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More Cool Offices in Tech

These New York offices caught our attention since several of the offices in this article feature Herman Miller products. SAYL Chairs, Eames Executive Chairs, and Aeron Chairs offer ergonomics and aesthetics at companies like Quirky, InforMore, AOL Ventures. Check out these offices and more here. Each office incorporates classic and modern furniture among building landscapes that embrace high ceilings, hardwood floors, concrete, and brick. The end result for each space is a beautiful atmosphere that encompasses feeling and flair. 9mmedia even goes a step beyond workplace furniture and design by offering a bar for after work socializing.

Quirky

Quirky

9mmedia

9mmedia

 

Weirdest Office Designs on Earth

The article, Weirdest Office Designs on Earth shows how innovative companies make working environments. This is partially an effort to attract and retain employees by adding interesting features to office spaces. Pixar Studio installed mood lighting to spark creativity, while OfficePOD creates workstations in encapsulated rooms for telecommuters, and LEGO PMD has a giant slide that allows employees to get around the office quickly. These corporations awe employees, clients, and the world with their originality in design.

Pixar Studios

Pixar Studios

OfficePOD

OfficePOD

LEGO

LEGO

One of Office World’s favorite office concepts is the Pallotta TeamWorks Headquarters in Los Angeles. This company has created individual workstations in stacked shipping containers. We don’t know how the employees get from one shipping container to another, but we wouldn’t mind outfitting these workstations with colorful and ergonomic office furniture.

Pallotte TeamWorks Headquarters

Pallotte TeamWorks Headquarters

To read more about the Weirdest Office Designs on Earth, follow this link. http://www.squidoo.com/weird-office-designs

The New Herman Miller Small and Medium Business Catalog Has Arrived!

Small & Medium Business Catalog

Small & Medium Business Catalog

If you’re a small or medium size business in Oregon looking for design ideas, stylish furniture and efficiency for your workplace, Office World is taking requests through Herman Miller’s Small and Medium Business Catalog. Please contact info@officeworld.com to request a Small and Medium Business Catalog. We will send you the booklet filled with beautiful images and concepts so you can visualize your ideal work environment.

The catalog features Living Office, *Herman Miller’s human-centered approach to workplace design, as well as, profiles for three customers at different stages in the life cycle of their businesses: a start-up, a growing enterprise that recently relocated to a larger space, and a coworking and incubation hub. The catalog concludes with product solutions for individual and group work.

We hope you enjoy the catalog and please contact us if you need additional help with office design, product selection, and furniture delivery or installation.

Sit, Stand, Be Healthy at Work: How To Create a Sit-to-Stand Work Style

We don’t need studies to tell us that sitting for extended periods of time can be harmful to our health because our bodies feel the strain and give us signals that say, ‘sitting for 10-plus hours per day is too much’. The commute to and from work combined with sitting all day at the workplace leave our bodies feeling cramped, ached, and lethargic. Some people try to exercise to compensate for extended sitting periods at the desk, but even studies show that the morning run or after work swim, can’t make up for all the time spent in your chair at work.

Men’s Health Magazine tells us “the amount of time you exercise and the amount of time you spend on your butt are completely separate factors for heart-disease risk. New evidence suggests, in fact, that the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how much you exercise or how lean you are. That’s right: Even a sculpted six-pack can’t protect you from your chair. But it’s not just your heart that’s at risk from too much sitting; your hips, spine, and shoulders could also suffer.”

Our solution: The height-adjustable work style; a work style that allows you to sit AND stand throughout your workday. Our number one suggestion on how you can adopt a sit-to-stand personal work routine involves using a sit-to-stand desk.

To have the ability to adjust the height of your desk, you can create a DIY sit-to-stand desk or purchase a height-adjustable desk that suits your needs. Of course we can help you plan for your new sit-to-stand work style by listing tips and suggesting height-adjustable products that can help you develop a new work routine.

Tips to Help You Adopt a Sit-to-Stand Work Style:

1. Take mini breaks by walking to the break room to hydrate and energize.
2. Exercise when possible (before work, during lunch, or after work).
3. Place items out of reach (e.g. keep printer at a distance for an excuse to stand).
4. Pace while you talk on the phone.
5. Set reminders on your daily calendar to alert you to adjust the height of your desk.

Height Adjustable Product Suggestions:

  • Float Height-Adjustable Table by Humanscale

Float Height-Adjustable Table by  Humanscale

  • Everywhere Tables by Herman Miller

Everywhere Height-Adjustable Table by Herman Miller

  • Pinnacle AD Keyboard Tray by Workrite allows you to sit or stand while typing

Pinnacle AD Keyboard Tray by Workrite

Contact us at info@officeworld.com for more information on sit-to-stand solutions and when you need a reminder of why you should be sit/standing, remember that Winston Churchill, Leonardo da Vinci and Ernest Hemingway did it and so can you.

Colorful and Open Office Trends

San Francisco Bay Area companies have set office trends and adopted workplace designs that embrace the open office setup. But the sleek, colorful, open office environment isn’t just for high-tech companies anymore. We see healthcare, education, corporate and government offices straying from that ‘cubical’ look and incorporating designs in their workplaces that wow their employees and clients. Oregon organizations impress their clients by renovating, updating, and repurposing their workplaces to achieve that clean tech look that inspires creativity and attracts talent.

University of Oregon’s Track and Field – The University of Oregon’s Track and Field workspace is an impressive example of how furnishings can compliment office surroundings and even instill pride for an organization. To inspire staff and athletes in this environment, Herman Miller lounge furniture, is perfectly positioned to highlight the impressive features of the environment. The final design includes sleek furniture solutions in a combination of neutral and UO branding colors.

U of O Track and Field

U of O Track and Field

Levi Strauss & Co. – For Levi Strauss & Co’s working spaces, furnishing in vibrant colorways are installed in their lobby, open office areas and conference rooms. “Touchdown desks” are placed in Levi’s conference rooms so employees and guests can conduct personal business in a functional space.

Levi Strauss & Co. Lobby

Levi Strauss & Co. Lobby

The furnishing details and open office settings at University of Oregon and Levi Strauss & Co. allow for collaboration and innovation. Since these organizations’ used their brand colors in their furniture, their employees now work in motivating environments that reinforce their workplace culture. Our prediction is that these tech inspired trends will continue to spread throughout all industries in Oregon, and that’s okay, because our manufacturers are constantly studying and developing furnishings that are adaptable to workplace needs.

NEW EMPLOYEE SPECIAL | 50% off mfg. suggested list price for ANY task chair

SitOnIt and Herman Miller Task Chairs

SitOnIt and Herman Miller Task Chairs

Office World is offering new hires 50% off mfg. suggested list price for ANY task chair we sell. If you’re a new employee at a new organization, we’ll help you choose the task chair best suited for your position.

  1. Visit our showroom within 30 days of being hired.
  2. Try out a task chair for three days with our Try-A-Chair Trial (free delivery and pick up).
  3. Receive 50% off manufacturer suggested list price for an in-stock model or custom ordered chair.
  4. Agree to our terms of delivery.
  5. Sit in style at your new workplace

Repurposing Furniture in Non-Profits

When a business decides to make a big change like redesigning an office and bringing new furniture in, they ask us how they can get the existing furniture out. Where does the old furniture go? The panel parts and pieces of systems furniture aren’t easily disposable. We reassure our clients that we can help them repurpose their used furniture, as well as help them save on their taxes, by giving their old furniture a new life within a non-profit organization. Currently, we’re asking for non-profit organizations to contact us if they are in need of used furnishings. Since Office World has a furniture installation team complete with large moving vehicles necessary for furniture transportation, it’s easy for us to move and store used furniture in our warehouse while it’s waiting for a new home with-in a non-profit. The types of furnishings we haul, store, and donate include systems furniture, task chairs, desks, monitor arms, keyboard trays, and the list goes on.

Repurposing furniture is a standard, but typically unknown service we offer to our clients, non-profits and to the community. Recently we successfully repurposed furnishings from a large corporation and transferred them to organizations in-need. This reinstallation was a success and left all parties satisfied with their contribution to sustainability.

To register your non-profit to be on the receiving end of our office furniture donations, email us at info@officeworld.com with your non-profit organization’s name and contact person. For questions or comments, please contact us at info@officeworld.com or 541.687.9704.

Filing & Storage

Filing & Storage

Keyboard Tray

Keyboard Tray

Monitor Arm

Monitor Arm

Everywhere Tables

Everywhere Tables

‘You Choose the Color’ Caper Chair Giveaway!

Office World Workplace is kicking off 2014 by giving away two Herman Miller MUST-HAVE Caper chairs. ‘You Choose the Color’ means exactly that; you choose the color of Caper chairs you desire and tell us on our facebook page the most creative uses you have for these chairs.  To enter: ‘like’ our Office World Workplace facebook page and leave a creative comment for us on our Caper post.

Enter Here

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Office-World-Workplace-Solutions/135067243206025?ref=tn_tnmn

Our Office World staff will vote on the most innovative idea and that lucky winner will be sitting comfortably in their colorful Caper chairs in 2014! This giveaway will run until February 17th, 2014, is open to Oregon residents only, and excludes Office World staff from participating. Good luck!

 

Caper Chair Color Options

Caper Chair Color Options

40-Hour Healthy Ergonomics

For those of you with jobs that require 40 hours per week of sitting, your body may feel the pain in various places. The forearm may feel a shooting pain from too many mouse clicks, the lower back feels stress from a poor task chair, and the legs ache unable to find a comfortable position. It takes extra work to sit properly (on top of your already never ending list of to-dos). So what do you do? Do you write on little pink post-it notes to remind yourself to sit up straight? Is that good enough? You may tell yourself to make an effort to concentrate on healthy ergonomics, but towards the end of the workday, your eyes are five inches from the monitor and your back is slouched.

What WILL work for sustainable and healthy ergonomic habits? Try these 3 suggestions this week and see if these 40- work hours are different from the last.

  1. Position the center of your monitor at eye level. Whether you purchase a sleek monitor arm or you pile books under your monitor stand, just be sure your set-up prevents you from looking down or up towards your monitor.
  2. Adjust your task chair correctly.  The tension you set for your task chair should allow your back to be reclined slightly. Adjust the height of your chair to allow your feet to touch the ground comfortably– the bottoms of your feet shouldn’t feel pressure from your legs.
  3. Type and click with your forearms parallel to the ground. A keyboard tray attached to the bottom of your desk will to allow your elbows to align with your wrists properly.

By challenging yourself to make these 3 minor adjustments, you can avoid pain and common work injuries.  If you would like additional tips or products suggestions, visit our website www.officeworldworkplace.com or email us at info@officeworld.com.