What We’re Reading

Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back: Frank Sinatra’s Recording Studio Recreated at NY Public Library for Performing Arts (Untapped Cities) The Future of Workspaces? Why These Coworking Spaces in Train Stations Let You Pay in “Social Capital” (Fast Company) New Development Activity Alert: “NoMid” gets renewed attention (The Real Deal) Made In New York: Everywhere Movies Were Filmed in New York City from 2011-2013 – Interactive Map (Animal New York) Population Problem? New York City Is Already At Its 2020 Population Forecast (New York Yimby) Famous Real Estate: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Plaza home on market for $39.5M (New York Post) It’s a Mad World: Mad Men By the Numbers: Punches Thrown, Cocktails Consumed, Secretaries Replaced (People) The Power of Team Building: Why Collaboration Wins Over Competition – Infographic (Inc.)

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Workwell Attends IIDA NY’s Sustainabile Quilt Auction

Last night, our team (pictured above) attended one of our favorite design industry events of the year – IIDA NY’s Sustainable Quilt Auction. Held at the Open Gallery in NOLITA, a crowd of over 125 participated in the celebration of sustainability and charity in the industry, bidding on quilts constructed from fabric scraps. The quilts, designed by teams compromised of architects, designers, and industry enthusiasts, were largely colorful, intricate and thoughtful in execution. Our team loved learning the inspiration behind each design, as well as the process each team took to get to completion. In addition, proceeds from the quilt bids are going to Be Original Americas, a non-profit that aims to educated and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and related industry members on the importance of original and authentic design. Below are a few of our favorite designs: Team AAAACELincoln’s “Abe” This quilt was one of our favorites, and a clear standout. When standing closely, the colors […]

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Workwell Hosts Event Celebrating Innovative Height Adjustable Desk

On Wednesday, March 18, Workwell hosted a party to showcase the latest and most innovative height adjustable desk on the market, the Stir Kinetic Desk M1. The M1 is driven by software that not only makes programming and adjusting the height of the work surface extremely simple, it recognizes the user and adapts to their preferences. With nearly 100 in attendance, guests were able to test out three M1 desks and chat with the team from Stir, including CEO, Founder & Designer, JP Labrosse. JP, a former Apple engineer who worked on the early iPod development teams for the iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle Shuffle and iPod Classic, is the leading force behind the creation of the Stir M1. In addition, JP has founded multiple companies, the most recent of which created technology which is now used in the majority of new solar electric capacity being built in the United States. The highlight of the evening was a talk with […]

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From Around The Web…

Creativity Calendar: Get Your Dose of Culture & Entertainment for March (Co. Create) Looking Back: The History of Ombre (Design*Sponge) Origami Inspired: Geometric Furniture Line From Dubai (Design Milk) Brooklyn Gets Big: Hotel proposed for Brooklyn’s Chelsea-Market-on-Steroids (Crain’s) High End Materials Meet Automobiles: Rolls-Royce Uses Bamboo & Silk to Create its “Most Opulent” Car Interior (Dezeen) Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius (Co. Design) What Makes An Attractive City? Try These 6 Points (Arch Daily) What’s Up This Weekend: Boozy Brunch Boards, Coffee Con & More Fun (Gothamist) That’s Rather Artsy: One New Yorker’s Quest To Find The Best Building Numbers (Curbed NY)  

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A Conversation About Haworth Collection

Today, our team was treated to a presentation about the Haworth Collection at Haworth’s New York City Showroom, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Senior Haworth Collection Business Development Manager John Debell took our team on a journey through the design history and future of the Haworth Collection brands, including Cappellini, Poltrona Frau, and Cassina. With so many exciting product launches, localization programs, and design achievements, Haworth Collection is set to have a great 2015. Here are a few photos from today, as well as some information we learned. We hope you find it as informative as our team did! When we first started our information session, we were greeted with a table full of the amazing finishes and fabrics that can be specified with Haworth Collection. As you can see in the photos above, the materials are a great representation of the versatility of the Collection and it’s individual brands, from incredible Poltrona Frau’s […]

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What’s Going On Around The Industry?

Light Matters: Le Corbusier and the Trinity of Light (Arch Daily) The Glamorous Go-Getter: Michael Kors On Knowing What You Want Before You Do (Commercial Observer) Reestablishing An Icon: New York City’s Knickerbocker Hotel reopens more than a century after its debut (Mashable) Color The City: For Transit Aficionados, Color Palettes Inspired by NYC Subway from LINE x LINE (Untapped Cities) Show Your Friends Some Love This Valentine’s Day: 5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Bestie (HGTV) Report: More than half of Airbnb units in NYC could be illegal (The Real Deal) A New Way To Look At Technology: It’s Time To Rethink Our Smart Things (Tech Crunch) Fun Maps: Tracing NYC’s NBA Basketball Roots for the All-Star Game (Untapped Cities) *top photo via Untapped Cities

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Activity Based Working

(As Published in The Monday Morning Quarterback, November 11, 2014): Activity Based Working (ABW), or the model that strays from the common office layout of cubicles, private offices and conference rooms to a space where employees utilize multiple areas around the office dependent on their varied task at hand, is a topic that isn’t new – but is gaining speed worldwide. This trend has seen the implementation of benching and desking systems in offices as the main location for workers, with function-specific spaces located throughout the space. Locations like focus rooms for less formal meetings, huddle rooms for creative sessions, high-impact lounge areas for impromptu collaboration, and town centers for social “water-cooler”  interactions are commonly found in ABW implemented spaces.  A Haworth whitepaper cites a shift from individual to group work from 90 to 10% respectively to 50-50% or even 40-60% – creating a greater need to accommodate for areas in the office to support […]

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Weekend Update

While we were all enjoying a good game and some spicy hot wings, here’s what you may have missed this weekend: Record Setting Social Media: Social Networks Report Record Numbers Around Super Bowl Conversations (Tech Crunch) Bluescape & Haworth: Tech wall centerpiece of collaborative space (Grand Rapids Business Journal) Local School Tackles A Global Issue: The New School Submits Bold Plan to Tackle Climate Change (The New School) Stand More to Live Longer: Take a stand against sitting in the workplace (Marin News) 3D Design: Lilian van Daal’s Biomimicry chair shows off “a new way to create soft seating” (Dezeen) The week in luxury: A map of NYC’s priciest apartment sales (The Real Deal NY) Work Smart: The Exact Music to Break Through Open Office Distractions (Fast Company)

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In Case You Missed It…

Happy Monday! As we enter a new week, we hope the following stories will inspire and inform you for success. Enjoy! Joint Decision: N.Y.U. picks architects for ‘Zipper’ project (The Villager) Change Your View: 8 easy feng shui changes to make right now (Mashable) Smart CRE: What 75% of surveyed teams say are the core of their data & analytics strategy (JLL) In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.: Keep Moving Forward (Habitually Chic) Get Fit While You Sit: This Stool Forces You To Work Out (Co Exist) Be Present & Be A Rockstar: 5 Ways to Connect and Build Trust With People (Inc.) The Most of Your Money: What $750,000 Buys You in New York City (NY Times Real Estate) Minimalist & Cozy: A look into Euclid’s San Francisco Office (Office Lovin’)

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Weekly Roundup

Here are some notable, entertaining and interesting stories we enjoyed this week. Happy reading! The Best of Last Year: The 10 Coolest Office Spaces Of 2014 (Fast Company) Business Tips: How to Be Totally Present and Productive (Entrepreneur) Winter Blues Begone: Three Ways to Make Winter at Work More Bearable (Bloomberg Businessweek) Top of the Heap: Foster + Partners named world’s most admired architect for ninth year in a row (Dezeen) “Fabulous” New Beginning: Fab CoFounder Bradford Shellhammer Is Launching Design Sales Site Bezar (Fast Company) Advice for Creating Seller-Doers: Take the “Selling” Out of Sales (ENR) Healthy & Happy: Creating Healthcare Environments That Improve Health (Healthcare Design) Why the Doorman Is Lonely: Nearly one-quarter of NYC apartments are non-primary homes (NY Times)

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