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Office Design and Work Culture are Linked, Reports LiveMint

Office Design and Work Culture are Linked, Reports LiveMint

The staircase and conversation pods are central to employee engagement. Photo: Jithendra M/Mint

by Aparna Piramal Raje

Sometimes the most old-fashioned solutions solve the most new-age problems. Such as the artfully crafted staircase at global reinsurance company Swiss Re’s new Bengaluru facility, which it occupied in July. Easily accessible, and spacious enough for a group conversation, the staircase does more than just connect the office’s four floors. It helps keep employees fit, active and engaged with each other, throughout the workday. The staircase’s central location serves as an ideal venue for collaboration zones, according to the employees. Semi-enclosed meeting pods, relaxing lounge chairs and high-tables with bar-stools are sprinkled around the staircase on every floor, enabling employees to interact with each other, eschewing lifts.

Working together

For Swiss Re, employee fitness reflects corporate strategic intent. “Our mission is to make the world more resilient. We apply our research on resilience to our workspaces,” says Sonal Tivarekar, head of strategic initiatives. Long-standing research shows that modern-day sedentary lifestyles are highly correlated with chronic diseases, hence the ‘walkable’ workplace. The facility’s other wellness measures include an expansive gym and height-adjustable sit and stand desks…


Abstract art dots the passages at Swiss Re. Photo: Jithendra M/Mint





Karen Simmons of Business Interiors got a phone call, “The client asked me, ‘Can you stop by? We need to turn this room into a conference room!’ When I got there I saw a space that was a little dungeon-like. It lacked windows, light, purpose—not very accommodating. However, I knew we had just the right vision and product offerings to deliver what they needed, and in a way they didn’t originally expect, within their budget on a state contract.”

Now, this Mississippi educational institution has a polished, multi-functional conference space, with new light flooding in through KI modular glass walls, and filled with modern and practical OFS Revel chairs and modular training tables that break out into other configurations as needed.

Are you, too, ready for an unexpectedly beautiful, affordable, and functional solution? Give us a call to schedule your consultation: (601) 969-1000


NeoCon in Chicago Inspires and Informs Business Interiors’ Staff and Designer Friends

NeoCon in Chicago Inspires and Informs Business Interiors’ Staff and Designer Friends

Business Interiors’ staff and designer friends are attending NeoCon in Chicago—the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. Our founder, David Houpt, has been a part of this extraordinary experience, gathering knowledge, inspiration, and sources since 1976.

Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the annual gathering place for the commercial design world’s manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations and media. 2018’s NeoCon 50 is a vibrant hub for a non-stop schedule of networking, events, and celebrations.

Over 500 leading companies, including the industry’s major manufacturers as well as hot emerging companies showcase thousands of new products and services in categories including furniture, fabrics, flooring, interior building products, interior finishes, and technology.

More than 50,000 design professionals, representing markets ranging from workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government, the commercial design community converge each year at NeoCon to connect, learn and do business.

Four marquee presentations and more than 100 CEU programs offer world-class expertise and insight about today’s most relevant topics as well as the future of commercial design.

Connecting the community with inspiration and knowledge sharing in nearly 1 million square feet of exhibition space, NeoCon features game-changing products and services from leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design.

Business Interiors works hard to stay on the leading edge of technology and trends within our industry with the singular goal of serving your business interior needs.




From Boardroom Tables to Training Tables, Business Interiors Offers Them

From Boardroom Tables to Training Tables, Business Interiors Offers Them

From statement-making, finely-crafted boardroom tables, to sleek, fully-powered training tables, Business Interiors offers the solution for your every need.

Our offerings include versatile collections of tables designed to complement any environment. With hundreds of combinations, you can choose the right shape, size, finish, and leg style to fit your space, job, and budget. Technology is easily integrated into any table through a variety of power and data options. Electric, pneumatic, crank, and pin-height adjustable base options provide opportunities to shift work styles throughout the work day.

Ready to talk tables? Call Business Interiors today to schedule your consultation time @ (601) 969-1000