Design Study | Evolution of Private Work Pods

In this design study, we explore the many forms of our private work pods. The idea was first standardised into our Focus Pod and has gradually evolved into many iterations to suit a variety of applications. Like with all our screen and worktop products, each desking pod is customised on a per project basis and we’ve used a multitude of finishes from board and fabric to more challenging materials such as PET board.
 
Focus Pod
The Focus Pod’s strength lies in its simplicity with carefully considered angles acting as stabilisers.

 
Mallard Focus Pod
Experimenting with one of our favourite screen materials, a PET board version was created with subtle reinforcement bars added to combat the softness of the screen.

 
Mallard Booth
Mallard Booth takes the concept a step further and creates a private working space. The lower corner shelf can be used for keeping personal effects and the top hanging rail for coat/jackets.

Introducing Flippity-Flip

We’re excited to announce Flippity-Flip, our new flip table system which allows for a multitude of sizes and shapes. The mechanism grants the ability to have either a square, round or oval shaped uprights in both metal or timber finishes. Contact us for more information.

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Accented by strong, clean lines, Flippity-Flip’s base mirrors various top shapes with square, oval and round upright column options. The mechanism is easy to operate, can be nested and upright columns are available in metal powdercoat or timber.
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Mo Chair in House Fabric
Mo upholstered in one of our bolder house fabric. The range considers current colour and pattern trends.
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Polo Table
The Polo’s design has been updated and can easily accommodate either a powdercoat or polished finish.
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We have also overhauled our house fabrics to cater to a variety of project requirements with cost effectiveness and lead time in mind. These options include plains, patterns, leather-look, fire-retardant, velvet and vinyl with a carefully considered colour palette to allow for a mix of finishes and accents.

Buttercup Corner Module
A corner module for the Buttercup is now available in low and high back options, and can create a complete lounge.

 

Plywood Veneer Top
This real plywood veneer top has been used as a statement piece and works especially well on large surfaces.

 

House Fabric Update
Our house range have been curated to complement and accent one another regardless of finish, pattern and weave.

 

Curved Screen
One of our many screen making skills includes this combination of cushioned two-tone upholstery and rubber strip edge.

What’s in a Technology Enabled Classroom?

Australian schools and universities are adopting Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) across a range of disciplines and study spaces. TEAL is an educational innovation that emphasises active learning where teachers and students engage through practical work, collaboration and a degree of autonomy. Despite the name, technology is an educational aid on par with a pen and paper, and complements traditional learning tools with the most radical change occurring in the learning space itself.

TEAL moves learning spaces away from the front facing teacher and students in prearranged seats to an agile and flexible classroom. This allows TEAL to occur in practice without spatial limits. Study zones are more prominent where students are grouped and face each other. Teachers are centred in the room and must move to engage students.  Zones can be altered through the use of mobile folding tables and movable seating. Higher learning institutions also offer more power and data points for students bringing their own laptops and equipment.

Learning spaces outside the classroom are becoming more prominent to further complement and reinforce TEAL techniques through study pods, workstations with power and data, and collaborative areas and meeting rooms. This reflects agile work practices where the individual can pick and choose the optimal space for their given task and work style at any time.

The benefits of active learning include higher engagement, information retention, improved social skills and increased technical proficiency. Studies suggest that it is effective if the educator welcomes the practice and has the technological proficiency. Even if it has not been fully embraced by educators, educational institutions across the country adopt some level of technology enabled active learning techniques.

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Expanding the GECA family!

Luxmy has added even more to our GECA-licenced offering. GECA is an internationally recognised ecolabelling standard assuring that products have been made with sustainable and environmentally friendly materials and processes. It is accepted as Level A by the Green Building Council of Australia and assist in meeting a variety of other green targets.

Below are our new additions to our GECA certified line up. Click the images for more about the product.

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Sydney InDesign 2017 Wrap Up

The Luxmy Group joined in Sydney InDesign over weekend to celebrate our 20 years of operation. Our showcase included screens, upholstery, tables and joinery across our brands.

Thanks for the support! As a recap or if you weren’t able to make it, we have a few photos from the show. It was also a pleasure to have Caren Elliss, Adelaide-based designer of the Splinter Collection, to join us and meet visitors.

Our works at the exhibition included:

  • – Screens in various shapes and finishes including 120 degree, curved, upholstered, PET board and veneer
  • – Funhouse Teacup range including the Teacup, Venti and Sugarbowl
  • – Splinter Collection including the table and low stool

 

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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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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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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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Introducing the Talki Table

Talki is a table leg system designed to foster integration and collaboration.

The clean and simple design of the Talki system is available in three different variations: Talki is the interactive table for conversation, Walki is a high table to stand around and Wheeli is on castors. Talki comes in a multitude of shapes and sizes.

Legs are available in metal with powder coat finish or solid timber. Exclusive to Zenith.

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For more information, get in touch by email.

About the designers

Lux Studio is the design arm of esteemed Australian manufacturer Luxmy Furniture. The Lux Studio products are smart, flexible and collaborative. They are able to respond to the changes in technology, new ways of working, and new environments.

Lux Studio designs and manufacturing processes are agile, lean and adaptable. All products are fully customisable and can be made in a short lead time.