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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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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Guest Post: A Designers Guide To Mind Reading

 Written By Sonia Sygal, Senior Designer at Workwell Partners I know I’m not alone when I say that being an interior designer in the furniture dealer world sometimes demands ‘superpower mind-reading skills’, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In my 10 years of experience, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to read minds; those of colleagues, salespeople, project managers, etc, because they were liaisons between myself and the client. In recent years, though, I have found this obstacle greatly reduced; in part, by learning and growing with experience, but mostly from joining a team that allows me direct contact with end users. If you find yourself struggling to successfully satisfy the clients furniture needs, perhaps these tips can help take some guesswork out of the equation. 1. Request to attend ALL meetings dealing with furniture and finish selections. Sadly, this is not practiced at all dealerships. Having a designer/specifier present is reassurance […]

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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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4 Secret Weapons To Increase Office Productivity

As a company that monitors workplace trends, we aim to provide the best products to the tailored needs of our clients. Whether they are end users, architects, designers or project managers, these clients often ask us: what can we do to help increase staff and office productivity in the space? We’ve gathered 4 of our secret weapons that we use in our own office to help with productivity – and hope that they spark some inspiration for you and your team! workware By Haworth Created to increase connectivity and collaboration in the office, workware is a family of products that help users share what their projects on a screen for others to view – with the ability to view up to four user screens at once. workware allows users to connect wirelessly through the product’s easy to use system, or through HDMI wire connections. The best thing about workware is it’s capability to have think […]

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Guest Post: How Important Is Building An Online Persona for Late Adapters?

 Written By Scott Lesizza, Co-Founder and Principal of Workwell Partners I read somewhere that unsolicited advice is the strongest sign of arrogance. And to an extent, I agree.  So what I’m sharing is what has worked for me in the past. I’m not a huge fan of the “5 reasons that XYZ will make you better”. Perhaps in sharing some of what has worked for me (through trial and much error!) maybe I can help a few people avoid mistakes that I have had to learn the hard way. Karma will find a way to return the favor. I am 42, and pretty much missed the Facebook and Twitter hype by five years. My thought at the time was that both were for the self indulgent. Truth is – they can be, but only if used incorrectly. I pretty much avoided them on principal; Big mistake. But it’s never too late. By taking the advice of […]

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