Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The value of workplace flexibility

IA Design Director Mican Allen Andrews, ASID, NCIDQ looks at recent research describing how employers and employees are defining flexible workplace. Read the case study at Interior Architects.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Herman Miller Agrees to Acquire Majority Interest in HAY A/S

  • Further accelerates global growth of the HAY brand
  • Increases Herman Miller’s ancillary product offering
  • Expands Herman Miller’s retail and contract furnishing footprint
Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR), the global designer and furniture manufacturer, announced today it signed an agreement to acquire an additional 34% equity interest in HAY A/S (“HAY”) for approximately $78 million. This transaction follows a similar transaction in 2018 in which Herman Miller acquired a 33% equity interest in HAY. Upon closing the current transaction, Herman Miller will own a majority 67% interest in HAY; Rolf and Mette Hay, Co-founders and Creative Directors of HAY, own the remaining 33% of the equity in HAY. CONTINUE READING

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

bfi Golf Tour Winners Enjoy Day of Golf At Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point

Left to right: Dan Morley, Scott Bloom, Tim Bronish, Brian Roth

Dan Morley of bfi and Tim Bronish of All American Surfaces hosted the winners of the 2019 bfi Commercial Real Estate Golf tour to a day of golf at ​Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. Brian Roth of Equity 3 and Scott Bloom of Bloom Real Estate Group are the winners of the 2019 Tour.

The bfi Commercial Real Estate Golf Tour is a summer-long competition played on 14 of the top golf courses in the metropolitan area exclusively for commercial real estate brokers & developers. This was the 23rd anniversary of our highly successful event.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Why Collaboration Is Failing In Your Open Office (AND WHY IT PROBABLY ISN'T YOUR OPEN OFFICE'S FAULT)

Collaborative spaces have come under fire as of late, and more often than not, the fingers are being pointed at open offices. This recent outcry has led some to doubt if collaboration itself isn’t to blame. Read more at Interior Architects.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The 8 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Office Design

Workplace Architect Ashley Dunn explains what many of us are getting wrong. And how to get it right. Read the article at Design Museum website.

Friday, September 20, 2019

It’s in the hole!

Congratulations to Tim Cadigan of Avison Young for becoming the first person in our 23 year tour history to sink a 50 foot putt to win $25,000 in our bfi Real Estate Golf Tour putting contest! Click the link to watch the winning putt.

The chair for everyone

Cosm Chairs look fantastic and offer easy collaboration-providing comfort, all day, everyday, anywhere you work. LEARN MORE.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

59 Awesome Employee Engagement Ideas & Activities for 2019

Managers can agree that employee engagement and retention are at the top of their priority list.

Every company wants to attract and keep the best talent.

The problem?

Many employees in today’s job market quickly feel uninspired by their work, get bored after 2 years and start job hunting for something new.

Quick turnover drains companies, both financially and creatively. Quantifying exactly how much it costs businesses to replace every employee who leaves is a challenge, but estimates are out there. Here are some highlights from a collection of estimates on the costs of employee turnover:

  • 6 to 9 months salary. (That’s well over half what you pay an employee in a year. For an employee making $100,000 a year, the cost of turnover could be as high as roughly $75,000. Ouch.)
  • 16% of annual salary for jobs with traditionally high turnover, such as entry-level media jobs
  • 20% of annual salary for jobs requiring mid-level experience
  • 213% (not a typo!) of annual salary for top-level executive positions, including CEOs

All these numbers point to the same basic conclusion: employee turnover is expensive.

Outside of financial burdens, employee turnover puts a ceiling on the quality of a team or individual’s work. The reason? Companies with high turnover have fewer employees with a high degree of institutional knowledge. If most employees leave a company after just a few years, then the company never benefits from that golden combination of skills, talent, and critical institutional knowledge that helps business thrive.

So we decided to speak with some of the best HR professionals and business leaders around the country to find the strategies and employee engagement best practices that they recommend. There are also some tips and employee engagement ideas that work for our company. CONTINUE READING
Source: Snacknation

Monday, September 16, 2019

This Is The Hottest Trend In Office Design Right Now

Is your office keeping up with today's hottest trends in office design? Read this insightful article from and see what's working in today's modern office environment. Read Article.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

​Seven Predictions Shaping the Future of Work

​Herman Miller invited 80 up-and-coming designers across the US and Canada to four Future State workshops. They shared their hunches, blue-sky ideas, anxieties, and crazy bets about the future of work, offices, and the evolving role of designers. We’ve distilled these into seven predictions for how the environments they’ve creating might look five, 10, or even 20 years from now.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

What does the work anywhere culture mean for the traditional office and the competition for top talent?

The experts at Gensler make a great point about the different uses of co-working. While it certainly has value to entrepreneurs and remote employees for obvious reason, it can also complement the traditional office space to provide an alternative setting for employees looking to break up the monotony of being in the same office everyday. Read the article at Gensler.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Lincoln’s New Design Emphasis Includes a Partnership With Herman Miller

Herman Miller recently worked with Lincoln to bring ergonomics into another space we spend lots of time in—the car. Read the article at Barron's.

Friday, August 23, 2019

5 Essential Tips on How to Overcome Burnout in the Workplace

The modern working life is a complicated entity, with as many people thriving as there are those who struggle to get through their daily routine. Whether you’re the former or the latter, the fact is that everyone is susceptible to falling victim to workplace burnout. Learning how to overcome burnout is what sets people apart and falling victim to burnout can easily cause someone to leave a job in some cases.

As such, understanding the root cause and the ways in which to battle workplace burnout are two things which go hand in hand. Continue reading article.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Productivity Problem In Office Design

Which aspects of the physical workplace impact employees most, and what can facility planners do about it? Read article at Facility Executive.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

15 Creative Office Layout Ideas That Gets People Super Excited

New ideas for your office layout do not have to be time consuming or expensive! Whether you’re moving to a new space or trying to improve an existing one, you can refresh your office by following a few simple tips and tricks. Continue reading at

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

15 Herman Miller Projects That Have Changed Our Way of Living

In the pages of Phaidon’s “Herman Miller: A Way of Living,” we find the evolution of the legendary furniture company—and its forward-thinking designs that have helped shape how we live and work.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Herman Miller Cosm Chair Takes Home Red Dot's Best of the Best Product Design Award

On July 8, 2019, Cosm received the prestigious Red Dot Best of the Best Product Design Award—the competition’s top distinction in the “Office Chairs” category—for its innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics, durability, symbolic and emotional content, product periphery, self-explanatory quality, and ecological compatibility. These criteria are used throughout the Red Dot’s search for “good design and innovation.”

Prior to the announcement from Red Dot, many industry organizations recognized Cosm for its revolutionary design with awards and certifications including:
  • #MetropolisLikes Award – NeoCon 2018
  • Best of NeoCon Gold – NeoCon 2018
  • Interior Design HiP Award – NeoCon 2018
  • Cradle2Cradle Silver Certification – 2018
  • Fast Company Innovation by Design Award – Fast Co Innovation by Design 2018
  • Dezeen Workplace Design Award Shortlist – 2018
  • Orgatec Innovation Award – Orgatec 2018
  • New York DRIVENxDESIGN Gold Award – 2018
To learn more about Cosm, visit:
Source: OfficeInsight

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Walmart’s new headquarters ditches cubicles for running trails

Walmart is investing in a brand-new campus, which the retail giant publicly announced today. The complex of buildings, set across 350 acres of native-seeded greenery in Bentonville, will create a new hub for 10,000 people on Walmart’s central office team.

Based on the early details, Walmart’s campus looks something like Nike’s, which opened in 1990 in Beaverton, Oregon, and features buildings dotted around a network of running trails. Likewise, the focus of Walmart’s new headquarters will be the vast green space outside its walls, intended to pull people outside, featuring hiking and biking trails that integrate directly into those within the area. “It’s meant to be open and invite the community and our neighbors to use the campus,” says Hatfield. READ ARTICLE

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The best way to sit at your desk for every type of work task

Many people spend the majority of their waking hours sitting--at home, commuting, and at work. Particularly when we're sitting for long periods at a desk, there are a few things we should keep in mind. Continue reading article at Quartz at Work

Saturday, June 29, 2019

All Together Now

Herman Miller presents All Together Now, an immersive exhibition that explores the expanding and nearly endless design possibilities offered by the Herman Miller Group’s growing global family of brands. View More

Friday, June 28, 2019

bfi Furnishes Kean University's New Skylands Campus

Kean Skylands, the newest campus at Kean University sits on 40 acres of protected land in beautiful Oak Ridge, NJ. bfi furnished this entire facility scheduled to open fall 2019.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2019 Best of NeoCon Winners

The winners of the 2019 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced on Monday June 10, during an awards breakfast hosted by Contract at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago. Eighty-three awards were distributed in this year’s competition of contract furnishing products, including eight Innovation awards, six Editors’ Choice awards, and a Best of Competition prize.
The 2019 winners are:
Acoustic Panels & Solutions
Gold: Snowsound: FLAT
Silver: Luxxbox: Linea Acoustic LED Lighting System
Acoustic Privacy & Modular Solutions
Gold: OFS: Leant To
Silver: Framery Acoustics: Framery 2Q
Architectural & Decorative Glass

Silver: Skyline Design: Oblique & Chevron
Architectural Products
Gold and Best of Competition: OFS: Obeya
Silver: Connectrac: Flex
Carpet: Broadloom
Gold: Tarkett: Tatami System
Silver: Mohawk Group: Textural Effects
Carpet: Contract Area Rugs
Innovation: Mohawk Group: Connecting Neurons Definity
Carpet: Modular
Gold: Patcraft: Deconstructed Felt
Silver: Shaw Contract: Suited
Case Goods
Gold: HALCON: HALO Office
Silver: Herman Miller: Geiger One Casegoods
Conference Room Furniture
Gold: Nucraft: Alev
Innovation: Tuohy Furniture Corp.: Meich Tables
Silver: Andreu World: Reverse Wood
Education Solutions
Gold: VS America: JUMPER
Silver: Keilhauer: Buncha
Flooring: Hard Surface LVT & Planks
Gold: Patcraft: Handloom
Innovation: Metroflor Corp.: Metroforms with Attraxion Magnetic Attachment Technology
Silver: Milliken & Co.: Change Agent LVT
Furniture Collections for Collaboration
Gold: Steelcase: Flex Collection
Innovation: Teknion: Bene Box
Silver: STYLEX: Free Address
Furniture Systems & Enhancements
Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Rail
Silver: HALCON: HALO Office
Furniture: Benching
Gold: Innovant: Cross Benching
Healthcare Fabrics & Textiles
Gold: Designtex: Biophilia 2.0
Silver: CF Stinson: Chiaroscuro Collection
Healthcare Flooring
Gold: Teknoflor: Coordination Collection
Silver: Mohawk Group: True Hues
Healthcare Guest & Lounge Seating
Gold: Kwalu: Prizzi Lounge
Healthcare Patient Seating
Silver: Spec Furniture: Tailor HD
Lighting: Decorative & Hospitality
Gold: Eaton: Shaper Sense Acoustic LED Luminaires
Silver: LightArt: Acoustic Wing
Lounge Furniture Collections
Gold: Haworth Inc.: Cabana Lounge
Silver: Andreu World: Rap Sofa
Movable Walls
Gold: Teknion: Tek Vue
Silver: Allsteel: Beyond Pavilion
Office Accessories
Gold: Allsteel: Radii
Silver: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Cart and Garage
Seating: Bar Stools
Editors’ Choice: Martin Brattrud: Cumbia
Gold: Davis Furniture Industries: Muse Barstool
Seating: Benches
Editors’ Choice: Nienk√§mper: Heartbeat
Gold: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Perch
Silver: Allermuir: Axyl Bench
Seating: Conference
Gold: OFS: Kasura
Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: M75
Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task
Gold: via seating: Younique
Silver: Nightingale Corp.: NLC
Seating: Guest
Gold: Allermuir: Kin
Silver: Andreu World: Gala
Seating: Outdoor Contract & Hospitality
Silver: Andreu World: Nuez Outdoor
Seating: Sofas & Lounge
Gold: Andreu World: Rap sofa
Silver: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Recliner
Seating: Stacking
Gold: Sandler Seating: HDS 1.1
Silver: SitOnIt Seating | IDEON: Mika
Signage & Wayfinding
Gold: Takeform: Lucid Refined Interior Signage
Silver: 2/90 Sign Systems: SafeCare Signs
Space Dividers/Partitions/Screens
Gold: Clarus Glassboards: Flex Wall
Silver: Naava: Naava Flow
Tables: Communal & Task
Gold: Nucraft: Epono
Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: Inform
Tables: Height-Adjustable/Training/Work
Editors’ Choice: Versteel: Sky
Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Desk
Silver: Senator International: Array
Tables: Occasional
Editors’ Choice: Studio TK: Freehand Occasional Tables
Gold: Nucraft: Alev
Innovation: Davis Furniture Industries: Lift
Technology-Integrated Solutions
Gold: Steelcase: Roam
Innovation: Connectrac: Flex
Silver: National Lighting: Revive
Textiles: Upholstery
Editors’ Choice: Wolf Gordon: VEER
Editors’ Choice: Luum Textiles: Future Tense Collection
Gold: HBF: Lost & Found
Innovation: Haworth Inc.: Haworth Knits
Silver: Momentum Group: Architectural Textures Collection
Wall Treatments
Innovation: Momentum Group: Woven Silica
Silver: Designtex: Metallic Wallcoverings
Workplace Technologies
Gold: CF Stinson: designMix with colorAI
Silver: FreeAxez: Gridd Mobile

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Two Behaviors to Encourage with an Unassigned Workplace Strategy

Want your unassigned workplace strategy to succeed? Encourage exploration and connections throughout the office.

Freedom. Energy. Variety. With benefits like these, who wouldn’t want to work in an open office? A lot of people, as it turns out. The very things that make an open office great can also make it a pain for those who crave order and focus. So how do you help people realize the benefits of their unassigned workplace? Start by encouraging two behaviors we’ve observed in productive workplaces with unassigned seating. Continue reading at

Friday, May 24, 2019

Your desk job wreaks havoc on your body, here's how to fix it

Five great ways to eliminate sore wrists, a stiff neck and other office-related aches and pains.

Since 1960, the percentage of physical activity at work has decreased by about 30 percent, largely due to the increase in office jobs that require sedentary work.

We know that sitting is linked to health complications such as weight gain and increased risk of heart disease. In fact, one study even purports that people who exhibit sedentary behavior are more likely to die early.

If you work in an office, chances are you spend more time there than you do at home, if you don't count sleep. If you don't optimize the place you spend 40-plus hours each week, you can't really expect healthy habits to spill over into the rest of your life.

And if you work from home, it's even more critical to set up a workspace that's conducive to healthy workplace habits, because an at-home workspace presents a unique set of challenges (like your couch calling your name just a few feet away).

Here are five ways to stay healthy and comfortable at work. Continue reading at CNET.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

What does the future workplace look like?

Gone are the days of employees trapped in isolated booths, heads down with little social interaction. For many businesses, gone still is the ubiquitous open-plan style that followed. Instead, office design has shifted towards flexible working, with spaces to suit different needs, such as co-working and collaboration, socialising and private research.

Research shows that people believe they are more comfortable if they have the opportunity to change their environment. Continue reading at

Monday, May 20, 2019

Meet Ellen Hains

I recently had the opportunity to interview Ellen Hains, our new Branch Manager, in our New York office. 

When you were growing up, what did you want to be? 
A race car driver. I grew up in suburbia and I think getting in your car and having a Sunday drive was very special. I was born in the sixties and the idea of having a nice car was a luxury. I was the youngest, so I sat in the front seat with my parents and they would sometimes let me steer the wheel. There was something about being a race car driver that just seemed appealing and dangerous. To this day, my father still says I am the best driver in the family. 

What and where did you study? 
I went to CW Post College which is Long Island University. I was originally studying TV/radio which evolved into public speaking, but my degree was in Speech Communications. It became clear that I was going into sales, so it was important that I learn to present and engage with people.  

How and when did your career in this industry begin? 
I was working in New York City in advertising sales but I was not loving it. My roommate at the time was someone that I grew up with from my hometown. She had just gotten a job as a receptionist at the Haworth showroom in New York. I started hanging out with her and some of her work friends. One day I came home, and I said, “I can't do this anymore” and she said, “Oh, one of our dealers is looking for somebody”. That is how I got started. This past February was 30 years in the office furniture industry. 

What is the most important trend or change you see in the industry today? 
This is going to age me, but it boils down to computers. When I first started, there was not a computer on every desk. I remember only designers had computers because they were learning AutoCAD. We typed on a typewriter and sent quotes to people via fax. The Internet and computers are really what has changed our industry so much. Now we can work everywhere and just about anything that you need, you can get on the Internet. You don't even need to have binders. You can simply assemble everything from your computer. 

If you could meet one person in history, who would it be and why? 
I'd probably have to go with someone like Queen Victoria or Joan of Arc. Someone who is a strong woman, overcame adversity, and had to lead when most people didn't think that a woman was capable. 

Who was the greatest influence in your career? 
My first job in the industry was working for a Haworth dealer here in the city and it was run by a very dynamic woman, Rosalie Edson, who retired from the industry last year. As a mentor, I couldn't have asked for anyone better. She started selling hats at Lord & Taylor in New York when she was sixteen years old. She went into her family's garment business and took over the furniture dealer from her husband and built it into a major force here in New York. She taught me everything that I know. There are many ways to sell but when you find somebody who is very successful, stick by them, listen to them, see how and what they do and then make it your own. Rosalie taught me so much about the industry, about people, about relationships and what's important to be successful in our industry. 

If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? 
I would like to learn a second language. I know enough to be dangerous when I'm traveling. I know a little Spanish and a little French. The ability to speak another language is a skill I would love to have. 

What three adjectives best describe you? 
Positive - Energetic - Tenacious. It may be a little New Age kind of thinking, but I believe that what you put out into the world is what you get back. I believe in thinking about the most positive outcomes and treating people with respect. I feel like it comes back to you. 

If you could have two superpowers, what would they be and why? 
I would want to fly. One of my loves is to travel so if I could take myself there, that would be amazing. A second superpower might be super strength. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 
My passion is to travel. I love to go to exotic lands and faraway places. I try to leave the country at least twice a year because it's so great to meet people from different cultures and to experience their day-to-day lives, the food, the architecture, etc. 

What are some career advice and keys to success? 
I think it goes back to positive thinking. Whatever your job is, look at it as something that brings you happiness and joy. Then, put all your happiness and joy into it and you will be a success. I think when it comes to sales, it is about finding a connection with people. No matter what happens in business, you are doing business with people so it's important to understand them, try to find a way to connect with them, find some commonality and, obviously, always do what you say you're going to do. One of the things Rosalie told me is that in business you must always be honest. When you're honest and you tell people the truth, you will never have to remember what you said. We work in a very complex industry with a lot of moving parts. Sometimes there's bad news and sometimes there are things outside of your control. If you're upfront about it, most people are reasonable and will recognize that you're going to do whatever you can to address it. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

How the Family Room Went Public

The best room in the house has colonized the office, park, café, and everywhere else you go. Read how the "daytime living room" can help address the blurred line between work life and home life on

Friday, April 26, 2019

These Are the 12 Most Iconic Chairs of All Time

Learn the stories behind these museum-worthy designs that will transform your living space. Read at

Thursday, April 25, 2019

What Listening to Music at Work Does to Your Brain

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too. Read the article on

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Workplace of the future must incorporate Technology in order to stay relevant

JLL recently published it’s Top 10 Global CRE Trends for 2017. And from the looks of it, Corporate Real Estate is getting better, smarter, and edgier. Read article at All Work.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Standing desks: are they worth it?

Standing desks are increasingly being used by those with back problems who find that sitting all day exacerbates their condition. Manufacturers make bold claims, but can they be trusted? Stacy Simon, senior editor at the American Cancer Society, investigates. Read article at Practice Business.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cosm gives you a new experience of comfort—anywhere you work

The Chair for Everyone
Sit in Cosm, and you just might forget you’re sitting in a chair at all. Its sophisticated ergonomic design instantly responds to your body, movement, and posture to provide natural balance and total support.​
We have several of these chairs in different sizes and options in our Parsippany office. Schedule an appointment to try it out for yourself. Read more info on the herman miller Cosm chair here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Could standing desks make a difference in the classroom?

Getting kids to sit still is a tall order. Yet, for as long as can be remembered, schools have made them sit at desks for the most part of the day. As adults confined to office desks, we can relate to how this isn’t really the most ideal position. Read article on

Monday, February 18, 2019

How Your Office Space Impacts Employee Well-Being

While office trends come and go, one thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment has on employee health and well-being. Read article on

Friday, February 15, 2019

5 ways work culture will change by 2030

Technology, talent shortage, and trust are just a few of the issues that will challenge workplace culture over the next decade. Read article on FasctCompany.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

​Bringing Focus Back to the Open Office - Research Report

Companies love the open office because it saves money, but people struggle to stay focused. Here’s how to keep everyone happy.

Seventy percent of US office workers now work in open-plan offices. While the press loves to disparage the open office, a massive global study shows that nine out of ten of the highest performing workplaces are either fully or extensively open plan. That may be because a thoughtfully designed open plan can create conditions that encourage engagement. People are more likely to be engaged at work if they can move around, have privacy when they need it, and have access to spaces that let them connect with coworkers. 
Source: Herman Miller

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Canvas Vista by Herman Miller makes small workstations feel big and inviting

Canvas Vista is a system of desks with a clever design that trims the size of workstations, freeing up space for more people or diverse settings. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Industry experts weigh in on the future of co-working

As coworking activity continues to increase in the U.S., including doubling inventory in the past couple of years in major markets, industry experts and asset owners are beginning to study what the future holds for this fast-growing segment.


Friday, January 11, 2019

​Turn Your Open Office into a Productive Office - Research Report

Recent surveys of people in open workspaces find that noise, distractions, and lack of privacy and personal space consistently top the list of dissatisfactions, and that people feel they are less productive as a result. The good news is that there is a better—and more cost-effective way—to help people make sense of and find comfort in an open office. By implying space, you can transform an open-office environment into an intuitive, productive workplace without making a costly investment in inflexible, permanent walls.

Source: Herman Miller