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Green is for Go!

Studies have been done over the years to quantify what plants in a work place can do. We’ve read a few articles and have put together 5 of the top reasons you should be filling your office with green.


We all want to be more productive, so get planting! The higher level of concentration can be credited to the plants ability to reduce excess carbon dioxide in the air.

Go green for productivity

Office plants promote productivity


NGIA Australia says that introducing plants to your working environment reduces stress. In a study they conducted in 2010, they found the following:

Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction

Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction

Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction

Fatigue – 38% reduction


Most of us will agree that being surrounded by greenery makes our day more pleasant. It can turn a concrete prison into a space that subconsciously will make us feel free. And on top of employees feeling more relaxed, our clients will love the environment too.

Go green for a better work place

Go green in your office today


A lesser known advantage of plants is that they help reduce ambient noise by as much as 5 decibels. This will help us all concentrate more.


I don’t think anyone will argue that they don’t want to look healthier! Plants can reduce dry skin by 20%. This will leave us all feeling better at the end of the day.

Green plants for a healthier office

Going green in your office place.




Inspiration: Airbnb International Offices

We love to be inspired and thought we’d share some of our biggest inspirations with you. Corporate interior design is moving into a realm where there are no boundaries. Its inspiring, exciting and it is so much more than just “being out there” or being conformed to rules. There is a psychology behind what people need in order to be at their best and be the most productive.

This week our chosen inspiration is the Airbnb International Offices.

Airbnb’s offices are all intended to reflect the online rental company’s ‘belong anywhere’ ethos, and each interior has been created in collaboration with local design studios.  The offices feature areas modeled on Airbnb apartment listings from around the world and include a variety of adaptable spaces.

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PHOTO SOURCE: Dezeen.com



Dog Biltong bowl upstart Office

New products in store!

We have just put our new decorating ceramics and wall art on display in our showroom. It is a collection of local and international goods from skulls to serving plates to cool framed prints.

All offices and homes need accessories as a finishing touch which creates your own personal atmosphere.

Skull Serving plate Upstart Office

Skull Serving plate


Dog Biltong Bowl Upstart Office

Dog Biltong Bowl


Wall Art Upstart Office

Wall Art

hospital wall art interior design

Advanced Health – new Hospital in Panorama

Upstart Office was recently appointed to furnish the new Advanced Health Hospital in Panorama. Working closely with interior designers WRKSHP, this is the second hospital to be completed in this year.

The new look and feel of the hospital moves to take it away from the lifeless atmosphere traditionally found in hospitals. This has often created a sense of dread when visiting a doctor, so it was important to create an updated space that promotes positivity and good energy.


hospital entrance panorama interior design

Hospital waiting area panorama upstart office interior design

hospital panorama upstart office waiting room interior design

panorama hospital reception area upstart office interior design

Does your Chair have your back? by Humanscale

We spend a lot of time at work, and one thing is for sure – the chair you use each day can make a huge difference in your comfort level (and sanity). To assist you in searching for the perfect office chair, we have compiled the Ultimate Chair Checklist:

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Our newly renovated showroom


Our newly renovated showroom at the Old Biscuit Mill in the Heart of the design hub of Woodstock in Cape Town, acts as a living testament to adaptable, user-focused design.  The space is a presentation of our broad range of product and demonstrates fresh ideas in modern office concepts.

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Designing your Office Canteen

We found an article that we thought gave really great pointers about putting together your office canteen.

“Each aspect of the office interior design has to be paid special attention so that the desired effect is created for a positive workplace ambience. In this regard, office canteen design is not given much priority as it is considered to be a leisure spot in the office premises. A comfortable office canteen design provides an ideal place to take a refreshing break for the employees from their routine work. Hence it is utmost essential that certain basic norms of office interior design are catered to.

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Your personal office space:

You spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and approximately 50 weeks a year in your office. A Large company means large numbers of people passing you by every day. Some days you can’t tell today from yesterday.  Sound like you?

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Breaking News

We have just been appointed as interior designers and suppliers of a 1500 seater call centre in the Western Cape! Watch this space.

Upstart Office: Best Seller for May 2013

 Once again the Orion Office Chair has crushed all the other chair contenders in the popularity stakes for May 2013. Its design compliments any office and it has been nicknamed the ‘working chair’ by some, because of comfort and ability to withstand 8 hour work days.

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