Ergonomic risks to avoid

What ergonomic risks can I avoid from working from home?

What are the ergonomic challenges that we are faced with when working from home? Some businesses, who allow their staff to work from home, must deal with the legal challenges of it still being a place of work and how their insurances work with this. Given the new environment, where people are suddenly forced to work from home, there are …

Avoiding loss of productivity working from home

How can I avoid loss of productivity from working from home?

How can I avoid loss of productivity from working from home? As strategic workplace planners, we are getting questions coming in like ‘how can we do our best work while we are working from home?’ I’d like to draw your attention to a book called Atomic Habits, by James Clear. What’s really interesting about this, is how ‘environment has far …

Popular workplace design practices

What popular workplace design principles have been unwittingly contributing to the spread of infection?

Aesthetics vs space planning One problem is when interior designers focus too much on the aesthetic, the look & feel, and ignore the critical overriding key principles of science behind workplace space planning, and wellbeing in the workplace. Height Adjustable Desks Where height adjustable desks are being used to resolve ergonomic issues & concerns, poor placement (as part of a …

Social distancing impacting our workplace future

How will social distancing impact our workplace in the future?

How will social distancing impact our workplace in the future? A question we are being asked by business leaders, who are thinking about their teams, and what they will look like when they reassemble in say 4 -6 months’ time. Will social distancing rules still apply? Most likely yes. We are entering into a new paradigm of awareness of hygiene, …

Positives we can learn from pandemic

What are the positives we can learn from this pandemic?

The positives are enormous. Firstly, we are seeing a huge level of empathy. There is also a heightened awareness of personal hygiene and personal care. How are cleaning procedures being done in workplaces and homes? Maybe there are some basics we have let slip. We have so many vaccines for so many different conditions, that maybe we haven’t been as …

Working from home decreasing strength in relationships

Is this pandemic forcing the end of offices? Will working from home decrease the strength of professional relationships?

Another important consideration about the workplace is its effect on relationships. People form long lasting professional, private & even romantic relationships in the workplace. These serve people right through life as a facet of their identity – I’m a doctor, a lawyer, a medical health professional. There are conversations that we take into our private lives, our personal lives, and …

Watch how Alsco increased their operational efficiencies

As a result of our experience in space planning, ICON INTERIORS were invited to partner with Alsco, to assess 3 sites in Footscray, Mulgrave & Oakleigh. We identified opportunity costs that they could exploit to gain production capacity, better staff amenity & staff workplace opportunities. We zeroed in on the Mulgrave & Oakleigh sites, as we identified those as having …

Difference between solid timber, veneer and laminate

What is the difference between solid timber, veneer & laminate?

What is the difference between solid timbers, veneers and laminates?   Solid timber  We did a project for Vicforests in which we used solid timber. They manage Victoria’s forests, and in their project, they wanted to use solid timber. The solid timber tables have a certain depth which you can’t achieve with laminates. The staff there were all about environmental management & caring for the forests.  What you can’t see in the photograph …

Difference between residential and high commercial grade

What is the difference between residential & high commercial grade?

What is the difference between high commercial grade and residential grade?  There is a significant difference in the way the material is constructed and its resulting longevity.   We have clients who say to us, ‘We don’t need top end, we just want something mid-range.’ The difference between mid-range and top end in terms of longevity and service life is often not hugely different because to meet minimum commercial grades, it’s …

How lean can help my office fitout

How can lean help my office fitout?

How can lean manufacturing principles saved me project budget? Some clients are surprised to see the level of quality that we can provide in our custom joinery and furniture without them having to pay the high-end customised pricing. Our manufacturing arms and alliances use the lean principles & manufacturing methods, so we can reduce waste, create faster lead times, and …

Explanation on what lean is

What is lean?

We are huge supporters of lean manufacturing. Lean is a continuous development of tools, processes and systems designed to eliminate waste in the of time and materials in the deliverable production process. it intends to increase productivity and increase safety to deliver higher value and quality to the consumer, profitably. Lean manufacturing originated in Japan in the 40’s, and Toyota …

Jellis Craig Ringwood

One of our valued clients, Jellis Craig Doncaster, had an exploding business in the Manningham area after an initial high-performance office designed by us, which we then extended again as they continued to grow. They then acquired another business in Ringwood, where they planned to continue and expand on their success trajectory. The Big Issue The client said ‘We just …

Inlite Project Video

The Big Issue We got a call from a client in Cremorne, Inlite, to have a look at their space and discuss how they had to bring three completely different teams together to become one. Gerrard Lighting, Inlite and Retail Light were all to become one cohesive unit. What We Found We found they had beautiful natural light coming in …

Explaning when to connect Internet in new office fitout

When should I get my internet connected?

I’m moving offices, when should I apply for my internet connection? This is a question that comes up over and over and over. Our clients ring their service provider, and they say ‘What’s your moving date? We’ll swap it over on the day.’ Many, many times, to great sorrow, this has not been achieved. Clients apply for it, and the …

Global budget first or achieving KPI's

Should I put the global budget first, or to achieve my personal KPIs?

Should I put my personal KPIs first or the budget allowance? We had a client with a difficult ethical dilemma. Her personal KPIs were to achieve the project within a certain budget and a certain time. However, she also had to sign lease conditions and agree on the fitout allowance from the landlord. These conditions both had several poison pills …

Using own trade on office fitout

Can we use our own trades? Case studies

Can I use my own trades in my office fitout? We do not recommend that for a timely and budget-controlled rollout. There is 3 excellent reasons that we have for not using your own trades as part of an overall building project design and fit-out. The first problem is lack of cost control, as variations in the project scope quickly …

Can we use our own trades in an office fitout?

Can we use our own trades in an office fitout?

Can we use our own trades in an office fitout? We do a lot of work for accountants, lawyers, doctors and other professionals and they either have direct relations that are electricians, (everyone’s brother-in-law is an electrician) or they could have customers that are in trades. They worry if they don’t use the trades who are their clients, it might …