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Flexibility Is Key for Getting Workplace Redesign Right

October 29, 2014 by admin

If your company is ripe for a workplace redesign, it’s a perfect time to get some expert advice. Rearranging the office causes a certain amount of unavoidable disruption. You want to make sure the results are worth the hassle—and that employees will end up more satisfied than they were before. Create a Buffet of Choices […]

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Is the Modern Office Really Obsolete?

October 9, 2014 by admin

First cubicles reportedly died, but it appears that now office desks and even the workplace itself are in danger. A couple of recent articles that appeared on Haworth’s Trends Wall have rung yet another death knell for the modern office as we know it. While rumors of the death of the cubicle are still proving […]

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Daylighting the Modern Office

October 1, 2014 by admin

Is daylighting on your list of LEED improvements during your next office remodel? San Diego is definitely one area of the country where business owners can expect to see substantial energy savings by inviting more natural light into the workspace. According to Gregg D. Ander, FAIA, “daylighting helps create a visually stimulating and productive environment […]

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The Herman Miller Locale Seems Like a Good IDEA

September 24, 2014 by admin

This summer, the Industrial Designers Society of America announced that the Herman Miller Locale concept won the International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Office & Productivity category. While more than two dozen awards were handed out, this one has high relevance for businesses that are interested in improving the bottom line. How Locale Came […]

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Check Out These Interactive Office Walls

September 10, 2014 by admin

The lines between technology and architecture are beginning to blur. “Smart” and interactive office walls are now being added to the wish list of forward-thinking businesses around the world. Vertical space has long been dedicated to artwork, wallpaper, and simple white boards. But it’s time to put this real estate to real use. Here are […]

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Quiet Office Design for the Introvert Employee

September 3, 2014 by admin

For a solution called “Quiet Spaces”, the new architectural offering from Steelcase is certainly making a lot of noise in the office furniture industry. This manufacturer has created many notable designs for the “cubicle era” and continued its success with the transition to workstations for the open office after the walls started coming down. Now, […]

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Coworking Spaces for Small Businesses Part 1

August 6, 2014 by admin

Mobile, remote working has become increasingly popular in the last two decades as more businesses realize that employees can be widely distributed and still accomplish a full day’s work. However, there are still few substitutes for a properly equipped office. Companies that want to fully engage their staff always ensure that ergonomic needs are met […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Editors Choice

July 31, 2014 by admin

The NeoCon 2014 Editors Choice selections are featured here for our final blog post in this series. This is certainly office furniture for the discerning eye. The pieces range from thoughtful to dramatic to whimsical. The only underlying theme this year seems to be the people-centric nature of the furnishings. It’s about more than how […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 4

July 24, 2014 by admin

This week, we’re featuring a mashup of some of the light and lovely designs on display at NeoCon 2014. While some gold winners were plush and luxurious, these items are streamlined and modernistic. Nucraft: Kai Kai is named in honor of a Hawaiian word for “ocean”. In fact, it does look a bit like a […]

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Talk to Your Employees Before Your Next Office Remodel

July 2, 2014 by admin

Is it about time your company had a thorough office remodel? This is a great opportunity to bring your work environment and furnishings up to date technologically and ergonomically. You can even do a complete rebrand for a trendier image. But even well-intended changes don’t always go over well with workers—unless they have some input […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 1

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Who took home the gold for Best of NeoCon 2014? Are these items the perfect choices to refurbish or renovate your office space? We’ll explore some of the best of the best in July. Architectural Products by molo This space-sculpting partition system brings new scope to the term ‘flexible’. Each Tyvek honeycomb accordion wall features […]

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Office Furniture for Digital Natives Part 1

May 21, 2014 by admin

Gen Y workers, with their high-tech smartphones, internet savvy minds, lightning fast texting skills, and “always connected” attitude are now being referred to as Digital Natives. These office employees have a different set of needs and expectations for their work environment compared to older peers. As offices are redesigned and refurnished over the next ten […]

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The Future Office Is Almost Here

April 3, 2014 by admin

Will it meet or exceed our expectations? According to a LinkedIn survey that was turned into a charming infographic by Needa Shredder (yes, they sell shredders), workers have certain expectations for what things will look like in 2017. Among the items they think will be obsolete are Rolodexes, fax machines, and cassette tapes. That’s probably […]

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The New Color of the Haworth Workspace Is Blue

March 14, 2014 by admin

Does going to the office make your employees feel blue? They might feel differently if they had a Haworth workspace equipped with Bluescape. This product is the result of a joint effort by Obscura Digital and Haworth. It’s a good example of the kind of “intelligent office design” that’s been sweeping the office furniture industry […]

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Startup Office Furniture Tips

March 4, 2014 by admin

Selecting startup office furniture is something of a balancing act. Brand new businesses need to attract excited, energized innovators who don’t mind putting in long hours at work. This means the office furniture really needs to be good quality. At the same time, funds may be a little tight. It doesn’t make financial sense to […]

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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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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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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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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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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 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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On-Site Office Design Matters to Remote Employees

December 16, 2011 by admin

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

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Go Free Form With 3form?

June 16, 2011 by admin

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

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