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What’s Happening to Office Spaces Amidst the Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic changed every aspect of our lives, from how we socialize, travel and conduct business. One year has passed since COVID began and its ongoing aftermath has created a “new norm” in society, especially in the workforce. This resulted in more companies extending their work-from-home policies into the new year; an on-going response to protect workers from the virus.

While the work-from-home policies remain in place, most are unsure just how long the pandemic will continue. Tenants are scrambling to find ways to extend their lease and/or are continuing to pay rent, even with the possibility that some offices may not return at all. Giants like Google and Amazon had sought corporate campuses for their employees in cities like Seattle, starting back as early as 2010, according to the President of the Local Building Owners and Managers Association. Therefore, pent up demand for office spaces had gone up to 34 percent. Now, 90 percent of those offices remain empty, an unfortunate result of the pandemic. So, why are these large companies leaving office spaces and what is to become of them; how will they be repurposed in the age of a pandemic?

How Office Work Culture is Changing

These times are tough, and while most white-collar workers may prefer to return to their daily office routines to escape the restrictive confines of their homes. Strict COVID guidelines have kept many businesses from sending their workers back in full force. Zillow, a real estate company that has prided in-person collaboration as a part of their work culture, has chosen to become a more “flexible employer.” Thus, giving its employees the option to either continue working from home, or to come into the office, several days a month, if needed for a specific project.

Another company, REI, has changed their work culture for the better, opting for a more flexible working situation; by letting their employees work from home. Furthermore, the company has taken a much bolder approach to their business strategy, by choosing to sell its corporate headquarters, located in the state of Washington. It turns out drastic changes like this can work as REI was able to successfully transfer 100 percent of its staff to work-from-home before the end of the first quarter in 2020. What’s even more unique about REI’s position, is they’ve decided to create smaller satellite offices for employees who prefer to work in an office setting (much like Zillow’s decision to provide workers the options of returning to the office). Even Facebook, has begun allowing their employees to permanently telework, granted if they decided to forgo their large salaries. This would keep more than 48,000 employees at home, therefore dramatically changing the company’s work culture which is known to promote creativity, innovation and in-person collaboration.

The Impact of COVID on Businesses

Ever since the coronavirus had left the global economy in a state of freefall, there was no doubt major cities throughout the country would eventually come across a real estate crisis. The citywide lockdowns and restrictions had complicated matters more for almost every business across all industries; both large and small. Thus, forcing them to either ride out the storm for as long as possible or to permanently close shop. In fact, a growing number of residents in California are leaving as opposed to moving in. Largely because housing costs and tax rates are so high; strict regulations on businesses haven’t really helped either. This is unfortunate because it’s currently turning away potential business for commercial and residential properties, as interest has shifted to the state of Texas. The decision to move has been in the cards, pre-COVID, for many tech companies in Silicon Valley; favoring cities like Austin, Dallas or Houston which are all prime locations for start-ups and large firms alike. Austin for example, is a great music scene and prides itself as more of an “outdoors city.” Tech firms like Hewlett Packard Enterprises had already announced its departure last December from Silicon Valley to Houston, a sign which further implies that Silicon valley has lost some of its prestige as the center of the tech industry.

What’s Happening to All the Empty Office Spaces?

Now that many businesses are leaving in favor of working-from-home or relocating out of state, what happens to all these empty offices? Some industry analysts predict that employee occupancy is expected to return back to pre-pandemic numbers in about 4 years (once the vaccine has reached everyone around the world), assuming that the recent discoveries of new coronavirus strains are kept under control by that point in time.

Tenants may try to turn empty commercial properties into more traditional offices or medical facilities; yet time will only tell. In most cases, it is very expensive to flip these kinds of spaces, though more cost effective than designing and building something from scratch. However, what is less likely to happen is the process of turning office buildings into residential towers. Aside from the fact that most office spaces take up an entire city block, issues such as plumbing and kitchen fixtures would be too costly. Which is why converting to medical/research facilities would be the more likely option; given the fact that most businesses have already adopted or grown more comfortable with the concept of working-from-home. One thing is for certain, the pandemic has changed how most companies conduct business, and hopefully for the better.

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How Standing Workstations Improve Productivity

IMPORTANCE OF WORKPLACE ERGONOMICS

First and foremost, what is workplace ergonomics and how does it apply to the modern working environment? According to ErgoPlus, workplace ergonomics is “the science of designing the workplace, keeping in mind the capabilities and limitations of the worker.” Many factors are taken into consideration when it comes to ergonomic solutions in a work environment such as; productivity, quality, employee engagement and safety. Without the latter, offices can possibly disrupt the workflow of many of their employees, who are bound to be frustrated and tired due to poor ergonomic design.

THE EVOLUTION OF OFFICE FURNITURE: THE SIT-STAND DESK

The need for ergonomics has greatly increased due to the ever-changing developments in new technology. Computers have gradually become smaller, faster operating. Office employees in modern working environments such interior design and architect firms are often always “on the move” as their work requires constant teamwork and collaboration. Therefore, most healthy individuals have that high energy, positive thinking mind-set to get them through their busy day. So, what exactly plays a key factor to this person’s energy and workflow?

HOW IS THE SIT STAND DESK BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HEALTH?

The sit stand desk is more than just a simple standard piece of furniture. It is unique in the sense that it allows employees to work from a normal sitting position to an elevated-standing position. It alleviates the stress of having to sit for prolonged periods of time. In fact, when you’re sitting for prolonged periods of time, you’re likely to develop an increase in back, neck and shoulder pain. According to Standesk.com, “when you’re sitting, up to 90% more pressure is applied on your lower back and can lead to reduced spine flexibility and disk damage.” Sitting also leads to bad posture, leaning your head towards your computer screen, hunching your neck and shoulder etc. In fact, these contributing factors lead to an unhealthy office workflow that can also affect your own personal lifestyle.

SMART FURNITURE

At dTank, our work requires in-person meetings and collaboration, therefore the ability to move in and out of an office is key to our workflow. It is our job to design furniture capable of supporting a healthy workflow for every one of our employees.

With a growing demand for better workspaces and employee productivity, companies are looking to provide office health solutions by incorporating technology into furniture, hence “smart furniture.” The sit-stand desk is a prime example of smart furniture taken in the right direction, but how do developers bring it to the next level?

Innovative software like TableAir is designed to provide users with a sit-stand booking system. By creating a user profile (height adjustments included), employees can reserve any available sit-stand in the office and activate their preferences. Once the desk has been reserved, a message is sent to notify all users in the office that it’s been taken. How cool is that?!

Furthermore, TableAir provides a premium sit-stand desk which comes equipped with LED lights that change color when reserved or currently in-use. This comes in handy for large office spaces where employees need quick access to the nearest available desk.

It goes without saying that this furniture piece is the future of workplace ergonomics and an overall effective health solution for employees in the modern working environment.

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How Custom Furniture Design Shapes a Company’s Culture and Business

This year millennials will comprise half of the American workforce. By the year 2025, about 75 percent of the global workforce will be millennials. This generation will directly shape the cultures of most companies in many ways.

According to Glassdoor, nearly 80 percent of millennials look for a people and culture fit with employers, followed by career potential. Many company’s leave office culture to evolve on its own. But, the benefits of a positive workforce are almost immeasurable, so it may be a good idea to understand this new generation in the workforce. Learn what makes them happy, comfortable, and productive. Not only will you retain employees, but your company’s productivity and profitability will benefit as well.

Efficiency is the foundation of productivity in the business and office environment. In other words, it will take your staff more time to complete tasks and be productive if the office isn’t efficient. One essential element of productivity is to provide a comfortable work environment. Custom design furniture can support the variety of tasks being carried out by the individuals in the workforce, playing a pivotal role in employee comfort, creativity, efficiency, and productivity.

Keep in mind, design trends will change over the years, so it’s essential to focus on the basics like desks, seating, spaces, colors, and textures. Ask yourself, “Does this meet our employees’ day-to-day needs and make the most of our available space?”

An attractive, comfortable office is one of the most important things that a company can do to secure the best workers of the millennial generation. How? Through color, texture, and design as well as functionality. The use of colors can be an essential design element. Blue, for instance, inspires tranquility, while green is one of the easiest colors for the human eyes to focus on for long periods, so it might bode well in a conference room. Mirrors, which add depth and perspective, can make a small space seem more significant.

Today’s office environments are typically very dynamic and fast-paced, making technology and mobility essential. Although many offices today are focused on teamwork and collaboration, it’s a good idea to evaluate which types of furniture best support your own company’s unique needs and everyone’s day-to-day activities.

BENCHING WORKSTATIONS ARE TRENDING

A great way to maximize space in an office, benching workstations can accommodate multiple employees and encourage both privacy and collaboration, making them affordable and convenient. Benching workstations appeal to most millennials who want to be part of a team. They need a sense of belonging and a chance to make a difference.

It’s also important to understand and trust your workforce. This might be a good time to gather your employees and management team into the conference room and ask them what they think. The dTank team would be happy to assist you with a list of questions to begin the process. What if you live and work in a warm climate? A well-furnished, comfortable outdoor area might be ideal for taking a much-needed break to replenish creativity and productivity, rather than employees being cooped up in a kitchen-like breakroom.

COMFORTABLE OUTDOOR BREAKS

Let’s not forget the importance of taking breaks. The breakroom, often the core of any office, is where people can get their morning coffee, warm-up lunch and chat with colleagues. Most people who take a break at work today also enjoy going on social media to contact family and friends. But today’s breakrooms have taken a departure.

For example, this dTank design for a retail company located in Burbank, California, enables employees to take a break outdoors and sit on wooden benches to catch up with social media or eat at communal tables.

Custom furniture can help transform workspaces and affect corporate culture and at the same time, custom ergonomically designed office furnishings increase comfort and productivity.

dTank helps design experiences. A global leader in design we work with architects and designers to create custom furniture solutions for corporate spaces. From concept to creation, we handle all of the details for our clients. All of our products are manufactured in the United States using the most advanced fabrication techniques and highest grade materials. To learn more, visit www.dTank.com.

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9 New Year Resolutions for Architects

While a lot has happened in the world of architecture this year, it’s just as important to reflect on your own personal architectural practices. Here are some ways to help improve yourself in the New Year. From travel to risk-taking to humanitarian activism, there’s no shortage of inspiration!

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Marc Kushner speaking at TED Talk, March 2014

1. SPEAK MORE.

Begin to build your professional portfolio and your personal sphere of influence by attending conferences or forums that allow you to share your knowledge, understanding, and aspirations of and for the design community. Sometimes this means even sitting in on an event and listening then responding. Whether it is a TED talk or a college classroom, the impact is significant for your own growth and those within your network. Don’t forget that listening is equally as important!

2. BUILD WELL CERTIFIED.

Social consciousness is an element of design that often takes the back seat. Work harder this year to build WELL Certified and make your architecture’s aesthetic elevated by purpose. There are 7 elements to a WELL Certified building; Air, Comfort, Fitness, Light, Mind, Nourishment, and Water. Not only will you be promoting the building of spaces to optimize health and mental well-being, but also defending and taking into account fundamental human rights. This means making architecture more sustainable for our planet, and more accessible for everyone.

3. APPRECIATE SALVAGED SPACE & ARCHITECTURE.

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Sala Beckett, Obrador Internacional de Dramatúrgia; Barcelona / Spain / 2016

Sometimes looking forward also means referencing the past. We were recently inspired by a few photos of “Re-Architecture” from Sala BeckettPrada, and Casa Vicens restoration. Often times these types of spaces hold the greatest collection of memories and treasures allowing for the ability to have a richer, more original design process.

4. LEARN ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURE OF A COUNTRY YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

Every country has its own twist on traditional, modern, and contemporary architecture. Whether you are inspired by the upturned corners of a Classical Chinese roof or Australia’s Sydney Opera House, searching deeper into a countries roots, reasons, and remedies can never hurt.

5. TAKE ON A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.

Bringing an awareness of and respect for global issues into your practice allows you to see the world in a more interconnected way socially, economically, and politically. We also need to develop the skills, attitudes and values which will enable us to work together (across countries and cultures) to bring about change in the pursuit of a more just and sustainable world, where individuals are empowered and resources are more equitably shared. Don’t build walls, but bring people together through your practice.

6. TAKE UP A NEW NON-ARCHITECTURAL HOBBY.

See how it helps your architectural side. We like the idea of yoga, origami, ceramics, coding, or learning a new language.

7. TRAVEL MORE.

Since we are living in the age of Instagram, it is easy to get lost living vicariously through Pinterest boards, saved photos, and influencers. However, when it comes to subtle textures, atmospheric spaces and beautiful details, there is no substitute for traveling to experience architecture in person. Whether its gardens, hotels, monuments (and sometimes the ones closest to you are the places that get ignored) feel free to allow yourself to travel and immerse yourself in a sense of discovery and cultural inspiration!

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8. USE MORE COLOR.

Designers are often scared to experiment with colors but they often harness a lot of energy and can be a helpful guide for a space. Whether its using dramatic or energetic colors, finding inspiration from designs around us, in nature, and even color psychology is a great way to start.

9. TAKING MORE RISKS.

Last but not least, it is an overarching theme for 2018 to keep your spirit alive throughout the design year. This means taking risks, trying new things, paying attention to current events, and much more. Learning and growing sometimes means making mistakes or making extra preliminary revisions to get to a place not yet discovered. Take on new textures, colors, and forms in 2018. The more you step outside your comfort zone, the further your design evolves.

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Office Lovin’ Q & A

dTank founder, Reto Eberle sits down with Michal Ptacek, founder of Officelovin’ to discuss emerging workplace trends as well as developments in the industry overall. Officelovin’ was the first to exclusively feature offices of many famous companies such as Spotify, Shopify, Zendesk, Yelp, Polyvore and is considered as the premium resource for office design inspiration.

HELLO RETO, COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY TO OUR READERS? WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO?

Hello! As you said, my name is Reto Eberle and I’m the founder and owner of dTank. dTank is a custom furniture company that creates custom furniture from conceptual design to installation. We collaborate with interior designers and architects to create unique and innovative furniture. We begin by taking the clients and designers vision and using our talents as furniture designers, engineers and manufacturers to turn it into reality. We focus on pushing the boundaries of design and fabrication.

DTANK WAS FOUNDED IN 1998, HOW HAS THE TYPICAL OFFICE EVOLVED SINCE THEN?

In 1998 we experienced the dot-com boom where technology companies, particularly in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area were breaking out of the common cubicle designs and wanting more open, collaborative, fun spaces that got their creative juices flowing. The furniture designs were experimental and we were creating furniture out of unusual materials such as parachute fabric, street signs, light posts, and more! Around 2001, during the collapse of the dot-com era, we got more involved with advertising agencies. The advertising industry really set the tone for branding interiors. They emphasized creating an office environment that showed their client’s how they can apply their talents and creativity to their space. As the years have gone by, company’s, particularly workspaces, have adopted an open space environment. Privacy isn’t as important anymore. Private offices and privacy panels went away and people were more comfortable sitting closer to each other. Today, we see trends of benching with long tables and collaborative spaces like communal tables. If it’s one thing we learned from being around for almost two decades is that history repeats itself and a lot of designs are revived with a more modern twist. Because we work directly with the designers and the clients, we get a clear idea of how the company and the staff work so we’re able to come up with designs that set future trends.

YOU ARE ORIGINALLY FROM SWITZERLAND, A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN EUROPE. WHAT HAS BROUGHT YOU TO THE UNITED STATES IN 90’S?

Switzerland is a beautiful country with a great healthcare system where you can create a lovely life for yourself however, I was driven by entrepreneurship and at the time Switzerland was not the right place for that. Today with places like Berlin, London and Paris, you have greater opportunities in Europe but it was not the case in 80s. I actually grew up in the furniture industry with my family so I was always passionate about furniture so I chose to come to America in the 90s and explore my options. Living in America I’ve learned that if you work hard and are passionate about your career goals, the opportunities open up for you.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE CURRENT OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS?

We create furniture for all types of environments and industries so it varies. In the office space industry we see a lot of long benches and sit-stand tables. When I started in the 90’s, ergonomic office chairs were a big deal and now it’s the desks. The sit-stand desks are getting more and more affordable so we see them often. That said, we always caution people that having sit-stand systems are just one way to help prevent injuries but they do not make a great difference alone. Companies that spend the time to teach their employees how to use their ergonomic furniture, encourage breaks, use alternative working options like a motion chair rather than a static chair. Another trend we see often are collaborative spaces like huddle rooms and open seating spaces.

Publicis Groupe / design by Clive Wilkinson Architects

MANY TECH COMPANIES INVEST ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY INTO THEIR OFFICE ENVIRONMENT. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON FOR THAT AND CAN WE SAY THAT HAVING A COOL LOOKING OFFICE HELPS YOU TO ATTRACT THE BEST TALENT?

Nowadays, there is a lot of money spent on the design and functionality of an office because of the benefits that come with that. Outside of providing your employees with a cool looking office, you need to make it functional and inspiring. A lot of design firms will spend a lot of time studying how people interact with an office space from how they work on the computer, file paperwork, use the printer, and even eat their lunch. They create a space that helps the majority of it’s employees get the best experience. And by this, it naturally attracts talent and also retains talents by indirectly telling them, they matter.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON MISTAKES COMPANIES LOOKING FOR A NEW OFFICE DESIGN DO?

A common mistake I see are companies spending a majority of their budget on lounge spaces or lobbies because they are typically the spaces that directly face their customers or clients. I believe there should be a focus on where employees spend most of their time. Generally, companies feel like employee spaces are where they can save money. If you consider the fact that employees spend 40+ hours a week at their desks, spending time and design efforts of these areas may impact the longevity and health of employees which in turn will save a lot of money.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles / Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects

LET’S SAY I HAVE A TECH COMPANY AND I WANT TO HAVE MY OFFICE SPACE TO BE DESIGNED BY YOUR COMPANY. HOW DOES THE DESIGN PROCESS LOOK LIKE THESE DAYS?

Our primary concern is the furniture and we rely on our A&D partners to design. We collaborate with them so the furniture and space are designed as one. Generally the interior designers and architects bring us into projects as a part of their team, just like they would bring in a technical consultant. We work with them to see what piece of furniture would work best as custom. We work hand-in-hand with them to create conceptual designs until it is exactly what they want and then move into manufacturing all the way into installation. dTank is actually short for design tank and our mission is always to create an environment and follow a process that is very collaborative. We work closely with experts whether it be designers, engineers, fabricators, manufacturers, to create furniture and a space that is functional, creative and of course looks great!

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE FUTURE OF WORKSPACES?

As I said earlier, history repeats itself, so I would not be surprised to see trends from the past coming back again. That said, in more recent times, workspaces have gotten more minimal with concrete floors and open ceilings where the cons of limited privacy and poor acoustics will be addressed. Adding private spaces and acoustical panels while keeping the open space feel will become more and more relevant. It’s also important to look ahead into the future of what new jobs are going to be created. We always take some to research and learn how they will work and how it may affect our industry.

DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE A MOMENT IN THE FUTURE, WHERE OFFICES WILL BE GONE AND PEOPLE WILL WORK AND COMMUNICATE PRIMARILY FROM THEIR HOME OFFICES?

Home offices and overall off-site working is not a new thing and although it’s become more and more relevant and established, it does not work for everybody. There is a large group of companies and employers within those companies that need to be apart of a corporate culture and collaborative environment. We definitely see the convenience of working from home and it can benefit certain employees a lot, for example, cutting down their commute time or allowing them to set their own hours. The cons of home offices, however, are that many times the setting of the office is not appropriately addressed. If an employee is sitting at their kitchen table for 8+ hours a day, they will notice the negative affects it has on their body and work in no time. It’s important to make sure your furniture is ergonomic, your space is designated only for work, and that it allows for proper functionality and productivity.

Legendary Entertainment / Design by Felderman Keatinge + Associates / Photograph courtesy of Eric Laignel

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CO-WORKING SPACES? IT SEEMS LIKE WORKING IN CO-WORKING ENVIRONMENT IS BECOMING A PREFERABLE CHOICE FOR MANY CREATIVES AND PROFESSIONALS, BUT ALSO FOR SOME COMPANIES THAT SET UP OFFICES IN CO-WORKING SPACES, AND LET THEIR EMPLOYEES WORK FROM THERE

Before “co-working,” businesses had the option of renting out office suites, so it’s not necessarily a new trend. I definitely believe there is a need for it. There are businesses, especially start ups that simply cannot afford leasing their own space. At a certain point, those businesses may transition to their own space but some, particularly smaller business may be content with co-working for the long haul. Some people, however, don’t work well around a lot of noise or being surrounded by other people, so co-working may not be the best option for them. The great part about co-working is that provides an option for those that may need it. Providing options is what dTank is based off of. We are able to provide our client’s options that are best fit for them because we create furniture rather than sell already made furniture.

DO YOU THINK IT IS ONLY A CURRENT TREND OR IS IT THE FUTURE FOR MANY COMPANIES? FOR EXAMPLE TO KEEP THE COSTS DOWN, AS YOU JUST SAID?

For smaller companies, co-working is the best fit in regards to saving money. Generally, they don’t have the capital to lease a space and pay for all the things that come with it. I personally don’t believe co-working is a trend that will go away. There may be more now than there was before but it will never go away. Like all workspace solutions, it may evolve with the times but the problem it is currently solving will always exist.

Art: “Nature”, CoArt Acoustical Floating Panels

YOU WILL BE LAUNCHING A NEW PRODUCT THAT SHOULD HELP COMPANIES WITH THE OFFICE ACOUSTICS. COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE IT TO OUR READERS? WHAT DOES THIS PRODUCT DO?

Acoustics is something that has generally always been addressed but in current times, because of the open office space, it’s needed more than before. The best way to describe is there are times that you go to a restaurant and regardless of the amount of people around and the noise level, sometimes you are truly bothered by the sound and other times it’s just background noise. When the noise bothers you, it is because the space has not appropriately addressed their acoustical issues. The noise made within the space travels and bounces against hard surfaces and redirects the sound cause noise reverberations and echoes.

We’ve created a product that not only solves this issue using acoustical core material by trapping and absorbing the sound rather than redirecting it, but have made with a few properties that make unique to the market.

We understand that spaces, particularly commercial, want to be visually appealing. So instead of just wrapping our acoustical panels with a colored or patterned fabric, we print art on an acoustically transparent fabric, hence the products name of Acoustical Art. We provide clients a gallery of hundreds of art options, from photography collage art to gradient art. We can also create custom art for our clients who want to brand their space or tell the story of their company or use art that our clients provide.

The other unique capability of our system is the frame. We use a very innovative aluminum frame system that allows our clients to display the art in a variety of configurations. You can hang it against the wall, suspend it from the ceiling horizontally or vertically, float it in a space, or make it freestanding. We provide all these configurations so that our architect and designer clients have flexibility when it comes to fitting this product seamlessly within their space.

Acoustical Art is all about creating “art with a function.” Solving acoustical issues while displaying beautiful art. It addresses all the desirable and advantageous elements from art and acoustics to flexibility, adaptability, personalization and individualism.

YOUR COMPANY ALSO MAKES AND SELLS A CUSTOM FURNITURE. WHAT KIND OF FURNITURE CAN YOU EXACTLY MAKE? AND WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL CUSTOMER?

The custom furniture we make is mostly for commercial applications within workspace, healthcare, hospitality and education industries. We can furnish the entire area starting from reception areas to conference rooms, into private offices, to kitchens. When working with commercial design studios, the industries and the furniture requests can be simple to complex. In workspaces, we’ve made workstations, reception desks, huddle spaces; in healthcare spaces, we’ve made nursing stations, casework, physicians tables; in hospitality, we’ve made display shelves, wine storages, dining tables; in education, we’ve made auditorium seating, computer desks, lounge seating. We can design and build any piece that can realistically be engineered and fabricated. Our focus is on making commercial grade furniture so that it can hold up and be long lasting within the space. Each piece is custom for each client and is never repeated.

Gerson Lehrman Group / design by Clive Wilkinson Architects

THE BEST OFFICE SPACE YOU HAVE EVER SEEN?

That’s a hard question! Each client and company is so different from the other especially when it comes to showcasing their personality within their design. Generally the best spaces I have seen, have a visually appealing design with branding, are functional, have good acoustics, and the furniture blends well within the space. I have seen a great deal of spaces that fit in this description, so fortunately there isn’t just one!

Thank you for your time Reto.

Thank you Michal.

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Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s Palliati…

Puchlik Design Associates partnered with dTank to create custom furniture for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center‘s palliative care unit. When creating furniture in the healthcare, whether it is for waiting rooms, exam rooms, and patient rooms such as this one, we combine the requirements provided by the medical facility and project architect with Evidence Based Design principals and our knowledge of hospitality furniture.This approach results in patient-centered furniture solutions that provide a sense of comfort during what may be an uneasy situation.

Client: Providence St. Joseph Medical Center – Palliative Care Suites

Industry: Healthcare

Location: Mission Hills, CA

Scope: Casework, Writing Desk, Coffee Table, Sink, Nightstand, CoArt Art Panels, Clothing Cabinets

Materials: Wood Laminate, Caesarstone, Powder-Coated Steel, Digitally Printed Acrylic Panels

Design Firm: Puchlik Design Associates

Clothing Cabinet – Ceiling height made of wood laminate and a powder-coated steel handle

Casework – Made of wood laminate placed against the wall fitting perfectly between the wall and the room divider. Cabinet design is made to camouflage within the space.

CoArt Acrylic Panel – A custom boiphilic design made by CoArt by dTank printed on an acrylic panel that is placed in the middle of the casework providing a calming backdrop for guests. Demountable side panels are designed for access to in-wall Med Gases when zone is used as an overflow licensed bed.

Writing Desk – Freestanding wood laminate stand and drawers topped off with a white Caesarstone table designed for ease relocation when zone is needed for overflow licensed Bed.

Sink – Wood laminate drawers topped off with a white Caesarstone sink.

Coffee Table – Wood laminate table and powder-coated steel legs made with a modern design.

View full portfolio here.

HEALING ART

Studies have shown a direct link between images of nature and it’s positive affects on patient’s health in medical facilities. Too often, patients and physicians find themselves in dim, white, sterile rooms and hallways that can create a disconnected and distressed mental state. One study has found the patients that see images or videos or nature and landscapes, also known as healing art, tend to require far fewer medications for anxiety and agitation and another finds it can lower heart and blood pressure rates.

Healing Art not only benefits the patient, but also the nurses, physicians, medical staff, guests and the facility itself! Similar to how a nicely designed work space can affect an employee’s job satisfaction or a client’s perception of the company, when healing art is hung in patient rooms, hallways or waiting rooms, all that come across it are positively affected.

At CoArt by dTank, we have created a collection of healing art photography art you can choose from or you can request a custom design. All art is designed, printed on your chosen material, and installed by us.

Learn more about Healing Art here.

View our Healing Art collection here.

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The Beauty Behind Solid Hardwood Furniture

Conference tables, desks, cabinets, credenzas, armoires – over the past twenty years dTank has developed an expertise in creating custom furniture solutions using solid hardwood for our clients in all industries. Our hardwood sources, exclusively located in the United States, handpick slabs to create the most dependable and beautiful furniture. That said, there is true value in choosing solid hardwood furniture that goes way beyond its beauty.

Built to Last

Solid hardwood is widely known for its durability and is more often than not the reason many choose it for their custom furniture pieces. Solid hardwood furniture can last for hundreds of years without the need of regular upkeep. Any scratches, water spot stains, dings or dents can easily be repaired and they are also much less expensive to repair than other options.

Quality of Design

The diligent craftsmanship behind our fabrication process using solid hardwood is like no other and the overall look can range from a traditional to modern style. Each piece is built to ensure premium quality and luxury with detailed and fine finishings.

Timeless Beauty

Oak, Maple, Cherry, Alder, Walnut – these are just a few of over 90 types of hardwood species, not including sub-species, all with a unique color and style. Even among the same wood, each piece is one-of-a-kind with its own markings and variations in grain pattern, texture and color. The natural beauty of hardwood furniture gains value as it ages and forms its own character.

Sourced in the USA

You can rest assure knowing that not only is your furniture manufactured and created in America but the solid hardwood comes directly from the forests located in the USA. American forests are sustainably managed and timber is harvested with environmentally aware techniques.

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Innocean Worldwide Featured in Interior Design …

In the May Issue, Interior Design magazine featured our Reception Station we built for Innocean Worldwide in Huntington Beach designed by Shubin + Donaldson Architects. The reception desk features a hot-rolled steel body with clear powder coating and a 3Form Chroma transaction top with miter cut corners. The challenge was to create an ultra-clean steel desk with invisible connections and weld joints.

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iCrete Featured in Interior Design Magazine

The June 2011 issue of Interior Design magazine features furniture and wood work we created for the iCrete offices in Los Angeles. The interiors, designed by Felderman Keatinge & Associates, included workstations that appear to float above the floor. Materials included Fin-Ply wood, Zebrano veneer and enameled steel.

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Team One in Progress

At their new headquarters location in Playa Vista, ad agency Team One is nearly moved in with over 350 workstations installed. Components included laminate panels with Integrated finger joints, laminate work surfaces, felt tack panels, dry erase panels, overhead sliding door track cabinets, plug and play UL electrical systems, and mobile pedestals with fabric cushions. The architects for this space were Shubin + Donaldson Architects.

The move to the 64,000 square foot space was initiated in order to provide a larger and more collaborative working environment between departments. As the company expands, the open space was necessary in retaining employees and recruiting new talent.

The Reserve, a former postal distribution center turned office campus houses several other media and tech companies like Microsoft, TMZ and Playstation. Playa Vista, the once underdeveloped space in the Westside, has now been dubbed “advertising agency row” by industry insiders for its burgeoning creative scene.