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Conference room design

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I found a great site today that gives several examples of different ways to set up a meeting or conference room.  

Three of the styles that I liked are:

Boardroom Style

This is the classic style that most are familiar with.  A large oval or rectangular table is surrounded by chairs on both sides and ends. Most Board of Director meetings, and committee meetings use this style.  This set up promotes interaction during the meeting.  Stoneline Designs boat shaped conference tables are slightly rounded on the longer sides to provide a better line of sight between the conference attendees. 

Frosted Glass Conference Table

U Shape

A grouping of conference tables are set up in a U shape. The chairs are placed on the outside.  This style is good for discussion groups, committee meetings and  audio-video presentations.  Make sure there is a minimum of 24" of space per person.

Hollow Design

Several tables are arranged in a square or rectangle with a center opening.  The chairs are place around the outside of the tables.  This set up is good for large meetings, especially if a larger table is not available.  When set up as a square, this layout provides good visual lines for each person in attendance. 

Of course, we believe the best way to seat a large group is by using one of  Stoneline's many large conference tables.  We custom build large conference tables in sizes from 7' to 30' and beyond!


Another Great Site

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We recently found a great site that creates unique designs on glass:  This company hand paints designs on glass and glass table tops. 

Thumbnail image for mosiactabletop.jpgThe artists paint on the underside of the glass so that the table is both beautiful and still functional.  Check out their gallery to see more of their one of a kind pieces.

I think that the above design would work well with Stoneline's Vector Dining table, or maybe  the new Tangent Pedestal table that we now offer!

Tea at the Conference Table?

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Nothing cheers up a cold day like a hot cup of tea. But it can be hard to get good tea when you're at your desk all day. The Tea Table Blog has an excellent post on how to make good tea at the office. Here at Stoneline Designs we have both coffee and tea drinkers among us. We agree 100% with the Tea Table Blog that facilities to make tea are all too rare in most offices, and that a coffee maker is no substitute. The residual flavor is so strong that your tea will taste like weak coffee, not tea.

Our taste in tea is not too refined -- no need for the gourmet stuff, we like tea bags just fine -- and we are always grateful when we find decent tea in a business setting. At your next conference, why not set up a hot water dispenser and some good tea bags on the table next to the coffee pot? It's easier to make than coffee, and you may be surprised at how many conference attendees choose tea.


Game designer James Owen Lowe incorporated Stoneline's Cessina coffee table into his design for a Half-Life 2 mod which appeared in the independent film Death In Charge. Lowe says: "The game itself is called "Blood Splattered Corpse Orgy," and will be set in a bright, cheery upper middle class suburban home. Then the player kills some zombies, and all sorts of parts fly hither and thither."

In Lowe's role as environmental artist, he designed 3D renderings of furniture for the home featured in the game. The first piece he designed was a coffee table based on our own Cessina table.


Thanks, James, for immortalizing our table. We can't think of a better setting for a Cessina table than a zombie attack. We only wish it was a real game that we could play! Next time you need a prop for a game, you might use an Axis table for your model: the steel I-beam would make an excellent weapon against zombies.

Leave It At the Reception Desk

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Stoneline Reception DeskCheck out Leave It At the Reception Desk, a new site that highlights reception desk design. The site is focused on the UK, though they cover the US and other countries as well.  

Visit them every day for a fresh look at reception desk innovation.