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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.

 

 

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

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>

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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