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In the ever-evolving landscape of commercial design, it’s easy to get swept up in the latest trends. From sleek minimalism to bold statement pieces, the options are endless. However, amidst the whirlwind of fads, there exists a timeless elegance that transcends passing styles. In this blog post, we’ll explore the art of navigating trends in commercial furnishings, focusing on elements that stand the test of time.

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The allure of contemporary design often lies in its ability to capture the spirit of the moment. Yet, for companies seeking longevity and sophistication, embracing timeless designs is paramount. Think classic silhouettes, refined materials, and meticulous craftsmanship – these are the hallmarks of enduring elegance.

One of the key principles of timeless design is simplicity. Clean lines and uncluttered spaces create a sense of harmony and balance that resonates with occupants and visitors alike. In corporate settings, this translates to furnishings that exude professionalism and confidence, without overshadowing the space’s primary function.

One of the key principles of timeless design is simplicity

When it comes to materials, quality reigns supreme. Opt for enduring materials like solid wood, premium leather, and brushed metals that age gracefully and develop character over time. Investing in craftsmanship ensures that each piece is meticulously crafted to stand the test of time, both in terms of durability and aesthetic appeal.

While trends come and go, certain design elements remain perennial favorites. Take, for example, the timeless allure of mid-century modern furniture. With its clean lines, organic forms, and timeless appeal, mid-century modern design continues to captivate designers and clients alike, offering a timeless sophistication that never goes out of style.

Opt for enduring materials like solid wood, premium leather, and brushed metals

Incorporating natural elements into commercial spaces adds a touch of warmth and authenticity. Whether it’s a live-edge conference table or a reclaimed wood accent wall, integrating nature-inspired elements creates a connection to the environment and fosters a sense of well-being.

Another trend that transcends time is the concept of versatility. In today’s dynamic work environments, flexibility is key. Modular furnishings that can adapt to changing needs allow spaces to evolve seamlessly, ensuring that they remain relevant and functional for years to come.

Ultimately, timeless design is about creating spaces that stand the test of time – spaces

Ultimately, timeless design is about creating spaces that stand the test of time – spaces that evoke a sense of timelessness and elegance, regardless of passing trends. By embracing classic design principles, investing in quality materials, and prioritizing craftsmanship, commercial spaces can exude sophistication and style for years to come.

At Acacia, we specialize in crafting custom commercial furnishings that marry timeless design with unparalleled quality. From boardroom tables to executive desks, our pieces are designed to elevate corporate environments with enduring elegance and style. Contact us today to learn more about how we can transform your commercial space with timeless designs that leave a lasting impression.

When it comes to custom millwork and furnishings, there exists an artistry that goes beyond the visible grain of the wood. At Acacia, our team of skilled artisans isn’t just crafting furniture; they are sculpting stories, pouring passion into every joint, and mastering the dance between form and function.

Crafting Begins with Selection

A journey into artisan craftsmanship starts with the selection of the raw material. For us, this means meticulously handpicking each piece of wood. Whether it’s the rich hues of walnut, the warmth of cherry, or the versatility of maple, the wood’s character becomes the canvas for our artisans.

The Dance of Joinery

Every masterpiece requires a solid foundation. In the world of woodworking, this foundation is the joinery. Our award-winning team, versed in the timeless techniques and armed with a deep understanding of custom woodwork, execute joinery that transcends functionality. From dovetails that bring drawers to life to mortise and tenon joints that whisper tales of stability, our joinery is a testament to the enduring strength of craftsmanship.

Carving Stories in Wood

Wood is not merely a medium; it’s a storyteller waiting to be revealed. With tools in hand, Acacia embarks on a journey of carving narratives into the very heart of the wood. Imagine a custom conference table adorned with intricate patterns inspired by the company’s journey, or a reception desk where the wood whispers tales of the brand it represents. This is the magic of artisanal carving – it transforms furniture into a living testament of the stories it holds.

Precision in Detailing

The magic lies in the details. Every curve, every bevel, and every inlay is a stroke of intentionality. Our craftsmen don’t just shape wood; they refine it to perfection. Whether it’s a meticulously carved edge on a tabletop or an inlay that adds a touch of opulence, the precision in detailing is what elevates custom millwork to an art form.

The Finishing Touch

A masterpiece is incomplete without the finishing touch. Our artisans are not just woodworkers; they are alchemists of finish. From hand-rubbed oils that bring out the natural warmth of the wood to lacquers that add a touch of gloss, the finishing process is where the true character of the wood comes to life. It’s not just about protecting the piece; it’s about enhancing its essence.

Beyond Functionality: Crafting Experiences

While functionality is at the core of every piece we create, Acacia aspires for more. We aim to craft not just furniture, but experiences. Imagine a boardroom where the custom conference table isn’t just a surface for discussions but a stage for ideas to flourish. This is the soul of artisan craftsmanship – the ability to transform spaces into experiences that linger in the memory.

The Team Behind the Craft

Behind every chisel stroke and every carefully placed joint stands a team of dedicated artisans. With years of collective experience, Acacia’s team is composed of more than just experts– we are storytellers, weaving narratives into the very fabric of the wood. 

In a world dominated by mass production, artisan craftsmanship is a beacon of tradition. Our team, deeply rooted in the traditions of woodworking, brings a timeless touch to every project. It’s a nod to the past and a commitment to preserving the art for future generations.

As we delve into the realm of artisan craftsmanship at Acacia, we find not just woodworkers, but orchestrators of a symphony in wood. Each piece created is a note, a melody, and a harmonious blend of skill and passion. In custom millwork, we don’t just see furniture; we witness the manifestation of stories, the embodiment of tradition, and the enduring allure of wood brought to life by the hands of true artisans.

Exciting news from Acacia! We’re currently on the lookout for exceptional talent to join our growing team. Specifically, we’re actively hiring for five key roles:

Millwork Journeyman: A Millwork Journeyman is responsible for the expert fabrication of commercial architectural woodwork and casework in a plant environment. This includes the successful and timely completion of all assigned projects to next stakeholders.

Millwork Production Engineer: We are seeking a skilled and experienced Millwork Production Engineer to join our team. The ideal candidate will be proficient in utilizing Microvellum software and will play a key role in our millwork production process. As a Millwork Production Engineer, you will be responsible for a range of duties to ensure the efficient and high-quality production of millwork products.

Senior Project Manager: The position of Senior Project Manager is charged with two main tasks. The first is the efficient and effective communication, coordination, support, training and encouragement of all Engineering, Production and Installation team members as needed during all project execution. The second is efficient and effective execution of all physical project coordination to meet or exceed Company designated design, quality, and timeliness standards. At Acacia, everything is always about people first and projects second. This doesn’t minimize our call to do all things with excellence but rather elevates the value of every person we have the privilege of working with.

Lead Engineer: The Lead Engineer is responsible for the management of the drafting and engineering department. This includes the successful completion of all the project site’s scope from estimating handoff through release to shop fabrication and to subcontract vendor needs.

Engineering Manager: The Engineering Manager is an individual who possesses technical expertise in the millwork industry, embodies strong leadership qualities, and has a commitment to fostering an environment of growth, innovation, and operational excellence within our engineering team.

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Our employees are the heart of our business and we want to make sure they’re taken care of. All of our team members get to enjoy the benefits of:

  • Being a part of an award winning team
  • Plenty of opportunities to grow within the company
  • Competitive compensation and quarterly performance bonuses
  • Health, dental, and life insurance, 401k matching, PTO, and fun team events
  • Dedicated training from the experts
  • Completing prestigious projects

If you or someone you know would be a good fit for either of these roles, we would love to hear from you! Email wfuller@acaciaoriginals.com with your resume.

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to design a workplace space that’s comfortable and stunning. Workers are returning to the office, making it a great time to revamp your clients’ office spaces. There are several things you should keep in mind when you transform your office space. Practicality, beauty, function, affordability, and more are a few things to consider. At Acacia Originals, we take all these factors into account, so we’ve compiled a booklet of incredible design trends we love. These ideas can inspire you as you figure out how to design your office building.

1. Include Ergonomic Office Furniture

If we’ve learned one thing from working at home, it’s the importance of comfortable office furniture. Teams will work harder and better when they have ergonomic office furniture. Of course, ergonomic office furniture is extremely comfortable, but it’s also proven to reduce the chances of work-related injuries. The health of a company’s employees and the appearance of their office building are essential; with ergonomic chairs, you can be sure both are taken care of.

A long modern office reception with a combination of wood panels and white  vinyl, illuminated by various light sources

2. Foreground Bright Colors

It is no longer on-trend to design bland, white office buildings. These days, it’s better to use light neutrals, like gray, blue, or green, for the walls and flooring. They make a great combination with bright accent colors, like neon orange, bright pink, and deep or bright purple, among others. Employees will feel calmer and happier when you’re attentive to the colors you use to transform your office space. Upsetting colors in the office lead to an upsetting atmosphere—so stick with calm and cheerful colors.

3. Let the Light In

Even if the office building you’re renovating doesn’t have an abundance of windows, you can still mimic natural light with artificial fixtures. Choose light sources that illuminate soft, natural-looking light. In-office workers want to feel like they’re outside, among nature. Light improves employees’ demeanor, so focus on the lights in the office space.

A modern office equipped with desks, chairs and desktop computers next to a long window.

4. Bring the Outdoors, Indoors

What’s better than natural light? Being outdoors. We mentioned the importance of having a bright, well-lit office space, but it’s even more exciting if you design an indoor-outdoor office space. Here are a few examples of indoor-outdoor office spaces. Each of these offices is special because team members can congregate outdoors on patios, porches, and rooftops.

5. Make Things Tranquil With Quiet Pods

Sometimes, it’s easier to think when there’s total silence, but the issue is workplaces are rarely that quiet. You don’t have to compromise the vibrant, bustling atmosphere in the office space you’re designing. Instead, install quiet pods. These pods will function as a place for employees to retreat when they’re thinking up a great idea and need quiet to bring it to life!

6. Art, Art, Art

A thoughtful piece of art can be the difference between an office space that’s designed well and an office space that’s designed perfectly. So, take care when you’re picking out the art that will hang in your building. Try to find pieces that accentuate what’s unique about the company you’re working with. Art is also known to reduce stress, so the perks of hanging eclectic art pieces are manifold.

7. Get a Few Eco-Friendly Fixtures

Many employees care about their company’s carbon footprint—that is, to retain the best talent, companies need to be conscious of their impact on the environment. As a designer, you can be eco-friendly through your design choices. For example, pick LED lights, install moss on the walls to reduce noise in an environmentally friendly way, and put composting stations in the office. The more eco-friendly fixtures you have, the better off the environment will be.

Top view of employees working on electronic devices at a curved table with indoor foliage.

8. Install Smart Technology

Smart technology doesn’t have to compromise the appearance of your office. In fact, smart technology has the ability to enhance the way your office looks and functions. You can put smart lockers when you transform your office space, for example. They can look sleek and modern, but they also allow employees to keep their coveted belongings safe all workday long. Of course, it’s crucial to have smart lighting, which allows you to change the color and the brightness of lights in the office. And other smart technologies are the industry standard these days, too.

9. Design Funky Game Rooms

Allowing the team to unwind in a fun game room is one way to get employees excited about coming to work! Designate one room in the office to be the game room. In it, you can paint a mural on the walls, including ping pong tables and foosball tables, adorn the walls with televisions, and stock a fridge with snacks. There’s no better way to cultivate a positive company culture than designing a game room that’s well-decorated and fun.

10. Keep Things Home-Like

For many, working from home is not the status quo anymore, but even so, the office can still feel and look like home. Focus on making your office homey. Whether you purchase large plush couches with color pillows, include amenities and common rooms, or purchase something else to make your office feel like home, prioritize comfortability and community-oriented spaces.

Two female employees walking through office space near another female employee working on her mobile device and laptop at a table beside a long couch.

11. Make a Space Designated for Remote Working

The world has changed over the past few years. Now, employees will be making video calls with clients around the world, so to accommodate the changed world, you’ve got to have spaces for employees to work remotely. Maybe, one employee is calling into a meeting in San Francisco, and another is calling into a meeting in New York. Both these calls require a nice space that’s quiet but not too quiet. Of course, make sure you have a clean background for the video call and great Wi-Fi, as well. All in all, design the office to accommodate workers who need to have meetings online.

12. When in Doubt, Go for Timeless Mid-Century Designs

One trend that isn’t going out of style anytime soon is mid-century modern designs. Including furniture that’s sleek, minimal, and well-made in transforming your office space will be stylish for years to come. So, when you’re investing in an office renovation, it’s never a bad idea to invest in mid-century decor. At Acacia Originals, we specialize in mid-century designs, so when in doubt, opt for a mid-century look—we’d be excited to help you find the pieces that are right for you. Contact us for more information.

Your conference room or boardroom is often the first place clients and guests see when they enter your office. It’s where important meetings happen and deals are made. This space represents your company and brand. The furniture you choose for your conference room makes an impression and sends a message. Rather than selecting a generic table, have one custom built that tells your company’s unique story.

Custom wood conference tables present the perfect opportunity to showcase what makes your business special. A conference table should represent your values, personality, history and vision. With the right design details, your custom table becomes a conversation piece that says something about who you are.

Tell Your Company's Story Through Custom Wood Conference Tables

Use Wood Type and Color to Set Your Tone

The wood species and stain color provide the foundation for expressing your company through a custom conference table.

Some options to consider:

  • Walnut – Sophisticated and upscale
  • Cherry – Warm, inviting, traditional
  • Maple – Clean, bright, fresh
  • Reclaimed wood – Rustic, eco-conscious, unique history

Lighter stains make a room feel more open and airy while darker stains lend a mood of wealth and authority. Distressed, wire-brushed or oxidized finishes tell a story of history and longevity.

Pick wood species and colors that represent the look, feel and values you want to convey about your company.

Wood type and color

Incorporate Meaningful Symbols and Design Elements

Once you’ve set the overall tone with wood selection, consider adding decorative details that symbolize your brand identity and story. For example:

  • tech company could have circuit board or macro chip patterns inlayed into the tabletop.
  • An architecture firm might feature miniature skyscrapers or famous building silhouettes carved into legs or aprons.
  • A table for a school could display the mascot logo or feature important dates engraved on the surface.
  • nature retailer may want branches, leaves or mountains carved into legs.
  • For a family-owned business, the family name or initials could be prominently displayed.

Meaningful symbols and designs give personality to a conference table and prompt conversation about their significance. It’s a great way to share what makes your company special.

Symbols and Design

Showcase Quality Craftsmanship

Beyond the visual design, a custom conference table also tells a story through workmanship details. High quality joinery, perfectly matched wood grain, precision carving and flawless finishing all demonstrate an investment in excellence.

Your guests will notice and appreciate the care put into finely crafted details. It reflects well on your company’s own commitment to quality in everything you do.

A few examples of excellent craftsmanship to request:

  • Pocket screws to firmly join aprons, legs and rails
  • Tongue and groove joining of tabletop boards
  • Tabletop sanded smooth to at least 180 grit
  • Fully finished underside and interior surfaces
  • Hand-carved decorative elements
  • Deep, rich professional staining
  • Multiple coats of protective sealant

A custom conference table built by master craftspeople tells a story of dedication, skill and pride in one’s work – values any business would be proud to embody.

Quality Craftsmanship

Choose Sustainable Materials

Sourcing environmentally responsible materials demonstrates your business’s concern for global issues. Many companies today strive for sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Your custom conference table can reflect eco-conscious values by using:

  • FSC certified wood – Ensures responsible forest management
  • Reclaimed lumber – Recycles wood with existing history
  • Local materials – Reduces shipping impact
  • Non-toxic finishes – Better for the environment

A conference table made from sustainable materials conveys your shared commitment to building a better world through business. It’s a great selling point to like-minded clients.

Design for Flexibility

The needs of your business will change over time. A custom conference table can be designed for flexibility to adapt with you.

Some flexible design options:

  • Modular components – Rearrange pieces as needed
  • Extension leaves – Accommodate more people when necessary
  • Built-in AV/power – Update integration as technology changes
  • Caster wheels – Make table portable for multipurpose use
  • Flip-top or nesting – Store away when not in use

A flexible, future-ready table demonstrates resilience and the ability to change with the times – an important capability for any successful business today.

Show Off Your Company’s Personality

Your custom conference table should be as unique as you are. Have fun designing something that captures your company’s personality.

If your brand identity is:

  • Cutting-edge – Try an asymmetrical or abstract design
  • Approachable – Soften with rounded corners and edges
  • Bold – Use bright, contrasting colors
  • Traditional – Incorporate classic details like pedestals or ornate legs
  • Minimalist – Stick to simple lines and forms

Collaborate with talented craftspeople who can translate your corporate personality into a custom piece. A conference table that reflects your distinctive qualities makes clients and guests feel like they know you already.

Show Off Your Company's Personality

Tell Your Story

Your custom conference table becomes a unique asset for making an impression, unlike mass produced furniture. It tells a compelling story about your company whenever you host important meetings.

Share the significance behind the details – the reasons for choosing certain materials, colors, shapes and features. Let your custom table prompt meaningful conversations about your history, values and purpose. It sets the right tone for establishing authentic connections.

Rather than fade into the background, make your conference table the centerpiece that represents your brand story. Let it speak volumes before the meeting even begins. A custom-designed table shows clients you take the time to do things right. It demonstrates confidence, thoughtfulness and commitment – the foundations of a successful business.

Bring Your Story to Life with Acacia

When you’re ready to create a custom conference table that tells your company’s unique story, the craftsmen at Acacia are here to help. We are specialist woodworkers dedicated to building custom furnishings of unmatched quality and artistry.

Our team has decades of experience designing, building and installing bespoke conference tables for brands across the country. We hand-select the finest sustainably sourced lumber and match it with inlays, carvings, finishes and other details that express your identity.

At Acacia, no furniture component escapes our attention to detail, from the joinery to tabletop finishing. We ensure your custom conference table reflects the pinnacle of quality manufacturing. Our white glove delivery and installation complete the experience.

We make the process of transforming your brand story into a tangible, inspiring reality simple and satisfying. Just share your vision and our craftsmen handle the rest. We’ll consult on the perfect materials and decorative details to reflect your essence.

With Acacia as your partner, you’ll have a custom conference table that leaves a lasting impression on clients and makes your spaces more welcoming. Contact us today to schedule a design consultation. We can’t wait to create something extraordinary together.

Designing a space? Fantastic. Designing a space that’s both accessible and dripping with style? Now, that’s the real challenge. But before you break out in a cold sweat, let’s break it down. When you’re crafting the next big thing in commercial spaces – from that swanky hotel lobby to the ultra-modern office boardroom – accessibility should be your main squeeze. Here’s how to make your custom designs not just ADA-compliant, but also the talk of the town.

  1. ADA Compliance: Not Just a Checklist, It’s a Lifestyle

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) might sound like just another bureaucratic hurdle, but think of it as your baseline. It’s like the foundation of a house, or better yet, the base coat of your nail polish. Necessary? Absolutely. The final look? Not by a long shot.

Physical Accessibility with Panache: Sure, wide doorways and ramps are ADA essentials, but who said they have to be drab? Think beyond the utilitarian. Envision sleek designs, materials that whisper luxury, and finishes that demand a double-take. With custom millwork, those counters, desks, and even shelves can be both accessible and drop-dead gorgeous. 

Wayfinding with Wit: Signage, when done right, can be a design element in its own right. Go bold with colors, experiment with fonts, but always keep clarity in mind. And Braille? It’s not just functional; it’s a tactile experience. Make it part of the design narrative.

Catering to the Senses: Lighting that’s even and soft on the eyes, auditory aids that blend seamlessly into the ambiance – these aren’t just functional elements. They’re the unsung heroes of your design story.

ADA Compliance Not Just a Checklist Its a Lifestyle

  1. Universal Design: Crafting Spaces that Speak to Everyone

If ADA is the base coat, universal design is the top coat, the color, the nail art – it’s where you can truly let your creativity shine.

Furniture that Flexes: Adjustable is the name of the game, but that doesn’t mean compromising on aesthetics. With custom commercial furniture, you can craft pieces that are as adaptable as they are stylish. Think height-adjustable tables with ornate bases or chairs that are ergonomic yet elegant.

Layouts that Lure: An open-concept is a great canvas, but it’s the custom details that make it a masterpiece. Spaces that transition from tranquil retreats to bustling hubs, alcoves that offer both privacy and connectivity, and zones that cater to different needs – all done with a flair that’s unmistakably you.

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  1. Feedback: Your Reality Check in a World of Dreams

You’ve designed what you think is the pièce de résistance, but how does it fare in the real world? Time to get some feedback, and not just from your design-savvy pals.

Trial and Triumph: Before finalizing your design, do a test run. Think of it as a dress rehearsal, but for spaces. Get a diverse group to experience the space, gather feedback, and tweak as needed. It’s an iterative design with a dose of reality.

Custom Solutions for Unique Challenges: Sometimes, off-the-shelf just doesn’t cut it. That’s where corporate commercial furniture and custom millwork come into play. They offer solutions tailored to specific challenges, ensuring your design isn’t just beautiful but also brilliantly functional.

  1. The Finer Details: Where the Magic Truly Lies

Textures and Materials: Dive deep into the world of textures. From tactile wall finishes that guide the visually impaired to flooring that dampens sound for the hearing-challenged, the choices are endless.

Tech Integration: Think smart lighting that adjusts based on natural light, or sound systems that can zone and adjust based on ambient noise. Tech, when integrated thoughtfully, can elevate accessibility to new heights.

Art with Purpose: Art isn’t just for aesthetics. It can guide, inform, and even assist. Think sculptures that double up as seating or interactive installations that engage multiple senses.

In conclusion, designing with accessibility in mind isn’t about ticking boxes or meeting standards. It’s about crafting spaces that resonate, that tell a story, and that are inclusive in the truest sense. It’s about pushing boundaries while ensuring everyone feels welcome. So, as you sketch, plan, and dream, remember to infuse your designs with both flair and function. After all, in the world of design, the magic lies in the details. And if you ever need a touch of that magic, contact Acacia. Happy designing!

The Finer Details Where the Magic Truly Lies

 

Let’s dive into the world of custom millwork, where the only limit is your imagination and the size of your client’s wallet. But before we start, let’s get one thing straight: custom millwork is like a fine wine, it’s not for every occasion. Let’s explore the 7 times when custom millwork is your best friend– and the 3 times when it’s that friend who you wish hadn’t shown up.

7 times when custom millwork is the perfect fit for your design:

  1. When You Want to Make a Statement: Custom millwork is like a peacock in a room full of pigeons. It stands out, it’s memorable, and it’s probably going to impress anyone who steps into your office. If you’re looking to make a statement, custom millwork is your go-to.
  2. When You’re Dealing with Odd Spaces: Ever tried to fit a square peg in a round hole? Yeah, it’s not fun. Custom millwork is perfect for those odd spaces where standard furniture just won’t cut it.
  3. When You Need Something Durable: Custom millwork is like the Hulk of furniture. It’s strong, it’s durable, and it’s not going to get smashed easily. If you need something that can withstand the test of time (and possibly a few office parties), commercial custom millwork is the way to go.
  4. When You Want to Reflect Your Brand: Your workspace is an extension of your brand. Custom millwork allows you to incorporate your brand’s personality into your design. It’s like getting a tattoo, but less painful and more professional.
  5. When You’re Looking for Functionality: Custom millwork isn’t just about looking good. It’s also about being practical. Need a desk with a built-in coffee maker? No problem. Custom millwork has got you covered.
  6. When You Want to Impress Clients: First impressions matter. Walking into an office with custom millwork is like walking into a James Bond movie. It’s sleek, it’s sophisticated, and it’s going to leave an impression.
  7. When You Have the Budget: Let’s be real. Custom millwork isn’t cheap. But if you’ve got the budget, it’s worth every penny.

custom millwork is the perfect fit for your design

Now, let’s talk about when custom millwork isn’t the best fit.

  1. When You’re on a Tight Budget: If you’re counting pennies, custom millwork might not be the best option. It’s like ordering a steak at a fancy restaurant when you’re on a ramen noodle budget.
  2. When You Need Something Quick: Custom millwork takes time. It’s not a quick fix solution. If you need something yesterday, you might want to look at other options.
  3. When You’re Not Sure About Your Design: Custom millwork is a commitment. If you’re not 100% sure about your design, it might be best to hold off until you are.

So, there you have it. The good, the bad, and the beautiful of custom millwork. Remember, like any good tool, it’s all about knowing when to use it.

And if you’re still unsure, don’t worry. We at Acacia are here to help. We’ve got years of experience and a long list of happy clients. So, why not give us a call? We promise we won’t bite. Unless you’re made of wood, of course.



 

Remember, folks, in the world of design, it’s all about making the right choices. And sometimes, those choices involve custom millwork. So, choose wisely, and may the design odds be ever in your favor.

Designers have the power to create functional and beautiful masterpieces. But, creating spaces for certified B organizations calls for a unique approach extending beyond functionality and aesthetics. 

You’re charged with reflecting the organization’s emphasis on sustainability, ethics, and wellness. 

Enter millwork and custom furnishings. You can leverage these to realize your ideas while emphasizing certified B organizations’ core values in office, industrial, or retail spaces. 

They also help create a conducive work environment that promotes productivity, creativity, and employee well-being.

Let’s explore the top roles that millwork and custom furnishings play in furnishing certified B organizations. 

Choosing and Embracing Sustainable Materials

Certified B organizations are committed to sustainability. Millwork and custom furnishings allow them to achieve this goal by allowing you to choose and embrace sustainable materials. 

Opt for materials that have a minimal environmental impact, such as responsibly sourced wood, reclaimed wood, bamboo, recycled materials, and eco-friendly alternatives. For instance, producing 40 aluminum cans used in interior wall finishes and decorations requires the amount of energy in one gallon of gasoline. 

You can help significantly decrease this by using recycled aluminum scraps. 

By selecting sustainable materials, you contribute to reducing their ecological footprint and support the overall sustainability goals of certified B organizations.

B-corporation office space featuring plants and furniture made with sustainable materials

Prioritizing Personalization

Employees want to feel like they belong. Custom millwork and furnishings offer unmatched personalization options. 

You can tailor each piece to fit the B organization’s and its employees’ unique needs and preferences. Personalizing enhances a work space’s aesthetic appeal and promotes the employee’s sense of ownership and connection. 

Customization lets you integrate specific functionalities, ergonomic considerations, and spatial optimization into a space. It ensures that the space truly supports the employee’s work and well-being. 

So, go ahead and incorporate some personal touches, such as the employee’s photos, artwork, or company logos.

Promoting Employee Well Being

The global pandemic disrupted employee well-being, causing mental health challenges, work-life imbalance, and health and safety concerns. 

The World Economic Forum reports that long hours and bad workplace experiences are the leading causes of workplace stress and disengagement.

A healthy and happy workforce is a productive workforce, and millwork and custom furnishings can play a role in promoting employee well-being. Design spaces that incorporate wellness-focused elements such as ergonomic seating, natural light, adjustable workstations, and biophilic design principles into their custom designs. 

This way, the organization can help its employees stay healthy and productive.

Millwork and custom furnishings concept- B-corporation office space using wooden desks for employees and different plants for design

Supporting Ethical Craftsmanship

A huge part of promoting sustainability includes supporting ethical and compliant business and community practices. This allows you and the organization to support ethical craftsmanship.

You can collaborate with local artisans and craftsmen who follow fair labor practices and utilize sustainable production methods. Additionally, choose products made by skilled artisans who are paid a fair wage and work in safe and healthy conditions.

Promoting ethical craftsmanship enables you to create unique and high-quality pieces, preserve traditional skills, and support local economies.

Supporting Local Artisans and Social Enterprises

A B Corporation Certification means that an organization has met the high standards required in various aspects, including giving back to the community and charitable giving to supply chain practices.

They can achieve this by:

  • Purchasing products made by local artisans and social enterprises whenever possible.
  • Establishing partnerships and collaborations with local artisans and social enterprises to meet their supply chain needs.
  • Supporting them through business mentorships, support programs, and training.
  • Showcasing local artisans and their products as part of the organization’s branding and marketing efforts.
  • Investing in community development initiatives, such as grants, scholarships, or financial support.
  • Ethical and fair trade practices, ensuring that local artisans and social enterprises are paid fair wages for their products and services

However, all this support begins with you designing the organization’s spaces using millwork and custom furnishings. 

Demonstrating Social Responsibility

Certified B Corporations incorporate business models, activities, and strategies that support inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economies. They are on the frontline to support enterprises that benefit society. 

What better way to show social responsibility than using millwork and custom furnishings that support ethical craftsmanship and promote employee well-being?  

You can design the organization’s spaces and use custom pieces crafted from sustainable materials produced by ethical suppliers. 

This way, you can help the organization convey its commitment to responsible practices and positively impact the world. It showcases their dedication to making a positive impact beyond their core business operations.

Environmental-friendly office space featuring millwork and custom furnishings

Integrating Smart and Sustainable Technology

Smart technology is taking root in various organizations and work environments to optimize operations, enhance efficiency, and reduce costs. You can design a system integrating smart and sustainable technology for certified B organizations.

This integration goes beyond mere functionality and aesthetics. It:  

  • Aligns with the organization’s sustainability, innovation, and efficiency values. 
  • Improves energy efficiency and conservation, promoting a sustainable approach to resource management and cost savings.
  • Enhanced user experience and control, creating a more comfortable and efficient space for its employees and customers.
  • Provides an opportunity to gather valuable data on space utilization, energy consumption, and user behavior, enhancing data-driven decision-making.
  • Helps to select sustainable materials to showcase the organization’s commitment to sustainability.
  • Serves as a conversation starter and inspiration for others.
  • Demonstrate the organization’s commitment to innovation and future-proofing their space.

Combining aesthetics with functionality advances sustainable practices and reduces the organization’s environmental impact.

Improving Accessibility Through Universal Design Principles

The World Health Organization reports that 16% of the global population – 1.3 billion people – live with some form of disability. Designers can leverage universal design principles and use millwork and custom furnishings to enhance accessibility within and outside the workplace. 

This way, all spaces can be more accessible and inclusive for all individuals, regardless of age, disability, or physical condition. Besides, certified B organizations are also regulatory complaints to legal statutes, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

By considering factors such as adjustable heights, clear pathways, and ergonomic features, you can create spaces that cater to people of diverse abilities and promote inclusivity.

Designing to Reflect Certified B Corporations’ Values

Millwork and custom furnishings help certified B organizations accentuate their commitment to sustainability, wellness, and ethics. 

As a designer, you cannot underestimate the impact incorporating them into your designs can create. 

However, if you aren’t sure where to begin, Acacia Originals has your back. Our vast experience creating sustainable and purpose-driven spaces makes us your ideal go-to designers for B organizations. Contact us today to help you realize your sustainable ideas and designs.

After the Second World War, designers and architects sought to create ideas that echoed the environment and technology invented at that time. These ideas starkly contrasted the hard times and focused on what people needed to raise a family and look forward to a brighter future. In addition, these ideas gave birth to designs that hailed function above aesthetics, settling on clean lines and furniture pieces with unique legs. Today, mid-century aesthetic style is finding its way into commercial space furniture, producing eye-catching designs that make a business environment warm and welcoming.

Here are the best commercial space furniture options that you can use for your office. 

1. Teak Wood

Teak is a close-grained hardwood from South Asia. The original color is gold with a smooth texture. Because it’s high in natural oils, it’s naturally water resistant and stays longer than most wood types.

You’ll also find rosewood, another durable hardwood with a rich color array featuring brownish hues and dark veining. It spots attractive wood grain, polishes excellently and can achieve a high sheen.

Alternatively, designers will go for oak wood. It spots most of the features in teak and rosewood: close-grained and can achieve a high sheen.

A photo of an empty office with a table and Eames chairs

2. Clean Lines

The all-time furniture icon, the Eames chair, is an excellent depiction of the shapes that rule in mid-century design. Moreover, you’ll find curved and almost round sofas and geometric shapes that promote clean and sleek angles.

For shelving, modular wall units and shelving systems work great at imitating how mid-century folks created shelving.

These shapes are ideal for providing snug comfort in an office and forgoing the stiff furniture that makes office spaces feel cold, corporate, and impersonal.

3. Peg Legs

Peg legs in the mid-century era were utterly utilitarian. However, we have to admit they are a great swap to the typical round, square or rectangular legs.

In addition, you can have them on any piece of office furniture –from desks that look like plain wooden boards propped on peg legs to seats with soft round corners and cushions, and waiting room and boardroom tables with crisscrossed peg legs.

Peg legs also make it easier to have functional, fluid and slim furniture pieces that make the office look roomier.

4. Vibrant Colors

The overlapping minimalist theme doesn’t negate the use of loud colors, especially those that dominated the 1950s to earthy colors in the 1960s.

Use bold accent colors such as burnt orange, mustard yellow, teal, olive, rust, pops of fire engine red, etc. You can also match two colors: brass and blue, pink and teal, and green and beige.

Because these colors stick out, you can tone them down with timeless neutrals such as pale pink, gray, and soft browns.

Moreover, the other way to make these colors work is to choose how to use them in different places. The reception area could do with a colorful display of seats toned down by the table or reception desk.

For tiny office spaces, a roll-top secretary desk can work as a shelf, and you can skirt the seat to warm up the reception area.

5. Organic Influences

The heart of organic influences is staying connected to nature. It emphasizes the use of fluid lines and natural materials. Mid-century people highly esteemed nature and brought nuances of it into their homes through plants, natural materials, and light.

Except for having furniture largely made of hardwood, the use of other natural materials such as jute, stone, bamboo, clay, and linen provides an earthy feel. Hence, you’d do well to stick to simple silhouettes and pared-down furnishings. Next, introduce organic shapes with soft curved lines to invoke more interest.

To let in lots of light, go for window types that help you mimic this style in your commercial space. The first is floor-to-ceiling windows. These interrupt a series of walls to immerse a room with light.

Also, you can choose sliding windows. These only have frames on the four sides of the window, leaving the middle glass uninterrupted for a maximum flow of light.

Lastly, is the picture window. Picture windows don’t offer much in aeration since you can’t open them, but they let in large amounts of light, especially if situated at a location with a great view outside.

An image of an eco-friendly office with a bright atmosphere

6. Layering with Accessories

Because simple largely wooden furnishings accessorizing is vital for livening up the place and making it look lived in.

Small throw pillows in some sections -waiting bays and reception -next to a wall with abstract art, or crystals and stones.

Also, you can go for a large sculptural piece standing over a cluster of smaller items. It’s sure to invoke lots of interest. 

The rule of thumb is to always have fewer, slimmer furniture so that the room looks spacious and airy and the accessories become hard-to-miss drawcards. 

7. Open Shelving

There are two options here: floating shelves or standing shelves with peg legs. Whichever you choose, the idea is to create dynamism, variety, and visual breaks.

If you’d rather have floating shelves, floating trapezoids with multi-tiered units attached to the wall beautify the plainest walls. It’s even better if they come in a teak or oak finish.

Remember to create interest with how you arrange books. The best way is to alternate between stacked and lined, large and small, or filled and sparse. These variations draw the eye but also give them a break as they move through the shelves.

More importantly, you keep the shelve from looking heavy and uninteresting to a beautifully designed convenience for organizing your business space.

A beautiful office with open shelves furniture style

Final Thoughts

Choosing pieces with a low profile is safest when looking for mid-century commercial space furniture. Tapered legs and lower backs are a good place to start. 

Also, look for curves but with clean lines. Lighting fixtures like lamps or other metal finds tied to the period will help you tie the decor together.

Worried that you’ll never get it right? Acacia Originals can help you incorporate the mid-century allure into your commercial space to make it stand out. We are custom millwork and furniture experts, with years of experience and a long list of happy clients. Contact us to get the design want.

As a commercial architect or designer, you understand the importance of information security for your clients’ offices. But did you know that custom millwork and furnishings can play a surprisingly significant role in protecting sensitive documents and personally identifiable information (PII)?

At Acacia Originals, we specialize in crafting unique, custom millwork designs that not only elevate the aesthetic of commercial spaces but also improve their functionality and security.

In fact, here are just a few ways that our custom furnishings can enhance information security in your clients’ offices:

Breaking Up Sight Lines

By strategically placing furniture to block sight lines to desktops and work areas, we can limit the visibility of sensitive information to visitors and employees who don’t need to see it.

Secured Bookcases and Shelves

We can create bookcases as well as shelving units with lockable doors or drawers. This ensures that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive documents and PII.

Convenient Drawers

By designing furniture with built-in drawers and compartments, we encourage employees to store documents and PII properly. This reduces the likelihood of sensitive information being left out in the open and left unsecured.

Custom Sizing

Our team can create furniture that’s the perfect size for documents and folders. We can help maximize storage space while minimizing the risk of papers left unattended on desks or other surfaces.

At Acacia Originals, we understand the critical role that furnishings and millwork can play in a space’s overall security. That’s why we work closely with architects and designers to create pieces that look beautiful and serve a practical purpose.

Interested in learning more about how custom millwork can enhance information security in your clients’ offices? Schedule a call with me, Will Fuller, founder of Acacia Originals. Together, we can create beautiful and secure commercial spaces that exceed your clients’ expectations!