Does Your Office Have a Cubicle Graveyard? Time to Reimagine Your Space!

December 27, 2013 by admin

Does your office feature a graveyard section? More and more offices, hit with the recession, have become home to empty stretches of commercial square footage – barren corridors abandoned as employees clump together in different parts of the floor. There’s a silver lining to the phenomenon of the cubicle graveyard,however; as need to maximize floor […]

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Reclaim the Cubicle

December 21, 2013 by admin

Cubicles were once a futuristic and positive idea, taking the chaos of open offices and turning it into an orderly universe with space for each worker to call their own, including expanded desk space, storage space, wall space and so on. Sadly, this utopia turned into a dystopia, as costs of office space rose and […]

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Does Your Cubicle Fit You?

December 14, 2013 by admin

The original cubicle came into being in the late 1960s, and at first office workers rebelled. For high level execs used to spacious offices they didn’t at first see the value of an enclosed workstation.  However, mid-level employees accepted the idea of their own space as a step up in many cases as cubicles improved.  […]

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Cubicles for Telemarketing Firms – Acoustics are Important!

December 7, 2013 by admin

More and more companies are outsourcing their customer service to larger telecommunications firms and VoIP companies, and these in turn are searching for better ways to maintain employee morale and efficiency in an increasingly challenging field. When employees are exposed to excessive noise, they can’t concentrate, and when they are on the phone, excessive noise […]

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Choosing the Right Office Chairs

November 16, 2013 by admin

If you are furnishing an office, you’ve probably already decided on a layout – whether it is an open design or full of tidy cubicles. But how do you know what office chairs will fit your – and your employees’ – needs? For workers who spend a huge amount of time in their cubicle or […]

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What to Look for in Refurbished Cubicles

November 2, 2013 by admin

Are you looking into purchasing refurbished cubicles for your office? Sometimes these can have a huge advantage over new or used cubicles. In most cases, cubicles that have been refurbished are much less costly than entirely new setups.  They are also typically not in as bad of shape as used ones. It’s the nice middle […]

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Best Plants and Fish for Cubicle Life

October 26, 2013 by admin

Does your cubicle need a little brightening up? Most offices are not against a plant being brought in or even a small fish tank if properly maintained and cared for. Find out, then check out these ideas for refurbishing your cubicle space to be a little more interesting. Each item should be suited to cubicle […]

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Cubicle Installation – Sequenced or Blended?

October 19, 2013 by admin

When choosing to go with cubicles as your office fallback, it’s important to think about the kind of working environment you are trying to engender with your new cubicle installation. Is your office full of creative types who work together as a team to complete tasks and brainstorm ideas? A low cubicle height of around […]

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New Cubicles, New Rules

October 12, 2013 by admin

When going from a open office layout or blended layout to a new cubicle style office, there are certain things that will have to change in regard to office etiquette. The feel of an office that is filled with cubicles is much different than one that holds traditional offices or is an open plan, and […]

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Is Your Office Lighting the Brightest and the Best?

October 5, 2013 by admin

If your office is improperly lit, chances are you’re not working as productively as you could be. Office lighting and temperature can affect our brains, and even if you work in a large office beyond your control, there are things you can do to help make your cubicle more comfortable. First, understand that natural light […]

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San Diego Cubicle Living – Tips for Staying Sane and Fit

September 27, 2013 by admin

Working in a San Diego cubicle installation can do wonders for productivity – but could be rather hazardous to your employees’ health. Be a good office manager or CEO, and make sure your worker bees stay fit as well as focused with these tips! Make sure they move it, move it. Surprise – sitting in […]

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Are Used Cubicles the Right Choice for a New Office?

September 21, 2013 by admin

The cubicle has a history – invented in 1967 as an alternative to open office floor plans that afforded little or no privacy, the cubicle was a godsend to companies that didn’t have funding or space to build individual offices in their allowed square footage. As times have changed, the workers who depend on cubicles […]

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Executive desks, a critical working and relational business tool

September 19, 2013 by admin

Executive desks are an investment that has a decisive influence on the success of your business. Indeed, they’re both a working and relational tool. How to choose the executive desk that best fits your business and your role in your company is an essential part of your efficiency. Sometimes it takes a design desk, other […]

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Cubicle Sharing – Making it Work

September 14, 2013 by admin

There’s often a disconnect between space planners and actual users, and this is even more apparent when it comes to cubicles. While cubicle sharing seems like a no-brainer to planners and facility managers in cases with limited workstations, the workers who have to physically exist in the shared space can sometimes find it difficult. How […]

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Office Space Management Tips for Start-ups

September 7, 2013 by admin

A small business expanding from an entrepreneurship into a slightly larger setting often requires an expansion in office space – the home office or a single room in local building stops being sufficient. However, with square footage at a premium, affording as big a space as would be preferred isn’t always an option. Being able […]

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Cubicle Humor Roundup

August 31, 2013 by admin

Do you need a little pick-me-up for this Friday? We’ve gathered a brand new set of cubicle humor websites to give you the giggles. These sites might be the funniest thing to happen in a cubicle in a long time. Be sure to add your favorite go-to sites in the comments. Cubicle 20 It’s not […]

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3 Innovative Ideas for Ways to Fit Out Your Office Space

August 20, 2013 by admin

This week, we have another guest post from a UK writer – Helen Wallis. This article targets those pesky problems that crop up when you are deciding how to make your office space liveable. When you picture an office in your head, do you imagine a dull room full of untidy desks that are crammed too […]

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Steelcase Makes Office Design Trends Predictions

August 6, 2013 by admin

The Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute has published an article in which Steelcase answers the question, “What will the future of the office look like?” As usual, the office furniture leader has no problem being the industry oracle. They’ve been right on the money with many of their previous predictions (probably because they have a […]

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Are Optimized Office Cubicles Curvy?

July 30, 2013 by admin

It’s interesting to note the ways that architecture and office cubicles mimic each other. In April, dezeen.com published an article about the construction underway in the central business district in Shanghai near the Hong Qiao Airport. The new edifices are described as having “optimized forms”. This means the designers have found the sweet spot between […]

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Small Office Interior Decoration Tips

July 23, 2013 by admin

Today’s guest post is from S. Arefin, a small office customer relationship management specialist who works for an online CRM company, the CleverTim. Arefin shares advice about the “big 3” factors that make your office space effective and enjoyable. Do you work solo in a small home based office? Do you have just a few […]

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Office Reconfiguration Adjusts Your Furniture to Your Workforce

July 13, 2013 by admin

Office reconfiguration isn’t like moving the furniture around in your living room. This type of project is not something you do out of boredom or just because you want to try something new. Instead, it’s a step to take when you have specific objectives in mind. Recently, we’ve noticed that many of our clients are […]

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Best of NeoCon 2013 – Systems Furniture Part 2

July 5, 2013 by admin

It’s been a few weeks since the first post in this series, so it’s high time we returned to our tour of the best Systems Furniture at NeoCon 2013. We’ve put together a collection of very modern concepts for your enjoyment. This week’s theme is workstations that were designed around office task chairs. Hocus Pocus, […]

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NeoCon 2013 Office Furniture News Roundup

June 26, 2013 by admin

Now that the dust has settled and participants have started to process the NeoCon 2013 office furniture wonderland on display in Chicago, there are plenty of good news articles about the show. Here’s a quick roundup from across the web showcasing a few of the cool designs on display. Chicago Business The convention may be […]

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Herman Miller Takes 7 at NeoCon 2013

June 23, 2013 by admin

Last week, we gave some bragging space to Steelcase. But Herman Miller did even better, bringing in its own collection of awards at NeoCon 2013. The company’s booth and showroom was recognized as the best place to visit in the entire convention. You can see HM’s “Living Office” concept page here and even download the […]

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Project Profile – Call Center Office Furniture

June 21, 2013 by admin

We just finished installing a new call center for the new Desert Call Connection facility in San Diego.   The project was time sensitive with a total time between design and install of less than 3 weeks.   The project was fast tracked and we were able to deliver and install 136 workstations within 2 […]

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Another High Five for Steelcase at NeoCon 2013

June 14, 2013 by admin

NeoCon 2013 saw a repeat performance from Steelcase, as the office furniture manufacturer took home another five awards (the same number as last year). However, the company has stepped up its game, winning gold in no less than four categories – plus an innovation award. Steelcase designers have apparently been doing nothing but sitting around […]

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NeoCon 2013 News Roundup

June 8, 2013 by admin

You know there will be dozens of attendees live blogging and tweeting the NeoCon 2013 contract furniture convention in a few days. Right now, it’s still about the anticipation. The trends are already being scrutinized intensely to pick out the new direction for office furniture. Here are some juicy bits of gossip from around the […]

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Best of NeoCon 2013 – Systems Furniture Part 1

June 2, 2013 by admin

At NeoCon 2013, systems furniture is really showing off its curves. We’re spotting this trend all over the place from full sized workstations to small occasional work areas. In a world where office footprints are all squares and rectangles, this isn’t the best way to fit the most people into the smallest possible area. However, […]

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Will Fake Office Furniture Be the Next Big Thing?

June 1, 2013 by admin

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about the uptick in demand for faux residential furniture. This stuff is made of cardboard, plastic and cloth. Each piece folds or rolls up into a tidy package for storage or shipping and can then be expanded to normal size for installation. These fake furnishings are apparently […]

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See the New Herman Miller Office Chair

May 30, 2013 by admin

Have you seen the latest Herman Miller office chair? The office furniture manufacturer couldn’t wait until NeoCon 2013 to unveil the second generation of its beloved Mirra chair. The original was released about ten years ago, but the redesign is more than a facelift for this seating option. Instead, the design team at Studio 7.5 […]

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NeoCon 2013 Takes an Outside View of Office Furniture Design

May 18, 2013 by admin

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and NeoCon 2013 in Chicago is just around the corner. As always, Cubicles Office Environments will be showcasing information about dozens of award winning designs right here on our blog. It’s the next best thing to being at the show! This year, NeoCon will be playing […]

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What Are the Competing Values in Your Workplace Culture?

May 17, 2013 by admin

Have you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to create a truly effective workplace culture? Perhaps it’s because your organization is being pulled in so many different directions at once. Haworth has a great white paper that gives you a simple way to visualize how this works with the Competing Values Framework. It uses two […]

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Office Furniture That Brings the Gym to You

May 16, 2013 by admin

Have you ever wondered what office furniture would look like if it was designed by a young person with boundless energy? Darryl Agawin, a med student turned product designer shows that the stereotype of the “couch potato” generation has it all wrong. Generation Y may actually be the first to crack the problem of the […]

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New Ergonomic Stackable Chairs from KI

May 11, 2013 by admin

Last week, we looked at a roundup of automatically-adjusting task chairs. They were pretty neat and definitely make the process of molding yourself to your chair easier. But there’s one kind of chair that really does need to be totally self-adjusting and flexible – without the need for any complex moving parts. That’s a stackable […]

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Don’t Use This Infographic As a Cubicle Poster

May 10, 2013 by admin

It’s great to be able to personalize your workspace with funny, inspirational and motivational cubicle posters. Those pictures of cute kittens, mountain climbers and eagles can make a drab panel more interesting. However, there are some types of décor your boss really shouldn’t be allowed to see. For example, you’d never want to print out […]

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Closed and Open Office Furniture

May 9, 2013 by admin

Are you trying to find the right balance between your closed and open office furniture systems? There’s a very specific “typology” that encompasses both formal and informal, business and relaxation, work and hospitality, enclosure and collaboration. These furnishings are both less than and more than cubicles. They are designed to bring people together while also […]

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Self-Adjusting Office Chairs Roundup

May 4, 2013 by admin

In the world of office chairs, more isn’t necessarily better. A good ergonomic chair will have a high degree of adjustability. However, the seating option with the most knobs and levers isn’t necessarily the best one. In fact, some of the most awesome chairs are those that automatically adjust – so you can just sit […]

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Daily Worth Offers Workspace Design Tips

May 3, 2013 by admin

Are you looking for fast and easy ways to improve your workspace design for better functionality? The Daily Worth gives you several quick tips for how to “Make Your Office Space Work for You”. Unlike other advice columns that are all about helping your office or cubicle express your personality, these solutions are about helping […]

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Office Design to Delight the Senses

May 2, 2013 by admin

On this blog, we usually focus on workplace décor and furniture tips that are intended to make employees feel comfortable. But there’s something to be said for taking a long look at how your office design impacts clients and other visitors as well. Duncan MacPherson at Pareto Systems offers insight into this topic in his […]

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Awesome Office Design Roundup 2013

April 26, 2013 by admin

Do you enjoy gazing at beautiful office design photos? It’s a great way to end your workweek. You can go home on Friday imagining that your own office will be magically transformed over the weekend, like Cinderella’s pumpkin being turned into a coach to take her to the ball. Sure, the bubble will burst on […]

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Trendy Office Chairs for 2013

April 25, 2013 by admin

The Office Furniture Blog offers a peek at what you might be sitting on this year in their roundup of trendy office chairs for the modern workplace. None of these designs in seating are new, but they may become more popular since they are quite eye catching. For example, the use of chrome for the […]

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Healthy Offices Require Healthy Foods

April 24, 2013 by admin

Have you seen the recent blog post at Arnold’s Office Furniture about how a few New York employers are creating healthy offices? They aren’t just stocking the vending machines with Kashi granola bars. They’re having fresh, organic produce delivered directly from the farm to the cubicle. Employees who enroll in the coop program can pick […]

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Steelcase and the New Science of Sitting at Work

April 19, 2013 by admin

How do you design a task chair when workers no longer really need either a desktop computer or a desk? Steelcase is answering that question with a Gesture – the “new sitting experience”. This ergonomic chair is designed to support the smartphone and tablet user who sits in a completely different way than yesterday’s office […]

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Would You Let a Caveman Design Your Office?

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According to a Haworth white paper entitled “How Our Prehistoric Past Influences Modern Office Environments”, a lot of what we intuitively sense is good office design stems from our past living on the savannas. While a lot of employer focus on the quality and design of office furniture (which is important), they may neglect other […]

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Does Your Built Office Environment Drive Success?

April 15, 2013 by admin

That’s a question explored in Sodexo’s 2012 Workplace Trends pamphlet. It reveals some startling statistics about how nebulous concepts like employee engagement really do impact the bottom line. In a survey of 50 global employers, research group Towers Watson found that firms with highly engaged employees improved their operating income by almost 20 percent over […]

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Are Computers Creating Your Office Furniture?

April 13, 2013 by admin

These days, all manufacturers regularly use CAD and other design and manufacturing software to create office furniture. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t have the chance to enjoy delightful new workstation tools or the latest ergonomic task chairs. But some companies are taking this practice to a whole new level. At the “Contemporist” website, you can […]

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Slide Your Toboggan Around the Office for Random Collaboration?

April 12, 2013 by admin

We all know that the big office buzzword for the last few years has been collaboration. But most organizations are still trying to figure out how to support the serendipitous encounters that are supposed to deliver so much value for modern businesses. Knoll is attempting to fill this support role with the Toboggan sled desk/chair […]

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Now People Are Getting in Trouble Over Free Office Furniture?

April 11, 2013 by admin

Here at Cubicles Office Environments, we’ve covered a lot of controversies and scandals involving elected officials and their office furniture. Politicos have been raked over the coals for: Spending too much money on new furnishings Spending money to store old items instead of getting rid of them Failing to store or reuse old pieces Replacing […]

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How to Make an Office Space Really Inviting

April 6, 2013 by admin

What lengths would you go to if you needed to court a really splendid job candidate for a high level position? Do you take those candidates out to dinner at a fancy restaurant? Do you invite them to go on a fishing trip to catch blue marlin? Do you recreate your office space to make […]

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Office Designs From Russia With Love

April 5, 2013 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we always look forward to seeing the great office furniture designs that are debuted at NeoCon. But we don’t have to wait a full year to feast our eyes on office designs if we cast a wider net. If you want to tour fantastic, award winning spaces from Moscow to St. […]

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Tightening Up Workspace Utilization

April 4, 2013 by admin

If you’ve done much reading about workspace utilization, you probably know about seat occupancy sensors that measure how much time workers actually spend at their desks from day to day. It’s an important piece of data to use in determining whether to gravitate toward a shared desking situation. But the future is likely to offer […]

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The Standing Office Goes Too Far?

March 31, 2013 by admin

In the United States, we always like to think we are ahead of the curve. But the fact is that we aren’t always first adopters of new ways of doing things. Nor do we always take new concepts further than anyone else. In some ways, that’s a good thing. For example, the standing desk trend […]

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No More Home Offices for Yahoo Workers

March 30, 2013 by admin

Of all the companies you would assume to be in favor of telecommuting, Yahoo is probably near the top of the list. But the new CEO of this mega-corporation is putting the kibosh on this practice. In the coy “We means You” language used by HR directors the world over, the head of HR at […]

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Office Furniture Causes Cancer & Infertility?

March 29, 2013 by admin

A research team at the Boston University School of Public Health has released troubling news about a chemical commonly used as a fire-retardant in polyurethane foam. This type of foam is often found in office furniture, which is typically required to meet higher fire resistance standards than home furniture. TDCPP is believed to be carcinogenic. […]

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Are You Board with Your Office Accessories?

March 14, 2013 by admin

This week’s roundup of our “Favorite Things” for the office is all about boards. Write on them, tack stuff on them, add magnets, it’s up to you how you use these handy office accessories. They come in a huge variety of sizes and materials to fit every space and every need. Here’s just some of […]

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Another Good Reason to Lease Office Furniture?

March 13, 2013 by admin

Leasing office furniture has many benefits for businesses of all sizes. It can be a great way to: Cut capital expenses and keep more cash in your business bank account Potentially enjoy tax benefits by paying for office furniture under your operating expenses category Hold your options open if you aren’t sure what type of […]

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Where Do You Get Your Used Office Furniture?

March 12, 2013 by admin

One of the things we love about dealing in used office furniture is the opportunity to work with small business owners and save them money. But sometimes, entrepreneurs strike out on their own to salvage items they can use in the office. From the Huffington Post comes an interview with Laura Zander (founder of Jimmy […]

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Is Your Office Furniture Too Hard Core?

March 9, 2013 by admin

Over the past 15 years, more and more companies have been looking for ways to boost the 3 “Cs” at work: Creativity, Collaboration and Comfort. They’ve tried almost everything you can imagine to achieve these goals. Design open plan offices that do away with cubicle panels and let everyone see and hear everyone else all […]

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Tips for Focusing at Work in 2013

March 8, 2013 by admin

Whether we have our own business or a traditional 9 to 5 job, most of us aren’t satisfied with just getting by at work. We want to be more effective in our jobs – we really, really do! It’s just that concentrating is so difficult. If only there was some way to turn off or […]

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Could Your Office Furniture Save Your Life

March 7, 2013 by admin

Elizabeth Barrett wrote an article this month for the Gothenburg Times that paints a disturbing picture of the future workplace. Over the last few years, there has been an increased focus in the media on “killing sprees” at public places, schools and workplaces. The fact is that workplace violence (including gun violence) is not new. […]

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Where Will Your Office Furniture Be in 15 Years?

March 2, 2013 by admin

Do you read the Building Operation Management magazine? If not, you missed this piece about “Factors that Impact Office Furniture Design”. The article starts with the assumption that your office furniture will be in service for 10-15 years. We’ve certainly seen plenty of furniture last a lot longer. That’s not surprising since we work in […]

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Why Can’t Your Workspace Design Be More Like a Third Space?

March 1, 2013 by admin

Steelcase’s new “Workspring” initiative has us drooling. It kind of makes us want to go work in a meeting room at the Marriott instead of in our own office. The office furniture design firm and the hotel chain have collaborated to bring the first of many Workspring suites to life in a flagship location just […]

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Get Paid to Clean Your Office?

February 28, 2013 by admin

At Entrepreneur.com, you can find out what hidden treasures may be lying around your home office. It turns out, if you know how to price and sell old items properly, you could net over 3 grand. Popular items to resell include cell phones and other electronics. Even used ink cartridges could bring a couple of […]

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Where Is Your ‘Best Place’ in the Office?

February 23, 2013 by admin

It’s always interesting to hear what one executive has to say to others about upcoming office design trends. Steelcase president Jim Keane shares his thoughts in Issue #63 of 360 Research about “Why CEOS Are Paying Attention” to the “Next Office”. As you might imagine, Chief Executive Officers are always looking for ways to make […]

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PM’s Office Chairs Cause Kerfuffle Down Under

February 22, 2013 by admin

It’s been a while since we had any amusing office furniture news to report. Thankfully, our friends down in Australia are giving us a juicy bit of gossip to share this week. In the Land Down Under, people in high places are making changes that are raising a ruckus. Apparently, the furnishings for the Prime […]

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Breaking Through Cubicle Clichés

February 21, 2013 by admin

Last week, we gave the office furniture companies that design cubicles a bit of a hard time about lacking true imagination. Well, we take it back – at least partly. We forgot about this little BusinessWeek slideshow from way back that showcases some pretty sweet concept cubicles that various manufacturers created to give the cube […]

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Artists and Architects Need to Redesign the Cubicle

February 16, 2013 by admin

People are always griping about how ugly the cubicle is. What a boring design! They stifle creativity! Who would want to work in one? Can you believe some poor sods have to go sit in one of those day after day? Well, we agree that cubicle design, while functional, does often lack imagination. There are […]

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Why Static Office Furniture Will Never Be Ergonomic

February 15, 2013 by admin

These days, most employers are aware of both the existence of sit-to-stand workstations. But just 5 or 6 years ago, this idea was still pretty cutting edge. An Atlas Ergonomics white paper published by KI in 2007 shows how initial research was highly accurate in predicting the benefits of greater mobility at work. What Are […]

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Sit Back and Enjoy the Cube Show

February 9, 2013 by admin

With 2013 well underway, here’s yet another article hailing the demise of the office cubicle. But at least it presents some alternatives! Check out this slideshow to see what the folks at Flavorwire think the mini offices of the future might look like. We recognize many of these images as designs we’ve blogged about before. […]

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Making a Great First Impression

February 8, 2013 by admin

Has the whole world gone mat? It may seem that way with our 3rd office mat related post this year. But we have a special guest blogger to thank for this one. Jo Lynas shares her thoughts about why it’s important to make sure your business entryway sets the tone for visitors. She’s writing on […]

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Pinterest Takes on Workplace Ergonomics

February 6, 2013 by admin

Pinterest is the go-to social media platform if you want to look at pictures of beautiful things. In the case of office furniture, that could be an Eames chair or a Knoll table. But we also like this site for finding illustrated educational materials that can help your employees stay healthy and fit on the […]

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Show Employees You Care This Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2013 by admin

Last week, we talked about a couple of items that can help “winterize” the workplace. Now, it’s time to think about what to do to warm the hearts of your workers. Here are a couple of items from our online catalogue that might be just the ticket for February: Orchids Are Forever Actually, real orchids […]

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Is Office Exercise Equipment a Good Idea?

February 1, 2013 by admin

Here at the end of January, all those New Year’s resolutions about exercising more are starting to bump up against the reality of the kind of commitment that actually entails. Treadmills and elliptical machines are starting to collect dust. And this isn’t just happening in homes and gyms. It’s occurring in the workplace too. Apparently, […]

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Glassy Eyed Over Glass Chairmats

January 31, 2013 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we always like free stuff. But that doesn’t mean we like cheap stuff. We really appreciate it when we get to try out office accessories that actually make work life easier. That’s the case with the sample of the Glass Chairmat we recently received from Clearly Innovative Home & Office Products. […]

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How Agile Is Your Office?

January 26, 2013 by admin

Stephen Searer sees the agile or smart office as a burgeoning trend among the most forward thinking companies featured in this mouthwatering photo spread. These firms want to make the most efficient use of their space while supporting the way their employees choose to work. You’ll see naturalistic settings, highly confidential layouts, collaborative areas, lots […]

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Winter Office Furniture Accessories

January 25, 2013 by admin

How do you make it through the chilly months of winter at your office? If you live in San Diego, it actually doesn’t get that cold (compared to say, Wisconsin). But the temps can still dip occasionally, making employees don a jacket before heading to work. Plus, there’s the “rainy season” to deal with from […]

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Teknion ebook Garners Praise

January 24, 2013 by admin

Teknion is no stranger to the accolades that come with being a top office furniture design firm. But in 2012 they actually won a Good Design Award for something they published – not something they built. The Phonebooths & Mailboxes book is based on the company’s 2012 marketing theme: the way technology is changing the […]

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What a Concept! (Office)

January 19, 2013 by admin

Have you ever wondered how an international bank with oodles of cash would choose to outfit its office space? Wonder no more. OfficeSnapshots has a photo-tour of Credit Suisse in Zurich that will make your head spin. We love the ultra-high wing back office chairs. It’s almost like the chairs have their own cubicle panels. […]

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Will Future Office Furniture Include Video Pods?

January 18, 2013 by admin

Steelcase is preparing for a future where virtual work and office work converge. Sure, we know that workers can technically e-commute and teleconference from anywhere. But, as it turns out, some locations are more conducive to video chatting than others. For example, you don’t want to be shouting at your computer screen in a crowded […]

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Caliente Office Designs from Latin America

January 17, 2013 by admin

If you haven’t taken the time to browse the 2012 Contract magazine, you’re really missing out on some hot interior designs. The IIDA Latin America contest brings truly gorgeous concepts to the fore this year. While we’re used to seeing western European offices showcased, we don’t always get to see all the brilliant work that’s […]

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IFMA Distributed Work Research

January 11, 2013 by admin

Have you heard the phrase “distributed work” being tossed around in meetings in HR or Operations? This term refers to the concept of work activities that are spread out among individuals and teams working at different times and often in geographically disparate locations. You might think that this is so typical these days that there […]

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Best Office Accessories for 2013

January 10, 2013 by admin

Are your employees kind of tired of the way their desks look? Are these the same old workstations they used last year and the year before? If everything is still in good working order, you might not be thinking about replacing or refurbishing your office furniture. But you could still add a little something to […]

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Smaller Footprint Cubicles All Around?

January 9, 2013 by admin

Last week we partly debunked the idea that the average square footage per office worker is shrinking quite as fast as employers wish or assume. But it is still true that cubicles are getting smaller. Pam Huff writes for bizjournals.com about just this trend from the perspective of a Tampa Bay office furniture dealer. Kevin […]

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Best Office Furniture for Power Napping

January 5, 2013 by admin

While the benefits of power napping for boosting employee productivity have been widely publicized, there still aren’t many companies that support this practice. That’s a shame considering that businesses really need to find innovative ways to attract top talent and cut down on ‘presenteeism’. We imagine that employers who advertised that their total compensation package […]

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The Realities of the Shrinking Office Space

January 4, 2013 by admin

Are you confused by all the numbers that get thrown around about how much space you should allocate per office worker? Do the recommendations seem to have little association with the reality you see in your own business? You aren’t alone. If you want to understand what’s really going on, set aside 20 minutes to […]

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Designing the Ideal Reception Experience

January 3, 2013 by admin

FMlink.com dishes on how difficult it is to design the ideal reception area. It’s easy to make mistakes that lead to draughts of cold or hot air, glare from too much sunlight, and other uncomfortable working conditions for frontline staff. The comfort of visitors can be overlooked as well. Poor reception furniture selections and excessive […]

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