Another Year, Another Neocon!

Neocon, Neocon, Neocon…. How we love thee! This year’s showcase did not disappoint and we are sad to have seen it fly by so fast. As always, we had our eyes peeled for the latest trends in furniture and found three prominent commonalities throughout the show. Colors + Finishes For the past view years, we’ve been noticing that blue and pink keep popping up throughout the showrooms and from rich navy to dusty rose, this year was no exception. Cool neutrals ruled many of the showrooms, seen in the workstations at HBF (1) to seating at Andreu World (2). OFS Brands (3) and Group Lacasse (4) had some more of our favorites in this “cool trend”. It was also hard not to notice the warm wood tone finishes – found nearly everywhere from Haworth’s benching (1) to Allermuir’s new lines of credenzas (2, 3). We loved seeing how even the lightest of wood finish whether […]

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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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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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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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Ergonomics in the Workplace

Earlier this week, I discussed the first part of my training at the Haworth Headquarters: wellness. The second part of the training, which goes hand in hand with wellness, was all about ergonomics. Ergonomics is another commonly used buzzword when talking about workplace design but many times people don’t understand what it means beyond the way you sit. It is defined as the study of your workplace in relation to the type or work you do and the tools you use, while keeping your capabilities in mind. For example, a 5’2” woman would not have the same type of desk as a 6’1” man. They have different body types meaning the way they sit and operate at a desk is completely different, which can make it difficult designing spaces for a larger company with many people. But keep in mind that better design leads to a more productive worker; poor design leads to a frustrated, […]

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Wellness in the Workplace

Last week, at their headquarters in Holland, Michigan, Haworth hosted dealers from all over the country for a two day Wellness and Ergonomics Training. I was fortunate enough to attend and dive deeper into the meaning of both Wellness and Ergonomics, both of which are growing trends in the workplace. This first post will focus on Wellness. Wellness is a huge trend that is growing in the workplace and is becoming more and more prominent in everyday conversations about workplace design. For many people it’s all about balance; balance of career, financial, physical, community and social. When discussing wellness there are a few buzz words that come to mind: wellness, well-being, and WELL. Wellness is referring to the physical state of a worker, well-being refers to the physical and physiological state of a worker, and WELL is the standard itself. When thinking about improving wellness in the workplace there are two areas to look at: the […]

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