Workplaces Magazine - December, 2016 / January, 2017

 
  •   WEST ELM PLANTS SEEDS IN BROOKLYN - Home furnishings retailer West Elm's workforce moved into its new DUMBO offices (a Brooklyn neighborhood that gets its name because it is Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in August and since taking possession of the space, it has become a living laboratory for its West Elm Workspace with Inscape brand while serving as a hip hub for its 320 employees. And what a space it is. West Elm was committed to staying in its home in Brooklyn, where the company was founded in 2002.
  •   GEN XER FINDS PLACE AT HONG KONG WE WORK - We Work has made a huge investment in Hong Kong with the development of two sites in the city — one in Causeway Bay and the other in Wanchai — for a combined total of 15 floors. Like We Work offices in other cities around the world, there are common areas on each floor with coffee and beer taps, "phone booths" for private calls and communal copy machines.
  •   POWER UP YOUR WORKSPACE: CHARGING OPTIONS FOR ACTIVE OFFICES - While mobile devices (like all the ones we carry every day) have liberated us from working at a single spot throughout the day, that pesky issue of battery life remains. Many offices were designed in an era when electrical sockets along the walls were more than sufficient for our desktop devices. Now that layouts are flexible and dynamic, supporting new configurations with power can be a challenge. In this feature you'll find some charging solutions that will keep employees connected no matter where they work.
  •   INSIDESALES.COM & DATA MINING THE GREAT MILLENNIAL SHIFT - Millennials have officially surpassed baby boomers as the nation's largest living generation, dominating the workforce and causing businesses to scramble to meet their demands. You may be thinking, "not another article about millennials," but — spoiler alert — this one will have an interesting twist.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - If you do a lot of writing, you understand what an important tool a pen like the Ti2 TechLiner still is in this digital world. The new MacBook Pro is faster, thinner and lighter. The company touts its new MacBooks for an even brighter, more colorful display as well. It is one of the most technically advanced work tools ever built. Though it is a great machine, it still has a couple of grumble-worthy features as well.
  •   VITRA OUTLINES WORK AT ORGATEC - When the organizers of Orgatec approached Vitra Chief Executive Officer Nora Fehlbaum about taking an entire hall at the biennial trade fair in Cologne, Germany, she declined. How would a single company fill out an entire 12,000 square meter hall into a cohesive story about its brand, even one as iconic as Vitra? Upon reflection, Fehlbaum said she started to see it as an opportunity to curate an environment that went beyond office furniture.
  •   "GET TO THE HEART" BOOK BY TED FRANK - Everyone who has walked into an office to work has sat through mind-numbing presentations. They are the bane of office dwellers everywhere. But what if everyone put the movie industry's storytelling secrets into their presentations to make them clear and compelling?
  •   PERSONAL BRANDING IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE - Many companies and business professionals tend to be unaware of how they perform as a brand and how important a brand is.
  •   WHAT MAKES A WORKPLACE GREAT FOR WOMEN? - Recognizing talent, as well as the competitive advantages and skills women in the workplace provide, has been key to Transwestern's success in the industry.

Workplaces Magazine - November, 2016

 
  •   DISTRACTION & VIRTUAL REALITY - WORKPLACE TECH - Tech in the workplace is vital to communication, both externally and within organizations. We are surounded by screens– laptops, phones, tablets, televisions– and while they are all necessary to the everyday work we do, they also cause distraction and loss of focus on that very same work.
  •   JLL'S OFFICE OUTLOOK - Neither Brexit nor summer vacation were able to slow the office leasing market during the third quarter and by the end of September, U.S. leasing volume totaled nearly 60 million square feet—4.4 percent higher than the fourth-quarter trailing average—and expansionary leases comprised the largest share of 20,000-square-foot-and-larger leases at 47.1 percent.
  •   FROM THE STREETS OF SPAIN TO THE DEPARTMENT STORES OF AMERICA: SOLUDOS NURTURES ITS SOLE - When Nick Brown was a boy, he often traveled to Spain from his native England on holiday where he loved the laid-back Spanish lifestyle. Life there seemed to slow down with things getting done on their own time, poco a poco (little by little). And for Brown, those memories are embodied by the shoes he wore while on vacation: espadrilles..
  •   FURNITURE MAKERS: PREPARE AS GEN Z ENTERS THE OFFICE, MORE CHANGE IS COMING - So, who is Generation Z and what types of offices will they need to succeed now that Millennials have changed the conversation?
  •   HOW AN EVENT IN COLOGNE, GERMANY WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - Once every two years, an office furniture show is held in Cologne, Germany, that will define the way you work, how the office will look and what the workplace will be for years to come.
  •   REMASTERING A CLASSIC: HERMAN MILLER LAUNCHES NEW AERON - Herman Miller has enhanced the chair by combining the latest insights since Aeron was first launched in 1994.
  •   THE PHENOMENON KNOWN AS AERON - A certain, reliable cash cow for Herman Miller.
  •   PERSONAL BRANDING IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE - Many companies and business professionals tend to be unaware of how they perform as a brand and how important a brand is.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - Who needs an organizer when you have a smart phone? I get it. Digitally organizing one's life is wonderful. But for those of us who need to write things down — ideas, contacts, events — there's nothing like a Filofax Personal Organizer. Also Microsoft's Universal Foldable Keyboard, Aromatherapy for the workplace and Amped Bluetooth Neck Bands.
  •   COWORKING: A CORPORATE REAL ESTATE PERSPECTIVE - An unfamiliar concept 10 years ago and poorly understood even now, coworking is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial real estate market. In the few years since the concept began to take hold, the industry has grown to include more than 11,000 shared workspaces around the globe.
  •   END MATTER - Nissan has collaborated with UK-based design workshop studio Hardie to transform its zero emission 'E-NV200 van into the world's first all-electric mobile office–the 'ENV200 workspace'.

Workplaces Magazine - October, 2016

 
  •   TEXTILE EVOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE - THE FUTURE OF TECH - The "golden era" for contract textiles began with the advent of the cubicle in the open office. These so-called cube farms translated into large canvases for the color and texture of textiles. These soft materials aided in delivering the acoustic absorbency and privacy that 60", 72", and even 84" high panel systems provided. Toward the end of end of the millennium, the industry realized that panel heights were beginning to come down, leaving less room for fabric. Textile manufacturers certainly took notice as they saw yardage-per-workstation shrinking.
  •   THE RISE OF CO-WORKING - As one of the fastest-growing workplace movements of the last decade, co-working enables people from diverse backgrounds to work together in a common space. The number of co-working spaces around the world has increased by nearly 700 per cent since 2011. Globally, an estimated half a million people work in more than 7,800 shared workspaces today, a number which is expected to climb to 37,000 over the next two years.
  •   MARY KAY GOES PINK IN SHANGHAI - Mary Kay's Shanghai headquarters is a testament to the brand and the Chinese market's growing thirst for beauty products. And that beauty is reflected in the space, a remarkable office that holds the company's founding principles of empowering women and entrepreneurship dear.
  •   SWEAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS - DREAM (Dundee Real Estate Asset Management) recently remodeled its space in a way that shows how an office building created to celebrate individual achievement can be transformed into a showplace of collaboration.
  •   TURNING VIRTUAL GAMES INTO OFFICE REALITY - FunPlus is a mobile, social gaming company that puts fun first for players worldwide. The company's signature game, "Family Farm," is enjoyed by more than 6 million players each day and growing. Founded in 2010, FunPlus employs more than 400 people and is headquartered in Beijing, China, with offices in San Francisco and Vancouver. By focusing its market in Europe and the Middle East, it is number six on Facebook's gaming list, and number one in China.
  •   HARD WORK LEADS TO HARD PLAY FOR CEOS - Executives who compete in the CEO Challenges get a first-class experience at the event.
  •   LUNCHTIME YOGA SESSIONS LEAD TO CUBEFIT - It is urgent that companies lay a more holistic foundation for controlling organizational stress.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - After many miles and more years than I care to admit, it was time for a new bag to carry my laptop, other electronics and various things I carry to and from work and when I travel. •Now there is an affordable solution to help us overcome the lack of color memory or the ability to match colors. But the COLOR MUSE can do much more than just match paint. •My favorite currency converter is a free app. •How about rechargeable batteries that already come charged?
  •   RESEARCH: THE DRIVE TOWARD HEALTHIER BUILDINGS 2016 - 75% of owners want to achieve improved employee/tenant satisfaction when they invest in healthier buildings, but only 68% of architects, 51% of contractors and 41% of interior designers see this as a top goal for their clients.

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2016

 
  •   JLL'S OFFICE OUTLOOK 2Q 2016 - The first half of 2016 has, no doubt, been filled with surprises, but results from the second quarter indicate that office markets across the United States remain stable and are, in many cases, still growing. Expanding tenants drove further occupancy gains during the quarter, which were most pronounced in tech and Sun Belt markets where demand has been both persistent and growing.
  •   DISCOVER FINANCIAL CREATES URBAN HUB FOR CHICAGO EMPLOYEES - About 16 percent of Discover Financial Services' Chicago-area workforce — more than 3,000 people — live in the city and must commute to the company's Riverwoods headquarters. In ideal traffic conditions, which isn't often in one of the most snarled cities in the world, it takes about an hour to drive from Chicago to Riverwoods, a suburb northwest of downtown.
  •   DESIGN GROUP LEADS THE WAY WITH MOVE INTO OFFICE OF THE FUTURE - When you are the American Society of Interior Designers, workplace design matters, especially your own. So when the interior design group decided to move into a new headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization knew it had to create a space that was not only functional for its own employees, but inspirational for its membership. The space had to reflect the best attributes of a workplace, but also the best thinking and best practices of an entire profession.
  •   POKEMON AS A WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT AT WORK? - The HealthyWager is an individual weight loss challenge where participants select their weight loss goal, decide on how long they want to take to lose the weight and how much they want to bet on their success, and then win if they successfully reach their goal.
  •   LACTATION ROOMS HELP WORKING MOTHERS TRANSITION BACK TO OFFICE - Lactation support can lower turnover rates, medical costs, sick time and absenteeism while improving productivity, morale and retention.
  •   FIREPLACES FIND A PLACE IN OFFICES - As humans, we naturally gravitate to fire and fireplaces. Fireplaces invite us to relax, linger and calm down. Wouldn't it be great to have a fireplace in an office, a place where stress is often high and clear thinking is critical?
  •   ALL-IN-ONE WORKSTATION DESIGNED AROUND USER - What started as a project to help a friend work through an injury turned into a business model to create the ultimate healthy workstation. Che Voigt and his business partner, John Speicher — he's the guy who was injured — went to work designing the Altwork Station and building a business around it. Perhaps because it came from outside the office furniture industry, the Altwork Station does look and function remarkably different from nearly anything else on the market
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - An office chair can be described in many ways, but fun is rarely one of them. Yet, the KI Sway chair is just that — and a lot more. Sway is designed to work in casual areas of the office or in an educational setting (imagine a lounge area in an office or commons area in a college). It is one of the most unique looking chairs we've ever seen, but it is the movement of the chair that really makes it shine.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2016

 
  •   GENSLER: U.S. WORKPLACE SURVEY 2016 - The 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey is the most recent installment in Gensler's 10-year Workplace Survey research effort. The A&D firm surveyed a panel-based sample of more than 4,000 U.S. office workers in 11 industries to understand where, and how, work is happening today, and the role design plays in employee performance and innovation.
  •   FUN | WORKPLACE PERFORMANCE - Working behind a desk may not seem appealing day-to-day, but there is a growing trend of companies, both large and small, who are challenging the paradigm that work can't be fun. What better time to explore this topic than when we are weighted by current events and have the summer office blues?
  •   LEADERSHIP AT FURNITURE MAKER MOVES TO 'BANKS OF THE RIVER' - Some executives would blanche at the idea of strangers walking through their offices, but Steelcase is at the forefront of a movement that tears down the corporate walls between the company's leadership team and its workers. And it seems to be working.
  •   WHAT SWEDEN CAN TEACH US ABOUT BALANCING WORK AND LIFE - Studies have shown that employees are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs and careers. From working long hours and experiencing health problems to feeling unappreciated, employees are sensing the crunch of a corporate system that desperately needs an overhaul.
  •   EXAMPLES OF 'TRIVSEL' CAN BE FOUND AROUND THE WORLD - Whether we call it trivsel, dobre samopoczucie, nhlalakahle, or bien-etre, the feeling of well-being is something humans appreciate, especially in the American workplace - which has typically ignored a wholistic approach to its mental and physical infrastructure until now.
  •   EXECUTIVES HEAD OUT OF THE OFFICE - Imagine a typical corner office for a company president. Does a cloister of wood paneling and stately furniture or an expanse of windows overlooking skyscrapers come to mind? While executive spaces are traditionally separate from junior-level employees, the same shift to open offices is altering the role and function of leadership areas. Learn about which industries have let the corner office go the way of the cubicle and which businesses are striking balance between executive privacy and transparency.
  •   WORKPLACE TECH IS FAST (BUT NEVER FAST ENOUGH) - The spinning wheel of death or the hourglass — we've all seen them. You go to save a large document or hit send on an e-mail with an attachment, and your screen freezes while the dreaded icon appears and just keeps going around and around. As that world keeps turning, yours comes to a grounding halt.
  •   MOVING BEYOND MILLENNIALS: UNDERSTANDING GENERATION Z AND ITS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE MODERN WORKPLACE - While appealing to Millennials has dominated the workplace conversation in recent years, a new group, Generation Z, is on its way to transform how organizations conduct day-to-day business.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - While at NeoCon I noticed an increase in options for customers placing orders. One of the options that will undoubtedly continue to grow is through the Internet.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2016

 
  •   INCLUSIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE / COWORKING / WORKPLACES OF THE FUTURE

  •   WORKPLACES OF THE FUTURE DEFINED AT NEOCON - While you were working, office furniture makers and sellers, interior designers and the folks who create your workplaces gathered last month in Chicago to talk about how you'll work in the future and the products that will make it happen.
  •   PERSPECTIVES - Productivity is often brought up when talking about efficiency, or lack thereof, in the workplace. However, this topic of productivity might be more, well…productive if the conversation shifted to the notion of time itself. What seems to be a fixed convention can be interpreted differently depending on an individual's cultural view of time. The field of study around this topic is called Chronemics.
  •   INCLUSIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE: BE TRU TO YOURSELF - It's been a landmark year for 30-year-old Tru Jonkman. After living his whole life being known as a female, he made a life-changing decision recently to transition to a male identity. Jonkman, who has worked in the seating plant at Herman Miller in Holland, Michigan, since 2014, had been thinking about transitioning to a male for some time.
  •   COWORKING AND WORKING OUT GO HAND-IN-HAND IN NYC - The concept behind the coworking facility Primary is that businesses and individuals prosper from convenient access to wellness. Believing that people work best when they feel good, the company uses a three-prong approach to achieve it: 1) by providing the physical workspace to enhance it; 2) fostering and supporting the community that's there; and 3) offering healthy amenities and benefits at every turn.
  •   CAN OFFICE DESIGN SOLVE OBESITY? - For anyone who follows workplace trends, it's no secret health and wellness are becoming all the rage when it comes to designing for the built environment. As a society, we have turned the corner from looking at sustainability as something inherent in a building (LEED) to extending that sustainability story to "human" sustainability.
  •   HOW 3D PRINTING IS CHANGING THE WAY YOU WORK - Intricately carved chairs, serpentine tables and elaborate lamp shades – these creative pieces were once the digital doodles of furniture designers with little hope of a life beyond a computer file. But the rise of 3D printing can now bring these designs to life with startlingly precision. Known as additive manufacturing, this technology is more than a way to push aesthetics past traditional limits.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - The dry erase marker may be a small accessory for the office, conference or training room, but it is one of those items that when you need it, it is very important. That's happening a lot more than it used to as whiteboards find their way out of conference or training rooms and spread throughout the workplace. The ones on wheels can be moved around for impromptu collaboration or at individual work stations.
  •   A NEW ERA OF COWORKING - The coworking revolution is transforming real estate. Pioneered by start-ups, entrepreneurs and freelancers, a growing number of companies, large and small, are exploring how to incorporate the concept.
  •   ENDMATTER - 10 Workspace Features that Millennials and Gen Z want. / One of the Top Workplaces to Work: One Workplace in the Bay Area/ Also: Pay $4K To Work In a Coworking Temple to Yves Béhar's Design.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2016

 
  •   COWORKING, NETWORKING & NEOCON PREVIEW

  •   RECENT EXHIBITIONS SHOWCASE LATEST THINKING ON WORKPLACE FURNISHINGS - From Milan to New York City, and on to London, a variety of recent tradeshows all point to the resimercial (residential+commercial) nature of today's evolving workplace.
  •   INSIGHTS - The Mamava suite for breast feeding and pumping popping up in airports, coworking centers, and perhaps a workplace near you.
  •   COWORKING LEADS TO NETWORKING IN NEW YORK CITY - From its first location at the well-known Bank of New York Building in New York City's Financial District, Joynture welcomes business organizations from very diverse backgrounds, ranging from technical recruiting, video game design and accounting to jewelry design, tailoring and other creative fields. Entrepreneurs, writers, students and small businesses happily call Joynture their workplace home.
  •   THE UGLY DUCKLING THAT BECAME LONDON'S LATEST SWAN - Sea Containers sits along the south bank of the Thames River, a building finished in the late 1960s as a hotel, but never occupied as one. Sea Containers always has been an office building, but a notoriously bad one among companies housed there and the architects and designers tasked with making them comfortable and productive.
  •   IDEAPAINT BREAKS DOWN THE WALLS - Since you were a little kid you've been told not to write on the walls. That certainly holds true for the office, where walls are for hanging art. A rogue worker might tape something to the wall near his desk or adhere a Post-it Note, but that's about it.
  •   WHAT HAPPENS AT NEOCON WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - What shapes and goes into your workplace over the next few years will be decided by what happens in Chicago in a couple weeks, as NeoCon gets underway at the Merchandise Mart. Those who make the furniture and those who buy it gather each year.
  •   WOMEN AND WORKPLACE - It's 2016. Yet, according to the International Labor organization (ILO), gender pay gaps persist around the world, including the United States.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - SitOnIt Seating is the kind of company that punches above its weight — it makes really good chairs that compete head to head with companies that are much larger and better known in the seating category.
  •   THE VALUE OF DESIGNING HEALTHY WORKPLACES - Gensler's Joseph Brancato writes that most conversations about wellbeing dwell on exercise routines, dietary regimens, and stress busting tactics from more yoga to less caffeine. Only on the rarest of occasions will wellness advocates mention the role the built environment plays in engendering personal wellbeing.
  •   ENDMATTER - The current wave of dress-code decline is being pushed by hot-button issues surrounding gender equality and fluidity. Women shouldn't need to wear heels if men aren't required to wear uncomfortable footwear; and men shouldn't have to cinch ties around their necks if women don't. / Also Forpeople designs a new chair for Herman Miller.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Workplaces Magazine - May, 2016

 
  •   FOCUS ON WORKPLACE DESIGN

  •   WORKPLACE DESIGN - LinkedIn's new San Francisco Offices say much about the current state of workplace design - maybe.
  •   LIFESTYLE - Lifestyle minimalism rewards your efforts to purge with the promise of a more abundant life.
  •   WHAT IS A THIRD SPACE (AND IS IT SECOND NOW)? - The third space has become so important to those thinking about and planning your offices some are wondering whether we should scrap most of the traditional office space and think of the third space more seriously as a place to work.
  •   PIVOT PROVES OFFICE CHAIRS CAN COME IN DIFFERENT SHAPES AND FORMS - "Sitting disease" is a term used to describe the myriad health problems associated with long-term sedentary work and leisure activities. Despite the headlines that claim your office chair is killing you, the real problem is a lack of movement in the office.
  •   HOW A FURNITURE SHOW IN MILAN WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - The future of how you work and live is a topic that is resonating with more people. More than 300,000 visited iSaloni over the course of the week. It is a trade show in the loosest sense of the word. In fact, much of the groundbreaking work that happens at iSaloni happens in showrooms and temporary spaces around the city. And it is not just furniture makers trying to get a glimpse of the future.
  •   INSIDE A CHINESE TECH COMPANY: HOW QIHOO 360 WORKS - While most of the world knows the Large Hadron Collider for finding the Higgs Boson, the last particles that many say unlock the mystery of the universe, Designer David Ho saw it as inspiration for his radical office design at Qihoo 360 Technology Co. in Beijing.
  •   RICHARDS BASMAJIAN EXPLAINS HOW HONG KONG WORKS - Richards Basmajian counts many of Hong Kong's high-tech companies as clients, some of them gathered in the city's so-called Cyberport, a "creative digital community" with a cluster of technology and digital content tenants, including Microsoft, and others near the Hong Kong Science Park.
  •   CROSS-MARKET INFLUENCES - In recent years, a residential feeling has been invading offices, and work has invaded the home, but apparently these cross-market influences aren't stopping there. Many more markets are beginning to influence one another and with them the finishes, materials, and even experiences users have within those spaces.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   THE 10 BEST SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS OF 2016 ACCORDING TO THE AIA - Once a year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment selects the best new green buildings—that were built for essentially the same amount or even less than regular architecture. These buildings, while costing the same, just happen to be much better at saving energy and water—and as a result, much nicer to work inside, thanks to better light, materials, and cleaner air. Here are the 10 that won this year.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Workplaces Magazine - April, 2016

 
  •   FOCUS ON ERGONOMICS

  •   SNAPSHOT - Work is no longer a place you go to do stuff.
  •   NUMBERS - A roundup of relevant numbers about the workplace from a variety of research reports.
  •   GEN Z & WORKPLACE - A lot has been written about the generations and how they coexist - or don't - in the workplace. Gen Z's are the true digital natives who were handed their parents' new toy, the iPhone, to occupy themselves. So what might the workplace be like in 2026 with them in it? IDa Design gives us some possible hints.
  •   LET'S BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF ERGONOMICS - When most people think of ergonomics, their eyes glaze over with memories of some human resources-mandated video about sitting properly. But to those who make ergonomic products — the office tools that help workers stay healthy — the idea of ergonomics is much broader and more interesting. It is about creating an office that helps people be happier and healthier.
  •   NEW POSTURES FOR NEW WORK ENVIRONMENTS - As technology frees us up from a set work location, workplace ergonomics are starting to look a little different. While product designers once had to optimize one set work location for optimal ergonomic postures, technology is driving us to different postures in many places throughout the workplace and beyond.
  •   TEXT NECK: BENDING THE LIMITS OF MOBILE DEVICE USE - Just when we think we've eliminated the danger of poor posture in the office with ergonomic furniture and standing desks, mobile device use is bringing new problems to a head — literally. Dr. Andrew Bang of The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is seeing an increase in patients with neck and back soreness related to long periods of handheld technology use.
  •   STEELCASE TAKES EMPLOYEE WELLNESS TO NEW HEIGHTS - For years, Steelcase tried the carrot and stick method to get its employees healthy. With the best intentions, the world's largest office furniture maker worked with the Mayo Clinic to develop an online health portal for its workers. The company gave away gift certificates to prompt its workers to go online to work on healthier living. Recognizing that people stress about things they can't control, Steelcase decided to give employee well-being back to the employees.
  •   TECHNOLOGY DRIVES LOGICLINK TO CREATE HEALTHY WORKPLACES - The problem with really well-designed products that keep us happy and safe in the office is that the average worker doesn't know how — or forgets to use them.
  •   CHINESE OFFICE FURNITURE IS READY FOR PRIME TIME Live from CIFF in China
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   EVERYDAY ERGONOMICS
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2016

 
  •   WORKPLACE RESEARCH SPECIAL

  •   SNAPSHOT - Engagement and the Global Workplace - Research from Steelcase
  •   COLLABORATION WORKS AT GENSLER'S LA HUB - Gensler is a huge company with 5,000 people working in 46 offices in 16 countries. But it is important the workforce stays connected, especially in those local offices. That's why Gensler chose to relocate to what is called the Jewel Box, a glass building found in the center of the City National Plaza. City National Plaza is a twin tower skyscraper complex — originally built for Bank of America.
  •   STEELCASE ISSUES MASSIVE WORKPLACE TREND REPORT - Steelcase found that one in three workers are disengaged in the office and 37 percent of those are highly disengaged. It is an office epidemic that is sapping productivity and happiness in the office, according to the report, "Engagement and the Global Workplace."
  •   THE BACKLASH [AGAINST COLLABORATION] - Typically, it is assumed collaboration leads to better intrapersonal work relationships, better culture and perhaps more innovation from one person's idea sparking another's.
  •   FLOS AND DESIGNING THE COLLABORATIVE WORKPLACE - Walking through the door at FLOS, you are immediately greeted with a light and open space. You see the company's logo illuminated by an orange glowing light. Inside, the mood is calm and welcoming. An animated black line drawing travels across the white walls from floor to ceiling. There is a sense that interesting and creative things happen here. You start to think that FLOS is the kind of place where you would want to work.
  •   HOW IS FURNITURE DESIGNED TO HELP WORK? READ THIS. - "We look for designers that have some of the same attributes as ourselves — curious, passionate, exploring new materials and processes, understanding what new technologies will mean for work, willing to take risk and try the new but also able to see the brand language and are open for real collaboration with our team."
  •   IT'S A JOB, IT'S A CLASS, IT'S COLLABORATION - Galvanize is a network of communities that bring together company founders, students and folks looking to level up their career.
  •   MEET THE MASTER OF WORKPLACE JOY - Joy is not some shameless mantra or even a clever marketing technique.
  •   HOME OFFICES ARE NOT DEFINED BY A SINGLE ROOM - Even in residential, the space dedicated for traditional work tasks is now much more integrated: "Activity-based planning" is invading the home, too.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   UNPREDICTABILITY IN THE OFFICE CAUSES STRESS - Office workers and people working in engineering and academia reported unpredictability (26 percent) causes the highest level of stress.
  •   WORKPLACE DESIGN: WHERE CREATIVITY AND BUSINESS DRIVERS COLLIDE - Take a look inside our process of designing your office. Spoiler alert: there's a lot more to it than design.
  •   TED MOUDIS ASSOCIATES RELEASES 2016 WORKPLACE REPORT - The report encompasses more than 2.5 million square feet of workspace built over the past two years — including data from workplaces across four sectors throughout the U.S.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2016

 
  •   COWORKING SPECIAL

  •   DAY IN THE LIFE OF WEWORK - This workplace is unique, a former meat packing smoke house that was transformed by WeWork into a bustling hub for more than 900 workers who have left the traditional office for the chance to work collectively. If co-working is the hottest trend in the "unoffice" movement, WeWork has refined the way it is being done.
  •   DIANA ROTHSCHILD PUSHES FOR MORE OPTIONS FOR NEW PARENTS - One of the biggest challenges to creating coworking spaces with childcare is that it requires running two mutually exclusive businesses at once.
  •   PONYRIDE PROVES THE MOTOR CITY (CO) WORKS - Equally critical to the city's health are the entrepreneurs and small business creationists filling the gaps of a city's workforce and its path to becoming whole again.
  •   COWORKING ISN'T LIMITED TO BIG CITIES - Suburban co-working spaces operate differently than traditional co-working spaces because the suburban audience has different needs.
  •   COWORKING AND ITS IMPACT ON INNOVATION - The growth of co-working has paralleled the growth of open offices. Most co-working spaces look like today's progressive office environments. No one in a co-working space is telling workers that they have to show up at a certain time or show up at all. People can work in a way that suits them best for that project, that week or even that day.
  •   CANDY CRUSH CREATOR'S COOL LONDON DIGS - Because of the young workers who inhabit the office and the fun products they make, the place crackles with energy and creativity.
  •   CREATIVE COMPANY QUESTIONS NEED FOR OFFICE - The question of whether or not a company needs an office and how it should be organized is one that plays out countless times each day. For Peopledesign, it was an intensely difficult decision, especially since many of its own clients are office furniture makers — the people who set the tone for offices around the world.
  •   AT WORK - What qualities should a modern workplace have to be considered a place of excellence for women?
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   ACTIVE DESIGN - Active design is quickly becoming a buzz word in the industry and because it isn't understood by some, risks having the same fate as a word like "collaboration" -- a word that has become almost meaningless because of its willy-nilly use.
  •   CORPORATE CO-WORKING SPACE - The company designed the space to help attract the best and brightest to the company.
  •   ENDMATTER - A look at the renovated offices of CBRE in London, Microsoft's new San Francisco office designed by Design Blitz, The Affordable Standing Desk.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

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