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Workplace Week International 2020

Events

Workplace Week International 2020

DESIGNING ‘WORK’ THAT IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY SAFE IN UNPREDICTABLE TIMES

Join leading furniture manufacturer Bristol India for a lively panel featuring four industry experts, spanning diverse industries and roles. As workers (and businesses alike) stare at uncertainty and unpredictability in more than one aspect of their lives, the panel will explore the importance and the nuances of designing ‘work’ that is psychologically safe for employees; towards shaping a world of work that reduces anxiety and allows workers to remain focused.

Share your questions and participate in interactive live polls as the panelists share their challenges and physical and psychological impacts of the transitions on their employees, organizational structure, work space design and business.

Date 12th – 12th Nov 2020
Venue Zoom Video Conference
Location 06:00AM ET / 11:00AM GMT/ 19:00 Malaysia

Mr. Sumeet Anand

Over 25 years of work experience in Corporate Real Estate functions in reputed Architectural firms, Real Estate Consultancy firms and leadership positions at various multinational organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC (India Real Estate Banking Head) and J P Morgan (Head of Real Estate South Asia) and in his last assignment as the Global Infrastructure and Logistics Leader for Genpact managing above 6M square feet of real estate portfolio across 30 countries Globally. Sumeet is a real estate veteran with an Architectural degree, a Fellow Valuer and is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Renowned for his orator ship and pragmatic insights, Sumeet has mentored many professionals in this field. Connect with him here.

Ms. Karen Plum

Ms. Karen Plum is Director of R&D at workplace consultancy AWA (Advanced Workplace Associates). Karen joined AWA in 1998, prior to working in HR and general management in the Financial Services sector and now has 20+ years’ experience delivering workplace projects for clients including Microsoft, Treasury Solicitors, Nationwide, PCUK, RBS, Grosvenor Estates and University of London. Karen leads AWA’s research programme – topics include knowledge worker productivity, cognitive fitness and virtual workforce management, and she has helped turn the results into workshop / gamified tools and regularly shares insights at industry events and on local Radio. Connect with her here.

Mr. Vistasp Bhagwagar

Architect Vistasp Bhagwagar, is the Principal Architect / Managing Director of the Design Firm, ARCHITECT VISTASP & ASSOCIATES (acronym: AVA) set up in 1997, providing Interior and Architectural Consultancy. Vistasp is a Registered Member of the Council of Architecture, an Associate Member of the Indian Institute of Architects (AIIA), an active member of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) and a Registered Member of the Green Building Council. In addition to these, Vistasp has also had experience in teaching students of Architecture and Interior Design and has penned columns in newspapers and magazines. Connect with him here.

Ms. Geetanjali

Ms. Geetanjali is an award-winning writer and a TEDx and Global Keynote speaker. Educated in India and the United States, Geetanjali Pandit is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur and Delhi University’s Faculty of Law. Her career in Human Resource Management spans over 20 years of Functional and Board Level experience. She has played a global role for EIH Limited (East India Hotels) and led the Human Resource function as the CHRO for The India Today Group, The Indian Express Group and Zee Media Corporation for a decade. Geetanjali’s book Buddha At Work has found global acclaim. As of January 2020 it is touching lives across 4 continents, 8 countries, 3 languages in 5 editions. Geetanjali has emerged as one of the finest global voices in the arena of practical wellbeing and practical spirituality. Connect with her here.

Patrick Yong Regional Sales Director of Bristol

Mr. Patrick Yong

Mr. Patrick is the Director of Sales for the APAC region at Bristol Group of Companies. He has 13 years in the furniture industry and has lived in Indonesia, India and Singapore. He is currently leading the Bristol team in India, Indonesia and International sales. Connect with him here.

Register here today.

Have you heard about WORKPLACE WEEK INTERNATIONAL 2020? The four-day online event (9-12 November 2020) offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from workplace leaders of leading organizations around the world (Twitter, JP Morgan Chase, PwC, Innocent Drinks, Skyscanner, Deloitte and more!) about how they’re navigating change in 2020 and what their ‘new normal’ looks like as they implement their ‘return to work’ strategies. Whether change has come about as a result of the pandemic, or whether it’s simply accelerated as a result of the challenges of 2020, this is your chance to hear first-hand what other organizations are doing when it comes to implementing new working practices, styles, technology and infrastructure to create positive and sustainable change. Sessions are just $15 each or $70 for an unlimited weekly pass – and all proceeds will be donated to charity partners: BBC Children in Need, Make A Wish and I Have A Dream Foundation. Visit www.workplaceweek.com for more info.

WPW international charity partners

Supported by industry partners

Thank you for attending Bristol’s webinar hosted in collaboration with Workplace Week International 2020 last week. The panellists covered wide ranging topics such as team performance, social cohesion, trust, leadership, crisis management and more, with useful and practical insights to move forward in today’s climate. Thanks to everyone’s effort, Workplace Week 2020 has raised a total of $20,000 for charity partners globally, and we are proud to have been a part of it.

If you did not manage to catch it, you can register to access the recording here.

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5 Tips to Work From Home Effectively

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5 Tips To Work From Home Efficiently

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak worldwide, many are now caught in the dilemma of having their staff work remotely.

Leaving the office behind has been a popular trend for a while, but to keep it sustainable and productive; here are a few pointers to make the transition smoother and more conducive for both yourself and your organisation.

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Tip #2 Communicate often

It is important to let everyone know if you are in front of your computer or not. It is necessary to maintain a clear communication path with your colleagues. In today’s digital era, there are many different chat applications that will enable teams to work remotely.

Tip #1 Set time schedules

Ensure that you are available during work hours is key to collaboration when one works remotely. As your colleagues cannot see you at your desk, ensure that you set up your scheduling and update immediately if there are any changes. If you need to step out for more than 15 minutes, clear it with your team so there is no miscommunication if they are not getting any response from you.

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Tip #3 Minimise distractions

As we are not bound to a desk in an office environment, we’re prone to work in an assumed comfortable position. You may be tempted to sit at the comfort of the sofa with the television running in the background, thinking that this is the perk, but it is counterproductive. It is best to set up a designated working space to emulate a productive home office. Minimise distractions like TV but have calming music playing in the background to eliminate the feeling of having the walls closing in on you.

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Kleiber Air chair with mesh backrest and Needs table in a work from home setting.

Tip #4 A good environment ​

Productivity highly depends on your posture and sitting position. Just because you are at home, it doesn’t mean that you are going to be able to lie in bed trying to get work done, where it is a video conference, concall or replying emails. To have maximum focus and efficiency, have good lighting, invest in an ergonomic chair that allows you to sit comfortably with good lumbar support and if possible, a height adjustable table that will allow you to sit or stand when needed. Moving your spot to another in your home also functions the same way, just make sure the environment is also conducive for work.

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Work from home on a Soul office chair with a Como office desk in chrome aluminium legs.

People can relax on a Virtu SV sofa while working a Loft notebook stand.

Tip #5 Set boundaries

At the comfort of home, we tend to get distracted by either family members or chores. However, if you have informed them about the new working arrangement, and set appropriate boundaries, you are more likely to work in peace. At the start, discuss expectations and the things that you need to work efficiently with your housemates and family, but also allow yourself the time to be with them during meal times. After all, these are the benefits to working at home.

The first few weeks of working from home are always the hardest. As a human, we crave social interaction with others. The work pattern and synergies you already have with your colleagues will also have a drastic change. The trust built with your team will also take on a different momentum. Allow some time to adjust, but keep disciplined and consistent to make it successful.

At Bristol, we believe that anyone can work better at home with the proper guidelines, tools and working environment.

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Simple study room with Kleiber swivel chair and Needs table with a Wobi stool.

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Improving Work Environments Through Tech And Acoustic Integration

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Improving Work Environments Through Tech And Acoustic Integration

BRISTOL PARTICIPATED IN THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED CONTRACT & COMMERCIAL DESIGN 2019 AT MANPHO CONVENTION CENTRE, BANGALORE FROM 21ST TO 22ND NOVEMBER 2019.

It is the creative hotspot in India for the modern commercial environment, bringing together various industry leaders to discuss the future of the workplace.

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The two day event was packed with design discourse through the symposiums, panel discussions, keynote addresses.

Bristol’s Senior Industrial Designer, Aditya Vernekar was a panelist on the topic of “How Green is your Workspace” moderated by Nilanjan Bhowal. He shared the importance of sustainability and how Bristol has played their part in reducing the carbon footprint to the environment.

This year’s theme was workspace innovation and Bristol had the chance to showcase their new product range.

Designed to improve work environments through technology integration and acoustic privacy innovation.

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Our booth design focused on 5 main themes.

Acoustic, Sit to Stand, Collaborative, Smart and Productive; won the 2nd Runner Up Design & Build Award for its creative use of space and overall booth design.

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Call Pod, a new extension from our acoustic solution range, Decibel 43

Among the new innovative products that marked their debut in this year’s exhibition was the Call Pod.

A new extension from our acoustic solution range, Decibel 43 and our first multi-purpose bench, Brava.

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Bristol’s first modular multimedia collaborative bench, Brava.

It consists of two segments, an upholstered or PVC high bench which can be used for sitting, creating a partition between sections or to lean on.

Second, is an integration of a media/ TV with a library to hold meetings when it is elevated.

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Our newly updated Delhi and Mumbai showroom welcomes everyone for a visit.

Please contact us at [email protected] or +91 99111 37359/+6012 683 1221 for enquiry or to book an appointment to our showroom.

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New Product Launch In Delhi, India

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New Product Launch In Delhi, India

BRISTOL LAUNCHES ITS NEW PRODUCT RANGE IN INDIA, AIMING TO HELP PEOPLE WORK BETTER.

Bristol launched its new product range in Delhi NCR on Friday, 27th September 2019, introducing to make and sound work better with new collaborative options, acoustic range, multifunctional chair and many more upgraded products. An exclusive launch with an array of new products tuned with live music, drinks and dinner made the evening a much talked about event of the industry.

Bristol’s Managing Director, Mr. Yong Yook Seng talked about Bristol’s design philosophy in which people look forward for simple, minimalistic and great details in a product. A good product must be made with the minimum amount of components and it must be finished off with very fine, meticulous details. “We strive to thrive”, is how Bristol works in achieving its objectives.

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A well-designed work environment affects the culture of the organization and the motivation of the workforce which will enhance the productivity of the employees.

We’ve designed four different spaces (Acoustic, Sit-to-stand, Collaborative and Seating) to show how Bristol products can be integrated to create an office that not only looks good, but caters to the company’s most valuable asset, its workforce.

“This year has been an exciting journey with global chapter launches of our new product range and initiation of our new campaign Work Better which aims to improve work environment through office furniture.

With the focus on agility and movement at work, collaborative and productive environments and ergonomics through seating, we believe that good product design can transform the workplace for the better”- Patrick Yong, APAC Director.

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Bristol is not just a product manufacturer but is also a solution provider in the sector. Mr. Moon Talukdar

Regional Head North & West also highlighted on how at Bristol, we understand the client’s concern on expanding our capabilities in design with transformations.

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Welcome To The World Of Digital Space Planning

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Welcome To The World Of Digital Space Planning

CONFIGURE, PRESENT AND SHARE YOUR PRODUCT SOLUTIONS AT POINT OF SALE

As an interior designer or architect, one of the main goals is to bring to life an artistic vision for a work or living spaces and seeing out a project from conception to creation.

With pCon (link to http://www.bristol.com.my/idea-space/planning-tools/), you can visualize different solutions, designs and provide additional product information immediately.

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Experience Augmented Reality through pCon Box & pCon Facts

Choose a Bristol product, configure to your specifications and plan using augmented reality to see it live through the screen.

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Download 2D/3D Model

Download CAD models in different formats (DWG, SKP, 3DS, etc.) into your plans.
Download & Watch tutorial video (link to http://www.bristol.com.my/idea-space/pconbox/)

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Contract & Commercial Design (CCD) 2019

Events

Contract & Commercial Design (CCD) 2019

Date 21st – 22nd Nov 2019
Venue Manpho Convention Centre
Location Bangalore

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We will be at CCD Bengaluru 2019!

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We Will Be At Ccd Bengaluru 2019!

CONTRACT & COMMERCIAL DESIGN

Conference & Expo Manpho Convention Center Bengaluru Nov 21-22 2019

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Do find us at:

Manpho Convention Center, Bangalore

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Mumbai Disha Meet

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Mumbai Disha Meet

Date 18th Oct 2019
Venue Mumbai
Location Mumbai

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Inspiring Offices

Inspirations

Inspiring Offices

A well-designed work environment affects the culture of the organization and the motivation of the workforce which will enhance the productivity of the employees.

We’ve designed four different spaces to show how Bristol products can be integrated to create an office that not only looks good, but caters to the company’s most valuable asset, its workforce.

We’ve designed four different spaces to show how Bristol products can be integrated to create an office that not only looks good, but caters to the company’s most valuable asset, its workforce.

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The Green Office

Adding elements of nature into a workspace have proven to have multiple positive effects[i], such as reducing stress and anxiety. Wall plants and adequate sunlight complemented with ergonomic furniture, translate into an overall happier and healthier workplace experience.

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A client in Indonesia features our Artiv table,

smartly custominzed to integrate plants and nature into each table.

A green, livng wall incorporates nature in the office.

Not only does it circulate oxygen into the office, it also is beautiful to look at.

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The Collaborative Hub

The culture of collaboration and teamwork does not happen overnight, it often needs the right facilities and policies to encourage it to grow. Provide a cosy, mobile common area for face-to-face interactions to help enhance workplace conversations and discussions.

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Decible 43 Media Hub allows media and electrical integration while the acoustic panel is also fitted with height adjustable meeting table, perfect as a video conferencing area or quiet spot for a meeting.

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Feature here is our Modu located in our client’s break out area for employees to have a relaxed and casual discussion.

The Agile Office

Keeping your body moving, and having the flexibility to work in different environments is a necessary condition for most work places today.

To encourage mobility and movement, You can create informal discussion areas which can accommodate large groups of people or discreet discussion in private. Throw in height adjustable tables on top of the usual workstation to provide options to stand or sit during their task. (Tip: Standing meetings have been proven to be more focused and effective compared to regular meetings[ii])

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A space that features variety of workspaces to cater to different needs.

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Buiding spaces to meet and discuss without having to build walls.

The Executive Office

A space that will impress. Create an exclusive office with materials and finishes that are luxurious and sleek, but doesn’t sacrifice productivity or comfort.

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A private office suite that stands out. Spacious and personalize, it makes a statement about yout brand and the person sitting in it.

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An executive office in Indonesia featuring the Liven chair and Kanye desk. A match made in heaven, both these products accentuate the prestigious interior of an executive room.

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Planning Tool – pCon

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Planning Tool – pCon

Welcome to Bristol’s planning tool, pCon. We’re here to help you enhance the way you create and present projects. This tool can be used by planners, architects or designers as well as a teaching tool for training future planners and interior designers

How This Benefits You

  • There are so many benefits of using Bristol configurable data together with the pCon applications.
  • INCREASED MARGINS. Work much faster and save resources
  • REDUCED ERRORS. Eliminate costly mistakes of your projects
  • AUTOMATE PROCESSES. Create fluid and integrated processes for the whole team
  • STIMULATE THE SENSES. Provides the WOW needed to close business opportunities with renders, panoramic 360° images, augmented reality and much more
  • MORE INDEPIENDENCE. Sales reps become more independent from the back office and provide a better service
  • SHORTEN RESPONSE TIMES. More effective services and increased competitiveness

To start using pCon you’ll have to register to the B2B pCon community, where you’ll be able to request Bristol’s configurable data and all the pCon solutions.

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Solution Overview

An overview of the different pCon solutions available to you:

  • The Bristol configurable data is a powerful combination of different information types, such as geometries, visual interactors, materials, commercial data and much more.
  • We’re the first Malaysian company to provide configurable data to all our partners. This data is nowadays a requisite to create lean sales processes.
  • We invested in configurable data to increase the efficiency and quality of the projects created by our partners and the A&D community.

To start using pCon you’ll have to register to the B2B pCon community, where you’ll be able to request Bristol’s configurable data and all the pCon solutions.

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B. pCon.planner ME

  • Professional application for space planning, product configuration, quotation and generation of engaging communication materials.
  • Partners can use our configurable product data in this leading application free of charge.
  • The functions are sophisticated and powerful, but intuitive to use
  • Create the environment using parametric architectural elements such as walls, doors, windows, floors, stairs and so on. You can also use floor plan (image, DWG or DXF) and directly insert Bristol’s products.
  • Creating engaging visual materials is essential for closing projects. pCon.planner uses the most innovative rendering technologies. The path tracing algorithm ensures a realistic calculation of the effect of light. The denoising algorithm, based on artificial intelligence, accelerates the noise removal process. You’ll have to try!
  • All materials in pCon are physically realistic, using the latest technology to ensure maximum realism. You can also create your personalized materials.
  • The Bristol configurable data should be installed separately after the installation of pCon.planner ME.
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C. pCon.facts

  • The price list of the XXI century.
  • The commercial role requires constant movement and communication with customers, partners and with your own design team. With pCon.facts you have centralized access to all Bristol information and resources. An intuitive and incredibly professional solution.
  • Configure products, check prices, generate personalized images, access documents, share geometries, amaze your clients with augmented reality. Everything from your smartphone wherever you are!
  • Impress customers by showing the Bristol solutions you are proposing in augmented reality directly in their environment. Show possible variations in real time, save images and share them on the spot via WhatsApp or email.
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2019, Events
Product Launch Factory Tour 2019

Events

Product Launch Factory Tour 2019

Date 04th Jul 2019
Venue Bristol HQ
Location Bristol Factory

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Product Launch Party 2019

Events

Product Launch Party 2019

Date 03th Jul 2019
Venue G-TOWER
Location The Club & Bridge Bar

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2019, Events
Archidex 2019

Events

Archidex 2019

Date 03th – 06th Jul 2019
Venue Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
Location Hall 7, 7D037

For more photos, please go to @bristolfurniture facebook page

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The One Luxury You Need At Work

Inspirations

The One Luxury You Need At Work

In search of silence and peace at a modern day office

We live in a world of noise. In this day and age, we are constantly surrounded by distractions in an open plan workplace – music playing, people talking, constructing banging, phones ringing, and even the fan whirring.

The word noise comes from the Latin word nausea, emanating a sense of discomfort. The science shows that the effects of excessive noise can be bad for health, brain function and reduce focus. A well balanced room is an important factor to the performance and well-being of workers.
In this article, we explore ways to navigate work places and find a calm space with Decibel 43, so you’re able to do your best work possible.
Here are some potential scenarios at work that you may face.

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Solution

Acoustic work pods for concentrated tasks

Scanario #1

“I can hardly work uninterrupted for more than a few minutes at a time. Phone calls flying, loud conversations and nowhere to hide.”

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Solution # 2

Work Pod Cubic

Your own personal nest if you could call it. Work Pod Cubic acts as a barrier in a workspace, shielding the user from unwanted sound & visual distractions in the office.

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Work Pod Wave

Work Pod Wave can be used to create private zones that enable employees to operate in an environment that best suits their personal working styles. A small footprint makes it a perfect solution to utilize workspace efficiency.

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Solution

Versatile acoustic hubs for group focus

Scenario #2

“These days, it’s more efficient for me to hold a small discussion groups rather than big meetings, but i rarely have a dedicated space to go that won’t disrupt the peace of the office.”

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Solution # 2

Meeting Pod

Meeting Pod gives the user a more private ‘room-within-a-room’ to discuss & collaborate. Meeting Pod can also be fully integrated with media, data and electrical management.

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Media Hub

Media Hub smartly combines a more formal and casual meeting style together where it provides a collaborative workspace for a small or large group. The panel allows media and electrical integration while the acoustic panel is also fitted with height adjustable meeting table, perfect to serve as a video conference area or quiet spot for a meeting.

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2019, Our Blog
8 Office Design Ideas To Make Your Brand Stand Out

Inspirations

8 Office Design Ideas To Make Your Brand Stand Out

What’s in a brand?

“A brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers” (American Marketing Association).

Beyond this, a brand also relates their values, personality, culture to their communities, both internally and externally. Big budgets are often spent on advertising, communications, product packaging design, visual identity but there is one area businesses commonly overlook – their own offices.

But why is it so much more important today to extend the brand to where you work?.

Our employees are our best advocates, and the office design plays a big part in inspiring employees to work, play and live better. And all of this helps to create a more positive impact on clients, partners or suppliers who visit.

Here we present 8 office design tips to help build your brand experience from the inside out.

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Tips # 2 Consider the overall layout

There is no one size fits all. The layout of your office has a big impact on the way your workers and clients perceive your values. No matter which office design concept is applied in your organization, whether the traditional cubicle or the in-trend open plan concept, they have a major impact on how the space feels to visitors and employees alike. You can also choose to integrate both. Full-height acoustic cubicles give users a sense of visual and acoustic privacy, crucial for deep thinking tasks where absolute focus and silence are needed. Consider other spaces for collaboration and large discussions, technology for the other open areas.

Tip # 1 Defining your values

Brainstorming, identifying and listing down your values. This may help in more ways than you think – it helps to define the brief, and refocus on the principles that are most important to your work which then can be translated to the physical space.

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Tip # 3 Focus on key touchpoints for different audiences

Employees and clients may view your brand differently depending on the day to day nature of the business. Different ways of delivering the same message can be tailored in each area, so that there is consistency and relevance to the different audiences. An obvious client touchpoint would be the reception area, so this should reflect clearly what you do and who you are.

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Tip # 4 Choose the right furniture and furnishings

The right selection of furniture and décor can go a long way in representing your company’s values. For example, it can make your office feel comfortable, professional, trustworthy, fun. Explore ideas for your office, and you don’t need to follow the usual or traditional definitions of your industry. Mix it up a little. Imagine a legal office with elements of a boutique hotel or an art gallery. Co-working spaces have been leading the trend by bringing lifestyle into the workplace with café culture, the warmth from home, and a fresh new perspective on how and where we can work better.

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Tip # 5 Add a few of your own touches

Personalising your office can add a differentiating factor to your employees and clients, for example, thematic names for areas or spaces, or interesting shapes / profiles for panels for different areas. Here are some examples of how you could personalize furniture for your office featuring Decibel 43.

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Various side profiles to further personalize Decibel 43.

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Graphic stickers to give corporate identity. Printed on 3M Vinyl stickers.

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Great Minds At Work

Inspirations

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Startup Doctor – Transforming startups in India through workspaces

Listed in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list 2016, Dr. Ritesh Malik’s passion of startups and entrepreneurship has created Innov8, India’s best (and fastest growing) co-working spaces.

Buzz words pop up in business jargon with great regularity – disruptor, game changer, thought leader – but oftentimes when they’re dropped into a discussion or presentation, they’re just those, buzz words which sound catchy without really meaning anything. However, in the case of Dr. Ritesh Maik, an India based doctor, entrepreneur and innovator, these words accurately describe him, his work and what he’s achieved so far. Dr. Malik at only 27 is the co-founder of Innov8, India’s hottest co-working space which has in the course of only 2 years spread to 13 locations – 4 already active and with 9 under construction.

Hailing from a family of doctors, Dr. Malik himself graduated from Dr. M.G.R Medical University in 2013 but his keen interest in all things entrepreneurial led him to take courses at London School of economics and Harvard University. His first start up kicked off even while he was still studying to become a doctor, when he started an augmented reality startup called Adstuck in 2012, which has since been acquired. Since 2013 under the aegis of Guerilla Ventures which he founded and is CEO of, Dr. Malik has started angel funding and mentoring startups.

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This idea became a reality in the form of the first Innov8 in Connaught Place,

New Delhi which made news for being put together in a jaw dropping 49 days in an officially classified “heritage building” in the world’s sixth most expensive office market space. This pioneering Innov8 set the template for all future campuses which Dr. Malik distilled into 4 principles. “Firstly, location is crucial, we are always located in the heart of the city because this helps get the best mentors and develop it into the most vibrant community.

During this time, he realised that the environment in which startups were nurtured was less than ideal

because of the dearth of inspiring workplaces in India. “When I started investing in startups, I realised that India has the worst offices in the world – so I thought, let’s focus on creating the best office spaces because we spend more than 50% of our time there,” enthuses Dr. Malik.

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“When I started investing in startups,I realised that India has the worst offices in the world – so I thought, let’s focus on creating the best office spaces because we spend more than 50% of our time there,”

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Secondly, the design needs to outstanding so that it encourages idea pollination,

focus and productive environments within the campus. With these two in place, we then start creating a vibrant community, the third ingredient. Indians in general are introverts and have a strong sense of pride which stops them from talking directly to each other so within Innov8, we create a culture where people can interact with frequent events and community movements. Finally, technology, as we position ourselves as not a real estate or a design company, but a tech company.”

While all Innov8 campuses are built on those 4 guidelines, each Innov8 campus is unique and the design is developed based on the location’s context. For example, Innov8 Connaught Place, New Delhi has an open format campus and despite (or because of) its inner-city location has made space for a terrace with lush greenery. Innov8 Chandigarh which is located in India’s best planned city has an informal yet homely feel to cater to the diversity of its many freelancers. Being located in Bangalore the IT capital of India, Innov8 Koramangala provides closed formats with accents of local arts and crafts. As for Innov8 Boston House, Mumbai, which is located in India’s financial capital, the iconic Mumbai skyline is represented on its ceilings and it offers a rock climbing wall.

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Innov8 Koramangala was designed with an abundance of greenery juxtaposed against the local arts and crafts of Bangalore.

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Set in the IT capital of India, Innov8 Koramangala is slightly different in that it features a closed format campus.

While all interiors are designed by an in-house team, Dr Malik is deeply involved in their conceptualisation and is emphatic on maintaining high standards:

“Designing a campus is a beautiful process. We transform a space and place a lot of weight on the comfort which is why all our campuses use Bristol workstations. All these elements create an ergonomically positive work environment which being a doctor I understand the importance of.”

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“We will never compromise on the quality of the product because people may forget the cost but they always remember the quality.”

Considering how inviting the campuses are, it’s no wonder they are always buzzing with activity like BBC’s 100 Women event celebrating the most powerful women in the world held in Connaught Place recently. Dr. Malik reveals that they have at least one event every three days to foster interaction and create a buzz both with external parties as well as internally. In fact, the respective Innov8s have also positively impacted the community around each campus. “Our campuses run at 100% occupancy and we also have a 100% retention rate. Innov8 represents entrepreneurship, good ideas should come to us and we are there to help them out. We do not care what sector you are in, we just want to help you to get your business off the ground. You don’t have to worry about your HR or food and beverage needs because we have an app where you can post what you require and our community managers will get it done. Focus on your work and we will take care of the rest,” explains Dr. Malik.

While it’s certainly impressive at how Dr. Malik and his team have created such amazing spaces and dynamic communities in 2 short years, his answer to what the most important lesson he’s learned during this process is typically inspiring: “I am not a management graduate but you do not need to know about management to run a business. What you need to know is that you should have the mastery on how to build a great product. All great companies in the world can’t have a sustainable business if they don’t have a great product. My aim is to build such a beautiful product that you don’t even have to market it. We will never compromise on the quality of the product because people may forget the cost but they always remember the quality.”

Liven leather office chairs with Como glass meeting table in chrome legs
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2017, Our Blog
Liven it up, like a boss

Inspirations

Liven it up, like a boss

Bristol’s Liven – An executive chair made for the head of the table.

Iconic architect and master of the unadorned line, Mies van der Rohe had this to say about designing a seat: “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” The German designer would know, after all he designed some of the 20th century’s most recognisable seating like the Barcelona and MR chairs. This dedication to perfection and single-minded persistence is reflected in Bristol’s journey when designing the Liven, an executive chair destined for greatness.

The Liven was conceived to meet the demand for a top of the line executive chair to complement Bristol’s range of high end chairs and tables, and as such it had to have presence and convey prestige. “We wanted to create a product that had a very contemporary form yet was classic in its look, a chair with an iconic design which would be timeless and could transcend trends,” explains Aditya Vernekar, Bristol’s Senior Industrial Designer.

Kanye Table and Virtu sofa with a Cask cabinet in a contemporary office with a cliffside sea view

5-1 Side view of Liven in black leather and back view of the gloss finish of the chair 5-4 Liven leather office chairs with Como glass meeting table in chrome legs closeup of liven office chair polished armrest with leather padding
Side view of Liven in black leather and back view of the gloss finish of the chair

A chair with great character, it is a perfect match for the high-end executive tables Bristol also offers.

Another aspect that shaped the Liven is the culmination of Bristol’s 30+ years of knowledge and experience. “If you look at the Liven’s seat curvature, we’ve refined the profile of the back rest compared to our preceding chairs, spanning three previous generations of chairs. The team took into account all the troubleshooting that went into Liven’s predecessors and put it into this chair to such an advanced degree that it would not be unfair to say, it cannot get better than the Liven,” enthuses Verneker.

Crafted from thermoplastic polymer and acrylic, the smooth high-gloss black finish of the backrest and seat shell was achieved by a precise polishing process.

The team looked to automotive designs for inspiration, specifically the sleek, sensual lines of Italian sports cars which is reflected in the stepped upholstery of the seat and the high gloss piano black casing resembling the exterior of a car bonnet– all which imbue the Liven with a strong stance yet feels organic when occupied, rather like sitting in the driver’s seat of a luxury roadster.

Kanye Table and Virtu sofa with a Cask cabinet in a contemporary office with a cliffside sea view

Despite the fruits of these decades of know-how, the Liven also underwent a rigorous R&D process which took approximately three years.

From prototyping to a battery of tests, the results allow the Liven to comply with the international ANSI BIFMA standards.

The biggest challenge the designers faced was the conundrum of building different categories of chairs on one platform: “Most manufacturers provide a few configurations in one design but we wanted to allow Liven to have up to 10 different configurations with different price points and aesthetic requirements. In the end, we’ve managed to design a chair series that shares the same core system and is efficient production wise.”

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The Liven was designed as a broad product family for furnishing all areas within a company.

The rationale for this sort of customisation? While the Liven is a bosses’ chair, the Liven designers anticipated how designers would require some consistency in style for bigger projects. “When designers choose chairs, they’ll need a range of chairs to fit not just in the CEO’s office but in the board room down to the secretary’s desk. They would require a chair that works in different scenarios and could be a task chair or a meeting chair so we have made many different options from the same concept. One would be hard pressed to find a chair in the United States and Europe that is quite so versatile,” says Vernekar.

Liven leather office chairs with Como glass meeting table in chrome legs

The half shell back version is a winning choice for smart boardrooms.

Beyond its design, the Liven also allows for a wide variety of personalisation by virtue of the materials available ranging from aniline leather, PVC and fabric, something rather unusual as executive chairs are often very limited in this aspect. This versatility also extends to the Liven’s ergonomic features which include an adjustable backrest and arm rests and sliding seats, allowing for superior comfort for users of all shapes and sizes. It would not be unfair to say that despite being an executive chair, Liven has all the qualities of a very dynamic task chair.

closeup of liven office chair polished armrest with leather padding

Sliding upholstered armrests and seats allow for personalisation.

The Liven was soft launched at the China International Furniture Fair in Guangzhou this April, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Dealers have been raving over its distinct looks and competitive price point. It has also been specified for several international and local M&C companies and rather interestingly, has proven particularly popular with doctor’s offices. Indeed, it would appear that whether in a board room or clinic, plush office or home study, having a Liven executive chair is a sure sign that you’ve arrived.

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2016, Events
The Curve Roadshow November 2016

Events

The Curve Roadshow November 2016

Date 03th – 06th Nov 2016
Venue The Curve – Mutiara Damansara
Location Ground Floor – Fashion Walk

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2016, Events
The Curve Roadshow March 2016

Events

The Curve Roadshow March 2016

Date 10th – 13th Mar 2016
Venue The Curve – Mutiara Damansara
Location Ground Floor – Fashion Walk

Get exclusive deals and vouchers at the booth!

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2014, Events
The Tropicana Roadshow 2014

Events

The Tropicana Roadshow 2014

Date 28th – 04th Mar 2014
Venue Tropicana City Mall – Damansara
Location Ground Floor

Get extra 10% discount on all items upon visit.