www.cfasuk.co.uk | SUMMER 2019
A BETTER WAY TO POWER
UP YOUR DESK
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A very warm welcome to the CFAS Summer Journal, let’s
hope this lovely weather continues throughout the summer!!
During May we were proud to be part
of another successful Clerkenwell
Design Week where they celebrated
their 10 th anniversary and us our 7 th
year as media partners.
From conversations since the event, it proved
very popular this year with substantial new
business being gained.
As usual the showrooms pulled out all the
stops to welcome new contacts, together with
friends and colleagues from the industry.
We were also impressed with the pop-up
showrooms, enabling our members not based
in Clerkenwell to participate, the location lends
itself to these and helps to create the festival
We had the pleasure of visiting Staverton’s new
showroom which is most impressive, to trying
out the Herman Miller’s Aeron Hockey, catching
up with members also visiting CDW and then
of course attending numerous events and
seminars which provided many inspirational
One that particularly stands out is that of Oliver
Heath’s Biophilic presentation.
CFAS was kindly offered a base within the
Edge Design and Metalicon Showrooms,
where we were made extremely welcome by all
the teams. We thank you all for your hospitality
and allowing us the use of your boardrooms for
the CFAS presentations which took place.
You will notice on the following pages that this
journal’s feature section is Public Space. Please
take a look and read through the interesting
We hope you enjoy this edition!
Public Space? (STEPHEN RUSSELL)
The Biggest Challenge – Noise! (Brian Daisy)
Interior Design of Healthcare Facilities
Millennials driving hotel design
Sustainable Design – Camira Fabrics
Contract Furniture and the GPSD
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Welcome to Our Main Feature
Public Space at a time when the weather
encourages you to socialise, we look at
the areas designated for us all.
We have some great articles identifying the changing faces of
our environment whether we are at work, rest or play. It is
fascinating when you sit back and remember how uninviting
libraries used to be with anything above a whisper frowned
upon, whereas now they are social spaces inviting clubs,
societies and individuals to utilise their buildings, welcoming
interaction, work, learning and fun.
Reading these articles makes you realising how design,
research and science influences the spaces we inhabit today,
making public spaces social spaces, inclusive and
accommodating whether you belong to Generation Z or the
Baby Boomers. Although beanbag and space-hopper
seating may be comfortable for some, with there being no
limit to retirement age, public areas need to be accessible
and comfortable for everyone, with a variety of seating,
standing and free movement.
Our next Journal released in the Autumn is themed
Workplace Health, so if you would like to write an article
about your experience, observations or latest research,
please do get in touch.
Enjoy the journal, and enjoy summer.
When I think of the word “public space”
I immediately think of lazy sunny summer
afternoons relaxing in the park, reading
the paper, walking the dog, or taking
the children out to play
We now have low level benches, stools, rocking chairs, scatter
chairs, sound proof booths, and colour, so much more colour
and textures. We are able to demonstrate presentations on
seating incorporating IT and visual displays, charge our mobile
devises and make phone calls with a degree of privacy.
We have moved from a place of awkward silence to a hive of
activity. The public space has become the entrance, entrance
to the building, entrance to the business, entrance to the
Yet in the office interiors sphere, “public space” has taken on a
whole new significance and perception. Reception areas that
were simply waiting rooms with hard, functional seating with
brown or grey fabrics have now become much, much more.
These areas have transformed over the past ten years, not only
in product, but more so in function and perception. Reception
areas have become a corporate statement of a company’s or
organisations intent, a declaration of whom we are, what we do,
and how we are going to serve you better.
In fact, “the reception” has become a word associated with
institution, and it has been replaced with words like, break out,
touch down, and meeting place. Indeed “the reception” has
become an extension of the work place and working
environment with many meeting taking places there and visitors
never actually entering the business.
We have graduated from the four-legged chair covered in
clothes sweating vinyl, past the black leather standard couch
with chrome legs, with a brief stop at bean bags – (which I really
think never caught on?)
Transversely the working environment has become the
entrance, making a corporate statement of our success, care,
responsibility and who we are! The entrance is now the centre
of activity, meetings, and conference, no more out of date
publications and dead blue bottles on the window sills!
So..as you plan, sell or simply visit a company entrance
remember what are they trying to say?
Stephen Russell – Director - Pledge Office Chairs
The changing face of
PUBLIC SPACES - overcoming
the biggest challenge,
Public spaces have radically changed.
Libraries were once a place to borrow a
book, now they are where social groups
meet and the hub of a community.
Hotel foyers were where you checked-in, but now are a hive of
activity with meetings and even hot-desks. Offices were for staff
only, now shared work spaces enable people from different
companies to share the same amenities, enjoying networking
and collaborating opportunities.
Public spaces have to become versatile, not originally designed
for such purposes creates challenges, noise being one of them.
These spaces although functional were often uninviting. Today is
different, when developing multipurpose areas considering the
ABC of acoustics becomes increasingly important
All soft materials have some absorption benefits. Whether you
fill your space with soft seating, plush carpeting, or consider
integrating acoustic products into the design, the addition of
absorptive materials will improve the general acoustic comfort.
Blocking can be achieved by high barriers such as booths,
dividers and fully enclosed pods. Even in the most open plan
environment, there are options such as glass pods which can
be as small as a telephone box, or large enough to
accommodate large meeting tables. Allowing speech privacy
whilst following the open plan concept.
Sound masking has been developed to be barely noticeable
and sounds similar to airflow, but it is specifically tuned to the
frequency and amplitude of human speech to make speech
less intelligible. Sound is introduced through speakers in the
ceiling, creating a blanket of sound. People can still
collaborate with their neighbours, but speech is intelligible from
15.2m to 4.5m, enabling speech privacy and reducing noise
Next time you are in a public space, have a look around as
there is probably a combination of ABC, there for your comfort
and enjoyment of the venue.
Written by Bryan Daisy
Founder & CEO of The FREM Group - innovative and beautifully
designed furniture for the commercial world, including acoustic
products for every environment
Visit London or New York showrooms
Contact Cobal Signs for more information on their
comprehensive range of workstation accessories, including
nameplates, pin and dry wipe boards and letter trays, all
available in a range of colours to fit any workstation.
Tel: 01635 570 600
Seaton Seating - a range very close to the heart of Triumph. Initially
designed as a custom piece for a client, the Seaton offers high
comfort with stylish proportions - and is now available for you!
Contact Triumph to learn more about the stylish Seaton - perfect
for public spaces.
Tel: 01685 352 222
Designed by David Fox
t: 01274 731900
The architecture and interior design of contemporary
healthcare facilities has, thankfully, come a long way
in recent years. A new generation of ageing baby boomers
have created demand for high-end interiors in private
hospitals, clinics and care homes.
Meanwhile the facilities in more challenging environments such
as those created for patients dealing with mental health issues
are now designed with deep consideration to the welfare and
recovery of residents and visitors.
Gone are the days of hospitals and surgeries with stuffy,
depressing waiting rooms and bleak wards filled with hard
surfaces. In their place new progressive healthcare spaces are
created with welcoming light-filled lounges and restorative,
comforting rooms with subtle colour and texture abound.
Not merely a trend or fad, these new designs are research-led.
Studies have shown that wellbeing is enhanced by
environmental factors such as light and acoustics, both of which
can be controlled within interior design through the choice of
materials. Additionally, beautiful interiors can help create
soothing atmospheres that are more conducive to recovery and
Knightsbridge Public Space
As healthcare demands the highest quality standards and
unique functionality, its furniture ranges must be created in
consultation with healthcare professionals to ensure that the end
product accurately meets the needs of the user.
The ability to create furniture that adheres to specific health,
safety and maintenance requirements has been a source of
pride for Knightsbridge, who’s skilled carpenters and upholsterers
have produced chairs, storage and tables for healthcare
spaces for 80 years.
These qualities have ensured that Knightsbridge are at the
forefront of the innovative design and manufacture of furniture
made specifically for healthcare environments and their unique
The requirements of some furniture in healthcare is truly unique
to the sector. For example, in hospitals a chair is not simply a
chair. It must go above and beyond, never failing to provide
support and be accessible to people who are physically
challenged, perhaps in terms of injury, weight or age.
In spaces that we refer to as ‘challenging environments’ some
furniture must be weighted at the base, so that it cannot be
easily lifted and thrown. The seams of upholstered furniture must
not be able to be removed and used to harm or self-harm.
Fabric selection for healthcare is a speciality of Knightsbridge, as
the sector requires high quality fabrics that will withstand the
rigorous cleaning required to maintain hygiene standards.
Specialist seams that avoid accidental harbouring of germs and
the latest anti-bacterial surfaces have been developed and
sourced to accommodate these needs.
Through close consultation with specialist advisors, Knightsbridge’s
design team are also adept at advising suitable colour
schemes for projects. For example, the needs of patients dealing
with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s are unique – bright colours
can help trigger memory and cognitive function but may be
disorienting if used in the wrong setting. Choosing a calming
colour such as blue can help sooth and comfort, so may be a
good choice for a bedroom, for instance.
The Knightsbridge hospital furniture collection embraces a wide
variety of bespoke, style-forward products, including waiting
room and patient seating. Knightsbridge stock an extensive
collection of hospital furnishings and can provide bespoke
hospital recliners, overbed tables, bedside lockers and waiting
room chairs to suit all healthcare environments.
As an approved NHS furniture supplier, Knightsbridge offer a
complete project management service, including pre-contract
planning, installation services, and guidance on selecting
furniture or fabrics.
Jessica Burston - Marketing Manager - Knightsbridge Furniture
Leaders in Affordable Ergonomic
Century Office are a leading UK office
and contract furniture supplier, with
over 40 years’ experience in the
industry. They provide workplace
solutions and offer a tailored approach
for architects/trade, interior designers
and facility managers for small offices
to large corporations as well as
Tel: 0800 092 9301
Smart locking solutions is about
minimizing locker management,
reducing cost and increasing user
experience. It is about enhancing
security as well with maximum
flexibility to adapt your locker system
to any changing working environment.
GANTNER´s innovative locking
systems are valued across many
industries, including hospitals,
universities, commercial, and leisure
facilities. From battery-powered to
networked locking systems. Rather
than requiring mechanical keys, the
system conveniently uses pre-existing
employee-id cards or mobile phones
or even Oyster cards.
Some of the many features that
GANTNERS range of RFID locking
solutions include, managing your
lockers with their Mobile Locker
Management App, charging your
phone in your locker which has been
equipped with GANTNER’S hardwired
RFID locking system with LED and 2
USB ports or using their Mobile User
App to reserve and open your locker
GANTNER integrates existing ID cards
and badges in a range of high end
battery-operated and hardwired
locking solutions for activity based
workspaces and hot-desking. For
employees the system is very
convenient - one credential (RFID or
NFC card or key tag) for access
control, locker usage and time
recording. The benefits are numerous -
reduced space and operating costs
and increased security and user
The perfect fusion of art and science
go into making the ergonomic chairs
from Comfort Seating UK. Recently
adding a new chair to their range,
Pofit, they are the manufacturers and
distributors of the acclaimed
Ergohuman range. Visit their website
www.comfort.global or their
Clerkenwell Showroom in London.
Tel: 0845 652 0693
Eurofit systems are industry leaders
for supplying furniture fittings and
components. With over 25 years’
experience, their impressive portfolio
allows them to distribute all over the
UK. Eurofit supply an extensive range
of table bases in various finishes and
sizes to suit home/ office
Amongst their range, Black, White &
Stainless-Steel Square Bases &
Columns are popular amongst their
Tel: 01482 714 488
CAVOLINE® by DURABLE is the
brand new cable management range
aimed to tackle the growing number
of cables and chargers that are
appearing in the workplace. Prolong
the life of your cables and improve
workplace safety with Durable’s stylish
range of solutions – View the range on
Tel: 01202 897 071
Manufacturer WSOF Ltd are
experiencing an abundance of orders
for their Wooden Leg Bench Desking.
It was only launched late last year, but
along with their locker units, it’s
proving to be a very cost effective
option in the marketplace. The range
includes tables and stools and is
available in all their standard finishes.
Tel: 01243 512 215
Dams Furniture have launched their
new Social Spaces website,
Social Spaces is Dams’ collection of
innovative, contemporary, designer
products for modern agile
workspaces, corporate breakout
spaces, open plan offices, reception
areas, meeting rooms, dining areas,
and much more, designed and
manufactured in the UK by Dams.
Tel: 0151 548 7111
Burland Technology Solutions winners
of the Queens Award in 2016 for
Export and again this year 2019 for
Innovation, are pleased to announce
they are expanding their sales team.
Adrian Marston, Sales Director and
Sales Managers; Stacey Marston and
Liam Donaghy have joined to establish
the new sales division.
Solutions 4 Office are experts in
providing Acoustic classrooms for
schools. The latest project for large
acoustic classrooms created a
calming space for efficient learning
within a very busy school.
The students and staff love the new
acoustic classrooms making full use
during the school day and for after
school meetings and further learning.
Schools need to ensure the best
acoustic learning environments.
Solutions 4 can help you!
Tel: 020 7309 2909
LOOK no further for invisible joints.
Moduflex’s NEW edge banding
machine is up and running!
As a manufacturer of office furniture,
storage and library furniture, Moduflex
understands the need to utilise the
latest technology in manufacturing.
The ‘invisible joint’ represents high
quality, premium value, and a clean
finish on office furniture and storage.
Using compressed super-heated,
high-velocity air to activate the
adhesive layer, airTec technology is a
clean, cost-effective bonding method
that uses a combination of technically
engineered hot air and special edge
material to produce the ultimate
For further information contact
Tel: 01179 822 882
PUBLIC SPACES NEWS, FACTS AND ARTICLES
In 2017/18 there were 194 million visits to, and 157
million book loans from, libraries in England.
More than visits to Premier League football games + UK
cinemas + English Heritage sites combined
Great article in “technology4hotels.com.au”, from surveys and
research carried out, where they point out that a lot of hotel
concepts adopted by hotel chains are concentrating on the
Millennials (also known as Generation Y).
“Millennial travellers, as born collaborators, place a strong
importance on being highly interactive. It falls upon hotel
designers to provide these millennial travellers with interactive
and social environments, communal areas in which they can get
the full experience, whether this is social networking (in real life
and online) or working away from the office.”
In their section ‘Hotel lobbies verses communal spaces’ they
delve into the changing expectations of hotels, designed to instil
a strong positive first impression, with the importance of grand
staircases and designer chandeliers decreasing. Millennials
valuing experiences over products and services, with hotel
lobbies being designed to act more as communal space, and in
keeping with the local culture – no more grand Hollywood style
In November 2015, DCMS asked the Libraries Taskforce
to develop a vision for the next 5 years, providing a
framework to stimulate and inform discussion about library
services at local and national levels.
DCMS – department for culture, digital media and sport
Services continue to be targets for local authority budget
cuts, with remaining services increasingly reliant on
voluntary staff …. decade’s austerity pressures see local
authorities continuing to apply swinging cuts to budgets.
Guardian, 7th Dec, 2018
712 full-time employees lost or left their jobs and volunteer
numbers increased by 3,000, to 51,394
The Guardian, 7th Dec, 2018
spending on libraries by local authorities fell by £30m
The Guardian, 7th Dec, 2018
Read the full article at:
130 public libraries have closed in the last year in Britain
The Guardian, 7th Dec, 2018
DID YOU KNOW?
What is Coworking
and Public Libraries:
A report for Arts Council England was released at the end of last
year, researching the feasibility of a framework for public and
academic libraries to come together. Although libraries are an
important part of our community, there isn’t always enough
funding for them to be sustained in rural communities, and if
they are funded they are often manned by volunteers, having
limited opening days/times. This might be the answer.
The research found that there were some partnerships already in
place, with collaborations including: public engagement events
and activities in the library building; using library collections for
research purposes; and higher education staff and students
volunteering in public libraries.
“Public libraries and higher education institutions use different
language to describe their priorities:
• public libraries focus on
- opportunities to engage more and new audiences
- raise the profile of their organisation and
- bring in volunteers with new skills to support library
• higher education institutions are
- primarily focused on public engagement to support
research impact and
- their civic responsibilities to benefit local communities
Despite the differences in language and motivation, there is
significant overlap between the priorities of public libraries and
higher education institutions, especially in relation to activities
and events to engage and benefit local people in the public
If the research enables legislation and funding to enable a
collaboration of libraries to bring together a more robust library
experience, ensuring access and resource for all, then this may
be a way of stopping the closure of libraries around the country.
Offices have changed over the years. To set up your own
business you had the expense of renting a commercial office
and had to stand on your own two feet. Then came along
shared buildings where you could rent an office within their
estate, even renting furniture and paying a fee instead of a
myriad of bills, plus utilising their resources such as manned
receptions. Now there is coworking.
Is this just for the hip and trendy entrepreneurs? What are the
rules? Are there any rules? Who came up with the concept?
These are comprehensively answered by Bernhard Mehl at
www.coworkingresources.org with some key points.
The History of Coworking
The actual use of the word “coworking” in relation to a shared
office environment was first used by Brad Neuberg in 2005. He
was an intrepid entrepreneur with big dreams who created the
first coworking space, as we know it today, in San Francisco.
It was called the “San Francisco Coworking Space” and was
open only 2 days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) inside Spiral
Muse, a feminist collective space in the Mission district in San
Francisco. It sat empty for the first month as nobody had ever
heard of a “coworking space” before.
Growth of coworking
Now a global phenomenon, coworking spaces are
popping up in most major cities with an annual growth
rate of 24.2%.
Growth of coworking
It is predicted that there will be more than 30,432
coworking spaces and over 5.1 million coworking
members by the year 2022.
What is Coworking?
• Coworking is sharing of infrastructure and cost
• belonging to a community
• new way of working and sharing
• spaces are designed to provide a productive and
collaborative environment for their dynamic inhabitants
• created without corporate constraints on what is perceived
to be an “office” environment
• offering flexible memberships to suit most needs.
The rest of the article covers, many aspects such as: why do
people use coworking spaces? The Many Types of Coworking
(and Coworking Spaces!) and Famous companies that started
in a coworking space. Definitely worth a read for anyone, not
just young, hip and trendy entrenpeurs
the future of hospitality interiors?
An increasingly relevant topic, sustainability has risen to the forefront
of conversation in recent times, and looks to show no signs of abating,
such is the concern around the preservation of our environment.
Feeding into every element of the way in which we live – from the
clothes we wear to the food we eat – it is of no surprise that
sustainable design is now a priority for many architects,
designers, and consumers. With pioneering projects occurring in
almost every sector - from the “Waste House” by the University
of Brighton to the eco-friendly development of the National
Trust’s Swindon headquarters - there has never been a better
time to embrace our desire to live, work, and relax in places that
are not only aesthetically appealing, but also beneficial to the
environment - and the hospitality industry is certainly beginning to
With many major hotel groups, such as IHG, Marriott and Hilton
Worldwide, publishing their own sustainability reports, the trend
towards transparency in relation to the actions taken, processes
implemented, and results achieved is one that looks set to
inform the future direction of the industry’s approach to
Indeed, we have seen an increasing number of customers
opting to specify Camira’s sustainable textiles within hospitality
projects – to great effect; from Motel One’s incorporation of wool
and flax fabrics, such as Patina, alongside textiles made from
innovative eco-materials, such as hemp in the form of our
Hebden fabric, through to Staycity Group’s selection of Main
Line Flax for its suites’ sofa beds. This wool and flax blend is
incredibly durable, tactile, visually appealing and, when
combined with its inherent Medium Hazard flammability
standard, is the model textile for use in hospitality – ensuring
guests can have a relaxing night’s sleep, safe in the knowledge
that they are not doing so at the cost of the environment.
As Gaurav Chawla, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Hotel
Management at the University of South Wales, comments
“Tourists themselves are increasingly aware of the issue of
sustainability, expecting hotels to assume responsibility and
conduct their business sustainably”; and this is something that
will continue to impact and further the industry’s commitment to
operating in an environmentally responsible manner – which is
only a good move forward.
Mark Holliday - Camira
Porthole is CMD’s extremely popular in-desk power module, which now
features a dual port Type A and C adaptive fast charger. Available in
black and white, Porthole is now available with UK or a choice of
international sockets. CMD-LTD.COM/PORTHOLE
Tel: 01709 385 470
DOM UK Limited are pleased to
introduce the new ENiQ LoQ, with its
smart, versatile and flexible features.
The digital lock is designed to fit
equipment utilised for storage, such
as lockers, tool chests, cabinets and
other applications and can be easily
connected to the ENiQ Access
Management system, allowing
end-users to manage their own digital
Tel: 0121 569 7790
Eclipse is a modern mesh back chair
featuring beautiful design lines from its
structural back plastic surround.
Adjustments come from a
synchronised seat and back tilt, seat
height adjustment and body weight
tensioner. An integral sliding lumbar
support is standard whilst height
adjustable arms can also be specified
for increased user comfort.
Tel: 01525 376 181
Teknik Offices Quantum executive
chair has a breathable mesh backrest
and multi adjustable padded armrests,
seat-slide and a recline and height
adjust lever allowing additional
comfort for the user. The components
are brushed aluminium which means it
is as resilient as it is stylish. Available
with black or white backing.
Tel: 01234 328 804
Need a Boost?
The new Metalicon Boost power
module is the ultimate in desktop
power. Its incredibly compact and
stylish appearance provides power,
data and USB charging exactly where
you need it. Boost is available in all
black or all white with individually
fused sockets and master switch.
Power and data leads are included as
well as easy to install clamps.
For more information contact them.
Tel: 01502 533 444
Launched during Clerkenwell Design Week
ezoBord distributed by Frem Group
Don’t worry if you missed out during Clerkenwell
Design Week, ezoBord products are on display
in our showroom.
Join us at 20-24 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS
yuno by Wiesner-Hager has been shortlisted in the category of
Product Design - Office for the 2019 London Design Awards.
This award celebrates creative and innovative design for a
component or overall product. They would greatly appreciate it
if you could take a few minutes to view the nomination and rate
the entry at the below website address.
BOX15 now offer a new range of modular bench desks that are
perfect for call centres and multi-personnel office environments.
Just like the other X Desks; X73 uses a modular connection
system which allows for any shape and size table to be created.
Available in all metal or with elegant wooden leg inserts. Contact
BOX15 today for prices.
Tel: 01295 565 001 | www.box15.co.uk
CFAS Graphic Design Services - Design all styles of publications, magazines, newsletters, journals,
booklets, annual reports, brochures, leaflets, advertisements etc.
Artwork can be taken from templates or designed from scratch. Having the latest software packages
enables us to accept and process files supplied in various formats.
The CFAS Graphics team work with you, with unlimited amendments and advice, spending that extra time
and effort to have your promotional material looking perfect.
Contact us now for a very competitive quotation.
Tel: 0845 388 7973
People and Organisations
Craftsman Lockers are experts in space planning and
creating innovative storage solutions. Craftsman design,
manufacture and install bespoke storage units, lockers,
changing room furniture and other specialist joinery items
using a comprehensive range of materials. From conception
to completion, speak to Craftsman Lockers today for all your
bespoke furniture needs.
Tel: 0800 030 6082
Storage Tailored to Every Environment
As Made in Britain furniture manufacturers, Crown can tailor
your storage solutions to suit every leisure and business
requirement and location, whatever the size, finish or colour.
Whether standard or bespoke storage, Crown’s lockers,
cupboards and ancillary furniture can fit every environment.
Their dedicated project managers are there to assist.
Tel: 01803 555 885
NEW STORAGE LOCKERS
Aaron lockers are the perfect solution for adding secure storage to
any workplace. They are supplied with a key lock and with either
Left or Right-hand opening, making them suitable for any
workspace environment. There are single or double width modules
available, at either 2, 3 or 4 lockers high.
These will be available in their new 2019 Price List and Brochure,
which are available now.
01489 892 111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lowe & Fletcher have been making locks since 1889. As a fifth
generation family business we are proud of our heritage.
Our 7,400 square meters factory houses all the essential skills and
processes under one roof, giving us full control over quality and
output including design, tooling and component manufacturing.
Market and application driven innovation are the cornerstone of
our existing and future products, enabling us to provide solutions
that are applicable and relevant.
Investing in the future
Lowe & Fletchers’ sustainable growth ethos is supported by ongoing
investment in skills and the latest manufacturing platforms.
Leading global manufacturer
The Locking Systems division produces over 60 million locks a
year. We have a proven track record of supplying a wide range
of high quality products to your sector.
+44 121 505 0400 | email@example.com
Speak to the friendly, professional
team at DewertOkin about your
requirements for height adjustable
desk lifting columns, under desk
frames and feet. German designed,
European manufactured, UK
customer service and support.
To find out more please contact them.
Tel: 01296 611 660
Sit-Stand Working Made Easy
The new Levado Height Adjustable Desk encourages employees to add
Smarter by design and expertly
made, the Levado includes SwiftLok
assembly for quick and easy set-up,
whilst the Feather-Lift LED control
paddle achieves the ideal height and
working position in seconds.
Email Tim Browning – firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more at www.fellowes.com
LEE & PLUMPTON
Single or back-to-back desks with a
choice of electric or manual sit-stand
Wellbeing in the workplace
T: 01953 453830 | E: email@example.com | leeandplumpton.co.uk
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Creating an office space
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Today, most human animals are spending leisure and worktime
in open plan environments, which can cause them varying levels
of discomfort. We can perhaps begin to overcome the
challenges of noise by turning to Psychoacoustics, the scientific
study of how humans perceive sound.
Oseland DARE us to tackle noise:
Displace noise with
the provision of areas
for noisy activities
Avoid noise by
allowing a choice
of spaces to work
One publication taking this psychoacoustic approach is the
‘Ecophon guide to eliminating office noise’ (web address below
for free download ), where Paige Hodsman and Dr Nigel
Reduce noise distractions
with the provision of
reasonably sized desks
and limiting occupational
Educate with the
introduction of office
etiquette about noise
The introduction of
acoustic wall panels
added to reduce
speech clarity and
The introduction of
pods of various sizes
Live or artificial moss
walls and planting
It’s clear, from distraction and stress, to poor concentration, the impact of noise comes at a high cost to both individuals and
businesses, whether at work or at leisure, we all want to feel acoustically comfortable.
Reference and download for further information:
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AND THE GENERAL PRODUCT
SAFETY DIRECTIVE (GPSD)
THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION RECENTLY
PUBLISHED A GUIDE ENTITLED ‘THE GENERAL PRODUCT SAFETY
DIRECTIVE: A GUIDE TO LEGISLATION AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE
FURNITURE INDUSTRY’. IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT
THIS KEY DIRECTIVE MAY ALSO EXTEND TO SOME CONTRACT
Almost every ‘product’ that is made
commercially available for use by
consumers falls within scope, “(a)
‘product’ shall mean any product -
including in the context of providing a
service - which is intended for consumers
or likely, under reasonably foreseeable
conditions, to be used by consumers even if
not intended for them, and is supplied or
made available, whether for consideration
or not, in the course of a commercial
activity, and whether new, used or
Contract furniture and the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)
This not only includes products that are intended for use by
consumers, but also commercial, or non-domestic, products
that may reasonably find their way into the hands of a consumer.
A good example of this is in relation to furniture products which
could be used in a home office.
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• explain the content and reach of the General Product Safety
Directive, the products or industries to which it applies and
its relationship with other existing Regulations and Directives
• identify how this impacts on manufacturers, producers or
distributors of furniture products in the UK
• explain the value of risk assessment, when this should be
undertaken and to highlight useful tools
• highlight the relevance of product testing and the hierarchy
of documents such as harmonised standards including
where this sits within the GPSD
• identify who is responsible for enforcement of the Directive i
ncluding the penalties that may be involved
• explain the RAPEX system (Rapid Alert System for
Non-Food Consumer Products), including actions which
may be taken by enforcement and market surveillance
Although an EU Directive, the requirements were transposed into
UK legislation as the General Product Safety Regulations 2005,
and it is fully expected that this will not be affected post Brexit.
The Regulations, as with the Directive, have a single aim to
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ensure they can be traced and removed from circulation to avoid
any risks to consumers.
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