Shopping Malls – Improving Shopper Experience to Survive the Online Shopping Era

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Terrazzo Flooring for Shopping Malls

City-dwellers are preferring the experience of online shopping now more than ever. With the convenience brought about by free deliveries, and the savings from constant discounts and promo codes from online stores, shopping malls are now slowly being perceived as simple grocery stores and hardware shops. The trips to shopping malls are now reduced to necessary visits to get the essentials. But the brick-and-mortar shops continue to be an essential distribution channels for many industries. How, then, can shopping malls improve the shopper experience so that even shopping for the essentials become a pleasant experience?

1. High ceiling for an outdoor experience while indoor

Old buildings and shopping centers tend to have the standard ceiling height. Restructuring old buildings can be a challenge and raising the ceiling from its original height can be a renovation nightmare. But why would it be worth going through this restructuring? Bringing the feeling of being outdoor even inside a closed structure creates a more relaxed and easy shopping experience. Living in cities can sometimes feel too cramped and tight. High ceilings in shopping malls can give a sense of open air, reducing the feeling of being closed in with other mall-goers.

2. Wide and clean walkways for comfortable strolls

Another consideration for shopping malls would be to have spacious and clear shopping mall walkways. Shopping mall flooring could be made of different materials: marble tiles, terrazzo tiles, or granite tiles. Choosing the right colors to have clean, neat-looking walkways is vital for high-traffic areas of the mall. Terrazzo comes in as the top material of choice when color flexibility is considered, given that one can literally choose from a wide range of colors for the base resin and aggregates for terrazzo. The idea is to have wide aisles which are easy to keep clean, to make the shopper experience consistently easy and comfortable.

3. Signage and wayfinding to aide ease of shopping

A common challenge for mall goers is the difficulty of locating the different areas and facilities of the mall. This is where signage and wayfinding play a crucial role. Having signages in highly visible areas, in legible fonts and right colors is a job that needs to be done with shoppers in mind. Like software and online services which have to be designed with user experience in mind, putting the signs and wayfinding markers as part of the design requires deep understanding of shopper demographics and behaviors.

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There are more ways to improve shopping experience, retaining shopping malls as key distribution channels. When thinking of flooring, understanding marble or terrazzo tiles and how these can be incorporated in the renovation, talk to our Terrazzo experts to get the right recommendation and execution. 

Coffee Shop Interiors – Designing for Caffeine Lovers with Terrazzo Elements

 

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Creating a modern haven for coffee lovers would be a designers’ dream. The elements in play could range from bright colored lighting fixtures, to soft textures such as throw pillows. But how do you incorporate texture and personality into flat surfaces and match it with the elements embodying coffee and the rest of the cafe’s menu?

Add sparkle and warmth to the barista area with Wood and Terrazzo countertop

An important area where customers and barista interact would of course be the barista’s serving counter. The common element found in this area is of course wood, which adds warmth and a natural touch to the surface. One can add glamour and sparkle by having a terrazzo countertop beside the wooden area.

Ghost chairs and glass tabletops

Pieces of “ghost” furniture, or those that appear as glass and are transparent came into the mainstream after these were used for events such as glamorous weddings receptions and celebrations. Adding such pieces of furniture against bright-colored walls can add a modern, dreamy feel to a café’s interiors.

 Geometric shapes plus terrazzo dividers in toilet

Another trend that made its way to restaurant and café interiors is the addition of geometric shapes and clear lines. The concept of geometric shapes and lines came in as a contrast to abstract and less-structured designs. Bringing this to the most basic corners of a café, such as the toilet and washroom, can add a quirky personality to the modern café. Having unusual geometric shapes for the toilet lighting fixture, for example, matched with terrazzo toilet partitions which appear with less-structured patterns and aggregates, create a good contrast and brings out a modern twist to a typically unnoticed area of the café.

There can be other elements that can bring out the modern café’s look and make a coffee-lover’s break more pleasurable than usual. To explore how you can incorporate Terrazzo in the café’s interior design, talk to our Terrazzo experts today.

Terrazzo Flooring for Co-working space: Serving Creatives with Comfort and Function

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The chaos of today’s nonstop internet era can be disconcerting for many young professionals. The creative industry has seen a rise in stress levels among designers and artists. Many of these young professionals are choosing to work from home in the hopes of finding a comfortable and less distracting space where they can free their minds to focus on the design process and on creation. There is currently a worldwide growth in demand for co-working spaces as they provide a middle ground for home and work space. From bean bags, to hammocks, to terrazzo floors and wooden bar chairs, the variety in co-working space designs have continued to offer a wide range of “comfort and function” for many young professionals not only in Sydney but across Australia, Asia and Europe.

How can co-working spaces be more conducive for work for young creatives?

  • Interior colors can keep things easy on the eyes.

With the digital nature of most design and creative work these days, creatives can get pretty glued to their screens. The effect of having easy-on-the-eyes interior design makes the creative process easier throughout the day. Since some co-working spaces run 24/7, having cool colors in the day and warmer tones at night can make the space comfortable for designers. From floor to ceiling, choosing the right color of materials is key. Best to consider lighting along with colors such as getting lights that can be dimmed if the flooring is Terrazzo marble with white aggregates. Mint green walls can also be matched with warmer lights at night to help lessen the impact of white light being emitted from screens.

  • Cushion plus electrical sockets always save the day.

Young creatives now have different styles of working. Comfort remains a common denominator. With laptops as the main gadget, it is important to have as much cushion on chairs or on the floor as possible, while keeping electrical sockets nearby and less obstructive. Phones and laptops require charging throughout the day. Having cushioned chairs or areas to lounge in and electrical sockets without having to switch areas consistently makes the work space functional and comfortable.

  • Ergonomic as much as possible.

To match the comfort of cushions, co-working spaces can also offer ergonomic furniture to encourage movement and mobility in the work space. Standing tables encourage people to leave the cushioned chairs and floor bean bags to stretch their legs and promote correct posture. Ergonomic chairs also prevent unnecessary body pains caused by the dormant nature of digital work.

There are many other ways these co-working spaces can be designed to create environments that stimulate creativity and productivity. When talking about flooring for co-working spaces, interior designers can talk to Terrazzo experts to see the range of colors to achieve the ideal flooring for sections of the co-working space.

Creating Ambiance for Productivity: Terrazzo in Office Spaces

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There are several factors influencing and impacting office staff productivity. This could include non-physical determinants, such as company culture, work load, management and administrative support, but the most immediate factor that affects productivity on a daily basis is the physical work space.

Creating the right ambiance for productivity through physical space design is an aspect that should not and cannot be taken lightly by any company. It includes elements that should stimulate senses, evoke the right mindset and mood, and encourage continuous and sustained productivity across at least 8 hours of work. From lighting, colors, textures, people’s behaviors, actions, and decisions could be affected by the elements that impact how they accomplish tasks. This is more crucial for those working in mainly static environments like an office space.

How do we create an ambiance for productivity and how can Terrazzo contribute to achieving an environment that allows people to focus and consistently deliver?

You can start by choosing vibrant but gentle colors for the work space and carrying out your branding in the non-production areas. Businesses now are eager to “brand” their offices, pushing for brand identity across all departments. From the cubicle of the trainee, to the office of the VP, to the dispatch area for trucks and sales teams. One must remember that office work entails looking at brightly-lit digital screens for almost 8 hours. To help workers stay consistently productive, it would be best to give them a space where their senses and mind could take short breaks without necessarily walking out and around the office. If your brand colors are screaming red or orange, it may be best to put those colors in the production areas, and not necessarily in office spaces. Not all offices have the luxury of space so it is important to get the design of the workspaces right. Warm, earth tones can be good for the flooring and, with Terrazzo, you can combine different aggregates to achieve the color tone that you want.

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Also, you can have quick-break lounges set-up in between cubicles. This allows employees to step out of their immediate work stations and refresh their eyes in the quick-break lounge area. The quick-break lounge area could also have terrazzo dividers, softened by couch or small pieces of furniture with cushion. The idea is to encourage staff to have quick “getaways” to refresh their minds before diving right back into work.

There are so many other areas that can be discovered and adjusted to achieve an ambiance for productivity. If you are looking for sturdy, design-flexible materials for flooring and other surface requirements, call us at Terrazzo Australian Marble today.

Three Tips to Create Outstanding Design with Terrazzo Aggregates

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Terrazzo is a classic material that has been used in so many functions and forms in construction and interior design. Because of its flexibility and benefits, it has consistently been preferred by designers across Asia and the Pacific regions. In Sydney, Australia, Terrazzo remains as one of the top choices for flooring, counter top, and dividers. But creating the right Terrazzo mix requires understanding the parts and materials that constitute this widely-used material. One of which is the aggregates used in the mix.

Aggregates determine the colors, texture and overall uniqueness of your terrazzo design. Selecting the right aggregates will determine the success of your design’s execution plus the long-term maintenance implications. Here are three tips when choosing your terrazzo aggregates.

  1. Pick the aggregate that best brings out the color/s of your design with the right lighting – Because Terrazzo aggregates come from different materials and have different compositions, they basically come in different colors. Choosing the right colors to match your design isn’t as hard because there are so many aggregates to choose from. The trick here is to understand the lighting of the space where Terrazzo will be laid out and test how light will bounce off, be reflected, or absorbed by the aggregate. Some aggregates may appear dark but when cool light hits it, it comes out with a much lighter shade of its original color. Different hues and warmth of light will give you a good sense of how it will appear on final lay. Also, do not be afraid to mix different colors of aggregates.
  2. Varying sizes of chips brings out complex textures – Another layer of variety is mixing the sizes of the terrazzo chips. Suppliers can provide options on the sizes of the aggregates. Terrazzo chips can come in a range of sizes, between 0.1 up to 2, with 2 being the biggest chips. If you have a particular type of chip which you want to be emphasized in the design, you can make the size of those chips larger compared to the other chips. This adds texture to your design since the larger chips can retain much of its irregular properties versus the smaller chips which are reduced to really small bits.
  3. Understand the hardness of different materials – Maintenance of terrazzo is key for longevity. One of the most common challenges of property owners is the chipping away of terrazzo bits. Replacing or repairing terrazzo can be a challenge especially if the supplier does not have supply of the original aggregates used in the original lay. This is where understanding hardness comes in. It is important not to pair soft aggregates with harder aggregates as this will require different surface grinding methods, polishing, and maintenance methods.

There are several other factors to consider when picking the right aggregates for your terrazzo project. Talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble today to get the best recommendations for your design.