Archive for February, 2015

Designing your Hotel Lobby

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Hotel-Lobby

When guests come to visit your hotel, the first area they see is your hotel lobby. While many visitors will spend most of their stay in their own room, a hotel lobby should still give a positive and welcoming first impression of your entire establishment. A growing trend with the hotel lobby is to have visitors spending more time in this communal area rather than walking through and heading straight for their rooms. Here are some tips for designing a successful hotel lobby:

 

  • Hotels must first determine what type of guests they want to attract. Certain guests will require different items and characteristics when using a hotel lobby. A family on vacation will require plenty of space for their children and luggage while individuals on a business will require less space and more technology.
  • A hotel lobby should be home to more than just the check in desk. More hotels are including communal computers and printers to allow guests to check flights and search for local attractions. Other hotel lobbies are beginning to use their in house bars to allow guests to interact and mingle from the hotel lobby.
  • Your hotel lobby should be the first place that guests can experience your style and personality. Use color schemes, art, and furniture to express the overall atmosphere of your hotel. Blank walls and basic furniture will only give guests a reason to walk through quickly, and will leave your hotel unremembered.
  • Highlight in house services and shops with your hotel lobby. Guests are more likely to return to your hotel if they know they have the option of in house services. Small shops that offer basic toiletries, food options, and other products are also beginning to gain popularity in hotel lobbies.

 

 

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Trends for Higher Education Design

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

While there is constantly a spotlight on the designs of classrooms throughout the grade school level, people tend to forget the importance of classroom design within higher education as well. We forget that the purpose of college is to further our learning in hopes of finding success within the job market upon graduation. In order to do so, there needs to be focus placed on the classroom design within these universities to ensure students, no matter their age, are being placed in successful learning environments. Over the past few years, these four trends have stayed in the forefront of everyone’s mind when looking at classroom design within higher education.

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  1. Library Space- As more information is provided online rather than in printed texts, libraries are being used as a space to not only study, but interact. More colleges are using their libraries to provide areas for students to relax and not just study for their midterms. You are seeing more lounge furniture and an increase in computers while the areas dedicated to books are becoming more compact.
  2. Flexible Space- Furniture is being built for higher education classrooms to allow movement easily and effectively. Instead of heavy desks and chairs facing a single, permanent board, classrooms have furniture that allows the professor to change the environment. This means lighter desks, chairs on wheels, and boards covering the walls to allow easy movement and better classes.
  3. Collaboration- More studies continue to show that collaboration among students and professors makes for a more productive class. This means that not only classrooms, but other areas within a campus are being designed to encourage collaboration between staff members along with student interaction.
  4. New Concepts- As studies continue to show that the traditional lecture is not as effective when teaching; more classrooms are beginning to incorporate furniture that can move and change. Instead of a single desk or podium at the front of a room, classrooms are being designed with technology and communication in mind. More classes are implementing “experimental” learning strategies instead of the previously used lecture methods, which means classrooms need to mirror that goal.

 

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Healthcare Furniture Trends to Watch

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Healthcare-Trends

As we continue to move forward in the New Year, many healthcare facilities are reevaluating how they design the interior of their work environment. In years past we have seen healthcare facilities focus strictly on the medical portion of care, leaving the interior of their facilities drab and cold. However, the focus is now shifting to provide personalized and comfortable services for patients. Here are some of the new trends in healthcare furniture that are changing the ways we look at healthcare facilities.

  • Warmth- Instead of having cold, sterile interiors, healthcare furniture is now being used to make rooms feel comfortable and more like home. This means that more rooms are including sets of furniture that work in a set to give the feeling of being home rather than being in a hospital room or other healthcare facility. Healthcare furniture for these rooms typically includes a bedside table or cabinet, headwalls, and possibly a wardrobe. Healthcare furniture is also being used to not only make the patient feel more comfortable, but the family as well. Subtle lounges are being used to make the facility feel more welcoming and let the family relax while waiting for their loved one.
  • Personalized- Healthcare furniture is being used to help personalize the rooms for the patients as they arrive. Boards are being used to help the staff and the patient communicate more effectively while areas are being designated to hold family photos and flowers for the patient.
  • Multifunctional- While trying to reach the goal of creating a more welcoming environment for patients, healthcare furniture is also being created to serve more than one purpose in order to save room and become more efficient. This means that lounge furniture is being created to double as a storage unit while tables are being created to support technology.

 

 

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