A Phone Booth in an Office?

Yes! I now it may sound to some of you bizarre, but it’s definitely something that should be given thoughts to.

What kind of Phone Booths are we talking about?

I am not talking about regular phone booths, that we still love visiting in London (don’t we all take that typical tourist picture?).
This is a total different phone booth that helps in a way that employees seeking their space to relax, taking phone calls and just having a break from the outside world inside an office.

SIlen Space Phone Booth – Double.

Why do we need a Phone Booth in the Office?

Nowadays, offices are shifting more and more towards an open office work environment where we love to collaborate and relax in lounge areas, but also work remotely from desk to sofa and back. But don’t we all love our privacy as well?
Some of you may haven’t thought of it, but we may all have experienced a situation where we received a call in an inconvenient situation at work sitting in an open office environment, where co-workers and even maybe your manager can hear every single word, if they wanted to, and we do need to take that call. Aren’t we all searching for another area to take private phone call? Sometimes we’d walk outside or blocking one of the boardrooms?
The worst scenario is having co-workers wondering around with their phone, as they have nowhere to go, but disturbing other fellows while raising their voice throughout the workspace.

Silen Space makes the difference.

With Silen Space Phone Booths employees have the opportunity to take phone calls in a compact place, while everyone have their privacy and no-one gets disturbed. Further more, it’s a private lounge, I’d like to call it.

Silen Space Phone Booth – Lounge Area

Silen Space Advantages:

  1. NO ONE can hear a thing you’re saying within that phone booth – of course only if the door is shut ūüėČ
  2. The Phone Booth comes in different sizes – Single, Double, for 4 or 6 people.
  3. All Spaces have hidden wheels and adjustable legs which make them quickly movable and easily installable even on uneven surfaces. The modules can be attached and detached swiftly and simply.
  4. There is the option to add Plugs and USB to any phone booth variation.
  5. The silent air circulation system guarantees a fresh atmosphere for longer phone calls, conversations and meetings while the presence detector that automatically controls the LED lights helps to keep the energy use to an optimum level.
  6. Silen Space Phone booth users have measured that the noise levels inside our pods are roughly 37 dB lower than outside of them.
  7. All floor sockets are waterproof and all Spaces are equipped with a residual current device that makes them safe to use. 
  8. Heads up: You do not need a sprinkler within the Phone Booth. It will be accepted when inspected as the Phone Booth comes on Wheels and counts as a “furniture” piece.

Additional Features:

  • The Phone Booths are available in different finishes such as the exterior panels come in 3 standard and 29 custom colours. Besides, the exterior panels are made of durable laminated surfaces.
  • Silen Space only uses highly durable materials for the interior wall and flooring. They are hypoallergenic and fireproof. Thats why Silen Spaces are usable from day one, emitting no strong chemical smells during the first weeks.
  • Wait for the technical aspect: For any Silen Space Phone Booth, starting at a double size, the CO2 sensor, inside temperature, presence sensor, light, ventilation, and user data history are all controllable and accessible
  • Depending on your space, you may need the door handles right or left handed. Silen Space offers you to choose.
  • Are you interested in branding your Silen Space Phone Booth? That’s doable by adding a film in whichever shade, pattern or company branding either before or after the installation. You can also cover all glass surfaces in tinted film to add more privacy to your Space.
  • One of the biggest things, clients always ask me as a designer, what the warranty looks like: Silen Spaces come with a warranty of up to 5 years (click for the Warranty Terms & Conditions).

I hope that this article opened up your mind for the need of privacy in office environments in general. The Silen Phone Booths are a great idea to work towards that and a huge advantage for individuals seeking for privacy without disturbing their surrounding areas.

Find more information on their website or contact me.


See yourself and book an office tour with me to simply try the Silen Space Phone Booth. Email me at sina@vanteriordesign.com or Call: 778 899 4849

Cheers,
Sina


Note: Pictures are provided by Silenspace.com


How to Work with a Designer?

For some of you it might seems very simple finding the right designer: Google –> Best designer in town –> Paying a bunch of $$ and awaiting results that reflect your inner dreams.
Exactly, your inner dreams and desire of your space!

We are designers, but not magicians.

To be clear from the start, we are talking about creative work. Design is intelligence having fun. No doubt, but there is so much more to it.

Finding the right designer and working together in a way, that we can produce a positive outcome in a timely manner. This is a checklist, knowing what to do and what to expect when hiring a designer.

Those are your first steps hiring successful your designer.

Find below 5 bulletproof points on your checklist you should know about before hiring a designer (or while you’re looking for one!):

  1. Know your Budget

Many times I have been to consultations where potential clients knowing what they want, but they have no budget in mind. 0.
I understand that the whole process can be very overwhelming and many steps are unknown, but we do know how much money we have in our pocket and are willing to spent. Trust me, it’s nothing scary to communicate your options. It will be much easier within the process to start with a clean slate.
When it comes to that question, we are asking to figure out your overall budget. How far can the design go in quantity and material of the furniture, millwork etc. We will base our choices and recommendations on that budget, which will make it much easier returning with a style guide and ideas, knowing the client will be able to afford it. Nothing worse then showcasing furniture that won’t be accessible, due to money aspects. This also occurs to a much faster result, where we come to our next point of view.

Know your Budget!

2. Time is Money

Depending on your communication with the designer, design service may include 4-6 revisions based on the options you would like to see, maybe it include only 2-3 revisions? All depending on your inquiry. But please keep in mind that more work means more time which means = it will cost you more.
Some Designers are working off a design service flat fee – which works – but only if it outlines for example how many revisions this flat fee includes. Any additional work done outside that agreement, will be billed as usually per hour. There is no way around it. Work is work.
Tip: If you’re unsure what you want, communicate that to the designer and take the time to look through your Pinterest with your Designer finding helpful information you like and dislike.

Keep in mind that time is money.

3. Recognizing that our Job is a JOB

You may think by now – I have the best idea – I call my friend, she is a great designer and would love to help. How often have we called friends and family member for help in whatever they are good at? Asking my aunt for her great recipe, asking my dad for help with the PC trouble. Lot’s of time we call the people we know. Calling you designer friend for some tips and tricks may happen, too. And I am pretty sure they would love to take some time out of their busy designer life for you. But, many times, it takes a lot of time. It results in many hours, bringing up ideas, communicating with manufactures, furniture stores, making sure you’re getting the designer discount, taking some phone calls etc etc.
It may look like it’s “just a quick consultation for tips and tricks”, but as we all know – some tips and recommendations may lead into further questions or requiring additional assistance. Your friend will automatically do what it takes to not disappoint. All this work is time consuming. That said, it’s hard work. Please recognize that. If you have a friend or family member that is a designer, please value their work and if they keep offering their help finishing a project with you, thank them and pay them!
This is not a Hobby – It is a JOB!

Please value our job!

4. Plan way ahead

Many Designers having a wait list. Get on it! As soon as you know you are going to built, renovate or whatsoever which include a designer in the (near) future – plan ahead of time. Save your frustration being on a wait list that will not make the deadline.
Besides, if your designer of your choice would be available sooner then later, furniture or millwork might not be on time. Keep in mind, that some furniture will take it’s time to be manufactured. For example Office Furniture from Knoll is taking an approx. time of 8 Weeks including manufacturing, shipping, delivery and installation.
Also, please allow the designer proper time to figure out the concept and do revisions before ordering can begin. It’s totally doable, but plan ahead.

Begin to plan as early as you can.

5. Talk to us

Always talk to us. We are a service industry and we may or may not have everything designed the way you 100% like it. Before moving on for example ordering the final parts per area – please speak up! It’s ok to ask for changes. It would be much worse to not say anything and the final order is submitted, that can’t be changed or cancelled – especially items made to order.

Communication between client and designer is essential!

I hope this helps on your exciting journey working with a designer! If you have any questions, please let me know.
Feel free to leave a comment below.


Ready to book your free design consultation today?
Let’s meet on site. Find here more about my services.


Can’t meet on site within the Greater Vancouver Area, Squamish or Whistler? No worries – we can work easily together
through “E-Design”. A Design Service offered through the world wide web.

Cheers,
Sina

Why I’d recommend a Knoll Generation Task Chair?

There are a lot of Task Chairs out there and I totally understand that it can get overwhelming looking for options.

Research

The truth is, research is the base. There are companies they spent a lot of money and time trying to figure our the best features of the best Task Chair. But, in the end, it comes down to a simple but time consuming task:
Evaluating the habits of a couple hundreds of people working, collaborating and simply using the Task Chairs on a daily basis. How do they use their Task Chairs? What features are in their advantage? Are there features that aren’t provided yet that could benefit the user?

Knoll

This is where Knoll comes in play. They went the extra mile and spent a lot of time and incredible hard work to gather their knowledge, using it in interest building something incredible: “The Generation Task Chair”.

Why I’d recommend a Knoll Generation Task Chair?

Throughout their research, Knoll built this magnificent and I’d almost say, smart Task Chair. Let me introduce you to a couple outstanding features as per below:

  • The Frameless Flex Back fuses two elements: high performance elastomeric Flex Back Net that cradles your back, providing integral lumbar support, and figure 8 structure enables multidimensional movement.
  • Continuous Lumbar carries the lumbar support from the back into the arms to support side sitting
Generation Task Chair. Picture provided by Knoll Media Bank.
  • The Arms are attached to the Back and not to the Seat, which is mostly common for Task Chairs. The Flex Seat offers 270 degrees of unobstructed seat edge. This allows the user lots movement to collaborate with colleagues or real sideways in the Chair. Please see picture below.
Knoll Task Chairs in action. Pictures provided by Knoll Media Bank.
  • Something that every Task Chair should have is the Dynamic Suspension‚ĄĘ that offers weight-compensated. With that feature every user will be automatically supported based on their weight without any additional adjustments. You and your babe can use the same Chair while the Suspension is working for both of you. *YAY*

Based on the features of this Task Chair and my experience with several different ones, just simply lead me to my favourite Task Chair.
The Knoll Generation Task Chair.
Which, by the way, I am using myself in my Office on a daily basis.
And I am happy! On a daily basis ūüėČ

You can find lots more features that I haven’t mentioned above online.
Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or consultation request. I am happy to help you finding your perfect Task Chair.

I hope you will find the Task Chair of your DREAMS.

Cheers,
Sina