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 wallpaper.com

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.
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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.
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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 kkerpchar@bfifurniture.com or 908-926-6167.

Company URL: www.bfionline.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Is your desk the right height?

Insightful article from an Ergonomist on proper desk heights. Read Article

Monday, August 27, 2018

Herman Miller Elects Andi Owen as Next President and Chief Executive Officer

Herman Miller, Inc. (Nasdaq: MLHR), the global designer and furniture manufacturer, announced today that Andi Owen has been elected by the Board of Directors to succeed Brian C. Walker as the Company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 22, 2018. Ms. Owen was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors as of August 22. She joins Herman Miller after a 25-year career at Gap Inc., where she most recently served as Global President of Banana Republic, leading 11,000 employees in over 600 stores across 27 countries. The appointment is part of a previously-announced leadership succession planning process.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

VIDEO: An Inside Look At NYC’s Amenities Arms Race

Terrific video to see where offices today are going. Landlords are going above and beyond to help attract new tenants.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

What Millennials Really Want in the Workplace


Securing top-notch talent is vital to operating any successful organization.

According to research, millennials projected to make up more than half the workforce in two years, and roughly 75 percent by 2025, employers looking to attract and retain top-notch talent need to better understand what motivates the generation born between 1980 and 2000.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hate Open-Plan Offices? Here's What's Coming Next

According to The Wall Street Journal, a privately conducted survey of 138 employers found that by 2021, 52 percent -- slightly more than half -- plan to replace open-plan desks with "first-come, first-served desks, plus additional workspaces with names like huddle rooms and touchdown spaces." CONTINUE READING
Source: inc.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New Study: Open Offices Kill Teamwork

Employees hate open office plans, but at least they help employees collaborate and work together? It saves companies money and it increases teamwork, right? Well, wrong.

Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban, at Harvard Business School and Harvard University, took a look at people who switched from individual cubicles to an open office plan. What they found wasn't more collaboration after the switch but less. CONTINUE READING
Source: inc.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

5 Ways that Commercial Real Estate Technology is Changing Office Design and Layout

Work styles and generational changes have been impacting office design and spatial layout trends in the commercial real estate space for years now. As mobile technology and demographic shifts have impacted U.S. culture overall, the office has had to continue to keep pace. There are several ways that how an office is laid out is being impacted by technology. Here are 5: CONTINUE READING
Source: CRETECH

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Herman Miller Cosm Tilts Itself Into the Best Position Possible

The new herman miller Cosm chair is one of the most simple yet adaptive chair ever invented.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Download our Free LookBook

Our bfi Lookbook is an A+D publication that shows how the Herman Miller Elements portfolio can outfit different kinds of spaces. Download it today.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Herman Miller white paper: The importance of helping people and place align

Today, successful organizations are often the ones that can generate the best ideas the fastest, and they depend on people, not processes, to do so. And even though we often come up with some of our best ideas on our own, we need others to help us talk through a concept, explore its possibilities, and bring it to life.

We also increasingly rely on technology to fuel the creative process. We share information on monitors, use videoconferencing to connect with colleagues on other continents, and develop content using touchscreens. But problems arise quickly when the systems and devices we use daily are out of sync with the spaces that house them.

Whether we realize it or not, we’ve all struggled to work in a space where the surroundings (the physical space itself), furnishings (the chairs and tables), and tools (both digital and analog) are out of sync with each other—and with us. It’s the device that needs charging, but the only outlet is out of reach. It’s the sinking feeling that comes with being late to a presentation, only to realize that the last open seat is the one in the front, next to the presenter. It’s the meeting that starts 10 minutes late due to technical difficulties, throwing off everyone’s schedule for the rest of the day. CONTINUE READING

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Your future office will be riddled with sensors and that’s okay

You won’t hear this often, but let’s talk about office buildings. They’re pretty awful. Most office buildings waste energy and productivity, use rooms and desks inefficiently and the air quality and the sedentary office lifestyle are often detrimental to employee health. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
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Source: https://thenextweb.com

Monday, June 18, 2018

7 Themes From Neocon 2018 That Show New Directions in Design


These designs offer object lessons on recent trends in commercial design. CONTINUE READING
Source: http://www.metropolismag.com

Friday, June 15, 2018

Herman Miller acquires stake in Danish furniture brand Hay

Herman Miller, the furniture manufacturer based in Zeeland, Michigan, has announced that it has acquired an interest in Hay, the Danish brand known for its contemporary home and office furnishings and accessories. Founded in 2002 by Rolf and Mette Hay with business partner Troels Holch Povlsen, Hay has quickly grown into a global empire with $155 million in projected revenue. READ MORE
Source: Curbed.com

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Download our Perspectives Lookbook

Our bfi Lookbook is an A+D publication that shows how the Herman Miller Elements portfolio can outfit different kinds of spaces, each with a unique character and aesthetic. With the shifting floorplate and real estate challenges in every market, companies need to continuously evolve and flex with creative alternatives to traditional work settings. The individual and collaborative workspaces shown in the Perspectives Lookbook support various activities, as addressed by the featured designers from around the United States. Download your copy today.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Contract Names 2018 Best of NeoCon Winners

Untucked by Keilhauer. Image courtesy Keilhauer.
The winners of the 2018 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced on Monday, June 11, during an awards breakfast hosted by Contract at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago. Eighty-one awards were distributed in this year’s competition of contract furnishing products, including eight Innovation Awards and a Best of Competition Award.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

See the new Herman Miller Cosm chair in action

Herman Miller's new Cosm chair adjusts to an individual’s posture, weight and pressure points without the need for user input. The Cosm chair will be available mid-summer in white, red, black, navy and glacial blue.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Princeton University opens new innovation center in Plainsboro

Officials celebrated the opening of the Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs incubator on May 17.  bfi was honored to have furnished this space!

More than 100 representatives from Princeton University, the town of Plainsboro, local industries and the center’s first tenant companies attended the event at the Forrestal Center in Plainsboro.

Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs offers co-working lab and office space for high-tech startup companies formed by Princeton University faculty, students and alumni, as well as members of the wider New Jersey community. CONTINUE READING

Friday, May 18, 2018

Tour LinkedIn’s Offices in San Francisco

IA Interior Architects designed the headquarters for professional networking company LinkedIn, located in San Francisco, California. Fellow Herman Miller office furniture dealer, Pivot Interiors, provided the office furniture. TAKE A LOOK
Source: Office Snapshots

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A workplace to enjoy: Onyx details new amenities at Morristown building

Congratulations to John Saraceno and Onyx Equities for a job well done at this Morristown building (RENDERINGS) READ ARTICLE

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Change is in the Wind for Law Firm Offices

Let’s face it – who among us likes, much less embraces change? Countless quotes remind us that it is the only constant in life, and yet it is not always welcome – especially in the workplace. Not immune from the changes taking place all around us, the modern law office is experiencing transformation that reflects design trends seen in the broader world of commercial interior design. CONTINUE
Source: Interior Architects

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

We're hiring! Seeking Full Time Sales Assistant


bfi is seeking a full time Sales Assistant for our Parsippany, NJ office. Click here for details. http://www.bfionline.com/job-opportunities.html

Monday, April 23, 2018

Why You Should Upgrade Your Office Furniture In 2018


Now is the best time to upgrade your office furniture. Here’s why. On December 22, 2017 the US Congress passed H.R.1 (TCJA) also known as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Business owners will receive some incredible benefits with the passing of this legislation. As a business owner, you can now deduct the purchase of new and used office furniture for 2018 off your taxes!


How the Tax Cuts and Job Acts will affect your business

The newly revised Section 179 deductions of the IRS tax code deals exclusively with business expenses. Under the 2018 rules, businesses can now deduct twice the amount (up to $1 million) of business property expenses as the previous year (maximum of $500,000) and the phaseout threshold has been increased from $2 million to $2.5 million.

In recent years, the bonus depreciation (the percentage for first-year) deductions have fluctuated making tax planning complicated. Now under TCJA, the new law increases the bonus depreciation deduction from 50% to 100% for five years and then gradually phases out the deduction over the next five years. This bonus deduction has been expanded to include “used” property allowing you to take the full tax deduction on the “used” office furniture you purchase this year.

The ability to deduct the purchase of new and/or used office furniture is a huge incentive for businesses to invest in themselves. In the past the economic stimulus acts only allowed you to deduct a portion of your costs however this new update allows you to deduct the entire cost of your furniture purchase.

Now is a great time to plan upgrades to your office space. This new law will allow you to take deductions for this year’s purchase of new and/or used office furniture provided the equipment was procured or financed and installed between January 1 and December 31, 2018.


How to plan your office makeover for 2018 with bfi

bfi is a full service business interior resource, providing consultative services, product solutions and technical assistance for office, healthcare, institutional, and government environments.

We have a professional staff of office furniture sales and design consultants who are happy to meet you and walk you through options for your new office furniture. We can help you transform your office space into a functional office space that works with practical office designs to meet your budget needs.

Our ability to structure dependable, convenient, cost-effective, long term partnerships and consistently delivering outstanding, well managed competitive services really makes it quite easy to do business with us. Let our office furniture consultants show you how we deliver fast, excellent, affordable office furniture designs for every budget. Contact our staff today.

The Bottom-Line

With the new tax bill benefits, it’s never been a better time to plan an office furniture upgrade with new and/or used office furniture options available.

About bfi

For over 70 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 online customer service. bfi is a New Jersey authorized Herman Miller office furniture dealer. We offer thousands of products from more than (200) of the world's finest office furniture manufacturers and employ 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 /CEO at dmorley@bfifurniture.com or 908-926-6157.

(disclosure, we’re office furniture dealers, not accountants, make sure you consult your financial advisor or accountant for more detailed information)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Will Cubicles Ever Be Cool Again?

If You Still Need Cubicles In Your Office, Here's How to Keep Them Modern and Fresh. READ ARTICLE

Source: Inc.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Resimerical" Design: when work looks like home.

Image courtesy of National Office Furniture. 
Amanda Schneider, founder of Contract Consulting Group, shares a sneak peek of the results from their forthcoming study on “resimercial” design. READ ARTICLE

Source: Work Design Magazine

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Top 7 Office Design Trends to Watch in 2018

​Workplaces have come a long way. With millennials and Gen Z entering the workforce, office interiors have been constantly evolving. Modern design techniques have been incorporated to improve efficiency, enhance productivity, and inspire innovation.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Going Beyond the Work/Life Balance

Visit JLL's Human Experience website titled Workplace - Powered by Human Experience for a gimps of the future of work. VIEW NOW

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The science of why sitting all day is bad for your health


Is sitting all day at work slowly killing you? The simple answer is yes. Staying in a fixed position for extended durations can have serious adverse effects on your health. READ MORE

Monday, March 19, 2018

Some sound advice on workplace design

Thoughtful design, paired with a change management program to educate staff, can both enhance connectivity and minimize distractions.

Open office design draws mixed reviews these days, and noise is one of the primary reasons. Spaces intended to facilitate the free flow of people and ideas often allow noisy distractions to travel, too. But thoughtful design, paired with a change management program to educate staff, can both enhance connectivity and minimize distractions. 

So how do we deliver workplaces that support our clients' goals for branding, functionality, and productivity?

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Source: Building Design & Construction

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Have you seen the new Orb desk from TheSenatorGroup? It's out of this world

Orb is a revolutionary desking solution that allows the liberalisation of space through 360 degree circular worktops. We’re not talking simply about cutting corners, far from it, Orb’s design permits a natural fluidity to the workspace allowing gentle crescents to be created through the simple interlocking of workstations.
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

5 Spaces To Support Creative Collaboration

Collaboration is one of the key focuses of business leaders today. It drives innovation and creativity, leading to new ideas and business success. Regardless of industry, teamwork plays a crucial role in our work. When workers are able to collaborate, they’re more likely to solve problems and generate innovative ideas.

According to a Global Workplace report, 96% of highly engaged and satisfied workers feel their company encourages teamwork and collaboration. To facilitate teamwork, it’s essential for employers to provide collaborative spaces throughout the workplace.

Genuine meeting places spur collaboration that helps migrate ideas around an organization, and give people the fuel to do their best work. Collaboration can happen in a variety of spaces, and it’s important to provide both casual and formal settings to support teams. Here are five spaces to support creative collaboration.

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Source: Coalesse

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Millennial Arrival And The Evolution Of The Modern Workplace

Have you noticed? Millennials appear to be everywhere. Not that this group -- the sizable cohort born between 1981 and 1997, now estimated at 75.4 million Americans -- was ever invisible. What’s changed is their status. Pampered and acclaimed, fussed over by recruiters, annunciated by the press, dissected by psychologists and analyzed by statisticians, the millennial generation has fully come into its own, and that means big changes to the design and implementation of the modern workplace.

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Source: Forbes.com

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

BFI Furnishes new Biolabs facility in Princeton New Jersey

BFI is proud to have provided the furniture for this new Biolabs facility in Princeton New Jersey.

Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs, a new co-working space, which will be home to more than 20 startup companies in the sciences and engineering fields.

The Biolabs founder says it will be part of a network of facilities around the country where innovators build new companies.

This facility is created in partnership with Princeton University. The executive director of the Entrepreneurship Council at the school says while basic research and the academics remains on campus, they wanted to create a space where faculty and students could go to grow their ideas into a business.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

What workplace productivity and collaboration will look like in 2018

Enterprise technology plays a pivotal role in determining the success of modern business. Tools such as chat apps, messenger integrations and cloud services have helped us become more organized, improved our collaboration processes and ultimately led to a more productive workforce. But what innovations are on the horizon for next year that will change the way we work?

Here are four of the biggest workplace collaboration and productivity trends to watch out for in 2018. READ ARTICLE

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Top 25 Most Popular Offices of 2017

The Top 25 Most Popular Offices of 2017

It is that time again for Office Snapshot's annual look back at what people were interested in throughout the past year: The Top 25 Most Popular Offices of 2017. READ ARTICLE
Source: Office Snapshots

Monday, January 22, 2018

Research Report: Innovations in Supported Sitting

Unsupported sitting leads to a static, slouched posture that can cause physical pains and, consequently negative cognitive effects. READ ARTICLE

Friday, January 19, 2018

Five workplace design trends to watch in 2018

As technology continues to flood the workplace, new trends and practices have emerged that change the way both employees use office space, and designers craft it in the first place. READ ARTICLE
Source: Baltimore Business Journal