We love cool and colorful furniture, but we always have to ask ourselves how well these products will perform in the work place. When planning projects we factor in the “cool” aspect along with creating an office environment that works to deliver employee performance, health and well-being while fostering creativity, collaboration and productivity. We’ve put this page together to highlight some of our favorite new products and design trends that are making offices more inviting, collaborative and productive. Take a look!
Seen at NeoCon 2017
This year’s key trends at NeoCon 2017: greater emphasis on health and wellness echoed abundantly in new sit/stand solutions and bigger use of natural fabric and lighting; the continual move to a more residential design aesthetic for business environments, greater amalgamation between furniture products and technology and the presence of lines with elements to support collaboration and/or privacy.
With an event the size of NeoCon, it’s impossible to cover every detail, so here’s our outline of some of the newest products to have captured our attention.
Pantone Color of the Year
What is the Pantone Color of the Year?
To answer that question, we have to first ask, what or who is Pantone? Pantone is the world’s leading authority on all things color. At the end of each year they provide color forecasting on what is going to be next year’s most popular color(s). The Pantone color of the year is a symbolic selection, a cultural snapshot based on society’s mood and attitude.
The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery 15-0343, which is symbolic of “new beginnings”. Slightly more on the green side of a yellow-green the color is set to be a reminder to breathe deep and reinvigorate ourselves.
In the words of Pantone’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
After a stressful election period we can all agree that the release of Greenery is well timed. It is a reminder of new beginnings but at the same time reminding us of the constants in life that we progressively long to pursue: sustainability, creating healthy indoor environments by bringing the outdoors in and holistic living.
As populations grow and our urban environments become denser a way to offset the alienation of concrete and nature is to infuse green into office spaces. As nature’s neutral, it is easy to add a pop of green in any setting, whether through an accent chair, a tack board, painting an accent wall or accessorizing. Greenery will be certain to bring a touch of vibrancy to your office space. Not only will it be a pop of color and provide more depth to your space, it also follows the biophilic approach to design which has been proven to boost productivity and creativity.
As we venture into a new year, let us know how AAA can help bring Greenery into your office space!
Furniture for Today’s Office
We love showing our customers our favorite lines of modern office furniture that balance beautiful design and create functional spaces as well as work within their budget. Take a look at some of our favorites. They are bound to get you thinking about how we can create a new office setting for you.
Glass Whiteboards by Clarus
Sophisticated. Unique. Cutting edge. The moment the marker hits the Glass Whiteboard by Clarus, you can immediately tell the difference. The silky-smooth contact between marker and Glassboard takes presentations to another level. Eliminate ghosting or staining, allowing years of worry-free use. Yesterday’s presentation will never again be today’s distraction.
The Standing Meeting
Standing Height Conference Tables are all the rage. The average company meeting goes like this…you walk into the meeting feeling inspired- your brain buzzing with new ideas, you can’t wait to get them all out, and then you settle into your conference room chair and begin feeling too comfy and easily distracted, all the while wondering how long this meeting is going to take before you can get your ideas out on the table.
Standing meeting keeps everyone at the meeting upright and active, so they are able to think on their feet (quite literally). Research shows those standing at meeting are more collaborative, energetic, and perhaps most importantly, time-efficient, which translates to shorter meetings!!! Here are some of our favorite designs and ideas for the Standing Meeting table.
Make the Workspace Social
We love all the new designs and products that encourage collaboration, innovation, and productivity. Creating social spaces allows employees to collaborate over food and beverages, while also providing comfortable lounge seating and hang-out spaces that invite mingling. Mix in some standing height casual meeting spaces, and you have created the new social workplace.
Sound Absorbing Solutions/Phone Rooms
Our work environments are rapidly changing with the influx of open space offices. We are constantly asking ourselves “how do we help manage noise level”? These are our favorite products that do just that. Some provide fun, colorful and interesting ways to absorb sound, while others create private spaces for making phone calls. From wall tiles and ceiling acoustics to fun room dividers, these products combine sound insulation, design, and utility.