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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Top NeoCon Trend: Emerald City

With this year’s NeoCon Showcase wrapping up today, our team is reflecting on the product debuts, trends, and stand-out showrooms from the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Debuting in 1969, NeoCon has been featuring key products and brands from lighting and flooring to furniture and textiles in the commercial interiors industry for decades. Over the next few days, we’ll be covering the top three trends this year, starting with a pop of color that couldn’t be avoided. Emerald City The color green made a major appearance at this year’s showcase. Whether it was the feature color for furniture pieces or the major accent color, green seemed to be everywhere. In various hues and levels of saturation, we found ourselves “envious” of many of the pieces in this color. One of our favorites included Haworth’s Poppy Chair, a beautiful debut from Patricia Urquiola, shown below (pictured left) in a stunning emerald tone, accompanying Studio Urquiola Tables and Haworth’s Trivati […]

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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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Workwell + Haworth Collection Collaborate On Design Competition

Last night, Haworth NY and Workwell celebrated the 1st Annual Haworth Collection Design Competition with a party honoring the participating designers and firms. Held at Haworth NY’s Showroom, the event was the culmination of the efforts of five local New York City architecture and design firms to create a space using pieces from the Haworth Collection. The teams were tasked to select one of three design scenarios and utilize pieces from the versatile collection to craft an environment to fit the scenario. With over 75 high-design furniture pieces from Cappellini, Cassina, and Poltrona Frau to choose from, the design teams selected everything from furniture layouts and fabrics to architectural finishes and lighting fixtures. After the sketches were complete, Workwell’s designer Kinya Kasai created full renderings of each of the environments to be judged for the competition. The renderings were then displayed at the event using Haworth’s Bluescape Media Wall, a perfect backdrop to a casual presentation by the […]

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What We’re Reading

Fun Friday Furniture: 23 furniture pieces for extreme food-lovers with delicious taste (Mashable) Let the Sunshine In: Manhattan Advisory Board Calls for Moratorium on Skyscrapers (Architectural Record) Generations In the Workplace: Why Millenials in the Workplace ‘Don’t Care,’ and 4 Things You Can Do (Entrepreneur) Destinations Worth Seeing: A Designers’ Guide To New York City’s Coolest Spots (Co. Design) Cultivating Design: Can We Make New Office Buildings As Cool As Warehouses? (Arch Daily) A Look at a New Landmark: The Coolest Thing About 1 World Trade Center’s New Observatory Isn’t The View (Co. Design)  

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How I Am Merging Fitness and A Standing Height Desk

When I first started at Workwell Partners in early 2014, I began hearing a lot of “buzzwords” for the trends and products in the commercial furniture industry. Some of these have been featured on this blog in the past few months, including “activity based working“, “collaboration”, and “benching“. But none have hit as close to me personally as the concept of height-adjustable workstations, one of the most widely discussed product categories and concepts in the industry now. Workwell’s offices feature a variety of workstations – from private offices to more open panel based systems and benching applications. My designated work area is located on a bench, where I sit with 7 other individuals at standard sized 30″ x 60” workstations. While I love sitting with my coworkers and find it vital to our work as a team, I often grab my laptop and go work at a standalone height-adjustable desk we have in our showroom. While I’ve been using the Stir […]

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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 Attends NYC Commercial Real Estate Event of the Year

On Thursday, our team and invited guests enjoyed an evening of networking and celebration at the “it” event for Commercial Real Estate in New York City: the New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global’s Annual Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History. With nearly 900 guests in attendance, we were treated to great conversation with industry partners and friends, as well as delicious food and drinks. Specific highlights for our team included the event photo and flipbook booths, which let us enjoy some laughs! Thanks to our team and guests at our table for a memorable evening! Click on the image below to check out the gallery of our photos – with more to come soon!

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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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