Does great furniture equal more productivity?

Managing the expectations of an entire company is a challenge in itself. How do you design a space that keeps everyone engaged? Is it including certain furniture? What about bright colors? Do you have a more open floor plan or something that is a bit more private? How many collaboration areas are too many?  At the end of the day the number one question is how to increase and keep productivity? Atmosphere and furniture in a space truly play a large part in the overall productivity of those using it. Here are some great articles that discuss the correlation between workspace design and productivity: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7456-workspace-design-productivity.html http://www.the-global-now.com/business/office-furniture-affecting-productivity/ https://www.business.com/articles/the-office-atmosphere-impacts-productivity-behavior-appearance-and-comfortability/ http://blog.millikencarpet.com/how-your-office-chairs-impact-employee-productivity https://www.inc.com/murray-newlands/7-reasons-why-great-office-furniture-increases-productivity.html

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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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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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