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3 Important Things to Consider When Choosing Desks

May 6, 2015 by admin

Having the wrong desk for a job can cause frustration, inefficiency, and can even cause long-term physical problems. To avoid this, you need to keep a few things in mind when selecting desks for your office or workplace. Here are the top three factors that make a difference in whether a desk will be a […]

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Technology and Workplace Wellness

October 22, 2014 by admin

Workplace wellness programs have now been around for a couple of decades in one form or another. Having a fitness center on-site is viewed as a desirable perk—and even getting a discount on a gym membership off-site provides some value to employees. But working out a few times a week isn’t enough to offset all […]

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How the Traditional Office Desk Has Changed over Time

October 16, 2014 by admin

The traditional office desk has seen many changes in its history. Back in the days of papyrus scrolls and parchment, desks were built much like drafting tables. The beautifully illuminated, handwritten manuscripts produced in times of antiquity called for an artistic approach to the furniture that supported these endeavors. According to Mitchell at Cubicles.com, the […]

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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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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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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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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 3

July 16, 2014 by admin

This week’s NeoCon 2014 gold winners demonstrate a firm grasp on the concept of shared spaces. It’s all about the lounge and the conference room. Whether employees are gathering for a mandatory meeting or voluntary collaboration, they should be served with the best furniture. Lounge Furniture It’s a bench. No, it’s a worktable. Or is […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 2

July 9, 2014 by admin

It’s week #2 in our tour of NeoCon 2014 Gold winners. This time, we’ll browse a selection of supporting office furniture—those items that fill the spaces between desks. While these don’t get as much attention as cubicles or traditional workstations, they serve an important role. First up are the new storage systems. File & Mobile […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 1

July 2, 2014 by admin

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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Should Office Employees Lie Down on the Job?

June 12, 2014 by admin

The last thing employees want to see on their annual performance review is an accusation of being lazy. But spending some time in a horizontal position at work isn’t necessarily a problem. It might actually help people be more productive. Let’s see how more work could get done when employees lie down on the job. […]

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Office Furniture for Digital Natives Part 2

May 29, 2014 by admin

Last week, we took a look at what the “Digital Natives” in Generation Y expect from a user-friendly workspace. This week, we’ll put together a sample collection for the modern office environment—the all-important lounge area. Don’t let the name fool you. Serious work can be performed here if the furnishings support the way younger employees […]

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Meet Today’s High Tech Office Furniture

May 14, 2014 by admin

Recently, we explored some pretty cool DIY hacks for office desks and chair. But today, it’s time to see how the pros do it. There’s more and more high tech office furniture on the market each year, making life (and work) easier. Stir Kinetic Desk Breathes for You Not really. But the Stir does pretty […]

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Would You Try These Office Furniture Hacks?

April 16, 2014 by admin

While carving up and modifying office furniture at work is frowned upon, there’s nothing stopping you from experimenting with some home office furniture hacks. Here’s a roundup of some of the ways hackers are adding electronic relevance to everyday desks and task chairs. USB Hub – Office Makeover Edition From John Edgar Park comes this […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Herman Miller “Thrives” at Ergo Expo

December 31, 2011 by admin

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

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What’s a Reasonable Cost for Office Furniture Purchases?

December 29, 2011 by admin

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

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Cardboard Office Furniture

December 24, 2011 by admin

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

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Buy, Lease, or Reimburse At-Home Office Furniture

December 17, 2011 by admin

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

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Multi-Purpose Office Furniture: Desk/Bed

December 15, 2011 by admin

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

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 5

December 4, 2011 by admin

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

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Best Time to Buy Home Office Furniture

December 3, 2011 by admin

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

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3 Antique Office Furniture Features That Deserve a Second Look

November 26, 2011 by admin

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

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When Office Furniture Dealers Go Bad

November 11, 2011 by admin

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

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Last Chance to Take Full Advantage of Section 179

November 10, 2011 by admin

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

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NeoCon East: New Commercial Furniture Part 1

November 5, 2011 by admin

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

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What Is It About Expensive Office Furniture?

October 20, 2011 by admin

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

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What Grade Do Your Employees Give Your Office Furniture?

October 9, 2011 by admin

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

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How The Heck Did That Happen?

October 1, 2011 by admin

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

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DMI Shaves More Time Off Office Furniture Shipping

September 20, 2011 by admin

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

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Ergonomic Office Furniture for an Aging Workforce

September 18, 2011 by admin

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

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HON Desking Lets You Know You’ve Arrived

September 14, 2011 by admin

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

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Furnishing A Tiny Office (Or Cubicle)

September 7, 2011 by admin

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

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 4

September 3, 2011 by admin

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

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 3

August 27, 2011 by admin

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

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Office Furniture and Office Space TCO Tips from Steelcase

August 23, 2011 by admin

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

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 2

August 20, 2011 by admin

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

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Buying Office Furniture For A Satellite Office

August 17, 2011 by admin

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

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Commercial Furniture Designers Do Residential – Part 1

August 8, 2011 by admin

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

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Best of NeoCon Entries: Office Storage Unit Category

August 1, 2011 by admin

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

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Best of NeoCon Entries for Conference Room Furniture

June 27, 2011 by admin

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

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Best of NeoCon Entries – Work Tables

June 24, 2011 by admin

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

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Orange You Glad You Like Office Furniture?

June 20, 2011 by admin

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

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Office Furniture For Coworking Spaces

May 27, 2011 by admin

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

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F3 Foundation – Office Furniture Design Has a New Patron

May 23, 2011 by admin

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

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Will Future Office Furniture Be Made of Chicken Feathers?

May 12, 2011 by admin

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

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The Great Divide – Commercial vs. Residential Furniture

April 29, 2011 by admin

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

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Second Hand Office Furniture – San Diego Charities Want Yours

February 10, 2011 by admin

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

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Office Furniture: San Diego Rustic Hardwood Antiques

February 25, 2010 by admin

When you are outfitting your office environment, having most of your pieces match or follow a basic theme is ideal. However, conference rooms and executive offices can be embellished with a few eclectic pieces that stand out as truly unique. Have you considered looking into antique office furniture? San Diego Rustic specializes in importing and […]

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