Sustainable Design is in the Details  

 In today’s business landscape, environmentally designed workspaces are quickly becoming the norm as younger generations step into more managerial roles and begin to transform the business environment to align with their personal ideologies. And what’s often a top priority for our next generation of executives? You’ve got it – green initiatives.

For interior designers, project managers or business leaders looking to stay ahead of the curve and help grow their brand, reputation and bottom line through sustainability, here are some simple tips to consider:

 Integrate Sustainable Wood

 The Australian Government has implemented a Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Australian Forest Standard (AFS) to ensure true sustainable forest management practices to protect the 400,000 hectares of Australian forests.

When considering wood based furniture like desking or common room tables, opting for FSC or AFS certified products ensures you are sourcing your design solutions from a sustainably managed forest. Now that’s a breath of fresh air!

Choose Furniture Solutions with Low VOC Foam

What are VOCs? Good question! Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a family of harmful which can be released into indoor air from a number of sources, including workplace furniture (flame retardants and formaldehyde being quite common). While some VOCs are more toxic than others, the health risks associated will depend on the levels you are exposed to, the length of time you are exposed, and your individual sensitivity to toxicity.

Considering the fact that the workplace has become a second home to employees and executive’s alike, introducing low VOC furniture into your workspace will be an instrumental step towards driving a greener and healthier work environment.

Martindale Count

The Martindale test is a measure of the durability of a fabric. The tests are undertaken on upholstery fabrics to check their suitability for various uses – whether this be to ensure longevity for your home or small-business or commercial furniture solutions. The test is also known as the ‘rub test’ and essentially tests for abrasion resistance.

Essentially, the Martindale test involves rubbing a piece of worsted wool cloth in a circular motion on a flat mounted fabric sample. The number of cycles the test fabric can withstand before showing a change in appearance (such as thread breakage or pilling) is its abrasion rating. At the beginning of the test checks are made every 1,000 cycles, and if no wear is apparent, the fabric is put through another 1,000 rub cycle, and so forth. Here is a basic breakdown of what the Martindale count means in terms of the durability of your furniture solutions:

  • Light use: 6000 – 9000 double rubs
  • Medium use: 9000 – 30,000 double rubs
  • Heavy use: 30,000+ double rubs

Depending on your design needs, a high Martindale count can go a long way in reducing your environmental impact and getting the most out of your budget.

Whether you are own and operate a small business, or manage a major enterprise operation – supporting green initiatives is easier than you think. All it takes is a little information, and a firm commitment to growing a healthier planet, by building a sustainable workplace.

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Four R’s to Rejuvenate Your Environmental Impact

Sustainability in the workplace has gone far beyond being a ‘trend’, or a way to differentiate your business and build your brand – it’s become the norm. As millennials are moving into executive positions, and generation begins to enter the workforce, more and more high-quality employees are looking to work with and build organizations which are aligned with their personal ideologies. And to say that environmentally consciousness is top of mind for the next generations, is an understatement.

As your business continues to grow, and you seek out architecture, design and furniture solutions that speak to the direction in which you are moving, consider these four R’s as excellent routes for giving your sustainability efforts a refresh.

Traditional Recycling: If you’re looking to completely remove pieces from your office in efforts of updating your office stylistically or ergonomically (or both for that matter), you can dismantle pieces into their constituent parts (such as plastic, wood, metal, etc) and recycle them appropriately.

Repair: Breathe new life into tired furniture and fittings with new fabrics, textiles and paint. What was once an outdated workplace furniture solution can quickly become a trendy, one-of-a-kind statement piece that shows employees, clients and/or customers you are up to speed with current design trends! Polishers up can executive furniture to return it to its original brilliance, reupholster pieces in new fabrics, and opt for carpet and/or leather cleaning to remove stubborn stains that may be dating (and devaluing) your brand.

Resale: Do some research into whether there is a market for your second-hand furniture. If so, arrange for its resale to help recoup some of the cost – funds which can be put back into updating your workplace with new furniture solutions that better reflect the direction your business is moving in.

Reuse: Consider matching your old office furniture with need among charities. Many not-for-profit agencies and organizations could benefit from receiving furniture solutions that aren’t at the top of their priority list in terms of investment. In helping to drive charitable work forward – you become an organization that helps communities thrive. This goes far beyond being a ‘feel good’ measure as it establishes your brand as being community driven and socially responsible.

Oh – and don’t forget about IT.

Recycling IT: If your devices and IT equipment that have come to the end of their business lifecycle, and you are in need of an upgrade in order to ensure your technological capabilities are ahead of the curve in your industry, they can often be recycled. If you wipe your data and hard drives in order to protect your confidentiality, products can often be donated to charitable organizations, who will in turn pass them on to grateful end users. If your IT products or devices.

New Product Release: FUNHOUSE OTTOMAN

Funhouse hails from the LuxStudio team. These ottomans are light weight and versatile. The simple shapes combined with carefully stitched lining bring out the best of chosen fabric textures and colours.

Get to know the new collection in our TestFit app which includes the ottomans in a variety of our house fabric colours.

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TestFit – Pocket Showroom App by Luxmy

Introducing our new pocket showroom app TestFit, made to visualise our designer furniture in any space, putting the Luxmy Furniture collection directly at your fingertips. It’s the first of it’s kind in the commercial furniture sector and we’re proud to be part of it!

Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices completely free and will not feature any ads.

TestFit can be downloaded on the AppStore here or GooglePlay here.

We worked with the very best to bring you an augmented reality platform that brings our range to any space with zero set up required.

To get started, make sure your device’s operating system is up date then download the desired catalogues. When that’s done, press go and point the camera at an empty floor space then pick your favourite piece to have it appear in your space. Move it around, tap for more pieces to appear simultaneously on screen, and save your creation for later use.

We have a quick tutorial below to get you acquainted with all the functions to get the best out of the app:

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We also have an exaplainer up on YouTube:

Enjoy!

 

** Performance may vary on Android devices. Full support available for the following devices on OS 5+:

– Samsung Galaxy S6/S7

– Samsung Note 4/5

– HTC ONE M9/M10

Workplace Design With the Environment in Mind

Workplace design is one of the most influential tools which can be used to help achieve business goals. The power of space to influence our energy, interaction, health, and drive is tremendous.

Not surprisingly, when we discuss the workplace of the future – sustainable design tools, products and services are quickly identified innovative solutions to help organize and implement a new way of working – with increasingly positive results to an organization’s bottom line.

How exactly do environmentally conscious choices affect your business? We’re glad you asked!

Socially. 

Now that employees (and executives alike) are logging more hours at the office than ever before, they have become more immediately linked to the company they work for. For this reason, employees are more likely to enjoy more job satisfaction when they are working with an organization aligned to their own personal belief systems. Workplace sustainability instills a pride in the workforce and demonstrates an organization’s commitment to “walk the walk”.

Economically. 

Sustainable workplaces help to improve productivity, reduce operational costs (through energy cost savings), and eliminate waste (using renewable and recyclable materials while also integrating actual recycling programs).

Environmentally. 

Sustainable workplaces respect the planet. To ensure you are choosing design solutions that truly take environmental impact seriously, consider the following:

  • Shop Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Certified

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) runs Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabelling program. The organizations certification program has developed standards by which products and services are independently audited to ensure minimal environmental impact while also taking personal health and wellness, and social ramifications into consideration. By choosing GECA certified products, you are making socially and environmentally sustainable choices for your workplace that make a world of difference.

  • Do Good Business With ISO 14001 Certified Companies

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) provide an integrated approach to environmental management. Put environmental management at the top of your sustainability goals in order to achieve success while reducing your environmental impact.

At the end of the day, sustainable design in the workplace – is just good business. It allows you to reduce costs, increase employee health and grow your business by building a reputation that positions you as a sustainability champion!

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Hill Street Bonfire

The Hill Street Precinct Project came together as part of Sydney Indesign  and as a collaboration of 4 amazing teams from Workshopped, Euroluce, Arthur G and Luxmy Furniture.

Like an unison of like-minded people seeking to make a valid statement on the problem of replicas, we’ve teamed up with the creative minds from Design by Toko and with the assistance of the Whitehouse Institute of Design, created a provoking statement in the shape of a 3.5 meters tall ‘Bonfire of Replicas’.

“It takes thousands of dollars and a huge amount of creativity and hard work to produce original design. After all the prototyping, tooling and marketing expenses involved in commercialisation, it is heartbreaking to see works from our collection and fellow local businesses ruthlessly ripped off with no respect for the designer or manufacturer involved in bringing that product to life. It’s time to take a stand!” says Priyanka Rao of Luxmy Furniture.

You can still visit the sculpture until the 23rd of August at 2 Short Street, Surry Hills – Sydney, NSW.

 

Introducing Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen

Foersom & Hiort-LorenzenA profession, an ambition and humanity are the words that best describe what design means to the Danish duo Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen, a partnership that started back in 1977 and has since rewarded the furniture industry with thoughtful and elegant designs.

Among their impressive list of furniture offering, the Red Dot Award winning ASAP range of tables and chairs stands out for its versatility, comfort and aesthetically pleasing design.

1 – When did your cooperation with Paustian start?

1997.

2 – What does design mean to you?

A profession, an ambition and humanity.

3 – The most important skills a designer should have?

Knowledge of culture and technology.

4 – Form follows function?

Form follows time. Function follows the human being.

5 – Which is the hardest part in the process of creating a new object?

Communication between the parties involved. And work with form and material.

6 – And the most fun?

A good result.

7 – Which qualities do you see in the ASAP Chair and ASAP Table?

A contemporary idiom with great strength and durability.

8 – And what is the inspiration for your design?

Our inspiration derives from time. It can be a single spark that ignites an idea. Or it can be a concrete problem that inspires. And it can be both globally and locally influenced.

9 – How much does your own personality reflect in your projects?

Not much, but it is present…

10 – If you were not a designer what would you then be?

Nothing else.

11 – Why should people invest in good design?

Because good design makes the life better for a lot of people in many different ways and because it doesn’t lose value.

Click here for more information on Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen.