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Mike Brown


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Comfort Is About More Than Just Comfort

Jun 21, 2018 / by Mike Brown posted in Health & Wellness

Think about the last time you bought a new mattress. At some point you probably realized it was like you were sleeping on the side of a hill. Or the old one was lumpy. Or too hard or too soft. These are things you might put up with if you’re camping — but you shouldn’t have to in the comfort of your own home. That’s why you got a new one. Happily, bedtime became smooth, flat, and comfy, once again.

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Longevity: It Shouldn’t Get Lost in the Woods

Apr 17, 2018 / by Mike Brown posted in Sustainability

Why are people so fond of whodunits? Here’s a guess: We absolutely crave the moment when we find out the guy slinking around in the trench coat didn’t do it (and you knew it — come on, he was way too obvious). No, it turns out the culprit was actually that sweet old lady from next door who made all the fruit pies. But the thing is — you weren’t really surprised, right? When you think about it, clearly something was up with her, that’s for sure.

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Why acoustics should not be an afterthought

Mar 19, 2018 / by Mike Brown

Think about the spaces you’ve spent time in today. What were your impressions? Maybe you liked the furniture and the layout of an office you were in this morning because it felt so comfortable. Later you were in a room with three skylights, and they made the space seem expansive. Wood surfaces and plants give your favorite lunch spot a cozy, natural ambiance. But after that you went to see your client with the very cramped lobby — also you always notice how it’s just too bright in there. It’s not your favorite place to visit.

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Improve Coworking with these Collaborative Office Design Ideas

Feb 28, 2018 / by Mike Brown

Open office plans are viewed as the solution to every company's communication and collaboration challenges. With employees sharing one large workspace, it's touted as the perfect environment to cultivate creativity and encourage idea sharing and cross-team collaborative projects.

Unfortunately, the reality is often very different: with many employees sharing an open workspace, noise levels quickly escalate to the point where everyone finds it near-impossible to focus on their work. Productivity slumps, and employees are left frustrated by their working environment.

So how can you design an open office space to improve coworking and collaboration? We're sharing three ideas to address the challenges of designing a collaborative office environment.

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The 5 Principles of Modern Healthcare Design

Feb 14, 2018 / by Mike Brown

Research has shown how interior design of healthcare facilities can help improve patient recovery times. As we become more aware of the impact indoor environments have on building users, it will be more important for designers to utilize these findings when designing for healthcare spaces.

Today we're sharing five principles of modern healthcare interiors that are proven to improve patient wellbeing and speed-up recovery.

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How to Transition from Broadloom to Modular Carpet Tiles

Jan 24, 2018 / by Mike Brown

One of the most common misconceptions about commercial flooring is that all carpet is the same, regardless of whether it's broadloom or modular carpet. However, there are some key differences between broadloom and modular carpet, which affect everything from how they look to how they perform.

If you're looking to make the switch from broadloom to modular carpet tiles, it's important that you understand the fundamental differences between the two flooring types, and what you need to consider when making the change.

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The Interior Designer's Guide to Branded Environments

Jan 18, 2018 / by Mike Brown

The office environment says a lot about a company, and its design makes a lasting impression on visitors, employees and customers. So it's no surprise that it's becoming increasingly popular for companies to look for opportunities to style their office or commercial spaces so that it becomes an extension of their brand, to maximize their visual impact and create a more memorable impression for visitors.

So today we're sharing three tips for designing a branded environment that reflects your client's company, without going too far.

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5 Flooring Specification Mistakes that Interior Designers Must Avoid

Dec 20, 2017 / by Mike Brown

When specifying new commercial flooring for a client, it's essential that you have a good understanding of their desired aesthetic, but also the practical requirements and limitations of the project. Otherwise, you run the risk of specifying a product that is a poor fit for the client's needs, and putting the success of your design project at risk.

We've compiled some of the top flooring specification mistakes, so you can avoid making the same mistakes, and make your upcoming projects a success.

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4 Essentials for Your New Sit to Stand Office

Dec 12, 2017 / by Mike Brown

Sit-to-stand working offers real health benefits, and can also lead to improved productivity in the workplace.

But unfortunately, mistakes in office design and equipment can inadvertently hamper the adoption of this healthy working practice. To help boost the adoption of sit-to-stand working in your office, we've outlined 4 essentials for furnishings and decor for sit-to-stand offices.

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Can Your Office Design Layout Improve Employee Recruitment and Retention?

Dec 7, 2017 / by Mike Brown

Does your office create an inspiring first impression for potential new employees? Prospective employees will be more excited about joining your company if you have an attractive workspace. But what about your current employees? With forty hours (or more) of our week spent in the office, the design of our working environments plays a huge role in job satisfaction and employee retention.

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