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Company culture, and why it matters when it comes to office design"

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 18, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Company culture. A term that was virtually unheard of before 1970, growing exponentially in use from the 1980’s onwards (thanks Google Ngram). The idea of company culture is regularly discussed by strategists and CEOs & business leaders the world over, and with good reason. Understanding your company culture is key to ensuring your employees are happy and productive, and it is vital when it comes to office design. Knowing your culture gives you the tools you need to design an environment which brings out the best in your employees, and lets your company thrive.

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Topics: Design, Facilities Management

How to make your working routine healthier

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 16, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Since the start of the year, several alarming reports on the state of health in the UK have come to light, most notably the recent report from The Health Survey for England, which shows that over 15 million Brits are living with long term health issues.

“The demands of modern day living are taking their toll on the heath of the nation” said Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser to Public Health England, the government organisation responsible for the survey, continuing "Busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily. And it’s those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their health reaches worrying levels.”

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Topics: Productivity, Wellbeing

Leading international architects choose HÅG for London HQ

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 13, 2017 8:45:00 AM

A year ago this month, international architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) moved out of their long-term HQ in Hammersmith to their new home in London’s iconic ‘Cheesegrater’ building.

Continuing our look at past projects, we uncover why they chose HÅG to help them create a unique look to their central London location.

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Topics: Design

Office Amenities: Making the right decision for your workspace

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Given the choice, most people would not go in to work today. For almost everyone, a job is a means to an end; an income source to pay for all the requirements life entails. True, a lot of people enjoy their work, and some even love what they do, but it’s not necessarily the actual work that creates this feeling, it can often be the environment the employer creates for them.

And with bleak forecasts for incomes into the foreseeable future, having the right strategy for workplace amenities could be vital in ensuring a workforce which is not only happy and productive, but one that is loyal.

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Topics: Productivity, Wellbeing, Design, Ergonomics

Top office design trends for 2017

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 9, 2017 10:05:32 AM

Marble surfacing, pastel coloured hallways, interior brickwork; Design trends in this sense are slowly becoming less relevant. In fact, their purpose, to make an environment aesthetically pleasing, is now a given. Fashion trends that come and go are no longer a driving factor in office design. Why? Because they don’t really affect productivity and output.

In 2017, we will see a continuation of the idea that office design should be about making the very best out of workspaces, to get the very best out of a workforce. A sustainable and evidence based approach which ensures healthy, happy and productive employees is currently the overarching theme in office design. Here are our top picks for office design trends to look out for this year.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Design, Sustainability

Renowned architects reinvigorate Danish showroom

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 5, 2017 9:15:48 AM

Last year renowned international architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects were brought in to redesign our Copenhagen showroom. Having seen the philosophy behind our products, they also chose HÅG chairs when they updated their office last year too.

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Topics: Design

Our favourite office designs of 2016

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 3, 2017 10:06:19 AM

2016 was another great year for an abundance of workers around the world whose offices were transformed into beautiful and beneficial realms of joy. OK, so maybe not all 3.5+ billion people employed around the world had their workspace transformed, but some definitely hit the jackpot.

As we venture into a new year, we reflect on 2016, and pick 10 new offices from around the world that really hit the spot when it comes to design.

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Topics: Design

Workspace Inspiration: Collaborate. Innovate

Posted by Richard Ferris on Dec 20, 2016 9:29:31 AM

Collaboration has always been an integral part of working practice. Through social connection and engagement, ideas are expanded and people begin to challenge themselves and each other to produce better output. An increasing body of research has shown that traditional collaborative workspaces are not providing the necessary atmosphere to harness maximum productivity. A move towards more versatile environments has been shown to improve productivity, wellbeing, and quality of work.

Continuing or workspace inspiration series, we turn to working environments for group activities, and what it takes to create a successful collaboration space.

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Topics: Productivity, Design

Make Architects: Award-winning practice choose HÅG for London offices

Posted by Richard Ferris on Dec 16, 2016 11:34:00 AM

In 2015 International architects Make came to us with a problem; they needed a new chair for their office. but not just any chair, they wanted something different, something unique, something to inspire the imagination whilst retaining the comfort and performance needed for their high pressure environment. A year later, we re-examine how we helped Make achieve their aims.

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Topics: Design

Workplace Inspiration: SIX factors contributing to the ever-changing workplace

Posted by Lucy Collins on Dec 14, 2016 12:31:56 PM

It was a chap called Heraclitus who first said "The only thing that is constant is change." Over 2,500 years later, his sentiments still hold true in every facet of life, especially in the world of work. 

Continuing our new blog series on workplace inspiration, we will be looking at the trends and influences which are affecting the landscape of the world of work in today's society, and how you can best prepare yourself to deal with it.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Design, Sustainability