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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2017 Workplace Design Trends

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners We’re going to see a significant shift away from wide open floor plans to open “areas” separated by groups or departments. There are ways by which a space can be designed to be open, but at the same time not look like the world’s largest trading floor. You can have open plan “clusters” of 40-50 people within a space, as opposed to hyper densification of 300-400 in one area. The ideas is that you walk into a space, and in place of a sea of sit-stand desk, you walk up a central staircase to a floor that has 4-5 areas separated by line of sight that house separate departments. When walking the space, it’s almost as if you are discovering hidden areas. The key to this type of space is that the feel is still very open, without the distractions associated with densifying a space […]

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Join Workwell As We Participate In Toys For Tots

We are excited to announce our participation in the Annual Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive as an official drop-off location. This holiday toy collection and distribution program serves to brighten the holiday season for local children in need by providing them with new toys. As in years past, we encourage the local community, our industry partners, family and friends to donate new, unwrapped toys by bringing them to our office at 6 East 32nd Street, 8th Floor in Manhattan from now until Tuesday, December 13, 2016. With toys ranging from puzzles to stuffed animals, Toys for Tots provides children of all ages with toys to raise spirits in what can be a difficult time of the year for the less fortunate. Let’s help to make this holiday season extra bright for children in need in our local communities!

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Welcome to the Neighborhood Bernhardt!

Bernhardt Design and Bernhardt Textiles recently moved into a 20,000-square-foot space at 136 Madison Avenue and our team was invited over to our new neighbor’s showroom for breakfast and a tour. To say our team was impressed is an understatement. Established in 1889, Bernhardt Design is among the country’s largest family-owned furniture companies. Their new home on Madison Avenue is just as stunning as their furniture. The crisp white walls and minimalist design only enhanced the beauty of their furniture even more. Our team was able to explore the space as we wished and mingled with the Bernhardt employees. Each area was more beautiful than then next. Senior Sales Coordinator, Tammy, commented that they have an “Amazing showroom, beautiful space and great people to assist with all questions.” Aside from their beautiful new home and wonderful employees, our team couldn’t stop complimenting their new pieces. Our Team & Design Lead, Sonia, said “Composites case good […]

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Keilhauer, Prismatique, Alea, and Andreu World and more!

A few weeks ago our team had the pleasure of seeing not only 1 showroom but 4! Thanks to our friends over at Primason Symchik we were able to tour the Keilhauer, Prismatique, Alea, and Andreu World showrooms at 200 Lexington Ave. Each showroom was unique in its own way but beautifully complimented the others. Read below to learn more about each manufacturer. KEILHAUER With their corporate values of integrity, capability, creativity, fun and excitement, Keilhauer captures these through their executive, office, lounge, conference and collaborative seating and tables. Keilhauer released a number of products at Neocon this year but what stood out in the show room was the Hangout Collection. This collection is comprised of Visit sofas and benches, the Ponder lounge chair, Plunk ottoman and Sip stools and tables. The variety of products offered in this line make it truly custom and personalized for the end users.     Visit www.keilhauer.com to see […]

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First Annual Workwell for Warriors Charity Event

Last Thursday, Workwell hosted our first ever charity event for Hope for the Warriors foundation. First off, we want to thank all of our sponsors, raffle donors, and those who attended our event. We can’t thank you enough for your support and generosity. Because of you, Workwell for Warriors exceeded our fundraising goal and raised over $8,000 for this notable charity! Earlier this summer, Workwell announced a formal partnership with Hope for the Warriors and ran in their Big Apple Run for the Warriors. We took our efforts to the next level and hosted an event that is solely dedicated to raising money for this charity. Our team filled the room with colleagues, clients, coworkers, and vendors for an open bar, bites, raffle, silent auction and so much more fun! The photo booth was a fan favorite; photos can be viewed here. We were honored to have a veteran, who has directly benefited from Hope for […]

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Workwell’s Favorite Day of the Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – our Annual Company Outing! Each year, we try to plan a fun, unforgettable day outside the office for our employees. We do this as a small thank you to all of our employees for all that they do throughout the year. It is always nice to spend time together in a casual, non-office setting (despite our love of being surrounded by office furniture). This year, we packed up the bus with our employees and bagels and left Manhattan to enjoy a day at Minerals Resort in Vernon, NJ! Upon our arrival at Minerals Resort, we were greeted by the staff from United EVENTures for lawn game Olympics! We were divided into 4 teams and competed in a few different events that consisted of: corn hole, oversize jenga, ladder toss, and more! The rain unfortunately kept us inside but that didn’t stop everyone’s competitive spirits from coming out. […]

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The Path to Leadership Through Mentoring

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners If you think you can afford to start your professional career off without a mentor then do so. However, be warned that you may have to repeatedly start from scratch, fork out a lot of money and go through the same mistakes that others have already endured. If I could do it over again, I would have done everything I could to identify someone who cared enough to offer guidance. I was young and fresh out of college without a clear plan of what I wanted to do. I come from a blue collar background – my dad was a chef and my mom was a stay-at-home mom – so the reality was I did not have a clue as to how to go about working my way up the career ladder to a leadership position. I still thought I knew it all, but I […]

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