Our latest RIBA accredited CPD “Learning is a Social Process” seminar is now available.
Collaborating with leading Learning Space consultant, James Rutherford, we explore pedagogically-informed learning spaces, aiming to enhance the experience and output of students, whilst balancing the needs of space, facilities and technology all within the perimeters of teaching environments.
We discuss how and why we believe learning is a social process, addressing the relationship between learning styles in education and how we see this correlate to create effective informal learning through interior and space design.
We look at understanding current and future students’ learning needs and how forthcoming design trends and technology are helping to influence these environments.
Finally, we’ll show some design trends for interiors that are emerging and consider their translation and psychological impact in education design, demonstrating how through smart furniture design and careful choice of material and colours can affect and improve learning and teaching performance.
You can find out more about this CPD or our other Connection CPDs by clicking here or by contacting us to arrange a seminar for you, your colleagues or workplace.
Recent research indicates that open-plan offices can decrease employee productivity, health and happiness. Ambient noise and other distractions present in open office environments have been shown to reduce productivity.
A recent study by Harvard Business School suggests that open-plan offices actually lead to a 72% drop in face-to-face interaction between employees, with more email use and less productivity. According to another piece of research, conducted by Ipsos and Steelcase’s WorkSpace Futures team, office workers are losing a total of 86 minutes every day to distractions.
So what can we do?
By using good, thoughtful design, the majority of open offices can be adapted to create a flexible, attractive and more productive environment without needing a complete redesign:
1. Create comfortable and versatile breakout spaces, with sofas and coffee tables, for checking emails, taking a break and socialising
2. Encourage employees to leave their desks by providing a variety of areas for different tasks and interactions, designing your space to encourage ‘collisions’ between colleagues
3. Provide private or partially private spaces for meetings away from the desks, such as pods or prefabricated ‘rooms’ within the space
4. Use screens and high-backed furniture such as booths, to provide spaces with visual and acoustic privacy for focused work, meetings and phone calls workers may not wish to share with the whole office
5. Collaboration tables allow co-workers to spread their work out, move around, work together and be creative
These simple inclusions will go a long way to ensuring a productive and happy workplace, whilst retaining and building on the open-plan ethos of communication and collaboration.
For most businesses, getting the most from their working environments while increasing productivity and creating a balanced working environment – and enriching the employee experience - can be a challenge. However, help is on hand. With innovative design and clever use of technology Connection can demonstrate how to create smart space solutions that will help turn underperforming areas into “space that works”.
Founded in 1951, the Stockholm fair provides a showcase of the latest innovations in interior design and lighting for both homes and public spaces. Held concurrently with Stockholm Design Week the fair showcases key names designers from Scandinavia and around the world, but also offers an opportunity to explore emerging designers you wouldn’t get the chance to discover at other larger shows.
As the New Year is now in full flow and last year begins to feel like a distant memory we have taken some time to reflect on the year that was 2017 for Connection...
We continued to grow from strength to strength; we saw a record breaking Clerkenwell Design Week, collaborated on a new showroom space in New York, launched a number of new product ranges and became an industry Award Winner!
Modern day workstyles & methods are continuously evolving & adapting. Right now Coworking is the workstyle of the moment taking workspaces by storm & forcing businesses to think differently.
But what are the factors that are driving the large corporations & smaller businesses alike to embrace new Coworking styles & applications?
Rooms, winner of Product of the Year – furniture, at this year’s Mixology awards, NOW INCLUDES a new glass wall & door option.
20th Sep, 2018
Employees are more productive when they have diverse spaces to focus, interact and relax away from their desks. Pic… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
18th Sep, 2018
PLATFORMS modular 2 tiered auditorium seating can be configured to fit into a variety of spaces, with or without se… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
17th Sep, 2018
LEO sprung sofas and armchairs were used in this stylish foyer & breakout area in a security company’s new office s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
12th Sep, 2018
The elegant compact PEAR chair. Minimalist design for meeting or waiting. Designed for Connection by… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…