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Old vs. New: How Corporate Office Furniture Has Changed

We live in an age where everything is changing and becoming more innovative and advanced every day, and corporate office furniture is no different. Here, our team takes a look at traditional and modern office furniture, and the pros and cons of each of them.

Traditional Office Furniture 

Traditional office furniture generally includes styles and materials from earlier in the 19th century. Typically, you’ll see a lot of dark wood furniture that has been polished, carved or embellished with leather, and it’s usually fairly big, heavy pieces.

The benefits of traditional office furniture include their durability, luxurious quality and association with wealth, success and history. If you source old traditional office furniture, you’re also upcycling, which is great for the environment.

It does have its cons though. Big, bulky items often don’t fit into our current office spaces and may look old-fashioned or intimidating to younger clients. It’s often also very costly, due to the high quality and rare materials they are often made of. With the help of an office designer however, you can strike the right balance for your brand, ensuring that you still come in on budget and create a warm and welcoming space with a few carefully chosen traditional pieces.

Modern or Contemporary Office Furniture 

Modern office furniture, also known as contemporary office furniture, is strikingly different. It’s all about crisp, clean lines, simple designs and man-made materials like PVC, composite wood and metal. Here, you’ll find lots of lighter natural tones as well as bold, bright colors, and the focus is on creating small, modular workstations.

The benefits of modern office furniture include that it fits well into contemporary office interiors, is easily assembled or moved around, it’s affordable, highly practical and allows you to make the best use of your space. It’s versatility also means that it can be designed to suit any brand, from law firms to tech startups and more.

There are a few drawbacks as well – you have to shop carefully to ensure that you’re getting good quality items for your money, and it can look quite cold and sterile if not incorporated properly into your design. An experienced office designer can help you narrow down your options properly and deliver a flexible and welcoming furniture installment that connects with your brand and clients.

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BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office furniture company offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products and services for commercial office interiors. In addition to design and fitment services, we also offer Earth-friendly recycling of old office interiors. For more information on our contemporary office furniture, architectural office partitions, and modern office furniture services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Office Lighting – The Essential Tips and Tricks

Good lighting is a critical component in workplace design, affecting the wellness and productivity of your employees and preventing headaches, eyestrain, fatigue and even depression. Here are some tips from our team on how to perfectly light your office.

  • Optimize your natural lighting: Sunlight is easy on our eyes, supports our natural rhythms, and it’s free, so it’s a great starting point for this component of your office remodel. See where you have the best natural light and how you can use it to its full benefit, creating an inviting reception area or positioning a high-density workstation in that area. You can also increase natural light penetration into your office space by installing architectural office walls made of glass.
  • Say goodbye to fluorescent lighting: These are the bane of many office spaces, and not just because of the harsh quality light they produce. Studies have linked fluorescent lighting to melatonin and cortisol suppression, as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and the flicker they produce is a direct cause of stress, migraines, anxiety, eyestrain. Instead, choose LED lights. These bulbs don’t flicker, more closely mimic natural lighting and are more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long-term.
  • Balance task and ambient lighting: Ambient lighting is your general, overhead office lighting and should mimic natural lighting as closely as possible to create a comfortable, welcoming and productive space. Overhead lighting is best utilized by choosing lensed indirect lighting rather than direct parabolic lighting. Task lighting should be added in specific areas where brighter lighting is needed and should be switched on and off as required. Dimmer switches are a good idea too, allowing employees to better customize lighting, reduce glare, and create the right lighting for specific needs, like presentations.

Architectural Office Walls, Architectural Office Partitions and More from Office Furniture Specialists in NJ 

At BE Furniture, we’re here to assist clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity and achieve the benefits of going Green. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, architectural glass walls, architectural office partitions, movable walls and other interior design features, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. Our eco-friendly office furniture recycling program also ensures that your remodeling project is in line with your brand’s values. For more information on our services and products, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

 

4 Easy Ways to Refresh and Re-energize Your Workplace

Is your office looking a little dull, a bit boring or lacking in character? Here are some tips from our team of corporate office furniture specialist in New Jersey on how to bring some new life and energy into your office in easy, affordable ways.

  1. Upgrade the lighting: As office remodeling and furniture specialists, one of the first things we notice in an office is poor lighting. Lighting plays a huge role in the mood of a workspace and poor lighting leaves people feeling stressed, strained and unwell. It’s a source of migraines as well as creating a harsh or dingy environment, and it impacts your energy bill too! Replacing old bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs with dimmers isn’t expensive and allows people light their space to suit their needs. A bigger project is to try bringing in more natural light by using solutions such as architectural office partitions made of glass.
  2. Add some nature: Plants literally add life to your office – and are cheap and easy to maintain. They also improve mental wellbeing, add interest and clean the air. Great plants for the office include snake plants, peace lilies, ficus, aloes, orchids and rubber tree plants. Check with your local nursery or office plant supply specialist to find out what plants are right for your office as they do have different light and water requirements.
  3. Mix in some sit stand desks: These are a popular option for many modern offices and are ideal for reducing excessive sitting time that increases health risks for office workers. Start by finding out how many people want to give them a try and add a few as hot-desks for everyone to get used to rather than replacing them all. There are also other ergonomic desks ideal for people who aren’t comfortable standing at work.
  4. Include some art: Art in the workplace should uplift and inspire, but to put it kindly, a lot of art in offices is so bland and boring that it might as well not exist. Instead, consider your brand and what it represents, and get inspired to add some personality to your space. If you love being part of your community, why not support a local artist and invest in paintings or sculpture? Retro movie posters are beautiful and affordable and great if you’re in the media industry, or trawl through vintage stores for some retro inspiration.

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BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office furniture company offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products and services for commercial office interiors. In addition to design and fitment services, we also offer Earth-friendly recycling of old office interiors. For more modern office ideas and information on our contemporary office furniture, sit stand desks, architectural office partitions and more, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Green Buildings – More Beneficial than Simply Cutting Energy Costs

Going Green is a trend that’s set to continue push the boundaries for office design for decades into the future, and for many companies the primary driver for achieving environmentally-friendly goals is to reduce energy consumption. With office buildings accounting for 19% of all commercial energy consumption, with the typical office building using 1.4 billion British thermal units (Btu) per year according to the US Energy Information Administration, it’s not hard to see why businesses are driven to lower their utilities costs. However, a recent Harvard University study has shown that there are actually even far greater benefits to the green office building trend.

This study looked at a set of green-certified (LEED) buildings in 6 different countries (USA, India, China, Germany, Turkey and Brazil) over a period of 16 years with impressive results – they identified over $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits!

The findings showed that globally, these projects saved billions in energy costs while also avoiding the release of 33,000 kilotons of CO2 into the atmosphere – the same amount that would be produced by 7.1 million passenger cars on the road for one year. This translates into $4.4 billion in public health benefits, including fewer deaths, hospitalizations and reduced respiratory conditions like asthma. As part of the total figure, $1.4 billion in climate benefits was also calculated as a result of reduced CO2, methane and nitrous oxide – dangerous greenhouse gasses.

It’s important to remember that these benefits are in addition to the $7.5 billion these building saved in terms of energy costs. LEED buildings, like those that were studied, form just one-third of all green-certified buildings in the world and perform at one of the highest standard set for eco-friendly buildings. The impact of the buildings that formed part of the study also varied from country to county, with the buildings located in China and India topping the list by creating around $10 in health and climate benefits for each dollar of energy savings.

One of the greatest features of these buildings and this trend is that the technology and processes they use don’t just bring health, productivity and wellness benefits to those who work within them, but the country and world as a whole.

Design and Remodel Your Office Space with Architectural Glass Walls and NJ Specialists in Commercial Office Interiors 

At BE Furniture, we’re here to assist clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity and achieve the benefits of going Green. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, architectural glass walls, architectural office partitions, movable walls and other interior design features, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. Our eco-friendly office furniture recycling program also ensures that your remodeling project is in line with your brand’s values. For more information on our services and products, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Making The Workplace Your Happy Place

When most people think of their so-called happy place, they don’t think of their office – but is there a way that these spaces in which we spend so much of our lives can become a positive space? Here are some insights from our team of corporate office furniture specialists.

Principles for a happier workplace 

Extensive research from YourStudio found that there are five principles each workplace should embody in order to become a progressive, happy and effective workplace – purpose, health, freedom, growth, and community. Combined with your company’s unique culture and vision, committing to these principles works to transform the drudgery of work into a positive part of daily life.

This is especially essential for incoming generations to the workplace, as work culture has seen a significant shift from the traditional “work for a pay check” culture towards working for a purpose – being part of something bigger.

Introverts can come to the table 

Traditionally, the workplace has suited extroverted personalities, which has resulted in introverts being left behind – and a failure of businesses to properly capitalize on this talent and potential. Adapting the modern workplace to ensure both introverts and extroverts can thrive makes sense, boosting efficiency, increasing performance and impacting that essential bottom line. Key to this is creating an environment where people have far more flexible work options, from flextime initiatives to a variety of more private and more open work environments.

Healthier people means happier employees 

Health and wellbeing in the workplace is becoming a more and more important focus – not only because employees are increasingly demanding it, but because employers are seeing the positive impact on their employees and their bottom line. Creating a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging is significantly beneficial to mental health and developing that drive and passion needed for exceptional performance. Showing employees that their health is important by investing in complimentary health initiatives, ergonomic spaces, nature and wellness initiatives creates a more comfortable, healthier team where employees know that they are valued.

Create a workplace of the future with a leading partner in contemporary office furniture 

BE Furniture is a full-service contemporary office furniture company, offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products and services for innovative office interiors. In addition to design and fitment services, we also offer Earth-friendly recycling of old office interiors. For more information on our contemporary office furniture, architectural office partitions and services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Inside An Office Designed By Artificial Intelligence

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, has been the realm of science fiction for decades – and it’s making its way into our homes and workplaces. From Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, we’re slowly getting used to the idea of technology that’s intuitive and integrated with our daily lives. In an interesting new step, AI is now being used to design workplaces like the offices of AutoDesk. So, what are the results?

This company is the first place you’d expect to use AI to design an office – it’s the 16,000-square foot Toronto office of software giants who work on large-scale architecture, engineering and construction projects, after all. Each aspect of this workspace design – right down to the placement of plants – is determined and planned out by AI.

The reason for using AI was not only because it was an interesting challenge, but because the company believed this was the best way to create a space that would satisfy the most employees. This led to a system of generative design, where software is able to take in huge amounts of data, from cost, leadership/management style preferences and performance dynamics all the way to lighting preferences, who likes sitting next to whom, open plan vs cubicle preferences, and much more. This mix of data from every employee as well as design specialists resulted in the creation of a design that would deliver the highest satisfaction score.

The final design has a very unique character and shifts from department to department. For example, the two-floor office space is split with the ground floor being presentation space and the upper floor consisting of different neighborhoods. Different staff departments have their own unique neighborhood that incorporates their preferences – the 3D software design team has an open, collaborative space, while the research department has pod-like office spaces integrated with the tech rig they work on. Even the desks were chosen though the AI software, which indicated that employees preferred a warm, wood-grained option.

So, will more businesses take the AI route when it comes to designing their workplace? It’s inclusive and considerate nature certainly shows promise!

Commercial office interiors, design and fitment 

BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office design and contemporary office furniture company, offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products, including architectural office walls and movable walls. For more information about our products and architectural office partitions, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/