Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Vision and the Computerized Office

Vision and the computerized office

Digital Generation: Vision and the Computerized Office

When people rely on a Video Display Terminal (VDT) screen to do the majority of their work, for extended periods of their workday, vision symptoms often result. Optometrists and ergonomists use the term Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) to describe these symptoms, which occur in 75 to 90 percent of computer workers. CVS symptoms may include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry and irritated eyes, neck and/or back aches, and light sensitivity.

Vision experts agree that less-than-ideal workplace conditions and screen technology can exacerbate these problems, and that ergonomic interventions must be part of the solution. Suggestions for addressing these conditions give organizations practical ways to improve their workers' visual health and allow people to work to their full potential.

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*Research report created by Herman Miller Inc.


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Monday, January 17, 2005

bfi Completes Six-Phase Relocation and Consolidation of Ricoh's West Caldwell, NJ Offices

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, JANUARY 17, 2005 – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently completed a six-phase furniture relocation and consolidation for Ricoh Corporation, a worldwide office equipment provider, in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The project was a result of Ricoh’s acquisitions of Savin and Lanier, which required the Company to relocate and merge three operations into one centralized location. bfi utilized its first imported Asian product in this assignment, as well as domestic sources, which provided Ricoh with an affordable and durable quality office furniture product for its new space.

"We are very proud to have spearheaded Ricoh's furniture and relocation needs in this new space with a high quality and innovative Asian product," said Daniel F. Morley, president and principal of bfi. "bfi strives to meet the intricate needs of our clients and this project exemplified our company's teamwork and customer service strategy at work. We are pleased to have completed the entire six-phase relocation in a timely and seamless manner. We also expect to experience more market demand for this type of affordable, attractive and user-friendly product line."

Ricoh required a team-based atmosphere and furniture that would be conducive to its high degree of technological usage. As such, AA Architectural was brought in to create such a design, resulting in an open office environment, equipped with low paneled office stations. These low panels created a collaborative, team-centered ambiance, with a high degree of visibility, and were able to accommodate the wiring needs of the client. Ricoh’s new workspaces included a combination of surface and storage areas, and each workspace was equipped with its own storage locker. Because the project was completed in six phases, Ricoh’s operations were not interrupted, allowing the Company’s employees to continue their operations at full tilt.

Ricoh Corporation, a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., based in Japan, is headquartered in West Caldwell, New Jersey and is a leading office equipment and electronics provider. Products include, but are not limited to, copiers, printers, digital duplicators and digital cameras. The Company employs over 73,000 individuals worldwide.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi's Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Eames® Molded Plastic Chairs/Wire Chairs: Product Additions, Update

New Products: Available for Order January 3, 2005
  • Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair (DSSN.) This chair has a four-legged base, which is stackable up to 14 chairs high. The base is available in Chrome. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue. Glide option: Standard or Standard with Felt.
  • Eames Molded Plastic Armchair (DAR.) The Eiffel tower base is available in Chrome. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue. Glide option: Standard or Standard with Felt.
  • Eames Molded Plastic Armchair (DAX.) The nonstackable four-legged base is available in Chrome. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue. Glide option: Standard or Standard with Felt.
  • Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair (RAR.) The base frame is available in Chrome and will feature solid maple rockers. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue.


Finish Additions: Effective January 3, 2005
eames molded plastic side chairsLime Green and Light Blue have been added to the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair (DSR.) finish offering. These two new colors—in addition to the existing colors: Black, Red, and White—are available on both the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair and Molded Plastic Armchair.

bfi Appoints Sandra M. Miller Sales and Account Manager at its Princeton, NJ Office

PRINCETON, NJ (January 3, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area's largest office furniture dealerships, announced that Sandra M. Miller has joined its Princeton, New Jersey team as a sales and account manager.

"We are proud to have Sandra join our rapidly growing organization," said Bill Ziegler, senior vice president of bfi's Princeton office. "She has tremendous experience within the architectural and interior design businesses, and we are looking forward to utilizing her broad experience to service our expanding customer base at bfi."

Sandra Miller joins the bfi team from Arenson Office Furnishings in Woodbridge, New Jersey, where she was a project and account manager. She has also gained experience as a senior designer and sales representative, and has served as a project designer and design manager for Vitetta Group Interiors, Country Floors, Inc., The Phillips Janson Group and W.B. Wood Company, respectively. Ms. Miller also brings extensive freelance experience with her, having completed projects for such groups as BVI Architectural Group, Michael Landau Associates and Tuller McNealus Architects.

Ms. Miller earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi's Princeton, New Jersey office at 609-860-1800 or visit www.bfionline.com.