Yearly Archives: 2016

What is “Active” Seating?

    Safco, one of the leading manufacturers of office furniture, has some fascinating comfort-enhancing products. As a company, one of their goals is to be a step ahead regarding trend-right products that make workplaces ergonomically friendly. They recently introduced Safco Active, which brings some of their best selling active working products together. All of which are innovative, unique and remind us that sitting behind a desk all day is not the only way to work! Safco Active provides the tools for employees to be more active and dynamic during the day. Safco is definitely on point with this workplace design trend. Wellness, which is quite the buzzword these days, is showing … Continue reading

Focus Wall from Teknion

      Focus Wall™, which was an honoree at NeoCon 2016, is a family of wall-mounted presentation tools suited for all collaborative areas within an organization. Designed by Teknion, this architectural glass wall product offers several modern features that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.     Architectural glass walls give a sense of openness and harmony within an interior and Focus Wall is visually minimalist, clean and seamless. All of the product’s frame and trim components are light in proportion. The wall and door pairings match and are equivalent in style and size. Furthermore, Focus Wall allows outside sources of light to shine through.   The system offers the … Continue reading

Trendsetting: SIXINCH

    Our team was just recently introduced to SIXINCH, a design driven company that specializes in uniquely made modern furniture. Their products, which range from long winding benches to ottomans shaped like puzzles, are creative and fresh. SIXINCH was founded by Pieter Jamart and Michel Sels in Antwerp, Belgium. Their polyurethane coated furniture is used to design and develop a variety of dramatic creations. The possibilities are endless. As you can see below, SIXINCH’s products are dramatic and fun conversation-starters.   Krib, Livv and Lounge 2 at NeoCon 2016 in Chicago. There’s also Blocks, Animals, and the Mint Collection.      A SIXINCH custom piece at the tiff Gala in Toronto.   … Continue reading

2017 Color Forecast

    As 2017 grows nearer, many of the top paint companies have announced their predictions for the upcoming year’s color forecast. Will we be seeing more grey? Yes. But we are definitely moving away from the greys and back to warmer, earthier colors. One common trend that we’ve noticed are colors that help foster a comforting and relaxing environment. It’s about creating your own sanctuary in which you can escape from the many stresses of the world. Finding calm is certainly an important and sometimes challenging part of many people’s days. The provider of color systems and leading technology for communication of color, Pantone, has already released its 2017 Pantone® Home + Interiors … Continue reading

Our Trip to The Mart

    Our team just got back from Chicago where we toured several showrooms in theMART and participated in some training. TheMART, which is two city blocks long and twenty-five stories high, is abundant in innovation and creativity. It captivates thousands of consumers to its luxury kitchen and bath, home furnishings and outdoor furnishings showrooms each year and is a major hub for interior designers, architects, contractors and business owners. While theMART includes residential showrooms, it also has showrooms for commercial design. In fact, the Design Center has more than 100 showrooms and 900 of the finest product lines… Needless to say, we were in heaven.   Check out the … Continue reading

Love the Look: Reclaimed Wood

    Reclaimed wood gives an interior space texture, warmth and interest but it also charms us with its aged and honest look. Even better, reclaimed wood has a history. Was it at one point in time a part of the structure of a barn? Perhaps a boxcar? One thing’s for sure… There’s something romantic about a material that tells a story of the past.       Oftentimes, reclaimed wood is known for its durability and therefore can be quite expensive. Wood that won’t rot and perish typically needs to be seasoned, air-dried and sometimes dried in a kiln. If you’re looking for highly durable wood you … Continue reading

Best of Competition: Teknion’s Zones

    At this year’s NeoCon 2016, Teknion’s Zones Collection took home “Best of Competition.” Designed by Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson of PearsonLloyd, a London-based design consultancy, Teknion’s Zones Collection embodies an exploration of design concepts that address the social and technological changes driving behavior at work.   “The boundaries between traditional and emerging work space is breaking down,” said designer Luke Pearson. “People don’t just work in offices; hotels, public transport, cafes and home have become an extension of the office.” Zones is different than the traditional workstation. It combines comfort, function and sophistication and is the perfect collection for collaborative spaces … Continue reading

Trendsetting: BuzziSpace

    Established in 2007, BuzziSpace became an instant hit as open floor plans had increased in popularity in both homes and offices. At that time, open collaborative spaces were gaining recognition and BuzziSpace’s sound-absorbing acoustic panels quickly turned heads as many found them highly innovative and refreshingly playful. BuzziSpace’s products are functional in regards to nose reduction but are also aesthetically pleasing and fun — something we can all dig.   The Belgium-based company also helps to reduce waste, which makes BuzziSpace products good for the environment. Their eco-felt or BuzziFelt consists of 100% upcycled plastic bottle waste. Their team follows the philosophy of “Cradle-to-Cradle,” which ultimately seeks to … Continue reading

Biophilic Design and the Best Plants for your Office

      With today’s focus on corporate environmental responsibility, health and wellness trends in the workplace, and overall green efforts, it may come as no surprise that Biophilic design is gaining significant attention from interior designers, architects, and the general public. What is Biophilic design? It’s an innovative design method which focus regards the human connection between nature and the built environment. In the past, we frequently designed our cities and suburbs in techniques that degrade the environment and actually alienate us from nature. Biophilic design unites us with nature in spaces that have normally felt sterile or bare. … Continue reading

Product Highlight: Teknion’s hiSpace Height-Adjustable Table

    Today, the risks accompanying sedentary work are widely acknowledged. New studies show that healthy employees perform better and are more productive. Now, “active design” strategies are becoming more of an essential feature of the modern workplace. Height-adjustable desks are a great solution to sedentary work and in recent years have been gaining a great deal of attention.   Studies show that active people live longer than those whose lives’ lack exercise and activity. Sitting at a desk for the entire day not only encourages a sedentary lifestyle, but can actually cause people physical harm. Yes, we’re talking headaches, … Continue reading