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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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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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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Workwell’s Weekly Round-up

What Color Do You Associate with Certain Words? This Site Quantifies Associations Between Words And Colors (Co. Design) Power of Positivity: 5 Ways to Remind Yourself How Powerful You Really Are (Entrepreneur) Tower Update: Finally, A Glimpse Inside Jean Nouvel’s Supertall MoMA Tower (Curbed NY) Turning On the Light: 4 Steps for Executing an Awesome Idea (Infographic) (Inc.) Focus in the Workplace: The Importance of Quiet and the Consequences of Distraction (BLiNK) Much Needed Inspiration: We Shared This Great Interview with Famed Designer Marcel Wanders on our Facebook (Design Milk)

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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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Site Feature: Avaya, Colorado

Project: Avaya Location: Thornton, Colorado Timeline: May – November 2014 Key Features: Hoteling workstations, private offices, conference rooms, reception area, cafe area Manufacturers: Haworth, Humanscale, Tuohy, Cappellini About The Project: Completed in Fall 2014, the project for telecommunications giant Avaya is an example of how we are able to work with clients that have a national real estate portfolio. Although the project location was just outside of Denver, Colorado, it was managed from Workwell’s New York City location. Utilizing Haworth dealer and local Denver partner Pear Solutions for delivery and installation, the corporate office featured 21 private offices with Haworth Compose Desking, Lively task seating and Very side seating. Over 300 workstations featuring Compose Desking and Haworth  X Series storage provide areas for individuals to complete focus work, as well as team collaboration. Other keys areas of the project include huddle and conference rooms featuring Haworth Planes Conference Tables and Credenzas, a coffee bar featuring Haworth Collection Hi Pad Stools, […]

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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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