“The Hidden Way to Boost Your Office Design”
“Demountable walls are often overlooked, but they can easily change the aesthetic and an office space and add flexibility to the floor plan.” By Kelsi Maree Borland, GlobeSt.com
Demountable walls could be a hidden solution to office design and floor plan flexibility. This solution is often overlooked, according to Christopher Mojo, the firm’s architectural product specialist at Tangram Interiors, who has used demountable walls in several office design projects; however, this can be an important element in an office space and have multiple uses.
“Walls are an often overlooked, yet vital, element in the overall scheme of interior environments from both a structural and design perspective. However, rather than treating them solely as spatial dividers, they deserve as much care and attention as any other design element of a project,” Mojo tells GlobeSt.com. “One solution to this oversight that offers significant advantages over standard construction is demountable walls… READ MORE FROM GLOBEST.COM‘S ARTICLE HERE >>>
Business Interiors is delighted to offer many moveable wall solutions for your spaces, whether you are in the Jackson, Mississippi area, or even a couple of hours away. Call us to schedule your consultation (601) 969-1000.
Roger Vasseur and Bill Abstein of Dauphin rolled into Ridgeland to give us a hands-on demo at our headquarters here at Business Interiors, Inc. There were bunches of amazing options. The super comfy and durable 4+ Relax recliner was a real stand-out, as was the top-selling collaborative chair Atelier, the Tec-Line Physician’s stool, and the show-stopper Perillo.
We take every opportunity to try out the newest and best in our effort to provide the right solutions for our clients. Let us schedule a consultation with you to find what works for your spaces. (601) 969-1000
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
Invisible Design for Performance: Discover the ABCs of effective acoustical design, by HAWORTH, INC., JUL. 19, 2018
One of the most significant factors in job satisfaction is often overlooked simply because you can’t see it: Acoustics.
However, you can see its effects in the data on privacy and job satisfaction:
In a landmark study of over 50,000 workers in 351 buildings, lack of speech privacy is cited as the #1 source of dissatisfaction.
In the movement toward open office plans, people have an increased desire to find spaces in the workplace that provide confidentiality for both work-related and personal conversations. Additionally, different activities require different ways of managing acoustical privacy, leading people to seek out a variety of workspaces—each with specific characteristics that support the work they’re doing at the time. Providing a variety of workspaces with well-designed acoustics allows for proper levels of speech privacy to ensure confidentiality.
Employers who understand and address this need for varying workspaces have more success in achieving higher job satisfaction rates.
Speech Privacy Basics
Speech privacy is simply the absence of speech intelligibility. Here’s how it works:
If the level of speech sounds that reach a listener’s ear is well above that of any background sound, the speech will be clearly heard and understood, or intelligible.
But, if speech sounds at the listener’s location are below the background sound level, the speech will not be understood. Even when a listener can hear the muffled speech sounds of someone talking, speech privacy exists because the listener can’t understand what is being said.
Achieving the right level of speech privacy in a space requires careful assessment and alignment of functional needs with the ambient environment, background sound, and physical design elements, such as walls, ceilings, and floors.
Achieving the right level of speech privacy in a space requires careful assessment and alignment
The ABCs of Effective Acoustical Design
To manage speech privacy, follow the ABCs of acoustical workspace design by using elements that absorb, block, and cover sound.
Absorb Sounds Within the Space
Special absorptive ceilings, suspended baffles, carpeted floors, and even decorative rugs not only reduce sound levels within rooms, they also reduce undesirable reflection of sound which can cause
intelligible speech sounds to carry throughout a space.
Block sounds between spaces
Walls, moveable walls, double pane (2 channel) glass walls, unitized wall systems, and suspended ceiling tiles can all provide physical barriers that block the transmission of speech sounds between rooms.
Cover intruding sounds with background noise
An electronic sound masking system covers sounds with a consistent background noise. A sort of highly sophisticated “white noise machine,” a masking system is precisely programmed to reduce perceived inconsistencies in sound, such as those created by speech. Masking systems are finely tuned in both frequency and level to meet the needs of different areas throughout the entire workspace.
Effective acoustical design may be invisible to most people, but the benefits are easy to see. Employees will be more comfortable at work knowing they have spaces for privacy and connection—where they won’t disturb others who are concentrating on focused tasks nearby. It may take some additional effort, but designing with speech privacy in mind will help keep employees happy, engaged, and productive at work.
Business Interiors will work with you, your designer, or your architect to achieve the acoustical results you need. Call us to schedule your consultation today @ (601) 969-1000
At Business Interiors, our product range includes the latest technology for corporate conferencing. We are thrilled to offer Bluescape—a cloud-based, SaaS digital workspace for next level team collaboration. Bluescape can be accessed simultaneously on HD screens and devices including laptops, iPads, and smartphones. Users can share text, photos, videos, and documents in a display reminiscent of a conference room bulletin board, but Bluescape allows for the work to be saved in real time, giving teams the ability to rewind and view the progression of their project.
We not only offer Bluescape, we make great use of it here at our headquarters. Business Interiors’ Project Manager, Russ Smith, has seen first hand how convenient this technology can be for all parties. “Typically, we use our Bluescape in-house to facilitate meetings that include clients, architects, and design firms. For instance, we may have a project going on in north Mississippi, and the design firm is based here in the Jackson area, but all stakeholders need to be able to communicate off-site without time-consuming travel. What used to be an all-day travel situation can take just 30 minutes of meaningful, productive time now with Bluescape.” Smith added, “Designers love it because they can actually see floorpans and move furniture placements around live on screen.”
Companies with satellite offices can cut travel expenses tremendously by using live conferencing and collaboration with Bluescape technology. Ready to see how we can help you transform your next meeting? We are ready to schedule your private consultation. (601) 969-1000
Susan Sublette of Maharam Fabrics popped in at Business Interiors to give us a peek at new patterns and colorways just released. Joining her is Kay Walters of Business Interiors, Inc. Ready to talk about the latest and best fabrics for your office, healthcare space, education space, and more? Give us a call at (601) 969-1000 to schedule your consultation.
SPOTLIGHT ON MAHARAM:
“At NeoCon 2018, Maharam delivered visual impact through architectural scale and an elemental use of lines and planes with a new installation designed in collaboration with American industrial designer, Leon Ransmeier. Featuring previews of upcoming textiles from the Maharam Design Studio, Scholten & Baijings, Paul Smith, Alexander Girard, Doshi Levien, Jonathan Olivares, Giulio Ridolfo, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the large-scale installation was partly encircled by Alexander Girard and Hella Jongerius rugs displayed on inclined metal plinths that referenced a 1938 MoMA exhibition conceived by Herbert Bayer to exemplify “the Bauhaus principles of exhibition technique in which clarity and arresting arrangement are combined.” Photography by Nathan Kirkman.For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2MajrCE”