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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NeoCon Trend 3 – The New Workstations

It’s undeniable that over the past few years, workstations have dramatically evolved and changed in the furniture world. Whether it was the move towards smaller “bench” stations or the introduction and later explosion of height adjustable desks, the way that the commercial interiors industry has approached the way we work. At this year’s NeoCon Showcase, this idea of the ever-changing workstation was as present as ever. Standing Height Surfaces It’s no secret that height adjustable desks have been having a “moment” for the past few years. That in itself wasn’t necessarily a trend this year, but rather the prominence of fixed worksurfaces that were at standing height. These standing height stations allow people to perch while working, and offer a way for users to change their postures. Haworth had several great examples of this throughout their space – from their “Immerse” standing height conference table (below left) to their new “Sidecar” standing height workstation (below center), both […]

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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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