Seven Plants to Improve Your Office Environment

Seven Plants to Improve Your Office Environment

Indoor air can actually be as much as 12 times more polluted than outside air in some areas due to compounds in paints, furnishing, clothing and building materials. But plants can remove up to 80-90% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including substances such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene which can be found in things like paint and varnish, clothing, furniture, and print equipment.

Studies have also shown that people’s productivity increases when they’re working in rooms containing plants, so they’re definitely worth having in the office – for more than simple decorative reasons.

The office experts behind LondonOffices.com have compiled a list of the most beneficial plants to keep and care for in workplace environments. These are plants that are able to filter and purify the air, as well as grow indoors with limited light sources and little-to-no intervention.

1. Devil’s Ivy

This easy-to-care for plant with heart-shaped, white-splotched leaves adapts well to a variety of office conditions – from those with low light levels to brighter ones. It can be trained around a pole or cane but looks great in big pots on a desk, shelf, table or the floor.

2. Peace Lily

The peace lily is ideal for an office space that lacks big windows as it can grow in the lowest lighting. This is a large, space-filling plant that can clean the air. Image credit: ProFlowers

3. Gerber Daisy

This flowering plant – which is also known as Gerbera – is one which can filter toxins such as benzene, a substance that can be emitted by some printing systems.

4. Warneck Dracaena

Also known as Dracaena reflexa, this shrub can grow super tall which means it’s perfect for offices with high ceilings and can be great to use as a natural separation barrier for different areas of a room. It also combats pollutants commonly found in varnishes and oils, so if your office space has hardwood floors, this plant would be ideal.

5. Weeping fig

With long arching branches and large, pointed leaves, the weeping fig is an attractive indoor plant that can filter pollutants from carpets and furniture, such as formaldehyde and benzene. This is one of the most popular small indoor trees that grow quite slowly and requires little attention, however, they don’t like being moved and will drop leaves to produce new ones if there is a change in the lighting, temperature, and humidity.

6. Fittonia

Fittonia – which is sometimes referred to as the nerve plant or mosaic plant – can work well in offices because it actually thrives on fluorescent light. Without water for a few days, this plant is known to ‘faint’, but it’s easily revived with a quick watering.

7. Aloe Vera

Not only does the aloe plant purify the air, it can also serve as a first aid kit for any scrapes and burns. The variegated leaves that grow out of its centre are full of soothing aloe gel.

You can promote the idea of a more cleaner office environment by including plants on your photorealistic renderings. Our Visualizations team count with a vast library of plants for you to chose.

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This article was originally published on YourCoffeeBreak.co.uk.

4 Tips to Get Started With Virtual Reality

4 Tips to Get Started With Virtual Reality

The use of virtual reality (VR) is becoming increasingly common in the commercial design industry.

They can show a proposed space fully furnished and redesigned, let their customers see exactly what they will be using. Along with its cousins, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), virtual reality allows designers to push the boundaries of visualization, giving colleagues and clients new ways to experience and understand a building or space long before it is actually built. With VR, they can transmit not just what a building will look like, but also what it will feel like.

With the dizzying rate of technology advancement and growing options, here are four considerations if your company is thinking of entering this brave new virtual world.

1) VR is a rapidly changing industry.

Virtual reality has been around in some form for decades (with the first head-mounted systems debuting in 1968), but the technology has not been elastic or advanced enough to have a widespread application until now. With advances in mobile technology, which placed high-resolution imagery into everyone’s hands, VR has experienced an explosion in the past two years.

Widely available head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, and Google Cardboard have brought VR into the mainstream and made it more affordable (although costs generally still run from hundreds to thousands). Facebook’s purchase of Oculus for $2 billion in 2014 also offered the industry a highly visible boost.

Jeff Mottle, president and CEO of CGarchitect Digital Media Corp. and publisher of CGarchitect said that “...one of the challenges to start is that everything is changing so quickly, not everyone has the time or resources to try every one of these HMDs”.

“I’d really like to see these VR companies realize that there’s a market beyond gaming and the consumer market. I would like them to see that there are some huge opportunities and synergies with the design world". Mottle says.

2) VR, AR, and MR are similar but have different capabilities.

VR is the immersive, full-headset experience that most people associate with this technology. With virtual reality, you’re immersing yourself in a virtual environment and closing yourself off completely from the outside world.

With augmented reality, data and/or instructional information are animated over the real-world view, often through smaller devices such as a mobile phone or tablet. Pokémon Go is a popular consumer example of an augmented-reality app; a professional use case would be an engineer remotely teaching a mechanic how to repair something.

Then there’s MR: Mixing together aspects of VR and AR, MR takes virtual objects and overlays them onto the real world. Two people (say, an architect and a structural engineer based in another country) can be networked into a virtual world where they can interact together with a virtual building on a real site.

3) Designers and architects can use VR at various stages in the design process.

One benefit of VR is that it can be rendered at different Levels of Detail, so in the early design phase, we could have an immersive experience in a non-photorealistic room, just to get a sense of spatial relationships and massing. Or the experience could be hyperreal, so that a VR video could have soft sunlight filtering down through a clerestory window, with the sound of birds chirping outside (for client presentations).

Increasingly, architects are integrating VR hardware such as HTC Vive and Oculus with BIM software. “This will allow architects and clients alike to truly understand the spatial qualities of the project,” says Kim Baumann Larsen, an architect and the VR advisor for The Future Group. “This spatial understanding should make clients more confident in the design and reduce time spent in meetings and the use of lateral design revisions.”

Mobile VR architecture solutions using cardboard headsets and a smartphone are another increasingly popular solution. Stereo 360 panoramic images can be rendered directly from the BIM software such as Autodesk, Revit or using a visualization tool like 3ds Max with V-Ray, and publish the images to the web using third-party services like Yulio, VRto.me or IrisVR Scope.

4) VR has some catching up to do with the architecture industry.

VR requires a fair amount of expertise, and it’s challenging for architects and designers to find work time to experiment with the technology. “For the most part, VR relies on gaming engines to develop these immersive experiences,” Mottle says. “That has a whole different workflow and paradigm than architecture.”

He hopes that manufacturers will see the potential for developing VR solutions specifically geared toward architecture. Already, some firms are translating BIM data into VR with platforms such as Autodesk LIVE and Stingray, which maintains important building data that other gaming systems don’t capture. For now, though, gaming systems tend to focus on creating idealized end-user VR experiences rather than applications for iterative building-project design and construction.  The more the design and architecture get involved with VR, the more they can shape the future marketplace. 

But Larsen says architects shouldn’t wait to dig in: “Get a PC-based VR system like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift for exploring design from BIM tools and play with mobile VR using cardboard and Gear VR and Google’s View to distribute your designs in VR to clients and collaborators alike. The most important thing is to start experimenting.”

Source: Redshift by Autodesk

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Special Giveaway – Neocon 2018 Edition

Special Giveaway – Neocon 2018 Edition

The day has finally come to announce our awesome giveaway. 50 years is such a significant milestone for anything in life, and for the most important event for the commercial and design industry, there is no exception. At KiSP we create, develop and provide client-facing solutions to all key players in the office furniture industry among others. We’re a company that is always thinking and always creating. We research, we develop and we push the envelope to be the first – the first to deliver what's next.

NeoCon will feature game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design.

We are joining in the excitement of this year’s celebration with the opportunity for attendees to win a special gift. You could take home a pair of Homido glasses, a free VR Mock-up space featuring your rockstar product at Neocon or a mock-up space inspired in your Showroom/display.

How to enter:

  1. FOLLOW @KiSPInc at Instagram
  2. TAKE  a photo of your newest / featured product or your Showroom/Display at NeoCon and SHARE it using #KiSPVRme
  3. TAG two friends so they can enter too.
  4. EXTRA POINTS if you share photos of what products or showrooms inspires you the most at NeoCon with the #bepartofwhatsnext

You can increase your chances of winning by liking (1 extra entry) and sharing (3 extra entry) on Facebook (optional).

**Ten (10) winners will be picked.

 

RULES:

  • You must follow KiSP Inc Instagram account to qualify.
  • All entries must be submitted by June 20, at 6 pm EST.
  • You must share each image post with the indicated hashtags.
  • We ask that PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the giveaway in order to be entered.
  • The winners will be announced on June 22, we appreciate your patience while we verify all the entries.

Good luck!

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc.

By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.

Emerging industries for 2018

Emerging industries for 2018

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has always been one of the end goals for the gaming industry—another high-growth industry for 2018. In 2018, VR becomes more “reality” than “virtual,” with many new startups entering the game.

Other industries that are using Virtual Reality as a hands-down best tool for sales are the Office Furniture and Real Estate. Companies like Steelcase, are taking advantage of these new technologies and experimenting with new ways to use virtual reality.

KiSP is one of the first companies in the furniture industry to introduce Virtual Reality (VR) in their portfolio of services. We've received an overwhelming amount of positive responses from our customers who are closing sales faster and winning more bids with virtual reality.

 

Why should keep it on the radar?

VR gaming platforms like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now becoming more mainstream, raising the demand for developers of VR games. With these devices in place, VR has expanded into the cultural consciousness, and Steven Spielberg’s new movie Ready Player One — in which VR features heavily — could be the tipping point the industry was waiting for.

Virtual reality has grown into a billion-dollar industry that has disrupted not only the gaming and entertainment industries, it's opening up new educational opportunities in fields such as military, space, flight, archeology, medical, engineering, architecture and the fine arts.

 

If you have any questions about how to get started or would like a VR project sent directly to your phone, you can contact our team at renderings@kisptech.com.

 

 

Criptocurrency

This isn’t the first article you’ve seen mentioning cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has been all over the news lately, attracting a lot of attention to the cryptocurrency industry in general.

 

Why should keep it on the radar?

Even though it's popularity this year, Bitcoin’s been around for years. What makes its so popular it is that a few months ago, August 1, 2017, Bitcoin forked to create Bitcoin Cash, allowing the original Bitcoin holders to “cash in.” This coincided with a change in its BIP 148, which in theory improves its reliability.

The immediate rise of cryptocurrencies is part of a general increase of interest in alternative banking options. The pull away from traditional banking is fuel by both technological advancements and the preferences of Millennials, who, according to a FICO report, “are more likely to consider non-traditional payment companies” because “they see value in the convenience, mobile support and ease of use.”

 

Traveling

The travel industry is evolving day after day, so all-inclusive and boutique hotels are old-fashioned.

 

Why should keep it on the radar?

Because of the wild success of Airbnb, or advancements in air travel making it more affordable. Also, the recent popularity of travel bloggers and Instagram-ers helps; these lifestyle influencers make their living through alternative travel recommendations.

Whatever the reason, 2018 will no doubt continue the rise in hotel alternatives. Design elements focus more on travel experiences than traveling itself, and even Airbnb now features experience recommendations on its homepage.

 

Source: 99designs

               Forbes

 

Why can 3D animations can be your best asset?

Why can 3D animations can be your best asset?

If we told you that 3D animations could save money, time, and add serious curb appeal, would you consider it?

3D animations not only provide customer satisfaction, they also allow for more operational efficiency since the buyers can learn about furniture functionality and gauge as many details as possible.  3D animations are becoming a mandatory asset to compete in today’s office furniture market.

Must of the strongest competitors in the office furniture industry use 3D animation tools to tour their clients on site and give them a rich and immersive experience.

Not convinced yet? The reasons below will help you to reach a decision.

Avoid architectural mistakes.

With only a few specs details or site images, our visualizations team can create the space from scratch before the building or reformation process begins.

If there are any errors in the building plan or any miscalculation, with 3D animations you can catch them and fix them. So, you will be less worry about building plans and focusing on getting the interior design right.

Show more.

On your sales meeting, your client is expecting you to have a series of standard images accompanying your speech of furniture functionality. Surprise them with a reconfiguration animation of the models they're interested. Save speech time by including text on the animation and show important information on certain pieces.

Your sales presentation will have a different approach leaving your client getting to know more about your product.

Repurpose.

Never let an awesome animation go to waste, this type of assets make fantastic marketing material after the order is placed. As a competitive company, you’re aware of the importance to keep your portfolio updated with new media.  Animations complement high-resolution images and you can incorporate them into any marketing strategy.

From simple rotations to elaborate fly-throughs, our animations services can get your buyers excited about what’s possible. 

Feel free to fill out our Contact Form and a member of our team will reach out to you right away.

 

The Color of the Year 2018 is here! PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet

The Color of the Year 2018 is here! PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet

On December 7, 2017, Pantone announced the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018, PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

Ultra Violet in Home and Office Décor

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely, its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, a piece of art or accent wall. As a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness.

“As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence".

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

To pay tribute to this rich and bold color that will conduct our senses on 2018, Matias S. from our Design team used the iconic Herman Miller Eames Chair to set a very powerful statement.

 

Questions? Get in contact

Wait no more to use the PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet on your office design this year, we can help you. 

Contact us today and get a free quote.

Looking for inspiration?

Browse through our gallery and choose the design that suits best to what you are looking for, we will do the rest.

The Secret that helped SideMark close a great sale

The Secret that helped SideMark close a great sale

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, SideMark is a contract furniture dealer focused on creating and delivering superior workspace solutions. Their team is dedicated to helping companies leverage their spaces with a customized solution that bridges architecture, furniture, and people to integrate a space that reflects company culture and an expression of their brand. Recently, Shannon Hegerfeld, Senior Project Designer was looking for great imagery and animation that complimented the package BID for an important presentation. Our KiSP Visualizations team assisted Shannon on this project and they were successfully awarded.

 

CHALLENGE

In today’s market, photo-realistic renderings become a ‘must’ when embarking on a new bid proposal, especially if the product has not been built and it can’t be photographed. By providing photo-realistic renderings, you will help to speed up more effectively the client’s decision by giving them the ability to visualize future workspaces.

 

SOLUTIONS

Reflecting on her experience, Shannon comments "the KiSP Visualizations team provided us with imagery that showcases our products in the highest quality, paying special attention to the details with a fast response.  With a very strict turnaround time, KiSP was able to deliver excellent images allowing us to deliver more professional looking business development packages."

 

 
   "We choose to use KISP to generate photorealistic images of our spaces or with the quality in which our clients require it."

Shannon Hegerfeld - Senior Project Designer

KiSP Client for 10+ Years

KiSP images made us stand out from our competitors. We won an important BID from a Bay Area Real Estate & Development Company thanks to the quality of their work.

 

BENEFITS

  • Fast lead time
  • Easy to work with
  • High-quality photo-realistic images

SUMMARY

Shannon has put her trust in KiSP for over 10 years, and reflecting on her experience, Shannon comments "KiSP has given our sales team a powerful tool to bring to reality almost any workspace we give them. They are also able to enhance the render with the right props and accessory. On the operational side, they know our products and know exactly what we want."

 

Our client was really impressed with the animation (and renderings too!). The team really helped us to win this job -- Thank you again for your help.

 

 

It's all in the Details

Photo-realistic images give your customers the ability to visualize their new workspace with high levels of detail and accuracy.

Workstations, clusters meeting rooms and entire offices - you can change finishes, backgrounds, and foregrounds to suit. 2D Renderings are easily revised to show your customers all the options that are possible, in full, high-definition photorealism.

Questions? Get in contact.

We can help you to make your furniture stand out and grab all the attention. Contact us today and fill out our Form for a free quote!

Gallery

Take a look at our Gallery and get inspired.

Render of the Month: July 2017 #ROM

Render of the Month: July 2017 #ROM
Render of the Month - July 2017 KiSP

Renders on white background has the power to highlight the furniture at its greatest.

They allow emphasizing the exact finish of the laminates and fabrics. The least of the detail is shown because there is nothing more that takes away protagonism to what our requester want to show.

Jorge Cagua, the designer in charge of this project, captured the requirements of his client, who by the time to receive the final version, summed in a single word what this render means, "perfection".

We can help you to make your furniture stand out and grab all the attention. Contact us here for more information or fill out our Form for a free quote!

Exciting New Updates to Cloud9 Service

Exciting New Updates to Cloud9 Service
Cloud9 KiSP Service

We are excited to announce that new features and enhancements have been added to our Cloud9 service. With the helpful feedback we’ve received from our users, the Cloud9 team has worked towards improving your experience with viewing and accessing your visualization resources.

Log in to your account today and try out these new features:  

Fresh Look for Logging-in. We’ve transformed the look and feel of our Cloud9 homepage. Easier navigation to other KiSP products and services while providing a more user focused login.

Customize Your ‘Default View’. Locate important resources faster with a customized default view. This can be either by project name, project number, or date. Connect with our team and let us know which view works best for you and your team, and we’ll set it by default.

Visual look for New Projects. Once a new project is uploaded and/or changes have been made to a folder, a NEW or UPDATED banner will show across the corner of the folder.

Default View feature - KiSP Cloud9 Service 

Explore by Page Number. We’ve organized your resources into easily accessible pages giving you the ability to quickly scroll through the Cloud. You can find quick navigation numbers at the bottom of your page.

Pagination feature - KiSP Cloud9 Service

Existing features ready for you to use:

Quick Search – Using the Cloud9 search box, you can find specific projects by name or number for fast results. Narrow down on the perfect renderings and animations to showcase your design expertize in front of any client. 

Sharing – You can share any of your projects on Cloud9 by right-clicking on the asset and selecting Share. This will create a generic email through Outlook with a direct link to your project. Cloud9 will also generate a shareable URL you can copy and share for quick access.

Saving – You can save any project on Cloud9 by right-clicking and selecting Save. Download assets to your computer and have them available offline so you can present to clients without the stress of internet interruptions.

Favorites – You can add any project folder or assets to Favorites for easy retrieval later. You can click on the star icon at the bottom of any folder and it will be added to the Favorites section. You can also click on the Start icon at the bottom of any asset and add it to custom Favorite folders which you can then access from the Favorites section. You can then Share that folder with clients as well.

We’re excited for you to explore our latest Cloud9 features.

New to Cloud9? Contact us at 416-499-2457 Ext 2741 or fill out the form HERE to get started.

Countdown to NeoCon 2017

Countdown to NeoCon 2017

Countdown to Neocon 2017

(Chicago, IL- June 2017) It’s NeoCon time, yes! We are very excited to be attending to meet and catch up with most of our beloved client’s. Also, getting to know what is new in our industry and meet most of the key players. This is the place to be right now, is it?
Virtual reality will be one of the most used tools during the event this year. The immersion experience offered by virtual reality will give attendees a real taste and feel of this new concepts and spaces.

Our Visualization team worked hard over the last few weeks to help clients who trusted our team to develop their ideas for presentations here at Neocon.

Sergio Zilberman among other team members of KiSP Inc. will be attending so in case you run into them, greet them 🙂

Here’s a recap of everything you’re going to see this year:

  • An insider, first look at the exciting prototypes, innovations, and new products that will make an impact in the world of commercial interiors and beyond.
  • Powerful keynote presentations, which will be held in the new NeoCon Theater (Motorola, 19th floor) each day of the show.
  • 100 + accredited seminars lead by top thought leaders.
  • Invaluable, in-person networking events.

Plus, this year they welcome six new permanent additions to the event: Boss Design, ROTTET Collection, via seating, Carvart and DatesWeiser. In addition to new showrooms with plenty of first-time exhibitors to see in the 7th Floor Exhibition Hall.

There is no doubt that Neocon 2017 will give much to talk about for the rest of the year.

When: Monday, June 12 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday, June 13 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday, June 14| 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: The Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

Don’t miss any details of our adventures in Neocon this year, follow KiSP Inc. on the following social media channels: Facebook (@kispinc) and Twitter (@KiSPinc)