Constructed of tubular steel for increased strength, a multitude of shell colors are available to give personality and character to any work or play area. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/pep/

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December 2018 - Joya Counter-Height Stool
Now available in a counter-height stool, Joya has a 3½” seat cushion designed for increased comfort. The wallsaver leg keeps it from damaging the area while maximizing space. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/joya/

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December 2018 - Footprint Pullout Storage
Footprint’s extensive portfolio now includes a pullout cabinet that has space for personal storage with expandable privacy and technology integration. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/storage/footprint-pull-out/

b + c Hosts Annual Charity Drive | Angels Foster Family Network

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b + c hosted its annual Holiday Charity Drive supporting Angels Foster Family Network last night at the b + c showroom. Angels Foster Family Network (AFFN) was founded in 1998 with a mission for providing stable placement of children ranging from ages 0 to 5. Each foster family undergoes rigorous foster parent evaluation, training, and a certification process. Foster families promote healing, growth and willing commit to the permanent care of a foster care child until otherwise decided by the county or juvenile court. Angel's families break the cycle of children bouncing around from home to home with their commitment to permanency. 

Foster families and biological parents are bombarded with support from clinical case managers, trainers, and staff at AFFN. Help is always there-even with 24/7 on-call support.

Angels Foster Family Network is deeply committed to the children in their care and the families who support them. We had the pleasure of hosting a Holiday Charity Drive to raise donations for the children of Angels Foster. While any donation is always appreciated, this year, they had a special need for certain items. The donations go straight to the foster parents who are caring for the children in order to provide them with basic necessities.



We had a very special guest, Jeff Wiemann who is the Executive Director of the Angels Foster Foster Family Network speak about the organization. Jeff has been a member since 2013 when him and his wife became a certified foster family. They have four children of their own, but wanted more and wanted to help children as well as give back to their community. Find out more about Jeff’s Story.



Every guest was encouraged to bring a donation to add to our “Holiday Donation Box”. As you can see, we are overflowing with donations and we couldn’t be happier! We are extremely grateful for everyone who came out and donated. Angel’s Foster Family Network is a very special cause near and dear to our hearts, and we are thankful for our supporters who made this charity drive a great success.



Happy Holidays!

For more information on how you can help, visit Angels' Foster Family Network


Our Favorite David Edward Chairs

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Image source: David Edward

David Edward is a premier designer and manufacturer of contract furniture, sold in the healthcare, corporate, education and premium hospitality markets. David Edward sells primarily in the North American and Middle Eastern markets.

"We were inspired by David Edward employees' commitment to quality and their incredible tailoring skills, which integrates the most technical and architectural aspects of furniture design." - Mike Wagner, President of Kimball

About David Edwards

The David Edward name is synonymous with the highest quality upholstery products in the furniture industry. Their products are generally specified by architects and designers, represented through a network of independent representatives, and sold through authorized furniture dealerships. The David Edward product portfolio consists of classic and contemporary designs, focused primarily in the seating, tables and ancillary furniture categories.

We’ve chosen some of our favorite David Edward seating products to showcase! Sit back + relax as you get to know the newest addition to the Kimball family: David Edwards.

  1. Kutee

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Isn’t this the Kutest?! We think so too. The Kutee is not only fun but functional! It’s perfect for collaborative spaces. The Kutee features a round ottoman with painted metal frames that include an internal storage + upholstered seat.

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2. Stratus

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The Stratus Lounge is unlike any chair out there. Inspired by nature, it takes earth’s elements and transforms them into a contemporary lounge chair. The Stratus Lounge is available as an upholstered shell or painted with numerous different base options. Just like a stratus cloud, the back and base of the chair are one continuous sheet and the seat feels like you’re floating.

3. Ynot

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Meet the Ynot! This beautifully sleek guest chair with dove tail arm details + tight seat + back is the perfect subtle statement piece in any space. Why put it in your office? How about Ynot put it in your office!

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4. Superkool Mini

A super kool chair with a super kool name! The popular Superkool Chair is available in so many different options that you might not be able to pick a favorite! From metal chrome sled base to an executive base with a swivel tilt mechanism, the possibilities are endless!

Want to see more?

Click here for more David Edwards Products!

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Living Coral | Pantone's Color of the Year 2019

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Image source: Pantone

It’s that time of the year! While everyone is giddy over the holidays, we’re gushing over the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019; 16-1546 Living Coral. The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Every winter, Pantone announces a “color of the year” - a retinal reflection of the cultural moment.

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

- Leatrice Eiseman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE

Image source: Pantone

Image source: Pantone



So…why coral?

We live in a digital world. Our lives are constantly consumed by technology + social media which leaves us wanting more authentic + intimate experiences. PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral’s social spirit engages nature while encouraging lighthearted activity. It evokes a playfulness that we so desire in our every day lives. The Color Institute states that it “symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Originally, the Greek word Coral corresponds to the element of the ocean + means ‘daughter of the sea’. It supports creative energies + displays a lively presence.


Coral in the Workplace

Generally, we tend to see more neutral colors in the workplace. With the recent focus on employee well-being, most work environments try not to visually overwhelm staff. The main goal is to provide employees with a healthy, appealing environment to increase productivity. Some might think coral is an overwhelming color to use. However, if used correctly, it can provide us with comfort + buoyancy.

Image source: https://www.decoist.com/2014-07-16/hot-color-trends-interior-design/

Image source: https://www.decoist.com/2014-07-16/hot-color-trends-interior-design/

Living Coral is the perfect bold statement for 2019. Use it in communal spaces such as pop-up installations + interactive areas. The Color Institute also adds, “As a color linked to tactility and human connection, PANTONE Living Coral in shag rugs, cozy blankets, and lush upholsteries create a warm, comforting, and nurturing feeling.”

Image source: Kimball

Image source: Kimball


Use PANTONE 16-1546 in your designs!

Curious in how to use the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year? The Color Institute has created five different color pallets that feature Living Coral to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs + illustrate the dynamic nature of this color within various combinations.








Sources:

https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

https://colourpsychologytoday.com/colour-meanings





Meet the b + c team! Nicole Elder

This weeks spotlight is our Project Coordinator Nicole Elder. With nearly 10 years of experience, Nicole is a seasoned project coordinator able to successfully manage a project of any size.  In 2018, Nicole came to b+c and quickly grasped Project and Logistic Management.  She is able to ensure everything is ordered correctly and arrives per the specific project timeline.  She oversees each project from order entry, tracking of product, schedules deliveries with manufacturers as well as customers. She communicates and works with installers to address any punch list items, this ensures the project stays on time and completed to our clients satisfaction.  

Can't get enough of Nicole?! Let's get to know her a little better...

Fun Facts...

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sandwiches 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Teacher

You’re happiest when…

Spending time with family

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A good Netflix binge

Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

Too hot

Deskorations; How Will You Decorate Your Desk This Year?

Do you love the holidays? Are you looking for some new, creative ways to spread some holiday cheer around your office this season? Well look no further because we have a very special gift for you!

Decorating is a great way to kick off the holiday season, so why not start in your office? We’ve got the best deskoration inspiration ideas for just that! Let’s get started…


1. The mini desk tree

It’s official…anything mini is adorable + automatically liked. And a mini tree is way easier to decorate than a real one.

2. Light it up

Using a string of xmas lights can be a great way to brighten things up. Maybe not as much as the picture below but string them across your cubicle, or even across your desk.

3. Holiday greenery

Since biophillic is an important trend in today’s workplace, adding some seasonal foliage with a poinsettia or a wreath can help bring the outside in.

4. Computer frame

Think of your favorite holiday theme…then frame it around your computer. The possibilities are endless!

5. The cubicle theme

Go big or go home! If you’re really feeling the holiday spirit this year, deck your cubicle out in your favorite holiday setting!

6. Change your screen saver

If you’re looking to do the least amount of work as possible with decorating this year, we’ve got you covered. Changing your screen saver is a great way to show that you’re still festive without doing very much. We’ve even provided you with a holiday screen saver image below (you’re welcome).

7. Presents

Not actual ones of course, but using some small empty boxes or wrapping up random parts of your desk can be a fun addition! (we don’t suggest the whole thing but it’s funny to look at)

8. Chair slip covers

Slip into something a little more…festive. Our personal favorite is the classic Santa cover.

We hope our deskoration suggestions sparked some holiday creativity within you! If you decide to decorate your desk this year, snap a pic of your #deskoration + tag us! @bcofficeinteriors

Happy Holidays!



















Kimball KORE Work Cart Receives Innovation Award

The KORE Work Cart by Kimball is the recipient of a 2018 Nightingale Award for product innovation and excellence in the furniture, clinician support category. The Nightingale Awards honor new products that are exhibited at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in November. Presented by Healthcare Design and Contract in partnership with The Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing. Products are evaluated by seasoned healthcare design professionals and healthcare facility managers. The jury makes selections based on the product’s contribution to a healing environment, functionality, quality and durability, aesthetics and style, pricing, and innovation.
 

The KORE Work Cart was on display at this year’s Healthcare Design and Conference as well as Kimball Health’s latest product releases that are designed to support the landscape of today’s healthcare facilities with seamless and durable solutions for both public zones and clinical spaces. Designed by Daniel Korb, the KORE Work Cart is a mobile workstation that provides privacy, efficiency and comfort. Clinical spaces require furniture that can be versatile enough to meet the needs of a continually changing environment and the KORE Work Cart meets those needs by providing flexibility and mobility, while maximizing space. A rechargeable battery enables technology integration without being constrained to a single location, while pneumatic height adjust transfers the work area from sitting to standing simply, and without any power requirement.
 

“Healthcare is undergoing the most extreme transformational shift in a century,” said Aneetha McLellan, Director of Kimball Health Sales, Innovation and Design. “We are meeting this shift by pushing the boundaries and embedding principles of adaptability, flexibility, and mobility in our products and are thrilled that the KORE Work Cart was recognized with a Nightingale Award, one of the most prestigious awards for innovation in the healthcare industry.

Sources:

https://www.kimball.com/news/press-release/kore-work-cart-receives-innovation-award/

Color psychology in the workplace

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

Color is a powerful tool when creating a space. Even the smallest amount can make all the difference. When it comes to color for the workplace, it is important to keep in mind that color greatly affects human emotion + behavior.

“If you’re hoping to make your workers more productive, or you want to encourage shoppers to spend money, understanding the basics of color psychology can help you design a space that will maximize your potential.” - Amy Morin

Green

Green is said to spark creativity which can help employees be more productive. Most people associate green with nature + re-growth which seems to have a positive impact. A collaboration area would be a great place for some greenery.

Photography by Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan

Photography by Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan

Pink

Many people associate the color pink with all things feminine and “girly”. Certain shades of pink are described as relaxing + calming. However, when it comes to the brighter, more vibrant shades, it can be stimulating + sometimes even aggravating. It has even been said that pink can also be energy draining. Although some shades may be calming, psychologists have found that this only happens within the initial contact of the color. After becoming more accustomed to the color, people can become agitated.


Red

Red is a very vibrant color. Although research indicates that red can be helpful if you’re trying to attract a mate, it isn’t helpful if you need to stay on task. When we see the color red, our reactions become faster + more forceful. Some might argue that red provides boosts of energy, but that energy is likely shortly lived and can ultimately reduce analytical thinking. Red is also a very physical color. With that being said, the color red would be best used in an area that requires physical movement.

photo source: Apostrophy’s Office in Thailand from designboom

photo source: Apostrophy’s Office in Thailand from designboom



Blue

The most well-liked color is…you guessed it, blue. Blue has a calming effect on most people. Blue is seen as a loyal + trustworthy color. That is why most insurance + finance logos are blue. This color would best work in the places in the office that require focus + mental strain.

photo source: Google’s London Office

photo source: Google’s London Office

Yellow
The color yellow is bright + intense which can invoke strong, emotional feelings. It is generally viewed as a warm color, but can be visually abrasive if overused. Yellow is also not the most loved color. The ones who do like yellow love it + those who do not are overwhelmed by it.

photo source: Joe Fletcher; Garcia Tamjidi Architecture in California

photo source: Joe Fletcher; Garcia Tamjidi Architecture in California

Whether you’re choosing a new paint color for your office or designing a new space for a client, it is important to keep in mind your color choices + how they can help you maximize your potential.





Sources

  1. http://www.contemporist.com/interior-design-idea-use-color-to-define-an-area/

  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/02/04/how-to-use-color-psychology-to-give-your-business-an-edge/#1226319d170a

  3. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-color-psychology-of-pink-2795819

  4. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-color-psychology-of-yellow-2795823

Kimball XSEDE Product Enhancements

photo source:  Kimball.com

photo source: Kimball.com

Xsede Height Adjust, Power Beams & Power Panels provide option-rich height-adjustable solutions with integrated power and visual privacy for the open plan. With the touch of a button, Xsede Height Adjust allows users to raise or lower their worksurface. This is essential in creating a healthy workspace that accommodates fluid, natural movement throughout the day and comfortably supports a wide variety of work styles. Xsede Power Beams & Power Panels add seamless, flexible function to the open plan. The Power Beam delivers power, data and voice while creating integrated worksurfaces and storage support. Upholstered, tackable screens provide privacy and space division. The optional accessory rail creates the ability to add functional, yet playful accessories to the workstation. This simple, clean collection exceeds expectations by bringing movement, power, and energy to the open plan environment.


Workplace design should address the need for privacy while offering the freedom to choose an individualized work mode. The versatile components of Xsede Height Adjust provide balance for an active style of work with a welcome aesthetic and functionality that fosters creativity, well-being and engagement.


photo source:  Kimball.com

photo source: Kimball.com

Xsede Power Beam & Panels add seamless, flexible function to the open plan. The Power Beam delivers power, data and voice while creating integrated worksurfaces and storage support. 

Upholstered, tackable screens provide privacy and space division. The optional accessory rail creates the ability to add functional, yet playful accessories to the workstation. 

This simple, clean collection exceeds expectations by bringing movement, power, and energy to the open plan environment. 

photo source:  Kimball.com

photo source: Kimball.com

Xsede Height Adjust takes daily work to different levels. With the touch of a button, Height-Adjustable Benches and Tables allow users to raise or lower their worksurface, supporting fluid, natural movement throughout the day. Xsede excels anywhere from the Open Plan to Private Office, supporting people no matter their personal preferences or style of work.

photo source:  Kimball.com

photo source: Kimball.com

Kimball Wilder Collection

photo source: Kimball 

photo source: Kimball 

Design meets comfort. 

Wilder brings a sense of warmth + sophistication to waiting places, while keeping the rigorous needs of healthcare facilities in mind. With soft, rounded shapes + unique wood details, Wilder invites people to sit back + relax. The collection includes lounge, guest, + bench solutions. 

photo source: Kimball 

photo source: Kimball 

 

Style that performs. 

Wilder guest chairs + settees provide a stylish solutions for smaller footprints. Built with the same durability + features as the lounge pieces - wall-saver legs, cleanout design, + adjustable glides - Wilder is sure to make a statement in any space. 

 

photo source: Kimball

photo source: Kimball

Features + Benefits: 

+ Wallsaver leg

+ 360 cleanout design 

+ Adjustable glides 

+ Structural back frame is overlaid with soft urethane foam 

+ Optional moisture barrier on seat + back 

Meet the b + c team! Rachel Smith

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This weeks employee spotlight is Rachel Smith! Rachel has experience in marketing, social media management, event production, and graphic design. She has worked with several industries from healthcare to fashion to hospitality, helping further their marketing efforts. She graduated from the Art Institute of San Diego with a Fashion Marketing & Management degree and joined b + c in late 2017 where she now creates marketing material and manages b + c events. 

 

Can't get enough of Rachel?! Let's get to know her a little better...

 

Fun Facts ...

What is a secret talent of yours?

I’m an excellent whistler

Where is your favorite place to be?

San Felipe, Baja

What is the last joke you recall?

What do you call a fake noodle?

An impasta

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

-       Swim with a whale shark

-       Pacific North West road trip

-       Bungee jumping

What was the worst pet you’ve ever had?

A gold fish that ate my other gold fish 

Can natural light affect productivity?

photo source: Kimball Brand 

photo source: Kimball Brand 

Believe it or not, windows play a big role in an employee's satisfaction with a work space. That's because lighting doesn't just affect how well we are able to see, it also affects our mood + behavior. 

But while it's true that natural light can result in happier workers, less absenteeism, reduced stress, + fewer illnesses, there's also a compelling economic reason to bring more light into the workplace - A greater dose of daylight can also increase employee productivity + alertness. And the best part is, it doesn't matter if the natural light is coming through windows or filtered through translucent materials, you + your employees will experience the same benefits. 

But what about the employees who aren't lucky enough to work near a window? Don't worry, you don't have to leave them sitting in the dark. Glass panels, glazed movable walls, lower panel heights, + translucent or mesh partitions/walls can improve their access to daylight, too. Plus, some of these solutions even provide the added benefit of acoustic privacy. 

 

Why does daylight matter? 

- reduces stress, increases productivity, + alertness 

- workers overwhelmingly prefer working near windows 

- natural light provides variety + stimulation during the day 

- tapping natural light resource reduces energy use 

 

 

 

1. https://www.kimball.com/

 

Textures + Patterns...the more the merrier!

Texture + Pattern trends of 2018 + 2019

 

We love trends and we know you do too! Take a quick look at the different texture + pattern trends for this year and next! 

 

 

Wall Coverings 

Image source: Interior Design 

Image source: Interior Design 

Wall coverings are a huge hit for this year + the next. There is everything from natural organic shapes to geometric. It brings a simple setting more complexity and allows for playfulness. Need to spice up your office setting? Throw up some wall coverings!  

 

Natural elements 

Image source: Interior Design 

Image source: Interior Design 

Bringing the outside in is not the newest concept, but it is definitely still a popular one. We will continue to see more natural elements being brought into the workplace with plants, wooden materials, stones, etc. It gives us a sense of energy and reminds us to reconnect with nature as we were originally created to do. 

 

The old + the new 

Image source: Kimball 

Image source: Kimball 

Kimball Brand plays with old + new textures here in their retro-inspired lounge setting. Although the room appears to have an older concept, the wooden wall decor and modern lighting make it feel new. The different use of materials from the rich blue velvet seats to the wooden walls and metal table legs, has this room bursting with texture! It's what makes this setting so visually appealing. We can expect to see an abundance of texture through out 2018 + 2019. 

 

Patterns galore 

Image source: Metropolis Magazine 

Image source: Metropolis Magazine 

Patterns are in and they are nothing but vibrant! These bold, colorful patterns are bringing a mid-century modern feel to spaces. Most of these patterns are consistent with block shapes. However, there is no distinct repetition to them which gives it an energetic feel. 

 

 

Works Cited: 

“You'll Be Redecorating After You See These Designs From NeoCon 50!” Yulio VR, 21 June 2018, www.yulio.com/blog-neocon-office-design-trends/.

 

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