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Thonet reinterprets classic bentwood 209 chair with Bolon's Villa La Madonna material
Philipp Thonet explains how furniture manufacturer Thonet collaborated with flooring brand Bolon to create an updated version of its classic 209 bentwood chair.
The Future of Work Creative Panel Discussion - March 27, 2017
To be successful in the future, workers will require the ability to generate creative ideas and solve problems in unique ways. Senior executives from Steelcase, Microsoft and Bionic gathered at our NYC WorkLife Center to discuss how leaders can harness the creative potential of their people, and their organizations, to thrive in today’s dynamic environment.
James Ludwig, VP, Global Design and Engineering, Steelcase
Julia Atalla, Sr Director, Surface Marketing, Microsoft
David Kidder, CEO and Co-founder, Bionic
Chris Congdon, Steelcase 360 Magazine Editor
Introducing LEED v4
LEED has become the international standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance structures. Curious about what makes LEED v4 different? It's designed to up the ante with a more flexible, performance-based approach that calls for measurable results throughout a building's life cycle. It also allows for a more streamlined user experience and more goal-oriented credits.
Herman Miller Factory by Grimshaw
Herman Miller’s Bob Wood talks about the ingenious solution for this factory, while long-time employees of the company recount the features of the building and its link with the outdoors.
Sustainability Starts With Design
Interface is a global leader in the design and production of carpet tiles. Its products combine beauty and innovation with functionality and environmental credentials to help customers bring their design vision to life.
Barber & Osgerby design first office chair for Vitra
This video shows Barber & Osgerby talking about the decisions behind their Vitra designs. "To us the contemporary work chair has become a contraption – a collection of controls and levers," said Edward Barber. "Rethinking how to minimise the visual impact of these elements has been at the centre of our design. Our chair is simple to use and visually calm."
Case Study: Soludos
Soludos, a New York-based fashion footwear brand, turned to Herman Miller to find out how its new office could not only meet the needs of its people, but also become a true expression of its brand. The company built out its new space with help from interior design consultants Homepolish, who brought in vintage pieces to complement new furnishings from Herman Miller.
HON Concinnity™ Desks and Storage | Animation
Style and Selection in Perfect Harmony: Concinnity offers a coordinated suite of laminate desks, tables and storage components to provide the ultimate luxury of choice. Learn more at hon.com/concinnity.
Designing for Choice: Work Design Magazine at CallisonRTKL
CallisonRTKL hosted Work Design magazine's TALK in June, where the discussion focused on giving employees choices in the workplace, and the impact on productivity, retention and the bottom line.
KI Manufacturing - Raising the Standards of Quality
What does it take to manufacture quality? The people of KI. Discover the essence of KI's manufacturing processes and the passion of our people.
KORE Design Story
Daniel Korb aimed to discover what is relevant to designers and end-users in today’s environments. The answer was simple. People need flexibility and when you design for human needs, the rest will fall into place. This is how KORE was born. KORE was envisioned as a table for working and living—an approach that ended up as a mere starting point. During the design process, KORE evolved into a much more expansive product offering, complete with elements for privacy, media integration, and solutions for sharing and learning.
Turnstone Customer Story - DropDrop Studios
Based in Grand Rapids, MI, and with offices in New York City, Drop Drop Studios is a creative studio specializing in video production, photography, web and social. With award-winning short films to their credit, their visual artists bring stories to life by evoking emotion, capturing the essence of the human struggle and celebrating the joys that bind us together.
Steelcase Global Report | Employee Engagement and the Global Workplace
Christine Congdon, Editor of 360 Magazine & Director, Global Research Communications, discusses new data from the Steelcase Global Report and how leaders should create a Resilient Workplace to help employees become more engaged.
One Day at SRAM
SRAM Headquarters was captured in action over the course of one day with employees providing their perspective on their new Perkins+Will designed workplace. This is “One Day at SRAM” – their space, their story.
Conform Monitor Arm Series
Workrite took a ground up approach to developing the Conform Series, which resulted in the most ergonomic, flexible and easy to install system that we’ve ever created. The Conform series features a variety of articulating and static arms, mounts and accessories, making it an extremely versatile product that can accommodate virtually any design application or monitor configuration.
Nuform worksurfaces from Inscape
Inscape's Nuform worksurfaces are highly durable and can be customized in lots of ways to fit your working style.
Lights. Camera. SWAY: KI Introduces True Freedom of Movement with Sway
Introducing Sway—an award-winning, revolutionary lounge seating solution that offers users true freedom of movement. Its innovative design is based on a unique orbital motion, allowing users to move freely from front to back, side to side, and everywhere in between.
KI: Now in China
KI has officially formed a strategic partnership with a Chinese manufacturer who will make KI furniture -- initially healthcare -- for the Asian market.
Shaw Contract Group video
HON Quotient™ Seating Two Minute Tutorial
As much as people love their task chair, today’s workers are spending less time at their desks and more time collaborating and working throughout a space. This requires seating platforms to support a wider variety of body types and environments. With a mesh back for comfort, an advanced seat cushion design, and a stool option for standing-height worksurfaces, Quotient is much more than the sum of its parts.
Anamorphic Logo: Reception desk at Lightspeed_acdf architecture
Place Viger in Montreal symbolized an age of glamorous travel and cosmopolitan ambition. Constructed in 1898, the train station was done up like a French chateau. But time wasn't kind to the building and over the decades, it fell into disrepair (thanks, Great Depression). Today it's the site of a $250-million mixed-use redevelopment project that seeks to revive the abandoned structure. Lightspeed, a point-of-sale software company, is one of the newest tenants and it enlisted local firm ACDF Architecture to overhaul three floors within Place Viger for its global headquarters. The concept mixes punchy graphics, whimsical features, and an historic framework to forge a minimalist office that feels sophisticated, not overwrought.
See What's New at HOK Product Design
See what's new at HOK Product Design, LLC, which engages designers who use design thinking to create innovative products for the built environment.
Is sitting at a computer all day making you fat, but standing desks are too expensive? The Hootsuite CEO’s nifty new side project could save your spine and slim your belly. Oristand is a$25 standing desk made of cardboard. Just unfold the contraption, stick it atop your normal desk, and you can work without hunching.
Gunlocke's Silea Open Office
Silea Open Office delivers a private office experience to individuals in the open plan. With its substantial presence, high-end fit and finish, and the warmth of its materials, the collection offers a level of sophistication unlike anything else in this category. Its wide range of configurations includes options that maximize individual privacy and storage as well as those designed to facilitate collaboration.
KI China Showroom
Steelcase Corporate Aviation
In 2016, the Steelcase Aviation team celebrated 47 phenomenal years and was recognized at the “Living Legends of Aviation” event. This team proudly demonstrates the culture of Steelcase; working together to create an unforgettable customer experience.
JLL Live @ DisruptCRE NYC
Highlights from DistruptCRE NYC with real estate firm JLL that was streamed live on March 30, 2017.
From Scrap to Sustainable: A quality solution
Television shows such as “Fixer Upper” “Property Brothers” and “Antiques Roadshow” attract millions of viewers by showing us how one person’s trash can become another person’s treasure. Beauty isn’t always easy to spot. Sometimes it’s hidden under layers of dust, often in need of a good coat of paint. Other times it can be found right under our feet — simply in need of someone to look down and see the promise in what otherwise would be thrown away.
Recently, three hidden gems shined. They show us how simple scraps of wood or cloth can be reimagined to create authentic, original and inspiring spaces. Scrap is the excess material from the manufacturing process that might otherwise have been discarded or recycled. People who led these projects saw the beauty in this previously unused material. Instead of seeking out perfection, they realized it’s the imperfections that can inspire us.
Coalesse creates thoughtful furnishings for the modern workplace
Coalesse, a division of Steelcase, creates office furnishings with the ultimate goal of maximizing collaboration in the workplace.
Plex™ by Herman Miller
A short animation showing the diversity of Plex seating arragements designed for Herman Miller.
CBRE Workplace360: Downtown San Diego
Watch how CBRE’s Downtown San Diego office has evolved by focusing on the employee experience in an environment that enhances efficiencies and encourages collaboration. CBRE’s Workplace Strategy doesn’t just cater to the big office users. Their strategies are scalable and help create an environment that will attract and retain a talented workforce.
Sedia Systems NEW JumpSeat Emerge 2016 Video
Create a multi-functional room by transforming an open event space into a sleek JumpSeat auditorium in a matter of minutes. This engineered system can be installed in under 12” of total height, making it a unique choice to incorporate in any building elevation plan.
Rockwell Unscripted for Knoll
When Knoll was looking for a design partner to collaborate on a collection of furniture that suited modern work styles and environments "there was only one person to call, and that was David Rockwell," says Benjamin Pardo, Knoll's Creative Director. Two very different sensibilities that may at first not seem like the most obvious partnership leverage the design firm's expertise in theater, play, co-working and hospitality with the furniture company's impeccable craftsmanship and creative freedom. The result is Rockwell Unscripted, a collection that fits in between the more traditional working and meeting spaces in most offices. It's a surprisingly successful, improvisational and flexible collection of seating, borders, storage, tables, steps and accessories. David Rockwell, who had won the company's first Tony award for set design the same week as the Rockwell Unscripted Collection for Knoll launched, shares his thoughts about the collaboration.
DIRTT Presents 'A Century of Drywall'
DIRTT's latest exploration into the use of drywall.
Elizabeth Whelan Textile Design
Textile designer, Elizabeth Whelan, talks about the process and creation of the specialized fabrics that were created for Humanscale's unique ergonomic seating designs.
Lucy Kellaway's Office Space: Unilever | FT Comment
The last time Lucy Kellaway visited Unilever’s London HQ it was a rabbit warren of corridors, closed offices and wood panelling. Now it’s a vast glass and steel temple to the modern office — but is it any better?
Husk chair by Marc Thorpe for Moroso is inspired by corn
American designer Marc Thorpe reveals which vegetable influenced his Husk chair for Moroso in our next exclusive movie for the Italian furniture brand.
Introducing: Ryan D. Martin, Director of Design for Hospitality Architecture
Ryan D. Martin is a tireless promoter of design in all its forms. We sat down with LEO A DALY's new Director of Design for Hospitality Architecture to talk about design's power to affect people's lives and society, and his love for creating unique, special guest experiences in hospitality.
National says that Fringe came about because, “Every day is a journey. Work. Learn. Socialize. Work. Learn. Socialize. However, it’s not cyclical; it’s fluent as one idea over there makes a project better over here. This fluidity, this never ending river of conversation enables breakthroughs, handshakes, smiles, compassion and teamwork.“
B&B ITALIA. POETRY IN THE SHAPE. WHEN DESIGN MEETS INDUSTRY
B&B Italia kicks off in Cologne the celebration of its 50th anniversary presenting the official première of the English version of the documentary film:
“B&B Italia. Poetry in the shape. When design meets industry.” made by 3D Produzioni for Sky Arte HD.
The documentary tells the story of the personal and entrepreneurial journey of B&B Italia’s founder Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, the company’s current situation and its objectives for the future. This is the first time that the story is being told in a video destined for a large audience of professionals and public. Innovation, technology and advanced industrial processes, 50 years of history explained in 50 intense minutes full of interviews, images and suggestions. Projects and products flow with an engaging rhythm, embracing different projects’ philosophies for culture and geography.
Humanscale has announced its latest innovation, M/Connect, is the first-ever integrated monitor arm base and docking station of its kind uniting technology and ergonomics to enhance the computing experience. Now available to order with Humanscales best-selling line of monitor arms, M/Connect provides universal device accommodation, easy access to user connections and high-speed charging all while eliminating desktop cable clutter.
Gesture - Interacting with Technology
The Gesture chair supports healthy postures in users interacting with today's technologies. (note video does not have audio)
pa|nyc presents: Midtown Tech Office
Following the design, construction, and move-in of an expansion for a technology company's global headquarters in NYC: we're hoping to offer a glimpse into our process: reinventing ofﬁce culture through design and branding, while adding much needed workspaces and collaboration zones. The film features footage of the raw space, scenes from the virtual reality animation, construction time-lapse videos, and stills from the completed project.
"It looks," I thought when I first saw the Altwork Station, "like a dentist's chair." That might not be your first inclination when shopping for new office furniture, but the team behind the unusual, zero-gravity workstation believe they have what it takes the coax you away from your standing desk or your exercise ball chair.
The Physical Space is a Symbol of Your Organization
Although most people don’t think about it this way, your organization’s physical workspace is a symbol. What does your symbol reflect to employees and outsiders?
Shaw Contract Group NeoCon Showroom: Altered
Shaw Contract Group
JLL Explores Workplace Wellness at CoreNet 2015
Workplace experts from JLL explore wellness and well-being at the 2015 CoreNet Global Summit in LA.
WDM Asks: What do you think about millennials in the workplace?
A good video from Work Design magazine
Configura - 25 year anniversary
Designed by Zaha Hadid, Volu is a contemporary dining pavilion concept that fuses computational design, lightweight engineering and precision fabrication. The design embeds the tectonics of manufacture within the form itself.
Silicon Valley design firm walks the DIRTT talk
Recommending big ideas to their high-tech clients wasn’t enough for AP+I Design. Founder Carol Sandman and the firm’s other principals decided to create their own net-zero carbon footprint workspace in an existing building, showing their clients first-hand how sustainability and aesthetics can be combined in a viable and engaging solution. As both client and designer on this project they were fully aware of value for money, and their exciting and practical new space will help them attract and retain the best talent in the field.
Jim Keane on Sustainable Growth at Steelcase
Many people think of Steelcase as a furniture company, but really, we are in the people business. Inclusion isn't just about what we believe—it's what we do every day to act on those beliefs. Inclusiveness, authenticity, and transparency benefit us all.
LBMC + STAKS Case Study
A case study featuring OFS Brands STAKS.
Why HON | We Surround Ourselves with Smart People
Besides your teammate, one of your most important office relationships is with your furniture. Our designers and engineers are like furniture scientists. They studied the human body and ergonomics before being nerdy was cool! For more reasons to choose HON, visit https://www.hon.com/why-hon/our-story.
Innovative Architecture Design with Award-Winning Design-Build Firm | CannonDesign
On this BW Session, we took a look at the Chicago office of CannonDesign. They're an integrated global design firm that unites a dynamic team of architects, engineers, strategists, researchers, futurists, and industry specialists who are driven by a singular goal — to help solve the greatest challenges brought to them by the society and their clients.
A View on Active Design
What is active design? How is it implemented in the workplace? What are the benefits? Featured in this interview: Jonathan Webb, VP of Sales and Marketing - Workplace Strategy at KI, Shawn Green, VP of Design and Product Marketing at KI, Rob Kirkbride of Bellow Press, Nila Leiserowitz of Gensler, and Mark Hirons of CannonDesign.
How will you work tomorrow?
Technology is transforming work and real estate. JLL looks ahead to 2030 to see how certain technologies will impact the working day and revolutionise workspace.
DEZEEN * Patrizia Moroso * exclusive factory tour
A personal factory tour of the Moroso factory given by Patrizia Moroso.
Moroso with vice president Bolzonello * FVG TV
Il vicepresidente Bolzonello, accompagnato dall'amm. delegato Roberto Moroso e dall'art director Patrizia Moroso, ha potuto vedere da vicino una realtà che impiega circa 130 dipendenti e che realizza prodotti di altissima qualità.
Sedia Systems NEW Lecture Hall Solutions 2016 Video
Sedia Systems offers a wide variety of contemporary lecture hall seating. From the innovative M Series that optimizes room capacity, to the award-winning O60 Series that offers a modern and elegant design, our solutions deliver unparalleled learning environments. Sedia Systems has installed lecture halls at some of the world’s most prestigious colleges, universities and multinational corporations. With the broadest array of designs and options we can address all your lecture hall needs seamlessly and efficiently, anywhere on the planet. Learn more at www.sediasystems.com/lecture-hall-seating today.
Grant Thornton Chicago
When Grant Thornton LLP, the world’s sixth largest accounting and advisory firm needed a space to wow guests, inspire employees, and promote collaboration, it turned to VOA, now Stantec, to create a unique space that reflected Grant Thornton’s corporate culture and values.
The official video from CDW 2016
KORE Product Offering & Details
It was important to Daniel Korb to look to sources of inspiration that utilized forward thinking. In doing so, he turned to Bauhaus as an inspiration, ultimately translating Bauhaus thinking of timeless classic geometry with a holistic approach into the 21st century environment.
Carlo Ratti Associati launches "world's first Internet-of-Things sofa" for Vitra
Italian architect Carlo Ratti has created a system of smart modular seats that can be adjusted with a smartphone or hand gestures into configurations that look like Ireland's Giant's Causeway. Carlo Ratti Associati's Lift-Bit furniture system, which the studio claims is the world's first Internet-of-Things sofa, is part of a range of new interactive products for Swiss furniture brand Vitra.
Groupon Engineering Culture and Office Video
The original creative office is back. In 2014, Chicago Creative Space took you into Groupon’s main digs at 600 W Chicago. Today we enter the green lair again, this time for a peek at the tech company’s brand new engineering space.
Social Tables, Washington, DC - Dan Berger
Social Tables CEO Dan Berger in the company’s new headquarters at G St NW in Washington, D.C. to talk about company culture, working with VOA, the open workplace and the relationship between brand and office design.
What Can Impact Design Teach Corporations About Creativity?
Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Vice President/Director of Sustainability, HKS, Inc.
MG - People, Products and Process
Magnuson Group is a family-owned company providing products & services to architects, interior designers, contract furniture dealers and commercial end-users for over 90 years.
DIRTT: Deseret Digital Media Case Study
Deseret Digital Media is a high-tech company owned by the Church of Latter-day Saints. Even with page views and site visits rivaling those of MSNBC and the Huffington Post, they still have to work hard to attract the best talent in the business. DDM decided to let their new workspace to a lot of the talking.
KI's Educational Furniture Transforms Learning Environment at Barnegat High School
When students at Barnegat High School felt like they were being held back by their classroom environment, they decided to do something about it, reaching out to the leading provider of educational furniture solutions, KI furniture. KI teamed up with students and faculty at Barnegat high school to transform their classroom environment with KI's award-winning Learn2 educational seating.
2015 Women in Sustainability Award
Women in Sustainability Leadership Award (WSLA) was established by Green Building & Design. The Award recognizes the top most powerful women in sustainability annually. Our vice president of sustainability, Rochelle Routman, is the WSLA Alumni Chair and 2014 recipient.
JLL helps Jama create space with intention
Get an inside look at Jama’s new headquarters and see how JLL was able to help Jama translate their ideas into a beautiful new space.
Knotted Chair by Marcel Wanders was "a little miracle"
Marcel Wanders looks back at his chair made from knotted rope, which helped propel the Dutch designer to international stardom when it was launched in 1996, in the first movie of our exclusive new video series.
General Services Administration (GSA) \\ Work Design Magazine
When the General Services Administration — the U.S. agency that manages nearly 375 million square feet of federal office space — opened their renovated headquarters at 1800 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2013, less than half of the building’s employees showed up. It was the intended result of an initiative that began with an Executive Order mandating that federal agencies shed unused office space, cut costs, and, in response to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, find a way to move government employees to more flexible styles of work.
Office Posture Matters: An Animated Guide
Intuity Video Animation
Intuity creates a dynamic workplace environment by providing a seemingly endless range of workplace possibilities. Markets and technologies are always evolving. Organizations need a system that can cope with every-changing workplace behaviors and work styles. Infinity is designed with a long-term outlook; it enables you to make the most of your space through a comprehensive kit of parts that can be integrated into any number of possibilities.
How Sound Works in Rooms - Acoustical Surfaces
A great video that explains acoustical surfaces, etc.