Project Watch: Multicoloured Modular Seating at LSI, Portsmouth

We’ve just successfully helped Language Specialists International (LSI) in Portsmouth transform their previously tired common room into a radiant, lively hub of study and socialising with a bright assortment of modular seating and cubes.

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As ever with our modular seating projects, we got creative and came up with a number of prospective layouts comprising of different arrangements and colour schemes for LSI to choose from.

In the end, the language school opted for a 72-seat layout encompassing arc configurations, corner set-ups and centrebenches (pictured left) in a blend of bright and beautiful colours.

“Great service from start to finish from Paul and all the team at Cube Company. We’re so happy with the results and the students love the new look! Big thanks to all!!” – Hannah Youell – Marketing, Student Services and Assistant to the Principal

To view our entire Concept2 Modular Seating range, click here »

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The Psychology of Colours…in Education

While there is no single best colour for clasrooms or common rooms in schools, some are definitely better than others. The right shade can transform a busy, loud environment into a tranquil place of focus and deep thought. So, we thought we’d apply the psychology of colour to decor and furniture in schools in a simple quick-fire list format in order to help you create your desired atmospheres.

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Even though you may not have control over what colours the walls or ceilings are painted in your school, you may be able to add desired colours to rooms with furniture like tables, bookcases, shelves and, our speciality, seating.

It’s good to distinguish different parts of a room which are to be used for different activities, and furnishings can do exactly that to great effect. Bright and bold colours encourage activity, whilst pale and pastel colours often have the effect of calming.

Now we’ll take you through a colour-by-colour guide explaining the supposed effects each colour has on students and where each should or should not be used.

Colours, Their Effects and Appropriate Places:

Red – Bright and bold which evokes strong emotions. Shown to increase the heart rate. Considered the colour of passion, intensity and excitement. Tends to be too loud and distracting for class rooms. Useful for changing rooms and corridors to stop loitering and boost the flow of students.

Blue – Induces feelings of calmness and serenity. Has been shown to lower the pulse rate and body temperature. Studies argue Blue boosts productivity in schools and workplaces. Supposedly the least appetising colour, so should be kept out of canteens.

Green – Symbolises nature and the natural world. Represents tranquility, prosperity, and health. Some studies even found that green can improve reading ability. Green is thought to have calming qualities and relieve stress. Pale or light green is ideal for libraries and quiet reading areas.

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Orange – Brings about excitement and enthusiasm. Is said to stimulate creativity and innovation. Also stimulates appetite and is strongly recommended for canteens and dining areas.

Yellow – Strangely yellow has more negative connotations than positive (i.e. brings out frustration and anger), but is also said to speed up metabolism and is therefore recommended for canteens and dining areas.


Colours to Avoid:

White – Can be stark and overly institutional. White also reflects the most light, therefore places more strain on the eyes than any other colour.

Brown & Black – These two colours have been shown to induce feelings of fear and anxiety in young people, so it is especially wise to keep these colours to a minimum in Primary/ Lower schools. Of course, little pieces of furniture are fine, but big walls or a room full of black seating should be avoided.


Highly-regarded Pastel Colours:

Peach – Similar to Orange in many ways, but deemed much softer and warmer. Often advised for classrooms.

Taupe – Like peach, considered very relaxing. Ideal for classrooms.

Pale Blue – Has calming and soothing qualities. Many schools use pale pastel blues for special classes or rooms which will look after students with emotional or behavioral problems.

Just remember, it’s good to distinguish between different areas of rooms for different activities. Common rooms can benefit from being predominately green in quiet areas whilst featuring lots of red and orange in social zones. In classrooms  it’s a good idea to have warm pastel colours on three walls and then an appropriate bright-coloured main wall (e.g. where the whiteboard is) to stimulate students.

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Project Watch: School Seating at Harvey Grammar, Folkestone

Cube Company provided The Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone with a large 70+ seat layout of its innovative Concept2 Modular Seating range for the Sixth Form common room.

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Firstly, we designed a number of layout plans for the school to choose from. Then, when one was decided on, we began manufacturing a range of different shaped configurable seats in red, black and grey faux leather to match the school’s colours.

Finally, we delivered all the seating and tables exactly 4 weeks from the order date and stood back to watch teachers and student alike brimming with excitement over their fancy new common room.

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Cube Company’s End-of-Season Premier League Awards

With the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season now over, we thought we’d ask Marketing Matt (our resident football anorak) to dish out the Cube Company End-of-season Premier League Awards to whoever he found deserving of them.

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Player of the Season – Luis Suarez
“Suarez scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances and was a talismanic figure in the Liverpool side all season – until he went and got himself suspended for biting Chelsea’s Branoslav Ivanovic that is. But it’s not just Suarez’s stats that earn him my POTS award, he has comfortably been the most exciting player to watch over the course of the season (Bale didn’t start that well)”.


Manager of the Season – Steve Clark
“Steve Clark. Not the Scot you were expecting? Clark gets my vote because his West Bromich Albion side overachieved massively to finish in 8th, and let’s not forget, they were battling it out for the top 4 in the opening months of the season. After Roy Hodgson, many expected WBA to regress, but Clark has taken them  to the next level with a top-half finish and deserves so much praise”.


Young Player of the Season – Romelu Lukaku
“Gareth Bale is 23 and, for me, that’s not all that young these days with players breaking through at 16 and 17, so Romelu Lukaku of gets my award here. The 20-year-old Belgian had an incredible season on-loan at West Brom from Chelsea scoring 17 Premier League goals despite starting as a substitute in almost as many games as he started.”

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Best Signing – Robin Van Persie (Arsenal to Manchester United, £24M)

“This is an obvious one that needs little explanation. Van Persie scored 30 goals for Arsenal last season, joined Manchester United for £24 million in the summer, scored 26 goals this season and won United the title. Simple.”

Worst Signing – Scott Sinclair (Swansea City to Manchester City, £6M)
“Bizzare. Just bizarre from both perspectives – the club and the player. You can either praise Sinclair’s ambition, or blast that he should have known better. The winger started just 2 Premier League games for City and more often than not failed to even make the 18-man matchday squad.”


Bargain of the Season –
Michu (Rayo Vallecano to Swansea City, £2M)
“Another easy one, and one that we’ve heard about non-stop all season: Michu. He scored 14 goals in La Liga for Rayo Vallecano last season, Swansea some how picked him up for just £2M and he scored 18 Premier League goals for them.”


Most Improved Player – Romelu Lukaku
“Last year in his first season at Chelsea, Lukaku only played a handful of games, scored no goals and looked as if he wouldn’t be living up to the tag of ‘the next Drogba’, but this season at West Brom the youngster has come alive and shown himself to be one of the brightest emerging talents in the division.”


Most Underrated Player – Julio Cesar
“Controversial one, this, but I’m going to say Julio Cesar at QPR. It was thought he was past his best and only in London for the money, but in a team that struggled so badly he was in tremendous form for most of the season. He never drew much praise because of QPR’s precarious position and poor defensive record, so he’s the perfect recipient of this award”


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Biggest One-man Team – Aston Villa (Christian Benteke)
“Some people say Tottenham with Gareth Bale, others say United with Robin Van Persie, but I have no doubts that Aston Villa were the biggest one-man team in the Premier League this season. Beneteke scored 40% of Aston Villa’s goals this season.  Forty percent! Compare that with Bale (32% of Spurs’ goals) and Robin Van Persie (30% of United’s goals) and you’ll give up trying to argue against this one.”

Goal of the Season – Loic Remy (QPR v Wigan)
“It’s all about personal preference here. First of all, special mentions to Van Persie v Aston Villa and Bale v West Ham, but Remy’s beautiful side-foot which flies into the far top corner from outside the box against Wigan after that swift QPR break-away was just too good for me. And what about those white birds? It’s as if they’re doves symbolising a great moment is about to happen.”


Assist of the Season – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United v Aston Villa)
“THAT Van Persie goal doesn’t happen without THIS Wayne Rooney pass. It was a sumptuous lofted 50-yard pass over the top of the Villa defence right into the stride of Robin Van Persie and it is easily my assist of the season.”


So, there you have it, the Cube Company End-of-season 2013/13 Premier League Awards as chosen by Matt from Marketing.

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Could Your Current Table and Chairs Layout Be Turning Customers Off?

What’s more annoying at a restaurant: bumping elbows with someone at the next table, not being able to get out of your seat through fear of clattering into the person sat behind you, or not being able to have a private conversation with a partner because you’re practically sharing a table with couples either side of you?

Moo Grill in London gets it right with its tables and chairs.

Most restaurant owners underestimate the impact table configurations have on a guest’s dining experience. Guest’s not only want great food and drink, they want a nice atmosphere, a clean and well-decorated establishment, somewhere they can feel comfortable and somewhere they can have a little bit of privacy. The way your tables are laid out strongly influences a few of those factors, not least the last two.

Grid layouts (tables in rows and columns) are fine for large, formal restaurants, but it seems as though every small to medium-sized restaurant uses that layout now purely to fit in with the conventions of restaurant interior design. This often results in tables being far too close so that you can fully hear the conversation on the table next to you creating an awkward dynamic, or, even worse, bang into the poor person behind you as you get up to go to the toilet.

Restaurant owners need to get more creative with their limited space and, in some cases, even sacrifice some tables to benefit the dining experience of guests. Think about some of the restaurants you’ve been to, have you ever knocked elbows with the person next to you or needed to have a private conversation with your guest, but felt inhibited because you had people so close either side of your table? These are things that affect customer loyalty and put people off coming back to your restaurant, so you need to get things right here.

The simplest tip is to not over-crowd your restaurant. Our best tip, however, is to lay your tables out diagonally! It sounds odd, but turn your tables 45° and stagger the columns so that no table is directly behind the other and you have a great layout with ample room in between tables and a creative seating plan that many of your guests will not have encountered before. In some rooms, you can actually fit MORE tables than if you had straight rows and columns.

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Getting your layout right is about knowing your restaurant and, more importantly, knowing your customers. Fast-food outlets need not worry about slightly over-crowding their restaurants as the turnover of customers per hour is much greater than that of an up-market Italian restaurant, and fast-food guests care less about comfort and intimacy.

So, think about the typical profile of your customers and put yourself in their shoes. Think about what they want, what they like and what they might dislike about your restaurant.

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