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Choosing the Right Apple for Your Office

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Apples to apples, Who ever thought of using fruit to compare values? Juxtaposing apples seems to be a common metaphor for comparing; products, ideas, equations or one object to another. Conversely, compare an apple to an orange and symbolically you have disparity in subject matter. On one hand brining apples, oranges or bananas together can make an interesting fruit salad, but on the other hand one when making accurate product comparisons using like for like is essential. Now, one can make an argument and attempt to demonstrate similarities by showing both apples and oranges alike were grown in orchids, both were grown on trees, both are round and both are about the same size, etc. These types of similarities are typical representations of marketing product comparatives. The intention here is not to offer a lesson in fruit differences, but rather to offer up ideas as to how to make office product comparisons based upon purposeful design as the dominant criteria rather than market presentations.

Choosing the Right OfficeDeciding to Decide

Although product presentations may appear similar, working from an informative foundation of purpose will have you focus on dominant criteria that is best suited for you. When choosing office furniture, why should purposeful design be the dominant criteria in your selection? Office furniture is generally chosen for a number of unrelated reasons (apples and oranges). Marketers generally push furniture to address all of these apparent reasons irrespective of design requirements. In some cases it’s about having the lowest price, in other cases it’s about free shipping, and in still others it’s about product branding. Whereas these solutions may address certain needs and possibly may overlook others, it would be important to consider all relevant requirements before deciding. It is important to choose your office furniture, first and foremost upon the purpose intended and related elements thereto. By way of an extreme example; if you need a table and you settle for a chair, it will not serve your primary need, nor if the best fit is a 5’ table and you settle for a 7’ one, will that one best serve your needs?

Deciding from Knowing

Serving needs is part of an ultimate design strategy. There are many design factors to consider, and here are a few; size, function, style, color, material, construction, price, fit, shape, sustainability, scheme, and company culture. Having a clear understanding of sense of purpose is the best starting place to make an apple to apple comparison. If you need modular furniture, should it be modern furniture or classic? If you need a conference table, should it be maple or ebony and how many people should it fit? If you need a reception desk, what elements will best match your company’s culture? When considering function, what shape and material makeup will be best suited for the task? Choosing the right office furniture involves bringing all the elements together to create the best workable office environment possible. In other words your complete design needs must be the dominant apple by which to compare all others.

Decide from Comparatives

Armed with your design list of important elements you can make an intelligent choice based upon a plan that works. Organize your list into priorities. The right furniture in not only related to a single unit but rather how each unit in the office relates together. The comparatives must provide solutions for all requirements or at least the ones at the top of your list.

Like any system, having the collection of all the right parts together in one space working together for the intended results makes for good meaningful organization. Making apple to apple comparisons after having an understanding of what your needs are and understanding how the independent parts relate together makes for easier choices. So when someone offers you a proverbial orange and you really need an apple you know what to do.

With these facts in mind, we at 90 Degree Office Concepts have designed our business model around you, not the other way around. By that I mean our office furniture is made to order, whereas it fits your; style, color, shape and material. In this way there is no need to settle for one reason or another. Because our products are manufactured stateside and we sell direct to you, we can offer American craftsmanship at affordable pricing. For more information as to how you can get the right apple for your needs, contact a design consultant now: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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