Archive for September, 2012

About Educational Furniture Designs For Active Learning Environments

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Teaching and learning styles are evolving in the classroom. Both are less rigid but the demand for more adaptable educational furniture is rising. Why? New technologies and growing emphasis on collaborative work in the classroom is increasing the demand for durable, flexible furnishings. Educational furniture for active learning environments helps keep students engaged and energized.

In Modern day classrooms the best learning environments are those with laptops, tablets, and furniture that promote collaborative exercises and active learning. The conventional teaching style of teacher lecturing students at the front of the class while students listen and take notes is not the best learning atmosphere.

In fact, the traditional seating of lined up row-by-columns layout reduces students’ ability to stay engaged and comprehend learning material because students are positioned to look at the backs of the heads in front of them.

Since this teaching style is ineffective, active learning environments are replacing traditional learning environments. Students learn better when flexibility and mobility in furniture are present.

In active learning environments, teachers are able to shift seamlessly between lectures; group work and presentations without making a huge disruption to classroom learning. Furniture in active learning environments has easy teardown and storage capabilities that allow classroom space to be more adaptive throughout the day.

In the traditional learning environment of row-by-column seating, large disruptions always occur because heavy chairs in a static layout take extensive time to rearrange and it’s a noisy process.

Effective learning environments need to not only keep students focused on the front of the classroom lectures but also allow students to work amongst their peers.

Traditional chairs and desk design only stifle collaborative learning because the furniture items are very restrictive in nature. Active learning collaborative furniture increases comfort, improves visuals, and continuously supports increased student interaction.

This is why classrooms need to be arranged in a way that encourages students to participate in the collaborative process.

The following are collaboration friendly features to consider adding to your classroom environment:

 

  • Flat seat pans. This type of furnishing allows students to shift from side-to-side, sit sideways, or sit backwards in chairs.
  • Desk designs of arc shapes, diamond shapes and wing shapes are very mobile and easily fit together during classroom collaboration activities. The desks improve both eye contact and engagement between students.
  • Vibrant colored furniture such as bright reds, apple greens, bright pinks and cerulean blue improve visual appeal of classrooms and teachers are able to attract and retain student’s attention better.


Let Edwards & Hill Office Furniture create engaging, flexible and multi-modal spaces for your classroom environment today.

Read Edwards & Hill’s article How Ergonomic School Furniture Benefits Student Learning for more school furniture and interior design ideas.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source: http://www.buildings.com/ArticleDetails/tabid/3334/ArticleID/14096/Default.aspx

5 Ways To Purchase High Quality Healthcare Furniture

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Hospitals are known to be cold, uncomfortable and uninviting places people go for urgent medical assistance. No matter if patients are waiting in hospitals for short or extended periods of time, they should feel welcomed and comforted as guest.

Purchasing the best hospital furniture can allow you to transform any unwelcoming atmosphere in your hospital to one that is warm, comfortable and inviting.

With the best healthcare furniture, you can establish an atmosphere that makes patients feel at home – from high quality, affordable over bed tables to comfy waiting room chairs. Never should your patients feel imprisoned in a cold, sterile environment.

High quality healthcare office furniture can help your patients feel extremely at ease if modern day, comfy furnishings are used throughout the hospital. The high quality hospital furniture should put an emphasis on safety and comfort to reflect directly how your facility operates.

Healthcare workplace furniture should be clean, aesthetically pleasing, functional and comfortable at all times.

The following tips will help you create the best interior design results for patients and employees in your healthcare facility:

 

  1. Always purchase healthcare furniture from a credible retailer that provides comfortable hospital furniture and workplace furniture. Browse for a highly regarded supplier by starting an online search prior to going to the showroom. This online search will help you discover high quality furniture at very affordable prices and help you get a range of goods shipped in one buy, from one retailer. This is better than buying distinct products from a variety of retailers that have all different pricing and range in furniture quality.
  2. Create a checklist of what your healthcare facility truly needs to replace to identify priorities. This will not only prevent your from over spending but also the checklist will prevent you from over ordering furniture you don’t really need. Conduct an employee and patient survey on what furniture would make the hospital more comfortable and productive to really prioritize and create a working budget to afford replacement furniture. You can always purchase additional features once mandatory purchases are made.
  3. Identify what kind of updates should be immediately addressed. For example, ask yourself would it be best to modernize the lobby so waiting space is improved.
  4. Focus on personal space for patients. Patients demand a specific level of comfort in their person rooms. They want lounge sofas, recliners and sleepers. When you’re redesigning person rooms, think of features that would improve household comforts to make patients feel more at home.
  5. Avoid purchasing heavily discounted furnishing and go for top quality. Why? Top quality healthcare furniture reduces the potential of patients and staff getting harmed by poorly created pieces of furniture. Purchase furniture items from recognizable and trustworthy brands at all times to guarantee basic safety in your healthcare facility without sacrificing top quality furniture comfort.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture offers a wide breadth of furniture for any healthcare application, including healthcare/ hospital equipment and supplies. Review our medical/ healthcare furniture and equipment/supplies line list here.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture. We can assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can help you with your interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source: http://goarticles.com/article/Ideas-For-Purchasing-the-best-Hospital-Furniture/4303825/

How Restaurant Furniture Improves Restaurant Ambience

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

It takes more than good food to attract consumers to your restaurant. Your restaurant furniture helps determine the whole ambience of your place of business as well.

The ambience of a well-received restaurant based on its color scheme and warm welcome. It’s all about providing consumers a loving environment where they can have a great time and a great meal.  It should be stylish, yet comfortable.

To create this wonderful environment for consumers, a restaurant owner should establish an interior design that flows and also creates the perception of semi- private areas while guests enjoy their food.

For example, restaurant furniture should be spacious and private enough for restaurant eaters to enjoy their meals and the restaurant atmosphere without being cramped.

The best restaurant furnishings are the ones with high durability and functionality. Ideal furniture pieces are ones that can be used easily without customers causing scratching to the texture of the restaurant furniture.  Also choose colors that don’t show streaks or stains from mopping.  You want your restaurant to be clean, but it needs to look clean, as well.  Stains on the furniture from mopping may give your restaurant a look that doesn’t match the effort that you put into keeping the place clean.

The most commonly used restaurant furniture is wood laminate or metal furniture because both materials are tough and able to endure high stress.

Bamboo, vegetative substances, resin and plastic are great materials to use for restaurant interior design because they can bring about a distinctive appearance to your restaurant that will keep the restaurant fresh on the minds and hearts of consumers and these surfaces are easily cleaned. Your restaurant will also be seen as eco-friendly because of the use of these recyclable furniture materials.

Here are essential restaurant fittings your interior design should include: booths, bars, chairs and stools, tables, cutlery and well presented cookery.

Seating arrangements in the restaurant are key.  The customers should feel really comfortable.  Food is not just for eating, but for setting the mood for gathering with those we know and love. With the right furniture, this feeling can be heightened by making it as home felt as possible.

Seating should have clean lines and be designed so they don’t catch crumbs and spills.  They should be able to withstand practically any level of strain. Again, you want to go with durable furniture material such as vinyl is tough and easy to maintain.

It is highly recommended to use furnishings that go with the theme of your restaurant.  You wouldn’t want Traditional Furniture in a Chinese Restaurant.  You wouldn’t want a Chinese theme in a Bistro? Keep them in mind to create an experience for your customers.  Lighting, music, fragrances and furniture are all important to creating an enjoyable atmosphere.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself prior to redesigning your restaurant:

  • What message are you trying to convey with your food and your environment?
  • What kind of furniture can you use to create eye-catching details in your restaurant? Subtle details that are not overpowering?

If you’re going for a home-style cooking restaurant theme, you may want to purchase furniture reminiscent of your grandmother’s kitchen such as sturdy wooden tables and chairs that stand the test of time.

If you’re going for modern restaurant furnishing, you could install dark mahogany barstools to complement elevated walnut tables. This will create a warmer environment for your restaurant made to serve children and adults alike.

No matter what you envision for your restaurant, Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to create an appealing and welcoming environment for your customers.

Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source: http://goarticles.com/article/Restaurant-Furniture-Guide/3667697/

Tony Hill Joins SmartCEO Matrix’s Panel For How Technology is Changing Baltimore

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture has great news to share. Tony Hill, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, will be 1 of 3 technology expert panelists for the SmartCEO Matrix’s  (www.smartceo.com) ‘ How Technology is Changing Baltimore’ event.

The Matrix event will be held On Friday September 21st at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards between 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. At the ‘How Technology is Changing Baltimore’ event, Tony will participate in the Matrix networking luncheon and panel discussion.

Tony has nearly 30 years in the business marketing industry and he has plenty of insight to share on telecommunications and full-service commercial furniture.

Get insight into how Tony has lead Edwards & Hill Office Furniture to success.

If you are unfamiliar with the Matrix series, we encourage you to come experience this unique event! 

Enjoy a delectable lunch, great conversation, networking and hear inspiring stories from successful business leaders.

For more information on the September Matrix event “How Technology is Changing Baltimore” and how to attend visit:  http://www.smartceo.com/programs-events/matrix/ba-matrix .

SmartCEO Matrix overview:

Topic:  How Technology is Changing Baltimore
Date:  Friday, September 21, 2012
Time:  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location:  Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD).

 

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!