2020 was a year of drastic changes and challenges for the restaurant industry. Pandemic lockdowns, the rise of takeout services and ghost kitchens, and ongoing concerns about industry pay scales and workplace conditions. Thankfully, many restaurants proved agile enough to respond to the shifting regulations and customer expectations, entering 2021 with a new sense of…

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If there is one type of professional space that has come under intense scrutiny during the pandemic, it has been medical and healthcare offices. Often at the frontline of pandemic responses, medical offices have been forced to evolve their design, client flow, and overall aesthetic in response to pandemic protocols. As the transition back to…

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According to Statista 2021, the projected market size of the hotel and resort industry worldwide in 2021 will top $1.22 trillion, down only slightly from its 2018 record high of $1.24 trillion. Despite these near-record numbers, hotels worldwide are rethinking many of their designed features in response to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing…

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Moss Planters

Architects and Designers worldwide are promoting moss as a hot and sustainable design trend. Rich with biophilic possibilities, moss is natural and beautiful. Researchers have shown that bringing some nature into a work environment delivers several benefits, from improving productivity and reducing work-related stress to enhancing creativity, collaboration, and innovation. Preserved moss planters provide an…

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Green office technology has advanced substantially in recent decades. Beyond the now-standard recycling and reduction programs, sustainable office designs focus on non-toxic, eco-friendly, recyclable, renewable, and even repurposed materials. In situations when Designers and Architects once used wood, the emphasis is now on sourcing from sustainable forests, while office lighting is trending strongly toward the…

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The title of an article recently released by McKinsey, “Your organization is grieving—here’s how you can help,” elegantly captures the condition of many workplaces in the wake of the pandemic disruption.  As the essay explains, even the seemingly straightforward and logically congruent decision to have employees work from home has potentially damaging implications: “This change…

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The guiding principles of Biophilic design are clear: the psychological and emotional need of humans to connect with the natural world is fundamental to who we are. It is also vital to our personal and psychological health. As humans, it reminds us that we are part of nature and that our well-being connects deeply to…

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