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How about a different kind of meeting table?

For a different kind of meeting table, take a look at our new Martin High meeting tables. With a top height of 1050mm they can be used whilst standing or seated on high stools.

  •  The extra height makes them more versatile than a traditional meeting table, as they can be sited in stand-alone meeting rooms or communal areas for meetings or staff breaks.

  •  Meetings are more casual, informal and maybe even more fun?

  •  Stylish and would suit a design-led organisation looking to impress staff and potential customers alike.

  •  The Martin is available in either Oak or Walnut veneer with matching leg frames. Or, for real impact, a brand new laminate material which uses nanotechnology to produce a super high quality, super-matt laminate surface, with anti-fingerprint technology and an anti-bacterial sealed ultra-hard surface in White or Black matt laminate which is very tactile and easy to clean.

  •  Lends itself to a different way of collaborating, being easy to move around the table and study documents, plans, images etc.

  •  Use alongside your current standard meeting tables in other areas for a different meeting experience. You may find that the higher tables prove to be more popular!

  •  May lead to shorter meeting times as people don't settle down for the long haul?

If you want to find out more about the Martin High Table, then get in touch on 0116 251 7741 or mark@lismark.co.uk .

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Your new favourite lounge chair!

We are loving the new Era Wing from Frovi. A high back lounge chair with a cosseting head rest which gently curves around the user head and also offers acoustic noise reduction, it is just the place to sit down and check your phone or tablet away from prying ears and eyes.

Its ideal for receptions, breakout spaces or just in the corner of the office as it adds design flair to any location. You can choose from a 4-star swivel base or a wire frame which comes in chrome or any RAL colour that you fancy so you can be really creative. If you feel that the Era Wing chair would be a great addition to your work space then get in touch with me for a chat. 


New product blog - Verco Echo high back lounge chair

One of our most popular reception chairs over the past few years has been the Echo chair by Verco. Clients like its clean looks and comfortable seating position.

Now Verco have extended the Echo range by adding a high back lounge chair to complement the low back version. These chairs look particularly smart in an executive lounge area, reception area or airport lounge. They may be upholstered in our full fabric range including leather and for a special touch the outer back panel may be specified in any one of four wood veneer finishes, maple oak, cherry and natural walnut or stained to match a sample finish of your choosing.

 If you want your work space to look cool then then please get in touch. 

New product blog - Frovi Nest

Our friends at Frovi have just brought out another new product range called the Nest. The Nest range consists of a low stool in a flat 5 sided pentagon shape and a larger 8 sided octagon shape. They feature a smart chrome wire frame that gives them a light and airy look and let's the light pass through. The range also includes a coffee table and a power hub to power all mobile devices. The Nest range is ideal for funky reception areas and laid back breakout areas. It would be ideal for a company with a younger outlook like a start-up or a school or college. The Nest seating would look great upholstered in fabric colours form the new Synergy range by Camira Fabrics. If you want to find out more then get in touch. 


 At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


New product update - Frovi Hide

Here is a smart idea from the designers at Frovi who are bringing out some great products lately. The Frovi Hide is a tall single person seating pod with noise cancelling properties making it ideal for private phone calls and mobile working on tablets and smartphones.

It has a twin layer design which lends itself to two-tone upholstery with the option of power and usb sockets in the base section. There is a also a complementary low back swivel model which can be fitted with castors so that it can be moved around the office to where it is needed.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


New product blog - 'Box-it Landscape' Modular Seating

At Lismark we love clever furniture.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been drawing plans for a local dentist who is considering new seating for his waiting room. I have looked at a variety of seating ranges in various layouts and formations, both along the walls and curving onto the centre of the room. Islands, squares, biscuits, ovals and semi-circles, I have tried them all and I have found a range of furniture that suits all my needs. The Box-it landscape from Verco is a range of modular seating that encompasses one, two and three seater units, corner seats and semi-circular units along with double-sided seating units that share a single back.

It is the double sided units that have really impressed me. By sharing the back, the unit saves on space and cost versus the cost of 2 sofas placed back to back. It also looks neater with a streamlined look. The units have a simple linking system which is hidden away underneath the units so that when they are in position they do not slide out of position.

As the Box-it Landscape is a modular range the units can be moved around easily and added to as the business grows.  

Also available is a high screen which fits on to the top of the back of the units, taking the back up from 840mm up to 1270mm. In a waiting room this is ideal to stop people leaning against the walls and making them dirty. In an office this makes a Box-it Landscape seating area ideal for mobile working on tablets and mobiles, and brilliant for impromptu, private meetings and chats between staff and visitors.

Available in a wide range of fabrics, the Box-it Landscape would look great in a couple of shades from the Camira Halcyon range which has the added benefit of being stain-resistant and anti-bacterial.  

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 


 

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 review

Every year I have considered going down to London for the Clerkenwell Design Week, a 3 day event featuring the best of office furniture design being shown in showrooms all based in the Clerkenwell area of London. Well this year I took the plunge. After my colleague Sally had taught me how to use the 'Train' app (fab by the way and well worth downloading) I caught the train from Market Harborough down to St. Pancras and then one stop on the tube down to Farringdon. From there it was a short walk to my first stop, the Verco showroom.

 

We have dealt with Verco for many years so they made me feel very welcome. Nick Brown showed me around their cool looking showroom with black walls and floor. Impressive new products were the Box-it landscape (shown below), a modular soft seating range that may be linked together to make shapes that can accommodate any space that you have available, making it ideal for breakout spaces and reception areas. Also brand new was the Flux chair which they had kept very quiet. A cool looking mesh back chair with an upholstered seat, slim profile and black base it immediately caught my eye. It is soon to be available at a very low price point. Worth looking out for and I think a couple will be finding their way to my office! 

          

Next stop was the Frovi showroom. Full of very vibrant colours, they have a couple of standout products. First is the 'Shed' (shown below), a meeting hub consisting of two high back sofas with a linking panel and a sloped tiled roof to top them off. Very distinctive and unique. Another product I liked was the Ilk chair available as a high or low backed lounge chair which we are seeing dotted around offices nowadays. 

 

 

Following stops at Viasit, Buzzi Space, Clarke Rendall, Connection and Spacestor, along with a look at a few of the exhibitions around the area, I ended up at Camira Fabrics who were situated in a very cool looking basement showroom. Amongst their new fabrics is a range called Individuo which features a graduated colour appearance which means that no two areas of the fabric are the same, making your seating look more dynamic, random and unique. I had better warn some of my clients before they order this! 



 

After all that I was ready to catch the train back to sunny Leicestershire and put my feet up. 

 

 

 

 

 




Quick read blog - Current office trends Spring 2016

Here is our take on the latest office furniture trends that our clients are going for this Spring:
 
High back seating: chairs and sofas fitted with very high backs, some up to 1400 mm high, offering privacy for private work or for impromptu meetings. These are also ideal for mobile working around the office on tablets or smartphones. 
 

  

Colours: seating in different shades of grey are very popular. We are also now getting requests for chairs in blue following Leicester City's title success.  

Smaller desks: desk sizes are shrinking from the large crescent desks down to small rectangular desks. With computer monitors getting slimmer there is no need to have a huge desk anymore. This also means that more staff cab be accommodated in the same office footprint. 

Industrial look: more bare concrete walls, ceilings showing air conditioning ducts, metal lamp shades reminiscent of factory lamps. 

 

Open plan offices: we are seeing less individual offices along meeting rooms with glass walls allowing light to flood into the office 

Black desk tops: yes, the 80's are back with black desk tops making a comeback at the executive level.

    Home 'feel': soft furnishings making the office feel more homely and welcoming, maybe encouraging staff to stay and work longer? This also feeds into the trend for 'softer' less harsh looking offices. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

 

 

New product - the Bethan chair

One of our favourite office furniture manufacturers, Verco of High Wycombe, has just launched a new chair called the Bethan. Ideal for meeting rooms or breakout spaces it comes with a choice of a slender chrome wire leg frame or, my favourite, a sleek wooden four legged frame.

The wooden leg frame gives it a warm, homely feel which is welcoming for staff and visitors alike and the comfortable curved shape makes it great for long meetings. It looks great upholstered in fabric from the Camira Blazer range or if you work with a messy lot, it may be worth considering our stain resistant Halcyon fabric range which comes in 60 colours and patterns.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 


How to take a personal call in an open plan office

We've all seen them and maybe you have been one at least once - a Wanderer. Taking a private call on a mobile phone, they wander around offices, stroll down corridors and lurk in corners with one hand over the phone mouth piece, trying not to be heard and seen. What can be done to stop the Wanderer?

Here is a good idea brought bang up to date. A new take on the old fashioned phone booth that we all know and love. It now features sexy curved sides and a choice of 60 great fabric colours. A shelf can be added to rest tablets on for Skype calls or coffee cups, of course. Acoustically enhanced panels keep internal and external noise to a minimum and provide a level of privacy away from your desk.

If you would like to learn more about how our upholstered Phone Booths can benefit your office, please get in touch.  Give me a call on 0116 251 7741 or connect on LinkedIn.

 

How to create privacy in open plan offices

This great looking piece of furniture is the Frovi Jig Cave. Ideal for open plan offices for when an extra little bit of privacy is required for meetings or an impromptu get together.

Essentially it is two high backed, sound absorbent sofas with a connecting panel to form a private meeting space than can seat up to six people. It also features a table for laptops and tablets or more importantly coffee, cakes and biscuits! Cheaper than a fixed partition meeting room and more flexible, the Jig Cave looks stylish and may be upholstered in a wide range of fabrics and colours to complement your company decor. It can also be specified with or without a mount for a monitor and a separate power supply. If you would like to learn more about the Jig Cave, please get in touch. Give me a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at sales@lismark.co.uk. 

Making your seating last longer with Halcyon fabric

You are considering investing in new office or breakout seating. But how can you protect your investment and make your money go further?

Choosing a quality chair with good back up from the supplier is crucial. Another important factor is the fabric that you choose to have the chairs upholstered in.

New from Camira Fabrics is the Halcyon Collection, a range of fresh and innovative performance fabrics, designed for use on seating that is going onto areas which require extra protection. Halcyon is stain repellent, waterproof, antimicrobial, flame retardant to the highest standards and very hard-wearing. If liquid is spilt on the fabric, the liquid simply "balls-up" and rolls off. If the fabric is stained, it can simply be cleaned with bleach (to 10% solution). This enables your seating to look better for longer than a standard fabric.

The Halcyon collection is good looking too. It features 5 different fabric patterns in 12 contemporary colour ways that can be mixed and matched to complement each other.  Halcyon fabrics have a soft effect finish and are also environmentally conscious.  

It would be well worth considering the Halcyon Collection fabrics for your next seating project. If you would like to talk to us further, give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 


 


How to get more value for money out of your floor space

Now the good times have returned to the British economy lots of companies are looking to expand but with office space at a premium and getting more expensive all the time, what options do you have? 

More companies are updating their desks from the very large crescent curved desk at a size of 1600 x 1200mm and reducing the size of each desk down to a small rectangle, typically 1400 x 800mm. The Crescent desk was originally designed to sit the old style computer monitor in the corner so that it could accommodate the back of the monitor. Now, with the improvements in computer technology over the past few years, everyone has a flat screen monitor so why still have such a large curved desk? The good news is that with the smaller desks you can now accommodate more staff in the same office than you could before, therefore giving you better value for money per square foot of office space. Narrow pedestals drawers are available so that staff still have plenty of leg room under the slimmer desks. So if you are thinking of renewing your current desks it would be worthwhile considering smaller, more efficient desks. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Adding a splash of colour to the workplace

Fabrics

When I go out to meet, talk, sell, advise and help people about the new office furniture they require, the one thing that people are still surprised and delighted about is how many colours chair fabric comes in! 

In the olden days there was a very basic colour palette of Black, Charcoal, Navy Blue, Peat (Brown) and Cherry. Now our most popular fabric, Xtreme Plus, is available in 60 shades. There are also many other ranges of fabric, some of which are stain resistant (Intervene and Halcyon) and others which can be co-ordinated with desk screen fabrics. Our luxurious Blazer fabric is made with 100% pure new wool and also comes in 60 shades. Even vinyl has improved with our Torro Plus range of vinyl having a leather feel and a palette of 30 shades including White and Silver for the adventurous amongst you! Patterned fabric is very rare now but the Halcyon has a very faint pattern in 3 different styles. Textures vary with one of Camira Fabrics latest offerings, Canopy, having a chenille feel which is very soft. 


At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Get the rustic look in your company breakout zones

Our friends at Frovi have taken the trend for industrial style furniture a little further with the launch of their Block dining benching with a rustic raw steel finish. To complement the raw steel frame the tops have a weathered effect on either 'Driftwood', 'Vintage Oak' or 'Rust'. Makes a change from Beech and Maple I suppose! The Block range is ideal for dining areas that require a high capacity with an eye for design. The benches make sure that people sit closer, just like in a school canteen. They are great in breakout areas and can be used in place of meeting tables for close collaboration and for those who want to take the distressed look further. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


 

Bad back at work? What can I do?

When you have a bad back, sometimes you cannot get comfortable especially at work where you are often given an office chair that suits the majority rather than being individually tailored for your needs. But what can you do in these situations?

 We will address the chair issue first. What you need is a chair with plenty of adjustment so that you may alter it to suit your needs. For someone with a back issue we would recommend a chair that has an inflatable lumbar support with a back that adjusts in height. Then you can get the lumbar support of the back in exactly the right place to suit you. If you have an inflatable lumbar support the best way to get it to a comfortable level is to pump it up as high as it will go and then slowly deflate it until it feels right for you. Adjust the back height so that the curve of the chair back fits with the curve of your back. 

Your desk must also be suitable, stable and at a height of 720-740mm high. A new product to consider may be sit/stand desking (shown below). This is a desk that may adjust from a height of 650mm up to 1300mm at the push of a button. You may be happy to be seated in the morning but fancy standing for work in the afternoons to relive pressure on your back. This desk can be easily adjusted to suit your mood and ease your back. Worth asking your employer about as happy staff are more productive staff. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Are you up with the Lark?

Here's a pretty little chair from Pledge called the Lark. A stylish, retro looking armchair, with a wooden leg frame in a natural finish, which we are seeing more and more of lately. It's ideal for Executive meeting rooms, reception areas and breakout spaces. Here it is upholstered in two shades of fabric from Vescom.  

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Making offices more 'homely'

A up and coming trend in office design is to make offices more welcoming and homely to staff and visitors alike. I really like the design cues incorporated in to the offices of Quadria Capital in Singapore by Elliot James as featured on the Office Snaphots website.Using deep rich colours on upholstery fabrics, luxurious soft furnishings, rugs and low lighting, they have softened the standard office atmosphere whilst marking it out as a exclusive place to work and visit. 
 
At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give me a call on 0116 251 7741.

Regards, Mark

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Introducing the Vibe-Lite chair

We have selling the Vibe executive chair for many years now, which has been popular with Executives looking for a premium chair. Now our friends at the office furniture manufacturer Verco have introduced the Vibe-Lite task chair at a slightly lower price to complement the Vibe, to enable to complete office to be kitted out with the same design aesthetic.

The Vibe-Lite features the same ergonomically shaped back as the Vibe, with a black outer shell and a large comfortable seat. It is available with or without a head rest and has the option of height adjustable arms and a polished metal base. The high back with head rest chair is perfect for Managers with the medium back chair ideal for staff.

The image below shows the VIBE high back chair with head rest, height adjustable arms and a polished metal base, upholstered in Camira Blazer Quilt Channel Plymouth fabric which features a quilted finish which is unique to this fabric. It really adds something to the chair, showing off the clean lines and curved back.

If you would like to find out more about how the Vibe-Lite chair can make your workplace more stylish, please get in touch.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


The new X2 fabric by Camira

We have just received our first consignment of chairs for a customer that are upholstered in the new X2 fabric from Camira Fabrics. The X2 range is based on the best-selling Xtreme Plus range of fabrics that have been around for years. The difference is that the X2 fabrics have a slight, subtle grey fleck within the fabric to give a textured look to the fabric and to tone down some of the brighter finishes without losing their appeal. The mottled look also means that any stains do not show up as easily and the fabric keeps its pristine appearance for longer. The client has specified the X2 Median AK011 fabric colour on Verco V-smart chairs and the Song breakout chairs (pictured) and Arithmetic AK018 on Arena meeting chairs by Pledge.

I have been impressed with the X2 fabric as it looks smart, has a bit of 'interest' in the fabric to catch the eye and is a simple, clever solution to the issue of everyday stains and marking on the fabric, without having to specify a more expensive fabric, leather or vinyl. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

Introducing the Carlo task chair from Verco

As with so many Verco designs, the Carlo is practical and robust whilst also being eye-catching and innovative. And it comes in at a very affordable price point. What's not to like?

The stand-out design feature of the Carlo is its flexible nylon back which is superbly comfortable and cooling as well as attractively unusual in style. There's a choice from three stock colours, black grey and white, to suit pretty much any office environment.

The posture seats are very generously upholstered and can come in any colour you prefer to tone with your office environment or to give it a splash of colour. The pronounced waterfall front edge to the seat is something else we love and just the kind of distinctive attention to detail that we've come to know and love from Verco.

The Carlo comes with a choice of arm rests and the standard five year guarantee.

If you'd like to try it out, we can let you borrow a chair for a few days to see if it suits. Give us a call on 0116 251 7741.


Latest office furniture trends July 2015

Here are some of the latest trends we are seeing in office furniture:

Collaboration - with the end of working alone and in cubicles we are seeing desking that positively encourages collaboration between workmates whilst at their desks rather than having to break off to go into a meeting room. We have had bench desks a while and now our friends at Verco Office Furniture have brought out the Martin desking range which lifts bench desking to another level with a stylish wooden leg frame giving the Martin a softer appearance. With its open aspect the Martin encourages collaboration.

Smaller desks - the advance of technology has led to computers getting smaller which in turn has meant that desks have shrunk to suit. Whereas for many years a large crescent curved desk was the norm in every office and the larger your desk meant the more important you were, now even managers are having small rectangular desks along with their staff. Staff are being switched to Bench desking which saves money through sharing components. The plus points are that smaller desks mean lower cost per desk, you can squeeze more desks and employees in per square foot of office space, and smaller offices mean lower rents. So when it comes to renewing your office desks, it would pay financially to switch to smaller desk.

Softer appearances- we are seeing the rise of offices with softer accents which blur the line between home and work. Desks with modern wooden legs, taking design influences from Scandinavian furniture specified in softer shades of Oak and Natural Walnut with more soft seating dotted around the office for impromptu meetings on the go. Seating is increasingly being upholstered in fabric colours that aren't seen as traditional office shades, getting away from the usual charcoal, peat or black.

Mobile working - with the rise of tablets and smartphones being used in the workplace people are increasingly moving away from their desks when they need to work in private. High back armchairs and sofas, with backs as high as 1300mm, provide comfort and privacy from shoulder surfers and prying eyes.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

New product blog - Martin collaborative furniture

The manufacturer Verco Office Furniture have just introduced the Martin desking range which offers a more collaborative, relaxed feel to your workspace.

Featuring solid timber leg frames with a variety of laminate or veneer tops, the Martin range has a 'softer' look than traditional desking. Single standalone desks are available but the range really comes in to its own with the bench desking offering a space for individuals to work but also allowing teams to join together quickly and easily.

The Martin range is ideal for the image conscious organisation which appreciates good design. The softer look of the product encourages a more relaxed work atmosphere which suits modern workplaces that also foster collaboration. The footprint of the Martin is slightly smaller than that of traditional desks meaning that more employees may be fitted in per square foot of floor space, so it's ideal for companies where space is an issue.

To enhance the clean lines of the Martin, there are no cable ports but a central cable access channel to serve all users, which all cables may be dropped through. The access channel may be customised by the use of a panel which can be manufactured form Perspex, veneer or even upholstered with fabric from the Camira Blazer fabric range.

The Martin collaborative furniture is going to become more and more popular as companies foster improved collaboration between employees but also try to retain staff by providing a more design led work space where people are proud to work. It also looks great when clients visit your premises.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

Study Booths for impromptu working

With the rise of mobile working on tablets, laptops and smartphones, any corner can become an impromptu workplace but what about when people want to undertake solo working with a bit of privacy?

Our study booths and half study booths offer a smart, private workspace, suitable for work on the go. They can be placed anywhere in your offices, school, college or university and moved as required. Available in a variety of great fabric colours to suit any decor, they come complete fitted with a desk top and are ready to use. If you think they would benefit your workplace, please get in touch.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

How to reduce the noise in your office

With the trend towards open plan offices and collaborative working, some employees are finding it difficult to concentrate with the higher levels of noise in some offices. We are increasingly being asked for solutions to cut down the noise.

The simplest way is our acoustic desk screens. These are mounted between the desks as per a standard desk screen but they feature a 40mm Lamapro acoustic foam core surrounded by a smart 25mm aluminium frame. This type of screen typically absorbs up to 90% of sound that hits it, cutting down on sound distractions drastically. Just one piece of advice though - don't let your staff pin papers or photographs on to the screens. The sheet of paper acts as a barrier and blocks sound from entering the screen and being absorbed.

The screens are available at heights of 380mm, 480mm or 580mm in a wide range of fabric colours to suit all tastes and decors. If you think they would benefit your offices, please get in touch.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

50 shades of grey.... fabric?

Sorry for the corny headline! I had to get your attention somehow to tell you that grey fabric is making a big comeback on office seating this year. Already we have sold over 400 chairs in grey fabric since January 2015. So why are people coming back to grey?

Over the past 5 years we have seen offices add colour with one of most popular fabrics being a lime green (Madura by Camira Fabric). This has helped to add a splash of brightness to workplaces but are people now getting fed up with colours that are 'in your face' every working day? Grey goes nicely with the stripped back, industrial trend that we are seeing in offices all over the country right now. Offices with bare concrete or metal floors, with metalwork painted dark colours and pipe work left uncovered. The grey fits in perfectly with the type of thinking especially on the seat of mesh back chairs that are becoming more and more popular.

Of course, there is more than one grey. One of our most popular fabric ranges, Xtreme Plus, made from 100% recycled polyester, has five shades of grey and the fabulous Blazer fabric, made from 100% wool has 8 shades. Grey can add subtlety and taste to any office and will never go out of style. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Making collaboration easy

Collaboration is a buzzword lately. Whether it is in specially designed meeting rooms or in soft seating areas, getting together and swapping ideas is good for us and our businesses. But what if you cannot afford to have a space set aside, due to cost or space restrictions?

When my colleagues and I need to have a quick chat whilst looking at a computer monitor we like to have seating that is at hand and easy to move around the office. That's why we use the Cube multi-purpose chair by Verco. A four legged meeting chair with arms and on castors,it is easy to grab and pull around the office to where it is required. And if the impromptu get-together goes on for too long, the Cube has an 'active' back rest, enabling the back to move forward and back meaning that you stay comfortable.

When finished with, they are easy to store as the seat lifts up and the chairs can be nested together. Or, do as we do and leave them around the office as we don't know what we would do without them.

If you would like to know more about how the Cube chair would benefit your impromptu get-togethers,  please get in touch. And if you are not too far away I will even bring the Cube chair over to show you.  

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.






 

Latest office furniture trends December 2014

The latest trends we are seeing in the office furniture industry are: 

Scandinavian style

Wooden legs - we are starting to see desking and meeting tables with slender wooden leg frames. This is inspired by Scandinavian wooden furniture which tends to have slim, shapely wood leg frames. Think of the furniture featured in offices and homes in programmes like Borgen, The Killing and The Legacy rather than IKEA. The slim frames give the furniture a lighter, more graceful air than the metal leg frames that we are used to in the UK. Whilst this style has been around for a few months as Breakout furniture it is now seeping into office areas, as desks and meeting tables, as furniture is suited throughout the building. Our Danny coffee table (shown below) is a fine example.  

Industrial

The industrial movement carries on as we see more black leg frames contrasted against white desks and meeting tables. Copper lamp shades make a bright contrast against the black and white. Rough wooden floor boards also add to the industrial vibe with grey painted pillars and grey carpets. There is now a carpet tile available that actually looks like concrete!

Fashion and furniture meet as G-Star Raw and Vitra have re-worked classic office chairs designed by Jean Prouve in the 1940s. Muted fabrics and army green metalwork combine to give a cool industrial retro feel. 


Blog - Easy, easy, easy

I recently met with a new prospective client who had emailed us asking for help with specifying office furniture for two rooms in their new premises. They required modular meeting tables that are easy to move, stackable meeting chairs in one room and soft seating with a smart coffee table in the other room.

The customer explained that they got in touch with us because they liked the look and style of the furniture that we featured on our website www.lismark.co.uk . As the customer is a Design Agency this was a great compliment to us. I recommended our range of tilt-top tables and the stackable Sting chair in White with an upholstered seat and back pad in a contrasting colour in the very contemporary Blazer fabric from Camira. For the soft seating we decided together that the Jensen sofa and armchair from Verco would look great along with a large coffee table.

The customer then remarked that she didn't realise that it would be this easy and fun choosing furniture and was dreading having to pick items from a catalogue or website that may not have proved suitable. What a lovely thing to say! It made my day.

It was great to find out that some people still appreciate a sit down face to face meeting and a chance to discuss what value can be added to their business by investing in great furniture.

The customer was applying for a grant so required a quotation by the next day. Our meeting was at 11am and by 4pm on the same day I had provided her with a fully priced estimate and layouts to show how the furniture would fit in the rooms. Now it is fingers crossed time hoping that the grant is approved and we can move forward.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

What if this was your meeting room?


What if this was your meeting room?

How proud would you feel when colleagues, clients and visitors walked in for a meeting?

What would it say about your business?

Would it help you win more business?

This DNA range table is in a Natural Walnut veneer but we also offer it in other wood finishes and even a white laminate finish.

The legs are chrome but if you prefer we can also supply them in White, Silver or Black.

If your meeting room cannot accommodate a table of this size, we offer them from 1600 mm in length up to 5000 mm as a standard but we can make them to whatever size you would like to meet your requirements.

If you would like a circular table we can also meet your needs. 1200 mm or 1500 mm.

How about a square table? Yes, we can do those too.   

What about chairs? A Vibe conference chair in black leather is shown above but we have meeting chairs to suit every taste in many styles, colours and fabrics and leathers.

 At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

Understanding your chair adjustments

We all know that an office chair should go up and down but what other adjustments are available that we may find help to make us more comfortable?

Seat slide

This action enable the seat of the chair to be moved forwards or backwards to suit the leg length of the user, be they long or short. This is usually controlled by a lever at the side of the seat near to the front. If you lift the lever, you can push the seat forwards or backwards with your bottom or hand to suit. Our ME100 chair even has a double seat slide with a +/- 125mm adjustment to suit the short or tall user.

Back height adjustment

This enables the back to go up or down to suit. More commonly controlled nowadays by a ratchet adjustment that clicks up and down.

Lumbar pump

An inflatable cushion in the back of the chair, this can be pumped up or down to provide perfect back comfort for the user. *TOP TIP* - To find the perfect level, pump the cushion right up and gradually let it down until it is comfortable and fits in your lumbar region perfectly. Our Activ 5 chair has this feature.

 

Weight tension adjustment or tension control

This feature allows the seat's tension to be controlled to suit the weight of the user and the force they put on the chair.

Controlled by a hand wheel under the front of the seat, it comes into play when you have the chair action 'unlocked' meaning the back is free flowing and moving with you as you move. With the tension set correctly the back will support you but not push you forward. Our Stellar Posture chair has this feature.

Synchronised action for seat and back adjustment

Also referred to as syncro action or syncro tilt, this is a combined seat and back adjustment controlled by a lever on the side of the chair. When the lever is placed into the 'unlocked' position, the angle of the back and seat move in a ratio of 2:1 with the back moving twice as far as the seat can. This is thought to be the ideal angle adjustment for most users of the chair so, again, is popular when one chair has to suit a number of users and be adjusted quickly and easily.  *TOP TIP* If you leave this type of action in the 'unlocked' position, it allows your body to make micro-movements, whilst your are working, reaching for the phone or turning to speak to someone etc.

These are the most common adjustments that are found on office chairs in most workplaces.

 

 

The Cube chair - a meeting chair with a difference

Yesterday I met up with a team of people who wanted to look at furniture for a Training Room. I recommend our Tilt-top Tables for ease of use and I also took a selection of 5 different meeting chairs for them to try. One of them was the Cube, a multi-purpose chair which looks like a meeting chair with arms with the addition of castors, making it easy to move around the meeting room and from office to office. This chair also has an 'active back' which means that, unlike a standard meeting chair with a fixed back, the back moves forward and backward with you giving you added comfort during long meeting and training sessions. And another thing. the Cube also has a 'flip-up' seat meaning that the chairs may be nested together for ease of storage with no lifting into large unwieldy stacks of chairs.

Out of the selection of 5 chairs, it soon became clear that the Cube was a clear favourite.  My sample chair had an upholstered seat with a black plastic back but they liked the idea of the fully upholstered seat and back for extra comfort in either our popular Xtreme Plus fabric or stain resistant Intervene fabric. They found the chair comfortable due to the active back, easy to move around the room, even whilst seated on the chair due to the large castors and easy to store due to the flip-up seat.

If you would like to know more about how the Cube chair would benefit your Training or Meeting Room and offices, please get in touch. And if you are not too far away I will even bring the Cube chair over to show you.  

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Choosing Your Office Chair

Choosing Your Office Chair

Operator, task or executive chair - which should you choose for your office? Our quick guide will help you choose.

Operator Chair

An Operator Chair is a standard office chair, suitable for daily use by most staff members. They are popular with computer users and call centre operators. They usually have a medium or high back rest. Ours come upholstered in a choice of fabrics.

Popular choices.

Budget: Icon high back operator chair

Mid-price: Nova posture N1 chair

Especially stylish: Ice chair in fabric

Task Chair

A Task Chair is suitable for the medium to heavy use of staff who will be spending a full working day seated on it. It often has a high back and arm rests for additional comfort. Most have a range of adjustments and will swivel 360 degrees.

Designed to be used by a range of different users, task chairs are often used in public areas or hot desking facilities where several different people might use the same workstation.

Popular choices.

Budget: Icon Plus chair

Mid-price: Othello task chair

Especially stylish: Eternity mesh chair

Executive Chair

An Executive Chair is designed with senior management and board members in mind. Expect a high back, a headrest, extra padding and comfortable arms. Stylish design will make it ideal for the executive office or boardroom.

Popular choices.

Budget: Onyx chair

Mid-price: Eternity mesh with head rest

Especially stylish: Aria 'C' chair

24-hour Chair

A 24-hour Chair is specially designed for heavy use over prolonged periods. It will have multi-adjustable mechanisms enabling the user to adjust chair height, back height, seat depth and tilt angle. Some may also have adjustable lumbar controls to support the lower back.

Popular choices.

Budget: Zircon armchair

Mid-price: Zircon armchair in black leather facings

Especially stylish: Zircon armchair with head rest

The Danny chair at home in the office

Over the past few years we have seen a trend for dressing down in the office. First it was dress down Fridays and now it has become the norm to wear Jeans to the workplace and depending on your industry, even in the boardroom. Along with a relaxing of dress standards, office furniture is now following suit. A softer, less office type look is coming in with warm woods replacing metal parts on some chairs and even desks.

A prime example is the Danny chair from Verco. Launched as a modern interpretation of a tub and featuring a chrome four legged frame, the Danny is now also available with the option of a four legged ply wooden frame. This softens the look of the chair so that it would look at home in your meeting room, in your breakout space or reception area, making the chair truly multi-purpose. The complementary coffee table is also available with the same style wooden leg frame.

If you feel the Danny chair would make a great addition to your organisation, please get in touch.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Mesh chairs

Although mesh upholstered chairs have been around since the 1990's, it has only been the past couple of years that they have really become popular. Chairs with mesh backs and upholstered seats are made by most manufacturers nowadays. They give a clean, cool, design look at a wide range of price points from just over £100 to up to £800+.

For the user they are a comfortable choice. The mesh back gives improved cooling and ventilation in the warmest of offices. The mesh is also flexible enough to cushion your back and gives good support. The upholstered seat gives good padding and the chairs may be fitted with the usual array of optional like seat slide, height adjustable arms and even headrests. Some even have adjustable lumbar supports as standard.

Our range of chairs starts with the Yarrow Mesh and the Verco Mesh chair, the ultra hip Salt and Pepper chairs and up to the Eternity Plus and Verco Breathe chairs at the Executive end.

If you would like further information on any of our range of mesh chairs, please get in touch. We are always happy to help.

 

What have we been up to lately?

We have had a busy summer so far. In May we completed a large installation of white Oblique desking which was specified in long row of desks in a bench arrangement. This saves costs by sharing leg frames and also gives a cleaner look by eliminating too many legs below the desk tops. The client asked for low bookcases for everyone. No large cupboards towering over you. This gave the office a lovely open aspect and the ability to see from one end of the office to the other. To break up the white desking and storage, the Verco V-smart chair was specified in a Turquoise fabric.

The second large installation of the Summer was for Verco DNA bespoke desks in glass with a chrome frame - stunning! The effect was of a very sleek looking desk which contracted perfectly with our client's new industrial style office, with rough looking wooden floor boards and bare metalwork. A bespoke Verco Vibe chair with a chrome frame and Camira Vintage grey leather upholstery was chosen to go alongside the desks. Both the desks and chairs were bespoke and designed to the customers specifications. This proves what we can achieve when you are looking for something special or you have something in mind that you cannot find. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

Could this be the ultimate Executive desk?

Could the Aston executive furniture range from Verco be the ultimate in office luxury? 

The Aston Executive desk is a free standing desk that can be specified with a single wood veneer finish in Oak or Natural Walnut, in which the pattern of the wood flows right over on the solid wood legs, meaning each desk is one of a kind. The desk corners are mitred to give an invisible join and the edges are reverse chamfered for a crisp clean profile. A Black or White laminate finish is also available for desk tops and modesty panels and finishes may be mixed together i.e. Natural Walnut desk with White modesty panel.  

The Aston storage units and pedestals may be specified with Oak or Natural Walnut veneer finishes and Black or White laminate. Finishes may be mixed on individual items and across office suites to create distinctive, contemporary executive offices. We love the Natural Walnut veneer carcass cupboards with White laminate doors (shown below).

The Aston Executive furniture range is for the person who is looking for a quality handmade desk that looks clean and contemporary, especially with the addition of white or black laminate touches on desks and storage.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


Latest office furniture trends - Industrial versus Sleek

There are two distinct trends emerging in office furniture design that are finding favour with our clients:

Industrial: 

'Rougher' in appearance

·        Muted colours: Oak desks with black leg frames.

·        Muted fabric colours on seating

·        Black metalwork on the desking, which is echoed by black fixtures, fittings and pipework

·        Offices and meeting spaces décor reminiscent of a converted warehouse

·        Plain white walls

·        Roughly finished wooden floors

Black legs on desks are very new. We specify our DNA desking range with a black leg frame. We are also being asked for desk tops to be stained to match wooden flooring.At the other end of the spectrum we have clients who are asking us for sleek and clean offices and conference rooms.



Sleek:

·        White desks with white legs

·        White cupboards and meeting tables

·        Inspired by 'Apple' products

·        Straight lines - no curved crescent or wave desks. Everyone sits at a rectangular desk.

·        A shot of colour provided, by a bright chair fabric. Turquoise is very hot at the moment.

Our Oblique desk range is all straight lines and comes in an all-white option. Join desks together in long straight rows to create clean lines with the minimum of legs.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

Is your bottom finding it tough going?

Lots of attention is paid to the design of chair back rests with differing heights, widths and shapes available with and without lumbar supports. But what about the seat of the chair? Very often, the seat already on the chair is the only one you can have whether you like it or not. Until now...

Now we are able to offer the 'Air-Flo' seat fitted on selected chairs in our ranges. The Air-Flo seat has inflatable cushions built within the seat. The pressure in these can be made firmer or softer, to suit the individual, with a simple pump bulb control. The air inside can pass between the two cushions as you move, meaning that the support follows your natural body movements as your go about your daily work. The Air-Flo seat also offers pressure sensitive coccyx relief, reduces spinal compression and aids core stability. And, of course, it is Physiotherapist approved.

If sitting is a pain in your behind, then contact us to find out more about how the Air-Flo seat on our chairs can relieve the pressure.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


How to make your chairs last longer

I recently met with a prospective client who was looking to change a room in their building into a breakout room and required stylish, comfortable and hard wearing soft seating.

They loved the classic design of the Plaza seating range from Verco. They also had in mind a tub chair so we recommended the Tub100 series from PSI Seating. We also recommended that to make the chairs even more hard wearing and long-lasting, they be upholstered in Intervene fabric from Camira Fabric.   

This versatile fabric has been designed with heavy duty use in mind. It is fire-resistant, waterproof and has added stain repellent and anti-microbial properties. It can be cleaned with any upholstery shampoo, detergent or even hand wash available from your local supermarket. In case you think that it must be dull looking, the good news is that it comes in a great range of colours and there is patterned, textured and marl options available.  

Choosing Intervene heavy duty fabric on your new seating helps make your investment better value for money by making your chairs last longer.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

Meeting Room busy AGAIN???

Frustrating isn't it? When you go to use the meeting room and someone has beaten you to it! But without your company building extra meeting rooms what other options do you have? We may a couple worth considering...

Our LinC Modular Acoustic Pods by Era Screens have the ability to adapt to your changing needs. Whether it is a semi-private, low backed, meeting hub or a high backed private meeting space complete with ceiling and led lights. And if your requirements change, they can be dis-assembled and easily re-configured and moved to other locations in your building.

Another solution is our High Backed Sofas. The Jensen-up and Brix-up by Verco both feature a comfortable two-seater sofa with a high backed acoustic surround to afford privacy in the busy workplace. Placed in offices, receptions or breakout areas, they are ideal for informal meetings over a cup of coffee or a quiet place to work on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

You can personalise all of our Acoustic Pods and Sofas by choosing to have them upholstered in your favourite fabrics. This means they can match your current décor and company branding. Our favourite fabric range is the funky Blazer range from Camira Fabrics.

Once you tried our meeting room alternatives, we think that you will find they provide a perfect workspace away from your workplace!

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.



 

New blog - Sit/stand desking

"Sitting is the new smoking". So said Nilofer Merchant in a speech at the TED conference in February 2013. She prescribes "walk and talk" meetings in which her and her colleagues discuss their issues whilst walking outside in the fresh air. Sounds great, but not practical for a lot of us.

Her statement about sitting sounds very alarmist, as many of us sit in office chair for hours every day with no health issues at all. But some people have taken this warning on board, whilst others who are suffering from back pain may just prefer to try standing at their desk as a change from sitting all day. Even Winston Churchill wrote while standing at a special desk.

Studies have found that standing while you work at your desk, even for just a few hours a day, burns more calories, reduces the risk of heart disease and may even help you to live longer.

But how many of us have the office space for a standard desk and a standing height workstation? Not many, so the best possible answer is a height adjustable desk that will do both jobs at the push of a button. 

Our Oblique Adapt electrically height adjustable desking goes from a minimum desktop height of 650 mm up to a maximum height of 1300 mm simply and easily. The desktops are available in four widths of 800mm, 1400mm, 1600mm and 1800mm, with a depth of 800mm. The tops come in Oak, Beech, Maple, Natural Walnut, Light Grey and White finishes so they will blend in alongside your existing office furniture. The stylish leg frames are in white or silver and delivery is just 3-4 weeks. We even install the desk in to the required position and take all the packaging away with us.

If you would like to discuss how the Oblique Adapt height adjustable desk range can help your staff, please give us a call.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

New product blog - Mosaic reception/breakout seating

Our new Mosaic multi-functional modular seating is ideally suited for larger reception and breakout areas. Your desired seating arrangement can be easily configured from a selection of benches of differing lengths, with and without backrests, and corner link units. The units are complemented with chrome feet as standard or the option of chrome sled frames. the units can even be used individually. 

They can be upholstered in your favourite seating fabrics with the option of two tone upholstery with the backrest in a different colour to the seat.

This style of seating has been around for a couple of years now but the Mosaic is not as high priced as comparable units from other manufacturers. It is a great option for colleges and universities student breakout areas, corporate reception areas and staff rest spaces.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


New chair - the versatile Polo chair

The POLO chair by Pulse Design is a versatile new addition to our seating ranges. Suitable for use as a breakout, meeting or visitor chair, the POLO may be specified with a four-legged or sled base frame. There is also the option of two tone upholstery for further personalisation, maybe to co-ordinate with company branding. An open back and gentle contours make the POLO a comfortable chair for long meetings (or coffee breaks!).

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


 

LINC by Era Screens - Acoustic pods - the easy way

Maybe you've thought of Acoustic Pods in the past but were put off by the cost and the fact that once they are built, that's it - they can't be used for other purposes. LINC by Era Screens modular screen system allows you to create easily re-configured acoustic pods suitable for work, meetings or breakout areas that you can change as your work needs change.

Acoustic pods can help you make best use of your office, meeting or breakout space. Use instead of fixed partitioning for a cost effective solution. Use instead of high backed sofas for an adaptable solution. And when change is required our pods can be re-configured in under an hour. 

Based on a modular screen system, the acoustically enhanced panels consist of 5 different sized and shaped pieces. Use a number of these to create whatever solution you require to suit your workspace. Some examples are shown here.  

With a combination of panels you can make the following:

Phone booth - for when extra privacy is needed for those private mobile calls that just won't wait.

Utility hub - A high backed storage area for hiding away photocopiers, printers, coat stands, drinks machines, cupboards etc. In fact anything you can think of.  

Work booth - A low backed booth for that extra work space when required.

Study hub - A high back work space for total concentration, focus and privacy.

Breakout zones - Areas suitable for staff rest and relaxation and for any informal meetings.

Meeting hubs/zones/spaces - Private areas that can be easily moved and re-configured to suit your meeting size - one to one, team get together and more.

Snug - A little high backed hide away for a little bit of me time.

All these different combinations take between 20 minutes and 60 minutes to construct and no special tools or skills are needed.  

Give us a call to discuss how LINC can make your office space more adaptable or to request a free brochure.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.



 

Fancy a change from a tub chair?

The tub chair is one of our old favourites. We have sold hundreds over the years which have been used in receptions, waiting areas, libraries, staff rooms and breakout spaces. But what if you fancy something a little different?

Our Zest chair is a modern take on the tub chair. With clean straight lines and a slimmer silhouette, it brings the tub idea right up to date whilst maintain a high level of comfort. With 3 different base styles, four legged, swivel spider base and swivel disc base, all in chrome as standard and the option of two-tone upholstery, you can specify the Zest to match your personal tastes.

3 week delivery lead time and free delivery to many areas, help to make specifying the Zest a sensible decision.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


 

New product blog - The WAVE chair

We are now able to offer seating ranges made by Pulse Design in Blackburn, Lancashire so I thought we would put our review spotlight on their Wave chair

The first thing to say about the Wave is how welcoming it looks! It has a wide, soft curved seat, at a low height of 360mm, and a gently curved back which give the chair and clean and modern aesthetic. This is accompanied by a slim line, elegant chrome finish sled base frame for a touch of retro. This chair would look great in any of the fabrics from the Camira Blazer range which has a soft, luxurious feel.

The Wave is a contemporary low level chair with an eye-catching design. Due to its low seat height this chair is ideal for foyers, reception areas, business lounges or breakout spaces. Using a chair like this instead of larger modular furniture means that if the area use needs to be changed, the chairs can be moved elsewhere easily.

The Wave is not as expensive as it looks, being keenly priced at approximately 20% lower than equivalent chairs from other British manufacturers.  

The Wave is a great addition to our ranges of soft seating. If you want to find out more about the Wave, please get in touch.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.



 

Have you tried vinyl?

Vinyl used to be the poor relation of upholstery fabrics. Cheap chairs used to be covered in shiny black vinyl as a poor imitation of leather. But vinyl has grown up and got stylish!!!!

Torro and Torro Plus from Bradbury Fabrics is a great substitute for leather at two price bands lower. Lionella from Chieftain Fabrics is another alternative for leather with a leather-like grain and a palette of natural earthy tones.

Chieftain Fabrics are specialists at vinyl. They also offer a bespoke colour matching service in as little as 4 weeks. All you need to give them is a Pantone or RAL number or a piece of fabric and their in-house design team will match it up and produce your fabric.If you are looking for a hard-wearing fabric that will resist stains and still look good, it is worth considering one of our vinyl ranges.


Vinyl also now comes with all sorts of patterns on it to add interest to your seating. 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

New Product Blog - The FLY chair

We have just received the new FLY chairs from Verco in the office so I thought I would give them the once over.

The FLY 1 and FLY2 are four legged meeting chairs with an upholstered seat, chrome leg frame and the choice of a plastic back with a hand hold or a mesh back.

For those short of room, when the chair is not in use it can be stacked upright or, due to its flip-up seat, be nested horizontally, for those who don't like lifting chairs.

The FLY is a good looking chair at a very good price.  The chrome frame comes as a standard and is not an expensive optional extra as it is with other seating range. I also like the flip up seat as it makes the chair easy to carry and move from room to room where needed. As a person who moves chairs around a lot, that is a feature I can really appreciate. It also helps that the chair is light but sturdy.

The plastic and mesh backs are black and the seat may be upholstered in any of your favourite fabrics.

These chairs would suit a fast moving organisation that requires meeting chairs that would be moved from room to room at short notice and for use as visitor's chairs.  

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture, are devoted to creating offices that work and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 




An old favourite updated

We have been selling our Wap chair by Verco for quite a few years now. The Wap is a very popular meeting chair that we have sold hundreds of and perhaps they were starting to look a bit tired. They have been made up of an upholstered seat with a plastic back and a silver frame. But what would be the best way to update them?

Simple - add the option of a white back rest alongside the black. This combined with some of the latest colours in the Camira Xtreme Plus range brings an old favourite bang up to date.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

 

Thinking of buying a cheap chair? Read this..

We were recently asked to re-upholster a Verco 304 executive chair which turned out to be over 15 years old. The client had used the chair for over 8 hours a day over all that time and the only issues were wear on the upholstery and the foam underneath. After being re-foamed and re-upholstered in black fabric, within 5 days, the chair was back in our client's offices.

When originally purchased the 304 chair would have cost approximately £300 + vat. The chair had been used for at least 15 years making the cost of use per year of only £20.00! This provides fantastic value for money against a cheaper chair which would've had to have been replaced at least 2-3 times in that time frame.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.



The Flow Chair from Verco - comfortable and cooling

The Flow Chair, with its mesh back, is beautifully cooling in these summer months as well as being so comfortable, fitting to your back where you need it to.

 

It has angular lines and clean, simple aesthetics which make it a nice choice for the contemporary office. With options of visitor chair, conference chair, and task chairs with medium and high backs, you can easily create a consistent look and feel across all your office seating.

 

The Flow has been designed to minimise its environmental impact. The upholstery can be removed and replaced after long wear, prolonging the life of the chair.

 

The frames, with integrated armrests, come in simple black or white and the upholstery - of course - can come in pretty much any colour you choose. That's the way we like to offer choice at Lismark.




 

 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

The Flow Chair from Verco - comfortable and cooling

The Flow Chair, with its mesh back, is beautifully cooling in these summer months as well as being so comfortable, fitting to your back where you need it to.

 

It has angular lines and clean, simple aesthetics which make it a nice choice for the contemporary office. With options of visitor chair, conference chair, and task chairs with medium and high backs, you can easily create a consistent look and feel across all your office seating.

 

The Flow has been designed to minimise its environmental impact. The upholstery can be removed and replaced after long wear, prolonging the life of the chair.

 

The frames, with integrated armrests, come in simple black or white and the upholstery - of course - can come in pretty much any colour you choose. That's the way we like to offer choice at Lismark.



At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.

From dingy dining hall to attractive cafeteria - stylish furniture makes the difference

As a family run firm that provides furniture to many schools around the country, we've been doubly interested to see the recent launch of the School Food Plan which identifies and recommends on the issues that face schools in persuading more children to take up school meals and keep this valuable service viable.  



They have spotted that children care about good food, social life, price and brand (school meals must be "cool") - and, of course, having an attractive environment to eat in. Those of us of an age to remember the cabbage-scented dining halls of yesteryear can only agree with them.


The Plan says that the area where children eats needs to be attractive, clean and light and we believe that the right furniture can help provide this whilst being robust, easy to store and move, and easy to clean as well as reflecting your school's brand colours.

Here are some of our recommendations to help your school dining hall compete with a packed lunch or the local caff.

 

Transparent chairs in juicy colours create a light and airy atmosphere.  



 

Indoor-outdoor furniture helps you make the use of outdoor space in warmer weather. 




Stackable chairs make your dining space more flexible.



 
Spacious tables mean you can use the space for more than just meal times. 


 

Or informal cafeteria style tables and seating. 


 

 

Create a more informal eating area with bar stools.


 


 

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 for a competitive quote. 

Don't forget, we also offer free delivery to many areas.


 

Simple Reception Counters

Clients have inquired about reception counters before and always been surprised at the high price. There are a lot of very grand reception counters out there which can cost a lot of money. But what if are looking for just a simple counter?

We now have available clean, simple, straightforward reception counters available in Oak, Beech, Maple, Natural Walnut, Dove Grey, and Ice White with a Silver or Ice White modesty panel. We've just installed the first one and we think it looks great. And the customer agreed!!!

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture, are devoted to creating offices that work and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741.


Keeping your cool in the office

Suddenly we have a heat wave on our hands! Great news at the weekends but we have to go back to work sometimes. So how may office furniture help you keep your cool in your office?

The obvious answer is a mesh back chair. Mesh allows a through flow of air that a chair with an upholstered back cannot. Buyers have caught on to the fact that mesh has become more and more popular and there are models to suit all tastes and budgets.

We have a line-up ranging from the Carlo with a flexible nylon ventilated back, the Salt and Pepper, the aptly named Mesh, the Flow and the Breathe. All will keep you cooler and give great back and seating support.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture, are devoted to creating offices that work and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741.


Lismark achieves Safecontractor award

Lismark has been awarded accreditation from safecontractor for our commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

We're as dedicated to providing the best quality service for our customers as we are the highest quality of furniture so this accreditation is something we're very pleased to have achieved.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors and signals to all our customers the standards that we set ourselves, assuring major organisations in particular that Lismark is a "safe pair of hands".

To achieve this, we have had to demonstrate that we:

Comply with all safe working practices.

Carry the correct and sufficient liability insurance

Provide and maintain appropriate training for all our team.

Can provide risk assessments and method statements when customers require them.

Keep up to date with health and safety legislation.

These are all things that we consider to be integral to the Lismark way of working but it's nice to know that we are now "pre-approved" for many clients.

Whether the safecontractor accreditation is a vital part of your own approval process or not, you can rest assured that we will always take all necessary precautions during the installation of any office furniture you purchase from us.


The Cube - a multi-purpose chair with a stylish kick

This striking chair really caught our eye - there's something about the combination of a curved back and angled arms that gives it a real stylish kick.

And one of the most impressive things about the Cube chair is in the technical design. The flip seat makes it a fantastic multi-purpose chair, especially for those who need to store chairs. The flip-up seat means that the chairs can "nest" together neatly so there is no need to stack chairs any more.

And because the Cube chair runs smoothly on wheels, they are easy to move from room to room - simply take a nest of chairs and push! No more dismantling stacks of chairs, moving them, only to have to stack them again later.So what else do we like about the Cube?




Whilst it works wonderfully as an meeting chair, it can be used equally well as a task chair, making it potentially an economical choice.

Its design is smart but has an informal edge to it. The active back makes it very comfortable and the built-in arms are designed to be supportive.

The Cube comes with a black back but after that the choice is yours. It can be upholstered in any of your favourite colours and even leather. Or choose the standard black back for a smart, low-key look.


 

New Office Furniture Trends - Muted & Dark

Here is what we consider the new trends in office furniture: 

Muted colours and finishes - We are meeting with a lot of designers who are specifying darker, muted and more natural wood finishes. Oak is becoming popular again, along with black metalwork. These finishes complement clients' darker walls and floors.

Low sheen veneers - High end executive desking, cupboards and meeting tables, which manufacturers have traditionally made in high sheen veneers, is now starting to be supplied in a low sheen, more muted veneer. The most popular finish is natural walnut, a dark brown colour. A good example of this is the new Hi-Line 30 range from Verco.

Darker fabrics - Camira have introduced X2 Plus, a spin-off of their extremely popular Xtreme Plus fabric. The X2 Plus has a darker yarn weaved in the fabric, to tone the fabric colour down slightly. The darker melange weave also has the advantage of hiding dirt and wear better than a plain fabric would. This applies even on lighter colours, so if you have wanted a brighter colour fabric in the past but have shied away, it may be worth taking a look at the X2 Plus range of 20 colours.

All the above trends follow on from the raw, industrial look that we have seen coming in over the past couple of years, with unfinished woods, exposed beams and ceilings in offices and bare floors. Office furniture is moving in the same direction.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture, are devoted to creating offices that work and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 


The Swoosh from Connection - sleek, contemporary meeting chairs

The Swoosh family of meeting or breakout chairs allows you to mix and match styles whilst maintaining a consistent contemporary look. With its clean, sweeping lines it is certainly more stylish than the average meeting chair. Designed by Roger Webb Associates, the Swoosh range features a stylish yet robust wire frame in silver or white. All chairs can be upholstered in a wide range of fabrics.


The Swoosh comes as:
  • A meeting chair, with high back and low back options.
  • A reception/breakout chair, again with high back and low back options.
  • A bar stool.

New product blog - the HEXEL range from Connection

The HEXEL is a range of modular sofas designed by Bruce High for Connection Seating. There are 4 items that make up the Hexel family; an upholstered bench, a sofa, an integral table and a low stool.

The sofa and bench have angled ends that form an endpoint. This enables them to be placed at right angles to each other to create neat modular arrangements. The sofas/benches can be placed in one line with the addition of an integral table which fits like a jigsaw piece in between the two seats to link them neatly together. There is also a low stool for added flexible seating capacity.

The Hexel range is ideal for large reception areas that require a large, flexible seating configuration to accommodate visitors and informal meetings. It would also be suitable for breakout areas.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture, are devoted to creating offices that work and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 




"WOW" factor furniture

If you're looking for furniture that is ergonomically designed, has a light environmental footprint and can give your office interiors a real "wow" factor, then you need to know about the DNA desking range from Verco and Lismark Office Furniture.

Uncomplicated, understated, ultramodern.

The DNA system desking range, designed by Roger Webb Associates for Verco is a visually exciting furniture concept that is ideal for any modern office.

This simple, clean and elegant bench system has energy and flair and is highly practical with storage 'spines' to create good workstation definition.

DNA has been recognised with a Design Guild Mark for excellence in design, use of materials, manufacture and function. It was also a winner of the Office Furniture category in the 2011 FX International Interior Design Awards.

At Lismark Office Furniture, we love stylish office furniture, are devoted to creating offices that work and are never short of ideas. So if you're in search of furniture to make an impact in the workplace, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 

Congratulations to Verco - 100 years of stylish office furniture

Verco Office Furniture has long been one of our favourite manufacturers. Their furniture is traditionally made to the highest standards of craftsmanship and is made in Britain - we love to support British companies.

We also think that Verco's design stand up proudly against furniture designers from around the world and with their new designs they're going from strength to strength.

We're not the only ones who rate them. Their DNA system desking range is uncomplicated, understated and ultramodern. Designed by Roger Webb Associates for Verco it has been recognised with a Design Guild Mark for excellence in design, use of materials, manufacture and function. It was also the winner of the Office Furniture category in the 2011 FX International Interior Design Awards.

We also like to thank them for their commitment to ergonomic design and to reducing their environmental impact. And because they support one of our key beliefs: stylish design does not have to come at the expense of quality.

Congratulations Verco - we look forward to working with you for the next 100 years!  

If you're looking for a new look for your office, we're happy to help. Give us a call on 0116 251 7741. We'd be delighted to hear from you. 


New Product Blog - The Flow chair from Verco

The FLOW chair is a mesh back task chair which was launched by Verco Office Furniture at the start of April 2013.

The first thing that strikes you is the stunning looking frame of the chair. The frame has smooth, clean lines that swoop round to encompass the arm frame. It gives the chair a simple profile, especially with the frame in white, which shows the chair off to its best advantage. To match the frame, the castor base of the chair is supplied in the same colour as chosen for the frame.

The FLOW features a comfortable, cool mesh back available with black or grey mesh, with an upholstered seat that can be covered in any of your favourite fabrics. The back can be specified as a medium or high back with the option of a headrest on the high back version.

The FLOW is ideal for the organisation that is looking for a comfortable chair that suits a wide range of people as it comes with seat slide as standard for those with long or short legs. The medium or high back would suit office staff with the headrest as an option for the executive office.

If you would like to talk to us about office seating, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email us at mark@lismark.co.uk  


 

How about a bespoke chair for your office?

If you want to stand out from the crowd, why not go for bespoke?

If you've got the money you can now specify a bespoke Bentley; paint colour, seat leather, dashboard finish, wheels.. the choice is endless.

If you want to put your own stamp on your office, how about a bespoke chair for your office?

Our VIBE chair has lots of different options. You can choose from:

42 fabric ranges with an average of a dozen colours in each range

11 leather shades

Medium or high back?

Headrest or no headrest?

What shade of wood would you like on the back of the chair?

Black plastic, silver or polished metal base?

No arms, fixed arms or height adjustable arms?

 

All these contribute to making a chair that stands out from the rest and shows that you really mean business.  

If you would like to talk to us about office seating, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email us at mark@lismark.co.uk  



You've found your perfect new office - now what about the office furniture?

If you are a fledgling business and you are moving into offices for the first time, it's very important to get the right office furniture to suit your circumstances.

Things to consider:

Does everyone need a dedicated desk? With the rise of mobile working on tablets and smartphones can some of your staff work whilst sitting on a sofa in the breakout area or in a Starbucks down the road? Why have the expense of a desk, chair and pedestal drawers if it is not really necessary?

What about multi-use furniture? We have tilt-top tables on castors that can be used as a meeting table and then moved easily into our offices or warehouse to be used as a desk when the need arises. Our Cube chairs are four legged with castors. They can be easily wheeled from room to room for use in offices, meeting rooms, reception or breakout areas. They also have a tip-up seat so that they can be 'nested' together to take up a tiny amount of space while not in use.

We have to put our hands up now! Our furniture is not the cheapest. It is robust, reliable, cost efficient, long lasting and creates a great impression for your potential staff and visiting clients.  

And as you are starting out we can offer free advice, free help with space planning, free delivery and free installation. Give us a try - what have you got to lose?

If you would like to talk to us about office furniture, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email us at mark@lismark.co.uk  

New blog - Multi-purpose seating

As budgets get tighter, companies are looking into versatile multi-purpose seating that may be used in different environments for differing purposes. The CUBE chair from Verco is at home at the office desk and at the meeting table.

Available as a swivel chair or a four legged armchair, both are fitted with castors enabling them to be moved from room to room with ease. The four legged version even has a flip up seat to allow the chairs to 'nest' together so that a few may be moved by one person at a time.

The 'active back mechanism' allows the back rest to freely move forwards and backwards, aiding comfort during long working hours. Backs are available as upholstered or smart black plastic. Seats are upholstered in your favourite fabric and the chairs have arms as standard.  

If you would like to talk to us about office furniture, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk   




Introducing the new Carlo task chair from Verco

As with so many Verco designs, the Carlo is practical and robust whilst also being eye-catching and innovative. And it comes in at a very affordable price point. What's not to like?

The stand-out design feature of the Carlo is its flexible nylon back which is superbly comfortable and cooling as well as attractively unusual in style. There's a choice from three stock colours, black grey and white, to suit pretty much any office environment.

The posture seats are very generously upholstered and can come in any colour you prefer to tone with your office environment or to give it a splash of colour. The pronounced waterfall front edge to the seat is something else we love and just the kind of distinctive attention to detail that we've come to know and love from Verco.

The Carlo comes with a choice of arm rests and the standard five year guarantee.

If you'd like to try it out, we can let you borrow a chair for a few days to see if it suits. Give us a call on 0116 251 7741.


Latest trends in Office Furniture

Executive furniture:

Executive furniture has gone on a diet! Thinner profiles have seen executive desking slim down to 30mm thickness, giving a slimmer, leaner profile and as a consequence, a lower price point, making it more affordable.  

Along with the slimmer profile, the big glossy look is out! Low sheen veneers are coming in to style in a big way.

General Office:

Bench desking enables more staff per square meter of office floor. The cost per desk is also lower due to desks sharing legs. Desk footprints are also getting smaller due to the shrinking size of technology with thinner monitors, laptops and tablets being used more and more.

White is everywhere: desks, legs, tables and cupboards. Apple has a lot to answer for!

Walnut is also getting more prevalent as some go for the darker, luxurious look. 

If you would like to talk to us about office furniture, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

Latest trends in Office Seating

Here are some of the latest trends that we are finding in office seating:

Task chairs:

Mesh backs continue to grow in popularity as people opt for a minimalist look with a pop of fabric colour on the seat of the chair. Mesh will also prove popular during the summer months due to its cooling properties.

White frames - some chairs now have the option of a white frame instead of then standard black. This is due to the increasing popularity of a white finish in all walks of life from cars to electronics.   

Sofas:

Very high backs (over 1.3 metres high) are becoming very popular. This type of sofa is ideal for informal meetings and mobile working due to the added privacy and acoustic properties that the very high back affords.  

Another aid to mobile working is that some sofas are able to be specified with power and data sockets in the armrests.

Meeting chairs:

As well as the mesh back craze carrying over to meeting chairs, we are also seeing an increasing number of chairs with tip-up seats. This enables the chairs to be 'nested, instead of stacked. Less lifting required for your members of staff means less chance of bad backs.

Fabric:

Stain resistant fabric is increasingly popular on breakout furniture where drinks and foods are likely to be spilled. Specifying stain resistant fabric protect your investment in quality furniture and adds years of use after other fabrics are showing signs of wear and tear.

If you would like to talk to us about office furniture, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

Sit-stand desks

Just lately we are getting more and more requests for sit-stand desking. This does exactly what it says; it allows you to work in a seated position and then when you fancy a change of posture you can raise the desk so that you can work whilst standing.

There have been a few studies and articles extolling the virtues of alternating between sitting and standing at your desks for short periods. This is traditionally a Scandinavian way of working but is beginning to find favour over here in the UK.

How may we help? Well, our Oblique Adapt electrically height adjustable desk has a height range from 650mm up to 1300mm - high enough for any person in your organisation.  Because it has a n electric height adjustment, it is easy to get it to the right height to suit.

The desk tops, ranging from 800mm to 1800mm wide, are available in oak, beech, maple, walnut, grey and white and as these are all standard finishes, the Oblique Adapt will suite in with other desking we provide. The legs are in white or silver. Delivery is just 4 weeks.

If you would like to find out more about the Oblique Adapt range, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

New product blog - Hi-line 30 executive desking

We have just launched a new range of executive furniture. The Hi-line 30 from Verco Office Furniture of High Wycombe is a stable mate to the popular Corniche range at a lower price point without scrimping on quality.

The Hi-line 30 has a 30mm veneer top, available in oak, maple, natural walnut and cherry, as opposed to the Corniche 40mm bull nosed edge top.

The slim profile gives the Hi-line 30 a modern look allied with the low sheen finish veneer which designers and customers are requesting more and more nowadays.

Two desk shapes, rectangular and bow fronted are available along with complimentary desk return units, pedestals and storage. The Hi-line 30 is designed with the younger executive or head teacher in mind. The very high quality along with a slim profile gives it a modern, authoritative appearance. It is a welcome addition to our executive ranges and I'm sure it will prove very popular with new and old customers alike.

If you would like to find out more about the Hi-line 30 range, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

 

Intervene from Camira - high performance seat fabric

When people choose chair fabrics they are mainly concerned with the colour. But choosing the correct type of fabric can make a huge difference to the performance and life of the chair.

More and more furniture buyers are spending a little extra per chair and specifying Camira Intervene fabric. The Intervene range consists of 36 different colours that encompass plain, textured, patterned and marl fabrics. So there are colours and finishes to suit every taste.

But Intervene also has the benefit of being a high performance, heavy duty fabric. To look at the fabric you wouldn't know it but Intervene is: 

  • fire retardant  
  • waterproof
  • urine-proof
  • stain repellent
  • anti-bacterial
  • and bleach cleanable  

This high performance fabric helps to keep your chairs looking better for longer. It also comes with a five year guarantee.

So if you're looking for fabric suitable or use in the most demanding areas e.g. breakout areas, waiting rooms, dining rooms, staff cafes, it would be worth taking a look at the Intervene range.

If you would like to request an Intervene fabric swatch card, or to see more of our range of fabrics suitable for seating and divider screens, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me mark@lismark.co.uk

Siena soft seating range

The Siena soft seating from Verco office furniture is a reception/breakout range consisting of an armchair, 2-seater and a 3-seater settee. Based on a classic range of soft seating called the Verona which was aimed at Executive offices, the Siena is more of an all-rounder, suitable for most modern visitor, reception and breakout areas.

The Siena has clean lines, straight edges tempered with gentle curves, and thick, comfortable cushioning. The cushions are non-removable,a clear advantage in areas such as student breakout areas in schools, colleges, academies and universities, especially if upholstered in a stain-resistant fabric such as Camira Fabrics Intervene to resist spills from food and drink.

Price-wise, it's a pleasant surprise. The armchair starts at £366 + vat delivered, the 2-seater settee starts at £431.00 + vat and the 3-seater starts at £524.00, making the range very competitive and worth a look.

If you would like to find out more about the Siena range or any of our Reception/Breakout seating please contact me mark@lismark.co.uk or give me a call on 0116 251 7741.  



New fabric from Camira

Camira Fabrics has just launched range of fabric called Binary. This fabric was designed by Miriam Trent from Leeds Metropolitan University as her entrant into a design challenge held by architectural practice Sheppard Robson. The challenge was to create an original fabric to capture the creative essence of the BBC, as the fabric was going to be used throughout the new BBC North offices at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, Manchester.

The Binary fabric design is based on a binary theme, made up of zeros and ones in a bold, large pattern.

If you want to follow the BBC and fancy Binary on your office chairs, give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 




The Salt Chair from Verco


The Salt task chair from Verco is a favourite here at Lismark. We like the stylish retro simplicity of the design and the fact that it is still a very comfortable and functional chair.

The mesh back is supportive and cooling. It will fit to your back for great comfort. The Salt chair has synchronised seat adjustment with the seat moving in a 3:1 ratio with the back. So simple to use without the baffling adjustment knobs that most office chairs have and no one quite knows how to use correctly. 


 

Its neat one-piece shell is designed with the arms in mind. It comes in white with the colour running through the whole chair through the legs to the castors. We particularly like the styling of the legs, slightly fanned giving the Salt chair an elegance that makes it stand out from a more typical office chair.



The seat pads are integrated with the chair and can come in any colour you choose. We've shown fashionable bright shades which give a real pop to your office environment but they look equally smart in cool neutrals too.

The Salt chair is a great way to add some style to your office without breaking the bank.

If you'd like to try it out, we can let you borrow a chair for a few days to see if it suits. Give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 

Sneak Peek - new Brix high back sofa

A new image has emerged of the Brix high back sofa from Verco Office Furniture based in High Wycombe. Up to now the Brix has been a range of low sofas some of which have a slim back rest. Now the Brix has been modified to encompass a very high back surrounding three sides of the chair. This turns it into private, informal meeting seating. Whilst other companies have already brought out this sort of product, Verco seem to have gone that bit further by adding a screen to one side of the sofa. This looks as though it can be attached to the side of two sofas facing each other, adding extra privacy.  

This would be ideal for any organisation short on meeting space. It would work for informal, impromptu meetings which should, in theory, take less time than a full blown meeting, thereby reducing time taken away from desks. Good news all round!!!

More images can be seen on our website and for further details give us a call on 0116 251 7741.  


Sneak Peek - New Jensen high back sofas

Images have just been released by Verco Office Furniture of the new Jensen high back sofa. The standard Jensen is a low back retro looking sofa with a button back feature, deep cushions and high armrests. Verco have adapted this to capitalise on the high back sofa trend. This type of sofa is ideal for informal or impromptu meetings and for the age old problem of when all meeting spaces are full. It can also double up as reception furniture and enables quiet chats with visitors or colleagues. One sofa facing another makes a cosy, private, quiet area, for a 10th of the cost of building and furnishing a meeting room.  

More images can be seen on our website and for further details give us a call on 0116 251 7741.  


 

At last. a chair that's different!

The SALT and PEPPER chairs from Verco Office Furniture in High Wycombe are very different looking operator chairs from the normal. They have a strong retro aesthetic. The back shell curves around the chair user to form arms fitted with arm pads. It has a comfortable, contemporary black mesh back and a large substantial seat, which can be upholstered in a seat fabric of your choice. The chair base and castors are in a matching finish to the rest of the chair. The PEPPER has a black shell and the SALT has a white shell.

They are certainly different to the vast amount of black plastic operator chairs that we see everywhere.  

If you would like to talk to us about office furniture, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

 

Reception desks needn't be expensive

Not every company needs a huge singing and dancing reception desk. Smaller business's simply need a place for a member of staff to sit, which also looks smart and creates a great first impression when visitors walk in.

We recently installed an office desk into the reception area of a community centre. The only change we made to the desk was to have the modesty panels made larger so that they went from the underside of the desk right down to 50mm from the floor. This was to create a 'clean' look and to fully hide the staff member's legs.Another advantage of using this type of desk is that if the business circumstances change, you can move the desk elsewhere in your building and utilise it as a standard office desk.

Comments from the client were;

We are very pleased with the new furniture for our reception. Reception desk looks good and is admired by users of the Centre including the Board

Another advantage of using this type of desk is that if the business circumstances change, you can move the desk elsewhere in your building and utilise it as a standard office desk. 

If you would like to talk to us about office furniture, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  


The next big thing - Google Plus

Our marketing guru came in recently and told us that the next big thing to follow in the footsteps of Facebook, Twitter etc. would be Google Plus. When we all stopped laughing, we decided that we had better dip our toes in the Google Plus pond. At the moment, it's a slow burner but there are signs that more and more people are taking the plunge. It's just another way to get ourselves noticed and spread the word that office furniture doesn't have to be boring and it can really make a difference to your working day.  

Is anyone else out there on Google Plus? If you fancy connecting up, the link to our page is here.

Product blog - SPIRIT and SPIRIT LITE soft seating

The Spirit and Spirit Lite are new soft seating chairs from Pledge Seating as part of their Edge Design range. The Spirit is a modern interpretation of the classic tub chair and has a seat that curves up at the sides to form armrests. The Spirit Lite is an easy chair that has a flatter seat.

Both ranges are modern and good looking, providing a fresh look at soft seating. They are suitable for receptions, breakout areas and informal meeting rooms. There is a choice of 3 base styles: 4 star, wire and round pedestal base. The chairs may also be specified with a walnut outer shell to make them look even more luxurious.

The Spirit and Spirit Lite would complement any organisation. They have a fresh, light look about them, giving a lift to any area that they are placed. They would look great upholstered in a fabric from the Camira Blazer range. There is also a range of glass or wooden top coffee tables to go alongside the chair.

If you would like to learn more about the Spirit and Spirit Lite or any of our soft seating ranges, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  




 

New product review - The 'WHY' chair

The 'WHY' chair, is a new task chair from Connection Seating, designed by Roger Webb Associates, and launched at Orgatec 2012.

Unusually for a Connection chair, it is supplied unassembled and packed in a box. This allows for 120% more chairs per standard truck load, enabling fewer trucks to be used, therefore reducing CO2.

When you get the chair out of the box, assembly is easy due to the 'Why' chairs unique fast-click assembly, requiring no tools. The chair has a distinctive honeycomb mesh back rest, which looks smart and modern. The seat is available in a wide range of fabric colours and there is the option of adjustable arms and black plastic or polished metal bases.

The chair is manufactured from 67% recycled content and is itself 98% recyclable at the end of its working life. Even the box and packaging are eco-friendly.

My opinion: The WHY is a good looking chair although price wise, it's at the higher of end of what you would expect to pay for a mesh back task chair. Also, you have to assemble the chair, whereas all our other chairs are supplied assembled. If eco-friendly chairs are important to you and your organisation, then the WHY is certainly worth consideration.  

If you would like further information on this chair or any of our chair ranges, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

The return of the phone booth?

                            Here's a good idea from Era Screens of Hampshire. The Nautilus is a range of free standing acoustically enhanced booths that offer privacy in open plan environments. They are available as:                    Phone booths - suitable for those private calls on your mobile or smartphone

Study/Work booths - with a small work surface in. Suitable for confidential work or for use as hot desking around the office

Break out booths - perfect for staff to relax in

·        Meeting booth - does as it says - ideal for informal meetings

They are acoustically enhanced so noise from the surrounding area and sound leakage from inside the booth is kept to a minimum. They are available in a mix of any of the Camira Blazer fabric palettes and can include shelving, desking, seating and lighting.

With the rise of mobile working, the phone booth and study/work booths can be sited around the office to provide convenient, informal work spaces. The break out and meeting booths can be a money saver as these can replace a formal meeting room / staff rest area which has to be specially constructed. The booths are multi-purpose and as with this type of furniture, your staff tends to find other excuses to use them as well for other work related purposes.

If you would like further information on acoustic booths, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

The LA KENDO from Pledge Seating

Pledge Seating has just launched a new training and conference chair range called the LA KENDO.

The La Kendo, designed by Angelo Pinaffo, is a four legged meeting/training/conference chair available in a variety of options. You can choose from:

·        Plastic seat & back or plastic back with upholstered seat

·        Stacking chair or chair with tip-up seat

·        Writing tablet if required on left or right side

·        Black, silver or chrome legs

The options are endless and there is also a choice of plastic colours or a wide range of fabric colours. These are ideal when you want to personalise the chairs to your company brand colours or to a certain room in your operation so that they don't go 'walkabout' in to other areas.  

The La Kendo would suit a training room, conference, or meeting area that has to be adaptable and multi-functional at short notice. With the tip-up seat chair there is no need to lift a chair so the room can be re-configured by a single member of staff without strain. These chair would be an ideal accompaniment to our Tilt-top tables, which are also easily re-configured without lifting.

If you would like further information on this chair or any of our chair ranges, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

The AIR chair from Pledge Seating

Pledge seating has been manufacturing the AIR chair for a couple of years. The Air is a mesh backed operator chair for the cost-conscious buyer.

Now they've given it a mid-life refresh by adding the option of specifying the chair with an upholstered ribbed back. The back has a slim angular profile which the ribbed stitching accentuates. It looks smart and is comfortable and easy to use. It has a generous seat with adjustment for the seat height and back angle. There is a 5 year warranty on this chair and it is manufactured in England. The chair can be upholstered in all of our standard range of fabrics. To keep costs down a fabric from the Bradbury Omega Plus range would be an excellent choice.

To summarise, the AIR chair is ideal for a design conscious specifier who is looking for a chair to suit a variety of users at a good price point. 

If you would like further information on this chair or any of our chair ranges, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

Heritage trend

If you are a fan of the heritage trend that is current at the moment, there are a couple of seating fabrics that can bring your chairs bang up to date.

The Craggan fabric range from Camira Fabrics is based on a 25 year old traditional wool fabric with a contemporary twist. The 97% Pure New Wool fabric has a subtle highlight shade that sits within the weave giving a traditional fabric a modern twist. 

The Blazer Check fabric also from Camira Fabrics does exactly what it says. A 100% Pure New Wool fabric, it consists of a traditional check pattern in grey with a bright background colour which gives the fabric a contemporary look.

With both fabrics being made of Pure New Wool they are inherently hard wearing, with some natural self-cleaning properties and are suitable for both soft seating and task chairs. Both ranges feature 8 different shades. At the end of life the fabrics are compostable.

What to put this fabric on? The Mortimer armchair and new sofa from Connection Seating have a retro air about them, with strong curved shapes and the option to have wooden legs fitted. The Jensen armchair and sofas from Verco Office Furniture also have a retro feel with straight sides and a backrest featuring buttons. The Danny from Verco Office Furniture is a contemporary tub chair suitable for meetings or breakout areas. 

If you would like to find out more about our fabric and seating ranges please contact me mark@lismark.co.uk or give me a call on 0116 251 7741.


 

New chair review - The Activ ME500

I wrote here recently about the ME100 task chair form MDK Seating. This has proved to be a very popular chair so I thought I would write about its stable mate, the Activ ME500 mesh backed version.  

The ME500 features the same generous seat as the ME100 with a double seat slide, which is fairly unique. It also features the flex-front seat to lessen pressure under the thighs. The main difference is the back. The ME500 features a mesh back with an integral adjustable lumbar support panel as standard. The lumbar panel can be moved to fit into the lumbar region of your back. The backrest is also height adjustable. The mesh on the back can be specified in different colours from the Camira Acrobat range.

A variety of height adjustable arms may be specified on this chair to offer personalised arm support to those who require it. As well as height adjustment, width adjustment and armpad rotation is also offered.

My opinion: The seat on this chair is a big plus. It is very comfortable with plenty of adjustment to suit staff of all heights. Mesh backed chairs are very fashionable right now and I think this chair has recognised that market. The back is rather 'straight-sided' and could have done with a little more shape to make it look more interesting. The built-in lumbar support is very adjustable and along with the ratchet back height adjustment it is easy to get it in just the right place. The choice of armpads is another plus with this chair for those operators that require arm support. A five year guarantee is offered as standard.

The ME500 is a dependable chair that can be specified with a wide range of options depending on taste and the support required from the chair. This makes it an ideal chair to suit a wide range of staff members.

If you would like further information on this chair or any of our chair ranges, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  


 

New Product Blog - BRIX soft seating from Verco

Verco Office Furniture has recently launched their new BRIX modular soft seating range. This range is particularly suitable for reception areas and staff breakout areas.

The Brix is an upholstered bench seating range. The benches may be specified with or without backs. The backs are an upholstered panel. A bench can have 1 back on the left or right hand side, 2 backs alongside each other or 2 backs facing in opposite directions. The benches have minimalist silver legs. With a variety of back options, different configurations are easily achieved. Two tone fabric may also be specified meaning that the backs may be a different colour to the bench.

The benches can be lined up in many different arrangements to suit any environment. As they are self-supporting, they can be easily re-configured when required for totally flexibility.

The range also includes co-ordinating coffee tables. The coffee tables come as a low level coffee table and a double decker seat height coffee table which sits at the same height as the seating. This can therefore be used alongside the seats within the same arrangement

MY VERDICT - The Brix is a soft seating range which will suit an informal reception area or breakout area. It will not suit a solicitors or an accountant's office. But it will suit a less formal organisation or even a school or college. The variety of configurations that can be achieved is a big plus if circumstances change. It may also be added to at a later date.

The two tone fabric option can also add a touch of interest and style and be used to match in to corporate colours. The legs are stylish and the coffee tables are a good match rather than an afterthought add-on to the range.

As always with Verco, it is a well-built product, meant to last with a five year guarantee which will undoubtedly last a lot longer than that. 


Block bench seating and tables

We are always looking for something different to offer to our clients that can help to improve their business and the workplace environment for their staff. 

If you've ever eaten in Wagamama you'll have sat on the bench seats and had your food served on to the long tables. This type of layout is very different to standard restaurants. It's very social as you have to sit close to someone you maybe don't know and therefore its relaxed and fun.

We can now offer this dining experience in your own staff dining area. Our Block range of tables and bench seats is a minimalist designed range of dining area furniture. It is constructed of heavy duty laminate designed to withstand the knocks and bashes of the daily routine in a busy cafe, restaurant, school or college dining area or staff breakout area. Another plus side is that you can get more people seated in a smaller area as diners are seated closer together than they normally would be at standard tables with the gaps in between.

Available in white beech or walnut laminate it may also be specified with a contrasting edge profile. Optional upholstered seat pads are also available which we would recommend that you have upholstered in a stain resistant fabric such as Camira Fabrics Intervene range.If you would like to know more about the Block range or any of our dining area furniture, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me mark@lismark.co.uk





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The TONIC chair from Pledge Seating

The TONIC chair from Pledge Seating is a medium back meeting or visitor chair, available with or without arms and with a choice of a 4-star static base or a sled frame base.

The Tonic has very clean lines with detailed stitching on the front of the back rest to add interest to the look of the chair. The arm frame is made of tubular chrome which extends right around the back of the chair to aid the clean appearance.

The retro aesthetic is enhanced by the static 4-star base. This really adds to the look of the chair as opposed to the sled base which is rather utilitarian and not as handsome as the 4-star.

The Tonic would be suitable as a meeting chair in the sled base guise, with or without arms. The 4-star version would be particularly suitable as a visitor chair in reception areas or offices.

A chair like this would look good being upholstered in a fabric like Camira Blazer which is a plain fabric, with a luxurious feel and available in a great range of hues.

If you would like more details on the Tonic chair or any of our chair ranges, please get in touch on 0116 251 7741 or email mark@lismark.co.uk

Operator seating - shake your workplace up a little with Salt and Pepper

Operator seating might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you want to add a dash to your working environment. But, once again, Verco are challenging assumptions about what this standard piece of office furniture should look and feel like.

The Salt and Pepper operator chairs combine advanced technological and simple to use features - a winning combination.

The back and arm 'shell' has been designed to be exceptionally comfortable and provide tailored support to various body shapes and sizes. And its high end design will add a bit of spice to any office.
 



 Like all our furniture, it's British made and up there with the best foreign designs for style and comfort.


if you're after a new look for your office, we're happy to help. Give us a call on 0116 251 7741; we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Trends in soft seating - alternative meeting chairs

Verco have done it again! More great new designs, this time for chairs that would be stunning in your reception and also work brilliantly as alternatives to standard meeting chairs.We love the Danny take on the tub chair that looks more elegant than tubby, with chrome legs and the ability to mix and match back and seat colours.The Echo seating has a retro feel but couldn't be more modern - the all-white version is ideal to make an impact in a light and airy setting and carries on the chrome legged theme.


 

If you're looking for a new look for your office, we're happy to help. Give us a call on 0116 251 7741, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Also, don't forget our free delivery if you're based in this area. All part of the service.


New Product Blog - The Bjorn chair from Pledge Seating

The 'Bjorn' chair is a brand new all-purpose chair from Pledge Seating.

The chair has an upholstered seat and back with ribbed upholstery to add interest and detail to a very 'clean' minimalist chair. The seat has a slight 'waterfall' front edge to soften the look and as an aid to comfort by relieving pressure on the back of the users legs. The most attractive feature of this chair is the attractive 4-legged wooden frame. Available in 5 finishes, the wooden legs give the chair a homely look suitable for a workplace which mixes the office with a more laidback atmosphere like the offices of Google and AOL.

We are seeing more and more products that could be easily specified for use in a meeting room as well as a home.

With the look and feel of this chair it would be suitable for use in a meeting room, breakout area covered in a stain-resistant fabric such as Camira Intervene, or even in a bar/restaurant in a vinyl or leather finish.

If you would like further details on the Bjorn chair or any of our meeting chair ranges, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email us mark@lismark.co.uk.

Pockets of Privacy - more on privacy seating

We've written elsewhere about this trend for seating that can create pockets of privacy within an open workspace and thought we'd just pull together some images from the three UK manufacturers that we work with that produce variations on this theme. From curvy to blocky, from subtle individual items to statement pieces, there's something to suit any workplace. Here are some of our favourites:



 




 

A little moan.....

The other day I was at a customer's premises taking measurements for a new executive office furniture installation. While I was there, a competitor of ours delivered half a dozen 'cheap' sets of pedestal drawers for an area of the organisation that our client didn't want to spend a lot of money on. Our pedestals and office furniture does cost a little more than others.

The first thing that surprised me was that the pedestals were not boxed but wrapped in bubble wrap. This does not offer enough protection during transit of the pedestals and sure enough there were chips and scratches on the pedestals. All of our pedestals are boxed but of course boxes cost more than bubble wrap.

When they were unwrapped, the drawers immediately started coming apart. The joint between the back and the side of the drawer should have been stapled but no staples had been applied. Obviously, the pedestals hadn't been checked by the manufacturer as this was a fault that should have been easily spotted. Our pedestals joints are glued for strength and a neat finish and they are checked before they leave the factory.

The customer also had to assemble the pedestals, so any money saved was being spent on paying a member of staff to do this while they probably had better things to do. All our pedestals are delivered assembled and unwrapped by a member of our staff on the customer's premises and put in to place.

The customer decided to send them back to the manufacturer. I spoke to the customer a couple of days later and they told me that the company who supplied the cheap pedestals didn't believe that they had arrived in that state and were refusing to take them back. They wanted to see photographic evidence of the faulty pedestals therefore wasting more of the customer's time.  

The saying goes "if you buy cheap, you buy twice". After you have spent time trying to sort out faulty cheap product, you may as well have spent a little more and got furniture that you can be proud of.

If you're frustrated with your current office furniture supplier and their product, why not give us a call for a friendly chat on 0116 251 7741.  

Fancy something different?

"I was looking for desking and wanted something different. You were the only ones who offered something different."

"We have recently refurbished ict/learning area and would like to create a new trendy flexible learning room in school. I would be delighted if someone could come out and help design it with your lovely furniture."

 

The comments above are just two we have recently received from people who are looking to furnish areas of their business or school but are conscious that they want furniture that they can be proud of and will suit their needs.

 

For desking a little bit different, we recommended our DNA range of desking designed by Roger Webb Associates. With its totally unique leg design, it stands out from the crowd of run of the mill desking. 

 

For a flexible learning room, we had to recommend our tilt-top tables. Simple to use, easy to move and re-configure, they make the most of your space. Our tough, stackable Focus chair with chrome legs is an attractive, robust chair.

 

For an easily moveable soft seating area, we recommended our Dice and Drum seats. Attractive, eye catching, fun design in square and round shapes, they are easily transportable if the soft seating area needs to be moved.

 

We have a wide product range and a wealth of product knowledge. We like to think that we have the office furniture and breakout furniture to suit every need - but we welcome a challenge!

 

If you would like to see how we can make the most of your workspace, learning area or breakout space, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me mark@lismark.co.uk

BMW-like?

In an interview in the October edition of FHM magazine, the menswear Oliver Spencer says that his company and products are "like a BMW, basically. Expensive, but people feel like they're getting value for money at the same time".

He sums his company and products up brilliantly. And this is exactly how we feel at Lismark Office Furniture. We will never be the cheapest and proudly so. Companies are bringing in office furniture from the Far East that we could never match price wise but we beat easily for quality, design and choice.

All our office furniture is manufactured in Britain. This enables us to offer a great service. We also like to think that our office furniture has a bit if design flair about it, while also being a good investment which will stand the test of time.

If your office wants aspirational furniture for your go-ahead organisation, why not give us a call on 0116 251 7741.  

Product review - Oblique desking

Oblique desking is a beam desking system manufactured by Verco Office Furniture in High Wycombe, England. It is available in 6 shades of MFC top and 3 shades of veneer top with leg frames available in White or Silver. There is also a complementary range of storage available.

Straight, straight, straight is the name of the game with the Oblique desking. There is not one curved line anywhere on this range of furniture. The desk tops are rectangular with a square edge and the leg frames consist of square section metal. This means that it has a clean, minimalist, modern look.

The Oblique can be specified as a single desk or as 'bench' desking. The bench desking arrangement consists of rectangular shaped tops sharing a common leg frame. This keeps components to a minimum and also saves money as you need fewer legs. A 6 desk rectangular arrangement with 3 facing 3 only uses 4 legs. Standalone desking would require 12 legs. Tops can also be made to run the length of the arrangement to save money on separate tops and keep a clean aesthetic.

Access to the underside of the desks is easy due to fewer legs and no modesty panels (good news for the I.T. department!).This also helps give a 'clean' appearance. If your organisation tends to re-configure desks on a regular basis, this desking may suit them due to the lower number of components to move around. It is also easy to put together - even I can do it if I'm in the mood!

If you would like further information on the Oblique range or any other of our desking ranges, please contact us on 0116 251 7741. 



 

Executive chairs - take another look

Executive chairs - take a new look at the classically curved Verve and naturally stylish Vibe

These executive chairs are classic favourites but we're putting a spotlight on the new photography that manufacturer Verco have provided for their Verve and Vibe manager seating.

 

Verve's contoured, 'wrap-around' back and curvaceous arms hug your body providing excellent ergonomic support. The managerial chairs have a synchronised mechanism with side operated tension control and are available in a choice of two back heights, both offering height adjustability for complete comfort.

 

Vibe's ergonomically advanced design is complemented by its light environmental footprint. Available with a full plastic back shell, fully upholstered or with a show wood outer back, the Vibe can be tailored to suit most office environments.

 

If you're looking for an investment in you and your workplace, the Verve or Vibe, comfortable and stylish, would be a wise choice.

 

See more manager chairs and executive office furniture.

 

If you're looking for a new look for your office, we're happy to help. Give us a call on 0116 251 7741, we'd be delighted to hear from you.




 

Latest trend blog - 'Raw industrial' design

Minimalist white furniture has been with us for a while now but there is a new trend that is taking things a step further. We are seeing more and more pared down, almost industrial design.

In the offices of forward thinking companies like AOL, Microsoft & Google, we are seeing bare, unfinished wood on walls as well as floors.

This look is proving to be even more popular in cafés and restaurants. Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant in Birmingham features bare metal tables and chairs with bare wood used on walls and floors.  

With regards to offices, we have already had designers asking us for galvanised metal racking, which is more commonly used in warehouses, for use as shelving in offices alongside our DNA desking.  

If you would like to talk to us further about the design of your office or breakout area, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 

Ergonomic seating - beating back pain in your office doesn't have to cost the earth

A recent article in the Daily Mail featured the ultimate ergonomic chair at the ultimate price of £5,400!!! Nice work if you can get it!

If you think that providing ergonomic chairs for your staff is a luxury you can't afford, think again.

For every person who takes time off sick with back pain, 13 others are suffering in silence and, quite possibly, working less effectively than they could and should be. The costs could be adding up without you knowing it.

But ergonomic chairs cost the earth, don't they?

Not necessarily. We like the BUZZ chair from Verco, from just £93.00 + vat.

The BUZZ is a great example of how a bad back chair should work:

 

·         A large posture seat for superior comfort with optional seat slide.

·         Height-adjustable, ergonomically profiled, tri-curve back to ensure total contact and comfort for all users.

·         A choice of three mechanisms: synchronised, independent seat and back, and back rake adjustment - each with finger-tip controls.

If you're concerned about your staff's wellbeing and want a happier, more productive workplace, then improving their seating is an easy - and cost effective - way to make a real difference.

 

Give us a call on 0116 251 7741 to discuss your needs. We'll be happy to help.


 

Privacy Seating

Do you ever find that you need a bit of privacy for an ad hoc meeting but the conference facilities in your organisation are constantly busy? Alternatively, do you yearn for a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the office to work on your tablet or smartphone? After all, with mobile technology why should you be chained to your desk?

We are seeing more and more 'privacy' armchairs and sofas from the likes of sixteen3, Pledge Seating and Connection which have privacy panels of up to 5 feet high built in on three sides.

These create a quiet work space where you can work with your mobile tech in peace or an informal meeting place for you to chat in private and which is ready at any time.

With one unit facing another you almost have an impromptu meeting room with the disruption and expense of building work in your office.

This is an example of what creative thinking and good design of office furniture can add to a forward thinking organisation. It helps to inspire colleagues to work more productively. It also helps to retain staff by making them feel valued.

If you would like to learn more please get in touch on 0116 251 7741 or email me mark@lismark.co.uk.  


 


Café and Breakout furniture success!

We've just had some great news. We've been awarded an order for café and breakout furniture for a pupil rest area at a school in the Midlands. Why were we successful?

Choice of colours: The client asked for chairs in the school colours of Burgundy and Grey. We were able to offer our Mood chairs, which come in 10 colours. We specified our Form tables which have Silver-Grey tops to complement these. We also specified our Plaza modular seating in a Burgundy coloured fabric from the 'Intervene' range. The 'Intervene' range is particularly suitable for areas where people are eating and drinking as it is waterproof and stain repellent. If a liquid is spilt on the fabric, it simply 'beads up' and rolls off.

Delivery: We always offer delivery to suit the client's needs. In this case delivery is required during the school holidays.  We also build up and install all the furniture we supply. Please check our website for our free delivery area.

Meeting the clients brief and budget: Another company had quoted 3 times our price. We don't aim to be the cheapest but we listen to what is required and specify furniture to suit what is required.  

This is all part of the Lismark Office Furniture promise.

If you are thinking of new office furniture, café furniture, or breakout furniture, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me, Mark Brown, at mark@lismark.co.uk

Top Safety Accreditation for Lismark Office Furniture

Lismark Office Furniture is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Leicester based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Lismark Office Furniture is principally involved in the sales, delivery and installation of office furniture, café and breakout furniture.

The company's application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

Mark Brown, Director of Lismark Office Furniture said, "This accreditation reinforces our desire to ensure the safety of our staff and the smooth and successful delivery and installation of the furniture we sell.

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company's ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

SAFEcontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies".

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Lismark has done. The firm's high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector".

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

For further information contact:

Mark Brown, Director

Tel: (0116) 251 7741 or email mark@lismark.co.uk

 

 

 

The liquid workspace - a new concept

One of our featured manufacturers, Connection Seating, has created a new concept for the workspace: Liquid Workspace. This defines the workplace in to 3 different areas.

1st Space - Office Space: consisting of static desking, task chairs, personal storage and cupboard storage.  

2nd Space - Meeting Space: By using semi-formal and formal meeting tables, meeting spaces encourage gatherings to be collaborative, dynamic and to aid meetings be more productive and creative.

3rd Space - Breakout space: Using soft seating, coffee tables, café furniture and 'Hive' (LINK) modular furniture to encourage people to relax but also work more informally by utilising mobile technology in the form of smartphones, tablets and laptops to take your work with you.

At the heart of this thinking is a good idea for the benefit of the employer and the employees. What is being advocated is a blurring of the lines between office, meeting room and breakout areas, making these spaces dual purpose and therefore a more efficient use of expensive floor space. What if you could tear down your meeting rooms and fit more desks in for new staff because meetings are being held in the breakout areas and offices - wouldn't this be a better use of your resources?

What's in it for the employees? Less informal meetings, more efficient meetings with less wasted time, better brainstorming, working in different locations, interacting with other staff around the organisation, better collaboration between different departments. Altogether, a more productive and fulfilling work experience. Happier staff makes life better for everyone. 

It's great when furniture can achieve a more modern, forward thinking, productive workplace.

We've seen this sort of thinking at very forward thinking organisations like at Google's Victoria Station office and now it is catching on with progressive organisations around the country.

If you think your company or organisation would benefit from adopting the liquid workspace philosophy, give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me mark@lismark.co.uk .

 

Product blog - CITY chairs and stools

Just lately our CITY chairs and CITY stools are creating a lot of interest. They are available in3 solid colours, red, white and black and six transparent colours: red, orange, grey, green, clear and blue.

It is the transparent colours that are catching people's eye. Stunning to look at in the flesh, they add a touch of interest and fun with the bright jewel-like colours. Their transparency allows the light to flood through your breakout area, café, staffroom or even meeting room. And they are surprisingly comfortable.

The polycarbonate shell is UV stabilised so that they won't fade over time. They are stackable for convenience and are guaranteed for five years.

If you would like more information on the CITY range or any of our selection of Breakout and Café chairs and tables, please give us a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me, Mark Brown, at mark@lismark.co.uk.


Trends in soft seating - blocky and retro

Two new ranges from Verco show how traditionally made seating can ride the retro trend to look utterly contemporary in receptions, breakout or meeting areas.

The Jensen range uses high quality craftsmanship and materials in a contemporary design with deep cushioning and smooth, sophisticated lines. With understated elegance, Jensen is available as an armchair, a two, or a three seater sofa - a powerful architectural statement in any environment.


Brix bench soft seating is a flexible take on the "blocky" theme. A choice of units, with crisp lines and generous proportions, allow flexible seating configurations to make excellent use of visitor areas.

We predict this trend will be popular amongst our customers. Congratulations to Verco on such fabulous new designs in their celebratory centenary year.

See more from our breakout and reception ranges.

New product blog - The ERIK soft seating range from sixteen3

Sixteen3 are a young, soft seating design company based in Warrington, Cheshire. They design and manufacture quality, retro styled soft seating, dining/breakout chairs and occasional tables. They have a wide range to suit all tastes and requirements.

One chair that caught my eye was the ERIK chair. Available as a one seater chair and 2 or 3 seater sofas, the Erik has a retro, blocky feel due to its straight lines, wide arm rests and low back rest. What makes the Erik stand out is that it comes with upholstered legs, an option that I have never come across before on a chair. The legs can be upholstered in any fabric you desire, whether to match or contrast with the main chair fabric. This chair would look especially good in fabric from the Blazer range from Camira Fabrics.

If you are not convinced by upholstered legs, then the Erik is also available with wood or painted metal legs.

If you would like further information on the Erik or any of our soft seating ranges, please call me, Mark Brown, on 0116 251 7741 or email me mark@lismark.co.uk


 

Our delivery service

Have a look at what a customer said about our delivery service:

"Don't know if I mentioned before but the chap who made the deliveries in March and again last month, was a great ambassador for Lismark. Very nice guy, very helpful. I'm a firm believer in giving credit where credit's due, so please tell him that from me." 

What a great compliment. It is really good when we get feedback, especially when it is positive.   

When we deliver office furniture and cafe furniture, we always offer to take the furniture to the end location on the customers premises, where it is going to be used. We unpack the items and assemble the items if assembly is required. When I go out talking to people about the furniture they require, I show them pictures in brochures. These pictures show the furniture built up and in position of course, so that is exactly how we supply the goods to the customer. By the comments we get, not all office furniture companies provide this same service. Many companies want to get in and out as quick as possible. 

Having a good delivery team means that purchasing your new office furniture and breakout furniture is a relaxing experience. You shouldn't have to assemble your new furniture. That's our job. You just go and have a cuppa and sign the delivery note when we are finished. And did I mention that we also take away all the packaging? 

If you would like to hear more about our products and delivery & installation service, give me a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me, Mark Brown at mark@lismark.co.uk. 


Bad back chairs - The ACTIV 5 Chair

Bad back chairs - use them to correct and prevent bad backs in your workplace

Lower back pain is the second largest cause of long term sickness in the UK and the largest cause of disability for workers under the age of 45.

50 million working days are lost each year in the UK to back pain at a cost of £5 billion each year. And for every person who takes time off sick with back pain, 13 others are suffering in silence and, quite possibly, working less effectively than they could and should be.

Put like that it's a problem you can't overlook. So does skimping on the quality of your office chairs, just to save a few pounds in the short term, make long term sense?

It really is worth investing in good quality ergonomic seating that will not only help those workers who are already suffering but that will also help prevent back problems amongst the others.

The ACT 5 is a popular orthopaedic posture chair, one of the favourites amongst our customers. It's ideal for bad back sufferers because: 

·         You can adjust every part of it and tailor it to your own individual spine curvature, leg length and height requirements.

·         It gives you good low, middle and upper back support through its natural back-shaped back cushion.

·         It also has endless variety in sitting and back angles and a rocking tilt action.

If you're concerned about your staff's wellbeing and want a happier, more productive workplace, then replacing their seating is an easy way to make some real improvements.

Give us a call on 0116 251 7741 to discuss your needs. We'll be happy to help. 


 



Chair review - the ME100 chair from MDK

The ME100 chair manufactured by MDK Seating, based in Leicestershire is a high back task chair with a large comfortable flex-front seat and a shapely back incorporating a 3-way curve. It has a large number of chair adjustments, a lot of which can be found on other chairs.

The main differing feature on this chair is that is has two seat slides! One is a standard seat slide and the second enables the chair seat to have a movement range of 160mm from the rearmost position to the forward position. This is the widest seat slide adjustment available. A benefit of this is for the chair buyer who has to supply different options of chairs for members of staff within their organisation. This chair boasts that it can supply 95% of the adult population.

(Seat slide is a feature that allows the chair user to move the seat forward or backward to offer improved support to the thighs.)

The chair also has a 'flex-front' seat to lessen pressure under the front of the thighs.

There are also plenty of upholstery personalisation options. The standard upholstered backrest can be supplied with one fabric on the front and a different fabric on the back. Mesh panels can also be applied over the fabric upholstery for a very unique look. Make sure the two go together colourwise!

One the seat, the side panels can be specified in a different fabric to the main body of the seat.

When you have eventually finished with the chair, the manufacturers claim that this chair is 95% recyclable. There is a 5 year warranty on the ME100 chair but over chairs we have had from this manufacturer tend to last a lot longer.

With a dizzying array of options of chair adjustment and upholstery, it can be easy to get carried away when specifying the ME100 chair and watch the price shoot up. But basically, the ME100 is a comfortable, reliable, robust chair that will provide good service for many years. With the amount of chair adjustments available, everyone should be able to get this chair to suit them.

If you would like further information on this chair or any of our chair ranges, please give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 251 7741 or email me at mark@lismark.co.uk  

New product blog - The 'Fifteen' from Pledge Office Chairs

New product blog - The 'fifteen' from Pledge Office Chairs First the blurb from Pledge:


"'fifteen' is a modular design system seating for the breakout and reception markets.  Comprising of free standing sectional elements of various heights the units are designed with a 'fifteen' degree convex or concave angle which instills the range with a less rigid character."

Now my verdict: As a straight low modular sofa it is fairly straightforward. They are correct in saying that adding the slightly angled units that it does soften the whole look a little.

It is when it is specified as a concave unit that it becomes interesting. The concave angle turns people slightly inwards to face the centre, encouraging them to interact more closely and maybe even making it a less formal unit.

Specifying upholstery in differing fabrics on the same unit adds interest.

The use of high back units has the added benefit of reducing background noise. When two high back units are placed facing each other this makes an informal meeting extra discreet.  The high back units could also be used in place of expensive permanent room partitioning in receptions or breakout areas.

There is also a high back single chair which could be used for making phone calls without people overhearing your conversation.

I feel that the 'fifteen' collection from Pledge is a welcome addition to the Breakout/Reception sector. This will compete directly with the 'Hive' range from Connection Seating but at a lower price point, which is always good news. 

If you would like to learn more about our Breakout and Reception furniture options, please contact me, Mark Brown, at mark@lismark.co.uk or call me on 0116 251 7741. 




 


New Product Blog - The Hadley chair from Connection Seating

At first look the Hadley chair from Connection Seating is a contemporary twist on the common Tub chair. It is ideal for Reception and Breakout areas.

The interesting idea is that the seat pad can be upholstered in a different fabric to the rest of the chair. This creates great options for personalisation. How about specifying the chair in company colours or having a bright impact colour seat pad with a sober coloured chair?

A great fabric on this chair would be Intervene from Camira Fabrics. This fabric is particularly suitable for high traffic areas such as Receptions and Breakout areas as it is waterproof, breathable and has added stain repellence. It provides long term performance in the most demanding environment. 


If you would like to learn more about the Hadley chair or of any other chair from our ranges, contact me Mark Brown atmark@lismark.co.uk or give me a call on 0116 251 7741 

New Product Blog - The Mortimer chair from Connection Seating

Let's hear what Connection say about their new Mortimer chair:

A stylish one piece moulded foam chair with a formal yet relaxing seating position. Its unique contemporary classic aesthetic combined with the versatility of the base options offers solutions to all environments. Dual upholstery is an option with the seat pad.

Designed by Craig Jones, the Mortimer has a very retro look with distinctive arms and a low back. It is available with different base options:

Silver wire 4 legged frame

Swivel & fixed column bases

4 legged silver frame

Solid beech 4 legged frame

My favourite is the solid beech 4 legged frame. It has a warm, homely feel from the appearance of the wood. Upholstered in something like a Blazer fabric from Camira Fabrics for example, this chair would look great in Reception areas, Breakout areas and for use in informal meetings.

If you would like to hear more about the Mortimer chair or of any other chair from our ranges, contact me Mark Brown at mark@lismark.co.uk or give me a call on 0116 251 7741



 

Latest testimonials

I thought I would post a couple of testimonials for office furniture installations that we have recently completed. 

Lismark completely understood our requirements and recommended a plan that met them fully. Working with Lismark meant friendly and approachable fact-to-face contact, clear advice, efficient installation and excellent after-service. 

Sally, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. 
 


I have ordered furniture from Lismark since it was first founded and have always found a warm, friendly and personal service.  As a result, I have recommended them to several colleagues who I work with, who have gone on to order from them.

They deliver on time as promised, set up the furniture and remove the packaging.  As always, a prompt and efficient service from a small company who offer good advice and quality furniture.         

Denise, Camp Hill, Warwickshire       


 

Choosing Your Meeting Table (part 2)

If you require the maximum flexibility from your meeting room then modular tables are the solution.

'Modular' means that the tables can be separated and recombined into differing configurations.  The tables come in different shapes and sized but they can be combined with all the edges matching up in length.

·         Shapes: rectangular, d-shaped and trapezoidal. All can be combined to create different layouts. The most common layout for meeting is rectangular tables in the centre with a d-shaped table at each end to give a softer look at the end. The d-shaped table can accommodate 3 people at each end of the table. The most common layout for training purposes is a 'U' shape.

·         Size: Individual rectangular and d-shaped tables are 1600w x 800d x 720h mm. We also supply rectangles at 1400 x 800. Trapezoidal tables are 1600 x 693mm. This size matches the other shapes perfectly.

·         Colour: Oak, Beech, Maple, Light Grey and White tops.

·         Leg frames: There are 3 different leg frame options: Folding leg, tilt-top and four-legged.

The four-legged table does what it says on the tin! Four static legs like a traditional table.  With the folding leg frame, the legs fold under the table for ease of movement (just like a decorators table but a lot posher!). The folding legs are high quality chrome. The folding leg frame has been improved on by the tilt-top table (my favourite!). You simply pull a lever and the table top moves from horizontal to vertical. They are on lockable castors so they can be wheeled about by one person with ease.

If you are pushed for space the folding tables can be stacked together and the tilt-top tables can be 'nested, together.

The other issue you need to consider is to allow 900mm approx. around the outside of your table arrangement to enable people to move away from the tables with ease.

If you are thinking about modular tables for your meeting room, give me, Mark Brown, a call on 0116 2517741. I would be pleased to go through the available options with you and measure your meeting space. 

Choosing Your Meeting Table (part 1)

I thought I would write a guide to choosing a meeting table suitable for your needs. This guide is meant for large one/two piece tables that are permanently sited in your meeting area.

Getting the right size and suitable shape table to suit your available space can be a minefield. If possible, get advice from your furniture supplier. We offer a free of charge service, where we come out to your premises and measure up your meeting space and discuss the option available for you to choose from.

What size?

It is worth considering what people will bring to the table - will they bring laptops and various books, plans etc. or will they bring a pad, pen and a cup of coffee? Will your meetings be formal with clients or would people be ok with sitting close to each other. We recently had a client purchase a smaller table so that he could get better interaction between his staff. As a rough guide, allow each person 700mm width of personal space at the table. For example a 2 metre long table will seat 6-8 people. A 2.4 metre table will take 8-10 people. You will also have to allow 900mm around the table to give people enough room to move away from the table with ease.

What shape?

The old favourite is rectangular but this has been overtaken by 'Double-D-End' which has a semi-circle at each end with two long sides. Elliptical or Oval is also becoming popular along with Barrel shaped (when looking from above).  

Colour/finish/style?

Does your table need to match other items in your offices or is it in a space on its own? What sort of business are you and what impression are you trying to give to any visitors? Are you a traditional business (e.g. lawyers, accountants etc.)? In this case a classic design in veneer should give the right impression. Are you a design-led business (e.g. architects, designers etc.)? Maybe you can make a statement with the table top in a daring colour with stylish leg frames in white or chrome. Our bestselling finishes are still oak, beech and maple mfc.

Power? Are power and data sockets required to laptops, phones and projectors? Also consider cable management provision.

Storage to match? Do you require cupboards to store tea and coffee cups and other items to keep your meeting space clutter free?

Remember that your meeting room may be the only room in your organisation that your clients see so you need to give them the best impression that you possibly can of your business.




 

Indoor-Outdoor Furniture - why choose between one and the other?

It's that time of year when we start to imagine how enjoyable it will be to spend time outside. A quick coffee or leisurely lunch in the sunshine, what could be nicer? And, being hardy Brits, we'll give it a go despite what our weather might do.

 

There's a serious point here, though. If you've got outside space that is being under-used but could come into its own in the spring and summer, it's an opportunity to create some additional, seasonal, break-out space - or to generate additional revenue through additional seating for your café or restaurant.

 

But that tendency of the British weather to throw us a shower every now and again means you'd want furniture that is:

 

· Lightweight and easy to carry,

· Easy to store when it's not being used, and

· Durable enough to stand up to the weather and wear and tear.

 

In an ideal world, that furniture would also be useful the year round so our indoor-outdoor furniture is just the thing:

 

· Colourful chairs, armchairs and high stools in polypropylene are stackable and easy to store.

· Square or circular tables are stackable or with flip tops.

 

Take a look at more of our café and restaurant furniture or give us a call to see how we can help you - 0116 251 7741.











  


Get Britain Trading!

What is Get Britain Trading? This is an excerpt from the Get Britain Trading website

Get Britain Trading is a campaign to make it simpler and more profitable to run a small business. We aim to achieve improved business conditions and celebrate small businesses. Help us to raise awareness of the massive contribution small firms make to the economy and our communities by joining the campaign!

There is a manifesto to show what they are trying to achieve. The campaign already has a list of success stories in helping British businesses and saving jobs.

We've signed up to join the campaign. We are proud to be a small British business and we deal with other British businesses. Personally speaking, dealing with other British businesses is easier than bringing office furniture and seating from abroad. We don't have the experience or the time and patience to go abroad. Dealing with UK companies, means that we ourselves can offer a better, faster service because we have more control and get quicker responses from UK manufacturers. We are also able to offer special products and fabrics on a short lead time with no minimum order quantity.

For us, it makes sense to go British. And anything to make business easier is very welcome. So please sign up today. It's free.

 

Choosing your seating fabric

My last blog on Hemp seating fabric was very popular so I thought it may be a good idea to explain how to choose the seating fabric to suit your needs and your budget.

Many cheap chairs will be supplied with a choice of blue, black, red etc. If you go for a chair for a little extra expense you should be able to choose from very wide variety of fabric colours, patterns, finishes and eco-credentials.

Two of the best know seating fabric companies are Camira Fabrics (http://www.camirafabrics.com/) and Bradbury Contract Fabrics (http://www.bradburyfabrics.com/). Both are based in Yorkshire and sell a wide range of fabrics for seating and desk divider screens.

The most popular fabric we sell is 'Xtreme Plus'. It is available in 60 different, very bright, attractive, modern colours. It has a good abrasion resistance, which means it will wear well, with a 10 year guarantee of wearability, although some of the lighter colours may show the dirt after a while. It is also priced well, being in the cheapest but one price band. This is important when you are buying a large number of chairs as fabric in a higher band can add as much as £50 and more to the price of each chair.

Just lately we have been selling a lot of chairs in 'Intervene fabric'.  This fabric is ideal for use in healthcare, education and other heavy duty areas. It is fire-retardant, waterproof, urine proof, stain repellent, anti-bacterial, breathable and bleach cleanable. If you spill a liquid on it, the liquid simply 'balls-up' and rolls off the fabric. This fabric is available in textured finish, pattern with circles, plain or marl finish.

As I've blogged about before, the Hemp and Sting fabrics are an eco-friendly choice, which cost a little more and have a limited colour choice. Hopefully these will come down in price over time.

Blazer is a mid-range choice in 32 colours in 100% pure new wool making this a sound ecological choice. It is renewable and compostable. This has a nice 'cosy' feel with some great colours.

Choosing fabric colours can be a very personal choice, which you may have to live with for a long while. It pays not to make an error and choose a colour that will not date. It is also prudent to pick a fabric suitable for your situation. If people are going to be eating or drinking while sitting on the chair, a stain repellent fabric may be a good choice.  

 

If you'd like to talk to us more about choosing seating fabric or to order swatch cards and information booklet, contact me Mark Brown at mark@lismark.co.uk or give me a call on 0116 251 7741. 

The latest seating fabric - Hemp

Camira fabrics based in Yorkshire has just brought out a new fabric called 'Hemp'. Hemp is grown here in Leicestershire, from plants of the Cannabis genus, usually associated with recreational drugs and medicines. It's a bast fabric fibre plant which contains naturally occurring textile fibre just inside the outer bark to give the plant stem both strength and flexibility. 

The hemp is then combined with wool, which is another natural fabric of course, to make the seating fabric. When hemp is combined with wool in a fabric, the bast fibre blend makes an inherently fire retardent fabric without using chemicals, post treatments or back coating. This fabric meets the main UK contract flammability standard BS7176 Medium Hazard Crib 5 making is suitable for commercial interiors. 

The hemp fibre is spun into a 60-40 wool-hemp yarn. It is then dyed to add colour and personality. In most of the shades available it is just the wool part which is dyed, leaving the undyed hemp to add a natural pale fleck effect to the fabric. 

Using this fabric on your seating can boost your organisations eco credentials. The fabric is compostable at the end of its life. The other benefits are: natural stretch, good abrasion resistance, soft feel, good colours and it keeps its looks over a period of time. 

If you'd like to talk to us more about Hemp fabric or to order a swatch card and information booklet, contact me at mark@lismark.co.uk or give me a call on 0116 251 7741. 

Worry free deliveries

Speaking to people about office furniture, one concern that consistently crops up is the delivery and installation of the furniture. I'm sure we've all heard the horror stories - delivery people turning up with an assortment of boxes, dumping them in reception and leaving them for you to move and build up your own furniture. 

 One of my own clients decided to buy some chairs from elsewhere at a cheaper price. The delivery person took the chairs into reception, said "Sign here Love" to the receptionist and left! He never asked where they would like the chairs or even if they would like them unwrapping. He couldn't wait to get away. Needless to say, my client never used them again and has continued to order from us, because of our great and personal service. 

Here at Lismark, we do everything we can to make the delivery of your furniture an enjoyable and stress-free experience. After we get an order, we place that order on the manufacturers. All our furniture is made to order and delivery to us takes 3 weeks. The manufacturer will then tell us when we will get the furniture. This enables us to plan our deliveries and installations. We give you a call to say when we would like to deliver your furniture. If this is inconvenient, we will arrange with you to find a suitable date. 

On the agreed date, everything, whether it is one chair or a whole suite of furniture, is delivered, built up, installed and placed in the exact position required, including upstairs if needed. Handles are put on cupboards, chairs are unwrapped, desks are ready to use. All you need to do is sign for the items when we have finished. Our installation guys do like a coffee if that's possible! Then all packaging is taken away so there is no rubbish left for you to dispose of. 

This is just another way that we can make your life a little easier. If you've got any delivery horror stories, please let me hear them. 

The truth about chair recycling

All of us do some sort of recycling at least once a week if not more. From writing on both sides of a sheet of paper to putting out your recycling bins for the council to collect every week, to taking part in your company's recycling programme, it has become a way of life for us all. Office furniture is no different of course, with one of our seating manufacturers boasting that their chairs are 95% recyclable. It's very interesting to see where it all goes. 

  •  Plastics - The plastic content on a chair (arms, backs, base castors) is shredded, melted, extruded into pellet from and then moulded into new product.  
  • Metals - The steel is put into a furnace where molten iron is added and then heated up to 1700 degrees centigrade. The liquid metal is the poured into a mould to form big slabs which are then rolled into coils. These coils are then used to make all sorts of steel products like bikes, cars, bridges, paperclips or even new food & drink cans. 
  • Fabric - the favric can come back as car roof lining insulation, stuffing for cuddly toys, mattress filling or as chair fabric once again. 
  • Foam - the foam can come back as underlay, sofa arms and other hard wearing applications. 

Interesting stuff. But who pays for all this? Well its a grey area as the costs are high and who wants to pay out all these costs as well as buying the chair in the first place and the replacement chair when the original chair is recycled. This has yet to be sorted but it will need to be addressed when these chairs reach their end of life. It would be great if there was a place where chairs could be taken and then dismantled and the components recycled in one place. Perhaps this will happen one day but, as far as I know, no-one can do this yet. 




 


   

Hot Desking - Love it or loathe it?

Yet again Hot Desking is in the news after a 999 worker sued the North West Ambulance Service over their hot desking policy after he was forced to share a desk with colleagues. He said that not having a desk allocated to him had caused stress and panic attacks. 

Hot desking involves multiple workers using a single desk during different times of the day. There are various pros and cons to hot desking. 

PROS
Several employees can use the same desk at different times of the day. This saves on the cost of desking, seating and floor space rental as more employees can be accommodated in smaller premises. 

Call Centres which are sometimes open for up to 24 hours per day would struggle to provide a desk for each employee due to lack of space and excessive cost.

CONS
Employees do like to have their own space, almost like their own little empire. We see this with the decoration of desks and screens with personal items, photographs, cuddly toys etc. 

Having your own personal desk makes an employee feel treasured and valued by their employers. This reduces staff turnover, keeping valued staff from leaving and reducing the cost of finding and training new employees. 

Staff have to take their belongings to the desk when their shift starts and remove them when they finish for the day. 

Teams of workers that have to collaborate are often split up due to the availability of desks in certain areas at the start of their shift. 

CONCLUSION
If an office is just open for the standard office hours and staff are working a full day, then hot desking shouldn't be necessary. However, if an organisation has a lot of employees working over multiple shifts, then hot desking is an essential pert of the business. 

GOOD FOR EMPLOYERS - BAD FOR EMPLOYEES?  
 
 
  

How to... make meetings shorter

How many of us have got meetings today? They usually go on longer than they really need to. The secret to making meetings shorter is to make everyone stand up. Making people stand up stops them relaxing and winding down, it keeps the energy flowing and people are eager not to spend too long on their feet, so they get to the point quicker. 
We've even got a special table for this purpose. Our circular meeting table goes from 720mm high (desk height) up to 1130mm high at the push of a button, much like your office chair. 



 
If you'd like to know more about these products and how Lismark Office Furniture can help you furnish your office, then e-mail me,mark@lismark.co.uk or call me on 0116 251 7741.

Back care chairs. False economy?

Today I was talking to a customer who works in the Health & Safety department of a large company. She had been called into a department to see an employee who had trouble with her back, shoulder and arms whilst sitting at her desk. She was sitting on a chair which had a very small backrest with very little adjustment and a seat with a thin layer of foam. My contact recommended one of our very popular back care chairs but the employees boss wasn't happy. He was amazed at the cost and didn't want to spend that sort of money. This was despite the fact that the lady had already had time off to go and see the Doctor and was feeling poorly. 

A new back care chair isn't expensive when compared to the cost of staff being off work and the disruption it can cause. If you have a staff member who would benefit from one, we will even let them try it for a week before you buy. I would be amazed if there is no improvement from their old chair.   

If you'd like to know more, or try a chair free of charge for a week, then e-mail me,mark@lismark.co.uk or call me on 0116 251 7741.

Eco-friendly office chairs

Choosing an office chair that fulfils all your practical needs, looks fabulous, and helps you meet your business sustainability objectives doesn't have to be difficult.

Our suppliers work hard to design furniture that is produced sustainably and is recyclable at the end of its lifetime working hard for you.



Is Range designed by Roger Web Associates

A collaboration between engineers, designers and environmentalists which has resulted in comfortable ergonomic seating. Sustainability at compelling value for money, with a light environmental impact.

My Range designed by Roger Web Associates

Practical, ergonomic task and meeting chair range with a far higher specification than its price point would suggest. Manufactured using the latest materials and technologies MY is also an environmentally conscious option, up to 98% recyclable with appropriate fabric options.

Juice chair designed by Paul Brooks

Truly versatile dining chair which can be used outside or inside. Available in single or dual colours. UV resistant. 100% recyclable.
 

If you'd like to know more about these products and how Lismark Office Furniture can help you furnish a greener office, then e-mail me, mark@lismark.co.uk or call me on 0116 251 7741.

Green chairs - in all colours...
 
  

Video - Workplaces where you want to be




Classic or contemporary... consistency is our watchword.

Is cheaper better?

People often ring us after seeing a product on our website to ask the price. When I tell them they are often surprised at how high the price is compared to different office chairs and furniture that they have seen on the web.  But as the saying goes 'if you buy cheap, you buy twice'.

 

Any chair can look good on a page or a computer screen.  Its only when you take a closer look that the differences become apparent. I found a leather chair on a website this week for £99. Let's compare this to any one of the leather chairs we supply, starting at £350.

 

Both covered in leather? Yes, but the leather on the cheaper chair is half the thickness of the leather on the VIBE chair as each piece of leather is peeled apart to make twice the amount of upholstery to cover twice the amount of chairs. Also on the cheaper chair, you may find small marks on the leather. These may be fly bites, barbed wire scratches or even branding marks from when the leather was originally on the cow! The leather on our chairs is inspected by hand and all marks are cut out so that the leather on our chairs is in perfect condition.

 

Warranty - 2 years on the cheap chair. Our chairs have a 5 year warranty and you deal only with us, we don't tell you to ring the factory or a call centre somewhere. 


Weight capacity - cheap chair 102kg (16 stone). On our chairs the weight capacity is 150kg (23 stone). You might not weigh 23 stone but it demonstrates that our chairs are sturdier.

 

Delivery - cheap chair unassembled and in a box by a courier, ready for you to sweat over and get your hands dirty and oily. Our chairs are delivered by hand, unwrapped and placed in position for you.

 

Our chairs help you provide a more professional impression of your business to your clients and staff. You may not want a leather chair but the same care goes into every one of our chairs. In fact, it goes into every piece of our furniture. 


See more of our range of office chairs and executive office chairs...

Office Planning

Last week I had a call from a local company who wanted prices for boardroom furniture. Over the phone I suggested that I could call in and measure the boardroom and discuss the best solution and furniture options to meet their needs and budget. They didn't want that but the lady gave me the room dimensions and told me that they wanted 'two tables pushed together' and as many chairs as possible.

When I drew the room out, the best solution was 2 semi-circular tables either side of a rectangular table. This seated eight people comfortably and also enabled everyone to see each other at the meeting. I then recommended which tables and chairs would suit their brief.

I offer this service because I want my clients to know what they are getting and to be satisfied with the end result. If we had just sold them what they had asked for it would have looked awful and then they wouldn't have come back to us for any future purchases as they would have just bad feelings every time they went into their boardroom. Plus, the boardroom, as well as being using for company meetings, is also where you may bring your best clients. So it pays to get expert advice and maybe spend a little more to create a prestige impression of your company.

Take a look on our website for some meeting room and boardroom ideas and then you are ready to talk, e-mail me, mark@lismark.co.uk or call me on 0116 251 7741.  





 


Easier to do business with

A friend of ours, Francine Pickering of Clarity Marketing, posted a blog article entitled 'Why being easy to do business with is a marketing issue'. A blog which is well worth reading for anyone in business.

 

We take great pride in feeling that we achieve this. My responsibility is the sales of office furniture. People know what they want to make their working lives easier or more productive or more comfortable and it is up to me to show them what is available to suit their tastes and budget.

 

I then entrust other people in my organisation to do their part to make the buying process run smoothly. Then it is up to our installation teams to do their part. One of the guys who works for us is called Steve and here is an excerpt of an e-mail we received from a very satisfied customer just the other day.

 

Steve arrived this morning with our table, chairs and double storage unit for the 'Community Room'.  Within an hour and a half he had the room looking great.  (He even took away the boxes!)

I would like to thank you for the friendly and professional service we have received.  Steve is a breath of fresh air and so happy in his work that I just had to pass this on.

Thanks again and I hope we can order from your company again very soon.

It is always useful to get feedback, be it good or bad. In this instance it was fantastic! When you order furniture from us, we don't expect you to have to get your hands dirty by unpacking it or putting it together or getting rid of the packaging. That's our job. When we supply furniture you get the full service so that whatever you order is ready for you to use without you having to list a finger. Unless you wanted to make Steve a cup of coffee!

 

Why not give us a try. Call us on 0116 251 7741. We are always happy to help. 

Still buying cheap furniture?

5 ways to get great value from work space furniture - it's not all about the cheapest price

You know that budgets are tight but are you making false economies by buying the cheapest office furniture.

Here are five ways you can get better value when you buy furniture for the work place:

  • Future-proof your work space plan with flexible, modular furniture to give you less need to buy more in future;
  • Double-up the use of your workspace by creating informal working areas in cafeterias or quiet corners;
  • Invest in ergonomic seating and advice on office layout to reduce costs of staff absent with back trouble;
  • Make durability and adaptability important in your decision making to get the longer and more productive life out of your purchases;
  • Check the guarantee - just how long is the furniture guaranteed for structural and moving parts?

At Lismark Office Products we're proud of everything we sell because all our furniture is chosen for style, durability, adaptability, and great value for money.

Better still, all our suppliers are based in the UK which means added efficiency for you - we can guarantee a reliable delivery period with no long waits for deliveries from overseas.

We'd love to talk to you about how we can provide great furniture at a great value price. So why not give us a call to find out just what we can show you.

Call us on 0116 251 7741 for a no obligation chat. 

Latest trends - Home from Home

In the beginning.. offices were stuffy and uptight places where staff wore suits or dresses to work. You were given a desk to sit at which was usually surrounded by desk mounted screens to separate you from fellow workers to enable better concentration and higher productivity.

Over time, business relaxed slightly, allowing new ideas like dress down Friday, where people wore casual wear because it was the end of the week. In some offices, this seems to have become a five day options as people wear jeans to work every day of the week.

Office furniture has followed the changes in its own way. The first big change was to 'hot desking' - a flexible working system in which people took their laptop and phone and sat on any spare desk that was available. This meant that if you usually worked away from the office, your desk didn't sit empty all week.

Office furniture and interiors now seem to be relaxing even further. You can still buy wooden desks with silver or dark grey cantilever legs but now different coloured tops in wood and laminates are now becoming available. The rise of laminates allows designers and furniture buyers to specify a rainbow of colours. White is the most popular but I have heard of designers requesting desks in red and orange laminate. The legs can now be gently curved and available in white and polished aluminium as well as silver. This is best illustrated in the DNA range, designed for Verco by Roger Webb Associates.  

Offices seem to be taking on an appearance of being a 'home from home'. Interior colours are moving away from the industrial to colours that you would put on your walls at home. Fabric colours on seating and partition screens used to be Lead, Charcoal, Cherry Red, Royal Blue etc. This year, a lime green fabric is our best seller. Table lamps suitable for home use are becoming more commonplace in the workplace. Some clients are also putting rugs into offices.

On a recent blog, (see below) I explained how Google had made its new Victoria offices more inspiring, by using 'Brighton' for inspiration and incorporating Beach Huts for Meeting Rooms, stools shaped like liquorice allsorts and video conference rooms shaped like dice. Certainly not your standard office.

Are these moves to encourage staff to relax and mix more with fellow workers, therefore communicating better as a team? Or are they to make staff feel more at home at work and therefore spend more time there? I would rather work in a happy workplace than an oppressive work environment where I cannot wait to leave in the evening. How about you? 

Case study: New Google offices in London

As we all know, Google is the company behind the world's most popular internet search engine. With success like this comes rapid expansion, and when Google recently took on a new office for 300 of its employees (known as Googlers) near London's Victoria Station, it needed Scott Brownrigg Interior Design to come up with a suitably vibrant scheme in just four months.


You might think that Google, a company with designer offices around the world, would have some set ideas about the way its workplaces should look. Google has a document outlining its workplace guidelines, which explains how individuals and teams work and the type of support systems they need in their offices but it doesn't really go into the look and feel of the office.

 Even so, every Google office has its own theme relative to where it is in the world: 'London' was already taken by the company's Belgrave House office, so Google decided on a London-Brighton theme, a reference to the office's proximity to Victoria station and its historic rail link to Brighton.Scott Brownrigg Interior Design interpreted this in a number of ways, including using wall graphics of Brighton Pier and designing small meeting rooms to look like beach huts.                                                                                                                                                                                         As you might expect, the Google logo features prominently, dominating the white wall at the back of the reception area. The letters are manifested in different ways: each 'o' is an elliptical doorway with sliding glass doors, which leads into a small meeting room; the letters on the wall are rendered in plastic laminate, and the tail of the second 'g' which extends across the white floor, is made of vinyl.




 

Several insulated beach huts serve as private meeting rooms for up to three people.

 

Six videoconference booths made to look like dice - a reference to Brighton's casinos

 

A breakout area and library has custom-made stools made to look like liquorice allsorts sweets.

 

This is just an example of what can be achieved to make offices more comfortable and a more stimulating, attractive place to work. Google wants to attract the best candidates to work there and the design of their offices is just as important as any salary or perks that can be offered. If you had to work here, in a vibrant, buzzing environment or in a dingy old-fashioned office, which would you choose? 

www.scottbrownrigg.com 

Verco receive the Design Guild Mark

Our favourite office furniture manufacturer Verco, who are based in High Wycombe, have been awarded the Furniture Makers Company's prestigious 'Design Guild Mark' for their 'DNA' range of office furniture which was designed by Roger Webb Associates

'DNA' is a new and visually exciting furniture concept, combining simple, clean and elegant design with the energy and flair required in modern office environments. 

We are proud to be associated with Verco and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone there on winning this award. We would also like to thank them for all the help and support they have given to us and wish them continued success in the future. 

If you would like to find out more about the Verco 'DNA' range please get in touch with us at Lismark.

www.verco.co.uk
 
www.webbassociates.co.uk

 
  



  

Office Acoustics

ne would expect to get maximum productivity out of their staff by making them work in poor light or low temperatures and the same should apply to excessive noise.

"Research identified 'noise' as a likely cause of employee dissatisfaction with the work atmosphere in terms of low motivation to work, reduced performance and irritation." (Ooman, Knowles and Zhao 2008)

Noise can also cause health problems. There are many documented cases of increased blood pressure, stress and fatigue. It has also been suggested that poor acoustics may be a contractor in so-called 'sick building syndrome' 

In the modern workplace, the emphasis is on teamwork, flexibility and communication. For many companies this has meant a move to open plan offices. While this has advantages, it has meant an increase in noise distraction and lack of privacy.  By improving your acoustic environment, you'll be improving efficiency. Workers will be less stressed and more productive.

Sound levels can be managed with a high degree of accuracy, ensuring that productivity levels are met. This can be combatted by a variety of means;

·         Plan workspaces so that individuals face away from each other, preferably separated by an acoustic screen.

·         Wherever privacy is important, install a highly absorbent acoustic ceiling to stop sound reflecting elsewhere.

·         Use acoustic screens made from absorbing and blocking elements, making sure they disrupt line of sight.

·         Use acoustic wall panels where sound might reflect off other walls into other work spaces.

Receptions are another problem area hit by bad acoustics. Minimalist, clean lines and hard reflective surfaces play havoc with communication. Talking across the reception desk can be difficult as can phoning in. These problems can be alleviated with a combination of suspended ceiling panels and acoustic wall art while not compromising design.

Acoustic screens may also be placed around office machinery such as printers, copiers and shredders etc. Screening them off controls the sound emitted and also hides them from view.

If you feel that the acoustics in your workplace are causing problems, Lismark Office Products, in association with Acoustics at Work are able to help you pinpoint problems areas in your office and also offer solutions. By assessing the acoustic problems in your workplace, we will immediately identify how serious the problem is. This information is then analysed by an Acoustics specialist who will then recommend the best way forward. This acoustic survey is free of charge and you are under no obligation. Please give us a call on 0116 251 7741. 

With thanks to Acoustics at Work for the information. www.acousticsatwork.co.uk

 


A free tip for a more comfortable chair

A free tip for a more comfortable chair

On your office chair you will have a lever to adjust the back tilt. Most people have this in the locked position so that the back rest cannot move.

Why do you keep the back locked in position? Does this mean that your own back is locked in position all day too?

Push or pull the lever so that the back rest is unlocked and moving freely. Now lean into the back rest. You will soon get used to the back rest, and with it your body, moving freely. This is 'dynamic' movement that you don't realise you are doing while you undertake your work tasks. These little ''micro movements' keep the oxygenated blood flowing around your body, transporting energy to, and toxins from your muscles, therefore keeping you refreshed. This also helps to eliminate stiffness that you find occurs when you have been in the chair for too long.

Physiotherapists recommend that you have a walk around the office from time to time to get your blood pumping when you have been seated a while. Why not be moving all the time? 

Blog archive

Let the light shine through!

04/03/2011


One of the latest trends in furniture is for transparent seating. Designers are always looking for new ways to inject colour into their designs. 

Chairs and stools in 'jelly-like' colours add a lightness to a dining room, works canteen, cafe, bistro or a trendy bar. If you are trying to attract diners or drinkers to spend their money into a an area which is cramped and dark, these chairs make it seem lighter and brighter. If you have a neutral colour on the walls, our CITY transparent chairs and CITY stools can add a dash of colour, without being over-powering.  As they are made of a clear cut technopolymer (a type of plastic!), they are easy to care for and very robust. They also stack as well. 


Another way to add lightness is with mesh. We've all seen the big mesh back on Sky News chairs that the newsreaders sit on which cost approximately £800!!!. Well now the mesh effect can be obtained for a lot less on task chairs and meeting chairs. It looks smart and is ideal for the office environment, being comfortable and cool. It has a little bit of 'give' to aid comfort. Our FOCUS meeting chairs and MESH task chairs are fine examples at nowhere near the £800 price tag. A splash of colour can be added by your choice of seat fabric. 

 








Proud of what we sell

22/02/2011

I went on a sales appointment to a council office recently. The client wanted us to design and price up an office furniture layout for one of their offices. While I was waiting for the client to see me, I was shown to another office. We had previously quoted for the furniture for this particular office but had missed out due to price. While I was in there I noticed that a couple of the sets of pedestal drawers had ripped up beermats under them to keep them level! Can you imagine how great that looked! 

I would have been horrified if I had to sell a product that needed propping up with beermats. You've spent all that money on new, shiny desks and storage and.... "hold on a minute, let me just put a beermat here to hold it up." Embarrassing

Quite simply, we don't sell any furniture that we aren't proud of.  Our furniture is made to high standards and won't fall apart at the slightest knock. This means that your workplace runs more efficiently because you and your staff have the tools for the job. Sturdy, robust, hard wearing furniture, enabling you to get on with what is important to you and not worrying about desks wobbling and drawers not working. 

Now think about an item of office furniture in your work environment that lets you down and then give me a call.

Back to the future? The colour of chairs to come.

26/01/2011

Jonathan Thompson of Camira Fabrics came in to the office to see us yesterday. Camira Fabrics are one of the worlds largest seating fabric manufacturers. Jonathan pops in occasionally to keep us abreast of what is happening in the seating fabric world. What he told us really surprised me. The up and coming fabric of the future to upholster your chairs with is........WOOL!!!

Yes, that itchy, scratchy fabric is back. Apparently this has been brought about by us all desiring more natural products with less synthetic materials. Here is what Camira say about their Craggan fabric....

Influenced by the powers of nature, Craggan emanates a rugged landscape weathered by the elements and accented by touches of bright flora among barren moorland. This rich woollen fabric is enhanced by a delicate highlight shade that sits quietly in the background of this simple chunky weave creating a raw, yet inviting upholstery fabric.

Wow!! While we've been selling chairs in bright colours like hot cakes, it seems like we are going to have to convince our clients that wool is where the future lies. Prince Charles has also been leading a campaign to boost the popularity of wool. 

The advantages; renewable, compostable, hides dirt better, easier to clean. 

The disadvantages; lack of colour choice, dull colours. 

Time will tell if Craggan catches on. If the well known designers like it and specify it, then it may catch on. Camira and Prince Charles backing it may help and the current craze for 'retro' may just stike a chord with some people. We will see.

Work smarter not harder

17/12/2010

Recently we got a call from a local museum who wanted to know if we could help them out with some new tables. Their problem was that their existing tables were heavy and cumbersome, taking two people to move each one. The tables were being dropped on the edges, damaging them and people were hurting backs lifting them and trapping fingers in the folding leg mechanism. They wanted something lighter in weight and more manageable. 

Over the phone, I suggested tilt-top tables might be the answer. I could tell they weren't convinced at first, worrying that there might be problems in fitting them into the space they had to use for storage. So I took a chance and put one in the back of my car to show them at the meeting. 

This is when our personal touch comes into its own. As soon as they saw the tilt-top tables in action, they could immediately see the advantages. Not least, these tables are easy to move around by just one person - one of their problems solved in an instant when people are busy or off work. No lifting required - simply wheeled around on their castors. And no trapped fingers - just pull a bar and the table tilts over. They complained about re-configuring the meeting room up to 5 times a day. Our tilt-top tables make it so easy. 

In situation like this, buying furniture is about more than purchasing a product. It helps you make better use of your space and work more efficiently. So if your furniture is causing problems that it shouldn't, give us a call on 0116 251 7741 and see how we can help.


Green issues

22/11/2010

I've just finished reading the Business Supplement from last Tuesday's Leicester Mercury. It is full of companies telling us how 'green' they are and what they are doing to protect the environment. We all like to think that we are doing our bit by turning the lights and monitors off at night and keeping the heating low but what more could we do? Well, what about a chair that could help. 

Our 'IS' chair is a 100% recyclable task chair which is made from 65% recycled material. It is a design collaboration between a team of engineers, designers and environmentalists. It can also be refurbished therefore extending the life of the chair up to 10 years! 

It just goes to show that you don't have to go through large expensive environmental programmes to prove that you and your company cares about the world. Just purchasing a simple chair means we can all do our bit. And as the Leicester Mercury shows, it is something you can talk about to give your company a bit of good PR about how you are saving the environment. 

And yes, it is available in Green!!! 

Office interior trends

16/11/2010

Your office, whether at home or in an office, should be a pleasant place to work. Poorly lit, badly planned offices are inefficient and in some cases dangerous. They can lead to staff sickness and in some cases, staff leaving to go to more pleasant surroundings, costing you time and money in re-training. 

Office design has moved away from the past. Back then, people sat in rows with dividing screens in between to encourage head-down working, with no interaction with fellow employees. Nowadays, interaction is encouraged with low level divider screens and open plan offices. We allow 800-900mm space all round for staff to move about safely. 

Office furniture colours are now copying home interior design. Desks are light wood colours, Beech, Oak and Maple being the most popular. White is also gaining in popularity, possibly down to Apple who have made White a very cool an contemporary colour. Executive desking casts a darker air with Walnut being our most popular executive furniture colour. 

Seating can be in fun colours if desired. Lime Green is our most popular seat fabric this year with smart looking black a close second. Fabric has moved away from the hot, scratchy wool type fabrics of the 80's and 90's to fabrics with crepe in them in modern, funky colours. 
White leather has come in with a bang with the designers alongside the all-time classic of black leather. 

Whether you work in an office of 1 or 1000's it's important to make the office as safe and as comfortable as possible. Why on eart would you not?

Choosing a new office task chair

02/11/2010

A few facts about back pain first: 
Back pain is a major cause of discomfort and absence from work
40% of the population are affected by back pain
50 million working days are lost each year
It costs £5 billion (or £200 per employee) in sickness absence each year.

Frightening statistics. So when you choose a chair for yourself or your staff, it makes perfect sense to pick the correct one with lots of different adjustments. 

These days, chair don't just go up and down. That is a very basic requirement. Now there are all sorts of adjustments to add to your comfort: 
Height adjustment: Chairs can go up and down. The correct height should be so that with your feet flat on the floor, your legs are at a 90 degree angle. 
Back height adjustment: On most chairs the back rest may go up and down. If the back cushion has a curve for the lumbar, make sure this sits in the small of your back just where your back curves. 
Inflatable lumbar: An inflatable cushion that fits in the small of your back to give you extra, adjustable added support. 
Seat slide: Not a lot of people know this one. This enable the seat cushion to go forwards and backwards to give better targeted support under your thighs.
Height adjustable arms. Great for supporting your forearms on while you type. Make sure there is plenty of height adjustment so they don't bang into your desk. 

Make sure you choose the correct chair. As the statistics show, it can be a costly mistake. 
 
 Locally sourced?

27/10/2010

People often look at where their vegetables and fruit come from in the supermarket because they are concerned about the air miles and the effect on the environment. But do people care about how far their office furniture has travelled? 

A lot of the cheaper office furniture has made its way from the Far East in huge containers on board ships, clocking up thousands of miles. It can also arrived damaged and then you can wait as long again for a replacement. 

Our desks and office chairs are made in Britain. This keeps the mileage down. It also allows us to have more control over the furniture we supply. We can handle special requests. If it is urgently needed we can help because we don't have to fill a container with furniture before it can leave the Far East. If necessary we can collect the furniture direct from the manufacturer. 

All this has an effect on you because we can offer a high level of service. We can help with the one off purchases and we can also help over the long term because we have continuity on our furniture ranges over years through local suppliers. This means we avoid the 'mix and match' effect that you so often see in offices, when they have purchased from different suppliers over the years. 

If you know where your groceries are from shouldn't you know where your office furniture is from???

Don't just look at the price.

25/10/2010

I am always quite surprised when people make the price their first priority when buying their new office furniture. 

They wish to spend as little money as possible on their office chair or desk which they may get to spend over 8 hours sat on/working at. They then go home and use their dining table, which may have cost thousands, for 15 minutes to eat their evening meal and then their sofa for 3-4 hours to watch tv. 

Take me for example. Today I have had a 2 hour meeting at my meeting table, 6 hours of work sat on my office chair at my desk. Later, I will go home, gym, back home, eat my tea on my lap on the sofa (it is Friday after all) and go to bed at 11pm. Perhaps 3 hours on my sofa. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to have a comfortable, adjustable, well chosen office chair and a sturdy desk with plenty of leg room. 

You don't have to spend thousands just make sure it is right for you and not just your wallet and your office will be something to be proud of and a pleasure to be in.