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.

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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:

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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.