Humanscale Announces Robust Line-Up of Programming and Events for NYCxDesign 2018

  With interactive product experiences and compelling talks on the future of sustainable manufacturing, Humanscale brings its expertise to four of the main NYCxDesign fairs this May. Humanscale will greet visitors at WantedDesign Manhattan with an ergonomic check-in experience and launch a new campaign and promotion around its QuickStand Eco sit/stand solution. It will also showcase smart sustainable design for the first time at WORKTECH New York.  At both ICFF and Design Talks, Humanscale will take a deeper dive into sustainability and the current challenges facing the industry with not one, but two engaging panels.

Humanscale’s NYCxDESIGN Events Include:

From Nets to Net Positive; Tackling Plastic Pollution in Design and in Life
Thursday May 17 at 4:30PM
Design Talks NYC, WEST 42nd – 47th Streets

Scientific Reports published a new study this spring suggesting that the Great Pacific Garbage patch is "up to 16 times bigger than previous estimates." In fact, according to some sources, the patch is double the size of Texas, and three times as large as France. The primary source of waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and beyond is, of course, plastic. Another study recently highlighted that as of 2015, approximately 6300 million metric tons of plastic waste have been generated, and that only 9% of plastic ever produced has been recycled. Luckily, businesses and organizations are beginning to recognize the damage we're causing to our natural environment and are developing solutions to minimize the amount of plastics entering our waste stream, our landfills and ultimately, our oceans.

In this Design Talks NYC conversation, Emma Riley of Lonely Whale and Jane Abernethy of Humanscale will tackle the effects of plastic pollution and what we can do about it as designers, manufacturers and individuals. The two women will discuss the circular economy and new initiatives to reduce plastic pollution such as the Next Wave Initiative, Lonely Whale's Strawless Ocean campaign, and Humanscale's work with Bureo to turn plastic fishing nets into its new Smart Ocean chair. As the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Lonely Whale and the Sustainability Officer at Humanscale, a company long dedicated to a net-positive environmental impact, Riley and Abernethy share unique insights and perspectives that can benefit everyone in design and manufacturing as well as concerned citizens and ultimately our planet.

Admission free with registration. 

Humanscale at WORKTECH New York
Thursday, May 17 from 9AM  – 5:30PM
Convene, 117 W 46th Street

As the leader in ergonomic workplace design, with solutions that blend integrated technology, movement and well-being, Humanscale is proud to exhibit at the second annual WORKTECH New York. Bringing together heads of workplace, architects, designers and specifiers, the international conference series returns for another year of thought-provoking programming focused on the evolving work environment. Humanscale will showcase a complete ergonomic workstation, including its new Smart Ocean task chair, made of recycled fishing nets, and Float, a sit/stand workstation—both Living Product Certified. The display will demonstrate how smart, sustainable design has a place in every work environment, to reduce costs, support business and protect the health of employees and the planet.

Register for the WORKTECH conference and master classes here.

Eco Lab
Saturday, May 19- Tuesday, May 22
WantedDesign Manhattan - The Terminal Stores Building, 269 11th Avenue

Humanscale's QuickStand Eco will greet nearly 12,000 WantedDesign attendees as they arrive for check-in and registration. And for those looking to catch up on a few emails at the show, this sleek sit/stand has got you covered. Designed to adapt to any work environment and enhance any workstyle, QuickStand Eco will offer the perfect place to work amidst the design action. Bringing a better sit/stand experience to real people in real time, Humanscale will offer a special discount for WantedDesign attendees interested in bringing a QuickStand Eco home.  There will also be a dedicated space for press to experience this new design.

Free for trade. Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20. Register here.

Beyond Sustainability
Sunday, May 20 at 10:30am
ICFF – Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC

Presented by Jon Strassner, Humanscale’s Director of Workplace Strategy, Beyond Sustainability will engage ICFF attendees in a conversation on the shifting landscape of sustainable design.  As the environmental movement continues to evolve, it is no longer simply good enough to do less harm or use fewer resources from the environment. Designers can in fact move the needle towards creating a net-positive future by adapting new processes and sourcing healthier materials for the planet and their customers. Companies on the cutting-edge of the environmental movement are no longer just measuring their carbon footprint, but are actively engaged with clients and partners in measuring its environmental handprint, which measures not what has been damaged, but what has been given back to communities, employees and the environment as a whole.

Open to the public on Wednesday May 23. Register here.