Project Watch: All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

Desperate to rid themselves of their tatty old furniture, All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield called and asked us to design them a completely new Sixth Form Centre.

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We surveyed the room before designing the layout and found out that not only would it be a place to relax, but also somewhere to host assemblies. Therefore, we decided that the majority of the furniture should face the screen on the back wall of the room.

The seating configurations were designed carefully so that students could both sit inwards to form groups around tables for study, chat and playing games but also be able to turn around to face the screen for presentations and assemblies with ease.

The teachers were all thrilled with the seating and couldn’t believe what a transformation the room had undergone, and are now even pushing for a revamp of their staffroom.

Project Watch: Pretty in Pink – Modular Seating @ Blessed Hugh Faringdon School, Reading

The Sixth Form students at Blessed Hugh Faringdon School in Reading will have had a surprise this week when they turned up for the new academic year. We’ve given their hangout room a bit of a makeover with our Concept2 Modular Seating.

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Amongst a seemingly infinite choice of colours, the teachers at Blessed Hugh Faringdon opted for Magenta and Purple pairings along with Blue and Teal to create a really bright and fun-feeling room for the students to enjoy.

With a combination of larger modular sofas running along the perimeters of the room and smaller cubes, drums and benches in the middle, we’re sure the Sixth Formers will love being able to arrange their own seating layouts for different tasks whether it be study, chat or playing games.

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You can see our full range of Modular Seating here

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Office Interior Design: 5 Brilliant Ways to Give Your Office a Makeover

Is your office in desperate need of a bit of interior design? Is it worn and tired? Perhaps it’s just overly minimalistic and boring? Use these 5 simple ideas to reinvigorate your office and, with that, your workforce.

1) Give the walls a lick of paint

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Most offices tend to have bland, neutral coloured walls like whites, magnolias and greys which can make the workplace feel dull, lifeless and boring. Jazz up your walls with some vivid colour to inject some life into the place and even boost creativity and productivity. Blues are said to increase productivity whilst yellows and oranges are supposed to work wonders for creativity.

2) Recover dull, worn office chairs

Add even more accents of colour to your office with reupholstered seat pads on all your office chairs. Either choose your company colours or go for a random eclectic mix of vivid tones to create a fresh and quirky look.

3) Create a cool breakout room with innovative modular seating

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Give your staff somewhere to go to either relax or get creative for tasks and projects. Breakout rooms are appearing in more and more offices and modular seating is the key ingredient. Modular seating can be configured into almost any layout – some even venture to say that it is only restricted by your imagination. Anyway, it’s flexibility makes it great for team tasks and it is essential for forward-thinking companies and modern offices. We specialise in modular seating, so feel free to visit our official website.

4) Throw in a pool table, football table or ping-pong table

Let your staff have some fun when they’re away from their desks. Putting in a games table will boost office-wide morale and allow colleagues to form bonds on their breaks – this can only be good for a company. Obviously, if your office is a call center then it is best not to put a ping-pong table in the middle of the workfloor, but there’s usually always a bit of space going spare somewhere else.

5) Put up some wall art

As well as painting the walls, you can put up some canvasses and pictures to bring your office to life that little bit more. Whether it be dramatic landscapes, great sporting moments or inspirational quotes and adages, use your walls to positively affect your workforce.

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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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