NeoCon 2016 Trend: “Unfinished” Business

As far as clichés go, “the devil is in the details” is one of the most commonly used, as well as one of my favorites. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, the most minute of things can often have the biggest impact. I found at NeoCon this year, this was as true as ever before. One of the most common examples was the “unfinished” edges found everywhere from conference tables to workstations. Allermuir’s line of standing height tables, “Silta”, showcased how a simple unfinished edge could integrate seamlessly with polished aluminum, laminate and wood detailing: In Vitra’s Showroom, their “Joyn” Conference Table brought together a dark surface and black legs with a light, unfinished edge: The “Truss Benching System” from West Elm Workspace mixes a comfortable, residential feel with the clean lines and simplistic finishes many designers love: Neinkamper’s “Nomad Flexibility Workspace” and “Vox” Conferencing provide another stellar example of the unfinished edges, this […]

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Pop of Color

Yesterday, our team was treated to lunch and met the lovely ladies from Poppin! From design to delivery, this company seems to be on to something. To quote their presentation, they are “simply different.” Based in NYC (and quickly expanding!), Poppin is a one-stop shop from your desk accessories to your actual desk and chair. Their bright colors and customizable options are designed to help make you more productive, inspired, but most importantly work happy.  Poppin dove into some of their most popular products for us which included: their Stow File Cabinet, Series A Ping-Pong Conference Table, and Block Party Configuration sofa and chairs. All of which are very easily modified to fit the space that they are in and the people they are servicing. Aside from their products, Poppin prides themselves on their smart engineering, easy ordering, unrivaled pricing, affordable installation, fast shipping, and certified quality. They make is very easy for you from […]

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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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Our Top Design Trends for 2016

Azure Magazine recently published their Top 4 Design Trends for 2016 – a look at what we can expect in the new year. Although we agreed with a few of the trends (electric blue everywhere, jewel tones taking center stage), these are the trends we’ve seen picking up steam in our industry. Nature + Stripped Down Finishes It’s hard to deny that nature is having a serious moment in design. Whether it is found in reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed concrete flooring, or integrated into the furniture throughout the space, design is going back to basics. Even incorporating natural flora patterns in fabrics and artwork is becoming more prominent, along with plant life itself in the form of living walls. Some of our favorite pieces and projects from the last year take a page from this trend, and also go hand in hand with one of the bigger trends of 2015: bringing the home into the office. […]

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Designing Offices For Introvert + Extrovert Needs

Here at Workwell, we love the consultative process with many of our clients looking to improve their office space for their teams. It’s an opportunity for our designers and account executives to provide advice on what would work best for each individual client’s needs. Something that we’ve heard more and more from clients, as well as many industry experts, is the need to design these spaces with both introverts and extroverts in mind. For myself, I like to say that I’m in introvert trapped in an extrovert’s body. I love social interaction, networking, and meeting new people, but while I am working during the day, it’s a little bit of a different story. If you frequent Workwell’s office, you may find me seated at my desk with my headphones in, listening to music while I plug away at my desk. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I sit on a bench configuration within our space […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: [Re]Mix of Materials

In our first two NeoCon blog posts, we discussed how color and technology were major players at the showcase. Our final favorite trend takes a look at how mixing materials can take a piece of furniture and completely change it’s look and purpose. Material Mix-Up: Chair Backs While walking around NeoCon, we noticed several manufacturers were showcasing their seating products with unique new details. Specifically, we saw a trend of wood veneers and other casing shells on the back of the chairs. Andreu World’s Best of NeoCon Gold Award-Winning Flex Executive Conference Chair (pictured left) is a great example of the power that mixing materials can have on the aesthetic of the piece. With a walnut veneer back, the Flex Executive adds a special touch to the chairs positioned around the conference table, contrasting with the light gray upholstered fabric seat. Paoli’s CO|HO chairs offer a seating solution that is both comfortable and beautiful, with an exposed […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: Power Everywhere

In talking about trends at NeoCon, one of the most prominent was the integration of power into corporate lounge furniture. For decades, we’ve seen the importance of power and data management in systems furniture but until this showcase, the integration of power in lounge and collaboration pieces were much more uncommon. It seemed that in each showroom our team entered, we found products that made charging mobile devices and electronics easier than ever. Below are some of our favorite pieces that take staying connected to the next level. It’s Electric – Lounge Charging electronics, laptops, and tablets while staying engaged in your work helps to maintain a high level of productivity. Integration of outlets and USB power into lounge furniture allows workers to stay plugged in while collaborating in a think tank or focusing on heads down work. While we saw these types of lounge pieces in nearly every showroom at NeoCon, several struck a cord […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: Emerald City

With this year’s NeoCon Showcase wrapping up today, our team is reflecting on the product debuts, trends, and stand-out showrooms from the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Debuting in 1969, NeoCon has been featuring key products and brands from lighting and flooring to furniture and textiles in the commercial interiors industry for decades. Over the next few days, we’ll be covering the top three trends this year, starting with a pop of color that couldn’t be avoided. Emerald City The color green made a major appearance at this year’s showcase. Whether it was the feature color for furniture pieces or the major accent color, green seemed to be everywhere. In various hues and levels of saturation, we found ourselves “envious” of many of the pieces in this color. One of our favorites included Haworth’s Poppy Chair, a beautiful debut from Patricia Urquiola, shown below (pictured left) in a stunning emerald tone, accompanying Studio Urquiola Tables and Haworth’s Trivati […]

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