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.

Terrazzo and 3D Printing: Mixing Traditional and Contemporary

There are now so many resources available to designers about 3D Printing and how it can be incorporated into everyday design. From fashion, to architecture, to interior design and even healthcare, 3D printing is becoming a standard as an easily accessible manufacturing approach for highly customized design.

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Terrazzo and marble, on the other hand, have been known and established in the interior design and architecture space as go-to materials when achieving a classic yet playful look. It has been used for exterior or outdoor functional areas such as pavements and walkways, and in interior spaces such as having a terrazzo kitchen countertop or a terrazzo marble divider in the washroom area. The traditional uses of terrazzo have seemingly limited its attractiveness and capability as a material. But, modern designers are not yet giving up on this material and continue to seek its unique texture and finish to complement many design perspectives and objectives. One approach to maximizing the good old terrazzo is to match it with contemporary approaches to design, such as 3D printing.

 

A company like Aectual is an example of a company that is pushing the boundaries of traditional and modern by combining 3D Printing and Terrazzo. By digitizing design in the building and architecture industry, the company can bring about endless possibilities, giving designers total freedom in creating ground-breaking and sustainable solutions for different space requirements. Designers can, then, create massive patterns to occupy large floor spaces which could have been impossible to fill in with terrazzo without the pattern base. In the past, terrazzo would be poured on site to fill a large space without much innovation aside from the way it is finished and the color combinations. Aectual, using bioplastic made from plants as their material for 3D printing, not only gives designers a base framework of pattern to fill terrazzo with, but also does it in a sustainable manner.

 

This is just the beginning of combining 3D printing and Terrazzo. The opportunities to adapt the design to challenging spaces have just become easier to explore given the flexibility of 3D printing. Combining this with Terrazzo and marble for flooring may just be the start of another genre of interior design. Talk to our Terrazzo experts today to understand how terrazzo can fit your design project.

 

Reference: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/01/02/aectual-robotic-3d-printers-terrazzo-floors-patterns/

Revolutionizing Material Sampling: Material Bank Lab

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Construction and interior design remain to be a highly experiential process. A huge portion of a designer’s time is dedicated to searching for construction materials that could match the ideas and concepts dictated by both the designer and the client. This process, no matter how advanced technology can be in providing near-accurate descriptions, continue to be a deliberate and thorough process because designers always need to use their senses — sight, touch, smell — to understand the materials.

A revolutionary venture by Adam Sandow, CEO and founder of SANDOW, has created a platform which aims to “…answer architecture and design community’s need to streamline and speed up the material search and sampling process.” Material Bank Lab was a concept created through SANDOW’s years of experience in managing leading design brands, including Interior Design, Luxe Interiors + Design, Material ConneXion, and ThinkLab.

Whether you are looking for materials to complement your terrazzo flooring, or to match the colors of your terrazzo kitchen top, platforms such as Material Bank Lab will help designers and even property owners to directly explore hundreds of materials in an efficient and experiential manner, matched with cutting edge digital platform. Users of Material Bank can also get access to new Material Desk™ technology and Smart Swatch™ system, as well as to Material Bank’s material experts. All these systems are integrated into a singular platform that can make the designer’s job more efficient, so that they can focus on their main role, creating top-of-the-line interior designs.

Material Bank’s unique proposition reduces the stress and work of designers by collating and masterfully curating over 160 leading manufacturers into a single platform, even managing delivery of swatches into an overnight wait only.

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