Friday, January 19, 2018

Five workplace design trends to watch in 2018

As technology continues to flood the workplace, new trends and practices have emerged that change the way both employees use office space, and designers craft it in the first place. READ ARTICLE
Source: Baltimore Business Journal

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Brian Moran Joins BFI as Vice President of Sales for the BFI-Parsippany office

bfi is pleased to announce Brian Moran has joined bfi as Vice President of Sales. Brian will assume total responsibility for all sales initiatives in the Parsippany office.

Brian started his career at Herman Miller as a Design Consultant & Workplace Specialist assisting customers such as Amex, Avon, and Calvin Klein in the design, planning and strategic thinking of how they could change the way they work in a new creative environment.

He then went to Steelcase as head of their Workplace Strategy team. Similar to Herman Miller Inc., Brian helped develop and create spaces for customers such as Microsoft, Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young, and Google focusing on workplace strategy, technology integration and ergonomics.

Brian left Steelcase to run a Steelcase dealership, Dancker Sellew & Douglas, in New York City as Vice President of Sales where he was responsible for sales and marketing.

Brian was then offered a great opportunity to become President of TopdeQ, an international furniture group that sold furniture through the Internet and catalogues.

He later moved to Florida to rebuild a Steelcase dealership, Storr Office Furniture. Brian served as the General Manager where he ran and later helped prepare the sell of the company. He then ran a Haworth dealer, Florida Business Interiors, which was sold this year. Brian recently moved back to New Jersey to be closer to his family. He is very excited to be “back home” to where he started with the Herman Miller family many years ago.

Brian can be reached at 973-503-0730, extension 6435 or by email at

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Game-Changer for Cities: Driverless Cars

Gensler recently published a thought provoking article about driverless cars and the impact it will have on cities and towns. Issues such as more pedestrian space on sidewalks and streets and a total overhaul of parking are discussed. It's a very interesting read. Here is a snippet...

We’re at a watershed moment in the design of our cities, and it’s all being caused by a new technology: driverless cars. No other innovation will impact the urban landscape and the ways people experience cities as thoroughly in the coming years. And that future is coming sooner than you might think. 
Most experts agree that the automobile as we know it will be largely obsolete by 2030. In its place will be fleets of driverless cars that shuttle people safely and efficiently through our city streets. But it’s the broader impacts of this technology that are a game-changer for the future of our cities and the human experience. The opportunity is not only to create new places that accommodate driverless cars, but to reshape our existing cities and towns into the kind of amenity-rich, vibrant places that we all enjoy.

Read the article "The Game-Changer for Cities: Driverless Cars"
Source: Gensler

Monday, November 13, 2017

Nightingale Award Winners Announced for Products at Healthcare Design Expo + Conference

The Best of Competition winner is Mohawk Group in the carpet category for Lichen. Image courtesy Mohawk Group
Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki and Healthcare Design Editor in Chief Jennifer Silvis presented the winners of this year’s Nightingale Awards earlier today at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. Named after Florence Nightingale, and initiated by Contract editors and The Center for Health Design’s founders in 1990, the awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing.
The Best of Competition winner is Mohawk Group in the carpet category for Lichen. Image courtesy Mohawk Group
A jury panel of healthcare architects, interior designers, and facilities managers selected 27 winners in 14 product categories. Mohawk Group’s Lichen carpet collection was honored as the Best of Competition winner. Lichen was also honored with the Gold Award in the Carpet category.

This year’s winners are:

Silver Award in Architectural Products: Clinical
Matrix M., Pressalit Care

Gold Award in Architectural Products: Clinical 
Acrovyn by Design Patterns Collection, Construction Specialties

Gold Award in Architectural Products: Non-Clinical
Ligature-Resistant Sliding Door System, Accurate Lock and Hardware

Silver Award in Carpet
Sanctuary, Shaw Contract

Gold Award in Carpet 
Lichen, Mohawk Group

Silver Award in Fabrics & Textiles
Genie Medical Copper Mesh, Via Seating

Gold Award in Fabrics & Textiles
Project ICU, C.F. Stinson

Silver Award in Flooring: Hard Surface
AdMix Encore, Patcraft

Innovation Award in Flooring: Resilient 
Innate, Shaw Contract

Silver Award in Flooring: Resilient 
Terasu, Shaw Contract

Gold Award in Flooring: Resilient 
norament arago, nora systems

Gold Award in Furniture: Clinician Support 
Intent Solution, Herman Miller

Silver Award in Furniture Collections 
Mora, Herman Miller

Gold Award in Furniture Collections 
Resilia Drum Table, Stance Healthcare

Silver Award in Lighting 
Sole, Visa Lighting

Innovation Award in Seating: Guest/Lounge 
Surround, Steelcase Health

Silver Award in Seating: Guest/Lounge 
Tailor, Spec Furniture

Gold Award in Seating: Guest/Lounge 
Valayo Collection, Integra Seating

Innovation Award in Seating: Patient
Saven Rocker, Carolina/OFS Brands

Silver Award in Seating: Patient 
Hardi, Spec Furniture

Gold Award in Seating: Patient
Ruckus Task Chair, KI

Innovation Award in Surfacing Materials 
GetWell Patient Room, Kwalu

Innovation Award in Technology-Integrated Solutions 
5.0 + See, Sample, Spec, C.F. Stinson

Gold Award in Technology-Integrated Solutions 
IQvitals Zone, Midmark Corporation

Innovation Award in Window Shading & Treatments 
ElectroPocket, MechoSystems

Silver Award in Window Shading & Treatments 
ElectroPocket, MechoSystems

Healthcare Design Expo + Conference continues through Tuesday, November 14, at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk

First there were individual offices. Then cubicles and open floor plans. Now, there is a “palette of places.”

New office designs are coming to a workplace near you, with layouts meant to cater to the variety of tasks required of modern white-collar workers. Put another way, it means people don’t sit in just one place.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Why We’re Never Going Back to the Traditional Office Layout

Certain things seem to go out of fashion, only to come around again: suede and velvet clothing for men, vinyl records, the underhanded free throw in basketball.

But Brian Walker, the CEO of furniture company Herman Miller, is convinced that the traditional office—with executives stuck behind closed doors and most everyone else assigned to a fixed workstation—is gone for good.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.”

While I fully support the backlash against open offices, the comment struck me as odd. After all, coworking spaces also typically use an open office layout.

But I recently came across a series of studies examining the effect of sound on the brain that reveals why his strategy works.



Monday, October 23, 2017

6 Office Design Trends Taking the Workplace by Storm

Next to the rise of flexible work hours, remote work, and modern technology, office design has undergone significant changes. These changes have opened up the door to a whole new area of how the workplace looks and functions. This includes open-plan layouts, coworking spaces, ergonomic workstations, and the like. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most popular office design trends that millennials have brought about.