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Herman Miller “Thrives” at Ergo Expo

December 31, 2011 by admin

Herman Miller is expanding the concept of ergonomics again with the Thrive Portfolio of products. HM took advantage of the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition in November to introduce more employers to the changing needs of a workforce that has increasingly diverse work styles. Rather than focusing only on the needs of 9-5 office workers, […]

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Edible Furniture – Something to Chew On

December 30, 2011 by admin

There will always be those who make an art form out of even the most mundane objects. This touch of whimsy can make us look at everyday things in new ways. This week, let’s take a look at what happens when you mix food and furniture. You’ll probably be surprised to find that there’s a […]

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What’s a Reasonable Cost for Office Furniture Purchases?

December 29, 2011 by admin

If there’s one thing American readers enjoy, it’s being shocked by the profligate ways of politicians. And there’s no shortage of news on this topic as one government official after another gets called on the carpet about their office furniture expenses. The latest person in the hot seat is Brad Hudson from Sacramento County. He […]

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Furniture Upcycling in North Carolina

December 25, 2011 by admin

Many office furniture companies, such as Herman Miller and Steelcase, have put stringent measures in place to reduce or reuse their own production waste. But not every furniture company does the same. This has provided an opportunity for designers to reclaim these unwanted byproducts for their own purposes. Adrian Boggs and Adam Gregory are using […]

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Cardboard Office Furniture

December 24, 2011 by admin

The entrepreneurial spirit and the tendency to gravitate toward the least expensive materials available have come together in a perfect storm of…genius…cheapness? You decide. A college student has created what is arguably the most cost effective, easy to assemble office desk ever. It’s made out of recycled cardboard and weighs just a few pounds. You […]

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Having a Ball with Your Office Chair?

December 23, 2011 by admin

We desk workers are always being encouraged to exercise more. We’re told to do seated moves like shoulder shrugs, get up and walk around, do a few stretches, and practice good posture throughout the day. Office furniture pieces such as the adjustable height workstation that promotes more movement and changes in position are becoming increasingly […]

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Buy, Lease, or Reimburse At-Home Office Furniture

December 17, 2011 by admin

These days, many businesses are offering employees the flexibility of working from home. This brings up a tricky question. How should you provision office furniture for workers who maintain a home office? Buy You can simply requisition and purchase office furniture for employees who are working at home in the same way you do for […]

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On-Site Office Design Matters to Remote Employees

December 16, 2011 by admin

This week, Herman Miller retweeted an interesting article published on fastcoexist.com about how one company is making it easier for employees to telecommute. Technology firm Plantronics has designed and constructed its new headquarters to encourage workers to stay away from the office – in a good way. The company is practicing “hot desking” (not providing […]

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Multi-Purpose Office Furniture: Desk/Bed

December 15, 2011 by admin

Do you remember this June when I asked the question “What if you lived in your office?” Well, if that scenario is coming true for you, I’ve found the perfect Christmas present. The Murphy bed/desk. This isn’t at all like you’d imagine it from cartoons about wall beds growing up. It won’t suddenly release from […]

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 6

December 10, 2011 by admin

It’s time to turn up the lights before we turn them out for good on this year’s NeoCon East blog series. What new lighting components were shining through at this Baltimore convention? Not surprisingly, LED lighting solutions lead the way in this category. Fluorescent lighting is so last century now! Here’s a spotlight on the […]

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Tips for Buying an Antique Office Desk

December 9, 2011 by admin

Last week, we took a look at some of the features of antique office furniture that deserve to make a 21st century comeback; but what if you want to buy an actual antique for your office? Thankfully, there’s a wiki over at lovetoknow.com that can help you make the right decision. This helpful guide to […]

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These Egg Shaped Workstations Crack Me Up!

December 8, 2011 by admin

If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs. But what if you want to create a new kind of workspace? Eggs can come in handy there, too. These wooden egg workstations are made of plywood and are just big enough to house one person and a laptop. These cocoon-like […]

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 5

December 4, 2011 by admin

Worksurfaces were in evidence everywhere at NeoCon East this year. Here are just a few of the desks and tables that stood around looking impressive at the Baltimore convention: All-in One and One for All This ISE All-in-One Desk is designed for student or employee training environments. It isn’t just ergonomic – it’s electric! The […]

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Best Time to Buy Home Office Furniture

December 3, 2011 by admin

Savvy consumers know that prices vary with the seasons. With many different items, there’s an “ideal” time to buy. For home office furniture, that time is fast approaching. Here are a couple of reasons why. Fresh furniture designs are often rolled out in springtime (starting as early as February). Many dealers are looking to empty […]

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The Snake Charmer Strikes Back

December 2, 2011 by admin

Someone better call Samuel L. Jackson, because there are snakes in the…office? This unusual bit of office news comes from the Hindustan Times. A snake charmer apparently loosed a score of snakes into the local tax collector’s office (we’ve probably all wanted to do that at some point). The snakes were collected from on, around, […]

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3 Antique Office Furniture Features That Deserve a Second Look

November 26, 2011 by admin

Office furniture from a century ago isn’t designed for today’s modern technology. You won’t find it riddled with data ports and tricked out with articulated monitor arms. But there are a few features from days gone by that would still be kind of cool to have in today’s mass produced office furniture items. Roll Top […]

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 4

November 25, 2011 by admin

This week, it’s time to take a look at what NeoCon East participants found underfoot. There were a number of new commercial floor coverings on display – including a collection from Atlas Carpet Mills. The Archeologique line features modular carpet tiles with a velvet-cut pile surface. The pile is carved with what Atlas describes as […]

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Companies War over Windfall from Foreign Furniture Duties

November 24, 2011 by admin

Sometimes, the furniture business is as full of foreign intrigue as a good spy movie. There are backroom deals, squabbling over loot, and all sorts of shenanigans. For example, the Byrd Amendment (the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act) was put in place in 2000 to deter countries like China from dumping cheap goods onto […]

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 3

November 19, 2011 by admin

Next up on our tour of new items for the office is Peter Pepper Products, Inc. This firm introduced two lines of recycling receptacles for use in the workplace. The HexBin (as its name suggests) is intended for use in groups of 2 or more that fit together like pieces of a honeycomb. The bins […]

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Steelcase’s Futuristic Workspace Design

November 18, 2011 by admin

An article has been making the rounds recently about Steelcase “designing for the future of work”. The company is using the coworking concept to bring the feel of entrepreneurial enterprise into corporate spaces. According to Greiner and Grazziano at Steelcase, all signs point to a future where work areas are less closed off and more […]

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Office Chair Fabric is a Prickly Subject

November 17, 2011 by admin

Steelcase made quite a splash with its introduction of mushroom and cotton seed hull packaging; but it’s far from the only office furniture company that is going green with organic products. Albany Office Furniture in the UK is making use of locally occurring natural resources for a different purpose. The company is using nettle stems […]

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When Office Furniture Dealers Go Bad

November 11, 2011 by admin

We’ve looked at a lot of office furniture scandals involving government customers over the last couple of years. But sometimes, it’s the dealer and not the consumer who strays from the straight and narrow path. The CEO of the Office Furniture Depot in Lakeland, Florida just busted an employee in charge of Accounting for allegedly […]

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Last Chance to Take Full Advantage of Section 179

November 10, 2011 by admin

You might be thinking about starting off the New Year with some new office furniture. However, if you wait until 2012, you could miss out on a pretty substantial tax benefit for small businesses. Under Section 179 of the IRS code, you can currently depreciate the full amount of business equipment purchases right away (up […]

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NeoCon East: New Commercial Furniture Part 2

November 7, 2011 by admin

We’re headed across the country again in this second post on the NeoCon East office furniture show. This time, let’s take a journey through Inscape System. This “Inscape” workstation and panel solution is designed to help employers “Escape” from wasted space and confusing office furniture specification. Like many popular cubicle brands, the goal of this […]

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NeoCon East: New Commercial Furniture Part 1

November 5, 2011 by admin

Wow, first there was NeoCon in Chicago, then NeoCon Canada, and now there’s NeoCon East to talk about! Pretty soon, they’ll have to change the name from NeoCon to PerpetualCon. As always, the big names in office furniture all put in an appearance last week. The Tweetosphere was chirping with news and invitations to come […]

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Vintage Office Etiquette

November 4, 2011 by admin

This office etiquette video from the Encyclopaedia Britannica Films archive offers a delightful peek at what was expected from white collar workers in the 1950s. Some of the advice is still very relevant for today. After all, the Golden Rule doesn’t change. Going to work is much more pleasant when everyone treats others they way […]

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What IT Workers Want in a Workspace

November 3, 2011 by admin

Last year, we looked at one programmer’s opinion about whether IT workers prefer offices or cubicles. But now there’s more extensive data available from a survey conducted by Computerworld. Author Cara Garretson reveals that not all tech employees have the same desires when it comes to their office setup, but there are some definite trends. […]

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Steelcase Says Office Design Should Reflect the Work Culture

October 29, 2011 by admin

With the holidays coming up, it’s always interesting to see how many different celebrations are recognized at this time of year. In November, there’s Dia de los Muertos (the Latin American Day of the Dead), All Saints Day, Al Hijra (the Muslim new year), and Diwali (the Festival of Lights). Then, December holds Bodhi day […]

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Office Chairs and Work Targeting

October 28, 2011 by admin

In another informative white paper from Allsteel, you can learn about the importance of work targeting. That’s one of those phrases invented to describe something that everyone does without realizing it. When you sit in your chair and look at your desk, your eyes go directly to your monitor. That’s why you want your monitor […]

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More Office Chair Sports

October 26, 2011 by admin

Last week, we talked about the highly competitive sport of chair hockey. But if you want some real brutality, you should check out this video advertisement from Mad Man Mund’s in Florida. There are no holds barred when it comes to extreme chair racing. In fact, this event will remind you of the “Chairiot” race […]

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Allsteel “Reaching” for Workstation Ergonomics

October 22, 2011 by admin

This week, let’s dig into the Allsteel research library archives again for a look at workstation ergonomics. Allsteel compares its Reach™ workstation with a traditional workstation in this white paper. The paper starts with a review of the basics. For example, workstations should have plenty of leg space and drawers that are easy to open […]

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What Is It About Expensive Office Furniture?

October 20, 2011 by admin

As gossip-hungry Americans, there’s nothing we love more than a shocking and titillating story about financial irresponsibility. Recently, a civil servant named Bob Balink from El Paso was “exposed” for spending nearly 30 grand on office furniture. The man’s predecessor had simply made do with the furnishings already in place, making Bob’s spending seem even […]

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Chair Hockey For Charity

October 19, 2011 by admin

Canada is known for three things – maple syrup, Niagara Falls, and hockey. This love for hockey extends beyond the ice rink and into the office arena. IIDEX/NeoCon Canada and the Interior Designers of Canada actually hosted an ergonomic office chair hockey tournament in September. More than half a dozen teams competed, sponsored by manufacturers […]

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Teknion Captures Awards at NeoCon Canada

October 16, 2011 by admin

Like the opposite of a migratory bird, NeoCon apparently goes north as the weather gets cooler. Teknion is one of the major furniture manufacturers who trekked up to Toronto this September to participate in the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada show. This move paid off with some very nice prizes (including a nod for one of the best […]

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We’ve Got Food Banks – Why Not Furniture Banks?

October 15, 2011 by admin

It’s always heartwarming to hear stories about how companies can leverage their own particular influence to make a difference. Office Movers CEO, John Kane, has figured out a way to keep the planet green while ensuring that nonprofit organizations have the equipment they need to furnish administrative offices. Kane diverts unwanted office furniture from the […]

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Are You Monitoring Monitor Use for Proper Ergonomics?

October 13, 2011 by admin

In Allsteel’s resource library, you’ll find a very interesting OSHA white paper on the “Ergonomics of Video Terminal Displays”. That’s an old fashioned term for computer monitors. In fact, the paper dates back to 1997 – the days of big boxy cathode ray tube displays that are thankfully becoming a thing of the past. What […]

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What Grade Do Your Employees Give Your Office Furniture?

October 9, 2011 by admin

The interwebs are all agog with the results of Staples.com’s recent survey about the top items employees wish their employers would change in the office. Not surprisingly, one top item workers want is the opportunity to stay out of the office altogether. Telecommuting is one of the most popular perks and that’s not likely to […]

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Do Cubicles and Wireless Systems Play Well Together?

October 7, 2011 by admin

Some of the best quality cubicles have wide raceways to accommodate data cables and electric wiring. But will the advent of wireless systems make systems furniture a thing of the past? Allsteel cosponsored a tech report on how going wireless impacts facility design and furnishing decisions. They determined that cubicle raceways will remain useful for […]

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What Does It Take To Achieve LEED Gold?

October 6, 2011 by admin

LEED certification can be achieved by retrofitting an existing office space. However, getting a fresh start in a new office environment makes certain LEED points easier to accumulate. Huitt-Zollars, Inc. in Dallas recently took advantage of their relocation to grab for the gold. They actually ended up just 3 points shy of reaching platinum rating. […]

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How The Heck Did That Happen?

October 1, 2011 by admin

One of the best things about writing an office furniture blog is the opportunity to find the completely weird and wonderful photos people post online. The Funny Potato website has turned out to be a treasure trove of startling and silly pictures showing what can go wrong in the office. Some stories are self-explanatory. We […]

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Knoll Offers Next Generation Office Chairs

September 30, 2011 by admin

Knoll’s Generation office chairs have garnered quite a bit of notice this year in the business and technology sector. The seating was featured in both Wired Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Unlike many office chairs that hold a user in a fairly fixed position, Generation is designed to support workers effortlessly as they bend, […]

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Collaborative Office Space & New Age Design Brings Companies Together

September 29, 2011 by admin

Today’s guest post is by Erik Braunitzer of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, leading agents for Bronx Rentals. Enjoy! With many technology companies finding rapid growth in the online world, their infrastructure and resources must also expand. Many Chief Executives are looking towards highly contemporary and collaborative design. Apart from choosing a paint & carpet color, […]

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Are You Paying Too Much For Office Furniture Storage?

September 24, 2011 by admin

The IRS is. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Treasury Department has reprimanded the Internal Revenue Service for stockpiling office furniture. The agency has been hoarding desks and chairs like they were last year’s tax returns. Approximately 20,000 pieces have been in storage for the last year and a half without being so much […]

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Death Of An Office Furniture Salesman?

September 23, 2011 by admin

Two west coast used office furniture stores closed this year (Office Exchange and Altman Office Furniture). With a total of 65 years in business between them, both companies had weathered ups and downs in the economy before. However, the current deep, prolonged recession dried up the customer base in Eugene, OR and left both businesses […]

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DMI Shaves More Time Off Office Furniture Shipping

September 20, 2011 by admin

DMI just celebrated its 100th year in business at NeoCon 2011. That means the company began back in the days when Wells Fargo was still hiring stagecoach drivers to make deliveries. These days, the company is taking advantage of automotive transportation, modern logistics, and lean supply chain management to ship product faster than ever. General […]

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Ergonomic Office Furniture for an Aging Workforce

September 18, 2011 by admin

With Baby Boomers representing about 1/3 of the U.S. workforce, it’s no surprise that employers are looking for ways to get the most out of these experienced employees before they start retiring in droves. Of course, with the economy struggling many people are putting off plans to leave the workforce even as they age past […]

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Upcycling – Recycled Office Furniture With A Twist

September 17, 2011 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we specialize in refurbishing office furniture to extend its useful life span. So, we’re excited to see a new trend that seems to be catching the imagination of consumers – upcycling. It’s like recycling with an upscale twist. You take an old piece of furniture (or a completely unrelated item that […]

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HON Desking Lets You Know You’ve Arrived

September 14, 2011 by admin

Nothing tells the world that you’re at the top of your professional game like being surrounded by richly grained wood office furniture. But solid wood is pretty pricey. There’s nothing wrong with achieving the same elegant look with a nice veneer to give your furnishings the appearance of importance. The Arrive series from HON puts […]

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…Itsa Chair!

September 9, 2011 by admin

Kimball Office joins the ranks of office furniture manufacturers who have debuted new office chair designs in the last 12 months. The Itsa is chock full of opportunities to let businesses pick just the right features for their workforce. For example, the chair height can be specified for small-to-average or average-to-tall users. This is about […]

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Best of NeoCon Software Tech

September 8, 2011 by admin

Some of the most interesting “Best of NeoCon” entries aren’t physical furnishings at all. Instead, they are software technologies that are designed to enhance the workplace. Here are a couple that might improve how businesses go about office space planning and furniture selection: 20-20 Visual Impression This 3D office layout and furniture design software tool […]

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Furnishing A Tiny Office (Or Cubicle)

September 7, 2011 by admin

Blogger sjennings at Arnolds Office Furniture always has great photo roundups showing offices that meet specific criteria. Recently, this included a set of truly tiny offices. Some were cluttered and cramped, while others were pretty cute. The post included some helpful tips for using a smaller office space wisely. Be sure to check those out […]

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 4

September 3, 2011 by admin

For the final post in our series on furniture that can be used in office or home settings, let’s explore what Knoll has to offer. The company has quite an extensive collection – including pint sized furnishings designed for kids. Maya Lin Stones These colorful indoor/outdoor “stones” are made of molded polyethylene. Every surface is […]

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Teknion Builds a Better Mouse…Tray

September 1, 2011 by admin

Teknion’s ergonomic accessories in the Complements collection include quite a range of keyboard trays. There are models with plastic or aluminum surfaces as well as sit-to-stand arm versions for enhanced flexibility. But it’s the mouse trays that add that little something extra. The 3D mousing surface attachment has almost as many adjustable features as a […]

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What Would You Create With This Office Furniture As A Canvas?

August 30, 2011 by admin

Although Herman Miller’s Canvas collection evokes the idea of painting, it’s really about sculpting your office environment. This line of office furniture is designed with the idea that you should be able to use the same basic components to erect a huge variety of workstations. It’s like Lego for your office – but without all […]

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 3

August 27, 2011 by admin

Teknion is yet another manufacturer well known for its office furniture that also crafts items that can shine in a home setting. Here are a few of the designs you might see in the commercial or residential arena: Occasional Tables Dakar is just one of several models created for use as corner tables or coffee […]

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What Did Haworth Get Up To At NeoCon 2011?

August 25, 2011 by admin

It’s fun to scroll through all the slideshows vendors have created to showcase their participation at NeoCon. Haworth really went all out in crafting an exhibit environment that pulls together different elements of a modern office into a cohesive whole. The use of vivid color is particularly appealing, so don’t miss out on the visuals […]

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Office Furniture and Office Space TCO Tips from Steelcase

August 23, 2011 by admin

As we continue exploring the free office environment resources provided by Steelcase, you won’t want to miss their white paper about the true value of space and the value of what you put in it. The cubicle manufacturer advocates installing workstations on the ceiling of your office space so that employees can hang upside down […]

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 2

August 20, 2011 by admin

Last week, we explored some of the crossover furniture from Haworth that could work in either a business or residential space. Today, let’s take a look at what Herman Miller has to offer. Of course, HM is well known in design circles for famous pieces like the Eames chairs. You’ll see this home furniture in […]

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Buying Office Furniture For A Satellite Office

August 17, 2011 by admin

Sometimes, it makes sense for a business to lease satellite office space rather than having all employees report to a central location to work. This might be true when a significant percentage of workers (or the customer base they will be serving) lives in an area that is a long drive from corporate headquarters. For […]

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How Do You Organize Your Workstation?

August 15, 2011 by admin

Steelcase always has thought provoking insights in its well-researched white papers. Have you read the one about how employees organize their workspaces? It’s worth a look. The writers postulate that people typically display one of six basic “patterns” of work. Some appear messy while others are strict about structure. However, it may be a mistake […]

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Good NeoCon Results For Knoll – On the Surface!

August 12, 2011 by admin

Plenty of the “big boys” at NeoCon walked away with top prizes for office furniture. But Knoll has things “covered” from a different angle. This company really shone in the textile category, earning gold and silver awards for 2 new fabric collections. KnollTextiles’ Vista (designed by Dorothy Cosonas) received gold recognition. This line is made […]

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Calibrate Your Workspace with AIS

August 10, 2011 by admin

“Cal-li-brate good times, come on!” Can you sing it with Kool & The Gang? That should be the AIS theme song for this cubicle line. These freestanding office furniture pieces might very well be the ticket to bring good times to your office space once again. In fact, AIS advertises Calibrate as being able to […]

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 1

August 8, 2011 by admin

One of the fun things you learn when you frequent the websites of major office furniture companies is that they like to blur the lines between business and leisure. Most of the big players made their name in the contract furniture industry. But they just can’t resist showing off their design capabilities on the home […]

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Maxon Gets Managerial With Office Chair Design

August 5, 2011 by admin

What type of office chair occupies that space between the lowly worker and the exalted executive? The folks at Maxon have decided that middle management deserves its own line of office seating. Hey, managers take a lot of flack – even if they’re actually good at their jobs. If you’ve been the undeserving butt of […]

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Office Space Becomes Food Production Space

August 3, 2011 by admin

The term “cube farm” could take on a whole new meaning if a European trend for turning vacant office spaces into community gardens takes off. Jo at officebroker.com shares a belly warming story about how an old office building is being retrofitted for use as a vertical farming site near Manchester Airport in the UK. […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries: Office Storage Unit Category

August 1, 2011 by admin

You might think this category of workplace furniture would be a real yawner. But this year, several companies stepped up to change the way we think about office storage units. These pieces don’t just help you keep it together; they help you do it in style. Get “Beside” Yourself The Beside line from Haworth features […]

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First-Time Office Decorating Tips

July 31, 2011 by admin

Today, we have a guest post by Susan Black from SofasAndSectionals.com. Here, she shares some food for thought for first time office owners: Decorating any office or workplace can seem a rather foreboding task on the surface, particularly if inspiration is somewhat lacking from the onset. That being said, the positive effects that a well […]

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What If You Lived In Your Office?

July 28, 2011 by admin

That’s not an idle question for certain congressional representatives. Arnold’s Office Furniture blogger “sjennings” reveals that many politicos on the hill use their offices as a crash pad most nights. Many own houses or apartments elsewhere (such as in their home state) and don’t want to take on an additional lease in D.C. Others are […]

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What Should a Truly Modern Private Office Look Like?

July 26, 2011 by admin

Steelcase believes that many private offices are far behind the times when it comes to accommodating today’s high-level workers. Too often, productivity is stymied by a workspace that is designed to isolate rather than integrate. Perhaps you’ve seen some of the following layout and furniture flaws in private offices at your company: Guests are seated […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries – Furniture Systems

July 23, 2011 by admin

NeoCon may be over for the year, but there are still so many great designs to explore! This week, let’s look at some novel furniture systems. These three companies each take a very different approach to defining workspaces: Inscape The Inscape system is designed to see your business through thick and thin. You can actually […]

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Modern Workstations: Are Benches Back?

July 21, 2011 by admin

Steelcase makes a compelling case for benching in the workplace as an alternative to both cubicle and desk style workstations. The most obvious difference between benches and cubicles is the fact that there are no panels involved. If you want to create a very social working environment and assigned tasks don’t tend to require a […]

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What’s On Trend For Office Space Planning?

July 19, 2011 by admin

According to a recent press release from Ethosource, Fall of 2011 is going to be all about conservation – of space, that is. This means the most critical factor of office space planning is about designing with the right furniture and the right placement for maximum functionality. This may include: Dedicated workstations for full time […]

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Steelcase SOTO II Captures NeoCon Gold

July 15, 2011 by admin

Steelcase has gone home from Chicago this year with more than just memories. The cubicle manufacturer was awarded the gold in the Office Accessories category – beating out 3 competitors. The other entries in this section were all variations on the whiteboard. There were mobile whiteboards, giant whiteboards, and even green (eco-friendly) whiteboards. That was […]

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What’s Up With Office Furniture Scandals?

July 13, 2011 by admin

Why is it that government agencies and officials just can’t seem to resist the allure of brand new office furniture? News stories about desks and chairs aren’t as sexy as stories about illicit affairs and alleged drug use, but reporters still love a juicy office furniture scandal. These stories about overspending, no-bid contracts, and furtive […]

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Conflux Lights from Teknion – A Sensory Experience

July 11, 2011 by admin

One of Teknion’s newer additions to its product line is the Conflux task lighting collection. Like many other fresh and innovative office lighting pieces, these are all about three letters: L-E-D. Fluorescents are so last year! These sleek aluminum lighting pieces are available in articulated freestanding desktop, panel mounted, and floor lamps as well as […]

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Best Of NeoCon Entries For Workplace Technology

July 8, 2011 by admin

One of the most interesting categories in NeoCon’s 2011 show this year was Workplace Technology. The range of entries spanned everything from a new mouse to high level acoustic paneling. Here’s the scoop on some of the Best of NeoCon tech: Penguin Mouse This vertical mouse is designed for right handed and left handed use. […]

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Exotic Woods For Executive Desks

July 6, 2011 by admin

Are you planning to have an executive desk custom-made from scratch for your office? Tried and true materials like maple, mahogany, walnut, cherry, and oak are all good choices. But if you pick a traditional wood, you really need to go above and beyond with the architecture of the desk to make it unique. Another […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Office Chairs

July 4, 2011 by admin

Last week, we took a look at a Wired magazine article featuring an impassioned and detailed review of several ergonomic office chairs. But there’s an even better place to turn if you need to find out absolutely everything about pretty much any chair on the market. This shout out goes to Duncan MacIntyre at officechairadvice.com. […]

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The Cubicle Conversation Is ON!

June 30, 2011 by admin

People still seem to assume that big businesses don’t listen to the little guy. That’s changing with the advent of social media. Huge cubicle manufacturing and design firms like Herman Miller have teams working hard to scour the internet for the latest industry news to share with their loyal blog readers. This level of online […]

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Top Ergonomic Office Chairs Compared

June 29, 2011 by admin

You would think ergonomic office chairs are like five star restaurants the way some people rave about them. White collar workers covet them and geeks hack them. Are all these high end seating options basically the same or is there a real difference? According to Bruce Sterling at Wired, three of the most often praised […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries for Conference Room Furniture

June 27, 2011 by admin

This week, let’s look at items at NeoCon that are designed for everyone in your company – conference room furniture. There are a lot of traditional-looking tables among the “Best of” entries, but there’s also a distinct trend toward less structured furnishings. Here are two collections of special interest for 2011. Jofco – Collective Motion […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries – Work Tables

June 24, 2011 by admin

You might think a work table is too basic to offer much room for innovation. It’s got 4 legs and a flat top, right? Actually, the design possibilities for task and training tables are continuing to blossom year after year. The 2011 Best of NeoCon entries prove that the options are far from played out […]

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Workers Covet Height Adjustable Workstations

June 22, 2011 by admin

According to Laura Casey at the Contra Costa Times, people are taking workstation ergonomics into their own hands to get some relief from the long hours of sitting required for many of today’s white collar jobs. Some are constructing their own standing desks out of whatever they have on hand. Unfortunately, going from sitting all […]

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Orange You Glad You Like Office Furniture?

June 20, 2011 by admin

According to Neil Steinberg at the Chicago Sun Times, orange was the hot color at NeoCon 2011. This rich, vibrant hue is aligned with the energy of change in the philosophy of Feng Shui, and that’s certainly something the hard hit office furniture industry needs right now. The particular orange that’s being incorporated into laminates […]

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Go Free Form With 3form?

June 16, 2011 by admin

One way to dress up an office space is with unusual materials and fluid space design. 3form offers glass and resin panels that are poured, pressed, and molded to be truly unique. You could use these pieces for many different office furnishings from worksurfaces and conference tables to reception desking. Pick your own interlayer items […]

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San Diego Cubicles Helps RE/MAX Expand in San Diego

June 15, 2011 by admin

RE/MAX moves in new office with the help of local San Diego cubicle dealer. San Diego Cubicles, a local cubicles and office furniture provider, today announced the completion of its latest project, a new office for RE/MAX RB Ranch & Beach (RE/MAX RB). The full-service real estate company is expanding its territory in San Diego and its […]

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What Do You Do about Messy Cubicles?

June 14, 2011 by admin

Jen over at Arnolds Furniture has collected a series of photos depicting the “5 filthiest office cubes in the world”. It’s a harrowing sight, so only click through if you have a strong stomach. Jen categorizes the behaviors evident in the disarray of each cubicle. There’s the Hoarder who can’t let go of anything – […]

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Try Out HON’s Voi Visualization Tool

June 13, 2011 by admin

HON recently put together a new software tool that lets you look at different Voi desking designs instantly based on 6 different user-selected criteria. You can pick the footprint, storage capacity, and location (private office, open plan, etc.) to fit each area of your office environment. HON’s main selling point for this laminated worksurface solution […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries for Task Chair Seating

June 11, 2011 by admin

Last week, we took a look at some of the up and coming workstation designs entered for the Best of NeoCon award. Now, let’s peruse recently developed task chairs that might be paired with these state-of-the-art casegoods. Scope Out the Scope Chair There’s quite a global flavor to the entries this year. For example, “viasit” […]

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‘Bike New York’ Seeks Secondhand Office Furniture

June 8, 2011 by admin

Secondhand office furniture isn’t just a popular choice for companies that need to save money. It’s also becoming a fashionable option for organizations that want to gain a reputation for making sustainable choices. That’s why non-profit Bike New York recently turned to EthoSource to furnish its NYC offices. The decision to use pre-owned office furniture […]

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Knoll’s Kute Kids’ Kollection

June 6, 2011 by admin

Every major office furniture designer seems to enjoy displaying a few items that are whimsical and fun. With Knoll, it’s a line of children’s chairs and worktables. The Amoeba table is designed to resemble a shapeless blob (which is actually a more attractive look than you’d think). The legs are solid beech, but the top […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries – Casegoods Competition

June 4, 2011 by admin

NeoCon is in full swing for 2011, and there are some interesting entries in the commercial interiors product category for the Best of NeoCon award (BON). Well known names like HON, Allsteel, and Teknion are prominently featured entrants for their innovative cubicle designs. But today let’s take a look at some of the contenders from […]

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Haworth Offers a Distinct Twist on a Traditional Stool

June 1, 2011 by admin

Because of its global reach, Haworth makes it possible to buy office furniture that is “Made in the USA” but that was conceived in collaboration with some very talented designers in Europe. That’s the case with this classic K700 stool by Studio Centro Castelli. It looks eerily like a partially unbent paperclip (especially when you […]

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Allsteel Helps Businesses Move Forward with Stride Cubicles

May 30, 2011 by admin

The Stride collection from Allsteel provides a highly flexible off-modular panel system to create workspaces that can be reconfigured again and again. By adding, removing, and rearranging components, the overall layout can be adapted as needed – and individual workstations can be customized to meet employee preferences. For example, you can specify a “sit to […]

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Office Furniture For Coworking Spaces

May 27, 2011 by admin

It looks like coworking spaces are passing the point of being a fad and becoming a real trend in the U.S. These facilities offer a group office environment for entrepreneurs and others who typically work from home. People who thrive on social interaction and those who get energized by being around other creative individuals enjoy […]

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Can The Right Office Chair Boost Productivity?

May 25, 2011 by admin

In 2009, Steelcase set out to discover if their Leap chair could cause a “leap” in productivity for workers. The company collaborated with the University of Texas in a yearlong study involving a total of 450 employees at two different workplaces. They compared the productivity and well-being of a control group with that of employees […]

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F3 Foundation – Office Furniture Design Has a New Patron

May 23, 2011 by admin

Reto Eberle, CEO of dTank, has created a private foundation that encourages interior design students to explore and innovate in the field of furniture. In the “old days”, furniture designers were viewed as true artists. They certainly created iconic pieces (like the Eames chair). The fact that so many pieces from the old guard of […]

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Scale Back with Teknion Designway

May 20, 2011 by admin

With a call center or other workplace where employees are constantly on the phone, there’s no getting around the fact that you need a panel based system. Nice, tall panel walls are also very important for workers who need a high level of concentration to do error-free work. However, there are other workplaces where a […]

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Lazy Office Furniture Layout?

May 18, 2011 by admin

An office layout should be about making efficient use of space and keeping employees happy, focused, and productive. That’s the approach the office space planning consultants at Cubicles Office Environments take to help you save money. But what would happen if you let employees be in charge of your office furniture layout? You can find […]

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A Different Kind of Office Cubicle Design

May 16, 2011 by admin

The coolest artists and architects always seem to be the ones who can take everyday objects and materials and help you see them in a new light. Francesca Bonesio and Nicolas Guirad do just that with their 37.2 collection. Here’s a “production cube” or cube office that is made entirely of steel and plywood. The […]

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Check Out These Office Furniture Textiles from HON

May 14, 2011 by admin

Like most high-end cubicle and office chair manufacturers, HON offers several categories of fabric choices for customers. There’s a “core” set of textiles including 180 options for seating and 90 fabrics for systems furniture. Beyond this, there are 200 additional options provided with standard lead times (and HON’s limited lifetime warranty) in the “Select” line. […]

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Will Future Office Furniture Be Made of Chicken Feathers?

May 12, 2011 by admin

If you thought packing materials made out of mushrooms and cottonseed was weird, wait until you can buy a chair with plastic components featuring chicken feathers. Bio resins may soon replace traditional petroleum in some office furniture products. Keratin, the strong fibrous protein found in feathers (and in hair and fingernails), has properties that could […]

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Maxon: Parallel Cubicles Cut Costs While Keeping You Green

May 10, 2011 by admin

Our culture has reached the point where eco-friendly options no longer place an extra strain on the average business owner’s budget. The relevant technology and manufacturing processes/supply chains have become mature enough that sustainable office furniture is now within the reach of every employer. Maxon’s Parallel cubicles are an example of value priced panel systems […]

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Favorite Italian Executive Desk Designs

May 6, 2011 by admin

There are a lot of great U.S. manufacturers for office furniture, cubicles, and seating; but occasionally a situation calls for something really special. Executive office desks are one item that people tend to buy because it’s different rather than because it matches the rest of a company’s décor. When it comes to stylish desks, imported […]

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Cool Workstation Accessories from Steelcase

May 3, 2011 by admin

There’s a short video on cubiclefilms.com that features some functional and attractive cube accessories. Steelcase consultant Chondra Turner clearly explains and demonstrates the usefulness of each tool. There’s a fully articulated monitor arm that lets workers move their flat screen about at will without taking up worksurface space. The whiteboard hidden inside the cubicle wall […]

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Volt – It’s Not Just For Chevy Anymore

May 1, 2011 by admin

There are a number of fantastically comfortable and very ergonomic office chairs in the high end range of $700-1100. But it’s a little harder to find fully adjustable seating that’s budget friendly for smaller businesses. HON is making a difference at the value-priced end of the market with a task chair called the Volt. Buyers […]

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The Great Divide – Commercial vs. Residential Furniture

April 29, 2011 by admin

Earlier this year, a major case goods importer in California merged its commercial and residential furniture lines. This means office pieces like desking units and conferences tables are now available in the same catalog as coffee tables and corner hutches. Coaster originally had its office furniture line more clearly delineated as contract furniture. Since 6 […]

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The Green Packaging Trend

April 27, 2011 by admin

Reducing packaging waste is a strong trend among cubicle manufacturers. Reusing shipping pallets is a long standing practice. So is incorporating pre and post-consumer recycled materials into packing components. Unloading products at their destination and reclaiming the boxes is a somewhat newer concept. However, Steelcase has recently taken the game to a whole new level […]

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Home Office Furniture is Shrinking

April 25, 2011 by admin

According to analysis published by Furniture Today, home office furniture is getting more compact. Even executive style desks – long noted for their imposing size – are being scaled back to a modest 54 inches. Retailers are dedicating less space to this category of furnishings on their floors, and so are end users. Suppliers are […]

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Like Your Humor Cheap? Cubicles Of Fire Fits The Bill

April 22, 2011 by admin

Sometimes, the best kind of laugh is one that’s cheap. Cubicles offer an endless source for silly humor – check out these clips to get a quick giggle.

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Office Furniture Liquidation…and Demolition?

April 20, 2011 by admin

Office furniture liquidation is just the start of a full data center demolition project for the company featured in the video here.

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Office Furniture Center Closings

April 18, 2011 by admin

The last couple of years have seen a number of major office furniture center closings on both the retail and manufacturing sides.

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Used Office Cubicles – San Diego Steelcase Bargain

April 15, 2011 by admin

For high quality and great price discounts, you can’t beat used office cubicles. San Diego Cubicles Office Environments has Steelcase products on hand.

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Buy Cubicles Designed With Your Fabric

April 13, 2011 by admin

When you buy cubicles, this investment will last for years. Why not make sure you get exactly the look you want with custom fabric?

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An Indestructible Call Center Cubicle?

April 11, 2011 by admin

Can a call center cubicle be truly indestructible? Read up on the latest product from EQA and make your own decision.

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Another Reason To Lease Office Furniture

April 8, 2011 by admin

If you are having trouble figuring out the best workplace layout, lease office furniture while you try different arrangements. Then, buy once you know what you need.

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Affordable Cubicles For Disaster Relief

April 6, 2011 by admin

Check out how one Japanese architect is changing the face of disaster relief with affordable cubicles for earthquake survivors.

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Buy Office Furniture Accessories That Manage Noise

April 4, 2011 by admin

Can you buy office furniture that guarantees complete voice privacy? Maybe not, but you can easily add a Babble machine to your existing cubicles.

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It’s A Bargain – Office Furniture That Saves Space

March 31, 2011 by admin

Anytime a product allows you to save substantial floor space, you’re likely getting a bargain. Office furniture like open racks for end tab file storage are one example.

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Computer Office Furniture: San Diego Workshifting Options

March 30, 2011 by admin

Telecommuting may be key to saving money on computer office furniture. San Diego area Telework Research Network reveals startling data on how to cut costs.

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Cubicle Sales Numbers Mixed For 2010

March 28, 2011 by admin

Cubicle sales were down significantly in 2009 along with the whole office furniture market. Things are looking up now, but cubicles may be losing ground in other ways.

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Wood Office Furniture – San Diego Can Choose Green

March 25, 2011 by admin

Interested in buying wood office furniture? San Diego area businesses have no shortage of eco-friendly options from major manufacturers.

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Have You Ever Used Cubicle Walls Without Worksurfaces?

March 23, 2011 by admin

If you’ve never used cubicle walls to build a “cabin”, check out this post. You might be able to create a brand new type of work pod.

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How To Customize Wholesale Cubicles For Your Office

March 21, 2011 by admin

Wholesale cubicles don’t all have to look alike. You can customize them at the macro level and the micro level. Here’s how.

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How NOT To Buy Office Cubicles

March 18, 2011 by admin

Are you preparing to buy office cubicles? Here’s a tongue in cheek look at the top faux pas to avoid when dealing with an office furniture vendor.

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Moving Cubicles…In Cubicles

March 16, 2011 by admin

Moving cubicles into and out of a storage facility is a lot of work. You might be able to cut that in half by using a portable storage unit. Here’s how.

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Modular Office Furniture: San Diego Area Repairs And Maintenance

March 14, 2011 by admin

Do you have a large suite of modular office furniture? San Diego based Cubicles Office Environments has technicians on staff who can handle maintenance and repairs.

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Cubicle Company News Roundup

March 11, 2011 by admin

Are you wondering what office furniture manufacturers are up to these days? Here’s a quick look at cubicle company news from some of the industry leaders.

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BETA Cubicle Work Stations For The 21st Century

March 9, 2011 by admin

Check out these green Italian cubicle workstations. They are fully recyclable and provide both collaborative and individual workspace configurations.

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Buy Used Office Furniture…And Equipment

March 7, 2011 by admin

You can save quite a bit of money when you buy used office furniture. Office equipment is another area you shouldn’t overlook when it comes to great deals.

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Preparing For Office Furniture Installation

March 5, 2011 by admin

Office furniture installation is fairly quick and painless if you buy your cubicles from a professional dealership. But there are some ways you can make it even easier.

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Shrink Your Business: Office Furniture Planning Reduces Space Requirements

March 3, 2011 by admin

Are you looking for a smaller office building to house your business? Office furniture doesn’t have to take up as much space when you do effective planning.

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Practical Ways To Make Call Center Cubicles More Appealing

March 1, 2011 by admin

Your can make call center cubicles more comfortable if you know what features employees value most. Start with these two areas.

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How Do You Top Your Cubicle’s Walls?

February 26, 2011 by admin

There’s a good chance that your cubicles’ walls don’t sport decorations as fancy as this electric train set. Check out the amount of work this guy put into his project!

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Office Furniture For Sale – San Diego Cubicle Typicals

February 24, 2011 by admin

Cubicles are a popular item of refurbished office furniture for sale. San Diego based Cubicles Office Environments has plenty of standard cubes available.

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Teknion Cubicles: Partitions Like Lyft Stand Apart

February 22, 2011 by admin

Cubicles, partitions, screens, panels, dividers – all of these have benefits in space planning. Check out Teknion’s Lyft solutions to see new ways to use partitions.

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Affordable Office Furniture Should Also Be Functional

February 18, 2011 by admin

Affordable office furniture isn’t a good investment if it is poorly made or uncomfortable/inconvenient to use. Here are some minimum requirements.

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Office Furniture Stores: San Diego Is Bursting With Choices

February 16, 2011 by admin

Are you looking for local office furniture stores? San Diego has plenty – but they don’t all offer the same goods and services.

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Have You Considered A Curved Cubicle Panel?

February 14, 2011 by admin

A curved cubicle panel may be just the thing to keep your office area from looking like just another cube farm. Check out these options from various manufacturers.

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Second Hand Office Furniture – San Diego Charities Want Yours

February 10, 2011 by admin

Are you looking for an easy way to get rid of old office furniture? San Diego has several charities that will pick up your gently used items for free.

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Why Can’t You Buy Office Furniture Direct From The Big Manufacturers?

February 9, 2011 by admin

If you’ve ever tried to by “big name” office furniture direct from the manufacturer, you know this isn’t how things work. Here’s how to bypass high-priced authorized dealers.

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Knoll Unveils Antenna Office Furniture System

February 7, 2011 by admin

Antenna Workspaces is definitely one of the most modern-looking office furniture system collections on the market. Check out the details here.

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What To Look For In Used Cubicle Partitions

February 4, 2011 by admin

Are the used cubicle partitions you’re shopping for worth the price tag? Here’s the information you need to find out if you are getting a good deal.

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Office Furniture: Storage Unit Options

February 2, 2011 by admin

Office furniture storage solutions range from overhead bins to rolling file carts. Here’s an overview of options and what each one does best.

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Corner Office Furniture: San Diego Small Business Solutions

January 31, 2011 by admin

Are you using your available space efficiently by installing corner office furniture? San Diego companies that need to fit more workers into a small area should consider this.

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Are Your Panels Being Effectively Used? Cubicle Partitions May Need Tool Rails

January 28, 2011 by admin

If you haven’t used cubicle partitions to provide extra organizational and storage space, you may be missing out. Find out about an accessory that can help.

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Why Local Cubicle Liquidators Are Your Best Option

January 26, 2011 by admin

Cubicle liquidators provide a valuable service for companies that are replacing their office furniture. However, they don’t all provide the same level of service.

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Modular Cubicles & Walls Greener Than Built In Options

January 24, 2011 by admin

Modular cubicles and walls don’t just save money compared to built in options. They also produce less waste and consume less energy over their life span.

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Workplace News: Tech, Business, Cubicles, & More

January 22, 2011 by admin

Do you find it entertaining to read about how people behave in the world of white collar business? Cubicles are prime locations for gathering gossip to share on blogs.

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Contemporary Office Furniture – San Diego Style

January 20, 2011 by admin

Are you wondering what to look for in contemporary office furniture? San Diego office environments can benefit from a blend of high quality materials and sleek designs.

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