At National, we like to create environments where people can grow and learn and ultimately do things smarter and better every day. For a design professional, we have a variety of industry topics that are designed to increase your knowledge. Check out the information below to take advantage of one of these learning opportunities. Contact Design@NationalOfficeFurniture.com for more information.

True Colors

Just as no two snowflakes match, there are many variations between fabrics—and those differences are important. The fabrics around us, those that we’re seeing and feeling against our skin, influence our thoughts and behaviors. This course will include the scientific research linking particular elements of fabrics to certain responses in humans. We’ll cover the psychological effects of seeing particular colors and patterns as well as feeling textures against our skin. We’ll talk about how fabrics can help achieve desired outcomes in a variety of different spaces.

The True Colors course was developed in partnership with Sally Augustin, PhD, a practicing design psychologist, specializing in person-centered design, and a principal at Design With Science. 


Performance Fabrics 101

This course is an overview of the use of Performance Fabrics on commercial furniture. It includes information on 6 key attributes of Performance Fabrics, how the attributes can be achieved, and why they are important in real life applications. Content includes common brands of fabric or treatments which contribute to meeting the key attributes. Fabric samples will be utilized during the presentation to help support key points. 


BIFMA e3 Sustainability Standard and level® Certification: An Overview

This course is meant to give a high level summary of the BIFMA e3 Sustainability Standard and the level® certification program. The course includes an overview of the content which includes Scope, Structure, Elements, Prerequisites, etc. as well as information on the third party level® certification process.