Our Projects: St John Bosco College
Office Line was engaged by St John Bosco College for the final step of their latest building project Stage 4C, which was the selection and layouts of furniture for the new administration spaces, common student areas and the innovative learning space. This exciting project was all about creating a collaborative and functional environment that supported all students and staff in their daily activities.
The first step in designing the new spaces was to understand the requirements of both the staff and students. The administration spaces needed to be functional and space efficient with streamlined storage. Additionally, they need to be fun and inviting to stimulate interaction during meetings and to encourage discussions amongst the users of the space.
Employee well-being was one of the most important factors for consideration in this project. The staff room needed to be designed to be a multipurpose space with various seating options and zones for comfort, focus, and collaboration between colleagues.
Finally, the furniture for the student spaces needed to be creative, flexible, and functional. In this project, we prioritised keeping the design cohesive through the different spaces and including colours that promote focus and productivity.
To create a welcoming and professional environment in the administration area, we used the neutral, calming colours of Laminex ‘Calm Oak’ and ‘Polar White’ with accents of greens and blues. The Administration building used glass partitions to create private workspaces while still maintaining a collaborative atmosphere. This allowed natural light to flow through the space and created a sense of transparency and openness. We continued the flow between each office with matching storage and workstations while mixing colours of the Warwick Beachcomber fabric in a complementary palette of Cobalt, Forest, Atlantic, Teal, and Marine.
Our Okidoki Tables were selected for the staffroom in various heights and sizes to create the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Designed and made in Australia, the Okidoki family provides plenty of flexibility in its shapes and finishes, with a sleek rounded design and solid timber legs with contrasting aluminium details. With matching tops in Laminex ‘Milkwood’ that was continued throughout the room, the space felt open and cohesive. Teamed with the soft curving lines and luxurious comfort of the Oval Lounge and its modular configurations, the staff room cast off formalities and became a relaxing space!
In the student spaces, the focus shifted to creativity and flexibility. These areas included general learning classrooms, study nooks, and breakout spaces for students to interact and relax. To create an engaging and inspiring environment, we used bold blues and greens with a mixture of working heights, seating, and soft furnishings.
We included flexible furniture that could be easily moved and rearranged, such as mobile Eduflex Benches and height-adjustable tables. This allows students to adapt the space to their needs and work together in groups or individually. We also incorporated Adjusta Wobble Stools and ottomans to support modern learning methods and individual preferences.
In the breakout spaces, we created comfortable and inviting areas for students to relax and socialise. This included seating areas with extra-large cushions, foam-filled bean bags, individual laptop tables, and a large group I.AM D-End table designed for collaboration in the inbuilt curved seating. To add a touch of fun and playfulness, we incorporated differently shaped ottomans in various colours.
We loved working on this project with St John Bosco College to support their modern pedagogy by creating fun, engaging, and functional learning environments that support collaboration, teamwork, and individual growth for both students and staff.
We understand that turning your vision into reality can be challenging. That's why we offer a free consultation service. Our experienced designer will visit your location to craft a personalised proposal, and there's no obligation beyond exploring the possibilities of how your space can be transformed into something amazing.
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- Karen Rodriguez
What are the benefits of having a good chair?
The right chair can make all the difference in any educational setting or office. It can improve posture, alleviate back pain, and create a comfortable environment conducive to learning and productivity.
A well-designed chair offers numerous benefits for learning and working spaces, including proper posture support, enhanced comfort and concentration, adaptability, durability, and improved aesthetics. It is crucial to prioritize these factors when selecting chairs for students or employees to create an environment that promotes learning and minimizes health risks.
Here are some key factors to consider when choosing the perfect chair:
Investing in the right chair not only enhances learning but also positively impacts the overall well-being of students and employees. Inadequate seating can lead to discomfort, decreased productivity, and even long-term health issues. By selecting chairs that prioritize ergonomics and comfort, you contribute to a more focused and motivated environment in both educational and professional settings.
In addition to functionality, the aesthetic appeal of chairs should not be overlooked. A visually pleasing chair can improve the atmosphere of a classroom or office, creating a more welcoming and inspiring space. The ambience generated by well-designed furniture can have a significant impact on students' and employees' attitudes, motivation levels, and overall satisfaction with their environment.
Choosing the right chair is crucial for fostering a positive and productive atmosphere in educational and commercial settings. By focusing on ergonomic design, adjustability, comfort, durability, and safety features, you can create an environment that supports the well-being and success of students and employees alike.
- Karen Rodriguez
The Power of Playful Spaces in Child Development
Play is often perceived as merely a fun activity for children, but it goes far beyond that. In fact, play is a crucial part of a child's development, offering numerous benefits for their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Designing early learning spaces that promotes a playful and stimulating environment is essential for nurturing this development.
To support children's development, early learning furniture should be designed with their needs, interests, and abilities in mind. Playful furniture should be colorful, inviting, and stimulating, yet also safe and durable enough to withstand daily use. The key principles of designing playful early learning furniture include creating a stimulating environment, encouraging exploration and discovery, and promoting social interaction. Furniture should be designed to inspire children to explore and experiment with the world around them and interact with their peers.
Examples of playful early learning furniture include vibrant tables and chairs, interactive wall panels, and multi-functional elements that encourage children to use their imagination and creativity. In addition to meeting safety standards, early learning furniture should be tested for stability and durability. Moreover, it should be easy to clean and maintain, ensuring that it remains hygienic and safe for children to use.
Benefits of Playful Learning Spaces
By designing learning environments that promote play, exploration, and interaction, we can significantly enhance a child's learning experience, equipping them with the essential skills and abilities needed for a successful and well-rounded future.
Here are some of the main benefits for students:
Cognitive Development: Play offers children the opportunity to learn new concepts, develop reasoning and thinking skills, and explore their curiosity. It helps build problem-solving abilities and encourages them to think creatively. Through play, children can learn about cause and effect, develop spatial awareness, and understand mathematical concepts.
Social Development: Play enables children to interact with others, develop social skills, and learn how to work together in groups. Through play, children can learn about sharing, taking turns, and cooperating with others. It helps to develop empathy, kindness, and understanding, while also teaching them how to express themselves and communicate their ideas and feelings to others.
Emotional Development: Play assists children in understanding and managing their emotions, developing empathy, and building self-esteem. Children can learn how to express themselves and their emotions in a safe and healthy way. Play also helps them develop resilience and coping skills, which are essential for their mental well-being.
Physical Development: Play aids children in developing gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and coordination. It encourages them to be active and move their bodies, which is essential for their physical development. Through play, children can learn about balance, spatial awareness, and coordination.
Designing captivating and educational early learning spaces plays a crucial role in nurturing children's development through play. By creating environments that encourage exploration, discovery, and social interaction, we can foster a love for learning and support the development of essential life skills.
At Office Line, we are dedicated to crafting innovative and engaging early learning furniture that not only supports child development but also inspires curiosity and creativity. Join us in our mission to create enriching learning spaces that empower children and contribute to a brighter and more fulfilling future for the next generation.
- Karen Rodriguez
Our Projects: Pendle Hill High School in Sydney
Pendle Hill High School, a co-educational public institution in Western Sydney, serves over 400 students with a commitment to offering an outstanding, engaging learning environment. The school's recent addition, the H Block, proudly showcases office space for staff, a library, and 14 classrooms, all expertly designed to optimize the learning experience while promoting collaboration, creativity, and adaptability.
Office Line collaborated with the design team at Fulton Trotter Architects to deliver comprehensive educational furniture solutions, meeting the specific requirements of the school and its students. Our furniture selections included ergonomic desks, chairs, bookcases, and storage solutions that not only enhanced the functionality of each space but also contributed to the overall aesthetic appeal.
Some of the standout furniture pieces and spaces within the H Block include:
Shared Study Circles
Our Warwick Beachcomber fabric-upholstered Simba Chairs in Cobalt and Marine colours with a sleek black frame provide a stylish and comfortable seating option, while our tables with white writable tops and colour-matched edges create a surface for writing and sketching ideas.
These study circles are ideal for brainstorming and collaborative work, allowing students to share ideas and work together in a dynamic space.
Workshop and Interview/Practice rooms
For the workshops/interview rooms we provide the I.AM table with writable top. Although another supplier provide the chairs, we would combine them with our Retro Chair 5 Star Swivel with Warwick Dolly Ash Fabrics, keeping that elegant and slay aesthetics.
This inviting space features an array of furniture promoting both individual and group study. Prive 3-Seater Lounges with finishes in Warwick Keylargo fabric upholstery create a semi-private seating area, while Spectator 45° Curved Inner High Back Lounge and Sit or Sway Ottomans offer flexible, comfortable seating options. I.AM Folding Tables, Spectator 45° Curved Bookcases & Benches with writable tops & colour matched edges transform the library into a multifunctional space for learning and collaboration. A dedicated quiet study area equipped with ergonomic chairs and individual study cubicles allows for focused work.
Featuring I.AM Folding Tables in various sizes and finishes, these rooms can easily be reconfigured to accommodate different learning activities. The writable tops and mobile whiteboards enhance the flexibility and adaptability of these seminar rooms.
The result of our collaboration is a stunning and functional new block that has become the pride of Pendle Hill High School. The furniture we provided not only creates a comfortable and functional learning environment but also enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the building.
At Office Line, we take pride in providing our clients with the best possible solutions to meet their needs. We are delighted to have been a part of the Pendle Hill High School project and look forward to continuing to provide innovative and high-quality educational furniture solutions to schools, universities, offices, and councils across Australia.
The Importance of Specialised Furniture for Neurodiverse Kids
What is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity is a term used to describe the natural variation in the human brain. It recognizes that people's brains are wired differently, and that this is not a defect, but rather a normal variation in the human experience. Neurodiversity can include conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and Tourette's syndrome, among others.
Why is Specialised Furniture Important for Neurodiverse Kids?
Neurodiverse kids have different sensory needs and sensitivities than their neurotypical peers. They may be hypersensitive to certain textures or sounds, or they may crave certain types of sensory input. Furniture that is designed with these needs in mind can help them feel more comfortable and supported in their living spaces.
For example, some students may benefit from furniture that provides deep pressure, such as beanbag chairs or weighted blankets. Others may need furniture that is designed to minimize sensory input, such as soundproofing or blackout curtains.
This specialised furniture can also be designed to be more durable and resistant to wear and tear, which is important for kids who may be more active or rough with their furniture. Safety also needs to be especially considered and include features such as rounded edges or non-slip surfaces to protect the students.
The importance of Proprioceptive
Proprioception, our "sixth sense," is the sensory system that helps us understand our body's position and movement in space. It relies on receptors in our muscles, tendons, and joints that send signals to the brain about our body's position, movement, and the amount of force exerted.
In daily life, proprioception enables us to walk, reach for objects, and maintain balance without constantly looking at our limbs. It also helps us adjust the force and coordination of our movements based on the feedback received from the proprioceptive system.
For kids with sensory processing difficulties or neurodiverse conditions, the proprioceptive system may not function optimally, leading to challenges with motor skills, coordination, and body awareness.Incorporating proprioceptive elements in furniture and learning spaces can make a significant difference for the students.
Here are some examples of amazing furniture pieces perfect for developing inclusive learning spaces:
1. Sensory Chairs:Sensory chairs are designed to provide deep pressure and proprioceptive input, which can help regulate the nervous system and improve focus. These chairs often have a wide base for stability and are filled with foam or other materials that provide firm support.
2. Soundproofing Panels:Soundproofing panels can be placed on walls or ceilings to help reduce noise levels in a room. This can be helpful for neurodiverse kids who may be hypersensitive to sound.
3. Wobble Chairs:Wobble chairs are designed to allow for movement while sitting, which can help improve focus and concentration. These chairs often have a rounded base that allows them to tilt and rock without tipping over.
4. Rocking Chairs:Rocking chairs can provide a calming and rhythmic motion that can help regulate the nervous system. They can be used for relaxation or to improve focus and concentration.
5. Tactile Mats:Tactile mats are mats with different textures and materials for kids to explore and touch. They can be used for sensory play and exploration and can help improve tactile awareness and sensitivity.
Tailored furniture for neurodiverse children can significantly impact their day-to-day experiences. By offering furniture designed specifically for their distinct needs, these kids can enjoy greater comfort and support in their living environments.
Let us help you create the perfect space for them!
For more information about neurodiversity and how you can get involved, visit: https://www.neurodiversityweek.com/
Our Projects: Renovation of City of Armadale Workspaces.
The City of Armadale, a local government from Western Australia, needed to renovate several areas to improve the working environment and provide a comfortable and efficient space for their members. After a competitive Tender, Office Line were selected to supply furniture for the renovation of several areas.
For the Boardroom or corporate room, the team was looking for a sleek and elegant aesthetic that highlighted the black, brick look wall spanning the room.
After an extensive search of suppliers, The Office Line team sourced the Invader High Back Executive Chair. This chair was ideal for the project thanks to its polished aluminium base and arms, with leather padded upholstery, which brings a modern and sophisticated look. Its 6 Year Warranty and high-quality leather make it a great selection for corporate applications
The large boardroom table is from the Eona Table Family and it complements the chairs perfectly. Its large size made it easy to accommodate 20+ attendees, and the practical, stylish design adds to the professional look and feel of the boardroom, and minimises obstructions to user’s legs.
The EONA table is a unique piece of furniture that stands out for its use of sustainable materials. The acronym EONA stands for: Everything Old, New Again. This table is made from post-consumer recycled materials, which makes it an eco-friendly option for those who want to reduce their carbon footprint.
The legs and leg support inserts are made from 100% recycled aluminium, which further adds to the sustainability factor of the table. The outer leg supports, rails, and adjustable glides are all made from recycled steel, which is strong and sturdy, and can withstand wear and tear. By choosing EONA, the city of Armadale made a positive impact on the environment while also enjoying a functional and stylish space.
Staff Office Space
The priority for the office space was employee’s wellness. This is why we chose the Eko Mesh Chairs as the main element of the room. Thanks to its breathable mesh back with lumbar support and dual density posture zone seat, this chair is not only comfortable but also takes care of your staff. When choosing this chair, you can opt to include arms, and the base is available as black nylon or polished aluminium. The upholstery is completed by local craftsmen and is available in any fabric, including our striking indigenous fabric patterns. These features allow for optimal comfort and customization to each employee's needs.
Investing in ergonomic chairs for the workplace can have numerous benefits for all users. These chairs are designed to provide proper support to the body and improve posture, leading to less fatigue and a lower risk of workplace injuries. When staff can sit comfortably for extended periods of time, they are able to maintain focus and remain productive throughout the workday. The reduction in physical discomfort and strain can also lead to fewer sick days and a more positive work environment overall. By prioritizing the health and comfort of employees with ergonomic chairs, employers can create a more efficient and successful workplace.
The Meeting Rooms were designed to foster collaboration, which is an essential aspect of the City of Armadale's daily work. The renovation project included several meeting rooms distributed throughout the whole workspace area. To create a modern and stylish area, the Monaco Chair with a sled base was chosen in a custom fabric, paired with the Horizon Pedestal Table with a white round top. This colour combination not only kept to the aesthetic of the project but also created an inviting and light atmosphere, maintaining a clean, neat aesthetic.
The City of Armadale's renovation project transformed their workspaces into comfortable and efficient areas that prioritize employee wellness and sustainability. The renovation project provided a functional and stylish space for their members, with the added benefit of eco-friendliness and sustainability. The project was a success, and the City of Armadale now has a modern and welcoming workspace for their stakeholders to enjoy for many years.
- Karen Rodriguez