What We are Reading

Workwell is on: The Right Side of Cool (OnOffice) Better Design, More Productivity : How Workplace Design Influences Worker Productivity (Inkbot Design) Love your Office: 7 Ways to Make Your Office a Sanctuary (Entrepreneur) The Chrysler Building like you’ve never seen before: Top 10 Secrets of the Chrysler Building in NYC (Untapped Cities) Fashionable Fridges: Made in Italy: Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg launch collection of hand-painted fridges (Wallpaper*) Happy Birthday to an Architect Legend: Spotlight: I.M. Pei (Arch Daily) NYC is going Green: Solar Panels Lead NYCHA’s Sustainability Agenda (Curbed NY) Interactive Furniture: Juno Jeon Breathes Life Into His Furniture (Design Milk)

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All Aboard: Workwell Celebrates CoreNet NYC Annual Dinner

Back at it for another year! As some of you may remember from last year, our team and invited guests attended the “it” event for Commercial Real Estate in New York City, the New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global’s Annual Dinner. With attendance being at an all time high for this coveted event, this night of networking and celebration was held at a new venue, the Intrepid Museum. From the design competition to the performance by saxophonist, Alex Foster, this night did not disappoint! It was an evening filled with great conversation, delicious food and drinks amongst colleagues, clients, and friends. To see more from this night, click on the image below to check out our gallery of our photos from this great event. Thanks to our team and guests at our table for a terrific evening!

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Building A New “Purch”

This Post Originally Appeared on Office Envy’s Website Rising real estate costs and shrinking workstations have forced several of Workwell Partner’s clients to think outside the cubicle when it comes to laying out their space. In recent months, we’ve seen explosive growth coupled with a lack of inventory, forcing several New York City companies to stay in place and work with what they have. Recently, media company Purch, tapped Workwell to assist in maximizing their space for new employees. As a result of accommodating new seats and a maxed-out floor plan, Purch soon recognized that they needed to reintroduce a collaborative lounge space for their team.  While in a brainstorming session with the client, it was clear that we didn’t have much room to work with in the workstation areas. However, there was a lot of potential in the reception area. Purch loved the idea of turning the empty reception into a bustling lounge for their […]

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What We’re Reading

Workwell Approved: The Next Hot Thing in Cool Office Design (Inc Magazine) Relax With These New Friends: 8 pieces of furniture to help you unwind after a stressful day (Mashable) Quotable End Of Year Countdown: The Top 10 Architecture Quotes of 2015 (Dezeen) Sky candy: The hottest renderings of 2015 (The Real Deal) Build A Better Team: 3 Important Management Trends to Watch in 2016 (Inc Magazine) Spring Awakening: WTC Transportation Hub Oculus To Open In March (Curbed NY)

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The (Overlooked) Importance of Getting To Know Your Colleagues

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners Because it’s what I do for a living, most of my posts revolve around making the workplace a better place to spend your time. What’s often neglected is the importance of ENJOYING the camaraderie of your team members. It means getting to know their life’s ambitions, their hopes and dreams, how their kid played in last Friday’s football game, sharing in the joy of their new daughter, and understanding the “whys” about why they had a bad day at the office. What really makes people loyal to an organization is rarely how “cool” their new 5-foot-wide bench is (we do our best but understand it’s not that cool), or how amazing their cafeteria is. It’s about getting to know and care for those that we spend most of our time with. So at the end of the day, all that we do (and I mean […]

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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 Monday, December 14, 2015. 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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Six Stories We’re Reading Today

Self-Serving Design: Jewel Tones + Industrial Feel Take Over Office of This Design Firm (Contemporist) Natural [Resourceful] Design: This Bike Path Paved With Solar Panels Shows That All Streets Could Double As Power Sources (Co. Exist) Home To Bel-Air: The Making of the Most Expensive Mansion in History (Details) Fun Maps: See What NYC’s Skyline Will Look Like in 2020 (Untapped Cities) Improve Morale, Improve Your Business: 14 Highly Effective Ways to Motivate Employees (Inc) Blaze A Trail: Entrepreneurs Don’t Follow Trends — They Create Them (Entrepreneur)

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Out & About: Our Fun Night of Networking

Last night was a big night of networking and fun for our team! Two events took center stage for us: CoreNet Global NY’s Big Speaker Program featuring Shark Tank’s Daymond John and IIDA NY’s Color Invasion 2015. CoreNet: Big Speaker Program Featuring Daymond John Each fall CoreNet hosts the Big Speaker Program, and this year’s speaker was one of the best yet. Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU and star of ABC’S Shark Tank, was both motivational and hilarious while speaking to the group at the W Hotel Union Square. Although John is famous for his savvy entrepreneurial spirit in music, fashion and media – he related his experiences and lessons learned to the real estate, facilities, and interiors industries of the audience members. With humble beginnings and a desire to be successful, he created a global lifestyle brand with sales well in the billions through the realization that there was an untapped need in […]

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“Hipster Chic” and Its Influence on Space Design

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners There’s the famous scene in Saturday Night Fever where Tony Monero is sitting on park bench with Stephanie staring out at the Verrazano Bridge. The bridge was symbolic of the huge economic and cultural divide between Brooklyn and Manhattan (although Staten Island’s on the other side – go figure). Great scene, but is it still relevant? There is no overlooking the fact that “Made in Brooklyn” has become mainstream. It began ten or so years ago with gentrification forced by the high cost of Manhattan living, and led to a boom in homegrown, organic and civic-minded businesses.  These businesses, primarily located in the once abandoned warehouses of Williamsburg, Red Hook and now Long Island City became well known breweries, Indie studios, clothing and jewelry makers, art galleries, and increasingly home to influential furniture makers. I was at a meeting with an industry professional last week […]

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