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Our Clerkenwell Design Week: Design, Wellbeing and the Future...

Posted by Stacey Turner on Jun 5, 2017 1:02:14 PM

For the 8th year running, the London district of Clerkenwell invited one and all from the architect and design community to sample the very latest and best on offer from the world of furniture & interior design.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 saw over 90 brands open their doors, and for three days of glorious sunshine, we hosted an array of events, talks and installations at our showroom, showcasing some of our latest products but also exploring the trends and themes driving our industry forward.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Design, Sustainability

Mindful Creativity @ Clerkenwell Design Week

Posted by Richard Ferris on May 22, 2017 10:00:50 AM

Health & Wellbeing. Two words which are increasingly visible in newspaper print and online, when talking about all aspects of our life. And no wonder. With the latest figures showing a further decline in standards across the UK, it's a topic that everyone should be waking up and paying attention to, if they wish to live a long and happy life. But what is the answer to this national dilemma?

To help us find out, we have invited 8 In the Universe to join us during Clerkenwell Design Week who will be hosting a one hour multi-sensory workshop entitled 'Mindful Creativity', reflecting their holistic approach to workplace wellbeing - mind, body and spirit. 

Register for Mindful Creativity Workshop Now! 

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Topics: Wellbeing, Design

The 'WELL Building Standard' & designing for health & wellbeing

Posted by Simon Wyatt on May 5, 2017 11:58:28 AM

On Thursday May 25th, Simon Wyatt, Health and Wellbeing Director at Cundall, will be joining us in our showroom for a special talk as part of Clerkenwell Design Week. A pioneer in workplace wellbeing, Simon will outline Cundall’s experience of delivering the first project in Europe to achieve WELL Certification, as well as a number of other case studies where health and wellbeing has been at the centre of the design.

Ahead of his appearance, Simon gives us insight into the current state of wellbeing in the workplace, and a brief introduction to what the WELL Certification means for the future of office environments.

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Topics: Productivity, Wellbeing, Design, Ergonomics, Sustainability, Facilities Management

Understanding how your company culture is your brand

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 12, 2017 12:45:00 PM

Earlier this year we saw how many organisations are unaware of how to instigate effective workplace benefit & amenity schemes. A lack of understanding when it comes to aligning perks with company values means that facilities at best go unused, and at worst have a negative effect on employee productivity and wellbeing. This isn’t always the case, and many companies successfully create a perk scheme which reflects and reinforces the company culture.

Today we look at some success stories from around the world, showing how a little bit of thought can create an effective amenity strategy which benefits everyone whilst also increasing the attractiveness of working within the company.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Facilities Management

New Data Highlights the Importance Of Workplace Wellbeing

Posted by Richard Ferris on Mar 21, 2017 12:29:42 PM

As predicted in our ‘Trends to look for in 2017’ blog, workplace wellbeing is high on the agenda for employers across the country, as highlighted in a report published last month. This is great news for employees all over the UK and underlines the growing importance of a healthy, happy workforce.

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Topics: Wellbeing

Is this the end of the 'fun' office?

Posted by Richard Ferris on Mar 7, 2017 8:45:00 AM

In recent times it seems as if a week doesn’t pass without a news story going viral highlighting the extravagant new features of a modern successful office. A global trend epitomised by Google’s campus’, the addition of wacky amenities has spread across multiple sectors, but is it an effective strategy?

Apparently not, according to a recent survey by removals firm Kiwi Movers, which highlights a growing trend in companies ditching their ping pong tables and ball pits, and focusing on other ways of providing positive effects in the workplace.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Design

Workplace Wellbeing : Designing wellbeing

Posted by John Hargreaves on Feb 14, 2017 8:45:00 AM

A key part of the workspace design process is to define an understanding of the work being carried out by staff. Many workplaces involve sedentary postures, although postural variation and range are the important factors. In order to design a ‘fit for purpose’ workplace, you need to carefully review user's tasks and activities as part of a work study and then develop a design that closely supports this.

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Topics: Wellbeing

Workplace Wellbeing: To sit or to stand?

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 30, 2017 10:06:53 AM

To sit or to stand, that is a question on many people’s minds when it comes new office installations. Almost daily, studies are published advocating the benefits of a stand desk, which are just as regularly rebutted by claims of the opposite.

So what are we to believe?

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Topics: Wellbeing, Ergonomics

Workplace Wellbeing: What does sitting actually do to the body?

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 23, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Chances are you are sat down reading this, unless you happen to be on a train, in which case you are almost certainly standing up. It’s pretty much common knowledge now that sitting down for extended periods of time without moving is detrimental to the body, but do we all know why?

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Topics: Wellbeing, Ergonomics

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

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