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Why acoustics should not be an afterthought

Mar 19, 2018 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness, Performance, Design

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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Sit to Stand Working: Everything You Need to Get Started

Mar 14, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

Sit to stand working is one of the biggest workplace trends of recent years, thanks to our growing understanding of the risks posed by an extremely sedentary lifestyle. Employers are looking to the sit to stand work trend to encourage employees to be more active day-to-day, and in turn to improve health and wellness across their organization.

However, it can be difficult to make that change in your organization's culture and adopt healthy sit to stand working practices. To help your company successfully embrace the sit to stand work trend, we're sharing the health benefits of this work practice, as well as everything you need to get started from a practical standpoint.

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4 Types of Flooring Tile that Look Like Wood

Mar 7, 2018 / by Alan Fennell

Wood flooring has a timeless aesthetic, which has long been a popular choice for companies wanting to introduce an organic feel into commercial spaces. It's easy to co-ordinate with different styles, thanks to its simple, classic appeal. Unfortunately, the price and ongoing maintenance costs of wood flooring makes it unattainable for many organizations with smaller budgets.

Fortunately, there are lots of alternatives available - several different types of flooring tiles designed to recreate the wood aesthetic, but at a fraction of the cost. Here are four common flooring types that provide the same appeal as real wood flooring, to consider for use on your next design projects.

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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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What to Look for in Self-Adhesive Carpet Tiles

Feb 22, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

If you're looking to cut-out the hassle of traditional flooring adhesives, it's time to turn to self-adhesive carpet tiles. From sticky backings to friction-based coatings, we're sharing the pros and cons of self-adhesive carpet tiles - and seeing how they stack-up compared to conventional adhesives.

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5 Must-See Examples of Beautiful Interior Design in Libraries

Feb 20, 2018 / by Mike Patrick

The interior design of libraries can either help to position them as a valuable community or school resource for everyone to enjoy, or leave them looking uninspiring and neglected. We're sharing five examples of stand-out library designs, as well as three design elements that are essential for creating a successful and much-loved library facility.

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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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The Complete Guide to Printed Carpet

Feb 7, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

Printed carpet offers unparalleled design flexibility and creative freedom. Designs can be made to match perfectly from tile to tile, and vary hugely in size – from high-resolution half-inch patterns, to patterns as large as your floor plan.

New technology made printed carpet available for the first time, more than 40 years ago. Since then, decades of technical refinement, improvement and development have enhanced design possibilities with printed carpet - but despite that, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding printed carpet.

We've pulled together everything you need to know about printed carpet, to dispel these myths and share the creative possibilities that printed carpet offers.

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Is Laminate Flooring a Smart Commercial Flooring Option?

Jan 31, 2018 / by Alan Fennell

Laminate is a popular flooring choice, but is it a good option for commercial installations? We're looking at the relative strengths and weaknesses of laminate flooring, to understand whether it's a smart commercial flooring choice, or if there are better alternatives.

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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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