JPMorgan Chase is making a play for coders and engineers with a new tech space in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood. Can you spot Innovant’s FORm_office benching?
JPMorgan Chase is making a play for coders and engineers with a new tech space in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood. Can you spot Innovant’s FORm_office benching?
Interior Design Magazine
recently featured Jet.com’s new Hoboken headquarters. In a story, “
IA Interior Architects Delivers the Goods for E-commerce Newcomer Jet.com,” writer Jesse Dorris reveals the intention behind this recent FORm_office installation.
It takes superhuman ambition and supersize resources to challenge the likes of Amazon.com and Costco Wholesale Corporation. So why not a superhero-inspired workplace? When Jet.com was still based at an incubator, the e-commerce start-up gave the names of different superheroes to the company’s various teams. “That would be something good to keep,” Interior Architects principal and design director Julio Braga said to himself when conceiving the company’s first real headquarters, in a new building on the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Although the company had outgrown the incubator, IA intermediate designer Brie Samyn notes, “They liked the buzz of everyone being together.” That meant constantly moving through a vibrant environment. Braga and Samyn therefore settled on a largely open plan, with office areas occupying the four corners of the 40,000-square-foot floor plate. Of the 350 employees now, about 200 work in a dedicated team, while the remainder either float among unassigned desks or have no desks at all. “The CEO, the employees—you see everyone,” Braga says. Tucked between these quadrants are shared spaces, from the reception area to a variety of meeting venues.
Then there’s the question of branding. Samyn explains it as “making sure, when you walk in, that the headquarters can’t be mistaken for that of any other company but accomplishing that without a big gesture.” The winking letter J in the purple logo gave her and Braga the idea to develop what they refer to as “Jet wink moments,” subtly clever references.
Completely in the open, among the workstations, painted circles on the concrete floor demarcate break-out areas furnished with tables and ottomans. When the need for quiet or privacy arises, glass-fronted phone rooms are available. They’re nestled next to alcoves containing upholstered banquettes and shell chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.
All that still isn’t sufficient for fast-growing Jet.com. The company has leased the level below, expecting to expand there next year, and IA is once more coming to the rescue on the design front. As a way of thanking the customers behind the success story, the names of the first 25,000 to test the Web site, in beta, are listed on a purple wall as Jet Insiders. From the company’s perspective, they are the true heroes, one and all.
Read more about this project on Interior Design’s website.
Innovant is proud to share photographs of a recent FORm_office Adustable Height installation. The product is perfectly suited for the offices of this dynamic technology company.
Designer: IA Interior Architects
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Photographer: Eric Laignel
SWA Group, a world leader in landscape architecture, planning, and urban design, relocated its San Francisco office to a new space that would better serve its business and accommodate the firms’ growth. Plans for the new office stipulated a sophisticated, open plan furniture system that was capable of accommodating SWA’s particular work style, while also delivering a strong, contemporary aesthetic. Integrating the existing structural columns as a point of interest rather than an architectural obstruction in the layout was another design challenge.
THE INNOVANT SOLUTION
Innovant’s FORm_office benching product was selected early in the evaluation process by SWA Group and their interiors consultant, SmithGroupJJR. In addition to delivering the desired aesthetic, FORm_office was chosen for its easy tailoring to meet the specific needs of the end-users. An increased desk depth of 42 inches allows each designer to comfortably view plans at his or her workstation.
Instead of relying on a more typical enclosure solution to contain the columns, FORm_office’s oversized raceway permitted building columns to be easily scribed through the desks with minimal cost or complexity. This allowed for cable management and concealment throughout the space. Additionally, the designers are able to freely “slide” back and forth across the work surface of the product, a quality that will support SWA Group in densifying its workplace environment as the firm continues to grow.
Project Architect Dew Padilla reported that “the product is working perfectly for SWA Group.” The SWA Group architects “love the depth” of the desks and appreciate the unique edge detailing of the product, as well as its seamless technology integration.
Photographed by Sherman Takata
On March 1, 2016, Innovant relocated its Bay Area showroom to the 49 Geary Art Gallery Building in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This move stems from Innovant’s recent growth on the West Coast and the need for presenting products in a space more consistent with Innovant’s brand.
The new Bay Area address is:
49 Geary Street, Suite 411
San Francisco, CA 94108
The showroom has been furnished with Innovant’s latest benching products, including the award-winning adjustable height FORm_office™ line and the trendy yet sophisticated NIGEL Desking line. Innovant’s market-leading huddle room furniture and next generation private office and conference products are also on display.
In addition to this showroom change, Innovant recently relocated its corporate offices in New Canaan. This new address is: 21 Locust Avenue, Suite 2D, New Canaan, CT 06840. All of Innovant’s phone numbers will remain the same. Innovant will also continue to operate its showroom in New York, NY and Chicago, IL.
For more information about the San Francisco showroom, contact Anne Markel at info(at)innovant(dot)com or call 415.515.8970. Innovant products can also be seen elsewhere on the West Coast at the Architype showroom in Los Angeles, CA.
For information about Innovant or its products, please visit http://www.innovant.com.
About Innovant: Innovant is a renowned industry leader creating intelligent, adaptable furniture for the modern workplace. For over twenty-five years, Innovant’s substantial contributions to office and trading environments have resulted from the sophisticated products and close collaboration Innovant supplies to clients and designers. With a flagship showroom located in New York, Innovant maintains a worldwide network of offices and showrooms spanning North America, Europe and Asia.
In 2014, a private investment management firm sought out a new workstation standard for its New York City headquarters. Despite recent workplace trends shifting towards primarily open plan offices, the client wanted a significant portion of its staff to retain private offices. With these parameters in place, the design firm proposed a work wall solution for private offices measuring 9’x12’. Efficiently sized, these offices required furniture with reduced footprints and untraditional dimensions.
THE INNOVANT SOLUTION
Through a unique development process, the client gained direct access to Innovant’s team. This enabled Innovant to match the client’s original scheme with a cost-effective solution. Designed in partnership with architecture firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates, Inc., in association with A+I, Innovant crafted a PRIVATE_office product with cantilevered, adjustable height desks integrated directly into self-supporting workwalls.
In addition to these streamlined private offices, Innovant installed over 140 adjustable height FORm_office positions and constructed over 170 millwork pieces. These pieces included benches, tack boards and conference room workwalls with Day-2 capabilities for integrating adjustable height desking.
Innovant created a one of a kind product by tailoring existing private office casegoods to incorporate cantilevered adjustable desks. Having applied mass production knowledge to all of the bespoke elements, Innovant also delivered the best price.
Photograph: Michael Moran/OTTO
Innovant, a leading manufacturer of innovative benching products, conferencing solutions and other contract office furniture, has formed a partnership with Architype, a highly respected manufacturer’s rep firm based in Los Angeles.
Since 1991, Architype has been a trusted resource for architects, designers, general contractors and developers. Offering in-depth technical and design knowledge to the A&D community across Southern California and Nevada, Architype represents some of the industry’s leading manufacturers of furniture, lighting and other architectural products. Now, Innovant joins the ranks of these esteemed makers.
“For Innovant to successfully bring our unique, tailored product design process to the Southern California market, we needed an experienced partner to effectively communicate our message to the design community. Jean-Guy Poitras and Joe Fitzpatrick of Architype are just the kind of experienced and connected professionals we were hoping to join forces with,” explains Bruce Wells, Director of Marketing & Development at Innovant.
With principal backgrounds in both engineering and architecture, coupled with deep passions for design, Architype has long served as a trusted A&D community partner offering education, insight and technical expertise. As a representative to manufacturers of premier A&D products across furniture and case goods, solar control and shading solutions, lighting, glass wall and store front systems, ceiling and wall systems, as well as custom architectural and design manufacturing services, Architype strives to demystify complexities and translate project goals and design objectives into tailored, deliverable solutions across a range of design environments. Architype proudly represents industry leaders that include Innovant, Arktura, Halcon, Kartell, MechoSystems, Moroso and Muraflex.
Innovant’s NIGEL Desking, FORm_office benching and FORm_AV video conference products will be prominently displayed at Architype’s showroom in downtown Los Angeles. The showroom is located in Suite 801 of The Collection Building, 527 W. 7th Street. Innovant’s furniture is available for viewing by appointment.
by Rob Kirkbride
Innovant is well known for its highly technical desking and height adjustable table products. Its FORm_office is a standard for many of the top financial firms in New York and beyond…
With the understanding that not everyone needs such a high performance, highly technical product, Innovant is launching NIGEL, a new product line that features a modern, yet classic design that is still suitably sophisticated and simple to specify.
It has a lightweight appearance because of its slim frame and lack of hardware, giving it a residential feel. It certainly does not replace the company’s hit FORm_office line, rather enhances it by giving customers other options. NIGEL works well for customers seeking Innovant’s design methodology – clean, intelligent and tailored products – who do not have the high-level technology management needs.
Its design draws upon the Parsons Desk frame, with a quick assembly, knock-down design for easy transportation and rapid installation or reconfiguration. While FORm_office is a perfect fir for financial firms where a trader might have eight computer screens and a high need for technology integration, NIGEL is suited for technology, media, real estate and design firms. Customization comes through material selection or adapted storage and privacy accessories…
“There are many clients who come to Innovant who don’t need that horsepower [of FORm_office] under the hood,” said Bruce Wells, director of marketing and development. “They are looking for our sensitivity to design and want all the unique, client-driven features and detailing, but don’t necessarily need the level of engineering that comes with FORm_office.”
It is a similar approach to what car maker Tesla is doing – drawing in trendsetting and influential customers with its top -of-the-line model and offering models with less features later. Still, Wells insists that NIGEL is not a step down from Innovant’s commitment to quality. Instead, it is a different product for a different set of customer requirements…
NIGEL hopes to [further] open up Innovant products to a new category of customers… The company has quietly emerged from the New York financial market and has been gaining traction in other sectors… The company continues to branch out from there.
Originally published in the Monday Morning Quarterback, June 8, 2015.
With the joint venture of two pharmaceutical firms came the challenge of merging two distinct cultures, brands and office environments – one European, one American. Thus, the focus for the companies’ new office design was to create a fresh, contemporary and singular workplace signature. Adjustable height desks were specified from the onset as the European partner already used similar products. This decision was also motivated by the influx of firms choosing to improve their desk and staff performance with height adjustability. The challenge, then, was to find office furniture of a high enough caliber for companies that rely on cutting-edge technology for their work.
THE INNOVANT SOLUTION
Innovant’s product was evaluated in a formal review process against Steelcase. With its superior performance and quality, FORm_office Adjustable Height was selected as the companies’ new national workstation standard. Every employee was instantly granted improved ergonomics with a well-designed desk for sitting, as well as the opportunity to stand at the simple push of a button.Measuring 78 inches wide, the large scale desks offer plenty of workspace. Configured in short rows separated by wide aisles, the benching clusters create a pleasant, open experience. Low-level, but deep storage elements offer plenty of room for stowing items and help to delineate personal space for the end users. These cushion-topped storage elements were injected with brand personality using a variety of colored fabrics grouped by segments around the office floor. Side dividers finished with whiteboard material function as both writing surfaces and privacy elements. All of these details and product features have helped render this workplace a “state-of-the-art facility.”
Though it is not always easy for a client to achieve its complete furniture wishlist when adopting a new workplace strategy, these pharmaceutical companies found in Innovant and the FORm_office product a solution to meet all their objectives. Not only is IT pleased with the furniture’s performance, but the end users also enjoy their workspaces and the facilities staff feels that the new environment has helped in the merger of two very different firms. Initially deployed in the Fort Washington office, FORm_office Adjustable Height has also been installed in Tampa with an expansion to follow.
Pandora Internet Radio acquired a new, two-floor office space in Midtown Manhattan to serve as its NY Headquarters. Both the company’s culture and the “abstract, spatial experience” Pandora offers online were inspirations for the workplace design. From break out rooms, to casual gathering areas and heads-down workspaces, the design team involved in the project sought to incorporate cutting-edge technology, fine materials, and unique shapes throughout the open plan office. Thus, the design required a benching product that could integrate seamlessly into the environment, while remaining sensitive to the client’s desired aesthetics and holding up to daily use.
THE INNOVANT SOLUTION
Delivering Pandora’s vision far better than any other manufacturer, Innovant’s FORm_office product was selected to furnish the 300-person office. A local partnership was easily established due to Innovant’s proximity to the client team, which helped the design and specification process. Innovant achieved Pandora’s custom aesthetic by incorporating an assortment of color accents into the bench configuration. From cushion-topped storage pedestals, to fabric-wrapped privacy panels, Innovant successfully delivered Pandora’s fun, playful aesthetic along with the superior technology management and performance benefits inherent in the FORm_office product.
This Pandora office balances technically sophisticated products and materials with a modern, yet whimsical design aesthetic – all in within the confines of a classic 1920s New York City skyscraper. The project was featured in Interior Design’s May 2014 Technology Offices Roundup, “How Tomorrow Works: 5 Offices for Tech Companies.”
Check out other case studies on Innovant’s website.
By Mallory JindraThe ability to successfully transition into a new market in order to grow is perhaps the defining measure between maintaining a business and skyrocketing into a sphere of innovation inhabited only by the top talent. To say this is a ‘tricky’ venture is a gross understatement, but it’s what growing a business is all about, and it’s certainly attainable.
Innovant is a growing company taking smart, conscientious stops to evolve itself from an expert in one area, in this case the trading desks of the 1990s, to a viable competitor in the broader furniture manufacturing market. The company’s very name self-prophesizes its ability to do so, but only recently has it begun to branch out into new product categories. Now, in its 25th anniversary year, Innovant has 160 employees in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area, plus Chicago and San Francisco who are busy elevating the company to the next level with a broad product offering.
Innovant formed in 1990 (originally known as CBA) as a supplier of trading desks to the financial and energy companies. Its signature claim was introducing to the marketplace the concept of tailoring catalogued product without increasing cost or adversely affecting lead time. In 2008, after opening an office in London, England, Innovant recognized the workplace shift to benching products and decided it was ready to spring from trading out into commercial offices.
“Trading desk manufacturing has changed little in 10 years,” said Bruce Wells, Innovant Director of Marketing and Development, “and trading desk design innovation has plateaued. Trading often cannot take risks – it goes with guaranteed techniques. We knew that benching was going to be the future, and we made a decision to rebrand and expand our offerings.”
Once a company makes the decision to jump into something new, it must address a list of predicable but important questions. What does this new customer segment need? What have they always wanted, and what have they not experienced yet that we can provide? Do we have the knowledge to successfully execute? Or is it too far off the mark/too big a leap? In its leap to benching, Innovant found logical, intuitive answers to all of the important questions.
“A trading desk is similar to a benching workstation, but more sophisticated,” said Mr. Wells. “It has a similar footprint, but there’s about three to four times more technology than normal. And the end user is different. Traders are high-strung, high-demand alpha personalities. It’s easier to scale down a trading desk to suit a typical workstation’s needs than to scale up a typical workstation to a trading desk. In that sense, it was a natural progression.”FORm_office™, Innovant’s benching system, offers four types of benching/workstation solutions, all designed with Innovant’s “trading eye” expertise in integrating technology above, below and within the furniture: the full product overview reads, “The other side of the story is inside the bench, where superior cable management, technology accommodations, and rugged superstructure make FORm_office a benchmark of intelligent engineering and clean, contemporary design.” FORm_office Adjustable Height, which won Best of NeoCon Gold for Benching in 2012, utilizes sleek control switch options, and the system can be built with shelving in between workstations to minimize the oft-awkward feeling of not using the same height as the person in the spot next to you.
At NeoCon 2014, Innovant displayed the newest innovation to its benching solutions, FORm_office Standing Height, a fixed standing height open plan workstation that, when combined with stool-height task chairs, allows users to work in a seated or standing position without the cost of adjustable height mechanisms. The solution proposes to benefit “collaborative offices concerned with employee health and workplace aesthetic”, and the logic is there; why not just start with a fixed standing height option and then use a stool height chair to sit? And aesthetically speaking, who wants to sit at an adjustable height desk working lopsidedly three feet below your co-workers on either or both sides? Because the workspace is kept level, the solution is also much more conducive to teamwork and can double as a conference table.
Visiting Innovant’s showroom, one sees the full range of its expanded lines of conference and private office solutions, which it debuted in 2013 and continued to enhance at NeoCon 2014. Freed from the constraints of the concise, predictable trading desk aesthetic, Innovant has also put serious thought into how its product looks. Wells describes the brand as clean, sophisticated and robust, with a determined move to sidestep the Ping-Pong conference tables and beanbag chairs of so many playful workspaces existing today.
“We have a product that balances the drastically different aesthetics of both Silicon Valley and Wall Street.”
Wells cites the company’s strong history of offering affordable customization as an asset that has allowed it to accelerate its position. “The ability to tailor to the extent we can is exciting, and the quality of the full experience we’re offering our clients is so high that they find they can actually achieve much more than what they had expected and still stay within their budget. When they come to our showroom, they receive a tour of what’s possible, rather than just what’s available.”
Securing the fundamentals of excellent customer service and the design quality of product is certainly top of the docket when you’re in transition. And Wells notes that Innovant’s reach extends far past its regional tri-state home market (both its main office and factory are located in its home market) so that a large percentage of its business is now conducted on the west coast. But as Innovant moves past these initial years of expansion to more involved projects, we wonder, what’s next?
“We want to shape the team room. The true collaborative team space, which exists somewhere between the workstation and the conference room where employees can act as a team rather than simply co-workers, is a complicated one.” Innovant’s recent work with two notable technology giants has provided a window into what the needs and parameters of this type of space are.
“This type of space is becoming more and more important in the work environment, especially in light of the mobile nature of how people work and the fact that they very well might not have a personal cube to themselves anymore. We don’t think it’s been done justice yet, and we want to lead that effort.”
Innovant’s recent products demonstrate its ability to evolve through innovation. Its lineup is strong, and we’re paying attention.
Originally published in the Office Insight, August 25, 2014.
July 31, 2014 marks the commencement of Innovant’s 25th year of business. On this anniversary, the company celebrates over two decades of clean, intelligent, and tailored workplace furnishings. Innovant proudly celebrates its 25 year milestone as one of the fastest growing office furniture manufacturers over the last five years. This growth is attributable to the success and expansion of Innovant’s open plan workstation product FORm_office™.
After opening an office in London in 2008, Innovant recognized that the open plan office strategy would soon take root in the US. This led the company to launch FORm_office™, which quickly became the top selling benching product in New York City, particularly for prestigious clients with complex technology requirements. Since its inception, FORm_office™ has been selected over competing products from major manufacturers because of its superior engineering, pleasing aesthetic and Innovant’s proven history intelligently integrating technology and cabling within its furniture.
In 2012, Innovant launched FORm_office™ Adjustable Height as an extension to the series and was immediately awarded Gold for Best in Benching at the prestigious NeoCon furniture tradeshow. Since then, Innovant has rapidly expanded its product offerings with the introduction of FORm_office™ Standing Height and the launch of both a private office line and a conference collection; this includes the FORm_AV video conferencing product on display at NeoCon 2014.
Innovant continues to win major benching projects for its high quality products and unparalleled tailoring capability. The company has also set itself apart by offering clients “The Innovant Experience,” a uniquely collaborative design and development process. To learn more about this collaborative experience and some of Innovant’s success stories, view the company’s case studies online.
For more information about Innovant or its office furniture products, please visit http://www.innovant.com.
Innovant is proud to announce its display at the Merchandise Mart for NeoCon 2014 in Chicago, June 9-11.
The new FORm_AV series of conference room furniture solidifies Innovant’s position as a go-to partner for companies seeking a robust, yet flexible video conferencing solution. Also on display, FORm_office Standing Height is an advancement of Innovant’s award-winning FORm_office Adjustable Height product. This standing height innovation is a result of Innovant rethinking and reinventing its FORm_office product for greater ergonomic, aesthetic and cost benefits.
Innovant has been repeatedly recognized as a renowned industry leader and pioneer of workstation design. In 2012, the manufacturer won Best of NeoCon in benching for FORm_office Adjustable Height. In 2010, Innovant’s FORm_office product received the Silver Award for Innovation at IIDEX (NeoCon Canada). This year, Innovant hopes to take home an award for its innovative designs in Contract Magazine’s Best of NeoCon or Interior Design’s HIP at NeoCon competitions.
Innovant’s products will be exhibited in booth 3130C on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart, where NeoCon is held. NeoCon is the largest design exposition in North America, featuring more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors and nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars for over 40,000 architecture and design professionals. Other products can be viewed in Innovant’s Chicago showroom at 440 North Wells Street, Suite 310, located just around the corner from the Mart.
The FORm_AV and FORm_office Standing Height products on display are available to all Innovant clients, with or without tailored elements.
Innovant + TPG Architecture Wine & Cheese Event
Last week, a team from TPG Architecture gathered at Innovant’s Manhattan showroom for a cocktail reception and product review. This event marks an exciting moment for both companies as TPG will be moving to its new NYC office, which has been specified with Innovant’s FORm_office product.
With Societe Generale’s US Headquarters lease set to expire in September 2013, the Director of Facilities Management organized an executive committee to study the efficiencies of moving as opposed to renovating. Upon the completion of those studies, it became clear that the company would benefit from moving its headquarters to a
In addition to this location change, Societe Generale evaluated workplace strategy, determining that it would build out a large trading oor with over 1,200 seats and create “neighborhoods” of benching for its 600+ administrative employees. The bank embarked on an expedition, reviewing all the major manufactures in order to find a vendor that could achieve the required functionality – including adequate privacy and personal storage – while also reflecting Societe Generale’s sophisticated aesthetic standards.
THE INNOVANT SOLUTION
After a thorough review and comparison of the major manufacturers’ product offering, price and on-site mockups, Innovant was chosen for both the benching and trading desk solutions. This decision stemmed from numerous details in Innovant’s product design that set them apart from the competition. The product is “sturdy, well built, and easy to assemble due to its unistrut frame. The desktop design, monitor arm track and undercarriage framework for wire management are well thought out and manufactured with the highest quality materials.”
Throughout the mockup process, Innovant prevailed in terms of aesthetics, quality and framework. As a result, FORm_trading was chosen to outfit the bank’s trading floor. The product incorporated tailored technology management solutions for CPU housing and access, as well as bespoke personal storage pedestals for a premium fit and finish. Innovant’s proven sensitivity when using sophisticated materials and superior finishing capabilities resulted in the bank’s selection of FORm_office for its administrative benching. The bank’s “neighborhoods” incorporated tailored millwork storage units and end-of-row storage centers using mitered construction. These finely-finished elements afford employees a sense of enclosure despite working in open plan.
By presenting the best solutions for both the trading and benching scopes of this job, Innovant could provide a single-source solution for Societe Generale. Since then, both the FORm_office and FORm_trading installations have received “rave reviews from the end-user community as they are both functionally and aesthetically pleasing.”
Check out other case studies on Innovant’s website.
Set to move in January, the company will relocate from Park Avenue South to 31 Penn Plaza, just southeast of the future Hudson Yards area. The 215-person, Manhattan-based firm has elected to furnish its office with Innovant’s standard FORm_office bench.
In the past, TPG has introduced the FORm_office product line to many of the firm’s large projects, including Havas Worldwide, Rothschild, and DraftFCB. This time, TPG will enjoy the product themselves.
“Apart from delivering a product with clean aesthetics, Innovant’s unique ability to weave a design firm’s signature details and special requirements into its furniture without a negative impact on cost or lead time makes us a very attractive supplier.” – Bruce Wells, Director of Marketing & Development at Innovant
This win serves as another instance of design firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and M Moser choosing to work with Innovant to furnish the workstations for their new offices. The product’s popularity within the design community is clear, with more firms drawn to the intelligence and function of the bench electing to highlight Innovant’s distinctive FORm_office leg profile.
For more information about Innovant or FORm_office, please visit http://www.innovant.com.