Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays from bfi

Our offices will be closing early today at noon and we will be closed on Monday, December 26th. Have a safe and happy holiday!

6 Factors to Take Into Account When Looking for New Office Space

These traits matter most when evaluating potential office locations.

Looking for a new space to relocate your team? Consider these recommendations from six entrepreneurs who have gone through the search process themselves.


Source: Inc.com

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Office Design Grows Up

The coolest workspaces of 2016 don't have a foosball table in sight.

In the past, all it took to have a cool office was a foosball table, a beer tap, and a few couches. Today companies are looking for ways to boost creativity, spark innovation, and motivate employees. Additionally, tech companies (which have carried the brunt of those foosball stereotypes) are thinking of their workspaces as physical representations of their brand—and as tech matures so too do its offices. In 2016, office design grew up and put on a tie. But the best examples we saw still maintained some punk soul. Here are our picks for the coolest workspaces of the year.


Source: fastcodesign

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Why Herman Miller Redesigned Its Bestselling Aeron Chair

Should you redesign a bestselling classic? Herman Miller's iconic Aeron chair offers a helpful case study.

We've all heard that old saying 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it.' But that's not what the maker of the bestselling office chair of all time said. Let's go back to 1994, the year a global design manufacturer by the name of Herman Miller presented the first generation Aeron Chair. The chairs designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf created an instant icon for office workers around the world. Yes, really, around the world. The first-gen chair saw over 7-million sold in 134 countries.

And with such great success, you might be wondering what in the world would be cause for a redesign on such an iconic classic. Because I worked on the original version, I was very curious to know also, so I sat down with Tom Niergarth, VP of Platform Design at Herman Miller, to find out. Tom led development and production of the new Aeron and he had a lot to say about taking on the task of improving on a classic bestselling product.


Source: Inc.com

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

8 Top Office Design Trends For 2016

Experts say it's time to move in these design directions to keep workers engaged and get the most out of your office space.


Approaching the New Year seems like as good a time as any to say out with the old walls that block natural light, separation of departments, major investments in public spaces at the expense of the back office and other design elements that bum workers out, and in with creative solutions that bring people together in ways they can be at their best.

We talked to the design experts at Teknion, Poppin, a manufacturer of workplace furniture and accessories, and Workwell Partners, a design firm specializing in creating efficient spaces to see what they predict are the most useful trends for 2016. Here’s what they told us.

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Source: FastCompany

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2017: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery


Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the PANTONE® Color of the Year selection for 2017; a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

“While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

The more submerged people are in their own modern realities, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery, a life-affirming shade, is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

“The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” said Eiseman. “Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.”

In this spirit of reconnection, exploration and belonging, Pantone has partnered with Airbnb – a community marketplace that provides access to unique accommodations and experiences around the globe – to bring Greenery to life through an experience in early 2017. The collaboration, a first of its kind, was inspired by Pantone’s vision for Greenery and Airbnb’s community that connects travelers to magical experiences.

A Color of Innovation: While often associated with environmentalism and nature, Greenery is also a unifying thread in tech and innovation because of its association with boldness, vigor and modernity. Many new apps, animation iconography and digital-first startups express this energy by using the riveting and attention-getting shade of green in their logos. Conveying progression and a pioneering spirit, Greenery portrays an entrepreneurial essence that aligns with the industries that have embraced it.

Greenery for Fashion: Greenery is nature’s neutral. A great harmonizer merging undertones of cool blues with vibrant yellows, the hue is a natural complement to a wide range of palettes. Like the spectrum of possibilities in colorful petals and blooms paired with lush green leaves, plants and trees, Greenery provides a pop of color in accessories and footwear, or as acts as a bold accent in a pattern. Prominent in fashion for men and women, as seen in the recent collections of Kenzo, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Rowley, Greenery has also been shown in a variety of solids and prints in children’s wear.

Greenery blends fashion and tech as well, as a prominent color for wearables and activewear.

Greenery for Home Décor and Architecture: Open spaces in interior and exterior design and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambiance. Adding Greenery through living walls, terrariums, botanically-themed wallpaper, paint, accent furniture and decor provides respite and breathing space. A Greenery-painted wall or piece of furniture delivers a pop of color, with the added benefit of creating the illusion of nature indoors.

Bringing the outside in, the shade – like the plant life it represents – can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.

Greenery for Beauty: In the ultimate personal display of boldness and vitality, Greenery is deployed as a chic, confident punch of color for hair, lips, eyes and nails. It is also a camouflaging base for natural beauty looks, with green makeup rooted in color-correcting trends. A complementary color to red shades, Greenery plays down ruddiness in the skin.

Greenery for Food and Beverage: Holistic, harmonious living is linked to the power of plants: Invigorating Greenery is prominent in many health food trends today, including matcha, seaweed and avocado, while the growth of urban agriculture and indoor vertical farms brings the essence of Greenery to unexpected places. On the table, Greenery plates and chargers provide an appetizing backdrop for food – making dishes pop and appear fresh. Greenery is also often used in design for the hospitality and culinary industries to convey organic healthfulness.

Greenery for Graphic Design: Because of green’s prevalence in nature, it maintains a perception of being inherently good for you and organic. People respond on a visceral level to the hue, making the eye-catching Greenery an ideal shade for many applications of graphic design. This is especially true for packaging, where the sight of Greenery provides an instant message of freshness.

About the PANTONE Color of the Year

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 17 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:
  • PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz (2016)
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
The color selected as our Pantone Color of the Year 2017 was taken from the PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design.

For more information on the PANTONE Color of the Year for 2017, please visit www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017

About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com/plus. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

About X-Rite

X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Herman Miller, Inc. Receives a perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index For 10th Year in a Row

The CEI is a national benchmarking survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. This marks Herman Miller’s tenth consecutive year achieving a perfect score on the index. The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. A total of 517 companies nationwide received a 100% rating and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT equality. Read more from Herman Miller here.

Monday, October 31, 2016

What's More Distracting Than A Noisy Co-Worker? Turns Out, Not Much


Open offices are often said to promote teamwork and communication, but the benefits come with a drawback. Office workers are also distracted by coughs, loud conversations and other annoying noises.

Sounds, particularly those made by other humans, rank as the No. 1 distraction in the workplace. According to workplace design expert Alan Hedge at Cornell, 74 percent of workers say they face "many" instances of disturbances and distractions from noise.


SOURCE: NPR

Saturday, October 29, 2016

An Integral Feature? Art in the Workplace and its Effect on Staff


The importance of artwork in the workplace cannot be understated – a sentiment that is echoes by companies such as Interactive Space, a professional services company, which helps businesses relocate and reorganise their offices. Interactive Space has hosted entire seminars on this very topic. From sophisticated framed photographs with professional evocations to trendy and colourful murals that illustrate the fun side of a company, the range of artistic possibilities is endless and varied, yet the benefits are innumerable and similar.

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SOURCE: HOMEDESIGNFIND

Friday, October 28, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

bfi Furnishes New Campus Building

bfi recently furnished a new four story educational building at one of New Jersey's premier Universities. The project featured three lecture halls with curved stadium seating. Click the photo below to view a gallery of images.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Meet the new Aeron chair by Herman Miller


Herman Miller has remastered their iconic Aeron chair and has introduced the new Aeron chair.

When Aeron debuted in 1994 it was a chair unlike any the world had ever seen. It didn’t just change how people sat, but what they thought a chair could be. But a lot has changed since then, so it made sense that Aeron should change too.

While its iconic form has remained largely unchanged, the Aeron Chair has been remastered from the casters up to meet the needs of today’s work and workers. With the help of original co-designer, Don Chadwick, Herman Miller thoughtfully updated the chair based on the latest research around the science of sitting, and advancements in materials, manufacturing, and technology.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

14 items everyone should have on their desk

Photos credit: Karin Dalziel via Flickr
If you want to produce your best work, you'll need a well thought-out work area to match. Here are some desk items that will keep you organized and tidy.


As seen on Business Insider

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Herman Miller Embody office chair: REVIEW



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a throne?

Today’s modern information workers don’t sit on gilded chairs. They spend hours, days, and weeks of their lives in office chairs — you know, common adjustable-height chairs with wheels.

Three years ago, I decided I wanted a top-of-the-line chair. A throne. At the time, I frequently worked from home. My thinking went, if I was going to be doing 7 or 8 hours in front of a computer on a regular basis, I could at least be comfortable.

So after digging into my savings, waiting for a good sale, and with a lot of trepidation, I bought Herman Miller’s Embody chair. It's the most expensive office chair Herman Miller makes.

This chair has named designers and a philosophy. Herman Miller's website says that the Embody was designed to solve “the lack of physical harmony between people and their technology.”

It also currently costs $1,429 on Amazon right now and $1,230 on Herman Miller's site — and that’s before shipping and assembly.

So if I had to do it again, would I buy the Embody? Read on …

As seen on Business Insider

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The traditional office is still very much alive, but it is changing


A skim through workplace features in the media and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the traditional office is no longer with us. According to the narrative, we’re all now 20-somethings, working in open-plan warehouses, with table football, bean bags and comfy sofas to lounge on, while drinking our custom-made soya lattes. When in actual fact, while more relaxed, fun and funky offices tend to make the headlines, the majority of people still work in a relatively traditional way, with their PC or laptop, a desk and an ergonomic task chair. What’s more, with an ageing workforce, we certainly aren’t all 20-somethings, with DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) figures revealing that the employment rate for people aged 50 to 64 has risen by 14 per cent in the last 30 years, and doubled for over 65s. So designing with just the youngsters in mind simply doesn’t add up. Recent research by the Senator Group, backs up this view.

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As seen on insight.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How Office Design Can Boost Profits

Office Design that Boosts the Bottom Line
 
CREDIT: Getty Images

Design a super cool office increases productivity, employee satisfaction, and your bottom line.


As an entrepreneur, there are so many aspects to the success of your company that you must consider if you want to compete with the top performers. At the end of the day, when all the emails are sent, the meetings are closed, the bids are in, and the lights are out, you probably aren't thinking about which color paint might look best in your new digs. But you should. The success of your company and the productivity of your employees are directly tied to the design of your workspace. So I sat down with Kenneth Baker, of Gensler, a design firm that really gets the connection, to find out the nitty-gritty details on what office design has to do with the bottom line.


Monday, September 26, 2016

4 Reasons to Update Your Office Furniture


If you own or run a business, you know about daily costs and how they can eat into your profits. Of course, some costs are absolutely critical—employee payroll, utilities, supplies—and can’t be avoided. Often, business owners and managers try to offset these obligatory costs by cutting corners elsewhere—office décor and furniture, for example.

While this may seem like a good idea on the surface, having outdated office furniture can actually be a big liability for your business. Waiting until your current items start falling apart before replacing your furniture is a bad move. Here are four very good reasons why you should visit an office furniture store to update your office furnishings before they start to show significant wear and tear.

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.

Continue reading on the Huffington Post

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Herman Miller Clock You Don't Know

Nelson's 1949 design has become so iconic that if we were playing Industrial Design Pictionary, and you had to make your partner say "Herman Miller clock," this is what you'd draw.

But there is another, even more striking design from sixteen years earlier that doesn't seem to get the same love. In fact, I don't even recall even seeing this in History of Industrial Design 101. ID'er Gilbert Rohde—one of the IDSA's co-founders—designed this beaut' in 1933:

Continue reading on Core77

The Future of Office Design


Back in the day, a model employee was an “organization man,” loyal to a company. And the workplace was a model of organization, too: a rigid grid of cubicles, centered by conference rooms, squared by corner suites.

Today, that landscape has evolved—or more precisely, dissolved. The concepts that surfaced more than a decade ago at scrappy start-ups—everyone sitting in a big room, developing a genius idea—are being embraced by the establishment and refined by contemporary architects and furniture designers. The newest work environments are open floor plans that foster informality, flexibility, and an interactive group dynamic. They accommodate various styles and types of work in the same versatile spaces, without the proprietary real estate of traditional typologies: I sit here, you sit there, we meet there.

Continue reading on dwell

Thursday, June 23, 2016

bfi Wins March of Dimes 2016 Pynes Putting Challenge

On Thursday June 16, 2016 bfi participated in the Real Estate Award Reception & Pynes Putting Challenge fund raising event for the March of Dimes. Representing bfi were Tom Pace and Rich Trautwein, who took first place in the Pynes Putting Challenge winning by two strokes. They were the event’s first non-real estate people ever to win the trophy. bfi is now the proud possessor of the Pynes Cup Trophy for the next year and received a lovely plaque in recognition of this event. Rich and Tom also won a trip to the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

bfi can help you plan and furnish the office of your dreams

Why Your Office Space Matters More for Productivity Than You Think

Office space design can make the difference between people being able to concentrate and not.



CREDIT: Gtty Images
What's the relationship between quality of office space and company performance in tech companies? originally appeared on Quora, the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Answer by Yuval Ariav, VC, founder at Fundbox, product at Onavo (acquired by Facebook), on Quora:
Here are a few observations from years (and years) of firsthand experience, and from discussing this question with quite a few founders and managers:

Monday, May 30, 2016

5 Tips for Staying in Shape at the Office

(Image: Dallas J. Logan)

Several cases of back problems are caused by not having proper alignment while working at a desk for hours on end without moving or sitting properly. Though all of us cannot have standing desks or treadmills, there are a few ways that we can make our work spaces more peaceful and make sure that we are not sabotaging our health from improper posture.

Lauren Gunn is a fitness entrepreneur and educator. The founder of TopGunn Fitness, Gunn is celebrated for reaching a broad demographic through writing, lifestyle coaching/personal training, and androgynous modeling. Currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, Gunn lives to create and propagate holistic health and happiness through transformative language, movement, and education.

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Lauren to get her 5 tips for staying healthy during your time at work:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sleek and simple looking chair ideal for hospitals

The Halsa Bariatric Chair by Allseating


Halsa, which is Swedish for "health" is a new series of waiting room and lounge furniture that offers healthcare and education facilities the perfect balance of comfort, style and flexibility.

Inspired by Scandinavian design principles, Halsa's linear design approach makes it ideal for organizations where balancing space and comfort are key. All seating features a high level of durability and built-in lumbar support.

For more information, contact a bfi sales representative today!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Doctors Say Doing This 30 Minutes A Day Prevents Everything From Glaucoma To Colon Cancer!


Maya Borenstein for LittleThings


Who knew walking could be so good for you? Click through below for an exclusive look at the extensive list of health benefits that come from walking for 30 to 45 minutes each day. I’ve always figured that walking was good for you, but I never realized it could be this good. So if you're reading this at your desk, take a work break and go for a walk!


Source: LittleThings.com

Friday, May 27, 2016

Herman Miller opens new flagship New York City showroom


This month, Herman Miller opened a leviathan flagship showroom in Manhattan. The sprawling 60,000-square-foot temple to a furniture empire represents an ambitious five-year plan to change the way it approaches business.


With its newly minted New York flagship, Herman Miller is reincarnating itself as a lifestyle brand.



Who wants to see the new showroom with us? Contact a bfi sales representative and we would love to take you into the city and show you around this amazing new facility. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Office Of The Future Will Be Natural, Chair-less, And Designed For Collaboration

An insightful glimpse into the office of the future told by fast coexist author Ben Schiller. 

Office chairs that adjust to your body based on biofeedback. Walls that slide, shift, and change color according to worker needs. Three-dimensional printers that produce food and replicate office supplies. These are some of the possibilities in the "office of the future."

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Classroom of the Future

Yahoo images

The days of classrooms where a teacher desk sits at the front of the classroom and students’ desks are neatly aligned in rows are over. Learning technologies, and changing pedagogical methods, are not only changing the way we teach but also the physical environments we teach in. The role physical environments play in our learning is just beginning to be studied and understood.

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Source: Education-2025

herman miller commissions charles wilson to design multipurpose table

herman miller commissions charles wilson to design multipurpose table

(above) table in carafe cherry with bronze legs


Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Standing Desk Makes Me More Productive, Even If It’s Not “Healthier”


by Patrick Allan
Every discussion about standing desks today is an argument over whether they’re healthier than sitting all day, or whether those health benefits are bullshit. None of that is important to me. What is, however, is that my standing desk made me more productive, more creative, and overall more active. That’s all I want from it.

Standing Gives More Urgency to My Work


For me, sitting flips a switch in my brain that tells me it’s time to rest. Standing, however, does the opposite. When I stand while I work, the stuff that usually only engages my brain and hands becomes work that engages my entire body. Doing the simple things, like typing, reading, and clicking links requires effort from my entire body. I have to hold myself up no matter how simple the task at hand. If it sounds exhausting, it kind of is. But that’s a good thing. Just the physical nature of standing while I do my work combines with the mental energy I bring to the table, and it just makes everything feel important. It adds some momentum and urgency to my day. That urgency helps me concentrate and focus.

By standing, I’m telling my brain that I have shit to do and I can’t rest until it’s done. Everything matters just a little more, and instead of opening a tab to laze around on Facebook, I actually work faster. Not in a sloppy way, but in a “I’m totally absorbed in what I’m doing” way. I get in the zone quicker, and stay in it longer. I shun distractions and stay productive because I know that getting work done means I can rest sooner. With a standing desk, my own inherent laziness makes me more productive.

Standing Puts an End to Lazy Starts to the Day


That urgency I feel when I work at a standing desk also gets rid of slow, lazy starts to my workday. Before I started using a standing desk, I would sit down at my computer in the morning, convince myself I had started “working,” and waste time easing into the real meat of my day. I was like a machine that was slowly starting to warm up. The gears would turn, the belts would spin, and after an hour or so the machine would finally start running at full power. Some people might like that kind of slow, luxurious start to the day, but for me, it was a waste of time and energy.

Standing forced me to start working right out of the gate. That morning, “well I should probably get something done” grogginess dissipates faster, and I can’t get too comfortable because if I do, well, I’ll fall down. This revelation was a game-changer for me. Now, I turn on my computer and dive right in because my body is telling me it’s time to work, not time to read Kotaku. I still take regular breaks throughout the day to give both my mind and body a rest, but I have more control over when those happen now. My mornings jump start into productivity and my breaks only come when I actually need them.

Standing Means No More Post-Lunch Food Comas


Food comas are awesome (I indulge in that lazy, full feeling as often as I can), but not when I’m trying to be productive. The sleepy fog that comes from eating too much or totally binging on carbs for lunch can completely waste your afternoon. Standing desks fight that off, and for me, help me get back into the groove faster after eating.

Every day, I get as much work done in the morning as I can, then eat a meal that’s a combination of late breakfast and early lunch (I refuse to say I eat brunch every day). I used to sit at my desk, eat, and maybe watch Netflix to take a break, but a few bites later and I’d be full, sleepy, and in no condition to get back into the swing of things. Once I started standing, I actually get away from my desk to eat and take a well-earned rest sitting at my dining room table. When it’s time to get back to work, standing gets me back into “work mode.” I stay alert, and the food I ate feels more like fuel and not weight that’s bogging me down.

Standing Desks Help Me Stay Active, and That’s What Matters


Obviously, standing all day is a little more active than sitting all day, but standing also makes we want to be more active. Whether you stand or sit, moving and being active is what keeps you healthy. With my standing desk, I’m more inclined to pace around my apartment while I think, hop on my stationary bicycle for a quick session, keep some dumbbells next to my desk to lift, go for a walk outside when I need to take a break (what’s that bright yellow thing that burns my skin?), and even dance around like an idiot to my music. My Fitbit tells me my daily steps have skyrocketed since I started using a standing desk. Step counts aren’t the same thing as good health, per se, but I can feel a difference too. It’s amazing how big of a mental barrier getting up on your feet really is. Instead of “I have to get up and go do that,” it’s “well I’m already up, so why not?”

Even better, all the extra activity helps me concentrate and think creatively. Sure, exercise, pacing, and dancing are all distractions from the work I have to do, but they’re the good kind: The kind that give my mind a moment to recharge, reset, and get back into what I’m doing without completely pulling my head out of the zone. The effect is similar to having a great idea pop into your head while you jog, or while you’re in the shower. One minute I’m dancing, the next I’m scribbling like a madman because I finally figured out how I want to write something.

Standing Even Makes Sitting Feel Productive


Make no mistake, sitting is still super important when you have a standing desk. You need to give your legs (especially your knees) a break every once in awhile. But that’s the beauty of a standing desk; it gives sitting purpose. Sitting goes from being the norm to being what it should be: a break.

Rest is just as vital for productivity as work is, and now sitting fills that role for me. Sitting has become a tool. Before, my bouts of escapism would fill me with guilt because I’d go from sitting all day at a desk to sitting all night on a couch. Now when I sit down to watch a movie or play a video game, I feel like I’m enjoying a well-earned rest. On top of that, working at a standing desk creates two layers of fatigue, and I find that I’m more inclined to hit the sack at a decent hour. More good sleep translates to more energy for my workday, and that means better productivity all around.

Those two layers of fatigue can be a double-edged sword, however. Standing desks wear me out both physically and mentally, so I’m not up for much after working hours. Going to the gym, standing in a bar with friends, and running errands around town become a lot less appealing when you’ve been on your feet all day. Ask any retail worker, restaurant server, or anyone else that stands all day. That said, if you can strike a good balance of sitting and standing, you’ll end up with more benefits than drawbacks.

Source: Lifehacker

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12 Ways Noise Affects Worker Well-being And Productivity

The open-plan design of modern offices can lead to harsh acoustic environments, which can harm worker productivity and well-being.

Noise in the workplace annoys us – a lot.


Surveys show that we care more about interior acoustics than we do about how clean our workplaces are, what we sit on and the temperature of our offices.

This sucks because the world is getting louder. Much louder. And our workplaces are not immune.

But the volume isn’t being cranked up on its own. A lot of the blame for clamorous offices can be levelled at the trend of open plan offices.

'Sound affects us psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally, even though we're not aware of it' - Julian Treasure, CEO The Sound Agency.
These sleek, open spaces are usually comprised of reflective easy-to-clean surfaces (think glass and concrete), which reflect sound, create harsh echoes and compound environmental noises.

But while the debate between open plan offices and cubicles rages on – there is one thing we are certain of, and that is that open plan offices are almost always the noisiest of the two. Now accounting for over 70% of modern offices, it is safe to say the open-plan phenomenon is here to stay.

This is bad news for workers and employers alike. Excessive noise can mean more than just mild irritation – it can harm productivity, well-being, happiness, and most importantly, our physical health.

Here are 12 ways that workplace noise affects worker well-being and productivity:

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Friday, April 08, 2016

bfi Part of the Winning Team

Michael Vedral (left) and Tom Pace (right) of bfi recently participated in a four day long Boot Camp Event at Herman Miller's headquarters in Zeeland Michigan. Their team, the Hula-gans, won the overall competition and each received a new apple watch!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Cocktails at the Park Avenue Club


On Wednesday, April 6, 2016 bfi along with Herman Miller and J.D. Carton and Son hosted a enjoyable cocktail party with clients and friends. You can view photos from this event on our Flickr website: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bfionline/albums/72157664595279373

Friday, March 11, 2016

What To Look For In An Office Chair [Infographic]

The infographic below comes from Omnicore designer Salman Aslam. As Aslam explains in his accompanying blog post, sitting at work is now considered the new smoking, with numerous scientific studies suggesting that too much sitting can have serious health consequences.

But the reality is, for most people sitting is inevitable. The important thing is to ensure you are sitting correctly and using ergonomic equipment that won’t strain your neck of back. Aslam’s infographic breaks tried-and-proven down solutions for sitters: from perfecting the ideal seated position to the must-have features in an ergonomic chair.


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Do you experience workplace loneliness?

Workplace loneliness is a real problem. For 45 hours a week I feel isolated | Anonymous


I have a good job which I enjoy, but in a bustling office I feel entirely alone. Employers need to tackle this, both for work performance and for people like me.

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SOURCE: theguardian.com

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

5 Ways to Create an Office Where People Can Relax and Do Their Best work


If you and your team 'live at the office,' it should be comfortable and welcoming.


How often have you heard someone say that they "practically live" at the office? Or called people at 7 or 8 p.m. and found them still at their desks? The fact is, we all put in way too many hours at our desks. And today's coolest office designs take that fact into account by giving us spaces to work where we can be relaxed and comfortable, give full attention to our work.

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SOURCE: INC.COM

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Why Redesigning Your Office Could Be the Key to Your Company's Success

The process of designing space that supports your company culture and business needs can be as valuable as the end result.

While the open office trend has dominated the tech scene, it has also become a hotly debated and divisive topic. Having witnessed an evolution of work spaces over 20 years, I will maintain that going "open plan" has been one of the most important things we did at my company, LivePerson (check out how we did it here). There is a right way and wrong way to do it. There needs to be a lot of close collaboration when deciding to move into an open office format and a careful balancing of design decisions with the nature of your business. Before making any major investment in an office redesign, you also need to consider if it reflects your culture, mission, and core values. Not to sound cheesy, but the journey is really as important as the destination.

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SOURCE: INC.COM

Monday, February 29, 2016

Our meeting just cost our company how much?

Meetings Waste Money, And Now You Can Calculate Just How Much

Photo Credit: Flickr Text100
It's well known that companies waste a lot of time and money organizing and having meetings. We waste time endlessly emailing to find time-slots that suit everybody. We waste time waiting for everyone to arrive. We waste time discussing irrelevant points and tangential agendas.

Senior executives say more than half their meetings are "ineffective" or "very ineffective," a recent Bain & Company survey found. One large company studied by the consultants wasted a total of 300,000 hours a year as a result of just one weekly executive meeting, such was the "ripple effect" of one meeting leading to another. Moreover, Bain says the problem is getting worse. The amount of time devoted to meetings has increased each year since 2008, partly because meetings are now easier to organize and, because of video-conferencing technology, we no longer all have to be in the same room.

Harvard Business Review
How much does all this undirected activity cost? For an answer, take a look at this useful little calculator created by the Harvard Business Review.

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Source: FastCoExist

Friday, February 26, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Future of Work and WorkSpaces

An insightful and enjoyable interview on the Future of Work and WorkSpace.

Photo Credit: Herman Miller Inc.

Jennifer Magnolfi thinks about the future of work from her own unique perspective — that of an architect. Born and raised in Italy, she has also spent a lot of time in North America exploring workspaces and what they mean in the context of society. She has worked with large web corporations and new workspace networks. She has also spent time working for Herman Miller, the iconic furniture company.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Work Has Gone to the Dogs

Innovative Office Is Specially Designed as the World's Most Dog-Friendly Workspace




A workplace doesn’t get any dog-friendlier than Kurgo, a Massachusetts-based startup that produces high-end canine toys and travel gear. After securing their own 4,000-square-foot warehouse in 2015, they’ve transformed it into a comfortable place for the staff and their dogs, incorporating pup-friendly areas right alongside human spaces.

Daniel Sokol of Leed Containers helped design the headquarters to be very open with plenty of natural light, using repurposed shipping containers fashioned into eight offices. Reclaimed wood paneling lines parts of the walls, with patches of synthetic grass and antique playground equipment installed throughout the space. Other eclectic decor includes a vintage 1956 Airstream trailer and a canoe that hangs from the ceiling, symbolizing a love of travel.

While the interior decorating is playful and inviting, the most noteworthy part of Kurgo’s office is how dogs were integrated into many of the design considerations. Each standing desk can come equipped with a size-appropriate dog bed. The kitchen has an easy-clean floor, and it’s always stocked with food and treats for the four-to-eight canines that come to work each day (about 90% of employees have dogs). There’s a low water fountain and specially-designed shower that will help hose off a muddy dog.

The sense of community among Kurgo dog owners is special, and they go on walks together during lunch and afternoon breaks. If a dog gets restless during the day, there are also baskets of toys stationed at the indoor play areas, which has an ulterior motive—product testing. After all, who better to try out the new products than the company's favorite furry friends?

Above photo credit: Ryan Breslin / Boston.com Staff

















Photo credit: Ryan Breslin / Boston.com Staff




Photo credit: Ryan Breslin / Boston.com Staff
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via [Inc., Boston.com]

All images credited to Kurgo unless otherwise noted.