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As America’s number one office furniture reseller, we do our best to provide the highest quality products and services for the lowest prices possible to achieve the best value and customer satisfaction. We have therefore taken it upon ourselves as our responsibility to let you in on the scoop behind some of the secrets of creating a successful office and office furniture system.
In previous articles, we have discussed various interior design elements including color schemes, materials, arrangements, even positive and negative space. One thing that we have not covered thus far in too great detail is shape, so we thought it deserved some attention. The following is our recommendations on orchestrating and building your office and office furniture systems with the design element of shape in mind to provide the utmost in enriched interior character and brand identity.
Angular & Pointy
Sharp and jaunting angled office furniture can provide the persons inhabiting the office with feeling of , aggression, foresighted integration, and penetrating ideas. Concave shapes can be found in this environment too, where the edges point out. This is especially popular on tables and reception desks. Technologically advanced, innovative, entertainment, and acquisition-based companies should give office furniture of this type of shape a closer look – but don’t poke out your eye!
Rounded, Oval & Organic
Rounded and organic office furniture is perhaps the opposite of the aforementioned sharp and pointy. Instead of aggressive it is passive, flowing and receptive. It can almost be compared to the feminine aspect as opposed to the angular masculine. However, concave shapes (usually with rounded edges) can still be successfully thrown in with convex curves here. Organic companies value creative spontaneity, customer service, finesse, and perhaps even the environment. Liberal usage of free-flowing ovals and wavy lines can be contribute to very high energy levels in the office communicated through the office furniture. For a softer feel, employ more curve. Organic-shaped office furniture, including high-end work surfaces, chair backs, signage and carpeting patterns are an ever-growing trend in interior design for offices today.
Circular & Cylindrical
Perfect circles, concentric lines and cylinders are a more neutralized version of the organic, but can still add a lot of pep (think Target advertising campaign) to a company’s brand perception upon some outsider’s entry into the office. Round tables provide a sense of fellowship, roundish chairs provide ergonomics, and circular reception areas can run the gamut from austere to sporty. As such, companies that stand on full-service, flexibility and fun may find circular furniture ideal for their office furniture needs to reflect their brand.
Rectangular & Square
Traditional office furniture conceptions involve a lot of rectangular and square treatments of office furniture. Cubicles and call centers today don’t have to be completely square either. Squares and rectangles breathe stability, neutrality, calm, and objectivity. Aesthetically, these shapes also may reflect minimalism, the ultra-logical, or even a bit of intimidation to boot. This can be good for companies where financial stability, credibility and authority are of high priority and are qualities that are key benefits included in the company’s positioning statement and brand.
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- Durable Design– Quality manufacturing and materials make these chairs top-notch and built to last.
- Non-Conforming– Most padded chairs will eventually conform to your body to the point that the padding doesn’t help much anymore. Mesh chairs eliminate that problem.
- Ergonomic– Mesh chairs provide comfort and support in the right areas to eliminate back and posture problems, reduce stress, and fit the natural curves of your body.
- Sheer Comfort– Mesh chairs just mesh with you.
- Lets You Breathe– The mesh allows air to cool your back which keeps sweat off you and the chair and helps to regulate temperature.
- Easy to Clean– Crumbs and spills don’t stick as easily and the materials are easy to clean.
- All the Bells & Whistles– These chairs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and offer the full range of accessory and comfort control variations.
- Cool & Edgy Aesthetic– With improved technology comes better style. Mesh chairs say something positive about your company’s brand and help to brand your office environment.
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Over the last few months, we have accumulated a lot of information on feng shui for our readers, and received a lot of good feedback in return. While we have a whole sectional / page on Office Furniture Feng Shui here on our blog, we decided to compile a short list of the most frequently asked questions relating to feng shui and its applications in and out of the office. We hope this helps with your interior design, furniture purchasing, and office management decisions.
Top Ten Feng Shui Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is feng shui and what is its purpose?
- Where does the practice of feng shui come from?
- What are the benefits of feng shui?
- Is feng shui the real deal or just superstition?
- How does feng shui work?
- How can I judge whether implementing feng shui principles in my office really helped?
- What are some basic feng shui principles?
- What is a bagua map?
- What kinds of companies out there do feng shui interior design arrangements for office furniture?
- How can I get started practicing feng shui in my office
1) What is feng shui and what is its purpose?
Feng shui is a body of knowledge containing best practices and a set of guidelines for creating a balanced, harmonious environment, in terms of both exterior and interior applications. Pronounced “fung shway,” feng shui is derived from the Chinese words for “wind” and “water.”
Besides its origins with its focus centering on generating oneness with nature, feng shui’s meaning of “wind” and “water” is doubly relevant in that these two elements are very sensitive to the energy passing through each other. A calm night may have placid mist on the water and a gentle breeze, but if there is energy in disharmony, a hurricane could occur.
To prevent hurricanes from happening, feng shui teaches a combination of simple and complex rules that are orchestrated to correctly channel the energy around us and in us, which is called “chi” or “qi”. In business terms, your company’s chi could be interpreted as a mixture of what propels your team and compels clients towards mutual harmony and benefit. In other words, your company’s chi is basically the energy from your surroundings that promotes good business. Feng shui’s chi impacts on how comfortable you might feel in your home, the stress level at work, and even how welcome a new client feels upon entering your office.
2) Where does the practice of feng shui come from?
Ancient Chinese shamans and kings used feng shui principles involving astronomy to find connections between mankind and their surrounding home in the universe. Closely utilizing the science and cosmography of the first magnetic luopan compass and the luiren astrolabe, feng shui was used as a tool to determine time and layout plans for agriculture for bountiful harvests and to arrange graves, homes, palaces, businesses, and even whole cities. Feng shui relics and artifacts have been found dating back to even 3000 BC. It was during the Zhou dynasty (770-476 BC) that feng shui became interwoven with the I-Ching classic Book of Changes, fortune-reading trigrams and hexagrams with advice for what to do in certain situations in life.
3) What are the benefits of feng shui?
While the applications of feng shui have evolved over the years and some of the nuances of the rules have changed leading to new schools of thought, the art of feng shui has been tried and tested and has yielded thousands of years of steady results. Users of feng shui in the workplace cite increased productivity, reduced stress from disharmonious surroundings resulting in better health, morale, and energy level, and improved confidence among the benefits produced by feng shui’s impact. Other benefits include improved employee employer relations, better logistical flow of people, nicer office and office furniture aesthetics, and a deeper connection with nature.
4) Is feng shui the real deal or just superstition?
While some of feng shui’s belying meaning may seem mystical, much of feng shui is rooted in common sense and practical living. It has also been tried and tested over 5000 years and is still around. In fact, feng shui has been employed in some of the world’s most famous and successful architecture of both ancient and modern times. It should be noted that mystic astrology and scientific astronomy have closely been related since their beginnings, and a case can be made for astronomical alignments impacting life and energy – even stock prices – on Earth. As technology advances, more applications can be found for feng shui. Environmental psychology notes the benefits of ergonomically designed furniture based on scientifically reducing stress on the natural curves of the body – why not also a holistic ergonomic of naturally fitting into one’s environment?
5) How does feng shui work?
Feng shui takes information about your surrounding environment, accesses tools such as a bagua map, luoshu grid or luopan compass, and determines a reading for the appropriate design, layout and siting of a place of residency, business, repose, etc. Then a process is put into action involving the removal of bad energy, followed by the arranging of objects and furniture to channel the optimal flow of positive energy, and the additional placement of objects or arrangement to get the energy going. The way it works after this process takes place is really a continual awareness and sensitivity towards one’s surroundings and a attuning to a positive attitude towards becoming one with nature.
6) How can I judge whether implementing feng shui principles in my office really helped?
Write a checklist of before and after questions and survey your employees. You might ask:
- What is your personal stress level like at work?
- Are you more in tune with your surroundings?
- Do you feel that your concentration level has improved?
- Are your communications with fellow employees and supervisors improved?
- Is it easier to get around the office?
- What were you holding onto before implementing feng shui office techniques that you have since let go of?
- Is your focus more or less on career growth now as before?
These qualitative questions and of course the bottom line can help determine the ROI of feng shui in your office.
7) What are some basic feng shui principles?
Some basic feng shui tenets you might have heard include “don’t have your back to the door” and bring in red eggs and red fish for good luck. You should fundamentally follow the bagua map in geographic location / siting, exterior facing, interior allocation, and desk arrangement for various furniture, equipment, picture frames etc to match functionality with the reading. Decluttering your office is also a key element. Many other feng shui rules allow for freedom of space, strengthening hospitality, confidence and communication. Natural elements such as flowing organic lines, energetic paintings, windows, plants, and water are good for energizing and maintaining the flow of positive chi energy. Desk materials (wood, metal, glass) and interior colors also have their significance in feng shui.
8) What is a bagua map?
A bagua map is a grid and compass correlating 8 directions with 8 basic readings of chi in balance.
9) What kinds of companies out there do feng shui interior design arrangements for office furniture?
You may find that several companies out there do feng shui including interior designers, home decorators, architects, and more. However, not all companies that claim to do it can back it up, so do your homework. Also, while feng shui is a holistic teaching, employing many aspects of your surroundings (siting, physical building and appearance, interior arrangement and appearance, interior function, etc.) it is best to opt for a company with breadth of service. With the new and used office furniture reseller CubeKing for example, you have a one stop shop for office furniture purchasing, liquidation, removal and storage, as well as office space planning.
10) How can I get started?
Call CubeKing at 1-888-399-7025 or go to their website at http://www.cubeking.com to get started using feng shui techniques in your office today and revive your company’s chi
Making financial investments internally in your company can be a tough decision, because usually you’re pitted against two goods. On a basic level, that typically means weighing the advantages of something short term, like salary bonuses against the benefits of return on long term investments such as growth programs, equipment, and upgrading office furniture. While it may be easier to calculate for the short term, long term investments can pack much more punch and have longer lasting effects. That’s why we have provided some decision making tips to help you make a solid, confident decision about the long term investment of upgrading your office furniture.
The Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade Your Office Furniture System
1) Image is Everything
Making good first impressions can make or break a deal. For many companies out there, the phrase “image is everything” rings true. It is true not only for companies that fall under the typically image conscious industry categories like fashion, finance, and frou-frou department stores and hotels, but for most companies seeking to strengthen their brand position in the market. Hence the increase in demand for modern office furniture systems, feng shui interior design and space planning, and branded office environments. As your industry becomes more competitive, customers will seek the more mature companies with established brands, quality style, and customer service. Looking the part by appealing to your client base can significantly increase your business, creating a substantial ROI for your new office furniture system.
2) Comfort Consciousness
This one is along the lines of image consciousness but different. If furniture aesthetic is important to get your clients to walk in the door, then furniture comfort is just as important (if not more important) to help them feel at home. Employees will also appreciate the comfort of ergonomic furniture designed for posture support and to alleviate stress, increasing energy level and productivity. And of course, the boss can enjoy the comfort of a high back black leather office chair for his or her executive office.
You may be experiencing tremendous growth, but may not be prepared to hop ponds and move to a bigger office. If that’s the case, then installing a better, more efficient and upgraded office furniture system to maximize space and number of stationed employees is the right solution for you. If you are planning on moving to a new office, you’ll probably want to anticipate future growth anyway by installing a flexible office furniture system that allows for maximum head count. Workstations and cubicles do an effective job at managing space while balancing open air office layout with a level of privacy and comfort.
Another case of running out of room, lack of good storage solutions is a common reason to upgrade your office furniture system and storage units. Many modern workstations and desks come with built in or configurable storage solutions, such as pedestal storage bins, overhead cabinets, shelves, drawers, and the like. Book cases and filing cabinets are a great way to organize your work and reduce pile up, clutter, confusion and duplication of loose account folders.
Are you working around your office furniture or is your office furniture working for you? If you find yourself hunched over to view the computer monitor, out of room to jot down notes, or unable to move the mouse because your tower is too far away because your feet have to have room… it’s probably in part due to your office furniture. Adding office furniture accessories and components on top of your desk can be a patch up job, but can also clutter up your desk. Modern office furniture systems have built in solutions that resolve your common clutter and workstation usability issues.
Always bumping your co-worker on the way to the water cooler? Before you panic and run to the gym to shed a few pounds, consider whether your office furniture is to blame. If your current office furniture only allows for narrow passageways, has chairs too close together, or doesn’t allow enough room for regular traffic flow of people, then it’s probably a good time to upgrade your office furniture. This time, also consider hiring a space planning team that can recommend a layout that is an effective and comfortable fit for the number of people you currently have in your office or to plan for the number of people you wish to achieve in the future.
Take a common sense look at your furniture: if it’s broke, fix it. The pain-in-the-butt factor for judging if you need to upgrade your office furniture consists of tallying simple observations: If your office chair arm is falling off, if you can no longer adjust your seat, if your shelf needs to be carefully balanced in order to not fall, if you keep banging your leg on that pointy desk corner, if your desk has scratches and water marks all over it, or if your lobby seating is just plain ugly – then it’s probably a good bet that you and your co-workers would feel less stressed and better off with an upgraded office furniture system.
8) Feng Shui
A lot of people don’t believe in it, and that’s ok. Most people don’t understand feng shui. But most people also aren’t informed of the benefits that a feng shui office furniture arrangement can achieve, and the common sense principles behind its ancient philosophy. Just as you probably wouldn’t paint your office pink and brown, because of your mental and visual associations with the colors and because of common sense, your common sense also suggests that out of practicality, you give feng shui treatment a try in your office. Feng shui office furniture arrangements can lend greater productivity and worker satisfaction to your office. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.
9) Boost Morale
Sometimes a change of pace and a change of place are just what the doctor ordered. If life at your work has dribbled into a dreary monotonous drawl, and productivity has worsened, your new office furniture system could be just the thing your employees need as an incentive and reward for their hard work.
Of course, the appropriate budget is necessary for all investments. A budget surplus can lend even stronger rationale to upgrade your office furniture. But did you know that you can save thousands of dollars on perfectly beautiful, brand name, mint or near mint condition used office furniture by purchasing from an office furniture reseller? CubeKing, America’s #1 office furniture discounter offers a low price guarantee for legitimate offers on used office furniture, and savings of up to 90%. Visit CubeKing.com today for more information and recommendations for upgrading your office furniture system.
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With over 10,000 square feet of high quality brand name office furniture, you can get lost in a treasure horde of workstations, office chairs, conference tables, desks, and other abundances of office furniture. Ever walk into a mattress store and want to fall asleep on the beds? Well walk into our showroom and you’ll want to get cracking on your work right there you’ll be so excited.
Featuring name brand office furniture of all shapes and sizes, we carry inventories of Herman Miller, Haworth, Hon, Teknion, Kimball, Allsteel, Steelcase, and more. Step inside our CubeKingdom and you’ll be greeted by Sir Galahad’s stylish and luxurious modern office furniture. Experience our state-of-the-art cherry veneer import fine furnishings from China such as Clone, too. An incredibly plentiful collection of styles awaits to suit your taste. And our incredibly low discount prices will turn any pauper into a prince.
While we currently only have showrooms in California, CubeKing delivers, installs, and liquidates office furniture ANYWHERE in the USA. That’s just part of the reason why we’re considered America’s #1 Office Furniture Discounter. We specialize in saving corporate America dollars, and eliminate the hassle of purchasing office furnishings. We buy and sell office furniture nationwide for up to 90% savings off the retail price. As your end-to-end resource for ALL your office furniture needs, we offer services from space planning to furniture delivery and installation to liquidation. And WE’LL BEAT ANYONE’S PRICE on used office furniture, GUARANTEED! Check out our website, www.cubeking.com, for more information and a sampling of our new and used office furniture offerings.
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