Friday, December 11, 2015

bfi Helps the Needy with Annual Claus Project

Some of the presents purchased which were on the children’s wish list.

This year bfi sponsored 32 children for HomeFront thanks to the generosity of bfi employees and Paul Gold’s bfi Matching Program. This is the 8th year bfi has been participating with this project with HomeFront.

HomeFront provides emergency shelter and a multitude of other services, including affordable housing for families; tutoring and enrichment programs for children; and life skills and self-advocacy training for adults. For more information, visit or call (609)-989-9417.

About bfi:
For over 65 years, 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 Bryan Effron, Director of Sales at or 973-503-0730, extension 6402.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

View our NeoCon East 2015 Photo Gallery

NeoCon East 2015 is being held yesterday and today at the convention center in Philadelphia, PA. Several bfi sales and design employees spent the day to see what's new in the furniture world. We took a few photos from the event. You can see them on our Twitter page or Facebook Page.

Friday, October 23, 2015

8 Ways to Declutter Your Work Desk

Seeing how most of us spend more time at our office desks then we do in our own homes, it’s surprising that we tend to neglect our work spaces. In the flurry of activity that is your daily work life, it’s easy to forget to take care of your surroundings or to even find time to stay on top of everything.
If the clutter around your desk is distracting you and keeping you from being the creative genius that you are, then here are a few hacks to help you clear up the mess and embrace the productivity.

It helps to divide your desk into zones. Assign folders and drawers for certain things, like one folder for the things you need to read, another for the things that need to be accomplished immediately, one for things that are pending or in process, and another for things that are done. Apart from giving you a sense of accomplishment and conquering that mountain of papers, you get to go about your day in a more organized manner.

Much like with your closet, the same rule applies: If you haven’t used or touched it in more than two months, you don’t need it. Toss it into the trash bin, and stop dwelling over the guilt. And yes, this also applies to that poor desk plant that’s been dead for the last six months.

If you’re one of those people who gets a kick out of going shopping for stationary supplies, this is right up your alley. Treat yourself to desk, pen, and paper organizers. It will give your desk a fresh look and will make it feel like a brand new start.

This one is simple: for every new thing that gets added in, take one thing out. If you get a new book, take an old one home. If you hang a new photo or get a new mug, take the other one home. Your office is not a place for hoarding–that’s what your closet at home is for. And no, moving it to a desk drawer doesn’t count.

Along with streamlining your actual workspace (that is, keeping only what you need at arm’s reach), don’t neglect your computer desktop. How do you expect yourself to function if you have 50 different icons on your default screen? It will only take an hour out of your day to divvy everything up into folders. This will also help you in the long run in terms of naming your files properly, cutting down the time it takes to search for something specific.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of gratification you get when you cross something off a list. Start your day by checking your mail and reading off the things you didn’t get to finish from the day before. This way, you go about your day calm and collected, and you stay on top of all your tasks. Also, it cuts down on random post-its and reminders to self all over your desk.

If you feel you absolutely need more than 20 things at your workspace at any given moment in time, assign drawers for long term and short term storage. Emergency kits and extra paper can go to the bottom of your cabinet, while stationary supplies, notepads, gadgets, and photos can go at the very top.

There’s nothing wrong with decorating your desk with things that inspire you. Curate your space carefully–approach it like you would if you were managing your very own art gallery. Throw out memorabilia and images that serve no purpose, and keep only the things that inspire you on a daily basis. Change it every week if you need to. This is your sacred space, you should treat it as such.

Got any other tips for clearing that clutter? Share them with us in the comments below!
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

10 Cool Offices You'll Wish Were Yours

Here are this year’s 10 Cool Office Spaces:

1) Quicken Loans
At the Detroit-based retail mortgage provider, a one-time bank vault now serves as a seriously ornate meeting room.

More Quicken Loans photos.

Tired of waiting for the elevator? This slide helps employees in TOMS Playa del Rey, California office move between floors twice as fast!

More TOMS photos.

3) Square
Talk about multitasking: At San Francisco-based mobile payments company Square, robots allow employees to move around the office even while they’re still at their desks.

More Square photos.

4) AOL

At AOL’s office in Dulles, Virginia, the brightly-colored furniture also fits into the walls, creating even more floor space.

More AOL photos.

5) Citrix
At Citrix’s Santa Clara, California office, this “server room” is actually a place for designers to take a quiet break in soothing light.

More Citrix photos.

6) Heineken
At Heineken’s US office it’s not just 5 o’clock somewhere–it’s 5 o’clock here. This full-service, in-office bar allows employees to have a cold one at work.

More Heineken photos.

7) Red Frog Events

Chicago-based Red Frog Events’ office features this outdoor-themed meeting space, complete with mini-camper and rocking chairs.

More Red Frog Events photos.

8) Red Ventures
Nope–that’s not a resort, it’s the office campus at Red Ventures. In addition to the fire bits the space also features bocce ball courts and a putting green.

More Red Ventures photos.

9) Pixar

This giant desk lamp outside the company’s headquarters not only evokes Pixar’s beloved films–it lights up at night!

More Pixar photos.

10) Riot Games
Whenever employees at Los Angeles-based Riot Games need a quick break, they’re free to game away.

More Riot Games photos.

As seen on Forbes: In pictures: 10 Of The Coolest Office Spaces

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

7 Simple Office Changes That Can Increase Mood and Productivity

Since bad moods and stress can spread through your office like the flu, it's important to make some small changes to boost everyone's morale.

The office is a great place to collaborate, communicate, and work productively--most of the time. If given a bad environment or during a particularly stressful period, the workplace can quickly turn hostile, making employees stressed-out, unproductive, and even resentful of their employer. Bad moods and stress are contagious, so it's especially important to nip these feelings early.

While you can't do much about workloads and the demands of the job, you can make minor changes to your office that lead to significant boosts in mood and productivity for your employees. Try these seven simple changes and watch as your employees become happier and more productive:


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sitting down at work is no worse for you than standing up, study claims

British academics say any stationary position – sitting or standing – is detrimental to your health and cast doubt on the value of sit-stand work stations.

There is no influence on mortality risk from sitting at work,’ according to the study of 5,000 people over 16 years.

Sitting down is no worse for you than standing up as long as you take regular exercise, a study has claimed, casting doubt on the health benefits of sit-stand work stations.

The research by British academics also challenged advice from the country’s National Health Service (NHS) based on other studies stating that “remaining seated for too long is bad for your health, regardless of how much exercise you do”.

Researchers at Exeter University and University College London followed more than 5,000 people over a 16-year period and their findings were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

“Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing,” said Melvyn Hillsdon from Exeter’s sport and health sciences department.

“The results cast doubt on the benefits of sit-stand work stations, which employers are increasingly providing to promote healthy working environments.”

The research found there was no influence on mortality risk for participants from sitting at work, during leisure time or watching television.

The NHS said on its website in advice published last year that there was “increasing evidence” linking excessive sitting with being obese, type-2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death.

It recommends an active break from sitting every 30 minutes, citing expert Professor Stuart Biddle saying: “Sitting needs breaking up.”

“Do some tasks standing, like having coffee and chats, or even writing a letter – Ernest Hemingway wrote his novels standing,” he added.

Original article seen on theguardian

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Special Report: The Evolving Office

Architect Magazine featured a special report by Herman Miller titled "The Evolving Office" in their September 2015 issue.

You can click to the title link above to read it online or click here to download a .pdf version.

Excerpt: "The office used to be where you went to your job. Today, between smart phones, laptops, and high-speed wireless around every corner, employees have come to expect – and even thrive – with more autonomy. But too many employees spending too much time away from the office can come at a cost two important things like collaboration, innovation, speed, and creativity. Quite simply, people work better when they work together.

In this climate, what does it mean for workplace design to keep pace with the evolving needs of both businesses and employees? Offices should be places that people want to be in, where they'll do their best work, and where they'll grow. In addition to being beneficial to workers, such environments help organizations attract top talent and inspire hi-caliber performance.

In order to explore how the design world is adapting to this changing landscape of work, Herman Miller recently spoke with four experts to gain their perspective on where workplace design is headed. We asked Carlos Martinez of Gensler, Yves Behar of fuseproject, Amanda Stanaway of Woods Bagot, and Greg Parsons of Herman Miller about how they respond to the changing nature of work and the crucial roles that design and designer play in its future. "

Monday, September 28, 2015

What to do if you're too hot or too cold at work.

Too Hot? Too Cold? 16 Hacks for Dealing With Unruly Office Temperatures

My relationship with office temperatures can best be described through the following Katy Perry lyrics: "You're hot, then you're cold. You're yes, then you're no. You're in, then you're out. You're up, then you're down ..."

Is the sentiment familiar? More often than not, getting your office to a "perfect" temperature -- one that everyone can agree upon -- can feel like an uphill battle. When Jane is cold, Steve is hot, and then there's Karen feeling perfectly content.

The trouble with the disconnect here? Office temperatures can actually have a significant impact on people's productivity and ability to perform. In fact, a study from Cornell University researchers revealed that employees committed 44% more errors when office temperatures were low than when they were warm.

While it might seem impossible to please everyone, there are steps you can take to create a more comfortable working environment for yourself no matter what you're feeling -- freezing, sweating, or somewhere in between. Here are some tip on staying comfortable in unpredictable office climates.

16 Tips for Staying Comfortable in Crazy Office Temperatures

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Friday, September 25, 2015

How to Find Refuge in an Open Office

A health consultant and meditation coach considers ways to promote more serenity in your open office.

What is it about coming home? That sweet satisfaction we get as we turn the lock and push open the front door. We may even let out a deep sigh as we toss our keys on the table and drop our bags to the floor. Home: our sanctuary, our refuge, our place for peace.

I’ll bet you never feel this way at work.

Although the lines between work and home are becoming increasingly blurred, many of our waking hours are still spent in an office — often an open office; one that’s noisy, overwhelming, and full of interruptions. It makes sense that you’d crave more serenity at work — finding a “happy place” in the office can promote physical and emotional well-being. But how? Here are three ways to get started.



Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sitting vs. Standing. Is Your Sedentary Life Killing You?

Is sitting bad for you? It turns out, sitting is really, really bad for you. Sitting at your desk could shorten your life. So get up and walk around, OK?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tour Weebly's New Corporate Headquarters

TechCrunch featured Weebly in their latest edition of TC Cribs. Weebly is a company that helps small businesses create an online store or website. Their new home in SOMA is a former wine packaging facility, turned 90s rave scene, that features a clean industrial aesthetic.

We're posting this video for two reasons. First is to show you their slick modern open office environment where Herman Miller Aeron chairs can be seen everywhere. The second reason is because we used Weebly to create and maintain our websites. We love you Weebly!

The Ergonomics of Standing Desks

As standing desks become increasingly popular in today's modern workspace, be sure you're doing it right by following these tips.  Read "Health Check: the low-down on standing desks" from The Conversation

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Settings, silence, serendipity, wellbeing and other lessons from Neocon

At this year’s Neocon, some of the most readily identifiable themes included the dissipation of the workplace, the creation of work settings, privacy, ergonomics, wellbeing and serendipity. With the possible exception of the age old problem of ergonomics, these all relate to our changing relationship with work and workplaces, not least how we can work from anywhere and what this means both functionally and aesthetically.


Source: Insite

Friday, August 14, 2015

Done right, Open Office plans can be Amazingly Great

This New York Post article shows some great examples to prove that open office plans aren’t always terrible.

NeueHouse from NeueHouse on Vimeo.


Thursday, August 06, 2015

Video Case Study by Herman Miller: Wistia

Wistia, a growing start-up, enlisted Herman Miller to outfit a flexible workplace that could grow with it. See how Metaform Portfolio is empowering its people to shape—and reshape—an office that’s as agile as it is.

bfi is one of the largest authorized Herman Miller dealers in New Jersey. If your business is located in New Jersey and you are interested in Metaform Portfolio or any other Herman Miller product, contact bfi today.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Robert Propst's 1968 office vision: what's changed?

Spacelab’s Rosie Haslem wonders what’s changed since Robert Propst proposed a new office in 1968

I recently attended a seminar at Herman Miller that made me wonder how far workplace design has really progressed in the last 50 years.

The seminar focused on the 1968 book The Office: A Facility Based on Change, by then-president of Herman Miller’s Research Corp, Robert Propst. He was drawn to the challenge of rethinking office life, which he saw as sedentary and unproductive, and ultimately unsuited to the diverse needs of workers.

Propst noted that although “office work has undergone a revolution; the physical environment lags behind”, observing that workers had multiple responsibilities, but these were not being supported by multiple work stations.

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Article written by Miranda Fitzgerald

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sitting OR Standing at Work: Why a Good Chair Matters Either Way

Herman Miller is working on ways to naturally encourage and remind you to get up out of your chair and move around throughout the office. It turns out that being fidgety at work has some important health benefits.

Hey, wait a second. Aren't you that guy who wrote that article on "Sitting is the New Smoking"? And now you're talking about why a good chair matters? Yes, and yes. Because I wanted the opportunity to clarify an important point that I'm seeing and ensure we're all saying the right thing here.

It's true that our sedentary lifestyle is a big contributor to the obesity crisis we now face. We definitely are sitting too much at work which is why I wrote that article. But it's simply not practical for everyone to ditch their chairs and work 12 hour days standing up 100% of the time.

When thinking about this conundrum, I tapped my friend Michael Dura, who is the Small and Medium Business Area Sales Manager (East) for Herman Miller. We had a great conversation about what Herman Miller is doing to bring balance to the workplace--specifically, what the future of a furniture design company can do to help combat (rather than contribute) to our typical sedentary lifestyle.

"The problem, as I see it," Michael Dura told me, "is that companies are using the whole sitting is the new smoking movement to invest in really crappy chairs. Their logic being that, if companies invest in cheap, uncomfortable chairs, then people will be inclined to sit less."

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

5 Ways To Make An Office A Nice Place To Work, Not A Soul-Sucking Pit Of Despair

You probably don't go to work every day in a place that improves your well-being—but you could.

While there are numerous opinions on how office environments should be designed and organized, there’s no denying workplace well-being should be a priority for every organization. New ideas and creative design approaches continue to emerge that empower companies of all scale and business focus to take steps that will enrich the lives of their employees.

At its core, this growing focus on workplace well-being harkens back to some of the core principles for human health we’ve always understood: the importance of exercise and movement, access to daylight, clean air, and healthy food. Being able to integrate these elements thoughtfully into our daily work environments will enrich our full lives, beyond what we do outside of work.

Organizations that embrace workplace well-being will benefit from healthier and happier employees capable of increased productivity and innovation. Here are five ideas every organization should consider to strengthen its approach:

Continue reading on FastCompany

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rejecting the Cubicle for an Expanse of Space

Some companies are turning to “superwide” offices, the horizontal equivalent of a Manhattan high rise, to make employees more productive.

In the era of the coffee-shop office, where a bit of countertop can be enough room from which to run a business, some tenants in New York are clamoring for a very different kind of workplace: one that spans a cavernous 100,000 square feet or more.

Call them “superwides,” the horizontal equivalent of the supertall high-rises sprouting across Manhattan. Spreading out on a single story and usually having minimal walls, these offices are luring ad agencies, financial firms and magazine publishers, who say that employees are more productive when they intermingle on the same floor.

But because block-length buildings that can offer this kind of volume are rare, and since new skyscrapers tend to be narrower, the market for superwides has become ultratight, according to brokers, tenants and landlords.

Continue reading on The New York Times

Friday, July 24, 2015

5 things you should consider as you plan your new office space

Congratulations. Your company is ready to graduate from the incubator or that humble office space on the other side of town. You’re ready to create an office space that stimulates collaboration, reflects your culture and maximizes work flow. But before you set your sights on space, take our advice: The entire process, from the real estate search to construction, can be challenging if you lack a plan or fail to engage the right people from the start. We’ve seen many growing companies make great decisions and take major missteps. Here’s some advice on what to avoid and how to have a successful and less stressful project.

Do know the future of your business, and don’t assume until you do your research.

When it comes to creating a new office space, your intuition is not enough to drive an effective plan. One of the most helpful tools that will drive your success is a business plan. Why? A business plan will force you to think about your company’s potential in quantitative terms and will discourage you from making assumptions or emotional decisions. Think about your business model, consider your culture and don’t be afraid to make some revenue projections. You might come to realize that you need more private meeting areas and collaborative space; or less open space and shorter lease terms than you originally thought.

It’s smart to engage others early.

Finding, designing and constructing a great new office space that considers your culture and operational processes is hard work, especially when you have a conservative budget. When you’re engaging partners, look for real estate professionals who have a high-level understanding of the process who can negotiate contract terms on your behalf. Aim to hire a design and construction team early, and look for chemistry and commitment. A good team will leave egos at the door and focus on value. Creating a new creative and budget-conscious workplace doesn’t just happen—it takes heavy collaboration, lots of cost estimating, multiple tradeoffs and many late nights.

Brace yourself for change.

Contrary to what some might think, the planning, design and construction process is not linear. That’s why communication, collaboration and flexibility will ultimately make or break your project. It’s probable that your project team will need to accommodate a scope change even during construction. Remember that change in the construction industry can cost you, so make sure your general contractor has a process for communicating time lines and informing you of when the last responsible moment for making decisions is throughout construction. A savvy and proactive general contractor will be ready for change—and they’ll work with the architect and suppliers to give you flexibility without impacting your budget.

Know that hard wires are not always obsolete.

A wired telephone system seems nearly obsolete these days, as many incubators and startups are solely relying on wireless. Unless your new building is equipped with a digital antennae system and holds a contract with multiple service providers, you can expect your employees to spend their valuable time asking “Can you hear me now?” instead of executing their work. Nothing is more frustrating than bad reception. Your new building should also have the infrastructure to support fast, reliable Wi-Fi. If it doesn’t, you might need to look elsewhere.

Don’t leave money on the table.

If you’re not vigilant, it’s easy to leave money on the table. You could choose to convert an old warehouse into an office space and not consider the cost of code upgrades. You might forego investigating existing conditions before you remove carpet in favor of concrete flooring, and uncover asbestos. You might be inspired by the raw look of concrete floors and exposed ceilings, but you might not consider the importance of acoustics. All of these choices have the potential to greatly impact your bottom line. Great project partners will walk you through your options and care about your bottom line.

Some final thoughts.

Remember, if you plan and engage project partners early, you’ll create more value. Giving yourself a little more time will allow you to explore multiple options and budget iterations. Having a limited budget does not have to stifle creativity, it can actually inspire creativity among your team.

By Andrew MacGregor and Clayton Edwards, Skender Construction 
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Office of the future: It's all about you

Photo credit: Thomas Heylen via Flickr

The office of the future caters to the worker who needs a quiet place to focus. Or a lively place to socialize.

Who wants to work standing. Or sitting. At a shared desk. Or in a private cubicle. With colleagues. Or alone. Outside among greenery. Or inside in a cafe.

The office of the future does not center on open layouts or unassigned desks or the jettisoning of the office altogether in favor of finding an outlet and Internet connection just about anywhere.

Rather, it revolves around choice, both for employees seeking environments where they work best and for employers adapting to shifting needs, with the goal of getting talent in the door and enjoying the comforts of the workplace so much that they want to stay awhile.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Three Walls: Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul?

Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul? The strange history and significance of a much-loathed space


‘We drive to work in a box, we work in a box, we go home and watch a box and, before we know it, they bury us in a box.’

Over the past several decades, the cubicle has become universal shorthand for an oppressive, soul-crushing work environment where dreams go to die. But why has the cubicle become both so hated and so ubiquitous?

With equal doses of deadpan humour and historical insight, the Canadian filmmaker Zaheed Mawani tackles the rise of the cubicle and the matter of why its inventor, the US designer Robert Propst, came to hate its implementation. Along the way, we hear office workers who spend their days fantasising about breaking free from their three-walled lives, cultural critics who lament the soullessness of the modern office, and even a few cubicle defenders.

For a different take on the modern office, read Kate Losse’s essay ‘Tech Aesthetics’.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2015 Best of NeoCon Winners

Best of Competition: Tuohy Furniture Corporation's WorkStyles
The winners of the 2015 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced Monday, June 15, at an awards breakfast hosted by Contract. The Best of Competition was awarded to Tuohy Furniture Corporation for WorkStyles. Congratulations of all of the winners!

: Skyline Design: Patricia Urquiola Collection
Silver: CARVART: C1 Collection

: KI: Evoke
Silver: Navy Island, Inc.: SoundPly Formation Acoustic Panels

: Tandus Centiva: Indent

Silver: Mohawk Group: Lakir Collection by Durkan

: Mohawk Group: Moving Floors

Silver: Tandus Centiva: Avant
Innovation: Patcraft: Deconstructed Metal
Editors’ Choice: Mohawk Group: Moving Floors

: Tuohy Furniture Corporation: WorkStyles
Silver: Bernhardt Design: Compositions
Innovation: Sandler Seating: Nomado
Editors’ Choice: West Elm Workspace with Inscape: West Elm Workspace Bench Collection

: Okamura: Traverse


: Steelcase: Brody WorkLounge

Silver: HOWE: SixE Learn


: fluidconcepts: Bob-The Mobile Office

Gold: Lovair: Ribbon Collection

: Tandus Centiva: Asymmetric
Silver: J+J Flooring Group: Umbra/Umbra Stripe

Best of Competition:
Tuohy Furniture Corporation: WorkStyles
Gold: Tuohy Furniture Corporation: WorkStyles
Silver: Scale 1:1: G-Series Double/Single Workstation

: Groupe Lacasse: C.I.T.É. Office Furniture System by Lacasse

Silver: JRB Studio: Animate+SC

: West Elm Workspace with Inscape: West Elm Workspace Bench Collection
Silver: AIS: Oxygen Sit/Stand
Editors’ Choice: West Elm Workspace with Inscape: West Elm Workspace Bench Collection

: SIXINCH North America: Grove by SIXINCH - Slide
Silver: Tuohy Furniture Corporation: WorkStyles
Innovation: SIXINCH North America: Grove by SIXINCH - Slide

: Designtex: Check Up Collection
Silver: Momentum Group: Snapshot Collection
Innovation: CF Stinson: Project ACS

: Patcraft: Life & Style

Silver: Tarkett: Johnsonite Acczent Flourish

: Carolina, an OFS Brands Company: Canopy

Silver: KI: Soltíce Metal


: Wieland: The Accord Recliner


: Sensitile Systems: FIN

: Koncept: UCX Pro
Silver: Humanscale: Infini

: izzy+: Sylvi

Silver: Source International: CrissCross Lounge
Innovation: KI: Sway
Editors’ Choice: Knoll: Prism


: Ghent, a GMi Company: LINK Hex

: Andreu World: Lineal Barstool
Silver: Davis Furniture: Join Barstool

: HBF: Cheval Collection

Silver: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Bench Series
Innovation: Keilhauer: CHEMISTRY

: Andreu World: Flex Executive
Silver: Gunlocke: Avoca Swivel Seating

: Wilkhahn: IN

Silver: Boss Design: Coza

: HBF: Carlyle Collection
Silver: Humanscale: Occasional Chair
Innovation: idesk: Muse

: Andreu World: Couve

Silver: Gunlocke: Urbana Lounge
Innovation: KI: Sway

: Davis Furniture: A-Chair
Silver: HBF: Andaz Collection


: APCO Graphics, Inc.: Elevate

: Spec Simple: Virtual Library

Silver: MAI: MAI Completely Furnished Office Budget Tool

: BuzziSpace: BuzziFalls

Silver: Snowsound USA: Snowsound Space

: Mosaico Digitale: Mosaico Digitale

Silver: 3form: Full Circle Metallics

: HBF: Cheval Collection

Silver: Andreu World: Reverse Occasional
Innovation: Tuohy Furniture Corporation: WorkStyles

: Knoll: Pixel


: Framery: Framery O

Silver: SIXINCH North America: Solar Powered Lilly Shade

: Arthur Holm: Dynamic3Talk

Silver: Steelcase: Thread

: KnollTextiles: The Adjaye Collection by David Adjaye for KnollTextiles

Silver: Camira Fabrics: Natural Blends

WALL TREATMENTSGold: TerraMai: Lost Coast Redwood Paneling

: Carnegie: Alchemy

Silver: HBF Textiles: Cork Cloth
Editors’ Choice: Designtex: Play Date

: Group Dekko: Ashley Trio+ Bezel

Silver: SpaceCo Business Solutions, Inc.: Power, Data & Communications Module (PDCM)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NeoCon 2015 Showroom Tours

Take a video tour of this year's NeoCon showrooms on Interior Design Showroom Tours page.


In the market for contract furnishings? Check out some of the hot new products that manufacturers are introducing at NeoCon 2015. See products by category.

Monday, June 15, 2015

NeoCon Minute: Monday Must-Sees

The 47th edition of NeoCon is all about movement, from the mobile office to new talents and showrooms. Here's a glimpse of the major action for Monday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

9 New Ways We Sit, Thanks to Tech

A large office furniture manufacturer conducted a study of office workers — 2,000 of them, across 11 countries — to see how they relate to the many machines they now use to get their work done. They discovered 9 new ways we sit, thanks to tech.

Those postures are:

1. The Draw

The oft-discussed "lean back" experience of tablet reading, done in a chair. (This posture requires good back support from a chair, especially for the head and neck.)

2. The Multi-Device

You're using your laptop. And your phone. At the same time. (This requires good arm rests, provided by either tabletop or chair.)

3. The Text

You're sitting at your desk, but you're using your handheld device to read, email, or, yes, text.(Arm rests not required, but ideal.)

4. The Cocoon

This is a scrunched-body posture usually reserved for reading (though it can be used for typing, as well). The sitters lean back, pull up their legs, bend their knees, and draw their devices close to their bodies. This is, Steelcase notes, a posture used more often by women than by men.

5. The Swipe

The sitter leans over his or her desk, directly over the screen of a touchscreen device. This posture is pretty much exclusive to tablet/smartphone use.

6. The Smart Lean

A compromise between the lean-back posture of "The Draw" and a more standard sitting style, this posture allows the sitter to check his or her smartphone in a relaxed posture, while also retaining a bit of privacy when it comes to what's being shown on the screen. It's especially popular during meetings.

7. The Trance

You're absorbed in your work, leaning into your table and toward your computer, with arms placed either on a chair's armrests or on your desk. This posture often involves slouching.

8. The "Take-It-In"

This might also be called the "all the way back": It involves a nearly full recline in one's chair — a posture enabled in part by the popularity of large, high-resolution monitors that allow people to read screens from a distance (and also ideal for smartphone-based reading, email-checking, etc.).

9. The Strunch

This is "stretching out" and "hunching" at the same time: When people get tired, they tend to push their computers away from them, compensating for the new screen angle by slouching down toward their desks. They then prop themselves up with their arms on their desk surfaces, sometimes propping their chins up with a free hand.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

3 Reasons Open Office Plans Are Better After All

The open-concept office has its detractors. But it can improve communication without harming productivity.

The open office concept has been around for awhile, but lately has come under fire. Apparently having no walls, no doors, and shared workspaces undermines what the concept was designed to achieve: communication and flow of ideas amongst employees. According to some scientific research, the open concept decreases employees' job satisfaction and decreases privacy, which also affects productivity.

But despite what some of the organizational psychologists and other productivity experts say, the open concept can make a team more cohesive, especially if it's adopted by the senior staff and CEO.

It can also give leaders a better picture of what's going on at the company. Those are just two reasons I'm leaving my company's mostly open concept setup as it is (we have a couple of employees who are more productive when they work in their own offices). And it's also the reason that I, the CEO, sit at the desk that's usually reserved for the receptionist, right next to the front door. Yep, just like Pam from "The Office."

Here are three reasons leaders should consider sitting in the middle of the action:

1. You're tuned in to the office vibe.

If you sit in the same general vicinity as your team, you'll hear more of what they're discussing--good and bad. It's not like you need to function like some sort of NSA operative, but if you're aware of people's concerns, you have an opportunity to weigh in and offer guidance when it's needed. When people need to meet privately with each other or with you, just make sure they have a place to do so that has doors.

2. You're more approachable.

I've never had the pleasure of working in a cubicle, or in an "old-fashioned" office. That said, I envision a corporate setup as being very compartmentalized and the kind of place where the staff don't feel comfortable talking to the executives. A layout where the junior employees are stuck in the middle and the senior-level people are tucked away behind closed doors, kind of like Mad Men.

Setting up my desk near the front door and, coincidentally, next to the kitchen, means people are walking by all the time; anyone can ask me anything at pretty much any time. I can just say "go ahead" and what needs to get done, gets done.

Yes, being in an open office can affect productivity. To get around that, you might adopt a policy that when people need to work undisturbed they're free to work from home. And at the office, make sure everyone has a pair of headphones, and that the rule is when headphones are on, it's code for "Do not disturb."

3. It improves interoffice communication.

Tools like HipChat and Slack make interoffice communication quick and easy, but it's also nice to hear people actually talking to one another, which happens naturally in an open office.

As my company grows--we now have 17 people in our main office and three people who work remotely--space is becoming an issue. I've looked at a few spaces that have tons of character--like beautiful old Victorian houses that have been converted to offices--but I'm reluctant to move into a building where we could all go days without seeing each other. I'm not entirely sure yet how we'll deal with the office space issue as we add more staff, but finding a place where we can still work in an open environment is a priority.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Office Furniture Supplier Urges Workers to Get Up and Move More

Photo credit Susan Sermoneta via flickr
A recent survey of 2,000 office workers found that 45% of women and 37% of men spend less than thirty minutes a day up on their feet at work with more than half regularly eating their lunch at their desk. Nearly two-thirds were worried sitting at work was having a negative impact on their health.

Experts describe inactivity as “one of the biggest” challenges in health and wellbeing. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behavior with prolonged sitting thought to slow the metabolism and affect the way the body controls sugar levels, blood pressure and the breakdown of fat.

Read what one office furniture company did about it.

Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Design a Workspace That's Right for You

Steve Jobs designed the Pixar building with the bathrooms in the center. Fisher-Price has a dedicated space, the Cave, where designers, engineers, and marketers meet to build prototypes of toys from foam, cardboard, glue, and acrylic paint. And Google allows its software engineers, the core of its intellectual capital, to design their own desks and write on the walls.

Why do these companies spend significant time and resources on designing and configuring physical space?

They each understand how space impacts communication, innovation, and productivity.

Jobs realized that when you design your workspace around chance encounters, big, bold ideas happen. Fisher-Price knows that space dedicated to innovation is essential if it wants to continuously produce blockbuster toys with staying power. And Google operates under the assumption that when we design our own space, we access the intersection of our personal intellect and personal productivity.

Engaged, productive employees don’t work in a vacuum. They need diverse workspaces that help them bring out the best in themselves, where energy and inspiration can flow freely.

So, what can you do to shape your physical workspace so that it works for you?