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The average age of the American school building is 50 years. Schools are one building type that were all familiar with because weve all been to school, says Prakash Nair, president and founding partner of Fielding Nair Architects, specialists in learning space design. Schools followed the sage on the stage model that is, a classroom layout with a central platform where the teacher stands, and chairs that face it. Its simple enough, and it worked well enough. The challenge now, according to Nair, is to imagine what a school could be, as opposed to what it has always been. What Interior Designers and Architects Tend to Miss About Learning Space Design According to teacher and former interior designer Erin Klein, architects and other design professionals often miss incorporating the students ideas and opinions. Its not the architects fault. One of the first things architects and designers do is they have to bid for jobs that theyre interested in or clients come to them. Either
Industrial styleorindustrial chicrefers to anaesthetictrend ininterior designthat takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted toloftsand other living spaces.Components of industrial style include weathered wood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures and concrete This modern yet vintage-inspired trend is heavily influenced by early 20th-century manufacturing and Victorian style. Youll find exposed beams, rustic metal columns, lighting with antique-style bulbs and mechanical details like pulleys, gears, and valves. Inspired by the interior spaces of 19th and early 20th-century manufacturing factories, theIndustrial stylecombines a purely functional aesthetic with stylish refinements. During the height of the Industrial Revolution, these factories were a symbol of the lives of everyday working people. Inside these massive structures of commerce, there was no need for fussy details or overt ornamentation. Instead,
Kara Recently won Check out this article from the September issue of The Business of Furniture - Article Here If you have been to National Office or our downtown location Inspire Workplace Interiors then you mighthave seen our always smiling designer, National Office 2018 Employee of the Year - Kara Treen;Kara is known for her design abilities almost as much as she is known for her sick mixologist skills! Every year Kara submitsdifferent designs into numerous commercial furniture contests; due to her modern and unique design skills, she has gotten a lot of exposure. Here is the Chicago FB Live Interview with 2020 Spaces Featured video from her 2018 Employee of the Year Award
Advances in materials science and a better general understanding of human anatomy in the 70s led to the development of the ergonomic chair, which spread quickly through the office ecosystem. As more and more people spent more time tied to their chairs, the shortcomings of the original design became apparent, and more advanced supports were needed. In recent years, theres been a flurry of activity and advancement in the office chair ecosystem leading to a corresponding explosion of different types of desk chairs. Big and Tall chairs, computer chairs, conference chairs, drafting chairs and stools, executive chairs, kneeling chairs, ergonomic chairs, benches, stacking chairs, folding and nesting chairs, and most recently height-adjustable options for standing height desks. There are dozens of different types of seating solutions, made by a host of different manufacturers. We carry only the highest quality varieties for our customers satisfaction. Here are a few examples of the different
NationalOfficecolleagues spared* some time recently to take part in friendly competition at a local bowling alley. A total of eight teams comprised of colleagues from many different departments including our manufacturing facilityhit the lanes for the 1st AnnualBowling Event.We had over 50 people show up and it was a ton of fun, said Teresa Corl, Vice President of Operation at NationalOffice. A striking* level of skill was present! Awards were given to not only the highest-scoring team but also to the best style, best cheerleader and of course the You Stink trophies to the lowest-scoringteam. Everyone had a ball* as evident in the pictures below! We are truly looking forward to the next event. *Puns very much intended :-) - Article by Mandie Lee (1-minute read)
Bauhaus is one of the greatest design movements of the 20th century. Founded in 1919, the famous design school has influenced all kinds of cultural fields with its revolutionary ideas and theories. Its indelible mark has been stamped on art, design and architecture. But you dont need to be an artist to have heard about Bauhaus. We all have a feel for what Bauhaus design looks like, but cant necessarily explain it. Until now Weve put together this Bauhaus infographic to summarize everything you need to know about the movement. Scroll down and let us take you on a Bauhaus journey, fromits principles and characteristics to the history, milestones and evolution of the Bauhaus movement in graphic design today. A journey through 100 years of Bauhaus Designed byLera Balashova 100 years after its inception we can still clearly see the influence of Bauhaus on the design world today. Its iconic and timeless characteristics will probably never go out of style. We cant wait to see howBauhaus
If your office walls are painted dull gray -- the coldcolorof warships, concrete and cubicles -- its time for a makeover. AUniversity of Texas studyfound that bland gray, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. Men, on the other hand, experienced similarly gloomy feelings in purple and orange workspaces. Similar scientific studies have shown that colors dont just change our moods, they also profoundly impact ourproductivity, for better and for worse. Thats why its best to decorate your workplace with a vibrant medley of stimulating hues that increase output and spark creativity. Low-wavelength colors, like restful green and calming blue -- two of the most common colors in Mother Natures palette -- improve efficiency and focus. They also lend an overall sense of well-being. Bottom line: If you want happier, more effective workers, green and blue are wise choices. Red, a high-wavelength color, is active, intense and alarming at times.
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We are seeking a full-time designer to join our team at our Brookpark location. **Job description** National Office, a fast growing furniture dealership, is looking for a full-time Interior Designer. The designer will work with both Account Execs and clients to design, specify and order commercial furniture projects of varying sizes. Candidates must have the ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and possess good written and verbal communication skills. A Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in Interior Design, is required **Duties** Develop floor plans, Produce drawings, 2D/3D, prepare specifications, interior renderings and furniture quotes Conducts and organizes product research Maintains effective communication with project team members Assist with furniture selection, interior finishes Maintains National Offices design library Attend site visits including field measurements and customer presentations
Whoever thought that walls and doors could go out of style? Apparently, thats what has happened at offices nationwide. Seven in 10 American offices now have an open floor plan, rather than cubicles or private rooms. The open office aims to boost creativity, productivity and collaboration by making it easy for employees to interact. But that hasnt been the case for everybody. A study published this summer by researchers at Harvard Business School found that in-person interactions actually dropped more than 70 percent after workers moved from a cubicle to an open-plan workspace. Employee productivity also declined. Open offices and isolating cube farms arent our only two choices. Borrowing the best from both design approaches can give workers what theyre really after control and ownership of their workspace. When people decide for themselves where and how they work, theyre happier and more productive. That pays dividends for employees and employers alike. The mystique surrounding
This year for our Christmas Give Back we will be collecting donations for CLE Animal Control and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel! Here is a wish list of donations: **Kuranda Dog Beds** XL Black Kongs Martingale style collars, size medium and large Freedom Harnesses, size medium and large Flat nylon leashes, 6 Ground canned food (pedigree brand preferred) Advantage flea treatment II for 45-88 lb dogs Capstar flea treatment Mendota style slip leads Spray Cheese Jolly balls and large rope toys Large soft toys Frozen Bil-jac dog food Crates for 50-90 pound dogs (plastic transport style preferred, wire accepted) Towels/Blankets PetSafe Busy Buddy Jack Dog Toy NationalOffice will be accepting donations until Thursday - December 20th @5pm - donations will be dropped off on Friday December 21st. NationalOffice is located at 15655 Brookpark Road - Cleveland, Ohio 44142. Friends of Cleveland Kennel also has a Sponsor a Cage fundraising campaign being launched -http://friendsofclevelandkennel.com/sponsoracitydog/ As
National Office was happy to donate gen2 Mark, writeable worksurfaces to Strongsville Connections Program. The programs career based approach resonates with us as a local manufacturer so we have really enjoyed being a part of this contribution. We chose to video the entire process with the intention of not only educating these young minds, but also we hope to inspire them! To view the video - Click Here Here is the release from the Strongsville CBI Program: Strongsville High School CBI Program has built strong bonds with the community. Each fall, they kick off their school year with an outdoor Leadership Conference sponsored by the Strongsville Rotary. The mayor, superintendent and other business partners join at the local park for a day of food, fun and team building activities. The Rotary also sponsors the programs semester 1 Alumni Reward Lunch, buys the students T-shirts, and an occasional pizza or snack when they accompany the students on one of their field trips. Brad Nudell from
Cleveland, OH. September 10th, 2018 NationalOffice Services hires Sharon Holl as Account Manager in our Sales Department. Holl brings with hertwentyfouryears of experience in account managementand design consulting in the office furniture industry. Holl saysI am excited to be joining the NOS team and look forward to working with everyone.
National Office Services - Downtown Showroom // September 10, 2018 Cleveland, OH (September 10, 2018) National Office Services is excited to announce the opening of its showroom in the heart of the Cleveland Warehouse District. Located on the ground floor of a historic building constructed in 1868, the open interior space marries Midwest charm and modern design in an immersive, engaging environment. Inspire was launched to target the rapidly evolving needs of the modern workplace, according to Greg Schneider, CEO of National Office. Schneider believes that with the addition of John Quiones to our management team in 2017, and becoming the only Kimball Select Dealer in Northern Ohio, an amazing growth opportunity is right in front of us. If you are interested in learning how Inspire Workplace Interiors can help you achieve your workplace environment goals, please contact us directly at 216.367.8520 or visit the showroom at 1382 W. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH. For more information visit
Clevelands Own - Factory Direct Office Furniture National Office CEO, Greg Schneider, talks about offering factory direct office furniture and the true benefits of buying from the manufacturer. From ourFREE design services, custom capabilities, quick production and professional installation, we are involved 100%. Greg also complements our Installation Team and talks about how their diligience and professionalism has led to numeroustestimonialsand praise. National Office has one primary focus, customer service. Our customers return to us year after year with growth opportunities and changing needs. We accomplish great customer service by not only anticipating those needs but also by offering all the newest technology and trends. The customer may not even know what they truly need With over 50 years of experience in the office furniture industry, it is the job of our experienced account managers, designers and engineers to find solutions for every need. At National Office, our custom
An article exploring the difference (good and bad) between cubicles and open office plan. Forthe last fifteen years, cubicles have been slowly disappearing from the work environment. What was originally developed to put character into assembly line types of offices is now considered soulless and impersonal. The open office model replaces the cube system as the best formula for workplace synergy, aiming to improve collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Open offices and flexible workspaces are spreading all over the world. In the United States alone, seventy percent (70%) of all offices have low or no dividing walls, with information technology firms as early advocates of the open office model. Open Spaces: The Good and The Bad Open offices are cost effective, mainly by maximizing floor space and lessening furniture overhead. More employees can be assigned on a floor with open offices compared to a floor withcubicles. A better sense of community is achieved with open offices, along
At the end of 2017 we took on the huge undertaking of renovating our entire office space. We consider all of our space a working showroom. In our efforts to showcase all of our products and finish options, we also provided our employees with a healthy new workspace that is not only bright and beautiful but functional as well with all employees now enjoying height adjustable workstations and desks as well as increased collaboration space! As of June 2018 the redesign is complete and we are all so happy to extend an invitation to everyone to come seeournew space. Throughout the building we havenew paint, flooring, increased sunshine and some new products for you to check out like our glass sliding doors, white board surfaces, height adjustable tables, textured laminates, fun seating options and more! We have so many exciting changes and growth happening within our company and we are so excited to show it to you! For a sneak peak video Come visit us during the Summer of 2018 to get
RELEASE: May 4th, 2018 - National Office Services announces the addition of Gene Hill to the Contract Furniture Division as an Account Manager. Gene has decades of experience anda thorough understanding of our constantly evolving industry. We are confident he will continue his success and help grow our business in this region. Genes customer relations and project management background is outstanding, says John Quinones, Sales Manager for National Office. He is already well-known to many of our customers in Cleveland. His expansive background will be an asset in his developing sound client relationships while being attuned to their needs. Were very excited to add him to our team of professional account managers and design consultants. Welcome to the team Gene!
We are so happy to announce the newest addition to our design team. Stephanie has walked these halls before and after a brief absence, shes back! Stephanie has over 20 years experience in design, account management, and customer support. We are confident that Stephanie will be a great addition to our team.