Prefabricated Office Spaces Make Room for Growth

In today’s increasingly complex, diverse, mobile and environmentally conscious business landscape, organizations are facing increased pressure to curate office spaces designed to meet the diverse needs and values of their employees.

Prefabricated office spaces show great promise as they are easily customized to be any size, allow for multiple stories and often integrate modular device and furniture solutions that promote collaboration and increased productivity. Prefabricated office spaces also reduce waste and boost sustainability as they are often built using several recycled products and materials.

To keep your modular workplace ahead of the curve, you can also request the integration of Universal Design strategies to ensure all employees, regardless of age, size, cultural identity, ability or disability are exposed to inclusive spaces and products that promote accessibility, safety and convenience.

The process of introducing a prefabricated workspace is fast and simple. Once a prefabricated building is complete and shipped to your location, it is set into place and connected to the foundation. Utilities are connected and your choice of exterior finishes are then added. The resulting prefabricated workspace is environmentally friendly, with the all the same architectural aesthetics you would expect from a conventional building. To accommodate the needs of a thriving business, prefabricated modules can be expanded or minimized at minimal expense.

With a significantly reduced time to occupancy, your business can start driving growth and optimizing your bottom line sooner.

While prefabricated workspaces may not suit the needs of every business or organization, the cost-savings, sustainable practices and inclusivity they provide – make them a strong consideration for the future of your workplace.

 

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Dealing with Office Acoustics

Many companies have moved to open floor plans in their office buildings. It’s estimated that about 70% of offices have an open floor plan. The open office concept was created in the 50’s to promote communication among workers. It was meant to unify a company and help them to create better ideas. However, your clients and customers may have complained that this type of office floor plan has done the opposite for them. Many are finding that an open floor plan can be difficult to manage if not planned properly.

With little to buffer the noise, many have found it difficult to concentrate. According to a study done among six major US corporations, 70% of employees complain that noise is the number one distraction at work. 52% reported that they felt stressed due to a lack of ability to focus on their work with phones constantly ringing, email alerts and text messages pinging. Morale and concentration plummets throughout the day and can ruin an employee’s productivity.

So what can we do to help improve the acoustics in our client’s offices? There are a few things from adding plants to help absorb noise, or adding acoustic ceiling tiles or carpeted floors.

However, one of the lower cost options is to replace the furniture. Sound absorbing and acoustic furniture can not only go a long way in terms of helping to buffer noise but is a nice, low cost and space saving way to brighten up and refresh an office space. Luxmy Furniture offers a few different pieces that will help your clients and customers to give their workers more privacy.

If you are looking to implement a designated area for employee interaction or phone conversations, the Cone is great for any office. It is designed with a high back to block outside noise preventing distractions to others outside of the area.

The last piece of acoustic furniture by Luxmy is the Hoop. The Hoop is a large acoustic booth meant to keep unwanted noise out. It great for private conversations or even interviews.

Noise and distractions in an open office floor plan can drastically reduce productivity among employees. Adding acoustic furniture to an office is a must to consider when redesigning an office for a client. If your customers need a way to implement private areas to reduce echo and distractions, including acoustic furniture in their offices is a great choice.

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Workplace Furniture That ‘Stands’ Out

With an average of more than one-third of our daily lives being spent in the workplace,work-based health and wellness initiatives are taking significant precedent as they are being weaved into the traditional office environment. In fact, numerous studies have shown that promoting employee health improves workplace morale, increases productivity and in turn, drives revenue.

We’re taking the workplace taking health-positive movement to a new level, by introducing a true ergonomic furniture solution. The Sit-to-Stand Paustian Table makes moving from sitting to standing—and back again—a natural part of your day. Combined with the right chair, it gives you a full range of supported movement to help you stay more active and healthier while you work – allowing you to get the most out of your workday – every day.

Understanding the appeal of an ergonomically designed sit-to-stand desks is simple. When you spend over three hours a day in the sitting position, your metabolism drops and you begin burning calories at a third of the rate. The theory goes that by standing instead of sitting at work, you burn more calories and counteract the effects of staying stationary for long periods of time. Increasing your metabolic rate by reducing the amount of time spent slumped over a desk could reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

With that being said, we all need to take a seat from time to time. For those who put in long days at the office, spending extended periods of time standing could cause fatigue for even the healthiest among us. That’s why the Sit-to-Stand Paustian Project Table moves with you, allowing you to sit and stand as you see fit – for a true, workable solution.

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Inside the Designer’s Studio – Caren Elliss

Meet Caren Elliss and find out what excites this Adelaide based designer responsible for the successful Splinter Stools discovered at Workshopped14 by Luxmy Furniture CEO, Priyanka Rao.

1) Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an Adelaide based designer that has a Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree (honours). I have spent 2 years training with The Jam Factory and I have recently started my own studio.

2) How did you get into design?

I had started to admire the design of everyday ‘things’ and found out that the designing of these things was called Industrial Design. So I applied to University, got in and in my 3rd year I did a 3 month internship in Mexico where I was put on some furniture projects and my love of designing furniture began.

3) What gets you excited?

New fresh design and resolving design issues. Going on holiday and having new cultural experiences (learning).

4) What turns you off?

People passing off being mean as being competitive.

5) What would you be if not a designer?

My childhood dream was to be a designer and creator for Lego. I was told that I would have to move to Sweden, to the younger me this was too great of a move. However, I still think this is my dream job.

6) How would you describe your workspace?

Currently my studio is still under construction (I moved to my own studio earlier this year, still getting it completely ready). However, it’s usually part design/prototype area and construction. So drawings, partial mock ups and final designs waiting to be resolved. Oh and a spattering of colours.

7) What’s your favourite City and why?

Would have to be a tie between Mexico City and Berlin, Germany. Mexico is completely overwhelming and amazing. So many people, so many cars and just very different to Australia. My favourite zone in Mexico City was Zona Rosa. People are very happy and there’s dancing in the streets. You will be walking past and a stranger will just grab you and start salsa dancing with you. Amazing and lovely people!

When I travelled to Berlin, I was in awe of the history and the re-construction that was taking place. It has been quite some years that I had travelled there (the Berlin wall had only come down a year earlier) and East Germany was getting re-vitalised and construction was in full swing, it was an amazing time in history and I was there to be a part of it. I found the people lovely and very welcoming especially around Christmas time.

8) What advice would you give to a younger you?

Be very, very determined and keep going. Personal happiness is worth more than anything.

9) What sound or noise do you love?

Love the sound of birds chirping outside my studio

10) What sound or noise do you hate?

When the router grabs end grain on your work piece

11) What’s your favourite word?

Lotus

12) What’s your least favourite word?

Funky or Rustic

13) If you have to wake up in someone else’s body, who that person would be?

Hmmm, not sure. I wouldn’t mind spending a day in Marc Newson’s body. I’m in awe of his design skills and would love to be involved in some of those design meetings.

 

 

The Splinter Stools were recently showcased at Sydney Indesign 2015 and the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

 

Write-On Veneer

A veneer wall or table top that you can write on, that is superior in quality and can be easily cleaned?

This is all possible thanks to Luxmy’s Write-On texture. The applications and possibilities are endless: from the offices, schools and university walls, to restaurants menu boards, collaboration and meeting rooms, the Write-On texture can be applied to any veneer surface.

Send us an enquiry today.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Two Tones Pablo Chair

How beautiful the 2 toned Pablo Chairs look on this great project for Teleflex?

We absolutely loved the results and were very pleased with all positive feedback:

“The Pablo was the perfect fit as it was on a short lead time, could be powder coated and most importantly have 2 tones upholstery. We were very impressed with the consultative approach Luxmy adopted for this project.

Luxmy guided us and the designer towards a solution that would not only be technically suitable and fit within the lead time but that also added onto the design intent.”, says Raphael Bicard from Workarena.

 

A big well done to: Our clients at Workarena and to designers Erin Donelley and Kristelle Fiori from WMK and Construction managers / Project managers (Ed Lau) from MPA.

Monash University Project by UCI and K20 Architecture

UCI Australia + K20 Architecture Project for Monash University, Caulfield

Our Zip Zag bench and Meri Chair have been spotted at Monash University, Caulfield.

A fantastic project by K20 Architecture and UCI Australia.

 

UCI supplied all the workstations and loose furniture for the fit out at Monash Connect, which houses study spaces, e-solutions, student lounges, maintenance workshops and administration areas.