ISCG had the pleasure of taking a little field trip on Friday, May 12th. We experienced the Michigan Design Center (MDC); many of us for the first time. A little about the Michigan Design Center: it’s a resource for interior designers with more than 35 showrooms for residential furnishings, kitchens, lighting, fabric, wallcovering, art, and flooring (for both commercial and residential). This is a great resource to also bring clients into the showrooms so they can see the products their designer is recommending.  The Michigan Design Center also allows anyone from the public to see the showrooms by appointment only, and if you are in need of a designer they have a recommended list on their website you can reference. 

Members of the ISCG team enjoying the MDC!

Members of the ISCG team enjoying the MDC!

As part of MDC’s 40th anniversary celebration, they hosted an event called Celebrations Around the World with a special presentation from Patrick Zaremba, owner of a local landscape design firm called Zaremba & Company.  Employees from our ISCG office attended this presentation to learn how to add character to a garden with lighting, accessories, furniture, etc.  Also, as part of the Celebrations Around the World event you could meet some of the designers from the MDC and see vignettes of displays of products from some of the showrooms.

Here’s an example from One Haworth Center in Holland, Michigan. Haworth, our primary manufacturer, has done tremendous amounts of research into creating the optimal space for employees. The innovative world headquarters located in west Michigan has many of these features.

Here’s an example from One Haworth Center in Holland, Michigan. Haworth, our primary manufacturer, has done tremendous amounts of research into creating the optimal space for employees. The innovative world headquarters located in west Michigan has many of these features.

Patrick went into the details of what makes an outdoor space spectacular. Focal points, variety of greenery, pops of color, water features, and entertainment areas. All of which are fantastic for both exterior and interior spaces. Not only are these features great for residential design, but they are also great for commercial design. Greenery and other exterior features in commercial design has shown to increase productivity by up to 15%.  Not only can they increase productivity, but also reduce stress and increase employee wellbeing. That’s the premise behind ‘biophilia’; which is a hypothesis that suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

Here’s an easy, small scale way to incorporate greenery into your workspace. Faux greenery walls or focal points are a great, low-maintenance tool.

Here’s an easy, small scale way to incorporate greenery into your workspace. Faux greenery walls or focal points are a great, low-maintenance tool.

We observed great examples of green focal points and entertainment spaces that Zaremba & Company has created. Incorporating these elements into your office space can be done effortlessly and with moderation. Are you interested in any of these elements? Give us a call to speak with one of our Workplace Consultants to see how easy it would be to incorporate into your space and improve your productivity.

If you'd like more information about Zaremba & Company for your garden and landscaping needs, check out their website at:  www.zarembaandco.com/ .

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