Natural Light | Bringing Your Office to Life

CDI: Natural Light Exposure

No other medium has as big of an influence on our bodies and minds as light. A flurry of studies in the past decade have proven that sunlight and other natural elements boost the physical and mental health of the human body. However, as individuals spend more and more time in workspaces with little to no exposure to natural sunlight, our health and well-being are negatively impacted. The deterioration of our body’s health, in return, negatively influences how well we are functioning in a professional environment. In order to keep workers healthy, energized and productive, it is essential that employers are aware of the positive effects of daylight and set out to maximize their exposure to it. Below we will explore the wealth of positive effects that natural light brings and how offices can capitalize on its benefits.

CDI: Natural Light Exposure

Natural Benefits

Let the Light In
When was the last time you spent an extended period of time in a windowless room? After a few hours under harsh fluorescent lights and no sign of the sun, did you start to feel disoriented? While it comes as no surprise that daylight exposure has benefits, most may be unaware of the extent to which it positively impacts their health. Take that thought one step further and consider the degree to which daylight exposure specifically affects office life, where the population spends a majority of their week. Are employees obtaining a healthy dose of natural light in their workspace?

Researchers at the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Northwestern University in Chicago set out to measure just how influential daylight exposure is on the health of office workers. Their study, “Impact of Windows and Daylight Exposure on Overall Health and Sleep Quality of Office Workers,” was reported in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine in June 2014. It concludes that there is a strong relationship between workplace daylight exposure and employees’ sleep, activity and overall quality of life. Employees with windows in their workplace received 173% more white light exposure during office hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night in comparison to their windowless colleagues. Without access to windows and natural light, workers reported poorer scores on quality of life measures related to overall sleep quality, sleep disturbances and daytime dysfunction.

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Natural light deprivation can play a detrimental role in employee performance. Memory loss, slowed psychomotor reflexes, depression and shorter attention spans lead to decreased productivity and engagement, as well as unnecessary absenteeism and “presenteeism.” Presenteeism describes the phenomenon in which workers are physically present in the workplace, but mentally removed. Both absenteeism and presenteeism result in labor-related financial losses for companies, but these losses can be reduced by incorporating biophilic design strategies and increasing the availability of natural light within an office space. Natural daylight not only increases productivity and alertness by reducing stress and boosting moods, but also supports the regulation of Vitamin D, serotonin and melatonin, all of which prevent colds and flu and thus reduces absenteeism.

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Daylight and Circadian Rhythms
In addition to the aforementioned benefits, light plays a pivotal role in the human body’s circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are a body’s biological, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle and respond to light and darkness within its environment. They dictate sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions. While circadian rhythms are affected by numerous environmental signals, light is the main influence. The eyes and brain receive signals from the external day and night cycles, telling the body when to be awake and when to sleep.

As employees spend an increasing amount of time indoors and in the presence of artificial light, our connection to nature can be lost along with the spectrum of daylight that maintains a normal circadian rhythm. Natural light triggers our brain to produce serotonin, a hormone that helps us stay awake and alert. In the same fashion, natural light helps our bodies convert serotonin to melatonin at night, helping us sleep soundly. In order to guarantee top performance at work and a consistent sleep schedule at home, our bodies need exposure to daylight. With an estimated 50-70 million people reporting nightly sleep loss associated with daytime impairment, it is imperative that architects, interior designers and employers remain conscious of how they incorporate biophilic design and daylight exposure to keep these statistics from increasing.

CDI: Natural Light Exposure

Maximizing Exposure for Healthier Workspaces

According to the Question & Retain (Q&R) Happiness in the Workplace Pulse Check, which surveyed 250,000 employees in 69 countries, over 75% of workers stated that natural light is important to them. However, only 56% of those surveyed felt satisfied with their workplace’s offering. So how do we obtain more natural light exposure within our workplaces? Regardless of design or building type, businesses can utilize several practical solutions to capitalize on the benefits of natural light.

Building orientation, window design, interior design and furnishings are just a few methods of building design that can more effectively incorporate natural light. Integrating expansive windows into a floor plan is one of the simplest solutions to maximizing natural light. For existing facilities that are unable to make drastic changes to their office structure, consider breaking down or lowering cubicles to allow natural light to flow freely within the space. Relocating employees closer to existing windows and using interior spaces for shorter meetings is also an effective tactic.

CDI: Natural Light Exposure

Bring Your Office to Life

Health and well-being have taken center stage in the workplace. As awareness around well-being grows so, too, will the awareness around daylight and the critical role it plays in employee productivity. The physical and mental benefits outlined here merely skim the surface of the positive effects that biophilic design can bring to the office. Maximizing the power of daylight through office design requires thought and planning by architects, interior designers and employers, but ensures employees are provided an environment that keeps them healthy, motivated and productive.

 

 

 

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales
maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

Kimball Office Pairings | Paired to Perfection

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Comfort and style. Flexibility and convenience. Choice and harmony. Some things are simply better together. This mentality is what prompted the creation of Pairings®, a diverse lounge-based system by Kimball Office designed to work alone or as components. Boasting power access, acoustical separation and functionality for open or enclosed spaces, Pairings provides an escape from conventional desk work for a comfortable and convenient moment alone or collaboration. Whether you’re looking to accommodate workers in a corporate, healthcare or education environment, you can truly have it all with Pairings.

CDI features Kimball Office Pairings

Design Story

Work is changing in dramatic ways. As discussed in previous blog posts, today’s diverse workforce is composed of multiple generations, each with different work styles and technological preferences. The demand for an autonomous environment that meets a plethora of expectations continues to grow. Employees want the ability to determine an appropriate setting for their personal and group work.

In collaboration with design team pL-D, Kimball Office created Pairings, a versatile family of components that can easily be crafted together to create formal or informal settings. Designers and clients have the ability to use these lounge pieces individually or as a system capable of creating a ‘third space.’ Pairings can be used in conjunction with other Kimball products as well, multiplying functionality in open plan environments. With a soft feel and sophisticated aesthetic, workers are welcomed into a setting that is ideal for impromptu meetings or individual work.

CDI features Kimball Office Pairings

Collection Offerings

The Pairings collection boasts an assortment of seating and table selections. Benches can be configured in a variety of ways, adding or subtracting seats, arms and back pieces. Divider walls and privacy panels are available to further transform an office setting, offering an isolated retreat for individuals and small groups alike. With integrated power capabilities and arm options, workers continue to stay connected and fully functional while having the freedom to leave their desks.

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Tiered perch seating was unveiled at June’s NeoCon show as an addition to the Pairings collection. Perch configurations provide an area for impromptu casual gatherings, with divider walls and power integration also available.

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In addition to seating options, the Pairings collection offers an assortment of tables. Round, square, magazine, pull-up and in-line tables can be constructed with power to further seamless connectivity. Designers and clients have the ability to mix and match seating and table options to meet their office needs.

CDI features Kimball Office Pairings

Endless Possibilities

Flexibility to choose where and how to work will continue to play a crucial role in attracting and retaining workers. Incorporating an autonomous workplace that provides a variety of private, semi-private, or open work environments will give employees the opportunity to select how they work best. Alone or in conjunction with other Kimball products, Pairings can multiply functionality in any office area. Employers can have peace of mind knowing that they are providing their workers with a space that adapts to changing work styles while supporting varying degrees of privacy. Pairings offers an informal environment where people can work and collaborate in comfort. With a collection so diverse, the possibilities are truly endless.

 

 

 

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales
maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

A Shift to Resimercial | Bringing Comfort to the Office

CDI Design Trends: A Shift to Resimercial

While the term “resimercial” may not be new to our ears, this year’s NeoCon show in Chicago certainly solidified its continued presence throughout the industry. Resimercial designs were seen around every corner, incorporating homelike influences into commercial spaces and furnishings. With this trend only growing in popularity, we’re discussing how it came to fruition and why it is here to stay.

CDI: A Shift to Resimercial
Kimball Office: (clockwise from top left) Bloom, Villa / Dock / Pep, Pairings / Dwell

Defining Resimercial

Our society is evolving at a rapid pace. New generations of employees are entering the workforce, bringing diverse experiences, values and habits with them. Technological advancements continue to feed the need for autonomy, untethering workers from their desks and allowing mobility. With the freedom to work when and where they feel most comfortable, employees have become more productive than ever.

CDI Design Trends: A Shift to Resimercial
From top: JSI Moto Lounge, Global River 

In an effort to attract and retain a multi-generational workforce, office space is being redefined and redesigned. The corporate world is looking to accommodate employees of all ages and bring homelike influences, including colors and fabrics, into the work environment to help workers relax and boost productivity. Incorporating resimercial design into a work space, a term which describes the blending of residential and commercial interiors, not only provides a comfortable work environment but also the opportunity for natural employee connections and collaboration. These spaces now energize, inspire and connect, lending a hand in attracting and retaining workers.

Creating a Resimercial Space

Developers and designers are tossing out traditional corporate floor plans in favor of an open concept with a resimercial look and feel. By incorporating a variety of furniture elements throughout an office, from private areas to large conference rooms, small meeting places to lounge-type spaces, employees are no longer confined to partitioned workstations and have flexibility within their environment.

CDI Design Trends: A Shift to Resimercial
Clockwise from top: Bernhardt Mitt, JSI Connect / Wink, JSI Indie Lounge / Bourne

Collections like Kimball Office’s Pairings, JSI’s Indie Lounge, Bernhardt Mitt and JSI’s Moto all provide opportunities for engagement and room for collaboration while maintaining a relaxed aesthetic. Soft seating options like Global’s River and Allermuir’s Famiglia deliver privacy and comfort to workers who wish to get away from the monotony of desk work but remain in the office. Whether incorporating such pieces into a trendy work cafe, engaging conference room or general lounge area, residential designs are providing a place where employees want to stay longer, work harder and enjoy themselves.

CDI Design Trends: A Shift to Resimercial
Clockwise from top: Allermuir Famiglia, Global Vitrola, Allermuir Curve / Open

Balance Within the Office

While the future of office design is uncertain, one factor is sure to remain constant. A diverse environment is needed to create the balance necessary for a successful and productive workforce. Having the opportunity to choose where and when to work, along with the availability of flexible and mobile work spaces, can lend a hand in helping employees find such balance in their office. In assessing the needs of its employees, organizations will strive to provide a space that combines function and inspiration, performance and experience. Resimercial design embodies all these qualities while transporting workers into the comfort of home. And as the saying goes, there’s no place like home.

 

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales
maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

Kimball Office KORE | Simple in Form, Substantial in Function

CDI features Kimball Office Kore

Designed by Swiss architect Daniel Korb, KORE was initially envisioned as a table for both working and living. While the concept of KORE was born with simplicity and flexibility in mind, it quickly evolved into an expansive and multi-functional product offering. Elements for privacy, media integration, and solutions for sharing and learning were incorporated into a timeless design. From tables to benching applications, private work spaces to collaborative gathering spaces, KORE creates relevant environments, eliminating barriers to help people stay better connected to their work and to each other.

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KORE has a variety of table offerings to address the needs of any occasion. A functional, clean design with integrated technology capabilities keeps users focused on the task at hand. Available in a variety of heights and shapes, table applications can range from classrooms to offices, waiting spaces to conference rooms and more. KORE tables allow flexibility and mobility in the workplace, providing opportunities for engagement and space for collaboration.

CDI Product Review: Kimball Office KORE

Mobile carts are another component available through the KORE product line. These pieces utilize the same effortless aesthetic while offering users flexibility and convenience in their open work space. Cart options include utility, seat, media, screen, and wardrobe.

CDI Product Review: Kimball Office KORE

Benching

To compliment KORE Tables, a complete KORE Benching line is also available. Keeping the same simple form and substantial functionality, KORE Benching delivers a practical work space that doesn’t distract. The line’s configurability allows it to blend seamlessly into any workplace scenario while a vast mix of material, storage and power options offer customization.

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KORE Receives International Design Award

In December, Daniel Korb’s KORE was named a 2016 Good Design Award Winner by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. The annual Good Design Awards Program recognizes the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs around the world. Recognition is a high honor as entries are submitted from some of the world’s most visionary FORTUNE 500 companies. Congratulations to Kimball Office and Daniel Korb for continuing to push the envelope with a design that combines simple form with substantial functionality.

View the Kimball Office KORE Lookbook here.

 

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales
maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Waukesha Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010
www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

NeoCon 2017 in Review

The 49th annual NeoCon has concluded and its 50,000+ attendees have returned home, eager for what the future holds in commercial interiors. As one of the largest and most pivotal furniture trade shows in North America, NeoCon showcases the latest products, ideas and industry trends. The event, held annually at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart from June 12-14, caters to an array of vertical markets and draws interior designers and architects from around the world.

Outlined below are four industry trends currently circulating throughout commercial design. We’ll touch on how these trends made their way into the 2017 NeoCon showrooms and the new products that will emerge in the coming months.

Industry Trends

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Trends Balance Within Office Culture.

Balance Within Office Culture
Work environments are becoming increasingly flexible in order to offer greater autonomy for today’s diverse workforce. Not everyone works the same way and providing a variety of options for differing work styles is vital to overall productivity and company success.

The opportunity to choose where and when to work, along with the availability of flexible and mobile work spaces, can lend a hand in helping employees find balance in the office. Changing requirements within the workplace require adaptable furniture. Modular soft seating, workbenches, desk pods, collaborative and breakout furniture, and acoustic elements are all examples of office furniture that boost a high performance in the adaptable workplace.

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Health & Wellness
The health and well-being of employees is paramount when designing a work space as it can directly affect an organization’s productivity and overall moral. Designs that promote movement and foster social connection are key in building a healthy, employee-centric environment.

An increasing number of businesses are also taking cues from nature and incorporating biophilic design into their work spaces to increase overall employee health and wellness. Studies have shown that integrating natural light and materials, views of the outdoors, and greenery into a modern built environment is a great way to refresh a work space and help occupants feel invigorated. Not only is the use of biophilic design mentally beneficial, it also impacts employee physical wellness by improving air quality, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure levels and heart rates.

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Trends Multi-Generations in the Workplace. In creating an inclusive culture to meet the needs of each age group and thus encouraging engagement, collaboration, and learning, organizations can more effectively attract and retain employees of all generations.

Multi-Generations in the Workplace
Employee engagement plays a key role in achieving overall organizational success in the multi-generational workforce. While most businesses realize the importance of engagement, a recent study by the Harvard Business Review found that three-quarters of surveyed business leaders noted their employees were not highly engaged. For an organization to cater to employees of varied ages and create engagement, it is important that their work space does the following;

  • Allows flexibility and mobility in work styles
  • Celebrates individual and team contributions
  • Provides opportunities for engagement and spaces for collaborations
  • Provides a third space for relaxed interaction and independent work
  • Clearly communicates organizational goals or objectives

In creating an inclusive culture to meet the needs of each age group and thus encouraging engagement, collaboration, and learning, organizations can more effectively attract and retain employees of all generations.

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Trends Technology

Technology
The ever-evolving category of technology continues to play an indispensable role in our lives, both at home and at work. With wireless charging technology becoming popular and the availability of furniture that allows seamless technology integration, work spaces are becoming increasingly connected and functional. The importance of this sector and the solutions it offers will certainly see an uprise, especially as younger generations continue to flood the workforce.

Furniture & Showroom Trends

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Furniture & Showroom Trends

The 2017 NeoCon showrooms were, as always, flooded with eye-catching furniture with a focus on ancillary pieces. Shades of plum and blushing pinks were draped throughout multiple vendor spaces, while boutique-like bronze and gold finishes also started to make an appearance. Modular designs and various touch-down areas encouraged mobile and flexible work styles. Work stations and collaboration areas were heavily personalized with paper management, accessories, and various lighting options; all highlighting the industry’s shifting focus to ancillary options.

Here are a few examples of how vendors incorporated industry trends in their showrooms.

Kimball
Kimball incorporated a little bit of everything in their North Wells Street showroom. They showed off resimercial furniture with their Boyd and Bloom Lounge lines, desktop ancillary options, and integrated technology throughout many of their seating, desk and table options. We tried out the Pairings Lounge chairs with tech arms and found they offered just the right amount of privacy and convenient integrated technology in case our cell phones needed a quick boost.  The living wall within the hospitality area quite literally offered a breath of fresh air.

CDI at Kimball Office Chicago Showroom: Living Wall; Villa, Dock, Pep, & Custom Bars; Pairings & Dwell

Allermuir
A bright palette of colors and clean geometric shapes welcomed us into the Allermuir showroom. Show attendees were perched on every inch of the Paver Sofa System, demonstrating its use as a flexible and collaborative work space. The newly introduced Tarry lounge chair offered a sense of privacy and relaxation in an otherwise boisterous showroom. Multiple industry trends could be witnessed throughout the space, including modular soft seating, black furniture frames, and various touch down areas that welcomed a variety of work styles.

CDI at Allermuir Chicago Showroom: Paver Sofa System, Famiglia Chair, Mozaik Tables

JSI Furniture
The JSI showroom brought the feeling of home into the work environment, offering a contemporary, free-standing lounge collection with residential styling aesthetics. We felt inclined to sit back and relax in the new Indie lounge pieces and rest our tired feet on one of the many colorful, plush poufs that were scattered throughout the space. JSI showcased the industry’s focus on ancillary option with a display of hanging magazine pouches, lighting options, mobile purse hooks and flush, mounted marker boards. Freestanding privacy panels depicted a sense of seclusion, creating a “space within a space.”

CDI at JSI Furniture Chicago Showroom: Indie Lounge. Moto Lounge, and Accessories

Mayline – Safco
Bold orange chairs and accessories lined the Mayline-Safco showroom. A mix of traditional worksurfaces and innovative pieces were illustrated to encourage movement and collaboration. The newly unveiled Atmosphere Collection, which includes modular seating, benches and individual chairs, faciliates engagement and the freedom to flow seamlessly from meeting to relaxation. With a robust Active Collection and a wide variety of furniture options, Mayline-Safco has everything needed to make a smooth and stylish transition between spaces and postures throughout the day.

CDI at Mayline-Safco Chicago Showroom: Zenergy Swivel, Anywhere Table & Swivel Keg

Global
Pops of vibrant orange and yellow invigorated our senses in the Global showroom, where space utilization and flexibility was the goal. The newly introduced Global Duet stacking table offers the optimal flexibility in a learning or training environment, speaking to both the education and corporate markets. Paired with the Popcorn chair in the showroom, the tables are lightweight, easily stacked and can be specified to gang together. A pair of bold, yellow Vitrola chairs with matching accent pillows followed the resimerical trend with its classic, finely tailored design. The River Personal Harbor, a new addition to the River series, has the ability to integrate power and provide a feeling of privacy, giving users the option of mobility throughout their workday.

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New Product Review

Kimball

Kimball New Product Review by CDI: Nash Stool, Lusso Chair, Narrate/Theo Lounge Chair(clockwise from top left) Nash Stool, Lusso Chair, Narrate/Theo Lounge Chair

Kimball New Product Review by CDI: Pairings Perch, fiXt Table/Dwell Ottomans(from top) Pairings Perch, fiXt Table/Dwell Ottomans

Allermuir

Allermuir New Product Review by CDI: Famiglia Soft Seating, Tarry Lounge Chair, Mote Credenza, Jinx Soft Seating(clockwise from top) Famiglia Soft Seating, Tarry Lounge Chair, Mote Credenza, Jinx Soft Seating

JSI

JSI New Product Review by CDI: Indie Lounge Collection (tables, pillows, seating, poufs) and Bourne Stools(clockwise from top left) Indie Lounge Collection: Lamp Table, Single Seat Leg Lounge/Accent Pillows/Triangle Table, Round Pouf, Low Lounge/Two Seat Leg Lounge/Triangle Pouf/Bourne Stools

Stylex

Stylex New Product Review by CDI: Ridge Guest Chair, NYC Standard Lounge, Verve Chair, Ridge Lounge Chair(clockwise from top left) Ridge Guest Chair, NYC Standard Lounge, Verve Chair, Ridge Lounge Chair

Global

New Product Collage(clockwise from top right) River Personal Harbor Lounge Seating, Spritz Task Seating and Zook Table, Vitrola Lounge Seating

About CDI
CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales
maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916