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NeoCon Report: Not an Exciting Year at the Contract Furniture Show

Although several interesting products were shown at this year’s NeoCon show, in general the contract furniture industry seemed to be biding its time, and conserving its resources until sales for this economically depressed industry rebound.

Designing Laboratory Workplaces

Lab designers are now fully incorporating research-backed workplace design principles that have been used successfully in office spaces into the high-science/high-tech environments they are creating.

Lessons from Operating Rooms

Lessons learned from the design of operating rooms can be applied to other areas where thoughtful production work is performed.

Colors and Scenic Images Affect Workplace Tasks

Recent research, which has combined an assortment of test conditions in a new way, has shown relationships among task type, office color, presence of scenic images, and workplace performance.

The Inspired Workspace: Designs for Creativity and Productivity

The Inspired Workspace makes just as significant a contribution to workplace design as Zelinsky’s previous books.

Marilyn Zelinsky. 2002. Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers.

Supporting Concentration in Work Environments

Achieving business success depends on the work activities and behaviors of individuals, teams, and groups.  We start with our clients’ business goals and measure how well office design supports these.

Leafy Plants May Enhance Creativity

Performance of creative tasks might be improved by placing leafy plants in the field of view of people who are trying to work creatively.

Reductions in Stress Affect Work Attitudes

Reduction in ambient noise—a significant environmental stressor—has recently been shown to improve workers’ image of their employers and attachment to employing companies.