Virtualization technologies have exploded. The need for more storage and management of virtual networks has grown. Lumos offers down to earth cloud services with leading vendors and helps clients manage their ever-growing virtual data center.
Interior Motions has had the pleasure of working with Lumos Consulting and furnishing a beautiful and inspiring office.
We wish Lumos all the success in the world and want to show off a few pictures of their finished space!
Designing Offices for Collaboration Where It Happens: Your Desk
In spite of all the promises of virtual offices, many of us are still tethered to traditional work setups: a computer sitting on a desk in a row of other identical desks. Why? Because collaboration—the oft-cited driver of innovation—depends on spontaneous face-to-face interactions.
The problem, as Yves Béhar sees it, is that most of our collaborative moments happen hunched over a desk, which isn’t designed for more than one person. Public Office Landscape, his new furniture system for Herman Miller (MLHR), resolves that paradox by turning every workstation into a hub of social interaction.
The key is what the Swiss-born designer and his team at Fuseproject call the Social chair, a modular seat made from tensile fabric stretched over a steel frame that can attach to upholstered benches or storage units to create casual gathering spots. Béhar’s favorite arrangement is a meeting area in the middle of two rows of inline desks where six or eight people can huddle without going to the trouble of reserving a conference room.
Courtesy Herman Miller
Béhar began thinking about the system three years ago after noticing how collaborative office furniture was being made out of big blocks of foam better-suited to a student union than a corporate environment. “They were fun and cool-looking but really had no performance whatsoever,” he says. So he began working on an alternative based on his Sayl task chair, whose lumbar back support was inspired by a suspension bridge. He used his own office as the testing ground. For a year, 70 Fuseproject employees worked in prototypes, refining the design to fit their own creative habits. (The Chinese marketing conglomerate BlueFocus recently bought a majority stake in the design studio for $46.7 million.)
Fuseproject didn’t rely just on its own experience and research. It also turned the system over to another company with entirely different needs and ways of working: Oculus VR. What worked for the design studio, it turned out, also suited the Irvine (Calif.) tech startup, which was growing at hyperspeed after raising $2.4 million on Kickstarter to develop the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality gaming headset. The staff had doubled in size in less than six months, and the company wanted to retain the collaborative spirit that was critical to its initial success; Facebook acquired the company for $2 billion in March.
Before their office was outfitted with Public, employees typically spoke to each other quickly—for two or three minutes—while standing up. With the Social chairs in place, conversations tended to last longer and others were brought in to inform the discussion.
Courtesy Herman Miller
Public’s easy assembly and disassembly made it a perfect fit for a company in transition. The system was installed in the original office and traveled with the staff to a temporary space before they could relocate to their new headquarters, which would house 100 employees. “It literally takes five seconds to pop a panel out and move it to a different place,” Béhar says. The interchangeable parts also allow a high degree of personalization: Employees can choose among storage units and screens of various heights for more or less privacy, which has become a coveted feature in the age of the open-plan office.
But mixing and matching the pieces won’t compromise the overall aesthetic. The system, designed as a kit of parts, can expand and contract without sacrificing the transparent, curated feel of a considered environment. “Layouts need to be adapted to different needs and styles of work even in the same department,” Béhar says. “But at the same time, you don’t want something that looks unintentional or unorganized.” The only thing that should look chaotic is a resident creative’s messy desk.
Courtesy Herman Miller
IM design is busy at work, not only on our client spaces, but our own.
We are working on our new showroom and offices and things are moving along!
That guy on the ladder is Dan, our fearless leader (see the ringmaster photo in “about us” – he is the guy with the top hat). His day can include anything from meetings with CEO’s, helping design a million dollar space, finding you a chair that makes your work life better and even climbing on ladders…I’m always amazed at his ability to just do what needs to be done.
Dan also found our new mascot hiding in the new space; I think he is a sign of good things to come.
We recently selected carpet, paint and a couple light fixtures…the process is slower than we would like – turns out we spend our time giving our customers 110% and leave little time to focus on our own space…but in the end it will be amazing and fresh and a fantastic reflection of the work we love to do.
stay tuned for more pictures and updates as we get closer to move in!
Lending Club Makes Smart Investment with Focus
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The internet has changed the way lending and borrowing happens. San Francisco-based Lending Club is an online community that brings together borrowers and investors to facilitate smart investing in an unconventional way. The company is expanding fast as people discover banking that goes beyond the traditional bank. And as the company grows, so do its seating needs. The company originally relied on a mixture of office furniture that grew quickly, matching the company’s explosive growth. But with the company planning another boom, it decided to standardize on seating.
Dan Barnard at Interior Motions wanted to give the company samples so they could find the perfect fit. But they were already sitting on the solution.
WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE?
Among the Lending Club’s mix of office seating were some Focus chairs. These were among the favorites at the office – the ones workers vied for when people changed offices. Still, when the company decided to invest in a standard chair for the growing company, decision-makers wanted to make sure they were getting the best.
Lending Club leaders did a sit test and brought in some of the highest-end competitors. They asked workers to evaluate ergonomics and comfort when they invited them to perform a sit test. Focus won hands-down.
The growing company also wanted to maximize value with a great price. Focus was the clear winner there, too. And with quick turnaround and an outstanding warranty, Focus won the project.
Lending Club decided on two different Focus options: Focus task chairs at work stations and Focus task chairs with conference arms for their conference rooms.
Lending Club is flourishing – their offices are expanding to five floors. And since the company has standardized on Focus, as the company grows, so will sales of the chair. With the company on the fast track, SitOnIt Seating’s Focus is in a great position to grow from the ground floor.
By Zoe Francis
Furniture defines a company’s culture and style, yet it is often given short shrift when companies open, relocate or simply try to update their offices.
That is a problem the design experts at Interior Motions are eager to resolve.
“Furniture really sets the company culture,” Jennifer Burton, Interior Motions’ principal/director of new business, said. “Many times companies work with architects and designers to create these beautiful spaces, but then they don’t put any thought into the furniture. The furniture is what you notice when you walk into a building or room. It’s a huge key component in all companies.”
Work is no longer tied to one place. It happens anywhere and everywhere. Companies need different places to work, huddle, plug in their technology, create and brainstorm. Today’s work environments are divergent and need thoughtful planning to create efficient workspaces.
The design and management of the office must start with careful consideration of people and their work. There is no one-size-fits- all, off-the-shelf solution for an optimal workspace.
Interior Motions focuses on using furniture, whether new or refurbished, that makes the office a great space. The company specializes in quick turn-around and working within budgets.
“We’re going to make sure that we get the right solution for you now and will grow for you in the future,” Burton said. “We’re going to help you stay on budget and get you in on time.”
Interior Motions started in 1988 in Emeryville, where the company has a large showroom, warehouse and retail division. The company’s excited about its new Hacienda location.
“Anybody can buy from us,” Burton noted. “There’s no job too small. What differentiates us from our competition is we help very small one-chair operations up to large-scale operations. Any operation is treated the same way. We give the same great service to whatever size project it is.”
“We can meet any budget in any time frame,” she continued. “We’ve had operations where our client will call us on Monday and we lay out the furniture on Monday or Tuesday and they’re operational the next week. So definitely speed is an asset that we have.”
Interior Motions specializes in the well-known Herman Miller product line of furniture, but also offers an array of other brands and products.
“We have an amazing design team and staff,” Burton noted. “They’re very creative and think outside the box. We’re able to find creative design solutions for our clients. We help them maintain and attract employees for their company. We help them accelerate their business objectives through improved workspaces.”
Once Interior Motions designs an interior, the support never ends.
“We really listen to our clients,” Burton said. “If they go with an open plan, we’ll go back and ask if it’s working for them. There may be places where they need to put people behind closed doors.”
The company plans to take the East Bay by storm with its innovative designs delivered in a timely manner and on budget.
“As a boutique company, we can focus our efforts and take the time to create a customized space for each client,” Burton emphasized. “We can pull from different resources to creatively make it work for the client. We want to expand our service offerings to our clients, and we want to grow our market share in the East Bay.”
Learn more about Interior Motions at interiormotions.com.