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Fordham University follows Contract Magazine’s Higher Ed Interior Design Trend  
  In its March 2013 issue,  Contract Magazine  devoted its pages to the topic of Higher Education, stating that higher ed “has gone the way of modern office interiors. The traditional institutional aesthetic has been replaced with design-savvy environments… In other words, all the factors that correlate with how learning has changed globally.”  
   Fordham University  recently followed suit as the new  Gabelli School of Business  opened its doors in the fall of 2012. Now a progressive learning environment, the space reflects the state of the art, technology and tools used in the modern workplace. In order to emulate some of the world’s largest financial institutions, Fordham selected  Innovant  to furnish the business school’s forty-seat trading room. Today, the trading room is popular with students and faculty alike.   
   To learn more about this installation, read the case study  here .

Fordham University follows Contract Magazine’s Higher Ed Interior Design Trend

In its March 2013 issue, Contract Magazine devoted its pages to the topic of Higher Education, stating that higher ed “has gone the way of modern office interiors. The traditional institutional aesthetic has been replaced with design-savvy environments… In other words, all the factors that correlate with how learning has changed globally.”

Fordham University recently followed suit as the new Gabelli School of Business opened its doors in the fall of 2012. Now a progressive learning environment, the space reflects the state of the art, technology and tools used in the modern workplace. In order to emulate some of the world’s largest financial institutions, Fordham selected Innovant to furnish the business school’s forty-seat trading room. Today, the trading room is popular with students and faculty alike.

To learn more about this installation, read the case study here.

California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a modern way”

California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a modern way”

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is hosting the first major exhibition and study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 350 objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. It aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that is incorporated into the exhibition’s title: California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way.”

The exhibition is divided in four thematic areas: “Selling California Modern”, “Shaping”, “Making”, “Living”. It begins by tracing the origins of a distinctive California modernism in the 1930s, including work by Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, and their contemporaries. It then explores the design innovations made possible by the conversion of World War II technologies to peace-time use, exemplified by the plywood and fiberglass furniture pioneered by Charles and Ray Eames. The heart of the exhibition focuses on the modern California home, famously characterized by open plans and indoor/outdoor living and furnished with products from companies such as Heath Ceramics, Van Keppel-Green, and Architectural Pottery. Many of the furnishings for these homes were produced by other important companies and designers whose work will be a revelation to museum audiences. The show concludes by exploring how ‘The California Look’ was disseminated by exhibitions, magazines, shops, and films throughout America and the world.

Above are concepts from Innovant’s Dave Jarmula, harking on 1930’s modernism with classic silhouettes and clean lines.

“California Design” has been organized by Wendy Kaplan, who heads the department of decorative arts and design at LACMA, and Bobbye Tigerman, a curator in the department.

The exhibition will be open until March 25 2012 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90048.

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Modern Benching for Traders

Innovant recently installed 74 FORm_office™ S4T trading positions for a Strategic Investment management firm in Mid-town Manhattan. Working closely with architects from HLW International to provide traders with an optimal ergonomic workstation and office space; providing comfort for what is often 10 and 12 hour work days.

The layout of the office space is open with floor to ceiling windows and an abundance of natural light. The sleek modern design of Innovant’s FORm_office S4T benching system contributes to the space’s overall contemporary feel. Each desk provides technology support both above and below the work surface. Built in to the desktop are power and data ports for the user’s convenience.  The large work surfaces and ample storage allow for the perfect balance of an open office feeling and sense of personal space. 

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Innovant Featured in July Issue of Interior Design Magazine

         
On most trading floors around the world, the work environment seems to be one aspect that they all have in common. Traders hectically run around all day long, intensely keeping their eyes on the news tracker, making sure to be ready at any moment to make a deal to buy or sell their shares in companies around the world. This stressful image is something you won’t see at this Chicago financial services firm featured in the July issue of Interior Design Magazine. This 75,000 square-foot space, designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will, exudes an air of tranquility and peacefulness.  The beautiful office is defined by its organic nature and leaves many astounded by how all the elements of the space fit together perfectly. Natural light floods into the space through the walls of windows that wrap around the sidewalls, and are further emphasized by the tapering structural columns, which appear as though they are descending from the maple-veneered cloud canopy ceiling.                                                                                                      

 
Throughout the space one key element that allows the traders to connect their work with their office surroundings is through their desk. It is the single element where the technology and organic nature of the floor meet at a single point. Innovant’s FORm_office S120 desks were picked as the perfect medium to connect these two opposing elements together. The desks extend the organic nature of the office beyond just the solid structural walls, by seamlessly integrating the core elements of the business with the design aesthetic envisioned for the space. They combine both the white and maple surfaces used for the ceiling and walls to create a single platform, which wraps around the entire floor to connect the entire space. Managing Principal Tom Kasznia from Perkins + Will said, “Natural elements, for example how water flows, gave us ideas for shape clustered desking systems for all open office areas allowing for one aesthetic to create a visual flow. The fully system addresses the traders’ needs specifically.” The S120 desk greatly appealed to a space, which was designed around these structural columns, as its flexible nature allowed for it to be conformed to the layout of the design.


Looking through the magazine it is clear that this office stands apart from the typical high stress setting of most financial services offices. With light flooding in from all angles, and further complemented by the white and maple surfaces, the traders can immerse themselves in their work without having to be constantly reminded that they are stuck in an office. The peacefully tranquil office setting allows this stressful working environment to be calmed down to one that is constantly reminded of the natural elements of life beyond the working walls. Innovant’s desks allow for this seamless integration to happen between the organic natural elements and their highly technological business core. It’s an office that has the ability to inspire those within it, providing a clear definition for what the modern workplace should be. 

 


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Universities Turn to Benching

The Future of Education

As the world becomes more and more “social,” major changes are taking place that are transforming the way we work.  Private cubicles have become a thing of the past, as people are seeing the benefit of collaborative working spaces that stimulate creativity. Beyond even the world of business, these changes are infiltrating the education system, as students are beginning to see their library as more than a place just to seek information, but rather places of creativity and collaboration among peers. In this rapidly expanding world, there is a multitude of room for discovery that both the students and teachers recognize. The generations of students that are in school, and those yet to go are no longer stimulated by the solitude of cubical study spaces but seek motivation from their peers and the sharing of ideas with those around them.


Library study rooms, and conference like settings allow for collaborative creativity that students need. Our conference tables and FORm_office products fit these exact needs that students and school libraries are now calling for. Innovant has recognized these changes and universities have been seeking our products to outfit their libraries to become more than centers of information to centers for collaboration and creativity. In the past month two prestigious universities have selected Innovant products for their campuses.   The University of Chicago selected Innovant’s Conference line for their Regenstein Library reading tables and York University in Toronto selected FORm_office for their Osgoode Hall Law School collaborative workstations.    In April Innovant was awarded similar projects for Marist College in upstate New York, and we are currently pursuing numerous high profile higher education projects across the country with our benching and conference products.