Meeting Room Designs and Elements

Planning to design your office space to make it cohesive for meetings, then understanding the different meeting room designs and elements is a good step in the right direction. In this blog post, we look at understanding the requirements and purpose of the intended meeting rooms and thereafter align how the meeting room designs and elements should play a factor in the productivity of the meeting room.

Understand the Purpose of the Meeting Room Design

When you look at a meeting room design and the elements you want to include in it, you need to fully understand the need and the purpose for the intended meeting room. It should be kept in mind that one room for meeting will not meet the requirements throughout. An office space may need a meeting room for many purposes, be it a workshop, brainstorming sessions, focus groups, meetings for the management, and more.

Consider the Layout and Equipment for the Meeting Room Design

Based on the purpose and the requirement for the meeting room design, you need to also consider the layout and the equipment you will need to put together your meeting room design. Based on the most types of meetings held by employees, you are able to understand what kind of meeting room design you are after, and the layout and equipment to complement the meeting room design.

Choosing the colour for your meeting room design also plays a role. They say that calmer blue tones promotes productivity  and relaxation, whilst cheerful red tones stimulates creativity, discussions and team work.

Once you have the layout and the colour scheme going for your meeting room design, the next obvious step would be to choose the Furniture for your meeting room Design. Opting for versatile furniture for your meeting room will elevate the design and functionality intended for the space, so that it may be used for official and unofficial purposes.

After adding your furniture for the meeting room design, you need to focus on the variety of equipment needed to make a meeting room design complete. With the likes of screens, projectors, video conferencing and screen sharing equipment to line up the meeting room design elements to achieve functionality fused with aesthetics.

Don’t forget to check out RM Perera’s past projects of great meeting room designs and how adding various aesthetical and interior design elements have elevated the look and feel of each office  space design.

Different Types of Wood for Furniture Making in Sri Lanka

There are many types of woods used in Sri Lankan furniture, and its home to a rich history of using numerous types of tropical hardwoods in furniture making over the years. During colonial rule of the Portuguese, Dutch and then British, popular types of wood for furniture making included the likes of Jak, Ebony, Satinwood, Nedun, Teak, and Calamander to name a few.  

Many furniture makers in the past were inclined to use different types of woods in one piece of furniture for functionality as well as aesthetics. This along with the use of furniture stains, wax, varnish and different furnishes made it difficult to identify which different types of wood for furniture was used.  The density of the wood in itself played a big part on the different types of wood for furniture making in Sri Lanka was put to use. The scale of the density started with calamander, ebody, satinwood then nedun, jak and then teak.

The following are the different types of wood used in furniture making in Sri Lanka.

Tamarind Wood | Tamarindus indica

The Tamarind Wood stems from the Tamarind tree, which is known as Siyambalagaha in Sinhala. It’s a difficult type of wood to work with.

Satinwood | Chloroxylon swietenia

 Called Burutha in Sinhala, and Mal Buruta for those that are figured, satinwood is used well against ebony wood in decorative wood pieces.

Nadun Wood | Pericopsis mooniana

Nadun wood was named by the Dutch in the 18th century and used for cabinet making.

Teakwood | Tectona grandis

Introduced to Sri Lanka from the likes of India and Burma, it became the most popular and prevalent type of wood to be used for furniture making in Sri Lanka since British rule.

Kolon Wood | Andina cordifolia

Deriving its name from the Kolonna Korale area of the Sabaragamuwa Province, this type of wood is often used for decorative panels.

Kumbuk Wood | Terminalia arjuna

The Kumbuk tree often grows near rivers, where the likes of pebbles can become ingrained in the wood, and thus this type of wood is best used for handmade items as opposed to machine cutting.

Ebony Wood | Diospyros ebenum

A very popular choice of furniture making wood during the Dutch period due to the high contrast against the white walls, this type of wood was used for moldings and legs.

Jak Wood | Artocarpus heterophylum

Jak wood, or Jack Wood was greatly used as a utility building wood, as well as for small furniture pieces. This includes the likes of chairs and chests.

Kohomba | Azadirachta indica

Also known as Neem or Margosa, the wood is often used for cabinetry, chests, and cupboards. It’s a popular choice for kitchen furniture as the wood’s oil act as a natural insect repellent.