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From trampolines to living walls – the Norwich company exploring trends for a ‘healthier’ office

PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 26 April 2018

Bev Grice and Floyd Sayers of Flomotion Studio, at one of their sit-stand desks, with a room divider designed as sound proofing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bev Grice and Floyd Sayers of Flomotion Studio, at one of their sit-stand desks, with a room divider designed as sound proofing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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An office outfitter is branching out from furniture as businesses explore how workplaces can support physical and mental wellbeing.

Floyd Sayers of Flomotion Studio, takes an active break from work on an exercise bike. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFloyd Sayers of Flomotion Studio, takes an active break from work on an exercise bike. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Flomotion Studio in Norwich, which supplies sit-stand desks and adjustable chairs and stools, is developing other products to make workplaces more “active” and pleasant to be in – including soundproofing and bringing nature into the office.

The Heigham Street firm is run by Floyd Sayers, who has a background in graphic design, and partner Bev Grice.

Launched in 2016, the firm is projected to have doubled turnover in its second year to between £60,000 and £80,000 and is currently sourcing its biggest order of desks yet for a production company employing 40 people.

While Mr Sayers and Ms Grice feel the market for sit-stand desks is growing, they have wider ambitions for the business – in promoting new office design features from napping stations and artwork to acoustic adjustments.

Bev Grice of Flomotion Studio, on one of the stools for the workplace, which workers can twist and stretch on and bounce to keep moving, rather than sitting still for hours. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBev Grice of Flomotion Studio, on one of the stools for the workplace, which workers can twist and stretch on and bounce to keep moving, rather than sitting still for hours. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Flomotion already offers workshops to customers on posture and breathing with a yoga instructor, to “lead them down the path” to greater awareness of what their workplaces offer to staff.

Mr Sayers said: “The next chapter in our development is what else affects how we work in an office and how we feel. In most of the offices I have been into and worked in no thought has been given to this.”

The couple are advocates of biophilic design, which focuses on bringing more of the natural world into an office through plants, water features and natural light. Mr Sayers says this trend is already attracting interest in domestic and work environments – including their own office, where they have installed a wall-mounted planter.

Exercise devices to use at work, from wobble boards and resistance bands to trampolines and treadmills, are another area of interest. The firm is considering investing in a small fleet of exercise bikes to give to customers for free trials.

Bev Grice of Flomotion Studio, with the workplace biophilic design trend of a living wall, which Bev is watering by standing on one of the sit-stand desks. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBev Grice of Flomotion Studio, with the workplace biophilic design trend of a living wall, which Bev is watering by standing on one of the sit-stand desks. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It is also in talks with a London-based software designer about a programme employing “nudge therapy” to remind office workers to keep themselves physically primed at work – for example to stretch, walk around and keep hydrated.

Mr Sayers said: “We want to show people some ideas they can incorporate into their space cheaply. Either we give them the information to do it themselves or we help them, to design a workplace with health and wellbeing at its core.”

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