Workplace Design Principles

A starting point for an evidenced-based design process

Important Environmental Considerations- when selecting materials January 29, 2009

Identifying the Origin of a Material helps you gain valuable background knowledge and help to know what to expect during the selection process, if it’s a renew-able resource, and projected lead times.   


“Safety in use can encompass indoor air quality and emissions as well as chemical optimization to assess for human and environmental health.” Dose it emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) or does it have a low level of VOC emissions?


Product life Cycle should be a consideration as well as if the manufacture offers a take-back program.  What will happen to it at the end of life cycle is it biodegradable or recyclable, or will it end up in a landfill? 



  environmental design
  extreme performance

Low Emitting, Alternative To PVC, Useful Life, Reutilization



  environmental design
(C2C Gold certified)

Part of “the new Climatex® Lifecycle™ upholsteries (also C2C Gold) utilize new technological advancements to creating a fabrics with a luxurious hand and superior draping qualities”

  environmental design

(polyester resin panels)

60.00% PETG

Useful Life, Reutilization, Green Guard, Recycled Content, Low Emitting Reclamation Program

Posted By Kate Blanchfield





Technology and Interior Design for Persons with Disabilities: Cognitive Disabilities January 22, 2009

Filed under: Technology — ia2studio @ 9:14 pm

The increasing technology of today’s world is a great help to people with disabilities. Interior designers can take advantage of this technology growth with their designs. One technology for the workplace that assists with cognitive disabilities is the pictorial communication boards. This helps the workplace gain better communication among their employees.

Braddock, David, Mary C. Rizzolo, and Micah Thompson. “Emerging Technologies and Cognitive Disability.” Journal of Special Education Technology. 19.4 (Fall 2004): 49-56.

Posted by: Gania Kandalaft


Technology and Interior Design for Persons with Disabilities

Filed under: Technology — ia2studio @ 8:38 pm

“There are currently many technologies available to assist employees with disabilities in the workplace, whether they are affected by vision, speech, hearing, or mobility impairments. Such tools enable disabled employees to be as productive as their nondisabled colleagues. Driven by the federal government’s Americans with Disabilities Act and the country’s aging population, the assistive-technology marketplace now boasts almost 2,000 companies selling over 18,000 products, according to AbleData, an organization providing information on assistive products that is sponsored by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.”

Recourse: Jossi, Frank. “High-Tech Enables Employees.” HRMagazine. 51.2 (February 2006): 109, 111, 113, 115.

Posted By: Gregory Sikora