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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Exciting new office furniture ranges to be added to Verve!

On behalf of everyone at Verve Workspace Ltd., I would like to wish you all a very...


Santa Claus 2010 Orkut Scraps Greetings, e-Cards.

...And a wonderful new year!

We are all very excited about Christmas in the office, but as this year grinds to a halt, we are busier than ever preparing our brand new catalogue, which will be released in 2011!  It will offer fantastic deals and will include many brand new furniture ranges!  How exciting!  

For just a little taster of what is to come, here is a glimpse of our new Zita executive office desk range:-



This executive range brings its contemporary style to the next lever with its simplicity and sleek lines.  The furniture looks absolutely fantastic in this dark wenge finish; the desk accommodates clever power modules, which pop up when needed, adding extreme functionality to this flawless design!  


It is a fantastic range, and the choices don't stop there!  We are also able to offer conference and boardroom furniture in the same Zita style- there are so many options and there is more yet to come!


Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Some ideas for a VERY interesting office or workspace!

Is your office affecting your mood and productivity?


When you walk in to your office on a Monday morning for another day at work- how do you feel?  Motivated?  Excited?  Or filled with dread at the prospect of surviving another week at the same desk doing the same work, surrounded by the same sounds of the telephones and the other workers?

It's a well-known fact that the majority of Britons spend around 40 hours a week working in the office- that's more time than anywhere else in Europe. It's not surprising then, that experts have found that our office environments affect our productivity as staff, our mood and our health.  Being surrounded by the physical uniformity of an office, where there is no individuality or sign of creativity can often make people feel dreary and less productive than usual.  

So what makes a good office?

According to a recent article in the Stylist magazine, experts believe that a personalised office can significantly improve productivity and staff's mental well-being- provided that the staff help to decide how they are arranged.  Following a study about the correlation between office morale and office layouts, Professor Haslam of the university of Exeter explained:-
'We found that while an attractive environment increases worker productivity, even more critical is employee autonomy...we think that when people feel uncomfortable in their surroundings, they are less engaged.'
- S Alexander Haslam, professor of social psychology at University of Exeter
We have had a look at ways in which some companies have incorporated innovative ideas in to their office designs, in order to make the workplace a more creative, enjoyable and varied environment to work. The Google offices in Zurich are a particular favourite of ours:-



This is the Google reception- the space is used primarily as a break out area, with masses of contemporary styled seating.  The windows are full length, bringing in a lot of natural light, but there are also many additional lights surrounding the reception area for practicality.


There are various meeting 'pods', which promote staff collaboration with a high degree of privacy.  These additions are really unique and quirky.


There are a number of different meeting pods, including this taxi and some igloos!  These designs are unique, fairly informal, and are designed to act as welcoming and creative hubs for colleagues to work from.


Every room holds a separate theme, with unusual additions like this rowing boat of bean bags.  The company have allowed big windows, which capture a lot of natural light.


The offices have incorporated both formal and informal office environments- we often forget that people have unique needs to focus.  Some feel more comfortable working in an informal environment with background noise, whereas others prefer more traditional working environments with little noise.  The glass partitions will also act as a sound barrier,  separating the two working environments effectively without isolating either group.


There are a number of different 'environments' including this meeting room environment which is an igloo!



Now, these are very unique chairs!  I would be very worried about getting tangled in it though!


The desks are used for dual screen computers, so they need to be quite roomy.  Each workstation has a special light, ensuring that there are sufficient amounts of light for each person.  Can you see the exercise ball under the desk?!


There are fireman's poles and slides galore for easy access to lower floors.  The trees add a fresher touch to an office environment, moving away from the mundane style of traditional offices.


This is the library room- a room that is used by people who want to come and work or relax quietly.  The different 'environments' are useful because they offer some variety for the staff to choose from, so that they don't get sick of their surroundings.

As you can see, the Google staff in Zurich have really gone to extremes in order to create an interesting, varied yet balanced work environment, where they have the ability to learn, collaborate, focus and socialise- the balance of formal and informal settings is particularly interesting as it offers suitable but varied working environments to all individuals.  It is innovative in style, and does not stick to a traditional or specific office structure.


Now, we're not suggesting that you install helter skelter slides or penguins in to your offices, but it might be interesting to think about how you could make your offices a little bit more quirky or unique.  There are loads of things that you could do, and something interesting would give you extra talking points, and help your customers to remember you better.  


For more information about quirky offices, please visit: Stylist Magazine and read pages 51-54

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A helpful office furniture guide to help you with moving offices.

Need Help Moving Offices?
                               You've come to the right place!

                                  

Moving offices can often be a very daunting task which carries with it a lot of stress.  There are so many different decisions to make that you often need advice on, but it's very difficult to know where to turn.  If you are changing your office's design, we really suggest that you speak to a company who specialise in office furniture solutions, because they will have a high degree of experience with helping clients to move offices, and they should be able to give you the most comprehensive advice, as well as helping you to design an office that meets your company's own specification perfectly.

As furniture specialists, we work hard to accommodate the specific needs of a company whilst also optimising all of the space used.  We like to provide the staff with a comfortable work environment where they may work conscientiously, thus raising their staff morale and productivity.  At Verve, we take great pleasure from helping companies to add some innovation and freshness to a new premises- here is a little bit more information about how we work as a company:-

  • STAGE ONE-  If we get a call from a company who are planning to move offices and want some help with office furniture, we usually arrange to meet with the client, in order to get an idea of what the office is used for, and what is needed from the new office.  If possible, it is helpful for us to have a look at the new premises so that we can take measurements, but we can also work from an existing plan of the building.  If you don't have a plan, we will request a plan of a rough sketch of the layout of the building, which we can work just as easily from.  
  • We will ask you some questions, in order to get a firm idea of what you have in mind for your office and how we can cater for your office needs.  You may be worrying that you don't have any specific plans for your offices, but don't panic- with our help, you will soon realise that you have a more specific specification than you realised!
                          
  • STAGE TWO- We then produce a range of design ideas, which we would send you along with wood samples or other items which will help to give you a clearer idea of our designs.  We send you these as soon as possible; we tend to send our ideas via email as a PDF file- this way you can send it to colleagues and discuss it more easily, though we can also produce hard copies.   We will also produce CAD images of our design ideas, so that you can get a good idea of what the office would look like, and where we suggest everything would go.  We provide quotations for the options, to help you get an idea of prices too.
PLEASE NOTE- there is no charge or commitment for our services here, we are just doing what we can to help you.

  • STAGE THREE- After you have looked over our ideas, we discuss with you any changes that you would like to make to our suggested ideas.  We carefully discuss what you like and dislike- after all, we want to create something that you will be 100% happy with.  We work hard to give our customers the best prices.
  • STAGE FOUR-  When you are 100% happy with the proposal, and are happy and confident to place the order with us, we arrange time scales and finalise the order.  We don't do pushy sales approaches- we really don't believe in it; we prefer to make sure that you are happy with everything.  We manage each of our orders carefully, in order to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, releasing some of the pressure from your shoulders, as a consumer!
  • STAGE FIVE- We receive the furniture in to our warehouse, then our installations team will bring it into your premises.  They will assemble the furniture for you, put it into place according to the plans, and then remove all of the packaging to leave you ready to enjoy your new workspace.  There aren't many companies who will clear up for you after your installation- one of our wonderful installations team was even caught hoovering following an installation!  We can also offer other services, such as existing furniture clearance and redecoration.

  • If your project involves refurbishment or interior works, then we effectively project manage the whole process for you at no extra charge.  We make sure that all of the 'trades' are working as they should, lowering your stress levels somewhat!
  • STAGE SIX- We like to make sure that you are satisfied with your furniture and new offices, so we check that everything has gone smoothly.  If there are any problems that have occurred, we try our best to solve them as quickly as possible for you. 

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

How to choose a good operator chair.

Spot the Difference.



When you choose your office furniture, do you really know what you’re getting?

If you look at the two chairs above, you might think that they are almost exactly the same.  To the untrained eye, these chairs look very similar in terms of aesthetic style, but if you sat on them both, you would find them very different in terms of comfort!

When choosing your office furniture- particularly your office chairs- it is important to remember that just because two chairs look similar in appearance it does NOT mean that the quality of the two chairs will match.

If you prefer to go for something that is as cheap as chips to buy, remember that the cheaper office chairs are generally manufactured with materials of a lower quality, making the chair uncomfortable and also causing it to last a fraction of the time that a chair of higher quality lasts.  This is especially important if the office chair is going to be used for prolonged periods of time- if a chair is going to be used repeatedly, you should really consider getting a chair with good back support.

High quality chairs give you a range of seating adjustments, including seat slide, height adjustment, and seat tilt adjustment.  This makes the chair more flexible, so that it can be tailored to seat any individual comfortably.  Most good office chairs also give you the option of inflatable lumbar support- it isn’t vital, but lumbar support really makes a fantastic difference to your posture and aids in supporting your back brilliantly.

The slightly more expensive products come with much longer product guarantees, which give you more assurance as a consumer.  For example, one of the above chairs comes with a five year guarantee, whereas the other comes with a one year guarantee.

So, when you're next choosing a chair- have a think about what the chair is going to be used for, and weigh the pros and cons of cheaper chairs against those of a better quality before you make a decision.  If you need any advice about office furniture or products that you need to choose between, give us a ring on: 08450 69 79 89 and we'll be happy to help you!


Friday, 3 December 2010

Office Jokes- How to make your life at work more interesting!

Since the last blog was slightly unnerving for a Friday afternoon, here's something to make you laugh!  These are some tips that I found online on how to make your life at work more amusing- I've picked the best ones but you can find more from the links I've provided- I hope they amuse you!


How to Make a Business Meeting More 
Interesting


Take notes in finger paint.

Laugh uproariously at a quip that was made 2 or 3 minutes ago. Say, “Oh, now I get it!”

Make a face like somebody beside you farted.

Stand up and act indignant. Demand that the boss tell you the real reason this meeting has been called.

Spill coffee on the conference table. Produce a little paper boat and sail it down the table.

Stay behind as everyone else, including the boss, leaves. Thank them for coming.

Bring a hand puppet, preferably an animal. Ask it to clarify difficult points.

Wear shades and carry a walkie-talkie with an earphone. Once in a while, quietly say a few words into it.

Arrange to have a poorly-dressed young woman with an infant quietly enter the meeting, stare directly at the (male) speaker for a while, burst into tears, then leave the room.



-Taken from Local Jokes.


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How to Annoy People in your Office



Make up nicknames for all your co-workers and refer to them only by these names. "That's a good point, Sparky." "No I'm sorry I'm going to have to disagree with you there, Chachi."
Insist that your e-mail address be "xena_goddess_of_fire@companyname.com"
Every time someone asks you to do something, ask them if they want fries with that.
Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.
When answering your phone, talk in a different accent.
Take a picture of your boss and have it framed. Display it in a prominent location on your desk.
Whenever a fellow staff member sneezes, quickly yell "SHUT UP!" If they sneeze a second time, follow up with "I SAID SHUT UP!". A third time, leave the room crying while saying "NO ONE EVER LISTENS TO ME!".
Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
Practice making fax and modem noises.
While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
-Taken from Common Place Book


Have a lovely weekend!

Something sad to think about...

Poor Proof-Reader Dies at Desk

Someone in the office came across this newspaper snippet today- it explains how a 51 year old proof-reader at a New York publishing firm passed away unnoticed at his desk.  George Turklebaum, who worked in an open plan office with 23 other workers, suffered a heart attack at his desk and it was not discovered that he was dead for five more days, when a cleaner asked why he was at his desk at the weekend.  


According to the article, the reason why no one in the office had noticed poor George was that he was extremely hard working, and it wasn't odd for him to be first in the office and the last to leave.  So, the next time you're in the office- maybe give your colleagues a bit of a nudge!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Environmentally Friendly Office Furniture

How to Create a More Environmentally Friendly Office


In today's energy-conscious society, there are increasing pressures to make both homes and businesses as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.  


It is important to consider ways in which to conserve energy and to reduce the carbon footprint, not only to protect energy sources, but because it often helps to save your business money.  We've come up with a list of ideas about how to make your office greener- why not get everyone in the office involved?






Let's start at the basics- your office furniture.  


Office furniture manufacturers are also very conscious of the environment, and are constantly looking to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.  


Most manufacturers generally adhere to ISO14001 standards- an internationally recognised standard which ensures that manufacturers identify elements of business which impact upon the environment and produce achievable objectives for continuous improvement.  One of our factories actually uses its material offcuts in order to heat the factory, rather than adding to waste!


Most manufacturers also adhere to FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) standards, which ensures that any wood used to manufacture the furniture is harvested from sustainably managed forests.  






If you are choosing office furniture, and are conscious of the environmental impact of products, you should also think about product miles.  Rather than choosing a product which has to be imported from places like China, why not choose products which are manufactured within the UK?  As well as supporting British manufacturers, it dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of the product.


An Answer to Environmentally Friendly Desks!


There is also a rather amazing new desk which has been produced, made entirely out of cardboard!  The product is completely sustainable and recyclable- it comes flat-packed, and  can be assembled within around 5 minutes!  The desk is assembled without the use of any nuts and bolts, and is extremely strong and practical.  


The Paperweight desk is made of special single walled clay coated corrugated board, with a solid board, water varnished top which is capable of repelling all spills.  Its design integrates a deep cable management tray and an under-desk 'secret' shelf.  There are cable outlet slots and twin access points with covers that can be found on the top of the desk.  The legs of the desk can be positioned inset or outset as required.  I know that you wouldn't expect a desk made of cardboard to be strong, but it really is- it's strong enough for you to even stand on!


Other Tips for Reducing your Office's Environmental Impact:-

  • Why not encourage communications via email rather than paper?  Emails make communication a lot quicker, more cost efficient, less easy to lose and can also cut down paper usage dramatically.  Only print off communications which are absolutely necessary.
  • When office equipment is not being used- say at the end of the day- have a quick check and make sure that it is switched off.  That way, you are not draining unnecessary power overnight.
  • Make an effort to recycle all of the waste paper that culminates in your office- we all know very well how quickly waste paper can build up!  Make sure that you shred documents which contain important information such as addresses or client names before you recycle them, however.
  • When purchasing paper, try and buy brands which use a good proportion of recycled paper fibres.
  • Wherever possible, try and print double sided documents, in order to save further on paper usage.  
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs around the building- they typically use 80% less energy than normal light bulbs, and are safer because they don't get as hot!  They will reduce your energy usage and your electricity bill!


Thursday, 11 November 2010

The advantages of leasing your office furniture

The Advantages of Leasing



If you don't pay for your staff in advance, why pay for your office furniture in advance?  Refurbishing an office can often prove to be an expensive yet necessary task; in today's financial climate, there are many benefits of paying for lease furniture rather than paying for your furniture upfront:-


  • The primary benefit you take from your office equipment is in the use you get out of it, rather than the ownership of it.  By leasing your furniture, you may be able to take advantage of the latest technologies by simply upgrading.

  • You can acquire what is needed for your office now, without worrying about the constraints of what you can afford.

  • Leasing preserves your working capital, so that it can be put to work for more profitable purposes for your company.
  • Leasing allows you to budget more accurately, so that you can organise how much you need to pay and at when it needs to be paid- whether monthly, quarterly, annual or seasonally for a period of up to 60 months.
  • Leasing is tax efficient, because it allows you to offset the rentals.
If you have any queries or would like to learn more about leasing your office furniture, please don't hesitate to contact our office on: 08450 69 79 89. We aren't leasing experts ourselves, but we have a superb leasing partner who specialises in financing all kinds of office equipment, including furniture- particularly for small to medium sized companies.

       
                                                                                     

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

How to choose the right office furniture and layout for a busy office

When Planning an Office, Please Remember this Poor Chap...!


We all know very well that people come in all different shapes and sizes, so when you are planning the layout of an office, you need to think very carefully about how to maximise the potential of your office.  It is important to maximise the available space you have to work with, but you also need to create a workspace that each individual can work comfortably and efficiently from.  
After all, if the office workers are happy with their work environments, they should be happier and more willing to work hard for the company.

Here are a few ideas of what you should think about whilst you are planning the layout of your office- particularly for an office which accommodates a high proportion of staff:


Space 

There aren't really any guidelines for space, but you should think logically about the spacing within your office- particularly regarding how much room each individual has to work from.  Each employee needs to have enough space to work comfortably, probably with enough room to accommodate a computer.  If the office is designed so that some staff have their backs to each other, you should make sure that their is enough room between them so that they do not obstruct each other.  If the employees are dealing with confidential matters, they should be spaced a fair distance apart from each other, for privacy and confidentiality matters.

High Traffic Areas and Emergency Exits

The staff in the office are the responsibility of the office, and you should make sure that there are emergency exit routes around the office, so that every member of staff could exit the building safely in the case of an emergency.  There will also be high traffic areas where many members of staff will frequently be walking up and down the office.  You should make sure that these areas are clear and easily accessible, in order to avoid accidents.


Noise

Offices are generally very busy, and depending upon the type of work that the office
does, phones are frequently used to speak to clients.  With lots of people in an office using phones at the same time, the office will be an extremely noisy place.  It may be an idea to try to break up the noise using screens or partitions, which will also aid with confidentiality problems.

Confidentiality

If there are HR staff or other workers in the office who deal with confidential information, it may be necessary to create an area which is separate from other workers, perhaps through screens and partitions, so that these members of staff can discuss sensitive topics in a higher degree of privacy.  You may want to think about reducing noise through the use of screens, so that these members of staff are less likely to be heard.

Light and Screen Reflection

Decent lighting is very important for an efficient office.  If there are lots of windows around the office, you should think very carefully about where you place workstations, because sometimes, if workstations are faced away from windows, it may be the case that the window will be reflected in to the monitor screens of computers, making staff unable to see clearly.  Blinds may be useful as a solution in these cases, but you could also use artificial lighting so that all areas of the office receive the same amounts of light.  There are a wide range of options available to create a well-lit work environment. 

Storage

A busy office is a happy office, but it will also process a sea of paperwork and use many resources.  You should think about what types of storage are needed for your office- for example, if your company deals with a lot of paperwork, a good filing system would be extremely helpful, as well as a storage cupboard for stationary resources.  There are many different options available in terms of storage, and they will definitely help you to maximise the efficiency of your office.

Monday, 11 October 2010

How to Design and Furnish a Reception

A Day in the Life of Verve Workspace...

Okay, so you are well aware by now that we are a well-established office furniture organisation.  But what does that entail?  How do we help our customers to make the most of their offices or workspaces?  This blog shows how we have helped one of our clients to design and plan their reception, to give you a little idea of how we work.

At Verve, we work exceptionally hard as a team in order to provide office furniture solutions for each of our clients, taking in to account the individual specifications of each business we serve.  After all, it is our clients who will be putting the furniture to use- it needs to meet their requirements!

For example, we had a call from a solicitors firm last week, who wanted us to work out some furniture ideas for their reception.  The client drew out a rough plan of their reception with measurements for us to work from.  The reception area is a relatively small area, with an existing sofa.  It was a difficult task because the reception work area needed to be big enough to sit three receptionists comfortably, whilst also adhering to health and safety regulations. 


Working from the client's plan, we created a 3D CAD impression of the reception room, with its existing furniture, in order to get an idea of what space we had to work with.  In order to optimise the available space for the receptionists, we inverted the normal 'L' shape reception desk style.  We inserted a 1.8 m length desk, for two of the receptionists to work comfortably from, and a slightly smaller desk for the other. 

We added only one top box to the singular desk, in order to give a little bit more storage space and privacy to the receptionists, should they need it.  This way, the rest of the reception unit is left open and welcoming to visitors. 

The major problem with the small space, in this case, was the lack of storage space.  We all know how paperwork builds up quickly- particularly in a reception environment!  We placed a pedestal under the smaller desk, but added another pedestal to the end of the longest desk as there would not be enough space under that desk.  In addition, we made the curved component of the reception desk a tambour cupboard, for added storage solutions.

There are a whole range of ideas that can be used for every space that we see.  We try our best to find solutions which will be the most helpful and efficient as workspaces for our clients, whilst also designing them so that they look extremely aesthetically pleasing. 

Thursday, 30 September 2010

A Fantastic New Invention for Offices, Schools, Universities and Homes

Let your Ideas Flourish with Ideapaint


 


Last week, we attended the 100% Design trade show at Earl's Court, and although we were disappointed with the lack of furniture ideas, we were really impressed with lots of the new design ideas that we saw!  One of our favourite new inventions is called Ideapaint- one layer of 'ideapaint' turns virtually any smooth surface in to a high-performance dry-erase surface, meaning that you could turn anything from conference tables to walls in to whiteboards!

It is amazing how useful dry-erase surfaces can be, whether it be for displaying special menus in restaurants, giving your colleagues visual aids to help during a conference, or planning in a team meeting.  Whiteboards are helpful, but they limit your space and ideas- Ideapaint can be used on virtually any smooth surface, meaning that you could turn unused space, such as cupboard doors or walls in to dry-erase surfaces! 

 


The application process to create the dry-erase surface is very simple.  All you need to do, is clean the surface thoroughly, apply some primer to the surface, and once that is dry, you need to stir the Ideapaint components in together, and apply one coat of the Ideapaint to the surface.  The paint needs 7 days to dry, before you can start to write on it. 

If you eventually decide that you don't want to use the dry-erase surface anymore, all you have to do is paint or wallpaper over the top- this is far more environmentally friendly than the thousands of whiteboards which eventually find themselves on landfill sites!  You could even use the paint to resurface existing whiteboards if you wanted to.  Ideapaint is created using fewer procedural processes, and is shipped in small boxes, using as little packaging material as possible, in an effort to cause as little environmental impact as possible. 

Why not let your ideas flourish with this fantastic new invention?  Call us on: 08450 69 79 89 for more information.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A helpful guide on how to help you move offices or change furniture

How to Make the Most of your Office

Thinking about changing or refurbishing an office can often seem a little extravagant within today's financial climate, but the truth is that it can bring your company a lot of benefits, both in terms of your customers and your colleagues.  A well-designed office can be seen to reflect the solidity of company as a whole, as well as significantly raising the productivity of the company as a whole. 

We understand that the prospect of refurbishing an office or replacing furniture can be a highly daunting and stressful task, as there are many decisions to make that you may need advice on.  If you are thinking of changing your office, you should really speak to a company who specialise in office furniture solutions, because they will be able to give you the most comprehensive advice, as well as helping you to design an office which meets your company's own specification. 

Office furniture specialists work hard to accommodate the specific needs of a company, whilst optimising all of the space used; they also work hard to provide the staff with a comfortable work environment where they may work conscientiously, thus raising their staff morale and productivity.  As office solutions speicialists, Verve takes a great interest in office refurbishment projects, because we really enjoy helping our clients to add a breath of fresh air to their offices.  Here is a little bit of general insight as to how we work as a company, helping our clients with office refurbishments:-


STAGE ONE-  If we get a call from a company who is interested in altering their office design somehow, whether it be new furniture or through a whole office refit, we usually arrange to visit the client's existing office, in order to get an idea of what the office is used for, or what is needed from the new design.  Otherwise, we will request a plan or a rough sketch of the layout of the building, which we can just as easily work from.

We usually arrange to visit the existing offices, in order to get a clearer idea of what the offices are used for and what is needed from the new design.  We also take measurements of the existing space, in order to create accurate designs, taking in to account all of the space available.  We ask you a few questions, in order to get a firm idea of what you have in mind for your office, and how to cater for your office needs.  You may be worrying that you don't have any specific plans for your offices, but don't worry- with our help, you soon realise that you have a more specific specification than you realised!


STAGE TWO-  We then produce a range of design ideas, which we send you, along with wood samples or other items, which help to give you a clearer idea of our designs.  We send you these as soon as possible; we tend to send our ideas via email as a PDF file- this way you can send it to colleagues and discuss it more easily, though we can also produce hard copies.  Sometimes, particularly with office re-fits, we will produce CAD images of our design ideas, so that you can get a good idea of what the room would look like, and where everything would go.  We provide quotations for each option, to help you to get an idea of prices too. 
PLEASE NOTE- there is no charge or commitment for our services here, we are just doing what we can to help you.

STAGE THREE-  After you have looked over our ideas, we discuss with you any changes that you would like to make to our suggested ideas.  We carefully discuss what you like and dislike- after all, we want to create something that you will be 100% happy with.  We work hard to produce give our customers the best prices.

STAGE FOUR-  When you are 100% happy with the proposal, and are happy and confident to place the order with us, we arrange timescales and finalise the order.  We don't do a pushy sales approach- we really don't believe in it; we prefer to make sure that you are happy with everything.  We manage each of our orders carefully, in order to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, releasing some of the pressure from your shoulders, as a consumer!

STAGE FIVE-  We receive the furniture in to our warehouse, then our installations team will bring it into your premises.  They will assemble the furniture, put the furniture into place according to the plans, and then remove all the packaging to leave you ready to enjoy your new workspace.  We can also offer other services such as existing furniture clearance and redecoration.

If your project involves refurbishment or interior works, then we effectively project manage the whole process for you at no extra charge.  We make sure that all of the 'trades' are working as they should, lowering your stress levels somewhat!

STAGE SIX-  We like to make sure that you are satisfied with your furniture and/or new office, so we check that everything has gone smoothly.  If there are any problems that have occurred, we try our best to solve them as quickly as possible for you. 

Monday, 20 September 2010

Design in Today's Society

Keeping Quality at the Heart of Design


The term, 'quality' is used to define a level of excellence, or a property or attribute which differentiates a thing or person.  We, at Verve, believe strongly in safeguarding quality as one of the most important elements at the heart of a product's design.  We much prefer to supply our clients with high quality products, which are designed to last them a very long time, rather than cheap products which will last a fraction of the time.   

Sadly, we live in a society, which is driven by commercial fads and disposable products.  Our society has an increasingly 'temporary' mindset with regard to products- we tend to choose products which are cheaper, intending to save our pennies, without even thinking about the life-span of what we are buying.  Over the past few years, large supermarket outlets have expanded, so that they now sell a whole range of products, such as office chairs, cameras, furniture etc., making it increasingly easy and tempting for us to choose the cheaper option. 

Our country's current financial climate seems to have helped people to think more carefully about a product, and the benefits of buying a slightly more expensive product of a much higher quality, rather than a cheap product. 

Let's take office chairs as an example; most of our clients find that cheap chairs will last less than a year, and will be very uncomfortable to sit in- often leading to back complaints.  Most cheap chairs are manufactured in other countries such as China, and so their carbon footprints tend to be huge, adding further to environmental pollution; this really needs to be taken in to account alongside the fact that these products tend to only last a fraction of the time. 

The slightly more expensive chairs are designed and manufactured specifically for the user's comfort, as well as to last a considerably long time.  The chairs are manufactured with much higher quality materials, making the chairs more durable and more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  Most of the chairs that we offer come with a FIVE YEAR GUARANTEE, which indicates an excellent standard of manufacture, as well as taking some stress off the shoulders of the consumer.  Many of our products are manufactured within the U.K., significantly improving the environmental impact of our products, with much smaller carbon footprints.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Gaining Colour Continuity in Industry

Colour Continuity

The Colour Conflict for Offices

When you go in to a shop, I bet you never consider the continuity of a product.  In our line of business, it is a particularly important aspect to consider- especially in terms of colour and finishes.

It is often the case that a customer will request some furniture for their office in a certain finish, and will then request some more furniture components for the same office as it evolves and changes over time.  Obviously, these new components must be manufactured using the same finish, so that the items in the office match, giving the office a professional and clean look.

With most non-furniture specialists- i.e. stationary companies- and high street furniture superstores, it is often the case that they sell products with increasingly short shelf lives.  This means that if you need go back to the shop to buy more of the same furniture in around a year, the furniture that you previously bought has been discontinued, in favour of a newer product that will look similar but is slightly different in colour and style.  This makes it very difficult to match the furniture that you have already bought, and can often prove frustrating for you as a customer.
 

Our ranges of office furniture are particularly reliable in this situation, which is particularly useful for our customers who want to add to their offices or receptions as they evolve over time. 

We had a customer recently, who had previously bought a desk in one of our furniture ranges at least five years beforehand.  They needed a cupboard from the same range, which would match the desk.  We sent out a wood sample for them to compare, and the finish was an exact match.  The customer was overjoyed with the cupboard, which was a perfect match for their existing furniture.