Thursday, July 26, 2012

Miami Call Centers, in Style!

The Miami work environment often reflects its style and climate in its interior design. Many organizations sometimes require a touch of high design and color that represents them well as their clients and prospects are walking through their spaces. The beauty and brightness of the Miami skyline as well as the warm climate can be simply brought indoors by choosing components and materials that can create fun, comfortable and productive work settings. Work intensive environments such as call centers are no exception.


This attractive space was created for The Wholesale Group in Miami, using Canvas Office Landscape in a white finish with textured wall surfaces and green apple accents. The seating was also selected using green apple accents on the new Herman Miller Sayl chair. The frosted privacy screens provide a finishing touch by increasing the privacy level between the individual spaces and the supervisor workstations.
No matter what the application, you can always welcome your clients into your space with a touch of Miami.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Online Furniture Purchases?

These days, as information floods the web, business owners and facilities managers alike can find most of the information they need about office furniture online. However the question remains, should you make theses purchases online? The answer, simply put, is a resounding NO. Regardless of the amount of information you can find on the web, it should be used for informational purposes only. Most office furniture products, particularly cubicles, workstations and desking systems need to be assembled by professional installers. Workstation and cubicles products require a licensed electrician to make all the connections to the building as well as a licensed low voltage contractor to complete the voice and data installation. Even if you deem yourself a "do it yourself type", complications can arise that could significantly raise the initial cost of your purchase as much as 50%, if not more. A reputable office furniture dealer can provide an array of services at a level that online retailers cannot; most times at no additional charge except for delivery and installation. From customer service specialists to design professionals and hands on business owners, the added value of purchasing your furniture from an established dealer is unsurpassed by online retailers.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Charles Eames

In human history, creativity and innovation have gone hand in hand with the development of industry and society. In the 20th century we saw major impacts sourcing from single individuals who affected their respective fields with unprecedented force. The creative force of Charles Eames not only impacted the office environment but also the manufacturing of office furniture. Along with his wife Ray, they created some of the most renowned furniture pieces in Herman Miller's history. Their studio in Los Angeles was the precursor to today's most flexible office spaces.
Their legacy continued to grow in film making, abstract impressionism, photography and their creations populate the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, just to name a couple.
Awards/Recognition
Organic Furniture Competition, Museum of Modern Art, 1940
Emmy Award, (Graphics), "The Fabulous Fifties," 1960
Kaufmann International Design Award, 1961
25 Year American Institute of Architects Award, 1977
Eliot Norton Chair of Poetry, Harvard, 1971
Queen's Gold Medal for Architecture, 1979
Named "Most Influential Designer of the 20th Century," WORLDESIGN '85, Industrial Designers Society of America, 1985
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention, Traveling Exhibition, Library of Congress, 1999



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Gone in 17 Seconds

Yup, you've seen it everywhere, tv, movies internet, print media and newsrooms. And let's not forget it is part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. The Aeron chair was intruduced by Herman Miller and designed by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf in 1994 and since it has maintained its position as the most popular workchair ever produced. Bill Stumpf came up with the name Aeron which was derived from the word aeration which describes one of the comfort aspects of the chair's mesh upholstery. Today the Aeron rolls off the production line at a rate of one chair every 17 seconds and it is  94% recyclable. Since the first chair rolled of the line in Michigan, Herman Miller has continuously improved not only the quality of this chair but the materials it uses to produce an environmentally responsible product.
Its unique form expresses its purpose and use and the material composition of its parts and the way they connect. The slightly transparent and reflective nature of its surfaces gives it an airy quality. It becomes a part of the person who uses it and the environment that surrounds it.

Awards

  • Aeron Chair named one of "Designs Greatest Hits" in Your Company magazine.
  • "Designs of the Decade" Gold Winner in "Office Furniture" from the Industrial Designers Society of America & BusinessWeek for Aeron chair.
  • International Plastics Consumer Product Design Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers for Aeron chair.
  • The Aeron work stool won the 2006 Attendees' Choice Award from the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Facility Evolution

Throughout last century, the office environment has changed and evolved significantly. Once the telephone hit just about every desk, we began looking for ways to minimize sound traveling through our office spaces. Many debate who created the office partition or cubicle wall but what remains undeniable is the fact that it changed the way we used office space and our ability to communicate both with the use of simple   telecommunication devices and with each other. The managing of these facilities became both more
intricate and costly. On the one hand, the open plan was easy to change but the changing and evolving job functions of the twentieth century required both more space as well as tools essential to those functions. Most importantly over the last twenty years, a widespread implementation of technology throughout the work space, demanded a new level of office furniture products. Power and data managing systems became an integral part of these products in every application of the office environment, from private offices, to tables and cubicles. Today, as the cost of commercial real estate rises, our technology is shrinking and becoming easier to mange which is leading to more and more flexible spaces that continue to evolve into the twenty first century. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Incredible Shrinking Office Space

In this day and age, we can say with certainty that our work spaces have shrunk dramatically. Most business have had no choice but to reduce their operating budgets which has greatly impacted the amount of space allocated to specific job functions.

Those who ten years ago might have found themselves enjoying a private office are probably today seated in an open plan environment. In most cases this does not affect productivity.
However, for those whose every day tasks requires significant storage or filing space or a specialized environment, the advice of a highly knowledgeable office furniture professional can make a significant difference in the planning of your space.


The use of vertical space and worktools are critical elements that can make 36 square feet a lot more usable. In addition, lighting options and ergonomic accessories can allow you to keep work surfaces clear of clutter and create the perception of gaining space rather than the opposite.


OFW's ability to provide great advice in conjunction with great products shipped when you need them make our capabilities unique and unsurpassed throughout our area of operation.