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Design Team Favorites: Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

The long warm days of summer are perfect for being outside. We asked our design team to share their favorites outdoor pieces and how they prefer to enjoy…

The Great Outdoors

Light1. Glowing planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Jennifer Jukofsky 2. Brantley Lantern in Verdigris with clear glass by Visual Comfort – Shelley Wilkins 3. Floor candles from Artesia – Janet Perry 4. Dedon Superarchimoon Lighting by Flos – Kristin Magowitz 5. Outdoor Lamp by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 6. Glowing Ming High Family planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Laura Page

Lunch1.Gervasoni In Out table by Paola Navone – Haley Grant 2. Dedon Play bistro table – Doris Gilch & Dedon Play woven chair – Lisa Whitley 3. Tray, cake stand, glasses and ice bucket all by Guzzini and made of heavy duty, scratch resistant plastic – Anna Ruby 4. Outdoor firepit by AK47 – Doris Gilch 5. Exuma privacy lounge by Tuuci – Laura Page 6. Baronciole Rama Table – Adrienne Warner

Linger1. In Out Collection chairs by Gervasoni – Doris Gilch 2. Glazed Ridged Stool with removable padded seat by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 3. Forest Chair by Janus et Cie – Lauren Thomas 4. McKinnon and Harris Otey Club Chair and Ottoman – Jenny Ladutko 5. Two Toned Ringed Cylinder Table from Seasonal Living – Lisa Whitley 6. Amari High Back Chair by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

Lounge1. Swing Rest by Dedon – Kristin Magowitz 2. Nest Rest by Dedon – Laura Page 3. Swinging Day Bed by Lowcountry Originals – Shelley Wilkins 4. Santorini Outdoor Fabric in grapefruit pink by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 5. Bed Swing with X sides and X back by Lowcountry Originals – Jenny Ladutko 6. Leaf Chaise by Frank Ligthart for Dedon – Haley Grant 7. St. Barts outdoor fabric in tangerine orange by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 8. Baronciole Daybed – Adrienne Warner 9. ZigZag Sunbrella fabric by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 10. Fibonacci Double Vantanna Chaise by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

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1. Private residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2. The pool and surrounding patio of the Hotel Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy 3.Outdoor furniture at the J Banks  Design RBC Heritage Hospitality Tent.  This furniture now resides in the J Banks Courtyard and was designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell. The Bubble Armchairs can be used inside or outside and are made in Italy. 4. The Residences at Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico 5. A gorgeous table we designed for an anniversary party.

 What is your favorite outdoor furnishing or decor item?

xo,

JB

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Doris Gilch : The New Workplace

The work place, and particularly workspaces, are forever changed. No longer are offices just for punching in and punching out. The modern office has become a place to relax, renew and reconnect as well. The invention of the laptop and wireless everything provides freedom to break away from the traditional desk setting into a more freeform work environment. The modern workplace has collaborative meeting spaces, convergence of the indoor and outdoors, and is multifunctional and personal.

Collaborative Meeting Spaces

One of the big trends in office design has been the implementation of collaborative meeting spaces. We are seeing workplaces with less and less private offices and more shared spaces to not only maximize square footage but to also encourage employee interaction and idea sharing. This system creates more of a team environment and overall increased office energy.

AOL PAOLO ALTO OFFICES

I love the idea of creating meeting spaces throughout an offices like the one shown above that is located in the Paolo Alto, CA offices of AOL. This space is the perfect place for a quick conversation with a co-worker, but can also be closed off for a private meeting if needed.

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The J Banks office also has special nooks and meeting spaces for us to quickly gather and talk through our current projects and design concepts. Having large surfaces to lay out and discuss plans, concept images and selections are very helpful. They allow for sharing with co-workers which ultimately assists in the evolution of our designs.

Personalizing Your Space

Today, our homes and offices are becoming more intertwined. This is apparent in our workspaces. We are encouraged to bring objects from home that make us feel happy and inspired. Personal items such as pictures of our family, friends and pets, special mementos and greenery make us feel more comfortable and at ease. A quick tour around the J Banks offices will show that each workspace exhibits individual personalities and items that stimulate their creativity.

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SURFRIDER FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS OFFICE

Personalizing your office can even mean bringing a hobby into the workplace. This fun office space is at the Surfrider Foundation headquarters in San Clemente, CA. One of their employees even brought in their own drum set to the office for mental breaks and stress relief during the workday.

Convergence of the Indoors and Outdoors

The idea of bringing the outdoors in has always had an influence in most of our projects. The feeling of being outside and within nature creates a sense of peace and relaxing energy. Even though we would all like the opportunity to work outside on a perfect breezy, sunny day, we unfortunately cannot just pick up our desks and move outside. So let the outdoors come inside and create outdoor spaces that could serve as a work environment when the weather permits.

At J Banks we have incorporated many large windows to allow natural light to penetrate almost every area of our building. Not only does the office feel light and bright, but the health benefits of natural light help to keep employees healthier and more energized.

Natural Materials

Using natural and reclaimed materials is also something we’ve incorporated in our office design. Teak desks and reclaimed flooring throughout makes our spaces warm and inviting. 

Courtyard

Our outdoor courtyard not only lends itself to lunches on a sunny day, but also gives us the chance to meet outside with co-workers or clients and enjoy the beautiful Hilton Head sunshine.

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A clever solution to bring the outdoors in for a small office space is to include vertical gardens like these featured in a LEED certified architecture firm in San Francisco. Clean and simple.

Multifunctional Spaces

Multifunctional spaces play a big role in current office design. These types of areas are space and time savers, and, like other modern updates, boost productivity. One of our larger multi-functional areas here at J Banks Design, the Sienna Room, lends itself to several uses such as vendor presentation space, client meeting space, video conferencing and a variety of other functions.

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Retail Seminar Room

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The room uses several small tables that can be combined or separated and arranged into a variety of set ups.  The room can also be completely cleared and used as event space.

Sienna Room Layout

INSTITUE OF DESIGN AT STANFORD

A great solution for smaller offices can also be movable partitions. These partitions, at the Institute of Design at Stanford, CA,  do double duty as room separaters and movable presentation space. What a great space for client or staff meetings.

These are just a few trends that we continue to see incorporated into different types of office spaces.

As designers, we love to challenge ourselves to find new and innovative ways to transform a place of work into a place that fosters inspiration and creativity.

Doris Signature

Commercial Staff Designer

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