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Why I sell office furniture
Jan 2nd, 2015 by I-SV Host

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Why I am in the commercial interiors business.

The start of a new year caused me to reflect on previous years and re-examine why I am in the commercial furniture business.

Logo Wall - Art Drawing Concept

Logo Wall – Concept

The reflection helped me realize it is not the office furniture itself that’s important. It is the sense of accomplishment I get from my clients when solving a puzzle. The puzzle is open ended, comprised of the organization’s function, culture, people, space available and budget.

The sense of accomplishment comes from discovering and understanding these components of the puzzle, communicating a solution concept and management of the process that ensures timely completion.

That’s why, on our home websites (www.officefurnituresanjose.com and www.searchindoff.com) we do not sell individual furniture products – we instead show you different office furniture designs to illustrate the breadth of our possible solutions.

Logo Wall - Finished Picture

Logo Wall – Finished

I am a fan of …

I am a fan of television shows such as Project Runway, Design-on-a-Dime, and Flip-or-Flop. I watch these shows to see how others are presented with a situation and how they create or transform and idea into a solution that works.

Contestants or hosts on these shows create valuable results that are worth much more the individual parts because they use their creativity combined with experience, expertise and drive.

People feel uplifted when wearing attractive, well designed clothes. People feel happy when moving into a new home transformed from a dated or run-down building. And home owners feel more comfortable when an interior is changed to match their desires and lifestyle.

I also read trade and design publications such as Interior Design, Architectural Digest and Coastal Living for inspiration.

And I personally visit our manufacturers or study their office furnishing products to be well informed of possibilities – both for the styles they provide as well as the quality and durability of their offerings.

When you use Indoff …

When you use Indoff as your interiors solution provider, you get the same feeling of satisfaction from both the process and the result you’ll achieve.

The steps are easy and you are freed to the work you normally do, relying on Indoff to be your expert right-hand guide and supplier. Our expertise and creativity lead to a result that fits your organization and contributes to its’ success. The “I Wish I Worked There” can be your results as your office furnishings, organizational layout and functions are achieved through expertise and creativity matched by attention to detail from Indoff.

You save TIME: …

You save time because you simply provide your circumstances to our staff. Tell us about your organization, your goals and generally what styles appeal to you.

We will prepare basic layouts and concepts for your review. Then we will zero in on reliable, quality sources we know and trust who can meet your needs. Then we will communicate clearly with virtual or physical concept boards what your new or updated office will look. Then we will coordinate orders and project details and manage the project timing and installation.

Concept Board - Hyundai Showroom Remodel -  Layout, Photos & Finishes

Concept Board – Hyundai Showroom Remodel –
Layout, Photos & Finishes

You save MONEY: …

You will save money as a result of our $120 million+ dealership because we get excellent volume pricing from our manufacturers when the savings are passed on to you.

And unlike small dealerships with limited product lines or “house brand” firms, we don’t force-fit you into a limited selection just because that is all that we have.

Within your budget, you get the style you want, a layout that works toward the goals you have for your staff, your organization, and your clients/customers.

Call us today at 408-656-1709 …

Call us today to chat about your needs to see if we can imagine a solution just for you.

 

 

Sitting all day is not good for you. Really not good. Here’s why.
Jul 7th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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Emerging science has data that suggests it is dangerous to sit all day.  Health benefits increase the more time you spend standing or walking daily.

Forty three different studies published last week, indicate for the more time you sit, there is an increase in chances of colon, endometrial, and lung cancers.  The study suggest each hour you sit reduces your life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.

How sitting affects the human body:

Sitting burns 50 fewer calories per hour compared to standing or walking.  Leg muscles need to work more to keep you upright and balanced and that burns an extra 50 calories per hour.  Instead of sitting for 8 hours, if you stand for 4 and sit for 4, you burn an extra 1,000 calories per week without changing your diet or exercise.  If you do this for a year, it is the equivalent of 50,000 extra calories, roughly the same as expended in running 15 marathons.

Other ill effects of sitting:

Sitting based idle muscle cells release much lower amounts of lipase, an enzyme that helps eliminate fats from the bloodstream and helps maintain higher levels of HC (higher “good” cholesterol.

Your body also becomes more resistant to insulin when sitting.  And genes that normally suppress inflammation are also altered when you sit, possibly contributing to increased cancer rates observed.

Of course, work is not the only place you sit.  Time watching TV at home impacts health too.  Research shows that watching 4 or more hours of TV a day (while sitting) increase heart attacks, chest pain, or other cardiovascular disease even when controlling for diet and exercise.  And more time sitting also increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 112%.

So what should you do?

Step 1:  Get up from sitting.

Find time to systematically get up from your desk.  Stand and walk while on the phone.  Stand during meeting.  Install your printer farther from your desk to make you get up every so often.

Step 2:  Opt for a standing desk or sit/stand desk.

Adjustable Height Desk - YouTube 1 Minute Video

Adjustable Height Desk – YouTube 20 Second Video

If you work at in a cubicle, have one work surface set for standing (works with desk surfaces that are supported by cantilevered supports) and one for sitting (experts recommend taking sitting breaks rather than stand all day to reduce strain on your heels and knees).  Or convert your work surface to sit/stand by replacing the desk legs with mechanical or electrically adjustable legs.  Most manufacturers offer just the legs to help keep your investment lower.

Step 3:  Try to cut down on your TV hours.

If you have a dog(s), take them out a little more often (good for them and you).  Or simply take a few short walking breaks every few minutes during otherwise sedentary periods.  With new TV technology that allows you to “save” programs for later viewing, use it.  You will not miss anything and be able to speed through stuff you’d rather not watch anyway.

Reception Desk – Custom – Modern – Creative – Affordable
Jun 19th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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You need a new, modern, reception desk – but it needs to be affordable.

Photo that inspired a new Reception Desk

Photo that inspired a new Reception Desk

When moving to a new location, AltiGen Communications in San Jose, California, wanted to create a more welcoming Lobby at their new facility.  Having viewed some of the different Reception Desk Styles on Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch’s website (OfficeFurnitureSanJose.com), AltiGen contacted Indoff as a possible provider for a new reception desk.  They wanted something different that reflects their business success but wanted to get this look affordably.

We want it to look like this >>.

Key personnel at AltiGen forwarded photos of reception desks that appealed to their design desires.  Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch researched options and rough budgets and one design in particular stood out as very attractive and doable with a Bay Area Manufacturer, Action Laminates in Hayward.

Concept Development for a new Reception Desk

AltiGen Communication's, San Jose, CA, Reception Desk

AltiGen Communication’s, San Jose, CA, Reception Desk

To manage costs, the reception desk was built with premium laminate surfaces.  The desk work surface and part of the front is a dark, textured finish.  The built-in white insert is gloss white high pressure laminate with color-core edging to make the block appear as one piece (no black line typically associated with laminate surfaces).  This is the same high quality High Pressure Laminate that is used in wall mounted and mobile white boards.

A custom built, standoff L-shaped clear glass transaction counter that floats beyond the white block onto part of the work surface finishes the off the reception desk.

The receptionist has convenient storage under the white block area and a 2-drawer, 1 file pedestal for additional storage.  Grommets have been added under the white block unit and on the side to allow convenient cable and power access to the work surface.

Now that the reception desk is in place, AltiGen is considering adding a companion storage cabinet next to the desk, by the wall, to cover power and data cables, add storage to the area, and add more work surface area for equipment.

If you are considering a upgraded or remodeled reception desk, rather than settling for “off-the-shelf” solutions, consider sending Indoff – Silicon Valley your ideas and inspirations and see how affordable and impressive a solution can be for you.

One-Hour, Do-it-yourself, professional “cubicles”
Jun 18th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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For start-ups, fast growing organizations, cost conscience businesses, and anyone who wants quality work stations with “move-it-around” flexibility – finally a work station designed with you in mind.

Workspace Cubicles can be complicated and typically need to be laid out by a brand-expert space planner and assembled by professional installers. Plus some system can take weeks to months to be delivered.

Cube-in-a-Box® Configuration Options

Cube-in-a-Box® Configuration Options

Growing?  Need Affordable Work Stations?  Need to get lots of “collaboration” staff in modest spaces?

Start-ups, fast moving, growing companies or organizations may be adding people faster than relatively stationary cubicle systems can accommodate.  And prices may take a bite out of business working capital.  If you are this type of organization, you need workstations that are professional but affordable, flexible and readily available as your work force changes and grows.

Cure for the Common Cubicle:

Cube in-a-Box® is one “cure for the common cubicle”. These systems provide value, quality and flexibility to “push” around as your office layout needs change, grow and reorganize.

Cube in-a-Box®  is the right solution for those that want high quality and professional looking cubicles FAST and at an AFFORDABLE price.

For convenient ordering and packaging, everything for one “cube” is included in a SINGLE box and delivered directly to your office or home. How much easier can it get? You can be at your new work station in under an hour with Cube-in-a-Box®!

Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch is a local Cube-in-a-Box® provider.  To learn more <click here>.

Cube in-a-Box®  is a registered trademark of CubeinaBox.com

How to Select Commercial Grade Fabric that Provides Lasting Value
Jun 17th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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If you want your office’s seating to keep its’ good looks for many years, key factors in the fabric are durability, light-fastness, and cleanability.  Durability means how much normal wear a fabric can resist before it begins to show wear.  Light-fastness is the ability of the fabric to endure light without fading.  And Cleanability is associated with water or solvent cleaners or bleach in healthcare facilities.

How to get durability information.

Sample Fabric Performance Information

Sample Fabric Specifications and Performance Information

Standardized “Rub” Tests on fabric give you a number that shows the fabric’s resistance to wear.  This is sometime know as “Performance”. The higher the number, the longer the fabric will last.  For example, on a Textiles web site, when looking a fabric’s pattern, you can also click on “specifications” and see the double rub (D.R.) rub count for each product.

In everyday terms, this is essentially the wear that happens every time you sit on the furniture.

High rub count fabric is used in high traffic areas like waiting room in hospitals and dentists offices.  Fabric counts in these areas can be as high as 250,000 double rubs.  Police departments with duty belts of nylon or leather and metal equipment might have double rub counts of 500,000 to 1,000,000.

While residential furniture might have 15,000 double rubs, you should select 25,000 or more for frequently used pieces in your home especially around kid and pets.

And most experts agree that HD or Heavy Duty fabric, with a minimum of 30,000 to 40,000 or more double rub counts, are important for commercial furniture.

Table of Suggested Rub Counts for Commercial and Residential Applications

Materials/Locations
Suggested Double Rub Count*

Very Heavy Duty Commercial, High Traffic Areas
100,000+

Heavy Duty Commercial, High Traffic Home Areas (Family Room/Den)
30,000+

Medium Duty, Home Living Rooms, moderate home traffic areas
15,000 to 30,000

Light Duty, occasional use areas, not upholstery
9,000 to 15,000

Delicate Duty, toss cushions, draperies
under 9,000

Avoid fabric fading with higher lightfastness numbers.

Fabric is often graded on how permanent a color is on the fabric after exposure to light.  Both natural and synthetic fabrics are subject to fading or discoloration under sunlight and fluorescent light.

Grade 5 means there is no fading.  Grade 4 means there is slight fading.  Upholstery fabrics should have a minimum rating of 4 regardless of end use.  Sometimes you will see lightfastness in terms like 40+ hours.

Match the fabric’s cleanability to your environment.

Fabrics have recommended cleaning methods.  Some allow water based cleaning agents (Code W).  Some with Code “S” should be cleaned only with mild water-free cleaning solvent or dry cleaning products.

Code W-S can be cleaned with either water or solvent based products.

Code X should be vacuumed or gently brushed only.

If you are in a healthcare environment, look for “high performance” fabrics that can be bleach cleaned or coated with Teflon for thorough cleaning.

Seating pricing varies significantly with the price of the fabric.  Better, more durable fabrics are typically more expensive but on flip side, these fabrics retain their good looks for years.  Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch can provide advice on fabrics to use for your unique circumstances that both look great and will serve the needs of visitors and staff for years.

To learn more about fabric testing standards <click here>

*  Using Wyzenbeek Method <click here for more info>

Implementing Flexible, Adjustable-Height Workstations
Dec 19th, 2013 by I-SV Host

SUNING selects Indoff-Silicon Valley as their commercial interiors supplier.

Height Adjustable Desk - Initial Delivery 3 Days after Order

Height Adjustable Desk – Initial Delivery 3 Days after Order

SUNING, the largest privately held Chinese firm recently opened their first USA based operations, a Research and Development Center in Palo Alto California.  Their first office is a starter facility, designed to establish a base of operations for planned growth.  So their furniture had to provide for the needs of the startup staff, accommodate the host of visiting guests and potential employees, and be flexible for relocation as staff grew and their new, larger facility is prepared.

Indoff-Silicon Valley was retained by SUNING to transform SUNING’s initial business furniture layout plan into US products that could be acquired quickly given the tight “time-to-open” schedule and quality requirements.  Plus, SUNING needed a supplier that felt completely comfortable translating back and forth between Chinese and English – both for language and measurements.

Height-Adjustable Workstations – the first priority

Adjustable Height Desk - Installed with ceiling fed Power/Data Grid

Adjustable Height Desk – Installed with ceiling fed Power/Data Grid

When SUNING’s space became available for move in, the first priority was new employee work stations, planned to be adjustable height tables served by a power/data grid spine-divider.  Indoff-Silicon Valley was able to provide the adjustable height workstations, in SUNING’s color scheme, 3 days after receipt of order.  So SUNING’s initial staff had places to work fast.

Indoff-Silicon Valley provided electrically adjustable work stations with C-Legs, (white work surface and silver legs) to accommodate different staff needs, help avoid the risks of prolonged sitting, and promote standing staff interaction/collaboration.

Each table has four user defined pre-set heights so that height changes between low & high are consistent for different staff (plus a display shows work surface inches from the floor as a guide for placement).  Throughout the day, as workers change heights, they reduce fatigue and have an overall increase in work performance (validated by a 2004 Intel Corporation Study).

 

 

Adjustable Height Desk - YouTube 1 Minute Video

Adjustable Height Desk – YouTube 20 Second Video

To see the table in action, visit our YouTube video <click here>

For more information on Height-Adjustable workstations and how to convert existing cubicle work surfaces and desks to sit/stand, contact Indoff-Silicon Valley today <click here>

Gain workplace privacy inexpensively with privacy panels.
Dec 17th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Open Offices, Low Cubicle or Desking have a potential downside.

Panel Extenders - Inexpensively add staff privacy

Panel Extenders – Inexpensively add staff privacy

The trend today in office workplace layout is opened offices, low cubicles or desking. While these layout methods certainly adds to collaboration and communication, it sometimes can negatively affect employees productivity when they need some privacy.

A simple solution, add inexpensive, easily modified privacy panels.

A simple way to add privacy without significant investment is to use a panel mounts or desk mounted panel extenders. And panel extenders add a visual barrier on either work surfaces or cubicle panels.

Panel dividers are available in a wide range of heights, widths and materials. Panel materials include fabric covered of coos tickle panels, plastic/polycarbonate tiles that are either translucent or colored or can include custom panel tiles that might show company Logos, natural scenes, or even motivational sayings.

Table Mount Privacy Panel

Table Mount Privacy Panel – inexpensively add workplace privacy

The panel frames can be aluminum or painted. The frames can even include custom colors.

So if you’re looking for inexpensive ways of increasing privacy and want the flexibility to change in the future as needs change, then consider an office a panel extenders as an inexpensive alternative.

For morning information on how panel extenders or table top privacy panels might work for you, please contract us at Indoff – Silicon Valley <click here>

How to reduce sound problems in clean rooms!
Sep 12th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Silk Metal - Sound Absorption Fiberless Metal Panels

Silk Metal – Sound Absorption Fiberless Metal Panels

How to solve touchy sound problems in Clean Rooms

Typically, sound problems such as reverberation and vibration sound are mitigated by adding fibrous materials and baffles to walls and ceilings.  But clean rooms typically do not permit fibrous materials and manufacturers are confronted with significant problems controlling sound when the walls and ceilings of clean rooms are often polished and highly sound reflective.

Finally, a non-fiber solution is available that significantly reduces sound problems in clean rooms.

The Noise Reduction Coefficient (commonly abbreviated NRC) is a scalar representation of the amount of sound energy absorbed when sound strikes a particular surface. An NRC of 0 indicates perfect sound reflection – sending the sound off in another direction, an NRC of 1 indicates perfect absorption when literally all sound is absorbed by the material (for example, foam cones).

NRC is most commonly used to rate general acoustical properties of acoustic ceiling tiles, baffles, wall tiles, banners, office screens, and acoustic wall panels. It is also occasionally used to rate floor coverings and construction materials.

NRC is intended to be a simplified acoustical rating of room construction and finish materials when the acoustical objectives of the space are less than sensitive. In certain applications, such as designs of music rehearsal, performance locaitons, and rooms used for critical speech, it is usually more appropriate to consider the sound absorption coefficients at the individual one-third octave band frequencies, including those above and below the bands used to compute NRC.

Side A - One Hole Panel Type

Side A – One Hole Panel Type

Enter the Silk Metal™ Architectural Ceiling & Wall Panel Systems

Acoustical Ceilings & Wall Panel Systems that gives you an approximate 0.80 NRC rating – nearly 80% of the sound is absorbed when installed with a 4” airspace – NO LINER NEEDED.

The Silk Metal™ Panel System is used in:

  • Lay-In Ceilings
  • Concealed Snap-In Ceilings
  • Hook-On Ceilings
  • Snap-In Wall Panel
  • Hanging Baffles
Side B - A Different Panel Type

Side B – A Different Panel Type

Typical Applications for Silk Metal Sound Absorption Systems

  • Restaurants
  • Pro Audio/Studios
  • Home Theaters
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Hallways
  • Infused Art Panels
  • Residential
  • Public Spaces
  • Swimming Pools
  • Cafeterias
  • Shopping Malls
  • Offices
  • Conference Rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Hospitals
  • Lobbies
  • Department Stores
  • Exhibition Spaces
  • Train Stations
  • Airports
  • Concert Halls
  • Night Clubs

Silk Metal Panels

  • Uses airspace behind panels to absorb sound
  • Achieves acoustical value without acoustical liner
  • Resembles smooth fabric surface in appearance
  • Has reversible surfaces
  • Can be fabricated into various forms & sizes
  • Tested as a “sheet good” to prove its electromagnetic interference control

Silk Metal is the only surface material that has been tested to prove its AEMIC capabilities – acoustical & electromagnetic interference control

Silk Metal Architectural Ceiling & Wall Panel System uses a patented side-rolling grind method instead of a direct 90° punching to produce holes and has a surface ideal to reflect, absorb, and resonate wave energy generated from sound, electromagnetic, and heat mitigation.

To learn more and see how “Silk Metal” can potentially solve your clean room sound problems, Contact Indoff – Silicon Valley today <click here>

Ever wish you could add a private conference room into your reception area?
Sep 11th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Soft Seating with Privacy Creating High Backs

Soft Seating with Privacy Creating High Backs

Finally, your wish has come true – add a private space to talk within your reception area – use high back soft seating or privacy screens.

When your business is growing, you run out of space.  And there plenty of times that you would like to meet with someone in your lobby without scoping out a conference room or taking them back to your work area.  Being able to meet easily in the lobby and save time is a great asset.

Enter – the high-back, semi-private meeting area.

One of the latest innovations in space utilization is the addition of the high-back chair, settee, or sofa.  Manufacturers have finally begun to offer soft seating with high backs, essentially giving you a place to meet in the reception area that is somewhat private.  Invite your guest into one of these convenient sitting areas and you conversations are directed at one another, not all over the lobby.  You focus on your guest and vice versa.  You save time by avoiding security check points and sign in procedures.  And you avoid time that it would take to walk back and forth to your office or other conference rooms.

Cluster Soft Seating Together with High Backs to Create a Semi-Private Meeting Area

Cluster Soft Seating Together with High Backs to Create a Semi-Private Meeting Area

High Back Reception Area Soft Seating

The basic innovation is the addition of high backs and sides on soft furniture.  Or you could also add complementary screens to the soft furniture.  These innovations keep conversations focused with one another.  Plus, it adds a partial visual barrier between guests.  Proper arrangements could include sofas, settees, chairs and clusters of chairs grouped in a semi-private space, faced toward one another.

The benefits of reception – lobby area high back soft seating

One of the key benefits is privacy.  You don’t broadcast your discussion around the lobby.  Another benefit is cost.  It is a significantly lower budget to group together furniture compared to creating a new meeting room.  Another benefit is the warm, comfortable feelings you get when conversing in a casual setting compared to often stiff, hard surfaced meeting rooms.

Soft Seating - Configured as a Semi-Private Booth Space

Soft Seating – Configured as a Semi-Private Booth Space

Or Add Screens to Soft Seating Areas to Create Privacy Booths within a Reception or Meeting Area

Or Add Screens to Soft Seating Areas to Create Privacy Booths within a Reception or Meeting Area

Check out these examples – and contact Indoff – Silicon Valley, for more information <click here>

Finally – All of the Advantages of Soft Seating Combined with Function
Sep 9th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arms

Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arms

Add Cool Functions/Features to Soft Seating in Lobbies, Reception Areas, and Staff Break Areas

Comfortable soft seating has been available ages.  Traditionally, most reception seating has been commercialized versions of sofas, settees, and overstuffed chairs.  But now, more and more manufacturers of commercial grade seating are doing innovative designs combined with function.

To add style and flexibility, many options are available for soft seating including armless, arms on one side or the other, angles (so pieces can be placed together and have curved seating), back to back in one piece, even seating with raised sides for added privacy and an quieting effect.

Plus, since both employees, guests and customers  are often showing up with portable electric devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers, providing for their comfort and utility, some manufacturers are including very useful accessories built in to the soft seating (or into the side tables that are designed to accompany the soft seating.

Soft Seating with Easy-to-Access Power and Data

Soft Seating with Easy-to-Access Power and Data

First is the built-in table (tablet holder).  These surfaces are typically movable (in-out, or rotate about a pole that is attached to the seating.  Sometimes these surfaces fold flat out the way when not in use similar to airline tables that fold into the side arm rest.  Others have opens so the tables can be either on the right or the left.

Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arn, Power Access, and Cup Holder

Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arn, Power Access, and Cup Holder

Second is built-in power and potentially, data access (sometimes with often used USB ports).  Rather than having users scrambling behind seating or searching behind tables for wall outlets, organizations that think ahead have power at the sofa or soft seating chair, conveniently available.  Access is easy but slightly out of the way so they don’t interfere with normal seating.  This type of access shows your attention to the needs of your visitors (and even employees when they want to take a break but have a great place to sit).

And often, visitors are offered that hot coffee (typically in a paper or foam cup).  A built-in cup holder keeps the coffee secure but handy.

Be sure that as you plan your lounge, lobby, reception, or staff break areas to include soft seating, ask about accessories that increase the effective use of your soft seating.

Contact Indoff-Silicon Valley for more information on types of soft seating and accessories that can work for you.

 

 

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