Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Office of 21st century is "wherever people happen to be" says Vitra

According to Vitra, the office of the 21st century is constantly changing, and increasingly merging with the public realm.

"We see people working wherever they happen to be – in hotels, airports, cafes, at the beach, on the train from A to B," explained Nora Fehlbaum, CEO of Vitra. "These developments are increasingly turning public space into a productive workspace."
Read the full article on DeZeen.

Monday, November 19, 2018

See where office furniture and the future of the workspace are headed.

What type of environment will the work culture of the future need? This is the question posed by Orgatec 2018, Cologne’s biennial workplace furniture fair, which opens on 23 October. Contract furniture manufacturers and their designers are falling over themselves trying to predict how and where people will work. Read the article at

16 office furniture upgrades and other work space must-haves

From standing desks to telepresence robots, we dug deep, to find interesting tech buys for your office. Read this fun article from Znet. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Want to know the Real cost of losing an employee?

For businesses to thrive in today’s economy, finding and retaining the best employees is important. This is especially true for small businesses and nonprofits competing with larger businesses, and larger budgets, for top talent. Read to learn the real costs of employee turnover.
Source: PeopleKeep

Thursday, November 15, 2018

I tried using a standing desk at work for a week

Whether you work in an office or not, you've probably heard of one trend sweeping many workspaces: standing desks. But standing desks are more than trendy. Many claim that there are real benefits that come from using a standing desk, from newfound energy to less back pain. To see for myself, I tried using a standing desk at work for two weeks. Here's what happened.
Source: Insider

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time to move beyond Millennials and design for all generations

By now we’ve all heard about how Millennials are the fastest growing generation in the workforce. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, in 2016 Millennials became the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, surpassing the 53 million Gen X’ers with a staggering 56 million people working or looking for work by 2017. That’s just over one third of the workforce population. In response, companies are making major real estate and policy decisions based on what they think Millennials want, with the sole purpose of recruiting and retaining the best possible talent. CONTINUE
Source: WorkDesign Magazine

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Workspaces That Promote Health, Wellness Can Save Companies Millions

High-performance buildings can increase a tenant’s profits by millions during the course of a standard 10-year lease, according to stok’s “The Financial Case for High Performance Buildings” report, released Tuesday. This savings comes from increased retention, productivity and reduced absenteeism.

Source: BISNOW

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Standing-desk workers 'less tired, more engaged'

New research suggests that standing desks, which allow employees to alter their position during the day, may boost performance at work.
Source: BBC News

Monday, October 15, 2018

Why Herman Miller's Cosm Is the Most Important Office Chair in Decades

No company has ever made an office chair like Herman Miller’s latest, including Herman Miller itself.
Source: Gear Patrol

Friday, September 14, 2018

BFI Appoints Kate Kerpchar as President and CEO

ELIZABETH, NJ (September 2018): BFI, one of the largest office furniture planning dealerships in the NY/NJ metropolitan area, is pleased to announce the hiring and appointment of Kate Kerpchar as President and CEO effective immediately. Kate brings with her more than 17 years of business management experience, the last 6 of which is as the owner and founder of Lotus Rose Industries LLC, a certified women-owned project management and consulting firm that specializes in tenant representation for corporate office relocations and renovations. Kate was also employed by CRESA NY as a SVP of Project Management which followed a 13 year tenure as Director, Head of Facilities and Administration for the Asset Management business at Deutsche Bank.

Kate succeeds Daniel F. Morley, who joined BFI in 1984; becoming President in 1997 and CEO in 2016.  Under Dan’s leadership the firm has achieved significant growth and now employs over 75 people in three offices and celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Dan will transition into a consulting role to ensure a successful change of control.

The BFI brand is well known throughout the real estate and architectural community and has completed some of the most visible projects in the marketplace including Pansonic’s relocation to Newark, the BASF North America Headquarters and Bayer Healthcare’s consolidation. 

“Kate’s achievements in the corporate environment, her successful experience in starting and managing her own firm coupled with our outstanding leadership team, will take our company to the next level. This is an exciting time for BFI and I look forward to working with Kate on a seamless transition” said Mr. Morley when asked about this decision.

Ms. Kerpchar stated, “BFI has a reputation for being the best in the business and I have had the pleasure of working with Dan and his staff on several projects over the past five years, which has allowed me to meet many of the employees. What is incredibly impressive is how loyal its employees are with an average tenure of over 18 years! It is an honor and privilege to have been given the opportunity to assume this leadership role at BFI. I am excited to continue to build upon the legacy of excellence that BFI is known for and am grateful for the opportunity given to me by the Gold family.”

For more information, contact Kate Kerpchar, President and CEO at or 908-926-6167.

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