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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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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Site Feature: Return Path

Project: Return Path Location: New York, NY Timeline: February – July 2014 Architect/Designer: Spector Group Key Features: High Impact Collaborative Areas, Privacy Collaborative Booths, Open Floor Benching Configuration, Height-Adjustable Desks Manufacturers: Haworth, Humanscale, Nienkamper, Slyde, Allermuir About The Project: Return Path, an email intelligence company with headquarters in New York City recently moved office locations and wanted a space to reflect their innovative and creative brand. A priority for the space was to encourage collaboration and impromptu meetings using open and high-impact areas. Click through the gallery below:  

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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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How 3D Printing Is Being Used in Furniture and Design

Although 3D printing isn’t the newest trend, it’s starting to become more common in widespread markets. In particular, 3D printing is making its way into the design world, used by designers who are creating large-scale, functional furniture and fixtures. The process to create furniture or other items using a 3D printer is pretty simple. It breaks down something like this: a virtual design is created through 3D modeling programs or scanned by a 3D scanner. The scanner then creates layers that fuse together to create the 3-dimensional object. After that, the printer fuses layers of plastics and metals to create the object giving it a unique shape and feel. Designers and architects are taking advantage of this feature and are creating 3D furniture and specific textures. The virtual models that are printed are lightweight and durable. With the 3D modeling program, artists are able to create patterns and complex structures for these furniture pieces. An Italian design team […]

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The 8 Things We’re Checking Out Right Now

Art, Architecture & More: 10 Things to See During New York Design Week 2015 (Core 77) Looking Back: What Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson and Other Super-Successful Entrepreneurs Wish They’d Known At 22 (Inc.) Worker Safety, Sustainability and Design: A Step Forward for Prevention Through Design (ENR) Shine Bright: Nendo’s Glass Tables for Glas Italia Appear To Glow (Design Milk) New York Real Estate Update: Priced Out of Brooklyn? Try Manhattan (NY Times) Uniquely New York: New Sculpture In Tribeca Park Is Made From NYC’s Debris (Gothamist) Two Awesome Hours: Strategies for Peak Productivity (Forbes) Google Headquarters Update: Google’s New Headquarters Are Still A Go … Eventually (Co. Design)

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The Top Three Workplace Trends We Saw at Facebook NY

On Tuesday, May 5th our team was part of a tour at Facebook’s New York City Headquarters, hosted by CoreNet Global’s Young Leaders. Facebook’s offices, located at 770 Broadway in Manhattan, take up space on the 2nd, 7th and 8th floors of the building that also houses tenants like J. Crew, AOL, Huffington Post and Structure Tone. Like their campus in California, the offices here in New York were designed by the iconic Frank Gehry and feature many of the same design elements that the campus has, such as the industrial finishes on the ceilings of the office. Like many creative and entrepreneurial spaces, Facebook has developed a reputation for having really interesting offices that are cool, unique, and memorable. While touring the space, our team took notice of several key workplace trends that we think show that Facebook has their finger on the pulse of creating special and effective spaces. Check out the photos and trends at […]

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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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A Presentation From Horm Design

Yesterday, our team participated in a presentation from Horm Design, a designer and manufacturer of furniture for the workplace and home. The company, founded in 1989, is based out of Italy and ships to 70 countries worldwide. While listening to the presentation and viewing the designs of some of their key pieces, our team quickly realized the company’s passion for exclusive, elegant, and playful designs. Below is some information on a few of our team’s favorite pieces – many of which are versatile and unique to our market. Ripples Bench The Ripples Bench was designed by Toyo Ito in 2003 and is constructed of a laminated composite of five layers of different solid woods, including walnut, mahogany, cherry, oak, and ash. Each wood varies in color and is placed to imitate the rippling of rain drops in a body of water. The bench is handcrafted and is available in the bench seen below, as well […]

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