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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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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Top NeoCon 2016 Trends: #1

  Another year, another awesome NeoCon Showcase in Chicago. With so many interesting showrooms to stop by, it was a marathon few days for our team exploring new products, discovering prominent trends, and meeting up with industry friends and colleagues. More so than ever, we found that many different manufacturers subscribed to the same trends, or as our own Principal Scott Lesizza puts it: “it’s as if the contract furniture Illuminati got together earlier this year“. We found several trends thrown to the forefront of the showcase and over the next few days, we will be sharing them with you right here on our blog- complete with photos and our firsthand take on what we thought was most impactful. So – what trend is up first? Color. Pantone Colors of the Year Pantone is the standard for color in industries from interior design, fashion, and art. Each year they crown their “Color of the Year” […]

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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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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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