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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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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What We are Reading

Plenty of Plants: Greens are good for you (OnOffice) How New York has changed over time: 13 Before & After Photos That Show The Changing Face Of New York City (Guest of a Guest) Well-being plays in a person’s success: The Importance of Work-Life Balance and Health (Huffington Post) It’s rooftop season: 10 Incredible Hotel Rooftops From Around The World (Contemporist) Please prepare for departure: LaGuardia Airport’s New $4.2B Terminal Cleared for Landing ( Commercial Observer) Workspace Design Checklist: 7 Factors of Great Office Design (Harvard Business Review) What’s in store for the future: How will Generation Z disrupt the workplace? (Fortune) Don’t go Blaming your office: Creative Office Design Won’t Make You Better At Your Job, But This Might (Fast Company)

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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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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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