WHERE I'M WORKING -
How do you rate a working experience in a space not really meant for it? On a recent business trip to Charleston I stayed in room 439 at the Charleston Harbor Resort, a mostly pleasant experience in a relatively nice room. If you are anything like me, no matter where you are traveling for business, you have to get some work done.
FLEXIBLE SERVICES -
Who cares about workplace services? Well, at a minimum, the 10,877 people who have it in their job title on LinkedIn right now. Or perhaps any employer who's motivated by Glassdoor's recent finding that 79 percent of employees would choose engaging benefits over a pay raise. Or perhaps any member or provider of co-working space, which now makes up 37 percent of office space in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, according to the Instant Group.
GRAPHENE: A MATERIAL FOR THE FUTURE -
Graphene is a very thin layer of carbon. Graphene is transparent, incredibly thin, and is the strongest material known to science and we are just now starting to tap in to its seemingly unending list of capabilities.
TWO NEW CHAIRS THAT COULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK -
Sculptural, sleek, sexy. Not words often associated with office furniture. But two of the largest furniture makers in the world recently introduced new chairs that fit the bill. They also will change the way you work, adding some much needed comfort to the office. In the last few weeks, both Steelcase and Herman Miller launched new chairs that will sit in an office near you very soon. Both Steelcase's new SILQ chair and Herman Miller's Cosm are getting solid initial reviews.
HOW CIRCADIAN LIGHTING BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY -
The average workplace is awash in illumination from overhead fixtures, wall sconces, task lamps and computer and device screens. But with respect to Mr. Edison, there's a growing field of evidence that shows exposure to electric light at all hours of the day has far-reaching consequences that interfere with health, productivity and creativity.
WORKPLACE SEATING: IT'S ALL ABOUT 'HABITATS' -
When it comes to specifying seating for the workplace, Boss Design offers a strong collection of options suitable for the six workplace "habitats" identified by the company.
LECTRA CHANGES THE WAY MACHINES WORK TO IMPROVE HOW YOU WORK -
Many observers believe we are on the cusp of a new industrial revolution, commonly referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.
PRODUCT MATTER -
The latest and greatest, and not so great products reviewed.
WHY ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO WORK REMOTELY FACILITATES ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH -
Technology offers the benefit of allowing your employees to work remotely, either on a regular basis or whenever the need arises. But did you know working remotely can actually make your employees happier and more productive?
CIFF FOCUSED ON INTELLIGENT OFFICE, THE ELDERLY AND BETTERING WORKERS -
Attendees continued to see higher quality products, particularly with the task chair.
WHERE I'M WORKING -
What I found: Is there a more welcome oasis in the world than an airline lounge after a grueling 14 hour flight? I don't think so. So excuse me if this review is a bit skewed by jet lag. Travel is no excuse for not working, so it is nice to have a well organized, comfortable space to crack open a laptop and get plugged in after a half a day of being disconnected. The Korean Air Lounge is a great place to do just that if you are facing a layover at this busy airport that feels more like a high end shopping center than a transfer point for travelers.
FLEXIBLE ORGANIZATIONS -
At a time when there is so much change and so many competing needs, everyone is seeking the ability to adapt to and accommodate change. That's why today, every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace.
REDEFINING DESIGN -
Absolute 47 Aims to Turn Traditional Meeting Spaces into Something Inspiring:
Forgoing drab cubicles and hotel conference rooms, Absolute 47's new namesake meeting space is all-inclusive with amenities and immersive experiences that seamlessly infuse state-of-the-art office and ultra-modern collaborative technology.
BLUEPRINT + CO. BRINGS CLASS TO COWORKING IN NYC -
Step inside the Midtown Manhattan space, and you can feel this is a different co-working experience.
COVER: THE SPARK THAT LIFTS VARIDESK -
With the ProDesk 60 Electric, you can go from sitting to standing with the touch of a button.
A PEEK INSIDE HERMAN MILLER'S NYC FLAGSHIP -
The store occupies 6,000 square feet on the first and second floors of Herman Miller's multilevel presence at 251 Park Avenue South in Manhattan.
WOMEN AT MEADOWS RESHAPE WORKPLACE IN NYC -
It is a stunning transformation at the dealership, which has been around for 50 years and has grown into one of Haworth's largest aligned dealers. It's also a testament to the all-female leadership team that is, to put it mildly, tenaciously driven.
PRODUCT MATTER -
The latest and greatest, and not so great products reviewed.
JLL'S JUST RELEASED U.S. AND CANADA FIT OUT GUIDE -
A reference guide that provides average costs to build out three different office layouts in the United States and Canada.
HOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN GREAT EMPLOYEES -
Small businesses face a common challenge. According to the 2018 Goldman Sachs "10,000 Small Businesses Summit report," 70 percent of small businesses struggle to find and retain skilled talent. At that rate, this issue is nearly a pandemic among small businesses.
WHERE I'M WORKING -
The West Side of Grand Rapids is this hot city's hottest neighborhood right now, turning a working class section of Furniture City into a hipster heaven. When people talked about work on the West Side of Grand Rapids, it historically meant building things in factories along the west bank of the Grand River. Today, the neighborhood is increasingly attracting a new, young, high-tech group of residents and workers, some of them nomads who need a place to work. Enter Corridor Coffee, a new space in one of the neighborhood's historic buildings. As some coffee shops try to dissuade mobile workers from planting themselves in a space for hours at a time (while only spending $5 on a cup of coffee), Corridor Coffee provides a welcome and (mostly) well-equipped space to work.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE SPACE TRULY FLEXIBLE? -
Every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace. So much is changing, and there are so many competing needs, the ability to adapt to and accommodate change has become foremost. Space needs to be flexible for a variety of reasons. The workforce is more mobile, with 43 percent of U.S. workers working remotely at least part of the week, according to Gallup. Change and choice go together, and people want choices.
BLOCKCHAIN: A LEDGER FOR BUSINESS -
Concerned consumers want to understand the chain of custody that brings bananas to the store year-round. With an honest ledger, everyone would have access to the information they need.
FLEXIBLE FUTURES: WORKSPACES OF 2030 -
The world of work is undergoing a number of fundamental shifts that will have huge implications for every industry, market, region and working adult. We're seeing previously distinct aspects of life begin to overlap, with the boundaries between work, home, leisure, travel and family becoming increasingly blurred.
RETHINK THE OFFICE KITCHEN -
Kitchens with plentiful tables can be a space that hums with concentration and collaboration. Less formal than a conference room and more inviting than a work desk, cafe areas offer an alternative ambiance that has a homey feel.
PRODUCT MATTER -
When it comes to an office chair, you don't want the kind that falls apart after a year or sends you on multiple visits to the chiropractor. You want a useful, comfortable, ergonomic chair. You can go to a big box office retailer and hope for the best. Or maybe you should consider the X-Chair.
DRESSING FOR WORK MEANS UNDERSTANDING NEW NORMS -
Dressing for work in the office looks much different today from 10 or 20 years ago. From business suits and high heels to hoodies and flip-flops, and everything in between, it can be challenging to know what's expected or allowed at work these days.
WHERE I'M WORKING -
Who wants to work in a mall? It could be easily argued a mall may be the least productive potential workplace. At a traditional mall, that would certainly be true, especially during the Christmas shopping rush. But when you are in downtown Los Angeles on a gloriously sunny day, and the mall is outdoors, there are worse places to set up your laptop prior to a meeting.
FURNITURE SHOW IN CHINA OUTLINES FUTURE OF THE OFFICE -
In a little less than two months, a furniture show in China will change your workplace and the way you work. It may not happen overnight, but the chairs, desks, ergonomic products and other furnishings shown there will reshape the way you work, improve your productivity, make you healthier and create a new look at your office.
HOW WEWORK WILL DRIVE WORKPLACE INDUSTRY CHANGE IN 2018 -
The most dramatic future innovation in this industry will likely come from process innovation, and no single company is defining the process innovation concept better than WeWork.
COVER: THE RIVETER FOCUSES ON WOMEN AND WORK -
While the rise of women-only workplaces has been a trend on the upswing in recent years (proliferated by spaces such as The Wing in NYC and Paper Dolls in Los Angeles), The Riveter is not only providing a supportive and inspiring place for women, it is also inviting men to the table — so to speak.
HOW ARTS, CULTURE TURNED TO CUTTING EDGE FURNITURE: A CONVERSATION WITH KORAY MALHAN -
Koray's own designs for Koleksiyon have gained wide notice for both the aesthetic and philosophical qualities undergirding them, as he has championed a dynamic and non-hierarchical design approach to the work environment.
BOSS DESIGN HELPS WATES GROUP CONSOLIDATE LONDON OFFICE -
When one of the UK's largest, privately owned construction, development and property services companies, the Wates Group, embarked on the refurbishment of its head office, it called upon Boss Design's expertise in workplace design solutions.
UNDERSTANDING THE DECLINE OF WORKPLACE PROFESSIONALISM: IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT, IT'S EVERYONE'S FAULT -
More and more, openly texting during meetings is considered OK. It has become common to see workers stroll in late to meetings with no apology. The office dress code seems to have gone from business casual to resort casual.
EVERYONE NEEDS A FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE -
Flexible work has been on a steady rise. Working remotely has risen from 9% to 37% over the last 20 years according to a 2016 University of Minnesota study.
PRODUCT MATTER - Marcelo by National Office Furniture / Samsonite EzScan Computer Case / FITUEYES Clear Computer Monitor Riser / BUBM Travel Gadget Organizer Bag
WHERE I'M WORKING: STEELCASE WORK-LIFE LOUNGE, GERALD R. FORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -
I once stood in front of a trash can at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and used the flat top of the bin as a makeshift standing-height desk, my laptop and wrists sitting on the same spot that probably held countless sticky Starbucks coffee spills and discarded Chick-fil-A wrappers. I know the importance of being able to get some work done in an airport.
COLUMN: THE FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE -
Every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace. Unless, of course, they are in an industry impervious to technological and demographic change, in a business with surplus capital that's not expanding or contracting, with customers who are completely satisfied and employees who all work the same way, have no life outside of work and want to keep doing the same forever.
HAUTE OFFICE IN THE HEARTLAND: WONDERFUL WORKPLACES AREN'T JUST ON THE COASTS -
Columbus, Indiana, is an architectural Valhalla that rises out of the rolling farm fields of central Indiana and is home to Cummins. The company has 9,000 employees in a radius of a few blocks spread across a number of buildings — almost all of them architectural treasures.
MAKE WORK PLAYFUL, BUT STILL PRODUCTIVE -
If your company has only recently moved to a more relaxed atmosphere, it's particularly important to apply the principles of change management to games.
AN ARMY MARCHES ON ITS STOMACH: HOW FAMILY-STYLE MEALS BOOST CAMARADERIE AND PRODUCTIVITY IN THE OFFICE -
When people come together for a meal, good things happen — conversation, laughter, a sense of community.
DO GOOD: GLOBAL BRAND STRATEGIST ANNE BAHR THOMPSON DISCUSSES HER BOOK ON BRAND -
Citizenship, How Companies Espouse It to Enhance Profit and Purpose
Brand citizenship also embraces the notion that work doesn't have to be the enemy of life, as the concept of work-life balance advertises.
CAN A BAD BOSS MAKE YOU HAPPY -
This new study is thought to be one of the first to investigate how the negative relationship between emotional exhaustion and happiness can be reversed.
ATTRACTING MILLENNIAL EMPLOYEES: HOW A DMS BRINGS BETTER TALENT TO YOUR BUSINESS -
For the millennial worker, flexibility in the work schedule is more important than ever.
PRODUCT MATTER - S2S By ESI / Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook / Logitech K350 Keyboard
ENDMATTER | TRIA COMPLETES BIOTECH HQ -
Oncorus's new headquarters features an efficient and flexible workspace that supports the company's scientific research mission and reflects the company's branding and culture.
WHERE I'M WORKING -
Engine Coffee, 331 Huangpi Nan Lu, Xintiandi, Shanghai, China. What I found: It's not easy to find fast, efficient public Wi-Fi in China, even in the mega-city's hippest neighborhood, Xintiandi. At S. Engine, good coffee was plentiful. Easy-to-access internet and a comfortable place to work was not.
FLEXJOBS IDENTIFIES THE TOP 10 CAREER FIELDS FOR FLEXIBLE JOBS -
With the number of U.S. job postings reaching an all-time high recently, and seasonal holiday hiring in full swing, there are many opportunities for job seekers to explore. To help those job seekers interested in finding flexible jobs, FlexJobs has identified the top 10 job categories with the most flexible job postings in the FlexJobs 2017 database. A "flexible job" is defined as a professional-level job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time or freelance component.
ANALOG WORKPLACE - THE COUNTER-CULTURE -
Oh technology, will we always have a love-hate relationship with each other? The constant beeping and screen gazing is great when there are loved ones to stay in touch with or high school friends to stalk. But our devices can quickly feel like the loved one who's overstayed a welcome. Balance is hard.
BCG HUDSON YARDS OFFICE PROVES BIGGER CAN BE BETTER -
The new BCG offices at 10 Hudson Yards work because of the detail in the office design. Stairways connect collaborative areas in the office where employees are empowered to work. Wood and casual furniture soften the modern new office space. Technology is used throughout to make it easier to book unassigned desks and conference rooms.
KITCHEN WISDOM MOVING INTO THE OFFICE : USING MISE EN PLACE TO INCREASE WORKER PRODUCTIVITY -
All the best chefs in the world use a system called mise en place, a French term meaning everything in its place. It's about being well prepared before the restaurant opens or before cooking a recipe — ingredients collected, prepped or measured, pans in place, an orderly plan for the day. The technique is taking root in office settings, too.
THINKING ABOUT DESIGNING YOUR WORKPLACE AROUND MILLENNIALS? STOP! -
A lot of ink has been spilled about millennials, their "unique" characteristics and how best to attract, engage and support them in the workplace. The research is vast, and viewpoints are abundant.
WINE SEMINARS UNCORK COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION -
The success of Watson's seminars are highly dependent on the group she is working with and their ability to interact with their senses and one another.
WHY BEING INTERRUPTED IS MOST LIKELY YOUR FAULT -
It is time for a self-check-in if you are falling victim to the interruptions.
DESIGN FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING SUMMIT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
WHERE I'M WORKING -
Often while traveling there can be a few extra hours between checking out of the hotel and the flight home. This was the case with a recent trip to Las Vegas after the National Ergonomics Conference when I had a couple of hours to kill. As a fan of strawberry milkshakes and having a need to get caught up on emails, I set out to find a place that would fill both needs.
MICROSOFT ENVISION HIGHLIGHTS STEELCASE CREATIVE SPACES -
Jim Keane, Steelcase CEO, and Ryan Gavin, General Manager of Microsoft Surface, demonstrated the power of integrating space and technology. Often, organizations think about real estate and technology strategies separately. By working together, Steelcase and Microsoft have created a holistic solution to empower people and organizations to be more creative.
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION - SAVING BIG -
Building large structures is a feat. The amount of time, money, and materials can be measured on a monumental scale. What if there was a better, more efficient way? Increasingly, there is. With prefabricated construction becoming commonplace, the ability to bring down costs is very real.
WILLIS TOWER TRANSFORMATION IS WORKER FOCUSED -
The 33rd and 34th floors are finished and have been transformed into spectacular tenant floors — a combination of informal meeting areas, a cafe and bar, conference room and fitness center. Work begins this fall on the 66th and 67th floors that will include more tenant-only facilities with a slightly more upscale fit and finish for the professional firms that fill the higher floors of the building.
AN OFFICE OASIS FOR FOCUSED WORK -
Collaborative environments have become the gold standard across virtually every business sector, but sometimes open layouts can ignore the very real need for quality monotasking. Workers can benefit from a change of scenery when they want to block out unwanted noise and interruptions.
THE BIRTH OF A BOSS OFFICE CHAIR: TRINETIC EXPLAINED -
"There's not been a massive amount of innovation in the task chair sector over the course of the last 20 years, and I think that if we, as an industry of designers, are brutally honest with ourselves, we've all just spent 20 years evolving the Aeron concept."
PRODUCT MATTER -
This month we look at ZOOM Cloud Meetings, Office FootFidget, the MicroSoft Arc Touch Mouse and the Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball.
WHAT WE LEARNED: CIFF SHANGHAI -
The market in China is shifting slightly from an outward focus to an inward focus. Chinese office furniture makers understand there is money to be made making furniture for North American and European brands, but also by focusing on the increasingly sophisticated domestic market.
ENDMATTER - ICONIC CHICAGO POST OFFICE GETS A LONG-AWAITED RENOVATION BY GENSLER
It is currently the largest redevelopment in the United States.
WHERE I'M WORKING -
It is a cute place, but Little Cupcake Bakeshop is definitely not set up for a mobile worker. There are a few marble tables pleasant enough to work on for a short spell, but I could find no plugs along the wall for charging a laptop or phone.
THE NEXT DRIVER OF WORKPLACE DESIGN? COLLEGE STUDENTS -
Young professionals have spent the last four to six years on college campuses, where they've been socializing, studying and working. Fast-forward to graduation. Their expectations for corporate work environments are strikingly different than the average workplace in which they will start their professional careers.
CAPITAL ONE WORK ENVIRONMENT SURVEY FINDS PROFESSIONALS WANT CHOICES TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY -
The Capital One survey asked 2,500 full-time office professionals to share their preferences and priorities when it comes to workplace design, environment and benefits. They were given questions about what workplace features are most important to them, if their office accommodates their preferred work styles and how important workplace design is relative to the location of the office.
IF SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING HERE ARE 7 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER WORKFORCE -
Most companies still haven't taken some of the easiest steps to attract and retain great people while simultaneously improving the health and productivity of their workforce.
IS YOUR JOB SAFE FROM AUTOMATION? NOPE. (BUT THERE IS HOPE) -
Are American communities vulnerable to automation? Yes, they are, but that's not necessarily a bad thing according to Dr. Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.
SMARTDOLLAR MAKES SENSE OF FINANCIAL WELLNESS FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE WORKPLACE -
Within the workforce, plenty of generational differences exist between millennials, Generation X and baby boomers, including discussing the issue of money in the office. According to surveys by SmartDollar, today millennials actually expect their employers to assist them with financial education.
PRODUCT MATTER -
This month we look at the Mophie powerstation USB-C XXL, Tech Armor MacBook Pro Privacy Screen Protector, and Liquid-Armour, a product to help protect your various screens from being scratched.
HOW A FURNITURE SHOW IN SHANGHAI WILL SHAPE YOUR OFFICE -
Chances are furniture being shown this month in Shanghai will end up in your office and home. Other shows might better define trends in the office, but CIFF is where those trends become actual pieces of furniture.
ENDMATTER: IN MEMORIAM: MAX DE PREE, 1924-2017 -
The last member of a generation that helped usher in modern design in the workplace, passed away.
WELL WORK PLACE -
The future workplace will look radically different as employers respond to a growing requirement for a work-health balance. The wellbeing industry is a worldwide global phenomenon, but corporations are only beginning to understand and interpret implications for the built environment.
FLEXIBLE OFFICES IN 2017 -
2017 saw continued growth of the flexible office industry and a broader range of offerings. While "Serviced Offices" have been around for decades (30+ years), the term "coworking" has been the media standard term for the last 10 years.
CYBORGS: EXOSKELETONS IN THE WORKPLACE -
When we think of workplaces, we usually think of our office, computer, emails, and desks. As an industry, we have been laser-focused of late on designing ways to encourage more standing and movement throughout the day. However, there's a flip side to this that is often overlooked; we tend to forget about the construction, factory, and automotive workers who are on their feet all day.
ALLEY CHELSEA EMPHASIZES COMMUNITY IN COWORKING -
Alley Chelsea is a New York coworking center that believes creating community is everything. And unlike many coworking locations that don't care much about how the space is designed, Alley Chelsea is a space that would make any worker envious.
CREATING CULTURAL CAPITAL: EXPLORING THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THIRD SPACE DESIGN AND UNDERSTANDING ITS REAL PURPOSE -
As workplace design evolves, trends and philosophies develop with more clarity.
CREATE AGILE WORKSPACES WITH PARTITIONS -
While open offices have become the default design in many industries, companies are realizing an absence of space delineation has its drawbacks.
CHANCE MEETING IN PORSCHE DEALERSHIP SPAWNS NEW FURNITURE -
A unique double-cross-shaped eight-workstation island — is turning just as many heads as any sports car he might have driven up in.
PRODUCT MATTER -
This month we look at the Microsoft Surface Studio, LifePrint Photo and Video Printer, the Ergotech Freedom Desk, and the Rii RK100 3 Colors LED Backlit Keyboard.
NEW GBCC OFFICES REFLECTS DYNAMIC, INNOVATIVE APPROACH -
When GBCC was evaluating new office space, it engaged MPA to assist in weighing options for staying or relocating.
UNOFFICE THE OFFICE -
In the past few decades, the sweeping transformations experienced by virtually every industry have rarely been matched by complementary, comprehensive workplace redesigns.
Liberate Your Lobby - A well-appointed lobby can attract new tenants, firm up relationships with existing ones, greet visitors with a hospitable atmosphere and provide a communal area for employees.
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.
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.
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