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Trends in office decoration and design for 2024

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In 2024, trends in office decoration and design are going to reflect an evolution towards more flexible, sustainable and technologically advanced workplaces. Office spaces have been transformed to adapt to the changing needs of modern professionals, prioritizing productivity, comfort and creativity. These are some of the guidelines that will mark the design of workplaces in the coming months:   Hybrid spaces: Next year's projects will focus on multi-purpose uses and versatility. Teleworking prevailed during the pandemic and it has left its mark. New workplace formats have been created to combine work at home with days in the office and the greater use of meeting rooms..       Acoustics: Acoustics are more important than ever when it comes to improving the productivity of meetings, which will often combine in-person attendants and teleconferencing. Furthermore, the sound comfort offered by the use of acoustic panels protects the health of employees by reducing stress and improving communication among professionals.       Biophilic design and eco-friendly or recycled materials: Biophilic design seeks to incorporate nature into interior spaces. Interior cladding options, such as those in the Spigogroup catalogue, made with PEFC or FSC certified wood, which guarantees its origin from sustainably managed forests, or combined with insulating felts (PET system) made with 80% recycled polyester fibres, will be the materials most valued when considering new office decoration and design projects in the coming months.             If you liked this post about office decoration, you may also be interested in:   - 21 Articles on acoustic conditioning and insulation with wood - Ecological panels with SPIGOLINE PET slats: Solid slats or MDF slats? - Restaurant décor: the 3 mistakes you can’t make in 2024 - The importance of acoustics in coliving or cohousing    

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Acoustic conditioning of classrooms: calculation of reverberation time and recommendations

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The acoustic conditioning of classrooms is key to correcting reverberation and achieving good acoustics that ensure the intelligibility of the speaker's words and, therefore, that the message being delivered is properly understood. When undertaking the acoustic conditioning of a classroom, we have to follow the indications given by the Spanish Technical Building Code (CTE), the regulatory framework that sets the basic quality requirements that buildings must meet. The Code’s Basic Document for Noise Protection (DB HR), determines that reverberation time T (s) is calculated using the formula:   T= 0,16 V / A V = volume of the enclosure (m³) A = total sound absorption of the enclosure (m²)   The way to correct reverberation time is to adjust the total sound absorption of the room by using sound-absorbent acoustic panels, such as those manufactured by Spigogroup. In the design of classrooms up to 350 m³, DB HR makes the following recommendations:   Cubic enclosures or enclosures with side-to-side ratios that are whole numbers should be avoided. Distribution of absorbent materials. Options: 1.- Sound-absorbent material throughout the entire ceiling surface, reflective front wall and sound-absorbent rear wall. 2.- Sound-absorbent material at the back ceiling only, leaving a 3 m wide band of reflective material at the front. The front wall should be reflective and the rear wall should have sound-absorbent material with a sound absorption coefficient similar to that of the ceiling. For equal values of total sound absorption of the elements that make up the enclosure, it is more advisable to have one central aisle instead of two side aisles for pupil access.         If you liked this post about acoustic conditioning of classrooms, you may also be interested in:     - What are micro-perforated acoustic panels? How many models are there? - Acoustic panels for Lezkairu Health Centre - The relationship between architectural acoustics and luxury - Spigogroup extends its acoustic panels outlet with new models          

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Flush wood doors for houses, are they a good idea? What do they contribute?

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The first question has a quick answer: Yes, choosing flush wood doors for homes is a good idea. Let's see what they are and what they contribute with a good example. The special system of rush door is the solution that allows installing a fully camouflaged door. Furthermore, this system gets to integrate the door into the wall and the environment until it retreated. Once installed, thanks to totally integration, these doors show all their qualities, giving greater emphasis to constructive details of its context. Thus, opting for flush wood doors, also known as integrated doors, invisible doors or hidden doors, helps to achieve continuous walls for modern, minimalist interior designs, clean of outstanding elements, where the focus is on space, light and colour. This interior design project in wood, carried out by the Riojan design and architecture studio Rodar Arquitectura in a single-family house, is a good example of this. In this case, a natural varnished veneered panelling was used for interior wood cladding in the corridors. The flush wood doors chosen featured the same material on the corridor side and an elegant white colour on the interior side of the rooms. In addition, they were manufactured with concealed hinges to avoid displaying fittings, and black handles were chosen as an elegant and sophisticated touch. The project was crowned with the installation of Spigoacustic 28-NO-16 sound-absorbing panelling in the headboards of the bedrooms, finished in varnished natural oak veneer, which, in addition to being in line with the aesthetics of the project, provided the acoustic comfort sought by the project.           If you liked this post about flush wood doors, you may also be interested in:   - The 7 advantages of using obeche wood interior cladding in your projects - 4 Trends in decoration for 2023 - The visual performance of accessible wood ceilings with concealed mounting systems - How we used decorative wood cladding at Bodegas Olarra      

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4 Trends in decoration for 2023

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These days much is written about recommendations and trends in decoration for year 2023 by decorators, interior designers and trade publications. Some are the same as in previous years, albeit with slight nuances. Others reflect the concerns of our society and the need to surround ourselves with safety and well-being. These are the four main ideas that will shape interior design over the next twelve months.   100% natural look: the need to maintain a connection with nature persists and the use of natural materials, such as wood, is reaffirmed. Interior wood cladding using solid natural wood, even in small quantities, will be decisive in creating a cosy atmosphere.   Earthy colours and warm minimalism: simplicity continues to be a rising value, but with warm details that may not actually raise the temperature in our office or living room by a single degree but will certainly raise our spirits. Earthy, wood-like shades (brownish greys, coffee, paprika, cognac, terracotta or cinnamon) inspiring warmth and authenticity, will be the most in demand.   Attention to acoustics: the new interiors seek serenity and stillness, and rely on the selection of materials that, like wood acoustic panels, ensure acoustic comfort while playing a key role in the aesthetic appeal of a space.   Responsible, sustainable design: selecting the right materials is an important, transcendental task that looks at the provenance and the future of the chosen product. For example, PEFC or FSC-certified wood, guaranteed to come from sustainably managed forests and to be 100% recyclable, is becoming increasingly popular.         If you liked this post about trends in decoration, you may also be interested in:   - 5 reasons to use wood if you want to earn BREEAM certification - Wood and health: 5 benefits of wood for your health - 3 examples of the use of wood slat cladding in offices - FSC/PEFC wood acoustic panels: Why are they more environmentally-friendly?        

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