Office Furniture Collections
Bench System Office Desks
- Astro Bench Desks
- Avalon Bench Desks in 15 colors - Free install
- MW Economy Bench Office Desks
- Vital Office Bench Desk System
- Vital Plus Office Bench Desk System
- Arkitek Bench Office Desks
- Travido 10 Bench Desk System
- Bench desk accessories
- Tanara Express Bench System
- Avalon Plus Bench System
- Avalon Plus 600 shallow bench system
- Loop Bench System
- Gateway 7-10 Days
- Exact Bench Desk System
- Star Economy Bench System
- Astro Plus Bench System
Economy Office Furniture
- Mega Office Furniture
- Avalon 15 Finishes Free Install
- Maddellex H Frame Office Furniture
- Taurus Economy Office Furniture
- Momento Office Furniture
- GM Economy Office Furniture
- Optima Office Furniture
- Dynamo 24 Hour Delivery
- Insight Next Day Office Furniture
- Cristo Panel Next Day Delivery
- Maddellex C Frame Economy Furniture
- Maddellex Side Panel Economy Furniture
- Optineo Office Furniture
- Nevada Next Day Office Furniture
- GM Ecomony Panel Side
- A-Line Office Furniture
- Aztec Economy Furniture
- Abacus Economy Furniture - Free Install
- Mansfield Office Furniture
- Spectrum Office Furniture - Next Day Delivery
- Spectrum Cantilever Next Day Furniture
- Indio Office Furniture
- Duplex Office Furniture
- Abacus Economy Furniture - Express Delivery
- Stellar Express Office Furniture
- Call Centre Office Furniture
Executive Office Furniture Ranges
- Prime Free Install Office Furniture
- E Space Free Install Office Furniture
- Regency Next Day Office Furniture
- Caba Executive Office Furniture
- Washington Office Furniture
- Santos Executive Office Furniture
- Jazz Office Furniture
- Artoline Office Furniture
- Osmose Executive Office Furniture
- Majestic Executive Office Furniture
- Sliver Designer Office Furniture
- Americano Value Executive Range
- Astro Executive Office Furniture
- Travido 10 Executive Office Furniture
- GalaxyX Ring Executive Office Furniture
- X66 Panel executive office furniture
- X3 Next Executive Office Furniture
- ABC Executive Office Furniture
- Studio Executive Office Furniture
- Tao Italian Executive Office Furniture
- Start Executive Furniture
- Direction Style Executive Furniture
- Osmose Executive
- Stream Executive Furniture
- Astral Executive Furniture - Leather tops
- Astral Executive Veneered Furniture
- Select Executive Furniture
- Prestige Executive Office Furniture
- Report Executive Furniture
- Vermont Executive Furniture
- Harmonica Executive Furniture
- Frame Plus
- T J Executive Furniture
Open Plan Office Furniture
- Black and White Office Furniture
- Impact Office furniture - Free Install
- Central Office Furniture
- Offimat Office Furniture
- Kompass Office Furniture
- Vito Office Furniture
- Tuesday Office Furniture
- Notion Office Furniture
- Sonic Office Furniture
- Travido Designer Furniture
- Dynamic Modular Desks and Tables
- Viva! Office Furniture
- Open Plan Desk Accessories
- Avalon Plus - Free install - 15 colours
- eKompi Office Furniture
- Landscape Contemporary
- Buraile Office Furniture
- Colourway Designer Furniture
- CO2 Contemporary Furniture Solutions
Glass Office Furniture
- Arkitek Designer Glass Furniture
- Washington Executive Glass Office Furniture
- Vital Glass Office Furniture
- Vital Plus Glass Office Furniture
- Santos Glass Executive Furniture
- Sliver Glass Office Furniture
- Tuesday Glass Office Desks
- Lexus Glass Executive Desks and Tables
- Travido 10 Designer Glass Furniture
- GalaxyX Ring Executive Glass Office Furniture
- X66 Panel Glass Executive Furniture
- X3 Next Executive Glass Furniture
- X3 Still Glass Executive Furniture
- Economy Glass Desks
- Must Glass Designer Furniture
- Plek Designer Glass Desks
- Stream Executive Glass Furniture
- Astral Glass Executive Furniture
- Height Adjustable Furniture
- Bench System Office Desks
- Fabric Tub Chairs
- Designer Foyer Seating
- Wooden Coffee Tables
- Modular Sofas
- Design Classics
- Value Reception Seating
- Traditional Reception Seating
- Designer Tub Chairs
- Leather Tub Chairs
- Faux Leather Tub Chairs
- Leather Sofas
- Faux Leather Sofas
- Fabric Sofas
- Reception Seating Bundle Deals
- Glass Coffee Tables
- Vinyl Reception Chairs
- Hexy Landscpape Modular Seating
- Cubes Rounds & Benches
- Designer Sofas
- Designer Coffee Tables
- Designer Armchairs
- Beam Seating
- Executive Office Chairs
Operator Office Chairs
- Operator £50-£100
- Operator Office Chairs £100- £200
- Assembled Office Chairs
- Ergonomic Office Chairs
- XXL Extra Large Office Chairs
- Draughtsman Office Chairs
- 24 Hour Use Task Chairs
- Premium Task Chairs
- Poly Operator Office Chairs
- Designer Operator Office Chairs
- Leather Operator
- Kids & Teens Swivel Chairs
- Wooden Office Swivel Chairs
- Operator under £50.00
- Vinyl Meeting Chairs
- Value Conference Chairs
- Fabric £50 - £100
- Leather Over £100
- Wooden Conference Seating
- Mesh Conference Chairs
- Designer Over £100 - £200
- Banqueting Chairs
- Polypropylene less than £50
- Fabric £100-£200
- Fabric Over £200
- Polypropylene £50-£100
- Polypropylene Over £100
- Conference with Writing Tablets
- Fabric Under £50
- Leather Under £100
- Flux Chairs
- Conference Bundle Deal
- Mesh Office Chairs
- Next Day Seating
- Specialist Chairs
- Folding Chairs
- Health Care Chairs
- Education Seating
- Breakout Seating
- Seating accessories
- Chair Mats
- Ergonomic Chairs
- Designer Seating
- Design Classics
- Occasional Seating
- Special Offer Office Chairs
- Gamma Modular Seating
- Reception Chairs
- Economy Boardroom Tables
- Distinction Boardroom Tables - 15 Colours
- Tulip Boardroom Tables in 15 colours
- Rexel Boardroom Tables - 15 Colours
- Central Boardroom Tables
- Arkitek Designer Boardroom Tables
- Vital Designer Boardroom Tables
- Travido 10 Boardroom Tables
- Notion Value Boardroom Tables
- Atlantic Veneered Boardroom Tables
- Oracle Veneer Boardroom Tables
- Dexter Value Boardroom Tables
- ABC Designer Boardroom tables
- Studio Boardroom Tables
- Tao Designer Boardroom Tables
- Harley 38mm Veneer Inlaid
- Harley Axis Folding Boardroom Tables
- Avalon in 15 Finishes - Free install
- Brighton Boardroom Tables - Free Install
- Harley Tables with Edge Options
- Opal High Gloss Boardroom Tables
- Cool 200 Modular Tables
- Elancia Boardroom Tables
- Bespoke Boardroom Tables
- Stream Contemporary Boardroom Tables
- Astral Leather Boardroom Tables
- Astral Wood and Glass Boardroom Tables
- Prestige Boardroom Tables
- Value Meeting Tables
- Folding Meeting Tables
- Presentation Furniture
- Multipurpose Meeting Tables
- Flip Top Meeting Tables
- Modular Conference Tables
- Cable Management Solutions
- Audio Visual Furniture
- Glass Boardroom Tables
- Standing Height Tables
- Conference Furniture Package Deals
- Boardroom Tables
- Classroom Seating
- Classroom Desks and Tables
- Canteen Furniture
- Early Years
- Soft Seating
- Coloured Storage
- Themed Shelving
- Interactive Education Storage
- Budget Education Storage
- Gratnell Trays
- Shallow Tray Storage
- Deep Tray Storage
- Jumbo Tray Storage
- Art Storage
- Combi Tray Storage
- Edge Style Classroom Storage
- Curve Storage
- Cube Storage
- Plan Chests
- Pigeon Holes
- Slugs and Snails
- Honey Bee
- Tree Frog
- Book Spinners
- Book Trolleys
- Funky Classroom Storage
- Novelty Book Storage
- Playtime Accessories
- Music Trolleys
- Education Accessories
- Audio Visual
- Soft Play
- Gym and Activity equipment
- Room Dividers
- Filing Cabinets
- Glass Door Cupboards
- Bisley Cupboards
- Stationery Cupboards
- Executive Cupboards
- Armarios Cupboards
- C01 Wooden Storage
- Sliding Door Cupboards
- Armarios Cupboards with Common Tops
- Armarios Stackable Storage
- Mega Wooden Storage Cupboards
- Mega Budget Storage
- Block Executive Cupboards
- Kompass Wooden Cupboards
- Uni Storage-Comprehensive Solutions
- A 90 Armadi Wooden Cupboards
- A100 Armadi Wooden Cupboards
- Trend Contemporary Storage
- Tambour Cabinets
- Executive Storage
- Combination Cupboards
- Industrial Storage
- Display Cabinets
- Wooden Cupboards
- Storage accessories
- Metal Cupboards
- Designer Cupboards
- Mobile Cupboards
- Archive Filing
- Office Screens
- Cable Management
- Coat stands
- Facilities Equipment
- Audio Visual
- Acoustic Products
- Waste Management
- Server Enclosures
- Panel Displays
- Home Office Furniture
- Xpression Reception Desks
- Cheap Reception Desks
- Evo Light Reception Desks
- Evolution Classic Reception Desks
- Eclypse Reception Desks
- Elite Reception Desks
- Emel Reception Desks
- Luna Reception Desks
- Bono Reception Desks
- Offimat Reception Desk
- X-T Reception Desks
- Avalon Reception Desks
- Avalon Reception Compositions
- Avalon Reception Desk Accessories
- Edison Reception Desks
- Mondolo Reception Desks
- Inform Reception Desks
- Factory Reception Desks
- Kompass Reception Desks
- Valde High Gloss Reception Desks
- Zigger Illuminated Reception Desks
- Foro Reception Desks
- Zen Reception Desks
- Active S Reception Desks
- Durant Reception Desks - Free Install
- Atlanta Glass Reception Desks
- Small Reception Desks
- Schema Reception Desks
- Evo Laminate And Corian Reception Desks
- Reception Seating
- Budget Reception Desks
- Coat Stands
- Office Plants
- Coffee Tables
- Reception desk accessories
- Leaflet Dispensers
- Reception Desks
Next Day Office Furniture
- Next Day Office Desks
Next Day Office Furniture Ranges
- Nevada Next Day Furniture
- Karux Office Furniture
- Real Wood Office Furniture
- Momento Next Day Office Furniture
- Maddellex H Frame Furniture
- Simba Executive Furniture
- Taurus Office Furniture
- Dynamo Office Furniture
- Cristo Office Furniture
- Maddellex C Frame Furniture
- Maddellex Side Panel Furniture
- 24 Hour Flite Office Furniture
- Regency Executive Next Day
- Riva Express Plus Next Day Office Furniture
- Next Day Meeting Tables
- Next Day Office Storage
- Next Day Office Seating
- Next Day Office Screens
- Reception Seating
- NEXT DAY Cafe Furniture
- Clearance Office Furniture
- Bar Stools
- Cafe Chairs
- Cafe Tables
- Poseur tables
- Werzalit Wood Effect Table Tops
- Wooden Table Tops
- Outdoor Table Tops
- Designer Table Tops
- Stone Table Tops
- Durolight tops
- Express Delivery Table Tops
- Werzalit Terra Stone Effect Tops
- Werzalit Vivo Solid Colour Tops
- Topalit Wood Effect Table Tops
- Werzalit Two Tone Table Tops
- Topalit Outdoor Solid Colour Tops
- Topalit Outdoor Stone and Pattern effects
- Topalit Outdoor Laminate Classics
- Compact Laminate Tops
- Outdoor Aluminium Chairs
- Outdoor Weave Chairs
- Outdoor Weave Tables
- Outdoor Aluminium Tables
- Outdoor Table Tops
- Teak Metal Outdoor Chairs
- Outdoor Bar Stools
- Outdoor Plastic Chairs
- Outdoor Wooden Seating
- Outdoor Wooden Tables
- Outdoor Picnic Tables
- Outdoor Table Bases
- Outdoor Continental Weave Chairs
- Outdoor Steel Furniture
- Outdoor Terrace Furniture
- Special Offers- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Heaters
- Envito Outdoor Furniture
- All Weather Weave
- Clearance Deals
- Soft Seating
- Coffee Tables
- Bistro Sets
- Canteen furniture
- Restaurant Furniture
- Folding Furniture
- Fast Food Furniture
- Signage and Displays
- Industrial and Retro Style Furniture
- Best Sellers
- 10 Jan 2014 Restaurant in Madrid Offers Exciting Installation
1 Oct 2013 A Selection of Motivational Quotes
It is fair to say that a lot of people in the world do not enjoy working. Some find it hard to get up in the morning and drag themselves to work, with a small majority of people failing to do even that! There are very few people that have enough money not to work (although guaranteed they would have worked hard at some point in their lives to get to that position), nevertheless if people didn’t work, the world would be in catastrophe.
16 Sep 2013 Finding Choosing the Right Office Chair Hard?
Many people find that choosing an office chair is one if not the hardest choice when choosing furniture for their office. Not only will you be spending large amounts of time sitting in the chosen chair, but it has to fit in with the style of the office so upholstery is an essential element. Not only this, but there is such a huge selection of chairs that all seem to have the same features! You can be forgiven for being confused in that case then.
22 Aug 2013 The Future of Delivery
Two months ago pizza takeaway giant Dominos released video that showed a typical delivery taking place, not by a deliveryman, but by a drone. The drone is controlled by a man, but this does beg the question of whether we will be seeing more and more of these drones entering the sky to replace the conventional four wheeled transport. We are yet to find out whether the video released by Dominos, is actually a real advancement in technology that they are going to implement in the future or just a marketing stunt.
14 Aug 2013 Office World Records...
In previous blogs I have written about world records in the fields of office furniture, from the tallest filing cabinet to the world’s largest office chair. When looking for inspiration for this blog I stumbled across a website called “Record Setter” that allows you to upload video evidence and pictures of you completing a world record of your choice, and it can be anything!
6 Aug 2013 Lounge Chair Design – I Used to be a Washing Machine
We at Office Reality love ingenious design and forward thinking, so when we saw the “I Used to be a Washing Machine” project, we thought it was something worth sharing.
30 May 2013 Google Glass: Are You For or Against?
There has been so many opinions, both negative and positive, about Google creating and soon to be releasing what they call Google Glass, we thought that we would look into this and develop some of our own opinions.
30 Jan 2013 The Modern Office is Getting Smaller… But More Fun?
Having talked in previous blogs about the change in office design, chiefly from the cubicle style offices to the more open plan style of today, it also seems that the offices of present are also getting smaller, but more fun.
27 Nov 2012 Tom Pellereau – What Happened to his Ergonomic Chair?
In 2011 the winner of the Apprentice was Tom Pellereau and his winning idea was an ergonomic chair. This may not seem like the invention of the year and would struggle to see how Lord Sugar would find this an attractive business proposition, and you would be right to think that as he didn’t. It wasn’t really the chair that Lord Sugar was interested in or the potential he saw within Tom, it was his inventive mind and the fact he already had an established product.
22 Nov 2012 The Fight against Obesity Enters the Office
It is no surprise that we as a planet in fact are getting fatter and there have been many initiatives that are trying to help combat the growing rise in obesity. With this in mind, it appears that the initiatives in question are beginning to target the office environment, as it is renowned for being very less exercise orientated than many other environments.
19 Nov 2012 Before Buying Office Furniture...
Even in this current economic climate, there still seems to be young entrepreneurs starting up their own businesses. In light of this we have a compiled a list of questions that we feel might help these young budding business men and women try and find the right office furniture to suit their needs.
14 Nov 2012 Ever Thought About Artwork for Your Office?
When refurbishing an office or moving into a new one, we always take into account the office furniture and the décor to provide the overall aesthetics, but do we think about office art to try and complete the look? The reason for this is that most people wouldn’t know where to start looking for art that would appeal to their office, however there is a company that create special pieces that are tailored to the design and feel of your office. The company in question is “Acrylicize”….
8 Nov 2012 The Creation of the Aeron Chair
Even if you do not know the name of this chair, I am sure that you would recognise the chair by seeing an image of it. The Aeron office chair has become a hugely iconic chair that has and probably will stand the test of time, not only for its aesthetics but for its innovative technology and its ergonomic properties.
6 Nov 2012 Organising Your Workplace and Office Desk
An untidy office is commonplace among today’s modern office, for the main reason that working conditions are becoming more intense and stressful. What I mean by this is that papers and other clutter tend to pile up when there are more distractions in the office. Office workers generally tend to simply put down their papers or other items on their office desk, in an attempt to revisit it later, which doesn’t always happen.
2 Nov 2012 How to Ease the Stress Levels in Your Office
We know that stress levels play an influential role in the day to day flow of the running of your office. It is therefore important that you monitor these levels by looking at the morale and productivity of your office as well as trying to ease the pressure and stress on your employees. Below are some ideas in how to make your office a less stressful and more pleasant place to work.
26 Oct 2012 Why Not Share Your Office Space?
In these blogs, we have talked about, on numerous occasions the idea of telecommuting, working from home and open plan offices. Therefore we have established that the way in which we work is changing and has changed from the boring cubicle offices within a company.
23 Oct 2012 Google’s Covent Garden Office – Mixed Reviews
With the economy still in the state that it is, although, arguably you could say that we are back on track and it is getting better… slowly, it is only the largest of companies that are able to kit their offices out with expensive designer office furniture. Not only have they done this, but it seems that companies such as Google, Facebook and Youtube have broken the boundaries of what is an office to create a unique workplace for the “hipsters”.
18 Oct 2012 10,000 Houses Of Cards by Eames
Eames has always been a household name in the office furniture industry, with classic designs that have stood the test of time, particularly in office chairs. Charles and Ray Eames were a husband and wife team who were famous designers and designed iconic pieces for furniture manufacturers such as Herman Miller.
16 Oct 2012 Back Care Awareness
Last week was Back Care Awareness week (Oct 8-12) that happens every year during this month and helps to try and create awareness about the problems of back pain and how it affects our everyday lives. This year the focus was mainly on builder’s back pain. Sadly it is not just the builders that are affected with back pain, I am sure that most of you are aware that this is a problem in many different industries throughout the world, including a large proportion being office desk workers.
8 Oct 2012 The Most Popular Office Chair – Aeron
Studies suggest that we spend on average 14 hours per day sitting in the office. You know that the chair you sit on may not be right for you, when you have to use pillows, or an added lumbar support when sitting on your chair as it is that uncomfortable.
5 Oct 2012 The “Third Space” Work Place
It has only been in recent years that we have categorised the way that we work into different “spaces”. There are many different opinions on this and arguments for and against what the spaces actually are. To put an opinion forward, the first space is the office and office desk in which you work. This has gone from a cubicle style office desk to today, where there are more open plan offices.
4 Oct 2012 Exercising in Your Office Chair
When we talk about ergonomic chairs, we often refer to how a chair helps you to maintain a healthy posture whilst working. There are a lot of opinions on this subject from experts in the field of ergonomics to office chair manufacturers and dealers. Not only this, but there also opinions on what the best practices and exercises to do in the office, mainly to stretch your legs and take regular breaks from your chair. There are a few chairs on the market that actually help you to keep your body moving whilst sitting on your office chair.
3 Oct 2012 The Future Office and the Furniture
The way that we work in offices or perhaps even outside the office has changed dramatically in such a small space of time. It used to be that the idea of going to work meant workers would co0mmute to get to a building where they were assigned a small area, office desk and office chair where they would stay for the duration of their time until he end of the working day. Now with the increase in technology, we are finding more and more office workers are working remotely or from home. So how will the way we work change in the next 20 years. Ryan Anderson, director of future technology at office furniture giant Herman Miller voices his opinion.
27 Sep 2012 Why Use Storage Wall?
It may seem like we are heading the way to a paperless office, but by all accounts we are nowhere near reaching it yet. There is still a need for filing cabinets, tambour cupboards and credenza units in the office. We have been using filing cabinets as a way of storing important files and documents for decades, but it has only been a couple of decades ago that tambour cupboards have been created to store more files and documents.
25 Sep 2012 100% Design Week
Last week, we at Office Reality attended 100% Design at Earl’s Court London. The exhibition saw designs and products from a huge range of manufacturers and companies in the interiors industry, from commercial to domestic. Being a dealer of office furniture and café furniture, we focused on these products.
17 Sep 2012 Temporary Cubicles for the Open Office
As previously outlined in many of my previous blogs, I have talked about the increase in the popularity of open plan offices. There are a few reasons for this increase in popularity, the first being that companies and businesses are looking to increase the productivity, efficiency and teamwork among their staff. This is a great way to do this as there are no high screens separating people, which ultimately will encourage teamwork.
13 Sep 2012 A Design Classic after 10 years?
In 2002 we saw the manufacture of the Louis Ghost chair. The chair, designed by Phillipe Starck, was designed to pay a sort of homage to the 18th century French baroque style. This was the idea, but a few features such as the transparent plastic construction bring this chair up to date, but never the less, the chair does have characteristics of French baroque furniture. The chair has an oval shaped back and twisted angled arms that give the chair a more classic feel.
10 Sep 2012 Sketch Chair: The Chair Designed by You
Looking for new cafe furniture or chairs that would suit your space but can’t find the right design for you? Well now you can design your own chair simply and easily with a 2D design software and have it manufactured exactly to your specifications. This is the Sketch Chair.
5 Sep 2012 What Does “Ergonomic” Mean?
The phrase ergonomics is a word that has been used in the English language for some time now and derives from the Greek words “ergon” that means work and “nomoi” that means natural laws and it is for this reason that it is applied to the office world. An ergonomist is someone who studies the relationship between the human body and the stresses of working in a work environment.
3 Sep 2012 10 Tips for an Efficient Office Design
Designing an office layout isn’t as straight forward as just throwing some office desks and office chairs in a space. You have to think about creating the right atmosphere and ambiance, as well as creating a free flowing productive layout that conforms to all the building regulations including fire safety regulations. There has been much discussion over whether open plan offices are favoured to the old fashioned cubicle style offices, however below are a few tips that will benefit most office types.
28 Aug 2012 Office Design is Changing
Looking around at the modern offices that are being used today, you can see a remarkable change in the style and layout of the offices and their contents. For example, the old cubicle style offices have been nearly all abolished as companies are leaning towards open plan offices to help encourage collaboration, productivity and morale among staff.
20 Aug 2012 The Happy Office Chair
There is much talk about office furniture ergonomics within the industry and there are many office furniture manufacturers that claim that they have the solution. The reality is that this is not the case as even to this day, we are seeing an increase in work related injuries due to bad posture and long hours spent sitting in the office chairs.
16 Aug 2012 The Age of Smarter Furniture
It appears that at present, the need for a stationary office is becoming less. What I mean by this is that more and more people are using smartphones and computer tablets to do their daily work, whether they are sitting at their home office desk or on a café chair in a café, the fact that they are able to do this is a great achievement in modern technology.
3 Aug 2012 Copyright Laws threaten the furniture industury
Some of Britain most Famous furniture makers have claimed that 6000 British Companies could be at risk of shutting down if Government copyright laws go ahead. Leading many companies closed down and at risk of a mass of unemployment. £7billion industry, employing 100,000's of people is not an industry we can risk losing. If this many go unemployed we could be suffering from large economical downfall.The governments plans to impose EU rules in this sector could cause great issues.Under the current law, Furniture designed by famous names such as Mies van der rohoe can be reproduced 25 years after being created
2 Aug 2012 Olympic organisers agressively rip signs down
The Olympics, a time for everyone from everywhere to come together. As a unit to put any difference they may have in the past. The Olympics is meant to be prestigious event that gives people masses of opportunities. Gives everyone a chance to either watch the Olympics or as we have been told many times use it as a chance to let your business thrive. Lets not pretend we don't know that millions of people will be in London from everywhere. This is a great opportunities to take advantage of the position we are in and advertise.
1 Aug 2012 Working at home... step by step guide
The Olympics have commenced and the repeat strain of the words 'Stay out of the city centre' go through your head again and again. Its relentless, crowds of Olympic hassle is not worth spending your time in. Queuing for hours, horrendous traffic and most of all overflowing transport that leads you to insanity. So this yeah for the duration of the Olympics bosses are allowing their employees to work from home. But this is never as easy as it sounds. Where?When?How? Are the questions running through your head.
31 Jul 2012 Buy the Olympic Furniture
The Olympics have started the Olympic village has been built , so let the games commence. The Olympic village, all clean and pristine is brimming with thousands of potential gold medallist.Where to house this medallists? Only in the newly built Olympic apartments full of lounges,kitchens but best of all bedrooms the only place where these Olympic medallist can really relax from the hussle and bussle of the thousands of eager fans that wish to meet these hard working athletes. These dedicated Olympians deserve the best, but little do they know that the furniture they lay their head on is already sold to some Olympic fan.
17 Jul 2012 Clever Chair Designs
There are so many different types of chairs around, some can be used as café chairs, some are swivel based chairs in offices, and some are multipurpose that can be used for a huge range of commercial applications as well as domestic. With this in mind, we thought that we would show you a few clever chairs that can be used for a range of applications.
12 Jul 2012 Beam Seating
Beam seating has become more and more popular in recent years due to the fact that the design of it has changed from simple seating solutions into more designer furniture. Beam seating is most commonly used in areas where space is an issue due to high traffic. Beam seating is most commonly used in places such as airports, doctor’s waiting rooms and other high traffic areas.
28 Jun 2012 Office Furniture – Laminate vs. Veneer
This seems to be a common predicament when choosing office furniture, laminate or veneer office desks? You may or may not know that veneer tends to be more expensive and this is usually the deciding factor when choosing a desk for the office, whether it is an executive desk, reception desk or workstation.
28 Jun 2012 Environmentally Friendly Furniture – Why it’s Important
The fact that we are polluting the planet is not breaking news to anyone, if it is then you should ask yourself where you have been for the last few decades. We know that we need to do something in order to try and prevent complete destruction of our planet we all need to become more environmentally friendly, regardless of our industries.
22 Jun 2012 Flat to Chair in Two Folds…The Flux Chair
What is made from on single sheet of polypropylene and can with stand 160kg (25 stones) of weight when folded and erected? Not only can this but fold completely flat into a compact square shape for easy storage but only takes two simple folds to construct the product? The answer to this is the Flux chair and there are more features than just mentioned that set this chair apart from the rest.
20 Jun 2012 Upcycling the New Way Forward
We all know that due to how we are treating our planet, recycling is a hugely important process in helping to make sure that the rubbish doesn’t pile up and our planet turns into a scene from an apocalyptic film.
19 Jun 2012 The “Action Office”
The office workers through the last few decades have had to make deal with small cramped office cubicles. Small and cramped enough to hear the whispers from a neighbouring cubicle yet large enough to spread your arms to elbow length. There has been a rise in the use of open plan offices and environments and clusters of desks in more shapes than just rectangular and can fit more than 4 work stations to a group of desks.
18 Jun 2012 Ergonomic Seating… for Musicians
Ergonomic seating is a word that appears to be common place in today’s office industry which is all together not a bad thing. More and more office workers are complaining about work related injuries due to the amount of time that they are spending sitting in an office chair that may not necessarily be ergonomically correct for them. There are full ranges of ergonomic chairs available that have been designed to help office workers with these problems, however there is another group of people that spend a lot of time seated that have been overlooked. This group of people are the musicians.
15 Jun 2012 NeoCon 2012
Having already blogged about the Clerkenwell Design Week which we visited, it is important to note that there is another exhibition that even though we did not have the chance to visit, it is worth commenting on all the same.
14 Jun 2012 High Back Sofas are Back in Fashion
It used to be that high back sofas were extremely popular in country manor homes. You can picture a fireplace lit with high back sofas and chairs being pulled next to the fire. This is an image that I am sure that many people can envisage.
12 Jun 2012 Clerkenwell Design Week 2012
It seems that even though it hasn’t been running for that long, the annual Clerkenwell Design Week held in London is becoming more and more established within the design circles. This year is Clerkenwell’s third year of hosting the design week and the festival that is held over three days has ever increasing roster of new and emerging designers as well as the more established ones, talks and parties, new installations and venues.
1 Jun 2012 Exercise May Not Be the Solution to Your Sitting Problem
The first question that you may be asking is why should you bother buying a standing desk in the first place? The reason for this is that we spend half of our waking hour sitting down, split between watching TV driving, working at an office desk or at an office chair and this is not good for us. There are two reasons apart from the obvious back neck and shoulder strains. The first is that we burn fewer calories when we are sitting down, which is quite obvious, however the second is more serious and subtle. When we are seated for long periods of time over a long time, our metabolisms slow down and begin to change.
29 May 2012 New Furniture Designs from the Founder of Keen Footwear
It is not an easy jump from footwear to furniture, particularly office desks and office chairs, however Martin Keen founder of the popular footwear company Keen Footwear decided that after success in the shoe industry he would turn his hand to office furniture.
24 May 2012 Rejuvenate Your Office with the Dishy Range
The need for recycling has never been more important. The need for being greener is on the increase is on the increase across all industries and companies are trying to find methods of reducing their carbon footprint. There are many ways to do this, for example, you could reduce the amount of travelling. Even office furniture manufacturers are taking note of this and many of them are beginning to look at greener options and produce office furniture such as office chairs, soft seating and office desks that are recyclable and are made using production processes that have low CO2 emissions. One of these is a new soft seating range made by OCee design called the Dishy range.
21 May 2012 Office Hoteling
It is VERY important, no matter what sort of industry you are in, that your business looks professional to your clients. When clients enter your office, first impressions are key to the success with the client and it is important to remember that you will never get them back. Clients want to see a professional office as it can give an insight into how they will be managed by you. They want to see a company that is able to manage transactions well, time and are organised and an office with high end office furniture and a warm décor can help no end.
18 May 2012 Office Design, Where does it End?
In recent years the importance of aesthetics in an office has grown tremendously. The reason for this is mainly down to the fact that having an eye catching office or one that is professional and modern, helps to increase staff morale. Buying high end office furniture and ergonomic furniture including ergonomic chairs gives the staff a sense of pride for the place that they work and in turn increases their morale.
16 May 2012 A New Way to Relieve Stress at Work
Have you ever come out of work feeling like you want to hit something or someone? Work related stress is unfortunately common place, particularly in offices today and this is usually for a number of reasons. Work related stress usually arises when office tasks of various types exceed the ability of a particular office worker. Sitting at your office desk or on your office chair all day can also be a form of stress, but in any case work related stress is a problem in most companies.
14 May 2012 Working in an Open Plan Office can Make You Sick
Reconfiguring an office can sometimes be the one of the most stressful and complicated exercises in a working environment. Lots of important decisions have to be taken into account. For example, should you go for the open plan concept or stick with cubicle workstations? Should it implement a “teleworking” system where by employees work from home or “hotelling” where staff no longer have their own office, but reserve a generic workstation ahead of time.
11 May 2012 Charles Pollock Designs New Office Furniture
There has been a lot of talk about designers and their classic designs from the Egg chair to the wire chair, but not much, if any, from the designer Charles Pollock. Pollock was most noticeable for designing and producing the Pollock Executive Chair in 1963 and it was one of the most popular chairs of the time and even today, holds a firm position in the Knoll collection.
10 May 2012 Open Plan Offices May Not be for Everyone
Having written more than a few blogs on this subject and with studies that show that open plan offices actually increase productivity, it may not be that simple. A small law practice in America, Tuft and Lach, decided to refurbish their offices and create a more open plan environment as there have been numerous academic studies on the subject and in the technology industry, bench desking systems and open plan shared offices are standard.
3 May 2012 The Power of Colour in an Office
Colour is an immensely powerful tool that can be used in an office to subtly influence your staff and clients positivity. Not only this, but you can use colour to minimise stress levels, improve your staff’s productivity to even be able to influence and inspire creativity.
30 Apr 2012 Office Furniture with a Nature Theme
A recent survey that was undertaken by Ambius, a firm that specialises in developing buildings through planting, have revealed that many workers can improve not only their productivity at work, but also their health, through getting closer to nature.
26 Apr 2012 An Almost Indestructible Seat
The title of this blog maybe what some people might call unbelievable, but having seen a video on just how strong the plastic chair seat it made me believe.
24 Apr 2012 This Year is Set to be a Big Year for Office Space
2012 is a big year for London, with the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; all eyes are set to be on London this summer. With this attention, there is huge pressure on organisers to make sure that these events leave a positive impression of not only the country’s capital but also the whole of the UK. Along with this, there is going to be an increase in demand for businesses to set up in London and renting office space is going to increase in price.
20 Apr 2012 Chair Design Opinions from Architects
Chairs, in their nature, are designed to be functional pieces of furniture yet in today’s world have to be so much more than that. The design of a good chair, whether it is an office chair, swivel chair, executive chair, café chair, visitors chair etc… it is paramount that the chairs have to fit in with the décor of the environment they are to be placed in.
18 Apr 2012 Who Wants to Share an Office?
Previously I have mentioned about the increase in home office furniture being bought prior to the Olympic Games in July. However it seems that it is the offices workers that are still working in the office that may experience some changes. More and more companies internationally as well as nationally, are opting to introduce shared desking into the workplace to reduce costs. Also as more and more employees are working on the road or at home, it seems that they can make do with a shared desk when in the office.
13 Apr 2012 Increase in the Sales of Home Office Furniture
Home office furniture sales have been on the increase recently and the trends suggest that this has something to do with the Olympic Games being held in London in 4 months’ time. The reason for this is that a lot of office workers are opting to work from home during the games and for good reason to. Traffic during the Olympics is expected to be at an all-time high as people from outside the city will flock to the capital to watch the games so trying to get to and from work will be a nightmare.
12 Apr 2012 Does Teamwork Lead to Distraction?
In the modern working environment more and more companies are choosing to have open plan work areas instead of the closed offices or cubicle style office environments because teamwork and group collaborations are one of the most important factors in most businesses. The problem is however, that they are also expected to complete individual work as efficiently and in the same amount of time as before. So the problem arises that does all this collaborative work lead to distractions?
10 Apr 2012 Seating Arrangements in a Meeting Room
Many companies may not take the seating arrangements into account when in a meeting, however if you are intending to have a meeting that is meant to be more of a collaborative session then looking at how you arrange the seating in a room can have a very big difference on the outcome of your meeting. When in a meeting with just two people it tends to be that when sitting down at a meeting table or boardroom table, they almost always sit opposite each other on opposing chairs. This type of seating arrangement can be described as adversarial in respect of territory. This type of seating arrangements can seem like there are two different sides.
5 Apr 2012 Thermet Radiator Chair
It can get pretty cold in this country especially during the winter months, however gone are the days that we sit in front of the fire to warm ourselves. Nowadays we rely on radiators to heat us and our home, rather than fire places as most houses don’t tend to have one. Wouldn’t it be great if they designed a radiator that you could sit on to not just warm your hands, but more your whole body?
3 Apr 2012 Office Design - Red Bull Headquarters
The look and ambiance of an office is rapidly becoming important decisions in most offices. It is not just about finding the right type of office furniture, for example office desks and office storage, but also about how the office looks and the décor. Any reputable business manager knows that in order for a business to reach its full potential, you should make sure that your staff are happy and productive. Creating the right atmosphere in an office is not only good for your staff, but also potential customers as well.
29 Mar 2012 Recycling in the Office
Currently the health of the environment is under discussion as our effect on the earth can be quite rightly said is a negative one. Our offices are a big problem; in particular the amount of paper that we throw away is not recycled. It is said that the average office worker uses around 10,000 sheets of paper each year and the United States that has 5% of the world’s population, consumes approximately 30% of the world’s paper. Not only can this but the cost of actually using paper in the office can be between 15 to 31 times the costs of actually buying the paper in the first place.
27 Mar 2012 Office Pods are the Way Forward
In this day and age office design is changing. The walls are being knocked down that were once boundaries between management and employees to make way for open plan offices. Open plan offices are becoming increasingly more and more popular as more and more companies are finding that better communication often increases productivity in the workplace. This is not the only reason for the popularity increase of open plan offices as there are other benefits. These include the larger spaces and the fact that there is better room for expansion and reconfiguration of the office furniture.
22 Mar 2012 Cloud Based Storage
Cloud storage is a new way of digitally storing your office files digitally and has been designed to attempt to eliminate the need for paper in the office, well that’s the idea. The real question is whether cloud storage is reliable enough than actually storing something physical. The reason that cloud storage is becoming so popular is down to the recent increase in flexible working hours. More and more employees are using their home as their base or they are choosing to work whilst on the road, so being able to access data while not at their office desk or sitting on their office chair. Office workers are able to log in to the cloud and access important files and documents by just logging on to the internet.
19 Mar 2012 Is There Such a Thing as “Office Syndrome”
It seems that offices all over the world are the same, meaning that they all have staff that sit behind a computer monitor and lead emotional lifestyles. I cannot be easy to sit in front of an office screen all day, barely move or exercise, sit in a stuffy and noisy environment and be constantly subjected to electrostatic radiation, all of this and then the added stress of having to meet your deadlines. It seems that the health problems that office employees all across the world face are the same.
12 Mar 2012 Choose Green Furniture
More and more companies are becoming aware of their impact on the environment and how they are looking to minimise their impact on it. This is not the only factor being considered when purchasing office furniture; they are looking to save money, increase productivity as well as project a positive image of the company.
8 Mar 2012 Ipad 3 - The Next Generation
Yesterday saw the release of Apple’s latest creation, the updated iPad 3. While most most people already had heard rumours last week of this release due to leaks on the internet, these rumours were laid to rest yesterday.
7 Mar 2012 A Few Tips for When Moving into an Office Space
There are a few things that you should consider when moving into an office space from a home office. One of the biggest concerns that small businesses face during the initial time move is finding the right location. Some budding entrepreneurs tend to be quite hesitant in moving out of their office space and fail to grow properly due to the lack of space. Another problem that could be potentially fatal to a business is jumping too quickly into a large space and they cannot support it over the long term.
2 Mar 2012 Outdoor Furniture that you might not have thought of…
Choosing café furniture for outdoors is a demanding task. Not only do you need to choose the right type of outdoor furniture, but also you need to decide on what how much furniture you actually want. There are many different types of outdoor furniture available to you including rattan furniture and aluminium furniture. Outdoor furniture should be part of your considerations this time of year, however what about thinking about the months that aren’t hot? Why not optimize your business by including some parasols or outdoor heaters as part of your outdoor furniture?
28 Feb 2012 Kompass Range of Office Furniture
When thinking about refurbishing your office, there are a couple of things that you want to think about. Obviously there is the design and the configurations in your office. The look and feel of the furniture is obviously important as you want to create an environment that employees want to work in, but one of the major influential factors in this process is undoubtedly the budget. This effectively controls the style and amount of furniture that you can buy.
23 Feb 2012 What Does Your Boardroom Table Say About You?
One of the most striking, and probably most expensive items in any boardroom is the boardroom table. There are so many different types of boardroom furniture available you can be forgiven by being a bit over whelmed with the choice. Within boardroom tables you can have cantilever leg boardroom tables, panel end boardroom tables, veneer or laminate etc… Some companies even opt to buy bespoke boardroom tables that feature their company logo on to really “wow” their potential clients. Choosing the right on for your company is important as in this will be the focal point of your room and help to give the right impression for your company.
22 Feb 2012 Flame Retardant Hemp Fabric from Camira
Camira has always been one of the leading manufacturers of fabric for office furniture, but they have recently unveiled their latest creation that utilises hemp to create their fabric. Camira are best known for upholstering office screens, office chairs, executive chairs and operators chairs and the like, as well as other commercial items. The company have found a new way of using hemp to create a flame retardant material that is suitable for public buildings as well as commercial ones.
21 Feb 2012 The Recession is Holding Back Flexible Working
It is not new news to say that the recession is here, and people are doing everything to keep their jobs. This includes coming into work while they are sick which as we know could be more detrimental than positive. It seems that approximately 41 per cent of office based employees feel that they are pressured to be at their office desks in the office due to the current economic climate and a further 27 per cent feel that their performance is directly measured by the amount of time that they spend on their office chair at their office desk.
16 Feb 2012 The “Big Brother” of Cafés
Cafes and bistros are predominantly used to relax and chill out. Not only is it important to create an ambiance for people that enter these establishments, but in order to keep their custom you want them to return. Café furniture is one way that you can aesthetically create a visually pleasing area. Not only this but you can make an area comfortable and relaxing by making sure that the café chairs and café tables that you buy are comfortable.
15 Feb 2012 The World’s Most Expensive Office Chair
Ergonomics, (I have already mentioned) is of the utmost importance in today’s office working industry. The reason being that although companies are worried about our health (I will let you make your own mind up on that one!) but they are also gaining absences from staff due to work related injuries. This may make you angry that this maybe the main reason for the large corporations to be so interested in the humble employee, but it is the employees body that is at risk and ultimately their responsibility.
14 Feb 2012 Get Inspired Whilst at your Office Desk
To have motivation to work when sitting on your office swivel chair at your office desk for eight hours, or even longer, of the day can prove very hard. For 90% of the time you are in a stationary position so there is no surprise that most of us leave feeling mentally drained.
13 Feb 2012 Untidy Offices Can Have a Negative Impact on Profits
Having said that untidiness in an office can help you think clearer, the opposite side of the coin on this is that it can have a negative impact on profits. An article recently published in the Telegraph, claims that top executives in a company can waste in the region of 6 weeks per year trying to find papers and files. It is not just the executives that are to blame however, but office workers who leave their office desk full of clutter run the risk of losing potential clients as it leaves a bad impression when a potential customer enters the office.
9 Feb 2012 Google Opens New Office Space for Developing Businesses
The internet super giant Google have recently made plans to open a co-working space for entrepreneurs in a seven storey building in Shoreditch. Google have decided that they are going to call this place campus as their idea is to make what they like to call an “internet university” which is a community that aims to bring companies that are just starting up together where they can rent office desk space instead of rent an unfurnished office and filling it full of expensive office chairs and desks as well as other office accessories. Not only content with renting the space Google are actually offering business advice as well to the entrepreneurs.
8 Feb 2012 Move over Sway Stool There’s a New Contender – The Belize Stool
In previous blogs I have talked about the Sway stool and comparing it to the Muvman stool. The idea of these stools is that you do not sit on them like normal office stools as they actually move towards you. The reason that they do this is so that you can lean and still feel the benefit of a good posture whilst at work or conversing with a colleague.
7 Feb 2012 Messy Desks can Increase Productivity
Many companies around the UK and quite possibly the world have a clear desk policy when employees are out of the office. Not only this, but they are encouraged to keep their desks tidy when in work. Researchers in Germany however think differently, that actually a messy desk can lead people to think more clearly when working. In a series of studies that can be linked to one another, using a messy office desk or having an untidy shop front actually made the person think more clearly as they began to simplify tasks that had to be done.
6 Feb 2012 Operator Chairs for Kids and Teens
When we think about operator chairs never seem to think about the children. There aren’t that many ranges out there for kids and teens, and very little in the way of ergonomics. Having mentioned countless times about the importance of ergonomics in the office, I felt it is about time that we look towards ergonomic seating for children. Children, especially at an early age grow at different rates and come in all shapes and sizes so it is hard to try and find ergonomic furniture that will suit all.
3 Feb 2012 Ergonomics Can help you Financially
In these blogs, I mention back problems and other pains caused by sitting at your office desk or sitting in an uncomfortable office chair for prolonged period of times. I have discussed the reasons why our bodies need to keep moving so that blood can flow properly around our bodies and feed our muscles etc… and I have also discussed the different types of ergonomic office chairs that can aid you in preventing muscle disorders and malfunctions.
2 Feb 2012 Miss-Spelling of Words in Office Furniture
Office furniture itself may not be the most complicated of subjects however there are certain mistakes that seem to appear time and time again when either searching for it or writing about it. Without sounding pretentious, below are some examples of these, their miss – spelling and also their real spelling.
31 Jan 2012 What’s Available to You When Redesigning Your Office
When redesign your office space or refurbishing the whole area from scratch, there are a huge amount of work and time to be put in. You need to take into account how many people you need to provide desking for and make sure that you take into account whether you think the business is likely to expand in the next few years. Not only this but you need to think about the layout of the office desks and make sure that you provide enough space for the office chairs to be easily mobile and that the whole area is comfortable to work in.
30 Jan 2012 Changes in Office Furniture Design
Technology has been the biggest influence in the design of office furniture and in the past 20 years the office furniture has changed a lot to accommodate the evolution in the technology that we choose to use today. It is not only the technology that we use, but it is also the technology that is used to make the furniture that has changed. The design, finishes available and the and the cost of manufacturing have reduced do to the increase in the amount of desking needed to combat the rise in office workers.
25 Jan 2012 How to Make Your Office Area Ergonomic
Work related injuries are on the rise as more and more people are choosing to work in an office, sit for long hours in an office chair that is usually uncomfortable and not fully adjustable. Ergonomic furniture is designed for safety and efficiency for people that work long hours and is essential for protecting physical health at work. If you don’t sit in your office swivel chair correctly or at your office desk, then you are likely to develop serious back pain. Having ergonomic furniture can seriously reduce this risk.
23 Jan 2012 Furniture by Aston Martin
Aston Martin have always been known for producing quality super cars including the Vantage and DB9 however the car makers have also have a range of office furniture that is well worth checking out. The desk pictured looks like it can travel at 150mph without even with it just in the stationary position.
19 Jan 2012 A Few Tips to Maintain a Happy Office
We can safely say that offices and office environments are not the most pleasurable places to work in. Whether you cannot stand the people you work with or if it goes as deep as the office furniture, offices are not pleasurable. Below are a few tips to maintain a happy office:
19 Jan 2012 Happiness in the Workplace...
A recent study that was carried out in Exeter suggests that by letting your employees have some form of control or input in the configuration, and layout of the office can help to increase the productivity by as much as 32% as well as improve their attitude towards their job.
18 Jan 2012 New Children’s Shelving Range
When thinking about education furniture, it is important that the furniture helps to create an environment that promotes and encourages learning. The furniture should match the décor in a way that provides a peaceful atmosphere for children. Bright colours are a great way to do this as a child can be very receptive to them.
17 Jan 2012 Second Hand Office Furniture Warehouses Full
During the current climate, we have seen many companies close due to the recession. Some of the biggest names, like Woolworths, Habitat etc… have gone into administration due to the decline in the market. It is not just the retail shops that need to be cleared, it is also head offices and other offices that may have been operating under the company’s name. You may be wondering where all the office furniture ends up when all this has been cleared, the answer is that if it is reusable then company’s such as ORS UK clear and take stock of the office furniture.
12 Jan 2012 To Sit or to Stand?
We seem to have all accepted now that the lifestyle of working in the office can lead to work related injuries such as back pain and repetitive strain injury. This is due to the office workers sitting all day in an office chair whilst working all day no matter how much exercise you do before and after work. This is why the popularity of the height adjustable office desk is becoming increasingly more popular as you are able to stand at the desk. Retail workers however must be getting confused by this as if you ask them if they would rather stand all day or sit, I am sure we know what the answer would be.
11 Jan 2012 Creating a Virtual Sky in the Office
In this current day and age, working outside seems to only be for labourers and the like. Most of us sit at our office desks and office chairs in an office environment. Some of us don’t have the luxury of windows and if we do, light is blocked out by free standing screens or desktop screens. Office lighting is not usually up for debate, but now there is a product on its way that may suggest how office lighting could improve the general productivity in the office. This product is in its prototype stage and it creates the image of a virtual sky.
9 Jan 2012 Workout While You Surf the Web
The office chair was originally invented to increase the productivity of clerical workers. The problem with this is that due to the amount of hours that we spend in front of the computer, either at work or surfing the internet is increasing. With this it means that the amount of time we spend sitting in these chairs is also increasing. Sitting causes a rise in blood pressure as well as our blood sugar levels, and not only this can increase the risk of repetitive strain injuries.
5 Jan 2012 Why Bother With an Expensive Reception Desk?
In this current climate, every business appears to be struggling and every client, no matter how small counts. We know that the cost of office furniture, even though you can by furniture cheaper than ever before, tends to be a rather large investment. It is there for understandable to think that you should choose as cheap office furniture as possible to save money and people often, spend little time thinking about their reception area.
3 Jan 2012 The Egg Chair
This is an iconic chair that has around since the late 1950s and is still popular today. Designed originally in 1958 for the Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen by Arne Jacobsen, this chair brought style and a new design to the industry. Jacobsen had a unique style of designing which came across through the egg and was known for influencing other designers and their products, however, took its influence from the womb chair.
23 Dec 2011 Mies Van De Roe
Much like Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies Van de Rohe has been credited with being a pioneer of what is now called modern architecture. He had a unique style of work that he produced compared to his rivals at the time. He is most famous for the designing of buildings however the Barcelona chair has stood the test of time and is as popular today as it was when it was first produced.
22 Dec 2011 Le Corbusier
Looking around at the sofas that are available on the commercial market today, in particular the leather sofas, it is hard to deny that most of them have been influence by the Corbusier sofa design. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, was not only an architect, but he was also an architect, designer, urbanist, writer and painter, as well as being named one of the pioneers of what we now call modern architecture.
21 Dec 2011 The History of the Office Chair
We seem to take the common office chair for granted these days but really when you think about it, they are actually a work of genius, well one in particular, Charles Darwin. He has been credited with being the first person to design what we now know as an office chair. This chair was not a swivel chair, but a chair that had castors attached to enable Charles to access his specimens quicker to increase the productivity of his work.
19 Dec 2011 Google’s New Refurbishment is Designed to Keep Staff
In this current economic climate, it seems that companies are doing everything they can to prevent themselves from going bust but Google don’t have that problem. They turnover around a billion dollars a month but they know that they did not get there by throwing money away, as we can see by their previous history of flying people around the world in economy class. Why then have Google spent a small fortune in redesigning their London offices and kitted it out with all new office furniture and café furniture?
16 Dec 2011 The Him and Her Chair
The Panton chair has been around for a while now, but it still seems to be a priceless classic. Originally designed by Vernon Panton, one of the most influential architects of the 1960s and 70s, this chair has been a classic since it was first manufactured in 1963. One of the materials that Vernon was most interested in was plastic and that was the main influence for the Panton chair. The chair is multipurpose, it can be used as a café chair, restaurant chair or dining chair and not only that it has a fantastic design with a strong structure.
15 Dec 2011 Today’s Office Environments are Changing
There is no denying it, modern day office environments are changing. From the office furniture to the technology, it is evolving. With this evolution, there are more issues that are coming to light. For example, as the technology is on the rise and getting evermore complex, the wiring and cable management in the office needs to more carefully thought out. Coupled with this is the amount of heat being released from this equipment and this needs to be controlled. There are new laws regarding health and safety which need to be carefully thought out as well. Older buildings (and older furniture) are increasingly difficult to use effectively due to ergonomics and costs of adaptation or reconfiguration are being driven higher and higher. Organisations are trying to escape from long leases on older buildings as the rate of companies’ evolution is increasing as they are now looking either move into newly built offices or enter into agreements to strip and refurbish.
14 Dec 2011 Chair of the Future – The Leopard Chair
As you can probably tell one of the main subjects of these blogs tends to be about ergonomics. There is a reason for this and it is because it is something that the office furniture industry is taking extremely seriously. It is a fact that there are more and more work related injuries per year and because of the way that we work, everyone seems to be working for longer periods of time which is helping increase this figure. I have talked about ergonomic chairs that have lumbar supports, pelvic supports, thoracic supports and are all fully adjustable, however there is a chair that has all of these, yet the adjustments are not controlled by the user, but actually by a “robot”. The chair that I am talking about is a new ergonomic office chair that is making a huge impact on the ergonomic office furniture market and that is the Leopard chair.
13 Dec 2011 Flexible Soft Seating by Molo Design
In a previous blog I talked about the Flexible Love seat that can sit up to 16 people at once. The idea is that it stretches out to form a long sofa that can retract also and is small enough to fit inside a cupboard. It seems that this idea has been taken one step further, however after further research; it appears that it was actually made before the Flexible Love. It is manufactured by a company called Molo and released in 2006, the product in question is the Molo soft seat.
12 Dec 2011 Lighting is Important in an Office
It is a fact that more and more people are opting to work from home as it can be beneficial to not only the employee but the employer as well. Not only this, but it also seems that home offices are becoming increasingly popular as children are using computers for homework, as well as the family using the internet. It is for this reason that you should take some thought into how you set up your home office furniture, what type of office desks and office chairs you are going to use and not only this but the lighting as well.
9 Dec 2011 Executive Furniture with a Unique Feel – Goggle
Executive furniture is important in any office as it helps to differentiate between members of staff with authority. Often executive furniture such as executive desks tend to be more intricate than regular corner desks and usually boast a thicker desktop, veneer finish and perhaps even a wider range of colour options. It is no surprise then that the right executive desk can make a positive impact on the way that your company is perceived and can help the overall look and appeal of your office. There is a new range of executive furniture that will really make a difference to the look of your office and that is the Goggle range.
7 Dec 2011 Embody Chair? Or is There Another Way?
Herman Miller have been renowned for producing office furniture since 1923 when the company was founded. They produce high quality furniture that is ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing. In 1994 the company designed, what is still known today, the Aeron chair which has been the forefront of ergonomic design and has become a household name since it was first manufactured. It stands to reason then, that in 2008 Herman Miller produced a new ergonomic chair that would bring their company into the 21st century and they called it the Embody chair.
6 Dec 2011 Arkitek – Designer Office Furniture
Now we have already established that office furniture plays a very important role in how your company is represented, the overall décor of the office and even has an effect on the morale of your staff and indirectly relates to their productivity. There is a range of furniture that is almost certain to bring an air of class to any office or commercial environment and that is the Arkitek range.
5 Dec 2011 How Best to Light up Your Home Office
It looks like everyone will have a home office at some point in the future. Whether it is a converted spare bedroom or just a space for a desk in the kitchen, working from home is becoming more popular for a number of reasons. Some of these are for practically and convenience, as well as a sense of increased productivity. One of the most important issues when working at your desk is the amount of light and how well it fits the room.
2 Dec 2011 Technology is Creating a Mobile Workforce
It used to be that when we thought about an office, images of a small cubicle surrounded by freestanding screens a small office desk or workstation and a standard operator chair would be all that an employee would have. Nowadays though with the increase in the quality and intelligence of technology, workforces are becoming more and more mobile.
1 Dec 2011 Why Have a Coffee Table
Coffee tables are generally used in most areas in commercial and domestic environments. Whether you are in your living room, a waiting room or reception area, in a café or a pub you are almost certain to find a coffee table somewhere within your line of sight. Coffee tables are always used for convenience above all and are not a necessity; however we still choose to use them. Unlike office desks, whether they be in a home office or in a commercial environment, a coffee table is used to place objects on unlike a desk that is used intensely for working or studying. The question is, why do people choose to spend a small fortune on them? The answer is that they can have a huge effect on the overall look of the room whether it is in a living room or a reception area.
1 Dec 2011 So you like champagne!?
It is the beginning of December and Christmas is nearly upon us! Below are a few champagne related videos to get you in the mood for Christmas!!!
30 Nov 2011 Man Throws Office Furniture Out of 10th Floor
Tuesday 23rd November at approximately 7:20pm a crazed man entered the Castlemead office block in Bristol. Unaware of his presence, the staff that were working late, were forced to leave their desks and exit the building as the sound of the fire alarm rang throughout the 17 storey high office block.
28 Nov 2011 A Guide to Active Noise Control
Noise can be hugely disruptive in the office. It is one of, believe it or not, the main causes of work related stress. Today more and more businesses are opting to make use of space and have open plan offices to not only save space, but also to increase communication in the office and therefore productivity. The usual way to try and decrease the noise in the office is by the use of desktop screens, freestanding screens and acoustic screens on the walls however there is a new way of reducing the noise in the office without having to attach a screen to your office desk, and that is by using noise cancelling speakers.
26 Nov 2011 Office Furniture in Pop Culture
Without realizing, throughout the day you are subjected to glimpses of some of the most stunning furniture in the world. Although your office like many others may consist of the more economical cantilever desking and standard fabric operator chairs, when you get home and switch on your television you are shown some of the most stylish furniture in the world. If any of you watch the Jonathan Ross show you may or may not have noticed his oddly shaped desk… Well as you can see from below we can supply a desk very similar. Made to order in Italy the Goggle desk is a 4 piece desk available in 14 different colour combinations it also has a matching credenza unit available.
24 Nov 2011 Siemen’s Plans to Expand Include Open Plan Office
Open plan offices are not a new concept and there are many arguments for and against them. Siemens LLC have been stationed in Dubai’s Internet City since 2003, but have announced their plans to move out of the area they currently occupy and move to a larger facility in The Galleries at Downtown Jebel Ali, Dubai. They announced that they also plan to incorporate a new open plan office to help increase employee productivity through interaction. Not only this, but they plan to provide ergonomic furniture to all their staff from monitor arms and laptop stands to ergonomic chairs.
18 Nov 2011 New Material in the Commercial Desking Market?
MFC has been the preferred choice in desk manufacturing for decades. Obviously there are other materials that are used to make desktops, such as glass; however it is MFC, laminates and melamine that leads this market.
17 Nov 2011 Co-Working Rather Than Working from Home
During the mid-1990s the thought was that the conventional way we work in offices could become extinct. The commercial property market was down; the recession was in full swing and with the invention of the internet people believed that everything could be done at home from work to even schooling. However like many of the predictions we have seen, this is not the case, even though we have seen an increase in the amount of people choosing to work from home rather than at their office desk.
16 Nov 2011 The Agitus Task Chair – Ergonomic Chairs Can be Stylish
Ergonomic is the most commonly used word in the office furniture industry at the moment. There is a reason for this and it is down to the fact that there are an ever increasing number of people with work related injuries that are directly affected by the office chair that they are sitting in. The main reason for this is that more and more people are working 8 hours or more in the office and spending long periods of time sitting in their chair, often in the wrong position. This can be a major problem because it is estimated that in 2008/09 9.3 million days were lost through MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) and the numbers are set to rise.
15 Nov 2011 What Effects the Harmony of an Office?
As outlined in the title, it is not just about the chairs ergonomics that help to create a more productive office. Obviously the chairs need to be comfortable in order to help this; however one thing that becomes apparent in the office is the office politics. It seems that the office is a unique strange environment. What I mean by that is that people can almost become a different person then they are when they are not working. It can bring out the worst in people as egos tend to unravel as there is a constant feeling of not only competition for the next promotion, but even resentment over small petty things like the position of an office desk.
11 Nov 2011 Get More Ergonomic and Start Feeling Better Now!
Ergonomics seems to be the most talked about subject in the office furniture world at the moment. It is not a surprise when we are seeing an increase in work related injuries due to the amount of hours that we as a nation are spending sitting on office chairs and using computers at work. We lose about nearly 9 million days to work related injuries and it is not only back and arm problems that we are suffering from, it is neck strain as well. The main cause for this is the fact that we constantly have to look down at our monitors in order to see the screen causing constant tension on our necks. There is a solution to this problem and that is monitor supports.
9 Nov 2011 Ergophobia – A Fear of Work or Just Laziness?
I can safely say that the majority of people don’t like to work. Having said that it is a proven fact that work is actually healthy for you physically and mentally. It is what makes you get up in the morning and if you are a shy person, forces you to interact with other people. Most people that fall into the “work hating” category are not that much of a concern because they can just get on with it, however there are some that truly and deeply hate work and even fear it. They are classed with a condition called ergophobia.
8 Nov 2011 Ergonomic Computer Accessories
Upon visiting WEP 2011 exhibition (Workplace Ergonomics and Productivity) I found plenty of ergonomic chairs, and computer accessories that are currently available or yet to be released to the public. Among these I found some very interesting computer accessories that claimed to be revolutionary in the battle between ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders. The company that caught my eye in particular as their range of products seemed to be the most intriguing are named Keytools and below are some examples of some of the products they have on offer.
7 Nov 2011 A Guide to Adding the Right Cable Management
Computers are more common place than ever before and even though the rate of technological advancement is ever increasing. It will be a long time before we actually have a completely wireless office. It is for this reason that every office will need some form of cable management.
5 Nov 2011 Apple Take on Independent Café Over Logo
Situated in the suburbs of Bonn, Germany is a small independent café called Apfelkind (Applechild). The café opened its doors in May this year and all was going well until a rather alarming letter from computer giant Apple arrived at the café last week. The letter stated that the logo of the café was too similar to Apple’s and could confuse customers of Apple.
4 Nov 2011 Some Tips for Increasing Your Mental Health at Work
It is a fact that physical activity increases your mental wellbeing. The reason for this is that when you exercise, your body releases endorphins which help to lift your mood and also help you to relax. With this in mind, let’s have a look at some other things that might help you within the working environment.
3 Nov 2011 Acoustic Treatment for the Office
Noise is a common problem (as I have mentioned in a previous blog) in nearly all offices in the world. It can be very distracting especially for people that find it hard to concentrate and in some cases can be a leading cause of stress. With all of this in mind surely there must be a solution or at least something that might ease the level of noise in the office. Thankfully there is and they are called BuzziSpace.
2 Nov 2011 Ergonomic Café – Ergonomic Solutions “On The Go”
Having visited WEP (Workplace Ergonomics & Productivity exhibition) in London, there were a lot of products on show. There were a few that caught my eye (which I shall be writing about in forthcoming blogs) however one manufacturer that seem to have a solid grasp on ergonomics for laptops etc… is Ergonomic Café.
1 Nov 2011 The Swopper – A Solution to Back Problems?
Conventionally when you sit on a chair or stool, you have to adjust it to suit your position, however this chair with its three dimensional movement actually adjusts to you and keeps you constantly moving which actually strengthens your back.
28 Oct 2011 The Muvman Rival to the Sway Stool
On the 27/10/2011 I attended the WEP 2011 Workplace Ergonomics & Productivity exhibition in London, to find the latest in ergonomic products available on the market today. Having written previously about the sway stool, I was able to actually test the sway stool to see what I thought; however there was a similar style ergonomic stool that caught my eye that would closely rival the sway and that is the Muvman.
26 Oct 2011 How to Get the Best from Your Meeting Room Furniture
Setting up a boardroom and arranging the furniture can be quite a hard task because not only do you have to work within the confinement of the room, but you must make sure that everyone that is in the boardroom can see each other and can communicate effectively.
25 Oct 2011 Choosing the Best Break out Furniture for Your Company
The idea of break out furniture is to create a relaxing environment for your staff to chill out and enjoy. It is designed to send a message to those that are intended to use it. Sofas, soft seating, coffee tables and tub chairs need to be stylish, yet be able to fit in with the rest of the company’s image as well as the space requirements.
24 Oct 2011 The 5 Most Common Hardwoods Used in Office Furniture
Office furniture can be made from many different materials, however the best material to use is hardwoods because even though they are very expensive, they are the most durable and come in a wide range of colours to suit any environment. They can also be stained to order as well which increases the functionality of them. Below is a list of the top five hardwoods in no particular order.
21 Oct 2011 Online Reality is Moving Forward
It’s been a couple of months since Online Reality was launched and we thought we’d update you on the website so far.
19 Oct 2011 Education Furniture – Not an Easy Purchase
Buying education furniture, as the title suggests is not as easy as buying just any office furniture. The reason for this is that firstly there is a responsibility to buy the best possible furniture for their environment as well as adhering to the British Standards for fire safety in schools and college. Even when these points have been considered, the school budget can be a problem, as students spend a large proportion of their time working and using the furniture so it must be up to the job.
18 Oct 2011 Café Chairs and Deck Chairs to be Placed around Sydney
In the next Spring/Summer it seems that the government in control of Sydney have decided to place deck chairs, café chairs and café tables in and around the city centre of Sydney.
14 Oct 2011 Moving Office or Refurbishing? What to Do
This is a question that can make or break a business. In this economic climate it can be a decision that can prove vital to your businesses survival. If you do decide to move, you might be able to find somewhere that is cheaper, maybe already be supplied with offices desks and office chairs or perhaps has more office space than you previously had.
12 Oct 2011 The Use of a Sofa
Sofas are a fantastic addition to any office. By adding sofas to a particular area, you can make it a more warm and inviting environment. This is especially effective in a reception area as this is where your potential clients or visitors will see first.
11 Oct 2011 Office Desks Can Kill?
This might be quite a bold statement, however after a recent study carried out in Australia of more than 200,000 men and women suggests that people that sit down for more than 10 hours a day had a 48% increase in risk of death compared to more active people who sit for less than four hours a day. Even when exercise was taken into account, it was often the case that this had no impact on the statistics.
10 Oct 2011 Café Furniture in the Office
When you think about an office, in particular furniture, you can’t help but picture swivel chairs, office desks and may be even screens. However it is becoming increasingly more popular to include bistro furniture to make the office a more relaxed place. More and more offices are trying to adopt ways to create a more interesting and homely feel to their offices and one of the methods that some organisations are choosing is café furniture.
7 Oct 2011 Some New Ideas to Fight the Stress Monster in the Office
It is safe to say that we are not a nation that is cooping fantastically with the issues of stress. According to a report released only this week by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, stress appears to be the leading cause of long term absence from work. The original culprits were disease; back pain (due to office furniture) and RSI however it appears with tighter budgets, tougher workloads and the scary prospect of redundancies will have boosted the stress levels. It seems that the usual methods of stress relief aren’t working so why not try some new ones.
5 Oct 2011 Office Yoga – Whilst Sitting at Your Office Desk
It may come as a shock to a lot of people, but there are certain exercises that you can do to help increase circulation whilst sitting on your desk chair or Executive chair. This may prove harder for some that have an office chair with arms; however there are stretches that you can do.
4 Oct 2011 October 4 2011: Improve Your Office Day
A survey carried out by Staples.com, to prepare for “Improve Your Office Day” has discovered that it is the office furniture and technology that we use that are the biggest faults in the office. More than half the employees that were surveyed said that their office furniture (52%) graded it a “C” or lower, whereas (41%) gave the office technology a “C” or lower.
3 Oct 2011 Ecolok Furniture – The Greener Solution
Ikea have always been the name that is thought of when you are looking to by domestic furniture. They not only supply wardrobes, beds, dressers, etc… They also sell office furniture and home office furniture, office storage, and swivel chairs. There is one company that is fast emerging to try and show that there are other ways of furnishing your homes and that company is Ecolok.
30 Sep 2011 Why It May be Best to Buy Office Furniture Online
Office furniture has evolved a huge amount over the decades as more and more designer office furniture is available on the market in all parts of the world. It is for this reason that buying office furniture over the internet has become hugely popular as more and more people are comparing prices to find furniture that is not only affordable, but aesthetically pleasing. Listed are some tips in helping you try and find the best deals online.
29 Sep 2011 Mobile Offices – Globus Desk
In today’s world, we don’t always look for functionality in our inventions. With the rise in appreciation for art and design, inventors are striving to create the next product that not only provides a solution to a problem or issue, but to make sure that it looks attractive or aesthetically pleasing. Michiel van der Kley appears to have succeeded in this by creating a mobile desk that looks fantastic.
28 Sep 2011 Ikea Share Space – A Social Networking Space?
Ikea is a unique yet large organisation that has become a household name in the UK from arriving from Sweden around 25 years ago. Since then they have been providing domestic furniture from sofas to home office desks, from dining chairs and dining tables to workstations. Share Space is a new project set up by Ikea that actually allows users to upload photos of their house for the world to see.
27 Sep 2011 The Number One Complaint in an Office is… Noise Pollution
In an ideal world an office environment should be a quiet place to work. Unfortunately while sitting at your office desk you cannot help but be distracted by the noise around you. There are different types of noises in the office and these are:
26 Sep 2011 Inflatable Steel Furniture
You have read that correctly there is a new type of furniture that uses inflatable steel to make chairs, stools and coat stands. This may seem mad but designer Oskar Zieta from Poland has managed to create a method of using thin steel sheets that can be inflated to make lightweight and durable furniture.
23 Sep 2011 Café Tables “tax” Causes the Closure of Some Businesses
It seems that if you live in the area under Lambeth Council and want to put tables and chairs outside your café, you may be shocked to find out that the tax for keeping this café furniture outside has risen. Lambeth council said that it was ‘standardising’ the cost of keeping street furniture outside in the borough. It plans to charge shop owners up to £824 to keep café tables and café chairs outside on the pavements.
22 Sep 2011 A Few Tips to Help Prevent the Spread of Flu in an Office
A survey carried out by Staples Advantage, the business to business department of Staples Inc., shows a surprising lack of cleanliness in the office. The survey consisted of 150 employees and revealed that 70% of them admitted to coming into work while sick. The main reason for this is the pressure of deadlines or they felt the need to “ride it out”. While this may seem like a good attitude to have, they are actually spreading the virus and causing other people to become ill. The survey also concluded that only 15% of people actually cleaned their office desk daily.
21 Sep 2011 Now We Are in a Recession Where Are All The Bargains?
On the face of it you might be forgiven in assuming that during a recession retailers and manufacturers would want to give the consumer deals or discounts in order to make them buy their furniture. However in the office furniture world, much like other retail sectors, all the bargains appear to have disappeared. Bundle deals like a desk and pedestal combination seem to have gone, even though you might expect the demand for economy office furniture to be on the rise.
20 Sep 2011 Open Office Designs May Lead to Territorial Behaviour
Companies nowadays are always trying to find ways to further improve their productivity within their staff. This has paved way for offices to become open plan as a way of achieving this as well as saving space. This may seem like killing two birds with one stone, but research suggests that this can actually lead to subversive practices as employees attempt to mark out their territory.
20 Sep 2011 Creating Something from Nothing – Study Spaces
It seems that nowadays the demand for a home office is on the increase due to more people working from home. There is also another reason why you are more likely to consider a study area, and that is if you have children. Most children now use computers to do their homework, with most even opting to use a laptop. With the increase use of these mobile computers, it seems that beds or sofas are commonly used as a place of work. There are draw backs with this though, the main being that there are too many distractions.
19 Sep 2011 Planning Your Space for a Small Office
It is worth noting that the number of small businesses is on the rise, in fact almost 90% of UK companies have less than 10 employees. With this in mind, there are a huge range of office furniture solutions available when planning or designing your office layout. Many retailers offer a design service for an extra charge or even, Office Reality/Online Reality is a particular example, for free. It can be worth investing in these expertises as they can help with office desk or workstation configurations to helping create a space that reflects who you are as a business. However if you opt to not use any help, here are a few tips to help make your office space work harder for you.
16 Sep 2011 A New Way to Work Out in the Office – The Gymygym Chair
There are a few ways when working behind a desk or sitting in your office chair to get the blood flowing and to take a break. Most, if not all of these involve leaving your desk and walking around. There is however a new way to take a couple of minutes out from your work without having to leave your chair and that is the Gymygym chair.
14 Sep 2011 Have a Seat Whilst You Stand - the Sway stool
In today’s world we spend a lot of time sitting down. Whether it be at work, in the pub or café, even at home. As we see a common trend in people getting larger, the tendency is for us to sit down more as standing is becoming more strenuous. German designer Burkhard Vogtherr appears to have found a happy medium in his new design the Sway. The idea is that the stool bends slightly towards you so that you can lean on the chair alleviating the weight on our legs but still keep a healthy posture.
14 Sep 2011 A Solution to the Problems of Education Furniture – Vario Chair
Education furniture, education seating has always been a problem in schools. Children like adults are spending more and more time sitting in front of desks at school and as children tend to grow at different speeds; we need to look into how best to help them ergonomically so they don’t suffer in later life. The current trend is that education seating is a “one size fits all” mentality, however designer Adrian Hodder has come up with a solution to this and that is the Vario chair.
13 Sep 2011 Using Zen to Create a Peaceful Office Environment
Zen, when used in this context just means to create harmony in your office work space. Offices are generally stressful places. When people are stressed they tend to lose concentration of what they are doing and lose focus in the task at hand. Creating a peaceful workplace is the key to increasing productivity and your general happiness at work.
13 Sep 2011 Solution to Dynamic Seating – The Tip Ton Chair
Ergonomic seating has been the topic of much debate for years now and manufacturers are constantly battling to try and produce chairs that meet the medical standard. Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby appear to have combined design and practicality to produce their latest invention, the Tip Ton chair.
12 Sep 2011 Advantages of Looking Your Best in an Office
Studies show that if you dress well, are better looking and the slimmer you are means that generally you will get paid more and promoted faster. When thinking long term at your career this canal add up.
12 Sep 2011 Why Not Buy Designer Office Furniture Rather Economy Furniture?
As outlined in my previous blogs, there is a real benefit in making sure that your office looks modern and aesthetically pleasing. It works on two levels. Firstly it can be a moral boost for your employees as well as indirectly increasing the productivity of them. Secondly it can act as a great first impression for any potential clients that come into your office as a modern and well-presented office can give the impression that you are professional and that you are a company that is doing well.
8 Sep 2011 Designer Furniture Made From Cardboard?
It has been 150 years since the humble cardboard box was invented and at the time it changed the world. Quite understated the humble cardboard box has been used in packaging and protection in nearly everything you could possibly think of. However during this environmental awareness age that we live in, it seems that there is another use for cardboard and that is designer office furniture.
8 Sep 2011 Office Plants – A Great Addition to Your Office
Anyone who keeps or has house plants knows the benefits of them. They firstly brighten up the area providing natural colour and can be provide a stress release in an environment. Not only this but they can produce oxygen that can freshen the air in a stale environment and can eliminate nasty toxins from the air that may or may not cause us harm. You can be forgiven in assuming that plants are everywhere in offices, but unfortunately this is not the case.
6 Sep 2011 How Best to Look After Your Wooden Office Furniture
Office furniture is not cheap, even if you opt for buying discount or economy office furniture. It is for this reason that it is in your best interest to try and maintain the furniture’s condition for as long as possible so that it will keep for as long as possible.
6 Sep 2011 The New Ergonomic Office Chair… With a Twist
Throughout the centuries a chair has always be the same. It may have different shapes, however fundamentally it is the same. It will always have a seat and backrest, as this is how we conventionally sit. That is why it may surprise you to discover that a new office chair may change the way that we use our chairs.
5 Sep 2011 University of Sussex Plan to Reuse Their Furniture
Most Universities up and down the country produce a huge amount of waste furniture, however the University of Sussex have come up with a new scheme in order to combat this. The idea is that by setting up a web portal, where the staff that is responsible for the furniture budgets can advertise the office furniture that they no longer require or want. This furniture can then be sent to other schools or other departments on the campus.
5 Sep 2011 A New Way of Restoring Old Office Furniture – Electrostatic Paint
It seems that instead of buying new office furniture to replace the old furniture, it is possible to restore it at a fraction of the cost. This is by using electrostatic paint that gives the product in question a factory finish look.
2 Sep 2011 In The US Office Furniture Maintains Increase in Sales
Through the middle of this year, it seems in USA despite the recession, the office furniture industry is still growing. The reason for this is the delayed refurbishment projects the industry grew by 22.5% in June to 4.52 billion, over the same 6 months than last year. These are the figures put forward by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association.
2 Sep 2011 Who Are FIRA?
The Furniture Industry Research Association were founded over 60 years ago by the furniture industry and designed to benefit the furniture industry. The company is designed to provide a range of services that are dedicated to the global furniture supply chain and also to the furniture consumers. They do this by safeguarding the office industry by managing its members.
1 Sep 2011 The Top 10 Endangered Office Gadgets
When thinking about useful office gadgets (by that I don’t mean silly things like a head massager or a mini football table) such as memory sticks etc… they have become part of our day to day lives, it’s hard to see them being replaced. This is not the case however as a company called Pixmania-Pro, the office equipment retailer owned by the Dixons group have compiled a list of the top ten endangered gadgets list.
1 Sep 2011 Office Screens Can Make a Difference
When planning the layout of an office one of the last things that people think about is the portioning or offices screens. It seems that in today’s commercial environment, open plan offices are becoming increasingly popular, however not all employees feel that this is the best way to go. The most important thing most businesses is to keep your employees happy, so with this in mind it is worth considering how best to separate your office.
31 Aug 2011 How Dirty is Your Office Desk?
How Dirty is Your Office Desk? A study undertaken by the University of Arizona has shown that there are approximately 400 times more microbes of bacteria on an office desk than there are in an office toilet. Charles Gerba, a professor of soil, water and environmental sciences, tested more than 100 offices around the areas of Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Oregon, commissioned by Clorox Co. The study found that there were more than 10 million germs harbouring on the average desktop.
31 Aug 2011 Office Depot Recalls Office Chair Due to Pinch Hazard
Office depot has been forced to reclaim all the units sold in America and Canada of an office chair that apparently causes a pinch hazard. The chair in question is the Realspace Pro 3000 series, of which approximately sold 34,000 units in America and 425 in Canada between May 2009 and June 2011.
30 Aug 2011 Office Chair Racing
Office Chair Racing Office chairs, although mounted on castors, stay stationary nearly all of the time. However in Germany a sport that has only been running for 3 years, the office chair championships, changes the way we think about office chairs.
26 Aug 2011 Office Pod – The Future of the Home Office
As outlined in previous blogs, the trend for employees working from home is on the rise. However the problem is space, expenditure and being distracted by simply working in the home. To combat this, a new product is now on the market that intends to combat this and it’s called the Office Pod.
26 Aug 2011 London Cafe Designed with “bee-friendly” Furniture
Ryan Frank, a South African born furniture designer has recently finished his latest project at the London Theatre. His philosophy is to create furniture that has raw materials that have already been used, to create unique and desirable furniture with the lowest impact on the environment as possible. His holistic approach has raised people’s awareness of him and he has undertaken projects from the Hyatt Hotels Group to London based record label TAPE.
25 Aug 2011 “What is my Desk Made from?”
Office desks and workstations, are used in almost every commercial area and are now are creeping into our homes with most people having one. The question is do you really know what they are made from? Manufacturers use words such as MFC/melamine or ABS protective edging, but do you know what this means? I am guessing that the answer is no.
25 Aug 2011 The Last of Steve Jobs…The Table Connect for iPhone?
I seem to be writing a lot about Apple Inc. in these blogs, however when seeing the new products that they have on offer, I just can’t help it. Imagine if you are in a meeting and you could connect your smart phone to the office desk and use the desktop as a touch screen interface. It sounds like something out of a Sci Fi film, but the technology actually exists! It is called the Table Connect from Apple Inc.
24 Aug 2011 Could the Design of the Macbook Pro Really be Based on a Chair?
Around 30 years ago, the company Herman Miller flooded the market with what we still call today, the Eames chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. In response to this a UK based office furniture manufacturer, Hille International, came up with the System Supporto. It was designed by Fred Scott who, a designer in his own right, tried to make a sleek and stylish chair to be used, in that time, a contemporary office.
24 Aug 2011 Office Workers Eat More on Average Than Other Professions
A startling survey has been released after a Gloucester-based HR Consultancy company, called Reabur investigated into the eating habits of office workers and people in different professions. The results concluded that on average, the office worker consumes 700 calories more than the average person within other commercial sectors. To burn just the extra 700 calories, depends on your weight and how fast you walk, but to get some idea you would have to walk 1.5 miles in an hour. This means that you should be walking at about 1.5-2 miles per hour. The speed I am sure would not be a problem for most of us, it’s really the time and distance, considering that this is just extra calories.
23 Aug 2011 Getting Rid of Unwanted Office Furniture?
So you’ve just upgraded your office with some fantastically ergonomically designed furniture or perhaps you’ve got some new cluster style call centre furniture, in any case the question remains what do you do with your old furniture? Usually it goes for scrap metal, or straight to landfill, and with the ever increasing Health and Safety list required for charities, it’s not a case of just being able to hand your unwanted furniture to them.
23 Aug 2011 Extreme Sports – With Office Furniture?
In previous blogs we have talked about how best to recycle office furniture, or what to do with your old office furniture and in most cases, there are a few options. However in New Zealand there seems to be a new craze (I use the term craze very loosely) to take your unwanted furniture and take it down to the local skate park.
19 Aug 2011 Di-vert - intelligent recycling solutions
Di-vert - intelligent recycling solutions So you’ve just upgraded your office with some fantastically ergonomically designed furniture or perhaps you’ve got some new cluster style call centre furniture, in any case the question remains what do you do with your old furniture? Usually it goes for scrap metal. There is another way however and it’s recycling.
19 Aug 2011 The Shift from Office to Home Office
The Shift from Office to Home Office It is estimated that in the US alone 38 million people work from home full time or part time. In the UK however, the figure is somewhat lower, with only about 3.1million in 2005 which has increased over the years. In any case, the number is on the rise. There are benefits to this, including reduction of the carbon footprint, reducing the risk of the spread of disease and therefore reducing absenteeism, employee morale is also higher.
19 Aug 2011 The Launch of a New Website for Office Reality
Office Reality has been providing high quality designer furniture from Europe for the past 7 years. The company has an unrivalled choice in quality furniture and an excellent sales team and design team to aid you in your refurbishment of your office or café area. Over the years we have found that our customers are pleased with the range that we have available, however finding a lot of the furniture featured of the website was proving in some cases quite difficult. As we value our customer’s opinions no expense has been spared to provide a new sleek, modern and efficient website, with just as much choice as its sister sites. The site in question is Online Reality.
19 Aug 2011 The Tallest Filing Cabinet in the World
Only the artist knows why he made this and it's relevance. Its not quite your typical storage option, but all we can really say is that perhaps it’s a statement documenting the movement from paper into the digital age or perhaps he just hates/loves filing cabinets! In any case Napa, California is home to the tallest filing cabinet in the world to date.
18 Aug 2011 It’s All About Ergonomic Design - The Nethrone
It’s All About Ergonomic Design - The Nethrone The real question is, how do you define this style of office furniture? Is it an ergonomic chair? Is it a workstation? Whatever you choose to call it, it is definitely eye catching. In the office world, the word ergonomic design crops up all the time as office furniture manufacturers are constantly trying to find the solution to the problem of posture and healthy sitting for people who spend 6 or more hours in their office chair per day. There is one manufacturer that claims to have the closest solution to office furniture bliss and it’s called the Nethrone.
18 Aug 2011 Apple Have Done it Again…
Apple Have Done it Again… It seems that Apple are the leaders of mixing sleek design with computer technology. Mr Gates may have the commercial sector with Windows, but you can’t deny Apple win in the style category. So as the title suggests Apple have done it again, but not with a new computer but a workstation that they call the Milk.
17 Aug 2011 A Sofa That Can Seat 16 People And Can Be Stored in a Cupboard?
A Sofa That Can Seat 16 People And Can Be Stored in a Cupboard? It’s quite an achievement if you can create a sofa that can seat up to 16 people, but one that can be carried by one person and stored away like an iron surely deserves the world’s attention. Well you are reading this correctly, there is a company that has done just that. They have taken the art of folding furniture to a new level and created what they call the Flexible Love.
16 Aug 2011 What Does Your Office Say About You?
What Does Your Office Say About You? When thinking about furnishing your office it is important to think about how the office will look as a whole. Obviously cost is important but may not necessarily be the number one priority. You need to think about creating an environment that your staff will enjoy and be proud to work in as this will help increase overall happiness and productivity. Think about what opinions your client will have when they enter the office as the saying is never truer that you never get a second chance at a first impression. If your client walks into your workspace and sees that you have the cheapest economy furniture and that you haven’t paid much attention to the finer details of the office then it may tarnish their opinion of the company as a whole. This can be from not having a good cable management system to the workstations not matching the respective pedestals.
16 Aug 2011 Ergonomic Furniture... The Exercise Ball?
Could This be the Next Step in Ergonomic Furniture... The Exercise Ball? Ergonomic chairs or ergonomic desks have now become phrases that are so common it would be hard to find someone who doesn’t know what it means, but there is a chair on the market place that claims to not only improve your posture but can help you exercise whilst your sitting.
16 Aug 2011 Now You Can Walk While You Work!
Now You Don’t Have to Feel Guilty About Not Walking to Work…You Can Walk While You Work! We, by this I mean the human race, are getting fatter. Having said this it is not something that we are shocked at anymore. There are many reasons for this development in our species, our choice of food, our less energetic lifestyle, addiction to TV to name a few, but our biggest concern may lie within the commercial sector.
15 Aug 2011 Enough about the Employees, What about the Children?
Enough about the Employees, What about the Children? It is widely known nowadays, about how ergonomic chairs can help relieve and prevent back pain. They help to keep a healthy posture and indirectly increase efficiency within the working environment. We are at a stage that technology is progressing at an alarming rate, and the rate of its development is also increasing. So much so that children are now spending more and more time working in front of a computer. This is why we should be looking at ergonomic seating for children.
15 Aug 2011 Folding Office Furniture – Space Saving Solution
Folding Office Furniture – A Solution to Your Space Saving Needs It is a common problem, especially in this day and age that space is a huge deciding factor when choosing an office or when deciding how to downsize. However there is a solution and that is folding office furniture.
3 Aug 2011 Some Stress Relieving Tips When Working an Office
Some Stress Relieving Tips When Working an Office Working in an office can be quite stressful at times. Whether it be clients on the phone pressuring you to give quick answers to their questions or your boss on your case because you haven’t finished an important quote, life in an office is never as stress free as people who don’t work in an office at a desk or workstation might think. Below are a few tips to try and release stress levels: 1.
3 Aug 2011 How to Increase Our Happiness at Work
How Can We Make Positive Changes to Increase Our Happiness at Work? If you ask the whole population whether we enjoy our job, I am sure the majority of people will say no. Even people who find their work satisfying will have bad days at work because that is just how life is.
3 Aug 2011 Can Music Really Increase Productivity in the Workplace?
Can Music Really Increase Productivity in the Workplace? It is no secret that music evokes emotion. It is also no secret that sometimes working in an office can become stressful and depressing. So thinking about these two facts, could playing music in the office help to create a more relaxed environment, as well as creating more productive workforce? A survey carried out by MusicWorks, suggests that that this is the case.