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Insights: Office Furniture Design Concepts, Materials, Trends and Ideas

Welcome to Insights. We provide these informational writings to assistance to our readers in understanding some basic concepts about office design criteria, functional dimensions, visual perceptions, space planning, office concepts, materials, collaborative elements, and other relevant topics in today’s business environments. Our topics come from extensive research, popular business materials and practical field experience. Our goals are to provide you with informative subjects or to simply remind you of things we already know that may aid you in building a more creative and productive work environment. 

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When children learn to ride bicycles they go through the series of vicissitudes that is known as the learning process. Generally they first start off on a tricycle and slowly graduate to a two wheeler with training wheels. Eventually the training wheels come off and they are now riding on two wheels. It doesn’t stop here. Bikes can become more powerful (i.e., scooters, dirt bikes and motorcycles) and requires even more of a learning curve. This process requires learning balance and control. The ability to balance the equipment and control the environment are the two factors needed for growth throughout…
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There is an insurance company’s television commercial that displays the capitulation of and reenactment of human errors; a car door opening while a car comes along and knocks the door off, forgetting to put the brake on the car and having it roll unmanned downhill, and a car with two bicycles on top crashing into a garage door, all products of what is shown to be human error. Most mistakes are thought to be caused by human error, yet most mistakes are caused by errors in design rather than human operation so says author James Reason in his book: The…
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You can’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. Clothes don’t make the man. Sound familiar? These are all clichés used in everyday life. However, people do judge books based on their cover, they judge beauty by looks and clothing all the time. In fact, billions of dollars are spent annually on book and product design, beauty treatments, and men’s clothing. Why? Because people are looking to make an impression. Regardless of clichés, people think, believe, and take action based upon impressions. That being true, designers spend time and money on studying human behavior as to…
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It doesn’t matter if you are using modern cubicle office furniture, executive office furniture or if you have created a contemporary conference room environment, environments rich with nature views and imagery reduce stress and enhance focus and concentration. For years poets, philosophers and writers have projected exposure to natural environments have produced restorative effects. In the past few decades, this calm has been tested thoroughly and findings show these age old proclamations do have emotional, cognitive and even physical benefits. Studies that have examined the effects of things like gardening, backpacking and exposure to nature pictures verses urban scenes substantiate…
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Cats and Dogs do it My friend has two cats and she gives them a special dietary food blend that they eat every day. However on occasion they get the luxury of canned tuna. This is a special day for them insofar as it’s a routine interrupt and they love the experience. One thing I’ve noticed, no matter where they are in the house, when the tuna can opens they come running. This is pretty much what Ivan Pavlov discovered with his dogs; it’s called classical conditioning. Classical Conditioning A process of behavior modification in which a subject learns to…
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Pretty much everything we interact with in life we function within a system of some kind, from transporting yourself in your car to something as basic as getting a drink of bottled water from the refrigerator. The actions involved may look some like this; walking to the refrigerator door, grabbing the handle, in a pulling motion apply force in the direction of yourself thus opening the door, inserting your hand and securing the bottle, in a pulling motion bring the bottle towards your body, with one hand in a pushing motion close the refrigerator door, with one hand hold on…
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There is an old cliché’ that still holds true today: You have only one chance to make a first impression. When customers first encounter your product, service or experience, they will first size it up for its attractiveness. Do they find it beautiful, sophisticated, cute, novel or serious in a way that feels good? These questions are not far out of the box. The fact is that the aesthetic values in an object are the way people perceive it. Whether or not you pay attention to it, the expression your reception area will elicits from your customers will be a…
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Have you ever made arrangements to meet a friend, business associate or family member in a particular spot and after waiting for some time you discover either you or they are waiting in different locations? The result being someone gets upset, time is wasted, or you laugh about it and reschedule. This happens when there is lack of continuity in thoughts, listening or expectations. Whether actual, or perceived, lack of continuity can be disruptive to scheduling, timing, perception, organization or all of the above. In your office this lack of continuity can result in loss of time, flow interrupts, or…
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 There was someone I use to work with, his name was James. James was always late. Whenever we had an appointment together, I would never know if James would show up or how late he would be. It used to drive me crazy. At some point early on I began to realize I could not trust or depend upon his word. Whenever he told me something I began to doubt his fulfillment. Now, even though I knew he was a great person, warm, friendly and funny, what I didn’t know is when to trust and when not to trust. Although…
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