Product Highlights: Teknion Zones

PearsonLloyd worked with Teknion to create a line of furniture that “solves complex issues in a simple way.”

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The design approach for this collection recognizes people’s emotional connection to furniture and provides a series of chairs, tables, enclosures and accessories that offers a fluid platform for addressing workspace needs. The pieces were designed for mobility so the environment can be adjusted as needed. And the materials used express a softness and richness that humanizes the product and enriches the work experience.

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For PearsonLloyd the future of the office environment is about “flexibility, opportunity and happiness.” Teknion Zones will truly transform an office interior.

To learn more about Teknion Zones, call 262.207.6399 or visit http://www.teknion.com/can/inspiration/product-design/zones

Project Highlight: Colliers International

Schroeder Solutions partnered with Kahler Slater on the design of  a 16,500 square foot office space for Colliers International. Teamwork and collaboration between Colliers, Kahler Slater and Schroeder Solutions was key to the success of this project. From the initial kick off meeting to a trip to the Teknion headquarters in Toronto and two trips to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the team was committed to the due diligence necessary to select the right products and furnishings for this work environment. Multiple manufacturers were selected for the project and finishes were carefully coordinated to achieve a cohesive aesthetic. The end result, as you can see in the pictures below, is a beautiful, modern office that reflects the Collier’s goal of creating one of the coolest and most on-trend offices in the city of Milwaukee!

 

 

Ethonomics: Active Design

In 2015, Teknion released a paper called Ethonomics: Designing for the Principles of the Modern Workplace. As a leading international designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative workplace interiors, the company explored how design can impact employee happiness and the question—What does well-being and productivity mean to today’s workforce?

Ethonomics presents the theory that there may be a formula for designing workplace happiness. This formula includes:

  1. Design for Balance – Offer varied experiences across a floorplate
  2. Design for Choice – Account for changing work modes throughout the day
  3. Active Design – Promote movement
  4. Human-Centered Design – Create a rich sensory experience and connections to the outdoors
  5. Design for Collaboration – Support groups as they scale in: size, formality, tech needs, learning styles

As part of that formula, Active Design focuses on promoting individual movement in the office environment. As a greater topic Active Design is being applied by urban planners to build movement into communities through engaging streetscapes, pedestrian-oriented developments and neighborhood parks. So how can we design office environments with that same mentality?

According to the Ethonomics paper, “The human body is built to move. It follows that the human-centered workplace should provide people with the opportunity for physical activity; with a choice among working postures as well as workspaces. Alert, engaged and healthy workers are most often those who are afforded a stimulating and inspiring work environment that encourages movement—to sit, stand and walk around.”

While the paper shares some of the detriments of sitting, simple providing the option to stand is not the solution. As with most things, moderation and balance is a better approach. The paper offers a few suggestions for how employees can add movement into their daily routine in a variety of ways:

  • Pace while talking on the phone, organizing papers or eating lunch.
  • Stand at a sit/stand desk—or take your laptop over to a high countertop.
  • Walk, rather than gathering around a table, for a meeting.
  • Program your phone to remind you to change position every half an hour.
  • Take a break—stand up, stretch and stroll over to the coffee bar.
  • Walk to work or at least to the bus stop or train platform. Where possible, join co-workers on the volleyball court, take a yoga or Zumba class or simply use your lunch hour to walk to a plaza or stroll through a park.

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Schroeder Solutions worked with Skyline Technologies, the Midwest’s premier provider of information technology and digital marketing consulting services, to create not only a “cool” office space, but an office that was collaborative, active and vibrant. The design solution promotes movement by offering a variety of collaborative spaces with opportunities to sit or stand while meeting in private, semi-private and casual settings. Bean bag toss and Pop-A-Shot games in the lounge encourage physical activity and quick breaks throughout the day.

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If you are interested in learning more Ethonomics and integrating Active Design principles into your workspace, contact: 877-676-9346. You can find information referenced in this article by visiting:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/design-expert-teknion-unveils-ethonomics-the-formula-for-workplace-happiness-300098731.html

https://d2r72yk5wmppdj.cloudfront.net/m/525ae69121488781/006956_LOres_from_china_Reader_Spread_china.pdf.pdf

http://www.teknion.com/inspiration/ethonomics/a-work-in-progress-the-active-healthy-metropolis

In the spring issue we will discuss Human-Centered and Biophilic Design. Stay tuned!