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Modernizing Your Reception, Lounge and Waiting Areas.
Nov 19th, 2014 by Peter Harnack

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  • Power outlets
  • Tablet arms
  • Data ports
  • Self-playing monitors
  • Magazine and literature racks
Lounge Chair with Power Outlet and Tablet Arm

Lounge Chair with Power Outlet and Tablet Arm

Upgrade Your First Impression Organizational Image

Your organization is often perceived by your lounge and waiting areas.  How you outfit these areas project an image about how you care about your clients, customers, patients, guests, and potential employees.

These spaces, furnished just a few years ago, don’t meet the needs of current visitors.

Today, with virtually all guests using Electronic Devices, a well designed waiting lounge area accommodates those guest’s needs.

Keys to Modernizing Your Waiting Areas

Key items to consider adding to these areas include easily accessed power outlets (both three prong and USB), wireless recharger pads and convenient tablet arms.

People Sitting on Floor to Get Access to Power Outlet.

People Sitting on Floor to Get Access to Power Outlet.

Have you noticed that old fashioned airports have travelers clustered around a column or sit on the floor, bunched by a wall with an outlet sitting on the floor?

Lounge Chair with Data Port

Lounge Chair with Data Port

That is because people are desperately trying to charge their mobile phone, tablets, or laptops.

Lounge Chairs with Power Outlets

And waiting areas today, people will be searching for outlets, pulling chairs away from the wall, trying to get to the outlets as they want to use their waiting time with Electronic Devices that need charging.  You can both keep your waiting area organized and provide client convenience with outlets built into the waiting area chairs.  Modern manufacturers of commercial quality lounge chairs now provide power outlets as an option.  Sometimes these units are simply a attached to the chair frame and sometimes the outlets are imbedded into the upholstered arms or side panels.  These chairs and sofas include built-in extension cords.  These configured chairs with built-in power are super convenient and appreciated by guests.

Lounge Chairs with Built-in Tablet Arms & Data Ports

Lounge Chairs with Built-in Tablet Arms

Lounge Chairs with Built-in Tablet Arms

Of similar value, chairs with built-in tablet arms are equally valued.  When people use tablets, laptops, or larger display smart phones, it is easier for them when there is a convenient tablet arm ready to support the device.

While drop-down tablet arms are available, we recommend fixed tables (perhaps with an ability to rotate slightly in or out depending upon whether or not the user wants to start the support over their legs or to the side).

And when lounge areas are used for collaborative work spaces, access to power and small tablet holders make these meetings more productive.

Here are more examples of modern lounge and guest chairs with power and tablet options.  A wide range of products and styles to fit any décor and budget are available.

 

Other Waiting Room Accessories – Self-Playing Monitors and Literature/Magazine Racks

Lounge Area Literature - Magazine Rack

Lounge Area Literature – Magazine Rack

Self Playing Monitor in Lounge Area

Self Playing Monitor in Lounge Area

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

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>

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>

The Secret to Making Your Clients, Customers, and Job Candidates More Comfortable with Your Proposition
Sep 8th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Business Furniture - Soft Seating for Reception Area

Business Furniture – Soft Seating for Reception Area

The Effect of Soft Seating Business Furniture in Your Lobby and Reception Area.

Think about the last time you made a significant purchase such as an automobile.  If the sales person provided you with a soft, comfortable chair or sofa, was it because they were concerned for your comfort or did they know you would probably pay more than if you sat in a hard chair?

Intuitively, management knows somehow that feeling comfortable when you visit an organization helps you feel more comfortable about the organization.  This would apply to customers and job candidates.

Research on How Soft Seating and Tactile Experiences Improve Negotiation Results

Business Furniture - Soft Seating in Lobby Area

Business Furniture – Soft Seating in Lobby Area

A research study by professors at MIT, Harvard and Yale, showed that soft edges and smooth tactile experiences before negotiation or meetings produce better results for the organizations.  Visitors are more comfortable, have almost pre-programmed positive impressions and are likely to be more cooperative in the meeting’s objectives, creativity, and results.  Contact us for the research information <click here>

So where does soft office furniture have the most impact in your organization?

Your lobby, reception area and guest seating offer you the best chance to make that first, important, positive experience.   These are not areas that you want to put hard seats.

Steps to “Softening Up  Your Prospects” with great Office / Business Furniture in the Bay Area

To be seen as more flexible when dealing with people and same time (coming to decisions more quickly while increasing people’s flexibility toward reaching a decision, take these steps:

1)       Seat them in on a soft chair or sofa.

2)      If you hand them anything, avoid hard objects.

Office Furniture - Lobby Reception Area Curved - Soft Seating

Office Furniture – Lobby Reception Area Curved – Soft Seating

3)      Offer them a warm beverage.

The inspiration for this blog came from www.neurosciencemarketing.com

Check out their site for more information in regard to how design can affect creativity and productivity in the workplace.

Contact Indoff – Silicon Valley (www.officefurnituresanjose.com) <click here> for more information on innovative, fun, attractive, soft business furniture for your lobby, reception area, team meeting areas, and job candidate interview rooms.

Watermark Your Markerboard – Give your collaboration and communication system a sense of ownership.
Aug 31st, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Watermark Your Whiteboard

One challenging aspect to showing a picture of a white board is that it is basically a white rectangle.  You can add frames, typically aluminum or wood.  And many people today are going frameless, using gloss white laminates or glass markerboards.  With the fantastic advances in markerboard “clear” coatings such as Remarkable by 360Coatings, virtually any smooth wall can be turned into a markerboard.

Markerboards and clear coated markerboard walls are often used for brainstorming team meetings for coming up with new ideas and plans.  To “brand” the markerboard, (making sure any picture of the board has your brand), consider adding your company information (logo and company name) to the markerboard or markerboard wall.

Watermark Your Whiteboard - Sample of Logo and Subdued Logo to add a pleasing visual aesthetic and brand your whiteboard

Watermark Your Whiteboard – Sample of Logo and Subdued Logo to add a pleasing visual aesthetic and brand your whiteboard

How to Watermark Your Whiteboard

Here is one possible layout.  You put your logo and business name in the top right portion of the markerboard or markerboard wall and then do a much larger logo image in the bottom left section.  But instead of a “full strength logo”, you tone it down to about 25% to 30% strength (about 70% to 75% transparent).  This space will still be conveniently available for your marking but will effectively brand your board.  Plus, this technique add an artistic, visual element to the wall markerboard.

Indoff – Silicon Valley can do this technique for Glass Markerboards and Porcelain Magnetic White Boards (with no bumps on the writing surface).  And our team of experienced painters can add this logo touch to a marker board wall coating project – first doing the logo branding of the wall followed by the clear coat a day to two later.

Have you done this for your white boards or markerboards/markerboard walls?

If you have done some markerboards like this, do comment on this blog and send us some pictures to give other collaboration teams and business owners additional ideas on techniques to “watermark” whiteboards.

To get more information, contact Indoff – Silicon Valley today <click here>

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Finally, a real computer workstation that catches up with future science fiction.
Aug 30th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Fatigue reducing, productivity enhancing, Okamura Cruise Computer Workstation

Fatigue reducing, productivity enhancing, Okamura Cruise Computer Workstation

The future of a great computer work station is here – NOW

In 2004, I was watching i,Robot, a movie staged in the year 2035, where a techn-photic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.  Being in the Office Furniture business in San Jose at the time, I was fascinated by a futuristic computer workstation that the robot used during the moving that had a very rounded, molded look, which wrapped around the robot giving arms length access to all functions.  When I got the DVD, I even stopped at the look and photographed the image to remind me of its’ look.  OK – I’m just hung up on great looking furniture.

Try as I might, I can’t find the image on the Internet and not wanting to offend Twentieth Century Fox, I’m not publishing that personal use picture I took of the futuristic work station.

Travel on to 2013 – Finally I see a new computer workstation design that comes close to that futuristic dream – the Okamura Cruise.

The Okamura Cruise design starts with an innovative change in the user’s posture at the work station.

You get unprecedented comfort and concentration by the Okamura Cruise “low-seat, rear-tilt” design.  A design based on an industry-academia joint project, the Cruise uses human body engineering techniques, that sought to understand the physical characteristics of the human body, what the body’s needs are and apply that understanding to the chair and workstation design.

The low-seat, rear tile posture places very little stress on the human body and literally allows the computer user to focus on the results of his or her work and not be fatigued as the day/hours ware on.

Space saving, while giving a sense of personal space, Okamura Cruise Workstation

Space saving, while giving a sense of personal space, Okamura Cruise Workstation

Multiple Styles – from personal workstation space to group clusters

One version (Type A) gives a very unique, personal work space that uses round panels to provide privacy and focus.  This design, with its surrounding panels, give you a higher work concentration.

In a more casual setting, this design and the accompanying mix of styles, options, transforms what could be a very bland invironment into wonderful, functional spaces that facilitate collaboration a very open liberated feel.

The Type C space greatly improves space efficiency (more workers per square foot), fitting in a more formal setting yet at the same time, enhances the ability of individuals to work effectively for long hours in front of a computer while simultaneously reducing fatigue.  It creates a diverse space that is well suited to group work and yet provides a sense of personal, productive space.

See the futuristic Okamura Cruise workstation at the Northern California Facilities Expo

Indoff – Silicon Valley (officefurnituresanjose.com) will display one the Okamura Cruise workstations at the upcoming Facilities Expo September 24 and 25.  Come and see this innovative, futuristic workstation that is available now at the Expo.  Contact us for tickets or additional information <click here>.

Okamura Cruise Workstation - the future of highly productive, personal space, fatigue reducing work space is here

Okamura Cruise Workstation – the future of highly productive, personal space, fatigue reducing work space is here

To Learn more about this futuristic open office, collaborative promoting work station

To learn more about the Okamura Cruise system, visit the Okamura web site by clicking here.

Grid options for additional privacy, sound absorption, personal lighting, storage options, and work place accessories.
Aug 25th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Grid Options – Great accessories and choices for a super open office look.

Today we discuss Grid Options, the extras you can add to Grid for additional privacy, sound absorption, personal lighting, storage options, and work place accessories.

About the Grid Frames

First, a little about the frames themselves.  All frames are 2.5” wide, anodized aluminum.  Three heights are available, Mini, Frame and Mega.  Heights depend upon the placement of the power and data (above or below the work surface).  A typical topper screen is 11” high.  Modesty panels (below the frames, are 12” high steel with slots.

Grid Tiles - Fabric, Acrylic, Whiteboards, Laminates, and Wood give you complete design options for your personal taste and needs.

Grid Tiles – Fabric, Acrylic, Whiteboards, Laminates, and Wood give you complete design options for your personal taste and needs.

Grid Tiles

Tiles – that go above the frame (topper screen) can be full acrylic, full magnetic whiteboard, upper acrylic, upper magnetic white board, full fabric, full whiteboard, upper fabric, upper whiteboard, full laminate, full wood, upper laminate and upper wood – a cornucopia of options to achieve virtually any look you want.

Grid Worksurface Supports, End Panels, "O-Legs", "T-Legs and Straight legs.

Grid Worksurface Supports, End Panels, “O-Legs”, “T-Legs and Straight legs.

Grid Worksurface Support

Next, you have several options for the work surface support.  You can have end panels, “O” legs, “T-legs” and Straight Legs.

Grid Power Options

The Grid system is powered by a 5-wire, 2-circuit power system.  Frames can ordered in 1 or 2 sided power.  Each frame has 2 power outlets and 2 data outlets per user. Power and Data can be laid in optional channels, and can be routed thought the base via either T-Legs or Straight legs.  If you don’t have convenient power and data access at floor level, you can also use a power pole to bring power and data in from the ceiling.

Grid Work Tools

Worktools, to keep the workspace neat and organized include accessory trays, folder trays, phone holders, pencil holders, and paper trays, all of which can be conveniently attached to the grid, keeping these items off the workspace.

Grid Storage Options

Routine storage is also well thought out with the Grid System.  Available items include a Mobile Cubby Storage, a Lower Bookcase, and a Mobile Pad that fit below the work surfaces.  Above the work surfaces you can install Folder/Binder/Book Storage (Grid 45) or document/folders (Grid 46) and between workstations, you can add a TS Series Tower that has file storage, binder storage, and even a mini coat closet for tasteful, convenient storage.

Grid Storage Options, Above work surface, Below work surface and Between work areas.

Grid Storage Options, Above work surface, Below work surface and Between work areas.

As you can see, the Grid System looks “different”.  It is flexible, provides for smaller footprint, and is a great answer for someone who doesn’t want cubicles  or benching products.

To see more, visit Enwork at their web site <click here>.

To work up a configuration and get a personal, no obligation quote, contact Indoff – Silicon Valley <click here>

Now that you have your “Grid” frame, add workstations as desired to create your open office.
Aug 24th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Grid Frame Open Office - One Typical Configuration

Grid Frame Open Office – One Typical Configuration

We learned earlier about the “Grid” frame.  The next step is to add work stations.  You get lots of choices.

Grid Workstation Desking Options for an effective – attractive – open office.

One common configuration is to have staff facing into the Grid Frame.  These can be parallel work stations or can be partitioned out with panels to create individual space.

Grid - 90 degree, side facing work stations

Grid – 90 degree, side facing work stations to create a great open office

Another configuration would be 90° workstations – having staff sit so the work surface comes off the Grid and your staff sits 90° from the Grid frame.  Work spaces can also be partitioned out to create individual defined space.

Or you can mix configurations, some staff face toward the Grid frame, others are sitting at 90° stations.

Typically the Grid serves as legs/supports for the work surfaces on one side and traditional legs or pedestals support the other side of the work surface.

For extra design options, you can even configure the Grid frame with 120° components.

You can see from the examples that the Grid System with workstations has loads of options and configurations, adding interest to the work place while giving your staff an open, collaborative work area that is airy and light filled.

Grid Frame System - set up with 120 degree angles - adds interest to work space and enhances teamwork.

Grid Frame System – set up with 120 degree angles – adds interest to work space and enhances teamwork.

Even configure Grid with Sit/Stand Adjustable Work Stations.

Some organizations that provide sit/stand workstations, use the Grid as the back ground and place the sit/stand adjustable workstation up against the Grid, but with space to allow work surface clearance.

Next – Options for Grid Frames and Work Stations – creating the perfect open office.

Next we will discuss Grid Options, the extras you can add to Grid for additional privacy, sound absorption, personal lighting, storage options, and work place accessories.

To learn more now, visit Enwork Grid <click here>.

Grid - Forward Facing Layout, a good option for space challenged work areas with high growth.

Grid – Forward Facing Layout, a good option for space challenged work areas with high growth.

To get a no-obligation review of your workspace and how Grid can contribute to an open office filled with light and free-flowing ventilation, contact Indoff – Silicon Valley today <click here>.

Old doors and saw horses – Or Truly Flexible, Affordable, Environmentally Friendly, Surprisingly Affordable, Open Work Spaces
Aug 22nd, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Problem – Find a way to outfit a modern Silicon Valley Office for maximum employee collaboration.

Silicon Valley forward thinkers were trying to find new ways to enhance communication, open up the workplace, and once again make it fun to be at work.  Work Hard, Play Hard was a common theme. They didn’t want to have a light airy room suddenly to become a cluster of bee hive, above eye level fabric cubes for employees to huddle away.  Life in a box was not for them.

Coming up with truly an innovative open office work place solution.

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs knew that many minds working together come up with better ideas, faster ways of working, and innovation.  Paying attention, Alan Morganstern, Principle at Morganstern Consulting Group, teamed with one of his Manufacturing Partners, Enwork to see what could be accomplished to help these Silicon Valley companies.

The Enwork Grid - Mini Frame - the basic foundation of the Grid Open Office Collaborative Workspace System

The Enwork Grid – Mini Frame – the basic foundation of the Grid Open Office Collaborative Workspace System

The latest in innovative, open office solutions.

And the result was “Grid”, an innovative flexible solution, developed in Silicon Valley fashion (from concept to prototype in 6 weeks – ready for a major commercial interiors annual trade show).  Grid gives you the familiar panel system and simultaneously, more flexibility than benching systems.  Natural light and air flows freely in the Grid Space.  You will get very positive effects on teamwork and natural, easy flowing communication.  All these workplace improvements and with a great, forward thinking look.

The Enwork Grid - Frame -standard  foundation of the Grid Open Office Collaborative Workspace System

The Enwork Grid – Frame -standard foundation of the Grid Open Office Collaborative Workspace System

The Frame, the foundation of the open office solution.

Today we’ll talk about the spinal cord of the product, the “frame” from which everything branches.  In future posts, we’ll cover frame components, work surfaces, work place accessories, power & data, and storage.

The foundation of Grid is the “Frame”.  The frame is fundamentally an aluminum beam system connected to the floor (or sits freestanding on the floor).  No more crawling on your knees to plug in.  Data and power are readily reachable, right at work surface level.  Frame sizes include a minimalist miniframe (basic power & worksurface support – one side of worksurface), a standard frame (a little higher panel above the power area, providing space definition), and a mega frame (taller space definition).  For added privacy if needed, the frames are enhanced with modesty panels and frame toppers, to put where needed, when needed.

The Enwork Grid -  Maga Frame -enhanced privacy foundation of the Grid Open Office Collaborative Workspace System

The Enwork Grid – Maga Frame -enhanced privacy foundation of the Grid Open Office Collaborative Workspace System

Built with easy to assemble components, Grid changes are easy when you change.  Growth is easier to manage as the Frames are simply reconfigured.  Plus, your workplace will stay open, encourage communication, and be that light, airy, innovative place people want to work in.

In future posts…

In a future post, we will cover how to attach work surfaces to frames (or make them free standing), facing toward the frame, at 90° from the frame or even weaving in a 120° pattern for more interest and teaming.

To Learn More…

To learn more sooner, visit http://enwork.com/product/grid-environments/ for more information.  And check out Manufacturer’s Representative Alan Morganstern’s new website http://morgensternconsutlng.wix.com/mcg—consultants to see even more innovative, modern, attractive commercial office solutions which can be specked and supplied by Indoff – Silicon Valley <click here to contact us today>.

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