Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Is the Cubicle Really Dissapering?

With another NeoCon in the rearview mirror, it’s time to reflect on what the show tells us about the state of our industry. As technology untethers us from a set work location, in recent years we have seen a great shift in the allocation of floor space. New types of collaboration spaces and individual work spaces are emerging that account for a much larger portion of the overall square footage, and furniture spend. With 2016 perhaps marks the first year since the advent of systems furniture, it was difficult to find a cubicle in the Mart. But don’t be fooled. The cubicle has not yet disappeared. In many jobs, systems furniture still is a major component; at least for now. What we can read from this trend is an audible shift in the industry that gives us a glimpse of what may be to come.


12 Easy Ways to Be More Productive at Work

There are thousands of productivity apps and tools on the market promising to help you increase your performance, but sometimes all it takes to improve your focus is a few quick changes to your work habits and your environment. Want to get more accomplished at the office? Here are 12 simple, low-tech tips for boosting your productivity at work.


Thursday, August 04, 2016

Keith Kreindler Joins BFI as Vice President / Branch Manager of BFI-New York office

ELIZABETH, NJ (August 2016): BFI is pleased to announce Keith Kreindler has joined BFI as Vice President / Branch Manager of the BFI-New York office. Keith will assume total responsibility for all initiatives in the New York office.

Keith has over 35 years of experience in the New York contract office furniture industry. Keith began his first 25 years in the business with Herman Miller in 1980 working at WB Wood, BFI, and Tobron. In 2005, he decided to join Thinkspace, a Haworth dealer, as a partner and took the company from $2 million in sales to over $15 million over a four year period.

Prior to joining BFI, Keith was a Senior Account Executive at Creative Office Pavilion. Prior to that Keith worked on major corporate accounts at Haworth's second largest dealership and woman owned business, Meadows Office, bringing in sales of over $15 million over a three year period. Keith can be reached at 212-685-9344, extension 6265 or by email at kkreindler@bfifurniture.com.

About BFI
For over 60 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (BFI), has been a leader in  furniture specification and furniture project management. With offices in Elizabeth NJ, Parsippany NJ and New York City, BFI is a nationwide resource managing product and service solutions, procurement, delivery and installation, furniture asset inventories and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers, BFI employs over 75 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, medical, educational, architectural and design and real estate sectors.
For more information, contact Daniel Morley, President / Principal at dmorley@bfifurniture.com or 908-926-6157.
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Behind the scenes at Herman Miller


What exactly does a company town look like in the 21st century? Curbed trekked to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to take a look at furniture manufacturing through the eyes of Herman Miller’s 3,700-strong workforce.


Source: Curbed

How The Modern School Is Becoming More Like The Modern Workplace

There was a time when American schools, like American offices, were drab and stuffy places. But things are changing.


As the office has evolved to allow a more creative and collaborative workplace, many educators have taken note, bringing those same features to classrooms, school libraries, lunchrooms and other common areas.

Today’s schools, are now being equipped with outlets from the floors to the walls allowing students to easily plug in and charge laptop computers, phones and other devices wherever they work. They have furniture designed for the way students sit and stand. And they have collaborative spaces designed to allow them to work together in small groups and in teams.

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Source: Huffingtonpost.com

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Your Company’s Open Office Strategy Is Wrong

Not all open offices are collaborative.

Who better to tell us how we’ll work than the company that invented the cubicle? Ryan Anderson, director of product and portfolio strategy at Herman Miller weighs in.

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Source: Fortune.com

Thursday, June 30, 2016

herman miller partners with forpeople, introduces the keyn chair


Herman Miller has partnered with UK design studio forpeople to create a range of meeting and side chairs that offer responsive movement and comfort for collaborative environments for both office and domestic spaces. The ‘keyn’ chair builds upon herman miller’s deep knowledge of workplace environments and brings the company’s expertise into a new category.

Read more on designboom.

How Coworking and Flexible Workplaces Are Impacting NYC Office Space


WeWork. Regus. Serendipity Labs. LiquidSpace. These are just a few of the names that have staked their claim in the coworking landscape. With coworking and a desire for flexible workplaces on the rise, it’s worth considering the impact these kinds of spaces have had on New York City real estate, as well as what’s driving the increase in desirability.

Read more on Colliers.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Top Office Design Trends: Rethinking the Cubicle Jungle



The cubicle space – as we traditionally think of it – is dead. As workplaces are adopting practices that emphasize collaboration and creativity, it only makes sense that office design trends would become more streamlined, more social and — dare we say it? — more sexy.


Here are five of our favorite office design trends for the modern office:

The Benefits and Considerations of Using a Standing Desk


Sitting too much can kill you. It sounds dramatic, but it’s true. An emerging base of research points to the detrimental effects of something that most Americans do without much thought on a daily basis (for nearly six hours per day, research finds).

Though experts are still trying to figure out exactly why it’s commonly understood that sitting for prolonged periods comes with a host of negative health effects. Whenever possible, office workers are advised to get up and take movement breaks throughout the day. It’s not always easy to just walk away from the task at hand, though, so in some cases, workers are combining the best of both worlds by installing standing desks.

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