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7 Easy Ways to Create New Gathering Spaces in the Office

Just as changing seasons motivate us to change our furniture arrangements at home, our workplace routines, floor plans and layouts often have to change, too. Multi-generational considerations, the pressure to innovate, and the need to attract and retain talent are forcing companies to better understand the importance of collaboration and the necessity of wellbeing in their office designs. To meet these needs,

By | February 4th, 2016|Workplaces|

Need Quiet? Optimize your Office for Improved Focus

Introverts often get a bad rap, especially in entrepreneurship. Investors, employees and vendors who provide goods and services at a discount to startups are attracted to people who have the gift of gab. Even our work environment has been optimized for extroverts. Open space design, for example, has been heralded for optimizing collaboration and nurturing a strong culture while saving on rent.

By | January 26th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Workplaces|

8 Ways to Increase Wellbeing at the Office

Though ergonomics and sustainability have long been influencing workplace design, wellbeing is the most recent consideration making headlines when planning your space. Wellbeing is a holistic design focusing on the user, aiming to encourage healthy living by providing wellness programs, social interaction and supporting cognitive activities. Why Wellbeing? Healthy living is encouraged because it has been shown to directly impact productivity and creativity. But

By | January 7th, 2016|Wellbeing, Workplaces|

3 Ways to Design an Office With Limited Space

Part of living in LA means paying top dollar for a small home or apartment. And while we find ways to make space for dinner parties, working from home without an office can prove challenging. So what do you do to maximize small spaces when square footage is limited and working from home is your only option? Here are a few

By | December 22nd, 2015|Workplaces|

4 Ways to Control Rising Real Estate Costs

Good news! The United States is adding jobs. The bad news is that the competition for office space is driving up the cost of real estate. Rising real estate costs are especially impacting places like the Bay area, New York City, DC, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. “People, followed by real estate, are a company’s most expensive assets,” said George Grace,

By | December 8th, 2015|Startup Culture, Workplaces|

9 Simple Ways to Update your Office

You work in your office every day—but is your office really working for you? As the calendar year draws to a close, it's a good time to reevaluate your productivity levels, personal wellbeing and office culture, and make adjustments where necessary. A key component to boosting productivity, impacting culture and improving wellbeing includes updating your workplace. Your space matters, and has a direct impact on employee engagement,

By | December 1st, 2015|Workplaces|

6 Tips for Making Open Offices Work

It seems workers either love open offices or hate them. If you love them, you gush about the increased energy, collaboration, creativity and transparency that comes from impromptu conversations and lack of silos. If you hate them, you complain about decreased productivity, distractions and lack of privacy. The reality is that real estate prices are escalating, and open offices save money.

By | November 25th, 2015|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Upgrade your Office Space with 5 Gorgeous Trends

This fall is full of gorgeous office trends that make it easy to upgrade or refresh your space. Personally, I've been having a field day with them all, and the best part? They're no longer hard to find! If your office is ready for a much-needed upgrade, try incorporating one or more of these: 1. Copper If you follow me on social media

By | November 3rd, 2015|Workplaces|

How Workplace Design Helps Business Agility

When I think of agility, I think of entrepreneurs responding quickly and deftly to marketplace conditions. I think of entrepreneurs bringing new products to market or modifying existing ones. I think about entrepreneurs targeting new markets, expanding geographically and changing pricing or distribution strategies. I didn’t think about the space in which a business is located until I spoke with

By | October 20th, 2015|Productivity, Startup Culture, Workplaces|

How to Plan Your Office for Growth

You’ve just signed the lease on an office space that fits you your four employees. Congrats! But have you thought about what will you do when your business grows? Will your office furniture grow with you? Will you have the room you need to expand? Don’t get stuck losing time and money to a costly remodel. By using an office design

By | September 22nd, 2015|Workplaces|

#ModernMonday: The Future of the Workplace Twitter Chat Recap

Every Monday, Dwell (@Dwell) and Design Milk (@DesignMilk) invite Twitter fans to participate in a #ModernMonday chat discussing current trends in design. This past Monday, July 27, Dwell and Design Milk tackled "the future of the workplace," and our very own Brian Shapland, general manager of turnstone, co-hosted the hour with Jill Goebel of Gensler. Take a look at some of the highlights below, and head to Twitter each Monday from 1 to

By | July 28th, 2015|Workplaces|

19 Design Elements Spotted at Neocon

Two weeks ago, NeoCon, the most recognized and attended trade show in the contract furniture industry, descended on Chicago. NeoCon showcases products, trends and innovative solutions for commercial interiors, generating thousands of visitors and incredible foot traffic in the city's historic Merchandise Mart. This year saw several design elements carried throughout the carpet, textile and furniture showrooms. These design elements support the bigger ideas we've been

By | July 2nd, 2015|Workplaces|

How to Design an Awesome Coworking Facility

One of the most interesting aspects of creating a coworking space is understanding what exactly draws people to a location. During my first few months interacting with coworking spaces, I was under the impression that what sold a space came down to price and location. I assumed people flocked to coworking spaces to escape the high city rent and constant congestion.

By | June 30th, 2015|Workplaces|

Susan Cain’s “Quiet” Sheds Light on Introverts in Business

Our personality—where we fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum—has a profound impact on our leadership ability, our ability to ask “what if,” whether we learn from our mistakes and on the work environments we prefer, according to Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. As a society, we prize those who are talkative,

By | June 25th, 2015|Productivity, Workplaces|

3 Workplace Trends on the Rise

Walking through the Chicago Loop each morning has helped me identify three workplace trends on the rise within the design industry. I spend a lot of time observing architecture, noting how old, traditional finishes meet new ones and mingle with technology. And as I peer into offices, I've noticed that fitness centers are often available within office buildings, and that designers

By | June 23rd, 2015|Workplaces|
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