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Distributor announces first office design fair

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One Workplace, one of North America’s largest commercial office furniture dealerships, has announced that it will be holding its first ever ONEder event later this month. The event, which will be held at One Workplace’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California, will run from September 23 to October 2 and will feature more than 40 artisans and manufacturers from around the world showcasing the latest in office design. During the 10-day event, several key-note speakers will be in attendance as well, including Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, Pixar animator and director Andrew Gordon, and IDEO’s David Kelley.

The goal of ONEder is to reshape the future of design and creativity in the workplace. For the past year, the company has traveled around the globe to meet and recruit artisans and manufacturers in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and beyond, and bring their goods to the North American market.

“We want to expose the value of design in every day life and show people new solutions that they may haven’t thought of before,” says Mark Anderson, creative director of One Workplace. “We’re basically creating a museum to office design.”

The hands-on event will be held inside One Workplace’s 35,000-square-foot showroom and participants will be able to explore and interact with new products and designs from around the globe. In addition to showcasing new pieces, there will be a 920-square-foot space called Gallery One that will feature a curated selection of classic products from designers, including the late Italian industrial designer Joe Colombo. One Workplace will also be transforming 5,000-square feet of its warehouse into ONEderland, which will house whimsical displays of products from participating manufacturers.

Attendance for ONEder is free.

Register at www.oneworkplace.com.

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September 22, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Commercial furniture index remains strong

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According to the Michael A. Dunlap & Associates, LLC quarterly MADA / OFI Trends Survey, which measures the current business activity of the commercial furniture industry and its suppliers, that industry remains strong and may be headed for its best year in a while.

The survey was completed during the month of July 2015. The July 2015 Overall Survey Index is 58.78 and is the second best since July 2007, when it was 58.49. The highest recorded Index was 59.72 in July 2005; the lowest was 41.45 in April 2009. The average overall index is 54.65.

“The industry continues to move on a very steady and a solidly improving trend line,” Mike Dunlap commented. “This is very good news! The Overall Index continues to remain strong and is well above 50. It is definitely above the 44-survey average. We re-affirm our prediction that the industry remains on course to achieve its best year in more than a decade.”

The survey focuses upon ten key business activities, with respondents rating each area on a scale of 10 (the highest) to one (the lowest). The business activities are Gross Shipments, Order Backlog / Incoming Orders, Employment Levels, Manufacturing Hours (Overtime vs. Reduced Hours), Capital Investment, Tooling Expenditures, New Product Development Activity, Raw Material Costs, Employee Costs, and the respondents’ Personal Outlook on the industry.

The Gross Shipments Index of 62.40 and is much higher than the 44 Survey Average of 57.75. The Order Backlog Index of 62.50 and is well above the 44 Survey Average of 56.82. The Employment Index of 55.42 is well above the 44 Survey Average of 52.17. The Hours Worked Index was 58.33, nearly equal to the 44 Survey Average of 55.44.

The Capital Expenditures rose to 58.00 compared to 57.88 in April and Tooling Expenditures increased at 58.40 compared to 57.27 in April. These compare to the 44 Survey Averages of 55.44 and 55.79.

New Product Development slipped slightly to 68.80 compared to 69.70 in April. The previous all-time high of 66.41 was in October 2014 and all are well above the 44 Survey Average of 63.69.

Raw Material Costs dipped to 48.75 compared to 50.00 in April well above the 44 Survey Average of 44.57. Employee Costs improved to 47.92 compared to 45.94 in April 2015. The 44 Survey Average is 46.74.

The Personal Outlook Index of 66.40, is the highest recorded since the survey started in 2004 and exceeds the previous high of 66.32 in January 2015. This compares to 64.85 in April 2015 and is well above the 44 Survey averages of 57.68.

“The two declines in several index values are not very significant,” Dunlap said. “All have been improving since the first half of 2013, and the large increases during the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2015 are not a common occurrence. The first quarter remained strong and the strength of the 2nd Quarter of 2015 reflects a pattern of solid improvement. The Employment Levels and Hours Worked index values continue to increase and are indicative signs that hiring new employees is not keeping up with demand with overtime.

“New Product Development is extraordinary at 68.80!. Both manufacturers and suppliers continue to report similar experiences. “It’s wonderful to see the continued strength of the index in New Product Development Index.”

The most frequently cited perceived threats to the industry’s success are healthcare costs and the costs of materials. The costs of materials and healthcare are the most commonly cited concerns from respondents since this survey process was started in August 2004.

The July 2015 MADA / OFI Trends survey was sent to more than 800 individuals involved with office furniture manufacturing and suppliers from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America and from companies ranging from more than $1 Billion in sales to less than $10 Million in sales. The survey repeats in October 2015.

For further information, contact: Mike Dunlap, 616-786-3524, e-mail: mike@mdunlap-associates.com; http://www.mdunlap-associates.com

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August 18, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Haworth adds Workware Wireless packages

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Haworth’s Workware Wireless is designed to simplify content sharing within a team. At NeoCon, Haworth launched two new packages for Workware Wireless with all new hardware. These packages feature the ability for multiple people to share at the same time and gives them control over how much content to share. Workware products respond to the collaborative working trend as a growing number of workers spend more time together in open plan environments. See http://www.haworth.com.

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July 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Teknion introduces height-adjustable bench at NeoCon

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Teknion’s Livello Height-Adjustable Bench was one of many sit-or-stand workspaces shown at NeoCon 2015.

Perhaps the most notable trend displayed this year at NeoCon, one of the world’s largest interior design conventions, held June 15-17 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, was the height-adjustable workspace, which reflects the growing, broader trend of implementing a healthier, more active workplace.

Teknion Corp.’s new height-adjustable bench was just one example of that growing interest.

“The Livello Height-Adjustable Bench creates benching workspaces that provide each user with individual control of their work and movement. Single or linked, stations create a benching environment that fully supports user sit-stand ranges, technology requirements, and a high level of flexibility to create individual privacy,” says Dannion Smith, director, ergonomic initiatives at Teknion. “Not only is this the most height-adjustable bench on the market, it offers an industry-leading 3-inch leveling feature, the tallest glass screens and more power delivery options to a run of stations, addressing today’s most common benching application issues.”

Teknion says it has sponsored the first groundbreaking laboratory-controlled study on the implementation of sit-stand workstations. The study found that those who change positions throughout the workday are at lower risk of developing lower-back pain, cardiovascular disease and even cancer than their sedentary peers.

www.teknion.com

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July 14, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Bush launches Series C Elite furniture collection

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At NeoCon, one of North America’s largest interior design shows, Bush Business Furniture displayed its new Series C Elite, a furniture collection that can stand alone or work together to create a custom office environment.

Bush is calling the collection its flagship.

“We’ve introduced our new flagship for the industry’s value segment,” stated Mark Weppner, Bush’s executive marketing VP. “We have introduced products that provide a flexible, healthy, and ergonomic solution for today’s work environments. The new table desks can be used as a stand-alone configuration, or combined into a multi-person workstation that creates meeting space as well as privacy between neighbors.”

The collection, which features storage components, desk shells and bases, and height-adjustable tables and desks, which again demonstrate the trend of active workspaces.

www.bbffits.com

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July 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Herman Miller applies technology to office settings

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Herman Miller’s Living Office is an offering of knowledge, tools, products, and services designed to help people envision and realize higher performing workplaces. At NeoCon 2015, Herman Miller brought purpose to Living Office settings by harmonizing surroundings, furnishings, and tools, including technology, to create environments that support people and enable them to do their best work.

In today’s world of work, many organizations look to technology as a panacea to solve their problems with attraction and retention, engagement, productivity, and collaboration, among other concerns. Herman Miller believes that technology is a tool that is only effective when it is applied thoughtfully, in concert with the surroundings and furnishings in a space to support the needs of people.

Through work with hundreds of customers around the world, Herman Miller has learned that technology typically fails for two key reasons: The many stakeholders in the design process aren’t aligned, and they lack a complete understanding of the way people work today. Herman Miller is helping organizations fully realize and sustain the benefits of technology by encouraging them to shift from a linear workplace design process with standardized formulas and isolated teams to an integrated approach that puts people, rather than technology, first. This approach begins with questions such as, “What are people doing in a space? What are they trying to achieve? What are the best tools to help them work and interact in ways that feel natural?”

At NeoCon 2015, Herman Miller demonstrated this approach in ten Living Office settings, based on real world input from customers, where surroundings, furnishings, and tools are applied in concert to elevate the experience of work. Technology is woven into each setting in a purposeful way, as appropriate to support the type of work being done in the space.

Modeled after a fast-paced financial services company, one Hive Setting allowed people working in close proximity to easily connect when they need to discuss an idea or quickly solve a problem. At shared benches, monitors with ergonomic supports enable periods of focused individual work. Large monitors throughout the space keep people abreast of news and breaking developments and can be used to display important organizational information—helping everyone align around goals. Easily accessible desktop power enables workers to plug in and power up personal technology so they can be constantly connected on multiple devices.

In contrast to the multiple forms of technology offered to support the needs of workers in the finance Hive, a nearby Clubhouse Setting is designed to support a magazine’s creative team whose work relies upon visual and manual access to analog materials.

Herman Miller demonstrated two Meeting Space Settings at NeoCon, both designed to support the types of activities that happen within. In one Meeting Space, the surroundings, furnishings, and tools were configured to enhance the presentation and discussion of content in a small group. To support this, a single, large monitor is oriented so that everyone has a clear line of sight to the presenter, and can focus on the content being presented.

A second Meeting Space was optimized for conversations between local and remote participants. A large-format interactive display with a digital portal connected people with co-workers and content around the world. The teardrop-shaped table allows a clear line of sight between local and remote participants, and also eliminates the traditional head of the table spot, giving all participants the sense that they are important contributors to the meeting.

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July 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

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ChargeSpot demonstrates wireless charging

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ChargeSpot Wireless Power Inc. showed its ChargeSpot smart wireless charging product at NeoCon. ChargeSpot develops wireless charging products for commercial spaces, adding functionality while maintaining aesthetics. The ChargeSpot wireless transmitter installs beneath the surface of a desk, table or counter to create a wireless charging zone on the top of the surface. ChargeSpots provide employees and guests with easy access to power, enabling them to stay connected and productive.

ChargeSpot Connect is said to be the first cloud-based management platform for Qi and dual-mode wireless charging systems. Connect enables companies and businesses to effectively monitor and manage their ChargeSpot wireless charging deployments. ChargeSpot customers can use Connect to remotely monitor of usage and health of their ChargeSpots and gain insight into activity of their employees and guests. See http://www.chargespot.com.

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