Friday, February 22, 2013

Flexible Table Solutions to Maximize Your Budget and Space

As both business and government clients continue to downsize their office space to save on real estate costs, the demand for more flexible business solutions and products is greater than ever. For example, many organizations have made the decision to completely do away with the desk phone (aka land lines) and opted for a 100% cell phone environment. This makes perfect sense when land lines offer no significant advantage over the “smart phones” of today and eliminates paying double just to make a phone call. For some, cloud computing has eliminated the need for custom built server rooms that require a temperature controlled environment saving thousands on energy bills, real estate, hardware, and software.

So how can an organization get more from their office furniture?
We get asked this question from clients on a daily basis. We know that when making a furniture purchase customers are not only concerned with the quality of product, but on how they can make every budget dollar count. Furniture that is both beautiful and flexible will give clients more bang for their buck.

Our philosophy is to always consider the size of the space and how it is utilized (does it serve one or multiple functions).  We then incorporate those details when developing a design to ensure that the furniture reflects the surrounding environment, company needs, and company culture. One example of this, as we discussed in an earlier blog post, is benching systems.  Benching allows for maximizing square footage and increasing collaboration by getting more employees in a single open floor plan. Another solution to meet this need is to find furniture that can be easily moved and reconfigured to meet changing needs.

Simple Solution: Re-purpose Your Conference Room
Conference rooms are a precious commodity in business space. Not only do they consume a lot of square footage, but they often lack functionality on a daily basis. A simple and sensible solution is to re-purpose that seldom used conference room using flexible and affordable training tables. As depicted in the graphic below, our designers at The Harbor Interiors have taken one single 936 square foot space, and shown how the same amount of furniture can be placed in four different configurations to easily create environments for a classroom, group training, traditional conferencing, and break out teaming workspaces. Organizations that use flexible furniture can be sure that their space is always usable – saving both square footage and money in the long run.

Contact The Harbor Interiors and let us help you simplify your workspace with flexible furniture solutions.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Benching Solutions offer Design, Flexibility, and Collaboration

Today we take a look at Affordable Interiors System’s (AIS) newest product line “Calibrate”. This product solution offers a sleek and modern look coupled with a variety of choices in fabrics, laminates, and workstation components to fit end-users needs of functionality and design while matching an organization’s culture, business flow, and personality.

What to consider when going with a benching solution:

  • I'm looking for a collaborative and agile work environment.
  • I want to maximize my open floor plan that will accommodate more employees without the clutter.
  • I require the flexibility of a tradition workstation (cubicle) with multiple storage, wire management,electrical and component options.
  • I have a desire for a clean, modern, and slim lined look and feel.

Here’s what AIS has to say about Calibrate:

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Calibrate is our newest line of freestanding components and accessories designed to construct open plan desking and benching solutions as well as private office environments. It can be used to pump up the volume of any traditional office space while delivering custom workspaces with contemporary and relevant design.
Consider Calibrate an à la carte offering with flexible upscale components you can mix and match. Offerings include: laminate credenzas, benches, bookcases, overheads and wardrobes; universal screens for visual privacy; universal legs and table bases; and perimeter electrical and wire management troughs for voice, data and electrical wiring.
Calibrate components can be coupled with any of AIS’ products. Use AIS Matrix and you have a solid system with robust electrical capabilities to meet any workspace needs. Matrix panels are the perfect solution for spine wall concepts needing high-capacity, multi-circuit electrical, or utilize AIS Divi monolithic panels for a cost-effective panel option.
Calibrate is the newest product solution from AIS and we are sure you will agree that the time is right to "Calibrate" your space!