Design is like a Game…

Comparing industries is something that we all do. Finding the perfect analogy to explain what you do on a day to day basis can sometimes be challenging. But for our designers they all were able to compare what they do daily to the following three games: Puzzle Tetris Chess It’s no coincidence how all of their answers seem to coincide with one another.  Each of the above games individually has strategies that tend to be unique to the individual person while they’re engaged in it. Often times, these activities are something that you either have a knack for or not so much. I find it is very rare that someone says these games are “just ok” – they either love them or hate them. Puzzle A puzzle by definition is a game, toy, or problem designed to test cleverness or knowledge. This can definitely apply to many aspects of designing for someone else, especially for […]

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Wellness in the Workplace with Workwell Partners

This past Wednesday, Workwell Partners along with the International WELL Building Institute came together to bring NYC’s design community a continued education unit (CEU) class called, “Wellness in the Workplace.” The event was hosted at Fisher & Paykel’s Experience Center located in the A&D Building and featured a healthy mix of Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as salmon gremolata and smoked hummus, which were prepared by in-house chef, Tageré Southwell. The evening’s class consisted of two parts. The first was presented by Vice President of Global Business Development, Stephen Brown, who introduced the basic building blocks of WELL, walking attendees from its origins to case studies and WELL certified projects. To learn more about the WELL building standard, you can read our previous posts about it: Wellness in the Workplace or Our Night With The WELL Building Standard. The second part of the CEU was presented by Workwell Partner’s very own LEED Designer and Account Liaison, Jesús […]

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What We are Reading

It’s not enough to be in the right place, at the right time, here are the right words to use: 11 Smart Phrases to Use at Networking Events (Inc) Take a breath, the right way: You’re Not Breathing Right (Bloomberg) Here’s how to give back, no matter the size: 10 Ways Small Businesses Can Give Back Without Breaking the Bank (Entrepreneur) To have a private office or to not have a private office: CEOs Want Their Offices Back (The Wall Street Journal) Turn that frown upside down: 10 Expert-Approved Ways To Turn Around A Bad Day (Huffington Post) Productivity lies in the floor plan: How the right office design can maximize productivity (The Business Journals) Oh you sit in a Haworth Fern: 5 Super-Fancy Desk Chairs To Upgrade Your Workday (Wired) Learn how to actually step away from Work: Vacation Tips From a Workaholic (Entrepreneur)

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Workwell for Warriors Update

This time last year our team adopted Hope for the Warriors as our official charity. Since then we’ve participated in their Big Apple Runs, hosted our own event for them, and held collections in our office to support those who are in the program. You can read more about this charity and our past involvement with them on our Workwell for Warriors page here. In the past few months, there are two events that we participated in that support this charity. The first being a school supply collection. We collected backpacks and school supplies for those families who benefit from the program. This collection was done in the spring instead of the fall so that Hope for the Warriors could distribute these supplies to the families in the program over the summer in time for the start of school! We sent two full boxes of supplies down to families in the North Carolina area. We […]

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15 Years of Working Well

We are proud to be celebrating 15 years of service! In 2002, Workwell Partners was founded by Jonathan Kessler, Jason Lesizza, and Scott Lesizza. Workwell grew from humble beginnings to one of the fastes growing dealerships in the country, with clients that make up some of the most prestigious in the world. Here are 15 facts about our company from the past 15 years. 1 54% of our employees have been here for more than 5 years. 2 In 2005, the Principals of  Workwell Partners were featured on the cover of Mannreport and in a two page article discussing the company, industry, and why they started Workwell Partners. 3 In 2006, Workwell Partners became a Haworth Dealer. Now we are proud to say that we are a Haworth Preferred Dealer. 4 In 2008, Global Brands Group (Formerly Li + Fung), was looking to fulfill an order for 1 chair. That one chair began Workwell’s 9 […]

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Haworth, Inc. Honors Workwell Partners With 2017 Best In Class Distinction

New York, NY. – May 8, 2017 – Haworth, Inc. has announced that Workwell Partners has been designated as a 2017 Best In Class dealership.  The annual Best In Class distinction, which was established in 2011, is awarded to dealerships based on exceptional performance in market development, sales and customer satisfaction, operational excellence as well as enterprise development. “Through outstanding dealerships like Workwell Partners, Haworth is able to provide our clients with an exceptional customer experience,” said Robert Hendrickson, Director of Dealer Development for Haworth. Workwell Partners is one of 30 dealerships to be awarded the 2017 Best In Class distinction.  Haworth works with a network of more than 250 North American dealerships — independent businesses — who provide sales and support to customers by helping architects, designers, and facility managers in the complex process of selecting, specifying, planning, and purchasing furniture and workspace interiors. Workwell Partners is one of the leading providers of workplace, […]

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DIFFA’s Dining by Design with M Moser

Our team had a great time supporting and attending DIFFA by Design’s Annual Gala, Dining by Design, with M Moser last week. The basis of this event is that DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) invites designers to create unique dining areas for their guests.  DIFFA’s Annual event is co-located with the Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 92 in New York City to raise money to fight against HIV/AIDS. M Moser’s dining area had an exceptional story that they explain below: “Using design to visualize information, M Moser Associate’s Dinning by Design installation highlights the contrast between past stereotypes and statistics around HIV/AIDS and the most current data reported by the UN AIDS Organization. Through the use of various techniques, materiality and technology, the installation is meant to draw out a visceral human connection to evoke accountability to one another. With current treatments having transformed a positive HIV diagnosis from a death sentence into a […]

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Trends Pushing the Architectural Millwork Industry to Innovate

 Guest Post Written By: Joe Patrovich, Director of Pre-Construction and Engineering at Modworxx. Expectations are understandably high when it comes to custom-engineered and -produced products. Architectural millwork, used for improved aesthetics and functionality for the end product, has always been fabricated to meet the specifications for a particular building project. That said, to differentiate itself from stock millwork, the industry must continuously evolve as design trends change and new technology or materials become available. Commercial environments in particular are seeking the creation of innovative millwork features, including cabinetry, shelving, storage, reception desks, lounge or collaboration seating areas, feature walls and more. First, the most creative architectural millwork solutions are incorporating technology in unexpected places. For example, we’re working on a project for a large financial firm that wants to track how much foot traffic the pantry gets. We’ve engineered a ceiling with undulating, wave-like walnut slats with hidden occupancy sensors. Our client will be able to […]

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Ergonomics on a Smaller Scale

As wellness trends are in full swing for the New Year, I was thinking about the training at the Haworth Headquarters about wellness and ergonomics a few months back. This is something that is becoming the norm when designing and furnishing an office, especially sit to stand benching. But one thing that I was curious about is ergonomics in the classroom. Is this something that is taken into account when designing or refurbishing a classroom? Just like offices, classrooms should be adjusting to the same trends. When thinking of ergonomics in relation to children or teenagers, it’s slightly different than ergonomics in the workplace. You can still evaluate all the different aspects that are listed in my previous post about ergonomics, which can be found here, to determine how and if ergonomics is even being taken into account. The main difference of ergonomics in an office versus classroom is the people who occupy it, more specifically their […]

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Allermuir and Sentator’s Showroom Tour

Located on Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District, Allermuir and Sentator’s showroom is a space you will want to live in! This independent, family owned business started in 1976. After over 39 years of service, the Senator Group has grown in to one the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world. Their showroom is a pure extension of the company and the creators behind it. The second you get off the elevator you feel like you are being welcomed into a beautiful apartment. Our Sales Coordinator, Dolores Romero, said “I loved the Silta table and Cardita Chairs (would love to have at home), and the Magritte type lighting they had when you get off the elevator (bowler hats).” Even our rep pointed out to us that when one of our principals visited the space, he made a comment that he needed one of the sofas in his own apartment! The flawless flow of lounge to […]

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