11.24.14 | Home furnishings retailer West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, and Inscape Corporation, announced on Thursday, November 20th, an exclusive partnership that capitalizes on the strengths of each company to reimagine the user experience in the commercial furniture market. In Spring 2015, the two brands will launch West Elm Workspace Exclusively with Inscape, a collection of office products designed by West Elm’s in-house design team in collaboration with Inscape and available exclusively through Inscape and the new distribution channel that West Elm Workspace stores will become.
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11.24.14 | LEED, a green building rating and certification program for environmental sustainability, provides a framework for industries to follow in their own environmental conservation efforts. Now, USGBC, by way of a newly formed Social Equity Working Group, introduced three pilot credits that promote social equity in the industries involved in building the built environment. The credits are part of its LEED v4 goal to incorporate social equity concerns more directly into its assessments.
11.24.14 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened a retrospective dedicated to the history of Swiss furniture company Vitra. Outside of the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, there has never been an exhibit encompassing the complete history of Vitra from the very beginning of its American roots on U.S. soil. The exhibition, on view from November 22, 2014 to April 26, 2015, includes some 120 works of furniture, design objects, publications and videos.
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11.24.14 | It seems there are some real benefits to thinking about nostalgic group events; those sentimental thoughts generally strengthen relationships among teammates.
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11.17.14 | Why are companies investing in ways to measure how happy employees are – and how to make them happier? How do work environments contribute to attracting, cultivating and keeping employees happy? The relationship between happiness and workplace design is a slippery, but critical task that the workplace interiors industry must embrace. Gensler duo Sven Govaars and Dean Strombom took on the challenge, presenting their “Happiness by Design” research this year at NeoCon and NeoCon East.
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11.17.14 | Architectural Products, as moveable walls are now known, is one of the product categories to benefit most from recent trends in workplace design. Transwall Office Systems, with a 30-year track record in the “wall business” has responded to the changing demands with both a respect for the past and fresh ideas and plans for where the category is headed.
11.17.14 | The sensors in our skin are active throughout our workday, but tactile experiences aren’t often considered when workplaces are designed. But, as with the other sorts of sensory information we gather, how something feels affects how we think and what we do.
11.17.14 | Rashid and his colleagues investigated the relationship between green workplace design and workers’ environmental awareness (EA) and perceptions of organizational image (OI).
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