Workplaces Magazine - July, 2017

 
  •   WORKPLACE RESEARCH: KEANE: 'YOU HAVE TO BE VULNERABLE TO LEARN' - For a guy who can have any workstation in Steelcase's catalog, Keane has chosen this, a prototype his design team is working on that may or may not ever be a real product.
  •   PARK PARTY: BRING THE OUTDOORS IN - With summer in the air, we want to be outside as much as possible. We smell the flowers, mow the grass, we go barefoot and to the beach. But for those living in urban areas, green space may be in short supply or far away. There are many benefits to parks and greenery that go beyond looks and clean air.
  •   CAPITAL ONE PROVES FINANCE DOESN'T EQUAL FRUMPY - Imagine a workplace with height-adjustable desks, the latest technology, a creativity workshop to tinker with new ideas, freedom to work at a desk or a comfortable lounge seat overlooking the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan and a culture of collaboration. To keep employees spread across the country connected, Capital One built digital worm holes on each end of the building — on the west side connecting employees in Chicago to the San Francisco office and on the east side connecting employees in Chicago to colleagues in Washington, D.C.
  •   PEARL PICKS OFFICE THAT REFLECTS MODERN, FORWARD THINKING ATTITUDE - The design was based on the Pearl Properties brand image and design vocabulary. Because Pearl is one of the premier real estate investment, development and management firms in Philadelphia, DAS was tasked with making sure the office design reflected a modern and forward-thinking sensibility without feeling stuffy or formal.
  •   PRODUCTIVITY PROBLEMS LINKED TO MULTITASKING: MOVING FROM MULTI- TO MONO-TASKING FOR BETTER RESULTS - There are some situations where multitasking works, like doing the laundry and watching TV, driving the kids home from school and thinking about what to make for dinner, or exercising and listening to music. And, there are some obvious situations where multitasking should not be implemented and could be deadly, such as texting and driving.
  •   NEOCON TRENDS WILL SHAPE OFFICE OF THE FUTURE - NeoCon 2017 was more of a dog's dinner than a show that provided a clear design directive. From a trend perspective, it was messy, disjointed and downright delightful. Never has the industry gone in so many different directions, and I would argue that is a very, very good thing. It means designers have even more choices and offices will begin to see that diversity of thought found at NeoCon in their workplaces very soon. A photo portfolio.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at the Edge Desk, HOVR and the Tagus Lap Chill Mat.
  •   ENDMATTER - We all know wellness is becoming an increasingly important topic, but few could drive this point home to the contract interiors industry better than Arianna Huffington. Well known as the founder of The Huffington Post, author of 15 books and self-proclaimed sleep evangelist, she started her 2017 keynote with this: "You thought you were doing furniture, but you are actually doing much more than that.

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2017

 
  •   INTERIOR DESIGN BILLING INDEX & RESEARCH FROM ASID - Looking forward the design industry remains optimistic about the near term outlook for business conditions.
  •   UPCOMING | NEOCON CHICAGO - The 49th edition of NeoCon, the premier, global platform for connecting, learning and conducting business in commercial interiors, will draw more than 50,000 design professionals from across the globe to theMART, June 12-14.
  •   CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK - Clerkenwell Design Week is a quirky, powerful, bold and increasingly important event for the interiors industry. The three-day event, held at the end of May in one of London's most important architecture and design hubs, packed in nearly 40,000 visitors to see the latest in new products, new ideas and new trends that will affect how people work for years to come.
  •   "SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN" ROUNDTABLE - SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it is the restraint shown by designers like George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, whose mid-century modern stripped down products to only those components necessary.
  •   MULLENLOWE'S OFFICE IN FORMER TOBACCO FACTORY IS SMOKIN' - MullenLowe engaged TPG Architecture to design its new office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  •   GIRALDI ARCHITECTS TRANSFORMS ITS HEADQUARTERS IN FLORENCE - The Giraldi Associates Architects have relocated their headquarters in Florence to the Santo Spirito neighborhood of the city, to a 600- square-meter space inside the ancient 19th century palace Antinori-Aldobrandini.
  •   GROWING VINEYARD VINES - If you don't know the brand, ask your kids. They do. That's why the company needed a new office that reflected the preppy, nautical nature of its culture.
  •   CREATE A QUINTESSENTIAL HOME OFFICE - Today's home office designs are as eclectic and imaginative as the individual personalities of their owners.
  •   TRULY GREEN OFFICE OR OUTDOOR WHIMSY - Everything in a building can be rethought from a healthy perspective. Air, ventilation, water, light, sleep, sound and movement all impact how we feel and how we work.
  •   INSIDE POPPIN'S COLORFUL ONE-STOP SOLUTION FOR THE WORKPLACE - NYC-based Poppin is a one-stop shop of workplace solutions for companies of all sizes.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - BOSS Design's new Trinetic Chair, the very unusual CoreChair, Screen Mom Natural Screen Cleaner, and Paperpro Staplers.
  •   LIVING - With graduation season upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2017's Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.
  •   ENDMATTER - The planner, creator and innovator of the modern workplace turns 100.

Workplaces Magazine - May, 2017

 
  •   JLL - FUTURE OF WORK STUDY - Executives will look toward the future of work as an agile and adaptable model for achieving ambitions in an environment where stability is an illusion or, worse, a sign of stagnation.
  •   MYTHBUSTERS - Challenging workplace assumptions.
  •   TRENDS - OTTO CAMPUS COWORKING OFFICES - HAMBURG - Around the heart of the space – an arena for presentations, speeches or panel discussions with over 100 guests – there have been built meeting areas, lounges, quiet rooms, work- and flex benches as well as a café.
  •   WORKPLACE 3.0 / SALONE UFFICIO - There are some cool new products, lots of ideas and a fair number of visitors to the office area of the show (actually, iSalone is made up of many events running together).
  •   CBRE FURNITURE FORUM: UNRAVELING FURNITURE FRUSTRATIONS - The topic was explosive: How can we improve the furniture buying process? The idea was to gather designers, office furniture dealers and manufacturers at CBRE's Chicago office and hash out a process many believe is, at best, inefficient and at its worst, broken.
  •   WHY SEATING STILL MATTERS - Since the introduction of the task chair decades ago, office dwellers have had many options to chose from, but almost all of them came with a large price tag. There are still plenty of affordable chairs around.
  •   OM PUTS THE FUN AND FUNCTION IN SEATING - OM believes in sweating the details so when their chairs make it to offices around the country, they will be perfect for the workers sitting in them.
  •   ALLSEATING'S NAME SAYS IT ALL - As Allseating delves more into design, it is changing the way those who specify furniture perceive the company.
  •   PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON BIKING TO WORK - A bike-friendly workplace is also important to job seekers, even though it's often an underappreciated component of the hiring process.
  •   REFINING REEFER: COULD CANNABIS CULTURE IN THE WORKPLACE BRING FOCUS AND CREATIVITY? - Increasingly, people of all walks of life are using marijuana in small amounts throughout the day to be more focused and creative on the job.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - BOSS Design's new Trinetic Chair, the very unusual CoreChair, Screen Mom Natural Screen Cleaner, and Paperpro Staplers.
  •   RESEARCH: TODAY'S WORKFORCE CRAVES FLEXIBLE OFFICES - Technology and Information are forcing commercial real estate to adapt a more flexible model.
  •   CHARTING - Improve Your Wellness In The Workplace / CoWorking
  •   ENDMATTER - It could be that the Chinese have the perfect napping product for the old-fashion cuble centered workplace.

Workplaces Magazine - April, 2017

 
  •   TRENDS | CLOUDFLARE LONDON - London-based architecture and interiors practice Jump Studios (a Populous Company) has designed the first UK office for Internet performance and security company Cloudflare in London.
  •   LEARNING TO STORYTELL - Data visualization in the workplace. Information is everywhere. We are constantly surrounded by new facts and data; it's impossible to get away from them. Together, technology and the Internet have increased our data exposure to unprecedented levels.
  •   THE EFFECT OF INDIVIDUALIZED WORK SETTINGS ON PRODUCTIVITY AND WELL-BEING - This research looks at the evolution of office environments and examines how present day activity-based work environments support employee personalities and work modes. From multi-tiered incentives to volunteer-run initiatives, workplace wellness programs come in all shapes and sizes. With some businesses covering up to 80 percent of their employees' insurance costs, companies are eager to balance health expenditures.
  •   WORKTECH17 NEW YORK RETURNS TO MANHATTAN FOR ITS 8TH ANNUAL FUTURE OF WORK CONFERENCE - The future of work is on everyone's agenda, and WORKTECH17 brings thought leaders together from North America and Europe on May 4th.
  •   CASE STUDY: REINVENTING AN ICON - A NEW HQ HELPS THE NEW LA-Z-BOY - A company that thrives for nearly a century is exceptional. A company with a product that's a household name and brings a smile to faces everywhere, that's a rarity. La-Z-Boy has long enjoyed such status.
  •   PUMP UP WELLNESS WITH FITWEL CERTIFICATION - From multi-tiered incentives to volunteer-run initiatives, workplace wellness programs come in all shapes and sizes.
  •   THE 'SMART' OPEN OFFICE - High-performing businesses recognize the competitive advantage they gain by supporting their employees' well-being. Open office planning has received some negative press lately, as the workplace trend drew complaints for noise, interruption and employee dissatisfaction.
  •   THE RIGHT LIGHTING CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE - One aspect of design not always delved into on an individual basis is lighting, but the impact it has on a space should not be underestimated.
  •   THE SCIENCE OF FEELING - More and more, philosophy and sacred science is making its way into the contemporary interior design process.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month you'll find reviews of ESI's Evolve2 monitor arm, Loctek's Flexispot Desk Riser, Tetley Super Tea for Focusing, and Targus' compact blue trace mouse.
  •   HOW TO HONE YOUR HUMILITY: SEVEN TIPS TO HELP YOU LEARN THE ESSENTIAL SKILL SET FOR OUTSMARTING SMART MACHINES - The journey to becoming a more humble person will not be short. It will take persistent hard work, and it will be a lifelong endeavor.
  •   ENDMATTER - Asia Raising Rapidly in Office Furniture World

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2017

 
  •   TRENDS | FULLSCREEN OFFICES, NEW YORK CITY - Rapt Studio has designed the new offices of youth media company Fullscreen, located in New York City. For this global youth media company, home is where the content is. And Fullscreen is how you find it. The young startup, featuring videos made by creators around the world, wanted their space to reflect the community they've created and inspire everyone inside.
  •   A FURNITURE SHOW IS HAPPENING IN CHINA: HOW IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - Show organizers say the "Made in China" label connotation is less and less that of poor quality and low price, and instead is now able to provide appropriate and tangible solutions even for a medium-high client sector target.
  •   STATE OF THE MARKET: OCCUPIER PERSPECTIVE - The latest research from Cushman & Wakefield.
  •   A PLACE OF THEIR OWN: HERMAN MILLER AND IBOTTA TEAM UP TO CREATE IDYLLIC LIVING WORKSPACE - Employees of the tech company were overwhelmed with excitement and pride when they moved from a windowless, cramped (former fire station) basement workspace to an entire floor in Denver's tallest high-rise last March.
  •   THE GROWING VALUE OF OUTDOOR WORKSPACE - For years, designers, architects and facility managers have been measuring and improving interior workspace. But, as technology untethers us from set work locations and workplace cultures relax, attention is turning to activate and measure dormant outdoor space with the same fervor.
  •   STREAMLINING FOR SUCCESS WITH PROGRESSLY IN THE WORKPLACE - Having received $6 million in funding, the company's technology consolidates these workplace processes with one standard, making it simpler to perform daily team tasks and projects.
  •   MARCH MADNESS COSTS ECONOMY $1.9 BILLION (AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT IN THE OFFICE) - Recent statistics reveal March Madness has become more popular than ever, thanks in large part to the worldwide betting on the games.
  •   WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE A STAND - Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard that "Sitting is the New Smoking" or maybe that "Your Chair is Killing You." We can thank James Levine of the Mayo Clinic for really bringing this subject into the spotlight back in 2014 when he published his research on NEAT, Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. NEAT is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise.
  •   WORKPLACES - DESIGNING EXPERIENCES - Brand new research from Gensler on the latest trends in workplace design. The new workplace is a moving target - as organizations flatten, collaboration increases, and technology frees workers from their desks.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month you'll find reviews of ESI Lustre LED Task Light, Beyouneeq's Wipenote Dry Erase Notebook, and the Master Lock Bluetooth Indoor Padlock. which, to be fair, didn't impress us.
  •   ENDMATTER - Bob - New lounge seating from Swedish designers Stefan Borselius and Thomas Bernstand. Why are People Searching for Better Places to Work? Microsoft's new offices in Milan. Metal Wall features transforms outdated office lobby.

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2017

 
  •   THE SKINNY ON CHEMISTRY: WORKPLACE SUSTAINABILITY - The office furniture industry considers itself to be ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability regulations. Many in the industry's manufacturing sector have initiatives that go beyond compliance and view some environmental regulation as a low bar which they can clear with ease. From what we've seen, that claim is often justified. Kudos all around. So when we saw the recent EPA announcement about a new evaluation protocol under the Toxic Substance Control ACT (TSCA, pronounced "TOSCA" if you're in-the-know), we took notice.
  •   TRENDS | CLOUDFLARE OFFICES IN LONDON - UK-based Jump Studios has designed the first UK office for the Internet performance company Cloudflare. The design has transformed a former paper factory in London's Southwark area into a bright, efficient space, capable of accommodating a growing workforce of programmers and salespeople.
  •   URB-E: A LAST MILE SOLUTION - With 70% of the world's population living in urban cities by 2025, commuters will need efficient, compact and sustainable modes of transportation to get them from home to the office to everywhere inbetween. One solution to that problem is URB-E, a foldable, two-wheeled electric vehicle.
  •   FOR SMITHGROUP JJR, NEW OFFICE IS ALL ABOUT CHOICE - The SmithGroup's decision to move its offices happened for the same reason as many of its customers: The firm was growing and needed more space. So it decided to use its own office to test many of the latest workplace trends.
  •   ACOUSTIC HACKS TO COMBAT OFFICE DIN - Offices are a notorious soundscape of pings, creaks and echoes that reverberate incessantly: clothes rustling, furniture moving, doors opening, phones ringing and colleagues talking.
  •   COWORKING ISN'T JUST ABOUT WORK: WHY EVENTS ARE NEEDED IN SHARED SPACES - Co-working spaces are on the vanguard of workplace trends, forgoing the corporate model to form an innovative, professional community. But enticing membership rates and amenities are not enough to sustain a collective of otherwise disparate solopreneurs. Events act as social glue that promotes a friendly atmosphere of networking and business alliances. Learning how to plan the right mix of events will energize your members.
  •   "WORK MARTYRS" AND WHY THEY MUST BE STOPPED - Work martyrs, as defined by Project: Time Off, are employees who believe it is difficult to take vacation because no one else at the company can do their work while away, who want to show complete dedication to their company and job, who don't want to appear replaceable and who would feel guilty for using their paid time off.
  •   FINDING THE SPACE FOR MEDITATION AT WORK - The business benefits of meditation are numerous. So many people are searching for sacred spaces to clear their heads that meditation spots like MNDFL in New York City and The DEN in Los Angeles are booked solid throughout the day, offering 30-45 minutes of respite.
  •   POSTURE FRIENDLY FURNITURE JUST ONE PIECE OF THE HEALTHY OFFICE PUZZLE - Research shows sitting around all day is hazardous to your health. Physicians say sitting is the new smoking.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Reviews of Neutral Posture's Forearm Support, Goldtouch Wireless Semi-Vertical Mouse, Dihome's Mini Projector and Voke Tab natural Energy.

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.

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