NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends

TRENDS BLOOM AT NEOCON – 2019 OFFICE FURNITURE TRENDS

Tens of thousands of guests from around the globe were dazzled at NeoCon 2019 a couple of weeks ago at Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, as top industry names such as Herman Miller, Vitra, Steelcase and more lead the world’s biggest manufacturers in showcasing their most impressive and newest products.  As the single most important event of the year for commercial office furniture, NeoCon is the world’s leading platform for commercial design innovation and networking.  Hundred of brands were represented in areas of furniture, textiles, building materials, lighting, wall coverings, floor coverings, outdoor products, accessories and more. 

Every year, NeoCon gives us a special glimpse into the future.  From the most popular colors, fabrication and materials to progressive shapes, structures and cutting-edge innovations, here are the top trends we found at the show.

LIGHTING STEALS THE SHOW

Manufacturers definitely pulled out all the stops inside their showrooms–and it was oftentimes difficult not to look up.  Fabulous lighting displays were everywhere this year at the Merchandise Mart, attracting guests to each of the beautifully designed rooms and vignettes.  Lighting was no longer there just to complement, but instead wow the guests and lead them in.  Maybe–just maybe–it really is all about the lighting..?

NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends: 1) BUZZISPACE 2) HUMANSCALE 3) STEELCASE 4) STEELCASE

PASTELS & NEONS LEAD A RAINBOW CAST

Among the dizzying display of rainbow colors, 2 types were no doubt up front and center: pastels and neons.  Pastels came in all different hues, but there was definitely a love affair with dusty pinks, magentas and salmons this year (probably trickling down from Millennial Pink’s fading popularity, and Pantone’s 2019 hot color of the year, Living Coral).  Neons were also very much in your face, especially with highlighter yellows and greens.  But one thing’s for sure, the colors didn’t stop there.  There was a bold experimentation with geometric color-blocking and mixing-and-matching of everything–from neutral palettes to bright, cheerful hues, and to darker, brooding tones such as burgundy and teal.

NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends: 5) OM 6) HAWORTH 7) STEELCASE 8) GLOBAL

DECADENT TEXTURES & FABRICS

One universal theme that was clear and very much present at NeoCon 2019 was comfort.  And nothing says comfort more than fabrics and materials that draw us in and make us feel good.  From luxurious fur, velvets and felt to exquisite leather, chenille and quilted surfaces, this is the era of rich, decadent textures and fabrics. And we all want to be enveloped in them–not just at home–but at the workplace.

NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends: 9) ARCADIA 10) INDIANA FURNITURE 11) STEELCASE 12) HAWORTH

REAL FURNITURE HAVE CURVES

Falling under the comfort theme, we were shocked at how much curves there were in many of the furniture design displayed.  It seemed as though there was a unified, conscious effort to make sure everything was rounded off, softened up, and cushioned.  And when you saw something that was hard-edged or sharp, its starkness was minimized with blunt edges and organic textures.  Gone are the days of sharp and sleek. For now, it’s bye-bye furniture anorexia and hello furniture with curves.

NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends: 13) DAUPHIN 14) OFS BRANDS 15) JASPER GROUP 16) BOSS DESIGN

THOUGHTFUL GREENERY & BIOPHILIA

Biophilia in recent years have taken root and flourished into our offices, reaching its peak in 2017 when Pantone announced Greenery as color of the year.  Now, a more refined way of introducing the outdoors indoors was seen throughout many of the showrooms.  It was no longer trees, plants and leaves galore.  Greenery was tastefully pulled back and incorporated in more thoughtful, inventive and even quirky ways.

NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends: 17) GLOBAL 18) STEELCASE 19) KRUG 20) AIS

ALL ABOUT PRIVACY

We all knew it was coming.  When office walls started to disappear around the early 2000’s to make room for collaborative open-plan layouts, our privacy went along with them.  Now, there is a much stronger need and demand for private, secluded spaces for quiet, concentrated work.  We were excited to see many innovative solutions that were offered at this year’s show.

NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends: 21) NOOK 22) STEELCASE 23) SILEN SPACE 24) JASPER GROUP

RESIMERCIAL COMFORT TO RESORT BLISS

Resimercial design, which was huge in last year’s show,  helped bring the comforts of home to the office.  It provided professionals comfortable, informal workspaces where they can be productive, collaborative, and dynamic.  This year (as though feeling at home wasn’t enough) we saw a lot of rich, natural, soothing wood finishes, parachute chord details, light and airy curtains (serving as room dividers) and wicker weave applications–all reminiscent of being at a 5 star island resort.  It was as if resimercial design is now giving way to hospitality design.

NeoCon 2019 Office Furniture Trends: 25) OFS BRANDS 26) HERMAN MILLER 27) HERMAN MILLER 28) HAWORTH

Read Top 5 Commercial Office Furniture Trends – 2018 NeoCon
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NeoCon 2019 Winners

NeoCon 2019 Winners

CONTRACT MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES NEOCON  2019 WINNERS

Every year, Contract Magazine hosts the Best of NeoCon Competition which surveys the latest and greatest in commercial product design and highlights standout entries in various design categories.  The 2019 winners were announced during an awards breakfast on June 10 at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, where eighty-three awards and recognitions   were given, including six Editor’s Choice awards, eight Innovation awards, and a Best of Competition prize.  Below are all winners from this year’s competition. Drumroll and envelopes please!—Here are the Best of NeoCon 2019 winners:

Acoustic Panels & Solutions

Gold: Snowsound: FLAT
Silver: Luxxbox: Linea Acoustic LED Lighting System

Acoustic Privacy & Modular Solutions

Gold: OFS: Leant To
Silver: Framery Acoustics: Framery 2Q


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Architectural & Decorative Glass

Silver: Skyline Design: Oblique & Chevron

Architectural Products

Gold and Best of Competition: OFS: Obeya
Silver: Connectrac: Flex


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Carpet: Broadloom

Gold: Tarkett: Tatami System
Silver: Mohawk Group: Textural Effects

Carpet: Contract Area Rugs

Innovation: Mohawk Group: Connecting Neurons Definity

Carpet: Modular

Gold: Patcraft: Deconstructed Felt
Silver: Shaw Contract: Suited

Case Goods

Gold: HALCON: HALO Office
Silver: Herman Miller: Geiger One Casegoods

Conference Room Furniture

Gold: Nucraft: Alev
Innovation: Tuohy Furniture Corp.: Meich Tables
Silver: Andreu World: Reverse Wood

Education Solutions

Gold: VS America: JUMPER
Silver: Keilhauer: Buncha

Flooring: Hard Surface LVT & Planks

Gold: Patcraft: Handloom
Innovation: Metroflor Corp.: Metroforms with Attraxion Magnetic Attachment Technology
Silver: Milliken & Co.: Change Agent LVT

Furniture Collections for Collaboration

Gold: Steelcase: Flex Collection
Innovation: Teknion: Bene Box
Silver: STYLEX: Free Address


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Furniture Systems & Enhancements

Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Rail
Silver: HALCON: HALO Office

Furniture: Benching

Gold: Innovant: Cross Benching

Healthcare Fabrics & Textiles

Gold: Designtex: Biophilia 2.0
Silver: CF Stinson: Chiaroscuro Collection

Healthcare Flooring

Gold: Teknoflor: Coordination Collection
Silver: Mohawk Group: True Hues

Healthcare Guest & Lounge Seating

Gold: Kwalu: Prizzi Lounge
Healthcare Patient Seating
Silver: Spec Furniture: Tailor HD

Lighting: Decorative & Hospitality

Gold: Eaton: Shaper Sense Acoustic LED Luminaires
Silver: LightArt: Acoustic Wing

Lounge Furniture Collections

Gold: Haworth Inc.: Cabana Lounge
Silver: Andreu World: Rap Sofa

Movable Walls

Gold: Teknion: Tek Vue
Silver: Allsteel: Beyond Pavilion

Office Accessories

Gold: Allsteel: Radii
Silver: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Cart and Garage

Seating: Bar Stools

Editors’ Choice: Martin Brattrud: Cumbia
Gold: Davis Furniture Industries: Muse Barstool

Seating: Benches

Editors’ Choice: Nienkämper: Heartbeat
Gold: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Perch
Silver: Allermuir: Axyl Bench


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Seating: Conference

Gold: OFS: Kasura
Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: M75

Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task

Gold: via seating: Younique
Silver: Nightingale Corp.: NLC


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Seating: Guest

Gold: Allermuir: Kin
Silver: Andreu World: Gala

Seating: Outdoor Contract & Hospitality

Silver: Andreu World: Nuez Outdoor

Seating: Sofas & Lounge

Gold: Andreu World: Rap sofa
Silver: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Recliner

Seating: Stacking

Gold: Sandler Seating: HDS 1.1
Silver: SitOnIt Seating | IDEON: Mika


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Signage & Wayfinding

Gold: Takeform: Lucid Refined Interior Signage
Silver: 2/90 Sign Systems: SafeCare Signs

Space Dividers/Partitions/Screens

Gold: Clarus Glassboards: Flex Wall
Silver: Naava: Naava Flow

Tables: Communal & Task

Gold: Nucraft: Epono
Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: Inform


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Tables: Height-Adjustable/Training/Work

Editors’ Choice: Versteel: Sky
Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Desk
Silver: Senator International: Array


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Tables: Occasional

Editors’ Choice: Studio TK: Freehand Occasional Tables
Gold: Nucraft: Alev
Innovation: Davis Furniture Industries: Lift


(Image Source – Studio TK: Freehand Occasional Tables)

Technology-Integrated Solutions

Gold: Steelcase: Roam
Innovation: Connectrac: Flex
Silver: National Lighting: Revive

Textiles: Upholstery

Editors’ Choice: Wolf Gordon: VEER
Editors’ Choice: Luum Textiles: Future Tense Collection
Gold: HBF: Lost & Found
Innovation: Haworth Inc.: Haworth Knits
Silver: Momentum Group: Architectural Textures Collection

Wall Treatments

Innovation: Momentum Group: Woven Silica
Silver: Designtex: Metallic Wallcoverings

Workplace Technologies

Gold: CF Stinson: designMix with colorAI
Silver: FreeAxez: Gridd Mobile

See NeoCon 2018 Winners
Resources: www.contractdesign.com

Easy Guide to Calculating Space for Best Office Layout

Trying to calculate how much space you need for your office layout is no easy task. Industry guidelines state that an office should have about 250 square feet per employee, but the amount of space that’s really needed can vary widely.  Let’s look at the basics below and assess the variables to measure.

Consider the Number of People

Determine how many people are impacted and their needs.  Individuals play different roles. How many are admin, sales, or in a technical capacity like engineering? A nonprofit organization will have admin and those designated to carry out the program.  List the number who need private offices and individual desks and how many will share workstations.  Also, decide if the number of people that will be working today will stay about the same for the near future and then decide if growth will be likely or if fewer people, especially in the case of freelance or temporary help.

Measure the Room and Open Space Sizes for Layout Planning

If existing rooms are permanent, then you can measure the available open space and how much room each department may need.  In a large open space, temporary rooms can easily be constructed using architectural walls and work spaces designated with today’s flexible cubicle systems.

Decide on Storage Space and Use

Storage can be done in a layered fashion. A designated central area, departmental storage with filing cabinets and personal storage at workstations and private offices are all options.  It’s easy to amass clutter so make sure that what’s needing stored has a lasting purpose. Just like people moving in or out, storage needs can change.

List Out the Overall Facilities

The space you need and have available is unique to you. There are variables that will certainly impact the footage needed for your optimal office layout.  Make sure to consider space and furnishings for:

  • Reception area – how much space do you need for a reception desk and guest chairs
  • Computer room to house servers and other related equipment
  • Break room – refrigerator, sink, cups, plates and table
  • Copy area and designated work area that salespeople may need to assemble collateral
  • Training area – will space be set aside for a designated training area?
  • Restrooms
  • First Aid and Emergency supplies – usually kept in a break room and restrooms for smaller companies

Have fun and be creative, and just make sure to plan your existing office space as effective as possible!

Mastering the Activity-Based Office Layout

Mastering the Activity-Based Office Layout

What is an Activity-Based Office Layout

To promote a more productive office, steer clear of the traditional and stationary individual work desks.  Instead, try an activity-based office layout — with work zones, collaboration areas, and places to focus.  The activity-based office layout is a variation on an open office floor plan and foster activity-based working.  Activity-based working means that instead of specific one-man desks where a person works all day, employees can access a variety of spaces throughout their work day. Informal areas are a fit for impromptu meetings and personal areas are available for phone calls and a chance to retreat briefly from a workstation.

Office Layout – Workstations

An activity-based office layout lets employees work in areas that are personally comfortable. Sometimes it’s necessary to work closely with other team members, so select workstations with the styles and customizable features that support a team’s needs.  Privacy is often an issue so choose desks and open-plan benching with partitions that can be removed or installed.  There are many quality workstations available today that are designed for the different personalities that make up a team, along with the needs of individuals. The G Series Desk Lounge is a good example, with a layout that can provide room for four workers, and a casual seating space with a sofa-type cushion. The workstation can be configured if people want to work in pairs or if someone needs to work alone, and the desk surfaces are height adjustable.

Office Layout – Joint Areas

What happens if a focused conversation has to take place and others can’t be interrupted? Create an area for collaboration!  When designing an activity-based office layout even with small workspaces, there are plenty of options for creating collaboration areas. Conversation pods, or co-op meeting spaces, and modular lounge furniture that is easily re-configured make it possible to get ideas out in the open without interrupting flow in designated work areas.  Also consider architectural walls that define space but let light filter through the room.  If spaces seem cluttered and tight, consider what furniture can and needs to go.  A design firm in London, Oktra, did an office overhaul so more collaboration among team members could take place. The company tossed 30 percent of its desks and increased the size used for sharing ideas. An area was also created for employees to use their phones.

Office Layout – Concentration Zones

Healthy boundaries are needed in the workspace — and key for the activity-based office layout. Employees are a mix of introverts and extroverts.  A constant barrage of communication indefinitely can wear people down, and introverts especially need to be able to have a chance to pull back from others when necessary.   Create concentration zones with individual pods, like a privacy booth from KI. Its design reduces surrounding noise and restricts peripheral vision.  Also, playing quiet background music like instrumental jazz and using plants to demarcate space can help create areas for taking a personal call or getting into an assignment.

More Office Space Ideas

When considering to revamp the workplace with an activity-based office layout and create a productive setting with a personal touch, then present a concept and ask the employees for their ideas on designs and touches that they’d like.  There are many things that can be done, even if initially it seems like an impossibility.  For example, if the office can’t afford to install a company gym, maybe consider installing a treadmill or two. That gives employees chances to take a walking break during the day.  It’s also a great idea to keep your office happy with food.  You can bring in catered coffee with a barista once or twice a week, depending on the budget, or have a monthly taco bar.  Bottom line: create spaces for these type of activities that encourage your staff and keep them happy.

2010 Office Furniture offers expert ideas for companies in all industries needing furniture that fits available spaces, goals and objectives. Submit your needs here to get input on space planning, ergonomic furniture and the accessories needed to create an office that brings the most out of people while providing a positive office and work experience.

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How to Select an Open Office or Private Office Layout

How to Select an Open Office or Private Office Layout

Open Office VS Private Office

An open office layout allows co-workers to easily communicate with each other. The aesthetics are pleasing since even a small office can look spacious when it’s not sectioned off. About 80% of U.S. companies use the this layout, yet the layout has its critics that are speaking out.  During 2018, a headline in the Chicago Tribune announced, “The open office plan is a disaster” while the Washington Post published an analysis proclaiming, “Open office plans are as bad as you thought.” Disruptions and a sense of impermanence are noted as a couple of the negatives.

It’s important to note that the open office layout works or falls short of expectations depending on these variables: the nature of the work to accomplish; a company’s culture; and whether or not an office space is planned well.  Read on to learn more about open offices versus private offices, and how a professionally designed layout can work well for your office space.

The Nature of the Work

A reason that open office plans may be getting negative reviews is that company executives and office managers will often make decisions based on popular trends instead of what is right for their specific situation.  For example, tech giants such as Apple and Google use an open office approach in their office spaces around the world. So if it’s right for these global brands, then it must be right for—

Hold on. It’s important to remember that a better way to lay out an office is to understand the nature of a company’s work and the need for collaboration and communication. Budgets matter and open offices typically cost less to maintain. If the existing physical space is open, then planning an this can be an easy solution.  Think in terms of a grid or formula. The greater the need for collaboration, then the more an open office situation is right.  Highly personalized work that require individual conversations on completely different matters will require more boundaries in place.

A Team Approach

Consider an open office environment for small teams that are focused on bringing a project to life where the need for collaboration is high.  A small engineering firm that is building a robot or a creative firm like an ad agency that’s working on a specific account can benefit from an open office design and use of collaborative workstations.  The upside to this scenario is that team members have an easy time talking to each other and the open office arrangement is flexible and adaptable as projects come and go.  The downside however is that team members can feel like the arrangement is temporary with a “here today and gone tomorrow” kind of feeling. Also, individuals who need quiet to focus on their work are exposed to teammates’ conversations, phone calls, “out loud” thinking, and music that are a distraction while playing in the background.

Individualized Work

An architectural firm where partners spearhead their own projects or a law firm where individuals are tackling completely different cases can benefit from a more closed office with individual office desks.  In these scenarios, when private spaces become a necessity, panes of glass can be used in place of solid walls. Bookcases that are filled with research material along with dividers to deaden sound can delineate space.

Working in Open Groups

Rarely is a decision so straight-forward in today’s working world that an office either has to only have an open office plan or a closed office plan with private spaces and traditional doors. Today’s office furniture needs in seating and workstation options come with adaptability and flexibility.

A company that might have 200 or 300 employees can have an open office arrangement where groups are formed by department or logical tasks.  Accounting and finance can be in one open area while marketing can be in another. If the space is large enough, then using attractive dividers decorated with company milestones can act as boundary markers instead of installing solid walls.  Real estate brokerage firms and insurance companies can work with an open-private hybrid and design.  Hanging plants, light stands, or individual lounge chairs can create distinctive work areas. Creative office furniture like the Connection Zone or Co-op Lounge can carve out private spaces within an open office layout.

Designing an Open Office or Private Office Layout

Looking to design your own private office or open plan space?  Let our experts help you!  2010 Office Furniture has more than 45 years of experience working with some of the most prominent companies in Los Angeles and Orange County, including Southern California Edison, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, The Honda Center, UCLA, Bunim Murray Productions, Hollywood Park Casino, Living Spaces, W Hotels, Sony Pictures Studios, Dignity Health and more.  Share your project with us today and talk to us about a complimentary space planning consultation.

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3 Popular Office Layouts to Meet Your Office Culture

3 Popular Office Layouts to Meet Your Office Culture

The Importance of Office Layouts

An office layout that’s set up for maximum functionality and efficiency creates a productive environment. Achieving this optimal arrangement takes planning and accounts for all the necessary accessories and equipment.  Here is an overview of different office layouts, how each can be furnished, and the impact on the personal preferences of employees.

1. Open Office Layouts

A large space without walls is a simple definition of the open office. It’s a highly relational approach to work and fosters communication and collaboration. In practical terms, the layout can also be an easy way to manage people who do a single task like data entry. Tech companies and start-ups often benefit from this layout.  The challenge is that privacy is scarce and there are more distractions than in divided offices.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Adjusting for Personal Needs:

  • Letting employees work from home when they need privacy
  • Creating private areas using comfortable and state-of-the-art lounge chairs like Focal Point and Connection Zone
  • Using Co-op lounges for private, small group discussions and phone conferences

2. Cellular Office Layouts

A large space that’s divided using cubicle style desks offers greater privacy and more personal space than the open office. Benefits include being adaptable in space sizes and design. Sales organizations can benefit from this style where time is split between the office and going out to see clients.  The cubicle usually evokes images of corporate sameness with a dull gray interior and workers slotted into positions. However, today’s options are quite attractive. Instead of industrial grade partitions with desks squeezed in, the desk and cubicle are often one and the same.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Adjusting for Personal Needs:

  • Since cubicles can divide up a room, having an open area for lunches or lounging can offer variety.

3. Private Office Layouts

For an office space that already has hallways and walls, offices ensure the greatest degree of privacy possible. This style is found in top-down organizations and hearkens back to the days when the president of a company had the largest office or prized corner office.  Professional firms and companies where individuals need a high degree of focus in their work can benefit the most from this setup. The downside is that it hinders the relational aspects of work that younger generations enjoy and the layout can seem intimidating and overly formal.

The look of the furniture for private office layouts can reflect the company’s brand and the individual’s brand and personal tastes.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Suggested Innovative Office Layout Ideas

Be a trendsetter or invite employees to design their own office space whether the existing plan is open, made of cells or private rooms.

Shared and Personal Space:

  • Shared spaces can have individual lounge areas nearby. If you use a product like the Mayline – E5 Open Plan Benching that accommodates eight people, then each person could have an individual lounge chair nearby that has a reading lamp and available plug-ins.
  • Encourage the team to decorate according to their hobbies and interests: a library look, sports, or outdoor area.

A Middle of Room Lounge:

  • In an open office space, use modular cubicles or open plan benching around the sides. This is nice if windows let in plenty of natural light. Then in the middle of the room, create an open area for break-time reading, eating and beverage service.
  • Consider an arrangement like the Coact lounge or the Island Modular to bring people together.

Choosing Reception Furniture

The style of office layout will help determine the type of reception desk and guest chairs to use in the entrance of your office.

Designing Your Office Layout

Looking to design your own open, cellular or private office?  Let our experts help you!  2010 Office Furniture has more than 45 years of experience working with some of the most prominent companies in Los Angeles and Orange County, including Southern California Edison, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, The Honda Center, UCLA, Bunim Murray Productions, Hollywood Park Casino, Living Spaces, W Hotels, Sony Pictures Studios, Dignity Health and more.  Share your project with us today and talk to us about a complimentary space planning consultation.

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How To Set Up An Office Space

How to Arrange Office Furniture for Comfort and Productivity

Comfortable and efficient office spaces happen with proper planning. Ones arranged most effectively are adaptable for the future. Facility managers tasked with office space set up or reconfiguring a floor space can follow these steps to choose the furniture that meets the needs of staff and serves the company’s goals.

Plan for the Right Amount of Public and Private Space

An open office plan compared to spaces divided by cubicles and individual desks changes the type of furnishings used. It’s possible to strike a balance between the two and that means choosing a third option.

Open plan benching gives employees the chance to communicate and share ideas while giving an office an open and airy look. However, private spaces can’t be ignored or forgotten. Those can be created with private enclaves such as co-op lounges or can be configured by putting together individual lounge chairs for the appropriate office space set up.

Dividing the office into work areas using cubicles allows for greater personal focus on tasks. Distractions are reduced or removed and allow for a feeling of ownership of spaces. Cubicles today don’t have to be the same traditional shade of gray. Translucent panes of glass and panels with a myriad of earth tones allow for many inviting options. Employees can then feel like they’re walking into an area that has personality.

Desks that are clustered in sizes of about four users can have privacy panels that provide a mix between totally open benching and the cloistered look of cubicles. An office area still has a light and open appearance while each worker has their clearly defined work and personal space.

Offices can also be divided up among small teams, so that four people are together in one area and perhaps six or seven in another with cubicles creating boundaries.

Modular desk systems make future adjustments easy and minimize disruption.

Plan for Health and Wellness

Ergonomics should rank high as a consideration for choosing furniture. Employees who use chairs that adjust to the body’s natural weight and movements are less prone to aggravate lower back muscles and hips.

When desk surfaces are at height that allow for computers to be at proper eye level then strain is reduced on shoulder and neck muscles.

Its important to note that ergonomics isn’t just a passing fad. A guide from the Mayo Clinic details the importance of the office environment on the health. For sitting, a person’s neck shouldn’t be bending forward to see the computer screen. A monitor should be about an arm’s length away while hands should be at or just below elbow level.

Keeping furniture clean should be a priority. Purchase items that don’t have small cracks and tiny places for bacteria to build.

Plan for Adaptability

The days of one desk size fits all is long gone. Now it’s realistic to give employees the option for sitting, standing, and adjusting surfaces for someone’s height and comfort. Look for height-adjustable tables to use with teams and height adjustable desks for single users.

Knowing these preferences shows the staff that the company is invested in them and can result in a nicely productive atmosphere. The little things that keep people happy can add up to offer a large competitive advantage.

Finding Help for Your Office Space Set Up

Don’t go it alone when setting up an office. 2010 Office Furniture can provide expert guidance based on over four decades working with executives, managers, and purchasing agents in a variety of industries throughout Southern California.

Have particular ideas and want a quote? Click here to call in, email, or submit your needs online.

Read Also:  Leveraging a Professionally Designed Workspace for Long-Term Gain

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Green Campaign Ideas for the Office 2019

Being green at the office does more than conserve the planet’s resources. Employees also benefit from cleaner air and better lighting. Here are some easy ways to create your very own green office and promote a sustainable office environment.

Start with the Walls and Office Divider

Replace gray and brown cubicle dividers and make them come alive—literally. The easiest solution is to use hanging baskets filled with plants that grow well indoors, literally helping to create a green office. Succulents are low maintenance plants that come in a variety of shapes, and they only need watering every one to two weeks.

Also consider these plants that help purify the air: peace lilies, small potted cactus, bamboo, English ivy and the heartleaf philodendron.

While it’s possible to use partitions, shelving and bookcases work well for displaying the plants.

Office plants act as a natural air purification system, keep humidity at comfortable levels, and reduce airborne bacteria.

Find the Light

Natural light reduces electricity usage while promoting positive moods, alertness and assisting with metabolism. Workers with adequate sunshine also slept an average of 46 minutes longer per night than those who didn’t, according to a 2014 study by Northwestern University medicine and the University of Illinois.

Workstations should be within 25 feet of walls that have windows. Natural light practically “vanishes” after that distance. Consider using solar tubes or skylights in areas that don’t have windows. Quality solar tubes allow maximum light while keeping out hot air.

Use a smart office control for electric light to adjust lighting levels as the usage varies.

Use Ceramic Instead of Throwaways

For meetings and open houses, if your company has them, use ceramic mugs instead of styrofoam or other types of disposable cups. Use an energy efficient hot water pot to quickly heat water to boiling so employees can easily sterilize their own mugs during the workday.

Shout it from the Rooftops

Schools around Southern California have covered their parking lots and installed solar panels to harvest the abundant sunlight as renewable energy. Consider this for your office if the parking lot is currently open air.

Solar panels for commercial grade roofs may also be a solution, but study the options carefully.

Look to the Trees for a Truly Green Office

Offices can also reduce their energy output by planting trees strategically. Trees have additional benefits such as covering unsightly concrete walls, reducing traffic noises and making an area look appealing to attract customers, as noted by Treepeople.org.

Be Encouraging

Encourage walking, biking to work, and the use of public transit when driving to the office. Ask people to share rides to meetings whenever possible.

Sustainability is an important concept for all aspects of a professional and personal life. 2010 Office Furniture helps create office designs and layouts that are efficient and can sustain a company’s workflow needs and personal employee preferences.

Check our Services page in addition to our Products page and see how we’re able to lay out a workable solution.

Read Also: Great Ways to Encourage Better Employee Health

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NeoCon 2018 Best Products

Even when you have the winners, it’s difficult to ignore all of the other thousands of brilliant new designs and innovations showcased at this year’s NeoCon 2018. From office desks, tables and seating, to textiles, accessories and flooring materials, top manufacturers delighted and inspired the event attendees with their latest offering — especially those considered as one of NeoCon 2018 best products. Selected from Interior Design Magazine’s list of standout products, here are 25 of our favorites.

NEOCON 2018 BEST PRODUCTS

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NeoCon 2018 Winners

CONTRACT MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES NEOCON  2018 WINNERS

The Best of NeoCon is Contract Magazine’s annual competition, sponsored by NeoCon and The McMorrow Reports. The competition surveys the best of the best in commercial design and this year, the NeoCon 2018 winners were announced on Monday, June 11 at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago where an awards breakfast was hosted by Contract Magazine. 81 awards were distributed from 374 entries in 41 product categories, including eight Innovation Awards and a Best Competition Award. Drumroll please!—Here are the Best of NeoCon 2018 winners:

ACOUSTIC PANELS & SOLUTIONS

Gold: Unika Vaev: ecoustic™ Sculpt Ceiling Tiles
Silver: ROOM: ROOM One
Innovation: Scandinavian Spaces: Pixel

ARCHITECTURAL & DECORATIVE GLASS

Editors’ Choice: Skyline Design: Linework Glass Collection

ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS

Gold: Clarus Glassboards: Glide
Silver: Carvart: glassENCLOSE

CARPET: BROADLOOM

Gold: Tarkett/Tandus Centiva: Velvet Fringe Series
Silver: Bentley Mills: The Drawing Room Collection

CARPET: FIBER

Gold: Mohawk Group: Heathered Hues

CARPET: MODULAR

Gold: Shaw Contract: Haven
Silver: Patcraft: Dichroic
Editors’ Choice: Milliken: Textured Sky

CASE GOODS

Gold: Three H: Woodstock
Silver: Gunlocke: Silea EH

CONFERENCE ROOM FURNITURE

Gold: Okamura: Traverse Satellite
Silver: Tuohy Furniture Corporation: Duende Tables

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS

Gold: Allsteel: Rock Chair
Silver: SitOnIt Seating: Movi

FLOORING: HARD-SURFACE

Gold: Tarkett/Johnsonite: Pentagonals
Silver: Shaw Contract: Natural Choreography

FURNITURE: BENCHING

Gold: Knoll Inc: Rockwell Unscripted Sawhorse WorkBench
Silver: Knoll Inc: k. bench

FURNITURE COLLECTIONS FOR COLLABORATION

Gold: Boss Design: ATOM
Silver: Keilhauer: Untucked
Innovation: Steelcase: Mackinac

FURNITURE SYSTEMS & ENHANCEMENTS

Gold: KI Furniture: Tattoo
Silver: Humanscale: Humanscale Monitor Arms

HEALTHCARE FABRICS & TEXTILES

Gold: Designtex: Surroundings
Silver: KnollTextiles: Between the Lines Collection

HEALTHCARE FLOORING

Gold: Tarkett/Tandus Centiva: Garden Walk
Innovation: Mohawk Group: Healthy Environments

HEALTHCARE GUEST & LOUNGE SEATING

Gold: Steelcase: Embold Collection
Silver: Herman Miller: Palisade Collection

HEALTHCARE PATIENT SEATING

Gold: Spec Furniture: Hardi Rocker

LIGHTING: DECORATIVE

Gold: Barbican: WEV Collection
Silver: BuzziSpace: BuzziHat

LIGHTING: DESKTOP/TASK, FURNITURE-INTEGRATED

Gold: Fräsch: Lysa
Silver: Humanscale: Nova

LOUNGE FURNITURE COLLECTIONS

Gold: Keilhauer: Untucked
Silver: Studio TK: Borough
Editors’ Choice: Geiger International: Reframe Lounge Furniture

OFFICE ACCESSORIES

Gold: Bretford Manufacturing: Juice Mobile Power
Silver: Teknion: tn Desktop Accessories & Personal Storage Collection

SEATING: BAR STOOLS

Gold: Andreu World: Duos Barstool
Silver: Allermuir: Axyl Stool

SEATING: BENCHES

Gold: Keilhauer: 141
Silver: Leland: Back Bench

SEATING: CONFERENCE

Gold: Keilhauer: Orign
Silver: Andreu World: Flex Armchair

SEATING: ERGONOMIC DESK/TASK

Gold: Herman Miller: Cosm
Silver: Nienkämper: Trench
Innovation: Steelcase: SILQ

SEATING: GUEST

Gold: Sandler Seating: Flat
Silver: JANUS et Cie: Nodi Armchair
Innovation: Allermuir: Axyl Chair
Editors’ Choice: Davis Furniture Industries: Tango

SEATING: SOFAS & LOUNGE

Gold: Davis Furniture Industries: Ginkgo Ply Lounge
Silver: Andreu World: Dado
Innovation: ICF: Land Lounge Chair

SEATING: STACKING

Gold: SitOnIt Seating: Movi
Silver: Groupe Lacasse: IO by United Chair

SPACE DIVIDERS/PARTITIONS/SCREENS

Gold: Carnegie: Xorel Vue
Silver: Spacesaver Corporation: Day-Use Lockers

SURFACING MATERIALS & FINISHES

Gold: Formica Group North America: Formica Infiniti® ColorCore®2
Silver: Crossville, Inc: Convergence

TABLES: COMMUNAL & TASK

Gold: Nienkämper: Vox Solid Wood Table
Silver: Nucraft Furniture: Preston

TABLES: HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE

Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Tia Collection
Silver: Nienkämper Gateway Movable Workstations

TABLES: OCCASIONAL

Gold: Andreu World: Reverse Stone
Silver: OFS Brands Inc: Roo

TABLES: TRAINING & WORK

Gold: Nucraft Furniture: Myne
Silver: HALCON: SkillSet

TECHNOLOGY-INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS

Silver: Naava: Naava Active Green Wall
Innovation: Teknion: Cerebro

TEXTILES: UPHOLSTERY

Gold: Designtex: Celliant
Silver: Luum Textiles: Tactility
Innovation: Luna Textiles: Endless
Editors’ Choice: Designtex: Designtex + Coalesse Collection

WALLS: MOVABLE

Gold: ALUR: ALUR Duo
Silver: Maars Living Walls: AXES

WALL TREATMENTS

Gold: KnollTextiles: Atmosphere Collection
Silver: NappaTile: Elodie Blanchard Collection

WORKPLACE TECHNOLOGIES

Gold: Jabbrrbox: JabbrrX
Silver: Smartblock Oy: Smartblock FD

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