Suggestions on How to Match Chairs with Office Desks & Tables

1) Task chairs

When designing a desk area in an office, one big factor when matching a chair with a desk is its colour. We recommend that the colours be complimentary in order to avoid the whole area looking disorganised and mismatched.

As seen in the project photos below, all of the dark task chairs have been paired with either a white desk or a light coloured one. The dark and the light shade perfectly look good together.

Photo Courtesy of Intermain, Steve Scalone and Sheldon


2) Boardroom chairs

Aside from the colour, the size is also an important factor that we strongly look at when matching chairs with tables. In the examples below, you will see small and large meeting areas with different chair options.

Larger boardroom areas would normally have larger and more comfortable chairs for longer seating periods.

Photo Courtesy of Sheldon, Corporate Living and Steve Scalone

For smaller meeting rooms, the Italian collection chairs are normally used as it is more compact for shorter meeting times.

Photo Courtesy of Icon Interiors and Intermain


3) Breakout chairs

Apart from colour and size, another thing that we consider as crucial when matching chairs with desks and tables would be the material.

A good example of this would be the selection of a chair’s material to ensure that it won’t damage the floor. For instance, if the flooring is made of wood, carpet, concrete, vinyl etc.

 Photo Courtesy of Icon Interiors and Axiom Workplaces

A case in point would be our custom ottomans which the material of the fabric was handpicked by our clients to make sure it went well with their overall design.

Photo Courtesy of Contour Interiors and Vantage Fitouts

 

For enquiries, reach out to [email protected] or give us a call at 03 9020 7299.

Unique Fitout Ideas for Big & Small Offices

Over the last decade of providing chairs to various fitout companies and interior designers, we have learned a lot about the different designs and styles in the fitout industry.

From small spaces such as reception areas and meeting rooms, to big spaces such as training rooms and full commercial office spaces, we’ve uncovered ideas and tips that may help you with your next commercial office fitout project.

Check out this list to help spark some inspiration for your next commercial/ office fitout design.


Idea #1: Begin with plotting office essentials

One of the first things that designers work on is the client’s office inclusions. In other words, what are the essential office “must-haves”? These essential items could be different for every office, so it is ideal to engage with the team during this part of the process.

From observation, we’ve noticed the following office essentials from our clients’ projects:

Marcus Oldham College required stackable chairs so that students can easily move them around.

In photo: upholstered Laugh chairs, fitout by 3iD Architecture

Similar to this, Jason Real Estate needed a lightweight and stackable chair as well for their small meeting rooms so that associates can easily interact with each other.

In photo: woodgrain Laugh chairs, fitout by Icon Interiors

 

Idea #2: Utilising natural light

We’ve heard this over and over, and this could probably be one of the most basic design ideas, but we still think that utilising natural light where possible is worth mentioning. By doing so, you get to create a clear, bright, and neat workplace and at the same time save on extra lighting and electricity. You get to save on space too since we get to avoid free standing lights.

A good example of this would be Central Steel Build’s office which was fitted out by Inscape Interiors. Both the reception area and training room area just looks bright and lights up the mood right away, creating an encouraging and productive atmosphere.

In photo: custom ottomans and custom Italian collection         

 In photo: PP Laugh chairs with seat pad



Idea #3: Incorporate brand colours

An office is a company’s structural representation safe haven. It’s where breakthrough ideas are made! What better way to inspire brand love than by incorporating your brand colours. We’ve seen how big corporations do it in a way that you can too.

Check out Mars Australia’s North Sydney office which was fitted out by Inscape Interiors. We’re all familiar with Mars’ brands and a caramel-coloured chair looks like very fitting.

In photo: Orange PP Laugh chairs in white frame

 

Idea #4: Add fun & quirky elements

In today’s time, more and more companies are seeing the importance of an office culture that’s fun and playful. This is because a culture that cultivates this helps employees relax at work and boost their productivity and creativity. A fun space even promotes employee retention and brand love.

For inspiration, check out Clinics by Design’s latest fitout: the Speech Ease Pathology Centre. The whole space is just so inviting! We love the colours, fun shapes, and printed carpet.

In photo: Green PP Laugh chairs with seat pad

 

Idea #5: Choosing sustainable furniture

We know that there are a thousand options available out there where you can get desks, chairs, and supplies for your project. But a good way to drill down your options would be your consideration for sustainable furniture. A way of doing this is investing in high quality chairs that can last for years. At Capisco, all of our chairs are guaranteed to last which is why we also offer a lifetime warranty. Instead of throwing a chair, if it can be maintained and repaired when needed, we’ll be here to help.

In photo: Storm chairs       

In photo: Tan Rhythm chairs

 

Want more ideas, tips and even chair options for your commercial/ office fitout design? Feel free to reach out to us at +03 9020 7299 or send us an enquiry on this link.

How to give your office some TLC

Fitouts, architects and interior designers are seen as the design and construction experts. From start to finish, their priority is to execute the whole project as planned, even up to the tiniest bit of detail.

They like things to be presentable and, they’re all about keeping things good as new and long-lasting as possible. With this in mind, here are 3 TLC (tender loving care) office tips that fitouts can impart to their clients.

Tip #1: Know about these big chair NO-NOs

  • Relying on your chair’s armrests for support every time you stand up can break them. Armrests aren’t meant to withstand a lot of pressure so it’s best to use it just for resting the arms.
  • Bumping your chair against your desk. You can prevent this by ensuring that your chair has the right height.
  • Fiddling with the adjustments and buttons. If you’re not sure about how the adjustments work, ask. There are manuals and video tutorials that you can refer to in order to avoid any damage to the screws and functions.
  • Overlooking your office floor. Prevent floor damage by reviewing in advance your chair’s castors and floor surface. Inexpensive chairs often have hard plastic wheels resulting in damaged floor surfaces. Chair manufacturers like ourselves can help you solve this. We provide purpose specified castor options – either soft or hard tyred, or black or chrome finish to help protect your floor from getting damaged.

Tip #2: Placement is key

Keep your drinks away from your equipment as much as possible. Significant damage can happen if spillage occurs on your computer, keyboard and sockets.

Where equipment is placed in the office is vital. If it does not have enough space, it can overheat. If it’s close to the sink, it can cause electric shocks and power outages.

 

 

Tip #3: Regular cleaning

After fitouts and designers have done their job in completing the design of a workplace, the next challenge is now keeping it neat. After all, a clean working environment is key to making an office space long-lasting.

Now that you know these simple tips, feel free to explore our wide range of chairs that can suit your fitout needs.

 

Have a look at our products page now for great chair options or feel free to contact Tariq at [email protected] or call at 0438 789 271.

Breaking down the Laugh Chair

By definition, the word “laugh” means: the spontaneous sounds and movements one makes that are instinctive expressions of lively amusement. With that in mind, the Laugh Chair came about with the idea of creating a chair that can be enjoyed in any space!

With so many different options, deciding on what kind of Laugh Chair you may need for your design can be overwhelming. As a result of this, we have broken it down for you in four easy steps of how to design your Laugh Chair.

PP vs Upholstered Shell

First thing’s first, what chair environment will the Laugh Chair be used in?

PP Shell: Mars Australia by Inscape Projects

Projects Upholstered: Optometry Australia by Incorporate Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re into an easy maintenance chair, go with the basics – the PP (polypropylene). It’s wipeable, easily stacked, and usually meant for waiting rooms that don’t require long periods of sitting. In fact, the Laugh in PP has been widely used in schools, cafeterias, and conference areas.

On the other hand, upholstered Laugh Chairs are mostly used for medical settings and training rooms where it’s left as is and aren’t really stacked after every use. Since it is upholstered, they are more comfortable for long periods of sitting, more suited than the PP shell chairs.

Frame

Now that you’ve figured out the shell, we move on to the chair’s frame. For the frame there are two key things to think about – armrests or no armrests, and the frame’s colour.

With armrests: Fitout at Central Steel Build

No armrests: Fitout at Central Steel Build

First, deciding whether you’ll be having the Laugh Chair with arm rests or not is really a matter of preference, purpose, and design.

 

Based on our experience with our clients, we’ve noticed that chairs used for medical areas usually require armrests for the purpose of assisting the occupant in lifting themselves up. Other types of settings such as universities, offices and homes don’t usually require armrests. It can also depend on how the look of the chair fits with your design.

Second, you could either go for the standard powder coat frame colours or go for a chrome frame. Our standard black ones have been very popular because of its classic look that mostly fit various interior designs.

We also provide custom frames to personally suit the chair you’re after. Feel free to reach out to Tariq for any assistance.

Legs

Do you prefer the look and functionality of a sled based or a four-leg based Laugh Chair? That is the question. The standard sled frame is popular for its simple look and ability to glide smoothly, which protects your floors. They’re also stackable, making Laugh Chairs useful and versatile.

But, if you’re into spicing things up with a four-legged wooden chair, then you can do so as well.

Add-ons

Last but not least, if you’re open to adding a bit more to your Laugh Chair, you can consider adding seat pads for more comfort on the PP shell model, and a Laugh Trolley, for easier storage and transport.

With seat pad: Fitout at Central Steel Build

Laugh Trolley

In summary, the shell, frame, legs and add-ons that you may need are the essential things to think about when building the Laugh Chair of your choice. There may be different elements to it, but when done in a step-by-step manner, it’ll be pretty easy to sort out.

 

For any assistance, we are here for you. Just reach out to [email protected]

Alert: New Chair Models for 2021

Starting May 2021, not one but three new task chairs will be available for your fit-out projects. We have noticed the need and demand for classic task and workstation chairs that are of high quality with reasonable pricing. Chairs that are perfect for any workplace, especially where long periods of sitting are involved.

If you’re looking for aesthetically pleasing curved mesh backrest design styling with ‘minimalistic’ height adjustable lumbar support, then you’ve come to the right place.

We are extremely excited to introduce the following:

Wave Chair

The wave chair has an ‘invisible’ height adjustable lumbar support, and its shaped top backrest adds a unique addition to the classic task chair. Several features include an auto adjust mechanism for ease of use and seat depth adjustment.

It is also available with height adjustable armrests and comes with a house black commercial grade standard seat fabric.

Wave Specs:

 

  • Height (fully ascended) from floor to top of seat (Without weight): 420mm
  • Height (fully descended) from floor to top of seat (Without weight): 520mm
  • Armrests width (from outside armrests): 630mm
  • Seat width: 490mm
  • Seat depth: 450mm – 500mm
  • Backrest width at lowest point: 485mm
  • Backrest width at highest point: 425mm
  • Backrest height from seat: 580mm
  • Lumbar support, lowest adjustment at centre of lumbar support: 140mm
  • Lumbar support, highest adjustment at centre of lumbar support: 200mm

Maverick Chair

We are very excited to introduce this brand-new chair to our collection because its seat depth and armrest adjustability is sure to please any user. The invisible lumbar support is also height adjustable, allowing for a seamless look while ensuring the chair perfectly fits any individual. Similar to the Wave, it comes in a house black commercial grade standard seat fabric.

Maverick Specs:

 

  • Height (fully ascended) from floor to top of seat (Without weight): 540mm
  • Height (fully descended) from floor to top of seat (Without weight): 420mm
  • Armrests width (from outside armrests): 690mm – 715mm (they are adjustable)
  • Seat width: 515mm
  • Seat depth: 480mm – 520mm
  • Backrest width at lumbar support point: 485mm
  • Backrest width at highest point: 445mm
  • Backrest height from seat: 570mm
  • Lumbar support, lowest adjustment at centre of lumbar support: 80mm
  • Lumbar support, highest adjustment at centre of lumbar support: 160mm

 

Ripple Chair

The ripple chair is the perfect task chair for someone who wants a sleek & sharp look. Complete with height adjustable armrests and lumbar support, the ripple chair will help any worker prevent lower back pain. In addition, the tilting features makes for a fun feature for people sitting for long time periods.

Ripple Specs:

Height (fully ascended) from floor to top of seat (Without weight): 430mm

Height (fully descended) from floor to top of seat (Without weight): 550mm

  • Armrests width (from outside armrests): 670mm
  • Seat width: 500mm
  • Seat depth: 470mm – 520mm
  • Backrest width at lowest point: 480mm
  • Backrest width at highest point: 435mm
  • Backrest height from seat: 580mm
  • Lumbar support, lowest adjustment at centre of lumbar support: 130mm
  • Lumbar support, highest adjustment at centre of lumbar support: 170mm

 

The Wave, Maverick and Ripple all have a load rating of 150kg. All manufactured to exceed Australian & International Standards and are designed & built to exceed the highest levels of strength and durability testing. The best part about our products is that the quality & build of these chairs are backed with an industry best and comprehensive lifetime warranty. ISO 9001 + ISO 14001 certified.

 

For more details or sample chair enquiries,

feel free to reach out to [email protected] or call +03 9020 7299.

Central Steel Build’s New Office

Inscape Interiors created this vivid and vibrant space which is true to Central Steel Build’s brand and identity at their new location in Kyneton, Victoria.

FITOUT: Inscape Interiors
AREA / SIZE: 800 square metres
YEAR: 2020
LOCATION: Saleyard Rd. Kyneton, Victoria
TYPE: Commercial Office Space

Central Steel Build, a building manufacturer located in Kyneton, Victoria, has recently moved into their new 800 square metre office space featuring various chairs of ours. These included our Rhythm, Italian Collection, Laugh and ottomans. They needed chairs that were functional, fit for purpose, and would last at least 5 years of daily wear. And we’re proud to cover all of these and of course offer a lifetime guarantee.

The overall design of the space truly manifested Central Steel Build’s identity of being industry experts. From its spacious interiors, deep blue and dark green accents, and paired with plenty of natural light, the end-result is definitely inviting. “Our main aim was to create a beautiful open plan office environment where the different departments were defined by colour & lines rather than physical walls, and a hub where staff felt empowered to perform and innovate yet feel safe with the luxuries & comforts of home” -Gerald Edmonds, Managing Director of Central Steel Build.

“Working with Capisco to further finesse our chair requirements for office, training room, boardroom, and breakout areas was a pleasure, the team’s sense of humour, ergonomic industry expertise, fabric suggestions, and superior Italian collection range made it an unforgettable and painless experience. Their assurance that the chairs and fabrics we chose would be delivered on time for our opening day was a real winner. The friendly & helpful delivery guy was the cream on the cake. Thanks team, you guys are awesome!” -Gerald

 

“It was easy (and a pleasure) to work with Capisco. We all collaborated so well to achieve a unique result that truly reflects the brand, as well as the look/function of our new HQ space. The process was stress free, ideal with so much decision making during a fit out process”.  -Luisa Pane, Central Steel Build’s Creative Lead.

 

 

Similarly, the team at Capisco enjoyed working with Gerald and his in-house designer Lu, through great collaboration to achieve the most beautiful fabric textures and colours for their design intent.

For your inspiration, check out Capisco’s chairs below.

Italian Chair

The Italian chair is elegant yet robust, making a statement in any breakout, meeting or office space. Available in 6 PP shell colours, with or without armrests and swivel bases, it is the perfect chair for any situation. Central Steel Build opted for chairs complete with swivel bases and arms, and have also selected beautiful shades of blue for upholstery.

Upholstered stools were also selected as it is perfect for high work benches.

Laugh Chair

The laugh chair is extremely versatile, offering customisation in the height, colour, upholstery, seat, and frame of the chair. Being stackable allows for easy transport and storage, perfect for sporadic use if necessary.

Rhythm Chair

The rhythm chair is designed for elegant boardrooms or meeting spaces with the fluid lines of the aluminium arm rests curving around the high-grade leather body. The olive-green leather rhythm chair chosen for Central Steel build looks amazing in the neutral toned boardroom.

 

Ottomans

The built ottoman has a compact design making it easy to carry. Along with its comfortable upholstery, the ottoman can be utilised in breakout spaces or even reception areas.

We offer full custom upholstery, so any colour or fabric you wish to see, Capisco can deliver. The orange colour used here is so vibrant and adds a lot of accent to the breakout space and reception area at Central Steel Build.

 

We hope that this Central Steel Build project inspired you and helped you see how Capisco can aid in bringing any design idea to life through customisation. Our lifetime warranty and sample chair offerings help to ensure the chairs selected are right for your design.

 

For more information, send us an email at [email protected]

2021 colours of the year announced!

Pantone, best known for their colour matching system, releases several colours that they predict will be popular in the upcoming year – whether it be in the architecture, fit-out or apparel space.

Last year, pantone shade 19-4052, or simply called ‘Classic Blue’ was selected. This is a deep blue shade that was referred to as a comforting and relatable colour.

Photos taken from: Pantone.com & Icon Interiors

Curious to know what the colours for 2021 are? Pantone have selected both ‘Ultimate grey’ (a pale grey) and ‘Illuminating’ (a soft yellow tone).

Photos taken from: San Diego Union-Tribune

The chosen colours work so well together as the bright yellow shades evoke feelings of optimism while the grey tones speak more of composure and resilience. Hence, reflect on the challenging year that was 2020 that we were all able to overcome.

If you’re thinking of incorporating these colours into your 2021 designs, we highly recommend our Italian Collection Chair with the shell 7502C which offers a subtle yellow or go for our upholstered Italian chairs that can be customised with soft grey fabric making for a comfortable and aesthetic breakout or boardroom chair.

The Italian chair can be made both with and without armrests and a range of different bases such as a swivel base, ensuring that it will suit any office fit-out requirements you may have.

As seen in the project photo below, the upholstered Italian Collection Chair is simple but combined with a pop of colour, looks very striking.

RT Edgar Toorak Real Estate’s office fitted out by Icon Interiors

Moreover, our wing chair is a fun design, available in yellow and is ideal for kitchen, waiting or breakout style seating. Adding colour to breakout spaces through furniture can be an interesting way to create a work environment in which creativity and collaboration blossom.

We hope both the colors ‘illuminating’ and ‘ulitmate grey’ sparked some inspiration and design ideas in you. Because at Capisco, any design you may have can be achieved as we customise chair materials, colours and features.

 

We look forward to helping you make the most of the 2021 colours of the year. Happy yellow-grey New Year everyone!

 

Explore the Italian Collection Chairs and Wing Chairs here.

Does Office Design Really Impact a Company’s Culture?

Business Culture is becoming more and more important and while it has been hard to measure and develop this year, with 2021 approaching there is no better time to assess how a new office design or Fitout could help to improve business culture as employees begin the return to offices.

 

Times are changing

Office uses are evolving into more than just providing tools and spaces in which employees complete tasks. Offices are now a space that draw people together through collaborative meeting rooms while seeking to attract and retain staff by creating a sense of community and belongingness while allowing for effective communication.

Office design can work to maximise natural light, incorporate fitness facilities or even implement dynamic work settings to allow for more informal lunch meetings. In fact, check out this lunch meeting area where colleagues can go around tables to better connect with each other.

In photo: Laugh chairs – they’re stackable & lightweight, great for drawing colleagues together

 

Employee collaboration and input

Collaborative environments and workspaces are all the rage at the moment as ‘many hands make light work’ which helps to boost productivity but, more importantly it creates a more inclusive and knowledge-seeking space. For example, a new colleague of yours, who, at first was unsure about how to connect with the rest of the team is now, due to an open-plan office design, is surrounded by an environment where ideas and opinions are nurtured and welcomed.

Encouraging participation and seeking advice from workers over something as simple as selecting an office chair allows you to build the motivation levels of the employees by nurturing an environment in which everyone can express their thoughts and opinions.

In photo: Rhythm chairs featured in a collaborative meeting space

Colours

Whether it be brand specific colours or simply bright and vibrant choices, having colour throughout an office through paintings, chairs or other furniture is so important. Brand colours or logos can aid in creating a unique environment that builds a long-term impression on both employees and visitors.

Colours can also be beneficial in terms of productivity in the office. Colours helps to stimulate the mind to allow for greater creativity and motivation both of which help a business to improve efficiency and innovation. For example, ‘orange’ stimulates concentration and ‘blue’ promotes calmness making it a popular combination for office design.

Our team can provide a variety of fabric colour options to match any colour you have in mind for an upcoming project. Better yet, we also customise chairs to suit the fabric of your choice helping to make every office unique.

 

We hope these ways inspire you to enhance a company’s culture by designing a collaborative, dynamic and vibrant workspace with our custom upholstery and various colour options helping to create any vision you have.

5 Office Design Ideas in a Post-Pandemic Workplace

It’s safe to say that the pandemic has taught and given us new habits of protecting ourselves and our health. Here are some ideas for your office design to help you do just that:

#1: Having desk barriers and “sneeze guards”

Gone are the days when employees can sit close next to each other for hours. Now, it’s common practice to instil social distancing among associates and to have barriers in between workers, which can help lessen the risk of contracting the virus. Having barriers or cubicles will now be common work set-ups, as well as having sneeze guards in the middle of every desk. They don’t cost much and are able to protect staff and customers against bacteria and virus transmission through physical contact, coughing or sneezing.

Photo source: Bsnnerbuzz.com.au

#2: Emergence of limited collaborative spaces

We all know how important brainstorming and collaboration is at work. In fact, before the pandemic, it was common practice for teams to huddle together and throw ideas at each for hours.

But now, having short meetings in big, open spaces will be a thing. It will be best to have everyone seated with enough space from each other. In cases like this, long couches and long tables will be perfect, allowing one seat apart rules to be implemented.

Photo source: Sheldon Commercial Interiors for Thinktank in North Sydney

#3: Sanitation areas and hygienic tools in the workplace

It will be a good idea to have offices built with easy-to-clean and germ/virus-resistant materials and furniture, as well as air purifiers, disinfectant sprays, wipes, and lights, etc. This should be one of the top priorities when designing your workplace.

You must take into account how to best maintain the cleanliness of the workplace. Bathrooms should always have toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizers. Every part of the office should be a few steps away from sanitation areas in order to keep everyone and everything free from germs, bacteria, and viruses.

#4: Open, Green Space

Another way to prevent the spread of a virus within the workplace is to allow the continuous flow of fresh air from outside. Air purifiers can only do so much, but allowing air in is the best way for everyone to breath healthily.

Photo source: https://i.pinimg.com/

#5: Touchless switches and tools

Another solution to preventing the spread of a virus is by eliminating the need to touch switches and communal tools and replacing them with no-touch or motion/voice-activated ones. Light switches can be replaced by motion sensors, and the use of scanners, instead of fingerprint readers, for when employees clock in and out of work.

 

All of these are simple ways to help stop the further spread of a contagious virus in an office setting.

Note that if it’s possible to continue working from home, do so, and to only come back to an office setting when needed or required to.

For chair consultations, just email us at [email protected] or call 03 9020 7299.

All of our products come with a Capisco Lifetime Guarantee!

3 Things To Consider When Setting Up a Meeting Room

A meeting room or a boardroom area is vital in any organisation because it is where the exchange of creative ideas happen. Meeting spaces provide an area for discussion of important topics and also accommodate different kinds of gatherings.

We’ve put up 3 things to consider when designing your meeting and conference room.

#1: Table Selection

It’s best to figure out what kind of table to choose for your workplace. When deciding on the size, shape and colour of your boardroom table, it’s good to take a step back and reflect on what will work best for your employees. If that space will be used for small gatherings, you can go for a round table. Or if the space will mostly be for large meetings and client presentations, a long table may be the best option for you.

Small Meeting Area

Large Meeting Area

Photo sources: Bluescope & Teacher’s Mutual Bank

 

#2: Meeting Space Theme

When designing your meeting area, the overall feel of the space you are creating is important. This will help bring out what kind of energy you want your meetings to have. Some examples of this could be— a fun, modern, creative theme.

 

Modern

Elegant

Photo source: Thinktank & Sculptform studio (Photo by Steve Scalone)

#3: Having Natural Light

Being able to produce natural light can greatly transform the total look and feel of any space. It helps keep your meeting area comfortable and at the same time it is able to lift one’s mood.

As a result of this, designing your space with as much sunlight could boost creativity and productivity among your employees. 

Wide Window in a Meeting Space

Full length window in a meeting space

Photo source: Vantage Fitouts and a perth boardroom

We hope that these 3 simple things gave you some inspiration. Our Rhythm chairs come in various colours such as black, navy blue, olive green, tan, brown, grey, biscuit, duck egg blue and more.

We also do custom upholstery for all kinds of chairs. Just send us an email at [email protected] or call 03 9020 7299.

All of our products come with a Capisco Lifetime Guarantee!