Chicago 2022

Workplaces are in flux. Whether you work in a commercial office, a home office, or a mix of spaces that changes daily, we crave environments that make us feel connected. That connection—to our work, our goals, our peers, and what ultimately drives us—is something that must be included when designing spaces.

That’s where our Perfect Harmony portfolio comes into play. Throughout our Chicago Showroom experience, you’ll see how thoughtful design can make us feel like we a part of something bigger. By incorporating the right mix of furniture solutions and human-focused elements, it’s easy to create spaces that are inviting, personal, and functional…ultimately creating a culture that employees want to return to.

Kimball International offers thoughtful design and product solutions that make employees, clients, and guests feel like they are a part of something bigger. Through research, we examined healthcare, workplace, and education experiences. We uncovered that employees needed flexible, adaptable, and safe spaces to feel comfortable and fully enter back into each of these spaces. While not surprising individually, it was interesting to note that this need was across all industries. This research also validated what we all know to be true - the right spaces create connections.

Responsive Design in the Workplace

During the pandemic, we conducted research to better understand employee needs. With our research partners, we found one consistent message. No matter the end market, design must be responsive. We took a closer look at spaces that are needed to support responsive design and discovered four trends. Pliability, Performance, Power, and Placement (the 4 Ps) must be considered to develop spaces that can be truly responsive to users' needs and provide optimal experiences.
More than flexibility and adaptability, pliability encompasses a wide variety of changes. From micro changes (such as adding a screen for safety) to macro changes (like reconfiguration for improved workflow) a pliable environment is one that is intentionally designed to change and adapt to the unknown future.
It goes without saying that power is now a requirement. Perhaps in the future, power and data will all be a part of the metaverse, but today (and the foreseeable future), power reigns supreme. Tied closely with flexibility, lack of easy access to power and data, both wireless and wired, can be an incredible dissatisfier in an environment.
Safety, durability, sustainability, and protection are key indicators of performance. Products that are better for the interior environment AND the planet are an expectation for designers and owners. Recent studies have shown that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is a critical factor in attracting top talent in all industries.
Furniture placement can appear haphazard and lead to inefficiencies in workflow if not fully thought through. Tied directly to placement, our live design charrette tool, Elevate, provides a measured approach to intentionally designing for change, incorporating performance factors, and integrating power and data. Our Elevate process minimizes time and increases opportunities to improve the user experience.
Our Chicago showrooms are filled with a broad range of product applications that create connection. These six types of spaces allow users to be successful in all you do, creating a place to be:
The Hub Connected: The Hub Often described as the heartbeat of the office, the Hub supports socialization and connectivity. These spaces are often designed with comfortable, casual, and eclectic pieces.
Culture Cafe Productive: Culture Café These spaces play an important part in defining an organization’s brand and culture, as well as creating a positive customer experience. They offer a variety of seating options for meeting, catching up, and grabbing a bite to eat.
Flexible: Work Your Way These workspaces support users throughout their work day. From spaces with visual and acoustical privacy to informal meeting areas, these destinations accommodate planned and impromptu interactions.
The Meet Up Inspired: The Meet-Up Tech-savvy spaces that support coming together, in-person or virtually. These conference rooms and huddle spaces are highly functional and encourage collaboration and problem solving.
Room on the Move Engaged: Room on the Move Versatile and movable furniture solutions allow these spaces to easily transition. Promote learning, training, mentoring, and hands-on activities by offering these flexible spaces.
Well + Good Safe: Well + Good Promote employee well-being and safety with spaces and programs dedicated to overall health. These areas include yoga and meditation spaces or more personal needs like a mother’s room.

Responsive Design in Healthcare

The Health Market is changing rapidly, and the role of space has never been as pivotal as it is today. While the last year was full of challenges, we saw an opportunity to be a catalyst for change. We believe the future of healthcare is shapeable, and Kimball International is aligning our business to provide solutions that make a positive impact on the delivery of care.

Throughout the Chicago Showroom experience, you’ll see how our approach to insights and research methodologies, partnered with design thinking, come together by leveraging the Perfect Harmony portfolio of products. By using solutions from all our brands, we have created innovative spaces that support better environments throughout the entire facility.

We know that the hospital’s physical environment plays a key role in determining patients’ health outcomes – and it is our mission to support you in keeping pace with the demands of today, so you can elevate every experience to impact the way healthcare is delivered tomorrow.

While in the Chicago showroom, you’ll see a broad range of applications to support emerging trends in healthcare:

Community Flexible: Community Patients seek convenience throughout their journey — from short and comfortable wait times to engaging conversations with caregivers in versatile consultative settings.
Nurse Wellbeing Balanced: Caregiver Spaces Caregiver burnout didn’t start with COVID-19, and it won’t end with it either. We are conducting observations and working with clients to bring forth solutions that will aid in supporting the quality of care for the caregiver.
Family Engagement Supportive: Family Engagement Creating dedicated space for family to be engaged and an active participant in the care journey is proven to reduce patient stress and improve communication.
Hybrid Care Equitable: Virtual Care As technology continues to become more and more present in today’s care, it is critical to provide environments that can strengthen engagements between caregiver and patient whether virtual or in-person.