At the Supple Collection, protecting the environment is always at the heart of what we do. We strive to encourage eco-friendly mentality within the community by supplying libraries with furniture made from environmentally sustainable materials.
Libraries play an important role in educating the community on a wide range of important topics, including matters involving environmental conservation. By equipping libraries with eco-friendly furniture, we hope to prompt conversations about environmental awareness and reduce natural resource consumption in urban environments.
This month, we’ve decided to take a moment to acknowledge some of the great things that libraries are doing to encourage environmental awareness by highlighting some awesome nature-themed books. These inspiring books have been the recipients of esteemed literary awards and have prompted young people across the nation to take action to protect the environment and get outside.
In recent years, we have entered a new era of education. Classroom activities no longer involve the simple lecture and listen method, but instead have gravitated towards approaches that facilitate deeper learning. Interdisciplinary lessons, collaborative projects, and hands on learning have now become the norm.
But, unfortunately, while our teaching styles have evolved, our classrooms have not. Many schools existing today were built back in the 50’s and 60’s and lack the proper constructs to support new styles of teaching and learning. Simply put, we need more collaborative spaces in schools. Collaborative spaces are indispensable to active learning, and are a necessary adjustment our schools will need to make in order to sustain improved emerging pedagogy.
Are you renovating or in the midst of constructing a library? Have you decided what furniture you’ll use? The furniture you select from your library will greatly influence the experience your patrons have when they come to visit. It’s important to select furniture that will cater to your customers’ enjoyment and needs. Here are a few modern library furniture essentials that no public library should be without!
Do you ever leave your office at the end of the day with a stiff or aching back, hips, or shoulders? If so, chances are, you’re not the only one. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, sitting for too long at a traditional desk or workstation can cause numerous health problems, including increased blood pressure, obesity, and increased risk of heart disease and cancer.1 This is all on top of the all too common back, shoulder, and neck pains that people experience.
Traditional office desks are not only incredibly harmful for human physical health, but they also affect our mental health and focus as well. Studies show that office furniture has a direct impact on employee happiness, productivity, and success, and that switching to better furniture can help with all three of these areas.2
There’s no denying it. Traditional office setups are no good for anyone. It’s no wonder that so many coworking offices these days are switching to custom workstations. Custom workstations offer employees freedom and flexibility that can’t be attained with traditional furniture. And when your tenants are happy, your coworking business prospers.
Did you know that the furniture you use in your coworking office has a direct effect on employee happiness, productivity, and well-being? A recent study by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health found that adding standing desks to a call center dramatically affected employee success, boosting call-success rates by 53%. 1 Many other studies have been able to replicate similar results.
From this evidence, it’s easy to gather that furniture has a direct impact on the success of a business. But designing a coworking office for maximum productivity is easier said than done. In some offices, space is limited, making it difficult to include lounge seating, cafeteria tables, and other items that are supposed to boost employee happiness and productivity.
But that doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your ideas for your dream coworking office. You just need to rethink the way that you use space. By incorporating modern furniture for small spaces, you can free up room in your coworking office that can be used for other purposes. Here are some pieces from the Supple Collection that can help you get started.
The Supple Collection is excited to announce that we have successfully completed another renovation for the Meadows Library Branch in Boulder. This was our second time working at the Meadows Branch and alongside the staff there, as well as our third renovation for Boulder Public Libraries.
As open and airy co-working spaces are taking over from the closed-off cubical office design aesthetic, so too are considerations surrounding custom work area furniture. Unique furniture design can encourage creativity among employees and can provide staff with the correct tools to increase production and job satisfaction. More and more businesses are moving towards unconventional office design – with some areas including zones for comfort by including bean bag chairs or napping pods; and secluded areas for private calls and conversations. The best office design concepts make the best use of space and customize needs for employees such as using small, compact desks for salespeople on the go, utilizing communal areas for marketing teams, and using comfortable chairs and private areas for customer service personnel.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), work-related musculoskeletal disorders are a common cause of lost or restricted work time. These disorders are commonly caused by office furniture that cannot be properly adjusted to individual workers. Healthy and happy employees that use standing desks, laptop stands, and ergonomic chairs are more energized and productive.
Using Color to Boost Creativity, Productivity, and Stress Relief
Boring, drab, and unimaginative workspaces do not inspire creativity. A study at the University of Texas found that gray, white, and beige offices induced feelings of sadness and depression – especially in women. Men, however, experienced the same feelings when working in a space that primarily featured purple and orange. Choosing the correct mixture of colors can influence productivity, creativity, and mood. Restful greens and calming blues can improve efficiency and focus while providing a feeling of well-being, while optimistic yellows are best used where artists, designers, writers, and creatives work. A pop of energetic red can be beneficial where physical labor is needed.
Interested in Changing Your Office Design?
Call or email us regarding your office needs and design space. We can talk about how to make your work areas productive, supportive, and comfortable.