It isn't just any reception area-- a hotel lobby is an important first impression that sets the tone for guests' visits, introducing the hotel's aesthetics from the first glance. From wall art to paint colors to flooring and beyond-- every design choice must be perfectly coordinated to tell your space's story without words. Furniture is one of the most endlessly customizable choices for a great greeting area, yet it remains one of the priciest. Make careful choices while embracing new-and-now trends without forgetting about the future.
A growing number of businesses are replacing bulky desktop computers with laptops and docks, eliminating costly overhead while giving employees a dose of freedom. This newfound mobility has caused employers to consider the perks and problems that come with remote work. As with any major shift in office culture, there's benefits and pitfalls that come with change. Everybody's home life is as unique as their workflow. Whether you have a full-fledged home office or a little bit of space at the kitchen table, there are ways to make a work-from-home day as productive as a stint in the office. As always, there are also ways that a remote workday can go off the rails. Weigh your options-- is it worth the work to make working from home work out?
If you haven’t had to order furniture for a healthcare environment before, the prospect might be scary – there’s a lot of risk when patients are involved. This short guide will give you the most important things to consider when ordering furniture for a medical space.
We've all heard the term-- flexible seating. It's a growing trend in schools across the country, namely with those that embrace innovation and creative change. There are endless pictures on social media that show the ways that teachers can configure their classrooms to make learning both exciting and effective. There's literature, blogs, and thinkpieces that explore the flexible movement, but what, at its core, is it all about? It's normal to have questions and, having used flexible seating in my elementary school classrooms for several years, there are easy answers to the majority of them. They all boil down to this-- by giving students choices to enhance their comfort, they can do better work and feel better, too.
Flexible seating is a growing concept in classrooms across the country. Teachers have had massive successes--and setbacks--in implementing this growing trend. Just as each student is different, each teacher's experience is equally unique.
Neocon 2019 brought together architects, designers, manufacturers and end users from around the globe – this 3 day event in Chicago showcases the best and newest options for commercial design. If you couldn’t attend the show, here are just a few trends:
As is tradition, National Business Furniture sent a delegation of merchandisers, marketers, space planners, and a copywriter to NeoCon-- "the commercial design industry's launch pad for innovation" and one of the largest furniture trade shows in the country. In one fast-paced day, we gathered inspiration from the top minds in the industry and saw the trends that will inspire commercial offices, educational spaces, healthcare facilities, hospitality environments, and residential design for the coming years. As always, a few of the best and brightest trends really caught our eyes.
It's 3:30 in the morning and your security company is calling. At best, it's a false alarm. At worst, the business you carefully built has gone up in flames. It's estimated that only 30% of small businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place, leaving roughly 70% of companies unprotected. A devastating event can be a setback that takes years to overcome and any head-start on rebuilding is invaluable in the critical months that follow.
Imagine this-- you're at the foot of your driveway, standing before a horizon lined with only crumbled bricks and charred trees. Nothing blocks your view; everything in site has been reduced to rubble, and even the coals have grown cold in the time since a wildfire made its way through what was once your home. Your thoughts, clouded and wild, are turned towards the loss of photographs, childhood relics, and keepsakes. This isn't the time to think about vital records or business incorporation documents, vehicle titles and property deeds-- that was before the fire, perhaps years ago, when you bought a FireKing® file cabinet.
Investing in a FireKing fireproof file cabinet is a commitment to safety and security and with some files weighing over 1,000 lbs., there are numerous logistical challenges that follow such a purchase. Our comprehensive sales and delivery process ensures that your cabinet will make its way to its desired placement without hassle or hurdle.
Keeping cables at bay is an often-overlooked part of creating a beautiful conference room or meeting space. While it may be just as much of an aesthetic choice as it is a safety measure, great cable management keeps workspaces clean and pathways clear, so you can stay focused on the big ideas at hand.
The wide-open space necessary for a great conference room doesn't come outfitted with the best storage options. Keep must-haves for meetings, overflow archives, and audio/video equipment in check with alternative storage options that look great and keep your boardroom clean and organized.
From allowing students to make their own choices to bringing more active movement into each day, there are a lot of good reasons to add flexible seating to your classroom. Although this education trend is a relatively new one, there are already a myriad of options to choose from in this category. So where do you start? Take our quick tips for how to introduce flex seating to your students.
Building a beautiful office is no small task. With employees spending a large portion of their time at the office, creating a home away from home is an integral step in maintaining morale and inspiring great work. Designing your office décor with a theme in mind is an easy way to create a cohesive environment where employees can stay productive and comfortable while they go about their workflow. Take these ideas for office decor into consideration while designing the perfect workspace.
Telehealth (or telemedicine) is one of the key trends helping to lower healthcare costs and improve access for patients. Most hospital systems are investing in telehealth technology and consumers are seeing real advantages. How can telehealth change healthcare for the better?
As the healthcare industry continues to become more competitive, the importance of quality design in patient areas has never been more important. Patients have increased choice on where to receive care, including many non-traditional providers. Thus, providing a space that supports great outcomes is critical.
One of the most important topics in the healthcare design industry is infection control –designing a space that is beautiful, durable, functional and that helps prevent the spread of germs and disease. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections patients can get while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility. They are considered a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety.
Did you know that 92% of employed Americans confess that aspects of their workspace make them unhappy? As a result, businesses are taking extra measures to improve their workplaces, striving to create environments where great work happens due to employee satisfaction. Among new measures taken, companies across the country are taking employee health at the office into consideration by incorporating bookable wellness and mothers rooms to the office. If you’re considering adding one or more of these spaces to your office, keep reading for inspiration and ideas for what you’ll need to get the job done.