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If you’re a commercial interior designer, Knoll furniture has likely crossed your idea board time and time again. Knoll uses the most innovative techniques in office furniture design to create comfortable, attractive furnishings that are both sleek and modern. But as well-designed as these pr...

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Herman Miller, Inc. introduced the open office concept in the 1960s. Since then, there’s been an ongoing debate between two camps: people who support “traditional” enclosed office spaces and those for “modern” open offices. Although aesthetics have changed over the dec...

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When you start a commercial interior design project, there are multiple factors to consider that relate directly to the furnishings. The purpose. Are we going for a traditional or open space design? What goal is the furniture supposed to accomplish? The look and feel. Is it edgy? Cool and contempo...

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Hierarchical corporate culture has long influenced the layout and design of office spaces. From the company executives occupying large corner offices, to middle management and worker bees filling the middle spaces, and the receptionist serving as the gatekeeper at a desk in a large antechamber. In t...

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Not long ago, the standing desk and sit-stand chair were an odd sight in a regular office environment. Today, they’re hard to miss. Sitting for extended periods of time has eclipsed smoking as a public health crisis of the moment. In an LA Times interview with Dr. James Levine, Director of th...

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Bigger isn’t always better—and that goes for planning your office space, too. Many start-ups find it necessary to cut costs on office space so the majority of their funds can go towards their products, advertising, staffing and other essentials. Luckily, an office doesn’t need to ...

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When it comes to today's office space, there isn't a one-size-fits-all model. Not everyone works the same way, and their needs may change from day-to-day based on their project. Some people prefer sitting at a desk, others prefer standing. Some people require some privacy for their task at hand, o...

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The traditional workforce is becoming a thing of the past, and in its place employers are hiring a mix of full-time, part-time, freelance and mobile employees. With the sheer number of staff members increasing, it’s become impractical to have office desks permanently assigned to each and every...

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Your hotel's reception area is a focal point for your guests, and it can have a defining impact on their stay. But striking a balance between design, budget, and functionality can be a complicated process for hoteliers. At Connecting Elements, we help you plan your space to maximize the aesthetic ap...

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Workplace wellness programs have now been around for a couple of decades in one form or another. Whether it’s simple breathing exercises you can do at your desk or wellness seminars and retreats for the staff, companies are taking note of the extraordinary benefits of the wellness culture. But...

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