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5 Trends Shaping the Future

by Stephanie Clemons

The interior design industry is undergoing tremendous change at the moment. These developments are likely to have a substantial impact on how design is practiced three to five years from now… The American Society of Interior Designers released its 2015 Industry Outlook report, which includes information on a number of developing trends that are shaping the practice of interior design. The following are five that industry insiders are seeing as among the fastest moving at present:

The Changing Client. The nature of the designer-client relationship is continuing to change and at a faster rate. This is having a profound effect on both how designers practice and the services they provide. In the residential sector especially, clients are seeking a more participatory relationship with their designer, wanting to be more directly involved in design and purchasing decisions. In the commercial sector, clients are more frequently engaging designers as consultants or advisers, while outsourcing the implementation and installation of their designs to contractors, vendors, and computer graphics firms. At the same time, designers are increasingly serving as advocates for the benefits of good design, explaining to clients and the public how design can make spaces healthier, more functional, and more supportive of the activities for which they are built.

Healthy Behaviors. A profound change in recent years has been the shift within the built environment toward occupant well-being. The recently launched WELL Building Standard establishes for the first time performance requirements in seven areas relevant to occupant health—air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind. Using evidence-based design, urban planners, builders, and designers are creating spaces that promote wellness and healthy behaviors. We are also seeing more widespread recognition of the importance of biophilia and its impact on health and well-being.

Higher Sustainability Standards. One of the most transformative trends affecting interior design now and for at least the next few years is the rising bar of sustainability standards. The USGBC is currently rolling out updated standards, LEED v4, that will require architects, interior designers, and even property managers responsible for building performance to further minimize environmental footprints. Governments, too, are setting higher standards for energy and water conservation. New “smart building” systems are improving monitoring in all areas of the building. The definition of sustainability is expanding, too, to include occupant health and wellness, and social responsibility.

Holistic Design. The urgency to solve today’s complex building and design problems is making an interdisciplinary approach more important than ever. The design silo is being replaced with a systems thinking methodology that looks at the building as an interconnected, interactive whole. As disciplines become more specialized and continue to merge, we must have the various practitioners at the table—designers, mechanical and structural engineers, architects, facility managers, and more—to develop more holistic solutions.

Emerging Technologies. Technological innovation is transforming our profession, both how we design and what we design. Newer visualization and building information tools, such as 3D printing, BIM, and Revit, have taken planning and rendering to a whole new level. With the advent of the Internet of Everything, spaces will be teeming with “smart” devices that will control and monitor every aspect of its use. Advances in robotics are increasing the speed of construction, helping to reduce injuries and making possible the use of new building materials and methods.

Design is changing, and the future promises exciting possibilities for the profession.

Originally published in Interiors & Sources, July 1, 2015.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution   More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.   The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,    “I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.    The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution

More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.
 
The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,

“I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.
 
The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

Trading Places - Seminar with Charles Braham, Joe Du Temple, and Charlie Du Temple Monday June 11th 1 - 2pm  
 We are excited to annouce that Charles Braham, President of Innovant Inc., will be speaking at Neocon. He will be accompanying panel members Joe and Charlie Du Temple of ESD Global in addressing the impact of high density technology on space design and construction. They will also discuss how to accommodate technology within and above a desk while insuring that the mechanical infrastructure and ergonomic requirements are met. 
 The attendees will gain a knowledge on trading desk - open plan design and how it relates to accommodating an extensive list of technology requirements. They will also gain an understanding of how to best position the process of ‘desk’ design into a project, and finally what team disciplines are needed to make the project a success.

Trading Places - Seminar with Charles Braham, Joe Du Temple, and Charlie Du Temple Monday June 11th 1 - 2pm

We are excited to annouce that Charles Braham, President of Innovant Inc., will be speaking at Neocon. He will be accompanying panel members Joe and Charlie Du Temple of ESD Global in addressing the impact of high density technology on space design and construction. They will also discuss how to accommodate technology within and above a desk while insuring that the mechanical infrastructure and ergonomic requirements are met.

The attendees will gain a knowledge on trading desk - open plan design and how it relates to accommodating an extensive list of technology requirements. They will also gain an understanding of how to best position the process of ‘desk’ design into a project, and finally what team disciplines are needed to make the project a success.

Featured in this Month's Issue of Interiors & Sources

Featured in this month’s issue of Interiors & Sources

“Conference tables from Innovant are ideal for outfitting larger offices when combined with the company’s FORm_office system. From technology-rich touchdown tables to traditional conferencing, the Innovant conference line features a full complement of user-accessible services and advanced cable management tools. Access to power, data, video and USB ports is provided by flush-mount, pop-up and fully recessed ports in the center, and a variety of table sizes and finishes are available. ”


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TRADING PLACES

Join ESD’s Joe Du Temple and Charlie Du Temple, in the Innovant Showroom for an AIA Continuing Education Class that addresses how seemingly small decisions involving technology direction can have a significant impact on design and constructability. Using trading fi rms as an example, the class reviews deployed technologies and how they drive MEP systems, construction and space planning.

Hosted by Innovant, the evening promises to be interesting and educational. Whether you are a veteran trading fi rm designer experienced with the unique requirements of trading fi rms or are becoming familiar with these cutting edge environments, this class provides background and fresh insight.

RSVP to Laura Finn at lfinn@esdglobal.com 312  456  2312

Innovant Showroom is Located at 440 N. Wells, Suite 310  Chicago IL 60654  

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3 Tips For Designing A Work Space That Embodies Your Brand

Express your voice. Embody your values. Build a stage, not the set.

 "A workspace is as much an opportunity to express who you are as a company as it is a functional place to get work done. This is an important chance to put your brand into three-dimensions, to surround yourselves with personality and character, to create some theater for your prospective employees and partners.

Be forewarned though. This kind of expression is not borne from “design thinking.” This is not user-centered design that emanates from interviews of every employee or that integrates 1,000 voices. This design mandate needs to come from an individual or very small team so that it has a singular voice. This kind of creative personality comes from individual idiosyncrasy, so it cannot be a large group effort.“ - John Edson, Designer San Francisco CA

FORm Review from Wille Design

“For a recent client located in the San Francisco area, we provided the Form product for their command and control centers and in their training area. Form was the right fit for their complexity and ability to manage change over the long term. After the installation was complete, the customer, of their own initiative, expanded the extent of product and areas to receive Innovant’s Form product. I think that speaks for itself. The customer’s IT services team were also extremely impressed with the accessibility and ease of integrating their technology requirements within the consoles. Innovant’s consoles have now been successfully installed in several of facilities with very positive reception in all instances." Read More>

- Robin Wille, LEED AP, President at Wille Design

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S4 Installation in California

FORm_office S4 Installation - Redwood California 

Innovant recently installed Form Office S4 benching system for YuMe Video Ad Network in Redwood. Founded by Jayant Kadambi and Ayyappan Sankari in 2004, YuMe is one of the most innovative leaders in the field of video advertising, directing campaigns for Mini Cooper, Wells Fargo and eBay. Their headquarters are in Redwood City, California, and with sales offices throughout the United States in addition to the European headquarters in London.

Our award winning S4 Form Office benching system elegant and modern complements the urban interior of this unique office environment. The exposed brick walls and the wood beam ceiling are the perfect match for the modern and contemporary Form Office S4 benching system. Its contemporary design, advanced technology and cable management provides creatives with an optimal workstation. Each desk is outfitted with privacy panels, personal storage cubes and data/usb ports for the user’s convenience. Form Office S4 is in a class of its own, perfect for collaborative or ‘touchdown’ spaces like YuMe’s offices are. Furniture that makes for a creative and collaborative environment can also empower your staff by granting new modes of expression. Devoting space that allows this is important, but furniture designed to promote collaboration greatly increases productivity. This is the great contribution that Form Office S4 offers to all creatives of YuMe’s offices, encouraging them to share their ideas and creating a collaborative work environment.

Form Office S4 installation in Redwood has been possible thanks to the full-service dealership Inside Source, which offers office furniture and services to customers throughout the San Francisco and greater Bay Area. They help companies achieve their goals faster and more reliably providing a complete menu of services, including project management, space planning, warehousing and installation.

Interested in S4? Email info@innovant.com for more information 

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