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How Does Office Space Planning Work When the Future Is Uncertain?

December 29, 2012 by admin

Don King, VP of Sales at BiNW, has written a very insightful article about how the purpose of the office space has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. The days when gathering employees in one place because it was the only way to monitor and communicate with the workforce are long gone. Today, one […]

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What If Your Office Had a Delete Button?

December 28, 2012 by admin

Have you seen this cute blog post by Turnstone about how to edit boring office furniture? The ideas range from adding panels and overlays to swapping out hardware and even putting on some “peg legs”. Imagine how much fun the office space would be if you let workers go to town personalizing everything! Of course, […]

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Who Will Buy Office Furniture Now?

December 27, 2012 by admin

That’s the question a lot of office furniture manufacturers are asking with the changes that are occurring in how and where people work. If the number of mobile workers continues to rise as expected, the industry as a whole will have to radically realign itself to keep up. This will include: Targeting home workers for […]

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4 Fun Cubicle Apps to Complete Your Week

December 22, 2012 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we know that employees need to relax once in a while (preferably on their actual break). So, in honor of Friday, we’ve put together a list of the top four cubicle themed apps! Cubicle by Keeno This is a classic building game, making a cubicle with blocks in different colors falling […]

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Are You Sourcing Your Office Furniture Strategically?

December 20, 2012 by admin

Do you know what it means to do strategic sourcing? The University of Michigan has a simple two page reference document that may help you understand this concept. We think it makes a lot of sense for any business purchases, including office furniture. For example: Getting input from relevant stakeholders during the sourcing process leads […]

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Does Your Workplace Design Reflect Local Culture?

December 18, 2012 by admin

Steelcase’s “Defining the Code” research paper suggests that businesses have a lot to learn about what it takes to be truly global employers. Understanding workplace cultures in different countries may lead to subtly or even radically different ways of designing the work environment. Everything from the office layout to the office furniture may need to […]

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Break Down Your Cubicle Walls with Maxon

December 14, 2012 by admin

These days, all the major office furniture manufacturers are trying to make their products easier on the planet. They use components that are made of pre or post-consumer recycled materials. They incorporate more recyclable materials. They use fewer components and fewer types of materials. They make their furniture easier to take apart. They use less […]

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Should You Buy Used Office Furniture on Craigslist?

December 13, 2012 by admin

Craigslist obviously has a successful business model and provides a useful service to lots and lots of users. But the company doesn’t have the ability to ensure that the goods advertised on their site aren’t stolen. If you find a hot deal on used office furniture, you might want to ask yourself if that’s because […]

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Are People Racing to Buy These Office Chairs?

December 11, 2012 by admin

We’ve blogged before about luxury vehicles like a Mercedes Benz being turned into office furniture. But there’s apparently a market for auto themed office chairs and worktables that fit the average income bracket as well.  A company called PitStop Furniture is manufacturing a line of chairs that look like the seats from racing cars and […]

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Can Office Space Design Bring Mobile Employees Home?

December 8, 2012 by admin

The Harvard Business Review doesn’t sound like the kind of place where writers would be riffing about bringing mobile workers back to the “Mother Ship”. It just goes to show you that today’s business professionals are likely more conversant with Star Trek than The Odyssey. That’s OK – a metaphor is a metaphor. Philip Tidd […]

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Take, Lock, Hide at Your Workstation

December 6, 2012 by admin

With the Christmas shopping rush coming up, perhaps you’ve seen the public service signs at your local mall reminding you to: Take your valuables Lock your car Hide anything you leave behind You might see these signs cropping up at work as well with office thefts on the rise for the holidays. You probably don’t […]

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Where’s the Cup Holder in Your Office Design?

December 4, 2012 by admin

That may seem like a strange question, but it’s one that Herman Miller explores in a recent research paper on “New Technologies, New Behaviors”. Once auto manufacturers realized drivers were going to slurp on a coffee or soda while on the road, they added cup holders to their vehicle designs for greater safety and efficiency […]

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The Moving Office Space

November 30, 2012 by admin

Haya El Nasser at USA Today wrote an article in October about the way office design can stymie or promote more physical activity. It’s all well and good to encourage employees to use the stairs rather than the elevator. But what if the stairs are hidden in musty stairwells behind heavy fire doors while the […]

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Will Anything Do for an Office Desk?

November 29, 2012 by admin

Do you enjoy using your iPhone for work when you are away from the office? Are you less than thrilled about the prospect of composing emails on that tiny screen? Would you like the convenience of touch typing without having to tote a whole keyboard around with you? Now there’s an app for that. The […]

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Yes You Can Love Your Cubicle

November 28, 2012 by admin

That’s the attitude Bob Bessette brings to work every day. He used to be a manager with a corner office and a door that shut. Now, he works in a cube as an “individual contributor”. Bob doesn’t believe it’s the size of your cubicle or whether the fabric panels are grey or beige that determines […]

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Is Working In a Cubicle a Punishment?

November 23, 2012 by admin

Kyle McCarthy at Smart Living Network draws an interesting parallel between the ubiquitous office cubicle and childhood memories of being put in “timeout”. He says working within the confines of those four foot tall partitions makes him feel trapped in perpetual stasis. He points out that the cube can make employees feel claustrophobic while stifling […]

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Office Furniture Ideas Become Concrete

November 22, 2012 by admin

What’s the wackiest material you’ve ever seen made into office furniture? How about concrete? That doesn’t sound like the most comfortable material in the world, but it apparently has its charms. An Australian company contracted with Blok Furniture to create a collection of tables and benches for the break room/staff meeting area at their office. […]

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Boosting Workplace Productivity on Black Friday

November 21, 2012 by admin

Do  your employees have to work the day after Thanksgiving? There are several reasons they may not be at their best: If they are avid shoppers, they’re probably feeling a little distracted – just waiting for the time clock to reach 5 PM so they can hit the stores. They’re likely to spend more time […]

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International Office Furniture Expos

November 17, 2012 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we keep up with the goings on at big industry events like NeoCon. But the US is only a tiny slice of the whole office furniture picture. There are tradeshows all over the world devoted to office space design, furnishings, ergonomics, and technology. We’ve already touched on the ORGATEC show in […]

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The Offices Go Rolling Along…

November 16, 2012 by admin

Did you see the movie “The Lincoln Lawyer” with Matthew McConaughey? If you haven’t yet, don’t bother – it wasn’t that good. The only inventive thing about it was that the lawyer didn’t have an office. Instead, he worked out of a nice big Lincoln Town Car while being driven all over the city by […]

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Designing Workspaces for Non-Desk Workers

November 15, 2012 by admin

An interview on SmartPlanet with designer Allison Arieff brings up a very interesting point: What are employers, office space designers and facility managers doing to improve workplace design for employees who don’t sit at a desk? Workers in service and hospitality industries who are on their feet most of the day seem to be ignored […]

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How to Child Proof Your Workplace

November 11, 2012 by admin

There’s plenty of information available online about how to child proof a home office. But what about childproofing a cubicle at a regular workplace? This doesn’t come up a lot unless you have a ‘bring your child to work day’ or a special event like office trick-or-treat for Halloween where kids are invited. In that […]

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What Matters Most to Office Furniture Dealers?

November 10, 2012 by admin

The Office Furniture Dealers Association surveys business owners in our industry each year to find out two things: What we consider most important in our relationship with office furniture manufacturers Our level of satisfaction with our vendors regarding a number of critical metrics For 2011, the top 5 issues were the same as for 2010. […]

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How Artisanal Is Your Cubicle?

November 9, 2012 by admin

Did you see the article in Business Week last month about “The Artisinal Cubicle”? We thought there might actually be such a thing. A hand crafted, distinctive cubicle made from all natural materials and built to some exacting standard that no other cube on the market could match. We imagined that these workstations were only […]

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3 Inexpensive Ways to Brand Your Office

November 3, 2012 by admin

Are you a startup business owner? Have you hired a few employees and leased your first office space? You know that branding your office is important for making your workers feel like part of your company’s team. Here are 3 cost effective ways to brand the workspace without going overboard: Distribute useful, high quality items […]

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ORGATEC Final Report 2012

November 2, 2012 by admin

The end of October also saw the end of the ORGATEC exhibition in Cologne. This German tradeshow featured more than 600 companies from around the globe – and about 50,000 visitors. In the past, the exhibition was primarily a product showcase. However, ORGATEC has apparently shifted to a “theme” based trade fair with more emphasis […]

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Should You Allow Food in Cubicles?

November 1, 2012 by admin

As a manager or business owner, you have a vested interest in keeping employee morale high. But you also bear responsibility for keeping the office facilities and furniture in good condition. Allowing employees to eat at their desks can lead to a number of problems: Stained upholstery or cubicle panel fabrics from sticky spills and […]

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2012 Office Furniture Trends Roundup

October 28, 2012 by admin

As office furniture aficionados, we always find it interesting to review industry perspectives on past and future trends. With the year drawing to a close, this is a good time to look back at what other writers and researchers had to say about 2012. Here’s a peek at a few opinions from the last 9 […]

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The Most Interesting Office Chair in the World

October 27, 2012 by admin

We can just hear the Most Interesting Man in the World saying, “I don’t usually sit down at a desk to work. But, when I do, I prefer the LimbIC chair.” What is it about this ergonomic task chair from Zurich-based company InnoMotion that makes it so interesting? Does it justify the $8500 price tag? […]

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Brighten Up the Office with Haworth LED Furniture

October 26, 2012 by admin

What happens when Haworth and Philips come together? They light up the office furniture industry in an entirely new way. The two global leaders in interior furnishing have announced a partnership to design LED lit items for office lounge areas. For example, Haworth’s Meet You series of partitions incorporating Philips LED lamps are on display […]

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What Should an Executive Cubicle Look Like?

October 20, 2012 by admin

The trend of executives moving out of offices and into cubicles is continuing apace in a world where every aspect of corporate culture is under scrutiny. Businesses that want to leave behind the traditional hierarchical approach to management (at least in appearance) are seeing what it’s like to live in a cube farm. The idea […]

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Top Secret Office Furniture?

October 19, 2012 by admin

In the world of bizarre office furniture news, some stories are just plain funny. From Malaysia comes a tale of what can happen if you don’t think your furniture storage policy through. The Home Ministry’s new KDN complex in Johor has designated areas for keeping documents and detainees securely inside. However, an inspection of the […]

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5 Changes That Earn LEED Points for Your Office

October 18, 2012 by admin

Are you renovating your office? Here are five ways you may be able to boost your LEED certification rating: Lighting – Install energy efficient LED lights and use infrared motion detection and timers that turn lights off when a room is unoccupied. Surfaces – Make sure every surface coating/covering from paint to carpet is low […]

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Does Your Office Chair Have a Sweet Spot?

October 13, 2012 by admin

That’s a question you should be able to answer if you’ve spent the appropriate amount of time learning to adjust it. All those knobs and levers aren’t just for show. They are designed to offer you a chance to explore and find out just how comfortable you can really be. If you’ve bought an ergonomic […]

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Does Your Office Space Go Unused?

October 12, 2012 by admin

Of all the research into office space usage over the past decade, Herman Miller’s studies have delivered some of the most surprising results. According to their data (collected by placing weight sensors in chairs to determine when they were occupied), a typical workstation is only in use 40% of an average workday. Even accounting for […]

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Five Things That Should Never Take Up Desk Space

October 11, 2012 by admin

Nate Lanxon delivered quite a diatribe against the telephone in Wired magazine in August. He makes a compelling case for banishing this outdated contraption from the office desk forever. After all, almost every office worker now has a cell phone and can be easily reached whenever necessary. Long distance charges for US calls are pretty […]

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What Type of Teamwork Does Your Office Support?

October 7, 2012 by admin

The Facility Management Journal offers a very helpful diagram in its P&G case study showing a variety of office configurations. Each one features a blend of modern workstations and conference areas (as opposed to private offices), but the way they are set up shows how layout can support different types of teaming. “Consistent” teaming, where […]

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Teknion Triumphs at IIDEX Part 2

October 5, 2012 by admin

Last week, we explored Teknion’s new energy management resource for workstations. This week, we’ll finish up by checking out 2 other award winning designs. These are more traditional office furniture selections, yet still worthy of IIDEX recognition for innovation: Interpret This workstation system isn’t bound to the old fashioned cubicle style of office design; but […]

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A Seat at the Future Office Table

October 4, 2012 by admin

It’s always fun to discover what others guess the future office will look like. Here’s a story from the BBC news site about just that topic. The author is Ryan Anderson, the “Director of Future Technology” at Herman Miller. He has the super-cool job of trying to figure out what the office will look like […]

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Task Chair Fit Check List

September 30, 2012 by admin

If you aren’t a die-hard fan of the standing only desk, this doesn’t mean you are doomed to suffering from poor ergonomics every day when you sit down to work. SitBetter offers a helpful tool you can use to evaluate whether a particular office chair is really a good fit for you. As you might […]

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Teknion Triumphs at IIDEX Part 1

September 28, 2012 by admin

Teknion’s press room is abuzz with announcements this year about multiple awards from IIDEX. At this annual Canadian design exposition, the focus was on innovation. Teknion didn’t take the gold in any category but managed to “medal” with a silver and three bronzes. These honors come fast on the heels of recognition at NeoCon 2012 […]

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Can’t Stand the Standing Trend?

September 26, 2012 by admin

Are you annoyed when you see the umpteenth article making the Twitter rounds about how sitting at work is akin to a death sentence? You are not alone. TreeHugger describes this backlash against the standing desk “mania” in an entertaining article here. Apparently, some people are treating this furniture like a fad. They experience lots […]

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Ergonomic Office Furniture Saves Money

September 23, 2012 by admin

That’s a concept that all employers are familiar with. At least, they know that ergonomic furniture is supposed to save them money over the long run. But all too often the discussion focuses only on employee satisfaction (as important as that is) and not on the hard numbers showing how ergonomic purchases affect a company’s […]

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Would You Test Drive This Office Furniture?

September 21, 2012 by admin

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the joint office furniture design project between Allsteel and BMW. Today, another luxury automaker is in the spotlight with some seriously high performance office furniture. Actually, the credit goes to South African designer Katie Thompson who has “recreated” a used Mercedes Benz as an office chair and […]

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Flat Office Furniture Sales Numbers Are Good for Customers

September 20, 2012 by admin

It shouldn’t shock you to learn that predictions about the future of the economy aren’t always right. Heck, you can’t even get a weather report that’s accurate more than a few hours out. So, it comes as no surprise that BIFMA has updated its projections for 2012. A modest increase was anticipated in new office […]

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Duct Tape and Office Furniture

September 15, 2012 by admin

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about ways to keep your office furniture looking new. Sometimes, new is too much to hope for and you have to settle for just keeping things together until you can afford to buy more office furniture. Then, it’s time to bring out the duct tape. Earth 911 shows […]

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Haworth Tightens Operations in 2012

September 14, 2012 by admin

With all the ups and downs in the office furniture industry over the past few years, it’s no wonder some manufacturers are suffering from a case of “empty office chair syndrome”. Haworth, Inc. is the latest company to announce a plant closure. A components manufacturing facility in Douglas, MI is being phased out and production […]

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Make Your Office Edgy…

September 13, 2012 by admin

…But don’t overdo it. That’s one takeaway message from a recent article by Global Office. This advice applies to companies where potential clients are likely to get an office tour. It’s great to have an innovative, eye-catching lobby, a stunning conference room, and a great view. But there comes a point where spending more money […]

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Steelcase’s Peers into Office Design Crystal Ball

September 7, 2012 by admin

What does the future hold for office design? Steelcase believes it has some of the answers. Considering that this is the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the world, they probably have some pretty good insight. After all, they’re betting the future of the company on it! Steelcase recently talked with the Commercial Investment Real […]

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Does Your Furniture Dealer “Deliver”?

September 6, 2012 by admin

It’s a shame to admit, but sometimes furniture dealers behave badly. Here’s a roundup of cases from across the US where furniture stores have gotten in such hot water that the courts have stepped in to protect customers. The Attorney General’s Office in Washington state is filing suit against a local Tacoma furniture store owned […]

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Herman Miller Introduces Stem Storage

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The shift to the supposedly paperless office of the future apparently isn’t going to “stem” the demand for storage. At least that’s what Herman Miller is betting on. The office furniture manufacturer is preparing to debut a new line of storage products for the office. The Stem system is designed to change how workstations and […]

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The ‘Backstory’ of the Office Chair

September 1, 2012 by admin

As you lean back in your synchro-tilt, height adjustable, lumbar supported, cushioned, breathable, rolling office chair, do you ever stop to think how you came to occupy such a comfy perch? Business Life offers a look at the history of what you’re sitting on right now. From the 1800s all the way to the 21st […]

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Should You Pay for Employees’ Home Office Furniture?

August 30, 2012 by admin

Over the past 10 years, e-commuting has become more and more common. Businesses that offer this type of flexible work arrangement have a good shot at attracting top talent. The increased productivity associated with cutting down on commuting and allowing workers more control over their schedule can be substantial. Some employers are even able to […]

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How Office Furniture Installers Stay in Shape

August 29, 2012 by admin

HON Company has a delightful blog post up right now that highlights the best ways to build your muscles while you transport and set up office furniture. If you’ve ever wondered why office furniture installers are all as buff as your average water delivery guy, this post reveals the industry’s best workout secrets. Of course, […]

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Allsteel Envisions the Future Workplace

August 25, 2012 by admin

Allsteel’s library of white papers contains a wealth of thought leadership on the topic of work. The company’s research includes information on what it is, how and where we do it, and what tools, technology, and practices ensure work gets done in the most efficient manner. For an insightful and detailed look at the newest […]

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How to Make a Rented Conference Room Your Own

August 24, 2012 by admin

Sometimes, a startup business needs to host a meeting with a client or a potential investor but the office just isn’t the right place. Perhaps you leased the cheapest office location you could find and that fact is painfully obvious. Or, maybe you still work from home and you don’t want others intruding into your […]

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Dedon Green Wall is Dead On for Office Decorating

August 22, 2012 by admin

Inc.com has a short slideshow highlighting some of the coolest new office furniture from 2011. They’re using a pretty broad definition for the term, which is actually a good thing. Otherwise, the Dedon wall wouldn’t have made it onto the list! This aluminum and fiber space divider is like a living piece of art – […]

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8 of the Best Office Furniture Twitter Feeds

August 18, 2012 by admin

Can you believe that Twitter has only been around for half a dozen years?  Today, there are more than 500 million users on this social media platform. If we saw that kind of growth rate in our 401(k)s, we’d all be ready to retire now! No matter what your interest, there are folks online tweeting […]

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State Offloading Furniture by the Ton

August 16, 2012 by admin

Vermont is perhaps best known in the rest of the US for the production and sale of maple syrup. But there are other sweet deals you can get in this state if you pay attention. The state recently cleared out its Waterbury State Office Complex in preparation for a renovation project. In the process, more […]

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Are You a Good Office Host?

August 15, 2012 by admin

In the most recent edition of Steelcase’s 360 online magazine, you’ll find an article that talks about how to create space for the individual in a work world that stresses, “There’s no I in TEAM.” With such a sharp focus on collaboration, some employers seem to forget that workers also need space for themselves. There […]

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Allsteel Puts You in the Driver’s Seat

August 11, 2012 by admin

Great things can happen when industries collide. The recent collaboration between Allsteel and BMW Group DesignworksUSA has resulted in the creation of a light task chair that can only be described as a really smooth ride. The office furniture manufacturer and the design firm responsible for the concept of the Mini Cooper present the “Clarity” […]

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Tips for an Efficient Office

August 10, 2012 by admin

Sarah Kessler has an article up at Mashable that offers 37 tips for working anywhere. It’s from 2010, but still very relevant. Some of the best tips are those designed for the average white collar worker in a typical office environment. Not surprisingly, these tips are all related to time management. At Cubicles Office Environments, […]

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How to Keep Office Furniture Looking New

August 9, 2012 by admin

Last week, we talked about how to tell if it’s time to get rid of your funky old office furniture. This week, let’s talk about ways to help your office furniture looking new. Of course, to make this work you need to start out with high quality furnishings. Don’t expect a cheap chair from Staples […]

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3 Signs You Need New Office Furniture

August 5, 2012 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we encourage customers to get the most out of their office furniture. We have a great deal of respect for the amount of use left in furniture that many companies are simply ready to chuck out with the trash. We regularly refurbish used items to restore great looks and excellent function. […]

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Don’t Sacrifice Your Body for Your Office Furniture

August 4, 2012 by admin

Have you ever gone clothes shopping and ended up totally frustrated because it seems like your body is all wrong for the apparel that’s in style? In fact, you shouldn’t feel bad about the size or shape of your figure. It’s the clothes that should be made to fit you, not the other way around. […]

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Sit-to-Stand to…Jump Desk?

August 3, 2012 by admin

By now, we’ve all been educated about the benefits of working at a sit-to-stand desk. But what if you added a little jumping to the mix? We’ve all had days at work that feel like a series of hurdles. The white collar workers in this ad video just take that feeling to a very literal […]

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Show Earth Some Love with Recycled Office Furniture

July 27, 2012 by admin

The U.S. Green Building Council knows that buying refurbished office furniture is good for the environment. That’s why this kind of purchase can contribute to LEED points when you are outfitting a new or remodeled office. Here are a few facts and statistics that reveal just how much of a difference recycling office furniture can […]

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Another Workstation Enhancer from Teknion

July 26, 2012 by admin

The “Behind-You” screen we blogged about recently is just one of Teknion’s new series of Workstation Enhancers. The office supply manufacturer is determined to make the cubicle experience enjoyable by providing more and more ways for employees to customize theirs. The Podium is one of the latest additions to the “Complements” collection. This desk organizer […]

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Why You Still Need Filing Cabinets

July 25, 2012 by admin

The always perceptive Jen at Arnolds Office Furniture gives us 3 good reasons why the idea of a paperless office will never be a reality. Sure, you may reduce paper usage. But there are times when you really do need it – and times when you just can’t be bothered to use electronic documents. Some […]

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Outdoor Office Furniture Ideas

July 21, 2012 by admin

With the increasing prevalence of mobile work, employees are learning to set up their own, impromptu workstations wherever they can. That may be at home, in the employee lounge, or at the proverbial coffee shop. Once workers get a taste of this freedom of movement, they may want to try out new spots around your […]

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Allsteel Goes Above with Beyond

July 19, 2012 by admin

Allsteel was another office furniture company that took things to a new level at this year’s NeoCon. The firm marked its 100 year anniversary by winning the Best of NeoCon Gold for the new Beyond architectural walls product. The wall system has a unique self-contained leveling mechanism that ensures the glass panes are seated evenly […]

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Pet Friendly Office Furniture

July 17, 2012 by admin

Did you celebrate “Take Your Dog to Work Day” last month? June 22nd is the date when employees across the US bring their canine companion to the office. This event gives pet owners a chance to show off their best friend and promote pet adoption. It may be true that allowing pets in the workplace […]

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Steelcase Nabs 5 NeoCon 2012 Accolades

July 14, 2012 by admin

It’s no surprise that the largest office furniture manufacturer in the world managed to win a heaping handful of awards at NeoCon 2012. Steelcase’s Free Stand from the Coalesse collection received the nod as the Best for Innovation, garnered the Editor’s Choice recognition, and grabbed a silver award to boot. This tiny table shows that […]

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Conference Furniture You Won’t Forget

July 12, 2012 by admin

If you went to NeoCon 2012, you know that office furniture manufacturers are putting a lot of thought into ways to bring people together at work. The watchwords of this decade seem to be “collaboration” and “innovation”. Well, they could learn a lesson from Eric Stoller when it comes to creating equipment that delivers the […]

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Teknion Has Your Back

July 10, 2012 by admin

Open plan office environments are all the rage right now. That’s supposed to be a good thing for space efficiency and collaboration. But doing away with cubicle panels can create an atmosphere where people feel that they have no privacy at all. Teknion has decided to remedy this situation with a screen that employees can […]

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Officials Feud over Office Furniture Funds

July 8, 2012 by admin

This time, the scandal over office furniture pits one branch of the government against another. The Governor of New Mexico is in a pitched battle with the judiciary to see who gets access to state government funds for office furnishings. The governor’s office just spent about $48,000 on chairs for employee work stations, waiting areas, […]

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Office Furniture Serves as Economic Indicator

July 7, 2012 by admin

Did you know that the office furniture industry can serve as an indicator of the overall health of the economy? When you think about it, the concept makes sense. After all, when businesses are starting, expanding or upgrading, they are most likely to be in the market for office furniture. When the future appears less […]

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Avoid Office Furniture Buying Mistakes

July 5, 2012 by admin

Trend Office Interiors has a great resource available right now listing 8 mistakes office furniture buyers make – and how you can avoid these pitfalls yourself. The article covers a lot of ground from initial space planning to furniture selection and more. For example, it’s important to select furniture with future growth and restructuring in […]

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Green Office Furniture for Lazy Americans?

June 30, 2012 by admin

Do you think Americans would be more enthusiastic about green energy if it could be generated by sitting around on our behinds? The inventor of the Unplugged office furniture setup thinks so. Eddi Tornberg has created a desk, chair, and chair mat combo that generates power while you simply go about your regular work day. […]

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When is a Cubicle Not a Cubicle?

June 28, 2012 by admin

That sounds like the beginning of a riddle. But the answer is, “When it’s a Me Space”. That’s a fancy way of saying you get a cubicle that doesn’t share walls with any other cubes. Instead, each one is a free-standing mini-office. This British design from PearsonLloyd gives you the best of the cubicle world […]

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Could Computer Monitors Disappear from Office Desks Altogether?

June 26, 2012 by admin

That’s an intriguing thought. Perhaps one day, we will all use virtual or holographic computer screens like the ones in Minority Report. We’ll be able to interact directly with “there, but not there” style monitors that we can call up out of thin air at any time. It’s not so farfetched – we’ve seen similar […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 3

June 23, 2012 by admin

Before we move on to other NeoCon topics, here’s the final post in our series on the Best of NeoCon 2012 office chairs. This is certainly a year we won’t forget when it comes to the variety of seating options on display. Competitors really did manage to “think big” in terms of better ergonomics, futuristic […]

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Office Lighting Has a “No Light Bulb” Moment

June 22, 2012 by admin

Humanscale has long been known for its seating solutions and height adjustable workstations. But they’ve also got a whole array of other workplace accessories that deserve attention as well. One of the newest items is a task light called Symtra that doesn’t need a light bulb. Instead, this fixture features LED lighting that emanates from […]

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Are Office Desks Becoming Simpler?

June 20, 2012 by admin

According to one Wall Street Journal article, office furniture in the Bay Area is undergoing a radical metamorphosis. Gone are the days of the ornate wood executive desk. Even modern workstations with storage capacity, tool rails, and other accessories are on the way out. In today’s tech office culture, employers and employees are reinventing what […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 2

June 16, 2012 by admin

Earlier this month, we explored several entries in NeoCon’s “Best Of” contest in the seating category. Now, here is the next batch of contenders: AirPad3C72 This task chair from Riviera boasts a feature you’ve probably never heard of: microclimate management. That’s a fancy way of saying the mesh covering is breathable so the skin on […]

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Government Employee Sells Hot Office Furniture

June 14, 2012 by admin

This office furniture scandal is a little unusual. It isn’t about what government employees bought – it’s about what one of them sold. Apparently, an individual with access to excess office furniture used in Senate offices thought he’d make a quick buck by selling items to a local used furniture dealer. The stolen items were […]

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What Will It Take To Get Workers Moving?

June 13, 2012 by admin

Earlier this month, Carrie Schmitz and David Antle did an interview about adapting working posture. This discussion is timely considering the huge variety of sit-to-stand workstations that are being promoted in the office furniture industry these days. The conversation posted over at CafeErgo centers around what it’s going to take to actually help employees transition […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Storage

June 9, 2012 by admin

Storage is one of the less glamorous categories of office furniture, but you can trust NeoCon to bring out some interesting possibilities. The MyTeu from Egan is much more than a mobile storage unit. It’s actually a workstation accessory that offers impromptu seating and storage along with a whiteboard and charging outlets. Employees can count […]

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What to Do with Extra Office Furniture

June 7, 2012 by admin

Today’s guest post comes from Matt Schexnayder at SpareFoot.com. He’s got quite a few savvy tips for how to store your extra office furniture until you’re ready to use it again. A lot of people, including businesses, view self-storage the wrong way. Maybe they haven’t had any experience with it. Or, maybe they’ve just been […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 1

June 2, 2012 by admin

Pull up a seat for our roundup of entries in the “Best of NeoCon 2012” seating category. You’ll see some designs you recognize and a few that are brand new. This will be a three part series since there’s so much to ponder. Diffrient Smart Office chairs just got smarter – and simpler at the […]

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Politicians Learning from Past Office Furniture Scandals?

May 31, 2012 by admin

Looks like someone important must be learning a lesson from reading all the office furniture scandal stories I write about on this blog! Alvin Brown, Jacksonville Florida’s mayor, has decided to institute austerity measures when it comes to refurbishing the Duval County Courthouse. In this case, that meant sending back all the expensive new office […]

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Industrial Office Furniture Design

May 29, 2012 by admin

Some of the most innovative, modern office furniture concepts actually start out as home furniture designs. Turkish designer Fevzi Karaman is best known for his modular kitchen concept. The Silverline kitchenette features a pull out table which reveals a sink and stovetop. When you’re done eating, there’s no way to reclaim the space except by […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Benching

May 26, 2012 by admin

This week, let’s browse the benching section for the up and coming entries in the “Best of NeoCon” contest. Not surprisingly, it’s all about height adjustment this year. We already saw Freedom from Surfaceworks in the systems furniture category, so here’s what the rest of the field looks like: Animate+ Direct from JRB Studio comes […]

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A New Office Chair Base Design

May 24, 2012 by admin

Why is the 5 star base pretty much the only type of base you see on a modern task chair? Sure, it’s a stable design that supports the user from tipping over no matter which way the lean; but is it really the only possible base design? Can you put casters on a chair with […]

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Laptop Ergonomics Tips

May 22, 2012 by admin

While the laptop has been a huge boon in helping workers become more mobile, it poses its own set of challenges when it comes to ergonomics. Research any of the information on ideal monitor placement in relation to keyboard placement, and one thing becomes clear. It’s impossible to achieve both when you are using a […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Systems Furniture

May 20, 2012 by admin

It’s that NeoCon time of year again! As always one of the most exciting things you can do in advance of the big day is take an online stroll through the entries into the ‘Best of NeoCon’ categories for office furniture. Let’s start with a look at the systems furniture category to see what this […]

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Office Chair Olympics

May 18, 2012 by admin

Is the proliferation of office chair sports a testament to the spirit of teamwork in the American workplace today? Or is it just a symptom of boredom and how easy it is to record a video and upload it to YouTube these days? Either way, we’re glad that people are finding a creative outlet! Here […]

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Wireless Office Furniture

May 17, 2012 by admin

Last year, BIWaterCooler posted an article about how the new trend of “unplugged” charging for electronic devices might affect office furniture design and implementation. It’s a slightly different take on the topic than the one presented by Allsteel in their recent tech paper on how wireless communication devices interact with systems furniture. Currently, power and […]

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Recent Acquisitions for Major Office Furniture Companies

May 13, 2012 by admin

What’s going on at the top level of the office furniture industry these days? Several of the largest and best-known manufacturers have made strategic acquisitions over the past year. Let’s take a look at who’s buying who and why. Knoll Ventures Outside Knoll acquired an outdoor furniture manufacturer, Richard Schultz Design, in March of this […]

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What Would You Like to See at NeoCon 2012?

May 12, 2012 by admin

NeoCon 2012 is headed our way at lightning speed. This premiere tradeshow for the commercial design and architecture industry is the most exciting event of the year for office furniture companies all over the US. There will be more than 700 showrooms and booths this year. It’s a chance for businesses to debut their best […]

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Latest Office Furniture Scandal Features Blagojevich

May 11, 2012 by admin

The former governor of Illinois has yet one more black mark on his record after the latest news about state funds allegedly being used in inappropriate ways during his tenure. But this time, the office furniture scandal is not about a civil servant blowing a hundred grand on an executive desk. Instead, the problem appears […]

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Is Your Cubicle System Wired?

May 5, 2012 by admin

Does it seem that the business environment is moving more and more toward wireless communication and away from standard cabling? The fact is that there’s still plenty of demand for panel systems that allow companies to incorporate traditional cabling and power distribution. But this doesn’t mean office owners are satisfied with just running wire through […]

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Office Furniture Relocation Tips

May 4, 2012 by admin

There’s a good post up right now at the CORT Office Furniture Rental blog about how to make an office move go smoothly. A business only moves when relocation is preferable to the alternative. Some reasons you might move include the following: Long term cost savings with a better commercial lease agreement Access to a […]

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Collaborative Ideas for Cubicle Enhancement

May 3, 2012 by admin

Have you ever participated in a Wiki? Do you want to? There’s one you can probably contribute to if you’ve ever worked in a cubicle. It’s a list of creative ways to “Turn Your Office Cubicle Into Your Personal Sanctuary”. Here, you can find all kinds of tips from organizing your desk space to making […]

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When You Need an On-Site Office

April 28, 2012 by admin

Are you a new business owner? You won’t want to miss this guest post by Shane Mac over at Venture Beat. Shane bucks the trend of “experts” telling everyone that the days of the physical office space are coming to a close. He argues that, while a remote workforce may be OK for well-established companies, […]

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Crunching Office Furniture Numbers

April 26, 2012 by admin

Darren Fleming has written a fascinating piece for the Ottawa Business Journal about the connection between outdated office furniture and high office lease expenses. Darren points out that a company with 10 year old furniture may be paying far too much for office space. That’s because older workstations are designed for use with older technology. […]

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Office Furniture Safety Tips for Filing Cabinets

April 24, 2012 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we’re always on the lookout for other office furniture blogs that offer good advice. This week, we bring you Bear Office Furniture all the way from the East Coast. If you’ve ever been injured by a piece of office furniture, this is a post you’ll want to read. It points out […]

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The Office Beneath Your Feet

April 22, 2012 by admin

Carpet may be the last thing on your mind when you’re setting up a new office. But it’s really a foundational aspect of workplace design and office space planning. Floor Daily has an excellent trend prediction piece online for 2012. It provides an overview of what business owners and office designers are looking for right […]

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Tips for Keeping a Tidy Office Environment

April 20, 2012 by admin

Does riding herd on a bunch of messy employees make you feel like you’re the parent of teenagers who never want to clean their rooms? Wallace Imen at The Globe and Mail sums it up perfectly with his 4 categories of employees and how they tend to keep their desks. He makes a good point […]

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Keep Your Feet Moving at Your Desk

April 18, 2012 by admin

Let’s face it. Treadmill desks are pretty cool – but there’s a limit to how much walking you can really do in a day. Some of the time, you need to sit down to get stuff done. Plus, not everyone has the funds to purchase a top of the line sit to stand or walking […]

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Office Chair Dance Off!

April 13, 2012 by admin

Just for fun this Friday, here’s an imaginative little video from OFM about what office chairs do once the doors are locked. It’s amazing that these workhorses of the daily 9-5 grind have so much energy left after supporting white collar employees for 8+ hours a day. But this short clip is proof positive that […]

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New Office Space Kept Under Wraps

April 12, 2012 by admin

This week’s news story about office furniture raises an interesting question: How much information should workers have about a workplace renovation or a move to a new office? Here’s the scenario. In New York, many state employees are being shuffled around right now. The state is taking steps to reduce costs by making use of […]

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Philips Launches Anti-Slumping Computer Monitor

April 10, 2012 by admin

There are plenty of ergonomic workplace software apps available to remind workers to get up and move around and stretch. But what about a tool that helps you have better posture while you are sitting and working? Philips has just introduced a new monitor complete with sensors that let you know if you’re not using […]

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Office Chairs Pull a Disappearing Act

April 8, 2012 by admin

It’s been a while since we had a bit of juicy office furniture scandal. But this week there’s something new to report. Late last year, New York State Senator Carl Kruger resigned after pleading guilty to taking almost a million dollars in bribe money. His legacy is still in the process of being ruined. It […]

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Do Employees Really Want to Walk at Work?

April 5, 2012 by admin

You’ve probably heard about the Steelcase treadmill desk at this point. But is this a piece of office furniture employees would actually use? There’s anecdotal evidence that workers actually do enjoy walking while they work. Phone workers at Aetna’s call center in New Albany are apparently lining up to get their turn on a small […]

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Cubicle vs. Office: The Great Divide

April 3, 2012 by admin

If you ask the average employee whether they’d rather have an office or a cubicle, you can guess what the response will be. Offices are highly prized even among the most egalitarian of workers. Walls that go all the way up to the ceiling and a door that actually closes are seen as marks of […]

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The Roll-to-Stand Office

March 31, 2012 by admin

Here’s another follow up on my guest post at Ergotron about designing the sit-to-stand office. It has to do with the sitting part as much as the standing part. Workers still do need well made, ergonomic office chairs for those times during the day when they need to rest their weary legs and feet. All […]

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Temporary Fix for Uncomfortable Office Chairs

March 29, 2012 by admin

Duncan MacIntyre has a passion for discussing the finer points of the office chair industry’s most ergonomic designs. But he also knows that not everyone can rush out and purchase a $1000 office chair at the drop of a hat. Some of us have to struggle along with a cheap chair for a little while […]

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Luxo LED Lighting Joins Thrive

March 28, 2012 by admin

Herman Miller just announced a new addition to the Thrive collection of ergonomic office furniture and supplies. The Luxo 360 is an LED task lamp that is designed to be easy on the eyes (and not just because it’s pretty). The 360 has a flat, circular head shape that allows movement up and down to […]

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Sit-To-Stand Office Design Tips

March 24, 2012 by admin

Last week, I had the privilege of guest posting at Ergotron – a company at the leading edge or office ergonomics. The topic of that post was “Designing the Sit to Stand Office”. As height adjustable workstations become the norm rather than an oddity, this is likely to change the way facility managers, architects, office […]

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Should Your Office Be Noisy?

March 23, 2012 by admin

According to one study described in the Wall Street Journal blog, a little bit of talking in the background prompts the brain to think more creatively. While such a claim (like one about beauty) can only be tested subjectively, there does appear to be some evidence that a bit of a hubbub can shake up […]

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Happy Birthday, Steelcase!

March 22, 2012 by admin

Steelcase, Inc. is celebrating a full century in the office furniture industry this month. The firm was started in March of 1912 under the name Metal Office Furniture, Co. The change to the shorter (and more memorable) Steelcase name came about in the 1950s. Surprisingly, this hugely successful company did not become a publicly traded […]

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Take a Seat – We’re Not Using It!

March 17, 2012 by admin

Sometimes, upcycling is more about making art than about creating anything functional. That’s OK! Contributing to the expression of creativity is certainly much more valuable than contributing to a landfill. Home Designing has put together quite a photo library of chairs made out of used materials. Most would make a pretty prickly seat. Others might […]

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Good Design Awards for Office Supplies

March 16, 2012 by admin

Good design doesn’t just apply to big stuff like office chairs and worksurfaces. It’s also evident in the little things that make your job easier. Here are a few of the office products that got the “Good Design 2011” nod for streamlining repetitive tasks that require excellent tools for organization and productivity. Pebble Dispensers We […]

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A Truly Mobile Office

March 15, 2012 by admin

With the high cost of office real estate, does it make sense to sign a long lease right now? Why not make sure you can pick up stakes and move to a less costly space at a moment’s notice? One Dutch designer has created the perfect office furniture set for entrepreneurs who are commitment phobic […]

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More Sit-to-Stand Workstation Tips

March 10, 2012 by admin

In February, we had the pleasure of learning some great tips from Michelle Judd at Ergotron for making the most of a height adjustable workstation. One of the questions that didn’t make it into that first post was, “What kinds of tasks are better to do standing up vs. sitting down?” Here are a few […]

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Cubelets are the Ultimate Cubicle Accessory

March 9, 2012 by admin

YouTube is well known for being one of the greatest time wasters on Planet Earth. But sometimes, you run across something that really is too great not to share. Feel free to blame Garrett O’Brien at The HRIS World for helping this video go viral. The Cubelets are little robotic blocks that you can fit […]

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Are You Mad for This Office Desk?

March 8, 2012 by admin

The hit TV series “Mad Men” is coming back for yet another alcohol and cigarette infused season. It’s a great example of how television impacts the fashion and design world. Everything from apparel to furniture is being given a Mad Men spin these days. Some of the styles of the 1960s (like the constricting rubber […]

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Try Cubicle-Scaping this Spring!

March 3, 2012 by admin

It’s always fun to spot a brand new word in office design. The term “cubicle-scaping” is a good example. I first saw the term this week on Twitter by a user named Jenna from Michigan. She’s trying to landscape and decorate her cubicle with plant life. It’s a noble endeavor and one that more people […]

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Choosing the Right Office Furniture for Your Hospital and Medical Office

March 2, 2012 by admin

We’re lucky to have yet another guest post! This time, the topic is office furniture for healthcare settings. LPN Heather Green is a freelance writer for several regional magazines in North Carolina and a resident blogger for onlinenursingdegrees.org. Here are her tips for facility managers who are tasked with outfitting the administrative side of a […]

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Good Design Awards for Office Furniture 1

February 26, 2012 by admin

Teknion isn’t the only office furniture company that received recognition at the 2011 Good Design competition. This series will explore a few other notable brands/products that received awards: Moteo This ergonomic chair design from Germany has some very interesting features. In addition to the procomfort-synchromechanism (the seat and back moving together for maximum support), the […]

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What Price Would You Pay for Office Privacy?

February 24, 2012 by admin

The hits just keep on coming with government officials being criticized for office expenditures. This time, the price tag and relative value of a sound masking system is being called into question. Sacramento County administrator Brad Hudson chose to purchase and install a $15,000 privacy system on two floors of the county’s office building. The […]

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Getting the Most from Your Sit-to-Stand Workstation

February 23, 2012 by admin

Do you have a sit-to-stand workstation? Are you thinking about buying these ergonomic solutions for your employees? Height adjustable worktables, desks, and cubicle worksurfaces are all the rage right now. But for this trend to stay relevant, employees need to know how to make this ergonomic technology really work for them. We’ve seen what happens […]

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Good News for Teknion’s “Good Designs”

February 18, 2012 by admin

2011 ended well for Teknion Corporation. They received recognition in the Good Design Competition (sponsored by major US and European museums) for a couple of product lines: Dossier and MAST. The jury for this competition handed out about 500 awards. But there were thousands of entries which still makes the distinction of being a winner […]

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How Do Your Employees Decorate Their Cubicles?

February 17, 2012 by admin

It’s unlikely they get quite as creative as one data manager in NC. Bill Taylor spends a few minutes each day over a period of about 6 weeks replicating famous paintings on a whiteboard in his cubicle. It’s good to know he’s not working on these for too long at a stretch. Otherwise, he might […]

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Alternatives to a Treadmill Desk

February 16, 2012 by admin

Arnold’s Office Furniture has put together another great roundup post. This time, the topic is products that can turn your cubicle into a fitness center. I blogged about the Sit-to-Walkstation treadmill desk back in 2010. It hasn’t become a fixture in very many offices – and the steep price tag is probably one big reason. […]

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Contract Brand Report for Cubicles

February 11, 2012 by admin

It’s not just TV that gets Nielsen ratings. Cubicles get their turn in the spotlight as well. The Contract brand report awareness survey for November 2011 looks at office furniture through the eyes of design and architectural firms. The top 5 winners in the furniture systems category reads like a “who’s who” of the biggest […]

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Where Does Old Office Furniture Go To Die?

February 10, 2012 by admin

The sign says recycling is easy, but that’s not always true. Consider this 2007 article from Metropolismag.com that takes a peek at the programs office furniture manufacturers offer for recycling old office furniture. It’s all very well to say “Our company will take back and recycle any component from our furniture”. The problem seems to […]

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How’s Your Penmanship?

February 9, 2012 by admin

In July of 2011, I blogged about a vertical mouse that looks like a penguin. Today’s ergonomic upright mouse looks more like an old-fashioned quill pen. This “Penclic Mouse™” product takes you back to the days of writing longhand – without the writer’s cramp. The angled pen shaft allows you to rest your wrist in […]

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Space Redistribution in the Office

February 4, 2012 by admin

Are you intrigued by the idea of making do with less office space but unsure what radical space re-allocation looks like in practice? Allsteel walks readers through the process with the example of real-life customer Deloitte & Touche. This firm had many private offices that averaged 300 square feet (half the size of an efficiency […]

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Another Steelcase Office Chair Recalled

February 3, 2012 by admin

Last month, Steelcase recalled its Amia office chair as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The design of the control mechanism under the chair apparently leaves open the possibility that the pivot pins could fall out. If that happens, users could find themselves unceremoniously dumped on the ground. There are no reports of anyone […]

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Trends for Office Furniture in 2012

February 1, 2012 by admin

Today’s guest post comes from across the pond. Alex Morris works for Office Kitten in Manchester where he writes, researches, and blogs about the business world. In this post, Alex peers into his crystal ball and gives us a glimpse at upcoming trends he expects to see gaining ground in the US. Read along and […]

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The Latest News about Office Furniture and IAQ

January 28, 2012 by admin

There are many factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in the workplace. Some of the most commonly recognized chemical contaminants are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released slowly into the air from materials in the office space. This week, Forbes published an article about a new study on a category […]

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BIFMA Recognized for Setting the Standard

January 27, 2012 by admin

There are organizations that get rewarded for meeting high standards, and there are others that are awarded for creating those standards in the first place. The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) was selected as the recipient of the 2011 ASID Innovation Award for the level™ sustainability certification program. This is a very timely […]

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Is this the Bowflex of Office Chairs?

January 26, 2012 by admin

The Fit@Work chair is the latest tool for encouraging desk workers to get a workout. Obviously, it’s not a substitute for a treadmill desk which can provide cardio training, but it does offer the sitter the opportunity to work their core and upper body. The base expands to provide more stability so you can lean […]

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Haworth’s Tips for Ergonomic Seating

January 22, 2012 by admin

Haworth has developed a very useful online library with research and recommendations for all types of office furniture. The Ergonomic Seating Guide is a particularly interesting document. It looks at the ergonomics of office seating in a lot of detail – including less common features like asymmetrical lumbar support and pelvic support. Of particular interest […]

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Could Reusing Office Furniture Cost More Than Buying New?

January 21, 2012 by admin

That’s the argument some Canadian bureaucrats made when deciding that a new office should be outfitted with a new suite of office furniture instead of using existing furniture from the old office. The alleged cost of storing the old office furniture during the renovation and then prepping it for use in the new environment was […]

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Pros and Cons of Office Furniture Auctions

January 20, 2012 by admin

Are you considering buying or selling used office furniture at an auction? Here are some pros and cons to think about: If You Are Selling On the up side, you could demand a high price if you find just the right buyer at just the right time or if your used furniture is a brand […]

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Can an Office Chair Affect Your Heart?

January 14, 2012 by admin

According to Herman Miller’s research, an office chair can have an effect on how hard your heart has to work throughout an average workday. A decreased heart rate is linked to two benefits: Lower risk of cardiovascular disease over a person’s lifetime Better concentration (possibly due to more efficient circulation and oxygenation) These days, many […]

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Steelcase Gets Snubbed by CoreBrand

January 13, 2012 by admin

Sometimes, market predictions just make you scratch your head. That’s the case with survey results by a research firm called CoreBrand that were interpreted as meaning that Steelcase lacks a strong corporate branding image. This opinion was based on the idea that brand recognition and reputation usually contribute to a company’s market capitalization (the stock’s […]

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