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How to Avoid the Office Cold

Tips on how to avoid + prevent office germs from taking over!


Sneezing, sniffling, coughing…yikes! All warning signs that the office cold is upon us. It happens every year and spreads like wild fire. You might think to yourself, “Not me, not this year” and then BAM! You’re mouth breathing at your desk with a box of tissues.

However, this year could be different. Luckily we’ve come up with some tips + tricks to help prevent that pesky little cold that seems to make its way around every year.

photo source: COACH Magazine UK

photo source: COACH Magazine UK

  1. Two words: Sanitize EVERYTHING

    Germs are everywhere, and the worst part is you can’t see them. It’s important to make sure that you are keeping your hands and surfaces clean. Keep a mini bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk to apply throughout the day. You can also use sanitizing towelettes to wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, cupboard handles, bathroom doors, and basically anything that anyone ever touches.

  2. Take your vitamins

    There are some great natural remedies that can be taken to help prevent the common cold. EmergenC packets are a dissolvable powder that you can put into your water and drink. Not only does it replenish your body with vitamin C, but the flavors are all delicious! Our favorite is the peach mango. Another helpful remedy is a homeopathic called Zicam. This is an all natural medicine and works best for preventative care. It can also be used when you have a cold to help reduce the sickness. EmergenC + Zicam can be bought at local health food and convenience stores.

  3. Hydration is key

    Drinking lots of fluids which means water. Not soda, not juice, not coffee. WATER.

  4. Pass on the office happy hours

    We all love a good happy hour, but if you’re trying to prevent getting sick, you should probably pass on the booze for a little bit. It’s important to keep your immune system in tip top shape and alcohol definitely doesn’t help.

  5. The obvious one: Sleep

    Getting plenty of sleep is a sure way to help prevent getting sick. Make sure you are getting yourself to bed at a reasonable hour (this means no late night Netflix binges.)

We hope you found our five simple preventative tricks helpful! Stay healthy this season friends.

Aidin | Height-Adjustable Table Features

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photo source: Kimball Brand

Flexible + Efficient

Aidin height-adjustable tables provide caregivers with the proper support they need to connect with patients and provide the highest level of care. With multiple top shapes and material options, Aidin supports flexibility and can be tailored to the environment to help deliver meaningful and efficient care.

photo source: Kimball Brand    Also shown Recliner: Greer / Patient Seating: Tucker / Modular Casegoods: Alterna

photo source: Kimball Brand

Also shown Recliner: Greer / Patient Seating: Tucker / Modular Casegoods: Alterna

Statement of Line

Depth: 18"

Width: 24*"

Height: 28½–44¼"

*Narrow end is 20"

Depth: 18"

Width: 24"

Height: 28½–44¼"


Features + Options:

• Tops available in soft rectangle or D-shape

• Top materials include ¾" thick TFL or HPL with matching 2MM rim, or 1" thick 3DL

• Spill groove with cup holder is optional on 3DL tops • Pneumatic height adjustment on base is 28½" - 44¼"

• Two locking/two non-locking white with grey, dual wheel casters

• Platinum metallic finish on base with a textured aluminum column

photo source: Kimball brand

photo source: Kimball brand

b + c is passionate about creating a healthy workplace environment that fuels employee productivity. We provide comprehensive resources to increase client satisfaction that results in long lasting relationships. We measure our accomplishments by exceeding your expectations. We take pride not only in the work we perform, but the relationships we build. We know your time is valuable, and that is why we are committed to providing you with quick response times and unparalleled service.

How Healthcare will Change the Future of Corporate Office Design

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2019

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2019

The world around us is quickly changing – people, technology, and medicine. The future of healthcare will focus more on maintaining overall well-being rather than masking illnesses. So how will this affect the corporate work environment? We can expect companies to begin integrating these health technologies in the future of office design.

 

Wearable devices

Advancing technologies will play a major role in the future of consumers health such as artificial intelligence and inter-operable data. Wearable devices like Fit Bits and Apple watches already have the capacity to track and monitor our steps, sleeping patterns, and heart rates. We can expect in the next 20 years to watch this trend grow according to Deloitte. Many medtech companies are already beginning to incorporate always-on biosensors and software into devices that can generate, gather, and share data (Deloitte). This will provide consumers with customized health plans and give them complete control over their well-being.

 

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon Chicago 2019

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon Chicago 2019

Supporting spaces

Today’s work culture is all about employee well-being and it goes beyond fancy amenities like a pool table or kegerator. It is important to promote movement and creative flow within the office. This includes creating both physical and mental supporting spaces. The wearable devices can provide active information to manage user’s health and wellness (WorkDesign Mag).

Physical supporting spaces can include sit-to-stand desks or defined walkways for “walk and talk” meetings. There is a serious lack of physical activity within an office environment which can lead to several health issues. It is important for workplace designers to find design solutions that promote health and wellness for employees.

It is also vital to create mental supporting spaces that goes beyond collaboration. Although the Open Plan concept promotes more collaboration between employees, it can be a distraction. Mental supportive spaces can include “quiet zones” which are separate rooms/areas filled with comfortable furniture and calming aesthetics to unwind and regroup.

 

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2018

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2018

The future of Office Design

We can expect to see a lot more changes in the office environment. As employee health and wellness becomes the center of a company’s focus, workplace designers will begin to incorporate technology into

into every aspect of the office from our chairs, monitors, and even computer mouse which will monitor vitals and let employees know when they should take a break or walk around (WorkDesign Mag). Office design will also begin to focus more on stress-management and promote more physical activity within the workplace.



https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/industry/health-care/forces-of-change-health-care.html

https://workdesign.com/2019/07/healthcare-advancements-that-will-redefine-office-design-in-2020-and-beyond/



New Employee Spotlight | Richie Russell

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Please help us welcome Richie Russell to our install team! Richie has over 5 years of experience with modular furniture and we are very excited to further his skills as our Lead Installer.  

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

Fun Facts…

What’s an ideal Christmas/ Holiday for you?

I think my ideal Christmas would be in a cabin with my family, big tree, lots of food, and gifts.

Describe your life using only one word?

Unpredictable.

Do you have tattoos?

Negative.

Who gives you the courage to try new things?

My kids.

How often do you look at your phone?

Very often.

New Employee Spotlight | Vanessa Rasool

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Please help us welcome our newest project coordinator Vanessa Rasool! Vanessa has experience in marketing, event planning and project management. She’s worked in several fields including hospitality, real estate and vendor relations to further her professional career. She received her Bachelors in Communications and Public Relations from Cal State East Bay University and has joined b + c managing projects and learning about the furniture industry.  

Can’t get enough of Vanessa?! 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?

I can’t chose between Taco’s and Pizza so both 😊

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

I wanted to be a Fashion Designer.

You’re happiest when…

I’m traveling.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Peanut M&Ms.

Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

Definitely too cold.

New Employee Spotlight | Eric Yepiz

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Our newest design guru Eric Yepiz has just joined the b + c team! Eric has over 10 years of experience in the commercial furniture industry. He is a true expert in AutoCAD, CAP Studio and 3DS Max & V-Ray, but it doesn’t stop there! Eric’s skills also include 3D Visualization utilizing state of the art and advanced techniques. We are very excited to have Eric on board!

Can’t get enough of Eric? Let’s get to know him a little better…

Fun Facts…

What is in your fridge right now?

Coffee creamer and Diet Coke.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Die Hard (1988).

When things break, do you prefer to fix them or replace them?

Replace them.

If you had to work but didn’t need the money, what would you choose to do?

Professional race car driver.

What is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage?

Starbucks Venti Flat White with whip.

NeoCon | New 2019 Kimball Introductions

Another NeoCon has come and gone! 2019 brought us a lot of new, fresh interior solutions and we cannot get enough. This year, Kimball introduced a new kind of NeoCon theme, Sophisticozy. “Welcoming a refined sense of warmth and humanit to the workflow. Furnishings in relaxed tones and rich textures that invite people to come together comfortably. An atmosphere that not only considers our productivity but our peace of mind. Join us to experience that harmony.” (Kimball)

Debut™

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

Our latest office solution features a modern aesthetic that showcases the Kimball design direction and craftsmanship. Featuring asymmetrical, modern aesthetic for the office. Debut includes thoughtfully designed height-adjust desks, sleek storage options and layered wall panels that support acoustic separation. Soft, rounded corners are a key element of this unique offering, which includes privacy panels and an accessory rail to house utility tools for an additional flexibility within this comprehensive solution.

Work|Able™

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

A new wall solutions that maximizes touchdown, group, and personal space in dense footprints with thoughtful design details. Work able creates an engaging application within the larger environment. Acoustic softness combines with a personal level of materiality, tactile and differentiation in this offering.

Whittaker™

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

An elegant, timeless lounge offering, Whittaker combines light and slender simplicity with a sophisticated industrial aesthetic. Utilize modular components or stand-alone freely within the interior environment. Whittaker’s comfort and style, along with limitless configurations, creates a welcome setting where people feel right at home. A clean-out option meets the rigid requirements of today’s healthcare landscapes.

Nate & Natty™

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

A family of seating designed to meet the spectrum of needs in today’s workplace. Whether next to a desk or in a conference space, Nate & Natty can dress up a room with fun colors and different base options. With a lovely detail stitching, this seating family consists of a conference or guest chair, as well as counter or bar height stools. Whatever the choice, Nat & Natty are sure to enhance any space with a luxurious tone and comfort like none other. The scale of both chairs has been designed for today’s spaces; the comfort for today’s informal setting; and the material options for a designer to be able to easily carry a design vocabulary.




Pairings™ Nooks

photo source: Kimball brand

photo source: Kimball brand

As an extension of Pairings, designed by pL-D, the Pairings Nooks provides a private retreat for meetings or impromptu gatherings, while still fitting into the open plan. Pairings Nook provides enclosed spaces for a more private setting that supports collaboration or just casual conversation. Extend work surfaces off the back and add monitors, storage and markerboards for a complete, interactive solution.

Niles™

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

With a timeless style, Niles is a natural choice for furnishing office, meeting and conference spaces. Available in classic black and ivory with a chrome base, it comes in mid-back or high-back models for all types of applications.

Priority™ Height Adjust

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

Now with even greater flexibility, the expanded Priority portfolio includes new height-adjustable desks and a multitude of low storage pedestals that can be integrated for a truly comprehensive solution. Utilize a robust selection of wall panels to create a space that supports any type of modern-day work environment.






Wilder™

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

Wilder brings a sense of warmth and sophistication to health and commercial waiting places. The collection includes lounge, guest, and bench solutions, as well as new rocker, loveseat and ferrule options. The rocker provides passive movement to ease anxiety allows families to gather in comfort.




Greer™ & Aidin™

photo source: Kimball Brand

photo source: Kimball Brand

Greer is a modern and modest, full function patient recliner, built with quality and value in mind. The small-scale design works perfectly for today’s smaller footprint spaces while still providing comfort for all body shapes and sizes. With features that provide complete functionality, Greer offer patients comfort during treatment.

Aidin, is a height adjustable, mobile clinician table that allows for greater patient interaction. Available in different top shapes and materials with an optional cup holder and spill groove, Aidin supports the needs of demanding healthcare spaces.

See the full 2019 Kimball Introduction Brochure HERE.





New Employee Spotlight | Ambur Casciola

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This weeks employee spotlight is Ambur Casciola! Ambur has worked in the furniture industry for a little over a year, from installation to office interiors. She attended the Art Institute of Las Vegas for Illustration and Graphic Design and joined b + c in mid-2019. She now supports the b + c staff as an administrative assistant.

Can’t get enough of Ambur?! Lets get to know her a little better…

Fun Facts…

Is there an app that you hate, but use anyways!

Nope!

If you could only speak one word today what would you say?

Coffee

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos?

Unlimited sushi.

Who gives you the courage to try new things?

Close friends, family and artists I admire.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 5 years?

Having a good career, working towards more goals and happiness.

Bring Your Pet to Work [Every] Day

With increased work demands and longer commutes, the workplace is becoming a home away from home. Many companies are moving to employee-centered work atmospheres by providing new wellness initiatives and other amenities to help make employees feel comfortable and enjoy the environment they work in. But even with healthy food options and exercise classes, many employees still rush out the door at 5:00 p.m. to spend time with the beloved pets waiting for them at home. This challenge is now being recognized by today’s employers, and many are seeing mutual benefits to inviting employees to bring their four-legged friends along with them.

Power of Pets
Decades of research have shown that pets provide numerous health benefits, from lower blood pressure, reduced stress and anxiety, boosted immunity, and prevention of asthma and allergies. Even a quick pet can calm and reduce subconscious tensions. And when you’re less stressed, you’re generally happier, more creative, and more productive.

photo source: Kimball

photo source: Kimball

By bringing their pets to work, employees aren’t worried about having to stay late once in a while or feel guilty about leaving their pet at home all day. They feel they have a better work-life balance, which ultimately leads to less absenteeism and better employee retention.

Taking their pets outside for a quick walk or restroom break also provides increased movement and much needed brain breaks throughout the day. It even gets employees out of their primary area and encourages new interactions and coworker bonding that may have not happened otherwise.

Family and Friends
Often, pets are thought of as a member of the family. Since the beginning of David Edward, the canine companions of the Pitts family have helped make David Edward a special place.

Four-legged friends have been a steady feature at the David Edward office since Edward Pitts began the company. He always had a love for dogs, and brought them to work with him every day. Their presence provided a welcome and more informal environment, and soon, the David Edward family of employees became attached to them as well. Over the years, the beloved pups of David Edward have even made special appearances in marketing materials.

© Seth Hughes, Getty Images.

© Seth Hughes, Getty Images.

“A few walks a day bring fresh air to our lungs, a nice stretch to our legs, and the lack of guilt associated with leaving our best friend at home for 10 hours,” said Greg Pitts, VP of Marketing and Design at David Edward.

David Edward's philosophy is to manifest positive, unconditional regard for its customers, employees, suppliers, the environment, and the community at large. Known as Design’s Best Friend, they strive to treat everyone with the same love and friendship that their four-legged pals provide them each and every day.

5 Steps to Making Pets Work in Your Workplace

  • Maintain good hygiene.

  • Make sure pets are groomed, cleaned and free of fleas/ticks, as well as have up-to-date vaccinations. Introduce pets slowly. Inform employees of pet’s training and dietary needs.

  • Additionally, be respectful of employee allergies. Sections or floors of a workplace should be determined as no-dog-zones, and employees taking their dogs to their desks should take the shortest route possible to get there.

  • Keep your pet-friendly areas clean. Dogs’ bedding to be washed once a week, as well as the implementation of HEPA filters to provide allergy relief.

photo source: Kimball

photo source: Kimball

New Employee Spotlight | Halie Romasco

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A career sales professional, Halie enjoys over 10 years of experience in the sales field.
Starting in industrial distribution, then as a manufacturer's representative and now in commercial interiors, she has truly worked in all aspects of the selling world. After working in several job fields, she understands what it takes to be successful in the sales world. Her strength is providing an exceptional customer experience while striving for teamwork, profitability and efficiency. 

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

Fun Facts…

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? 

More kids and a yard! 

 What’s your dream car?

Free with no maintenance or gas required 😊

 What is the most annoying question that people ask you?

Where would you like to eat? - the answer is everywhere and nowhere at the same time 

 How do you relax after a hard day of work?

I have a newborn... 

 What songs have you completely memorized?

Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Understanding acoustic design elements in the office

photo source: Snowsound

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.

photo source: Lencore

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

photo source: Snowsound

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

photo source: Kimball

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.

photo source: Kimball

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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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


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 

 

 

 

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