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Innovant Announces New Partnership with Architype

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.

For more information about Innovant or its products, please visit http://www.innovant.com or http://www.architype.net/#!innovant/c2ri.

Open Offices Back In Vogue - Thanks to Millennials
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Attention, Millennials: Advertising agency Grey has an office just for you. As reported by PSFK, the company’s New York location has set up a Millennial-only wing called Base Camp. Rather than being seated in separate client account teams, young workers all share desk space in a central area away from their supervisors. It’s the latest iteration of the open plan office, which has gradually overtaken cubicles as the standard workplace layout as managers look to promote collaboration and cut costs. This design will likely to continue gaining momentum thanks to Millennial workers eager to bond with their co-workers.

Over the past decade, the open office has become a fixture of the modern workplace. The private offices and high cubicle walls of yesteryear have increasingly given way to workspaces with no or low partitions. These offices often have long rows of tables where staff members work alongside managers and executives. Several big-name companies, including Microsoft, Cisco, and CBRE, have gone even further and established “free-address” workplaces with no assigned seating. Overall, about 70% of U.S. offices have some type of open floor plan, according to the International Facility Management Association. And platforms like Grind and NeueHouse even rent out similar environments to freelancers who would otherwise work from home.

Many consider open offices a less stuffy alternative to cubicle life. In theory, this design promotes transparency and fairness: Fewer walls and doors make management seem more approachable and encourage information to flow freely. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg famously applied this model to City Hall, creating “the Bullpen” to encourage openness and communication. Meanwhile, the ubiquity of open offices among Silicon Valley titans—Google, Facebook, eBay, and Yahoo! among them—has made the design shorthand for free-wheeling, innovative enterprise where ideas can be exchanged on the fly.

Companies have also embraced this design for a less utopian reason: It saves money. Open layouts maximize existing space while minimizing costs, particularly in an era when more employees are telecommuting and leaving cubicles empty.

The debate over open offices reflects stark generational differences. Those who complain the loudest about this office concept are older workers, particularly Boomers. Not only does this generation value workplace privacy the most, they also tend to see office space as representative of one’s level of achievement and value. After finding out that his employer would be shifting to an open floor plan and he would lose his office, one Boomer lamented to NPR: “I earned a window. That was important to me.”

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Millennials, on the other hand, are this layout’s biggest proponents. This arrangement is well-suited for a group-oriented generation that values the opportunity to socialize, work in teams, and get help from co-workers. Their mobile style of working also means that they don’t equate space with worth and are eager for more egalitarian spaces that encourage everyone to contribute. To be sure, young people’s perceptions of open offices aren’t all positive: According to a 2012 study of Finnish workers, Millennials find conversations and laughter just as distracting as older generations do. But they’re more likely to believe that the trade-offs are worth it.

In moving toward open environments, young adults are also going backward to the workplaces of their grandparents. Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, open bullpens for workers were the norm. This changed with the introduction of the cubicle—a modular system dubbed Action Office II—in 1968. Its creator envisioned it as a way to liberate Boomer workers by giving them more privacy and autonomy—which ended up becoming a double-edged sword as managers arranged them into dreary, uniform “farms” that packed in as many people as possible. Between 1977 and 1997, cubicle sales in America grew 20-fold. And now the walls have begun coming down again—this time spurred by a generation of employees who’d rather collaborate than work alone.

Going forward, it’s likely that the latest incarnation of the open office won’t look like its predecessors. In the light of mounting evidence against a no-walls environment, designers are offering modified spaces that allow for privacy according to job function rather than seniority. While a marketing team, for instance, could benefit from a chatty atmosphere, a writer on deadline might need space to concentrate.

Some tech companies, like AECOM, have created “coding caves” that require total silence; inside, workers aren’t allowed to chat, take phone calls, or play music. And on the main floor, they follow different guidelines governing conversation volume and appropriate times to interrupt colleagues. In some sense, open offices might come to resemble the military—where soldiers have long followed strict protocol in order to operate in close quarters. In this way open offices will not only allow employees to be social, but will also teach them sociability.

Content originally published in Forbes, March 31, 2015.

Innovant Proudly Enters its 25th Year of Business

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. imageInnovant 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.

A New Kind Of Grind

imageIn last month’s issue of Interiors & Sources, one feature explored the question about where America’s independent laborers will be working as their numbers rise from roughly 25-30% to almost 50% of the workforce in the next few years. According to the Intuit 2020 report, both large corporations and small businesses will develop larger networks of contingent workers, “minimizing fixed labor costs and expanding the available talent pool.”

As independent workers “begin to account for a large chunk of the American workforce, they’re going to need a place to work that isn’t Starbucks… Enter the co-working space.” Gone is the simple co-working space with the requisite power access; this has been replaced with “full floors providing all the amenities one could ask for.”

Apart from the physical attributes of new co-workings offices, the intangible benefits are significant. The collaborative community that is housed within modern co-working spaces has rendered these offices “open-sourced knowledge banks… based on collaboration rather than self-interested competition. On a purely psychological level, co-working spaces are healthier, more productive, and more in line with a healthy society than traditional work spaces.”

Interiors & Sources learned three valuable lessons from visiting Grind and Fueled Collective, two co-working office space brands. The first lesson is that “designing a successful office share is about designing a culture as much as a space.” This idea takes shape in the offices’ “highly designed professional” aesthetics, which not only create a pleasing work environment, but also serve to “curate a lifestyle.” As a result, members are stimulated to cement both professional and personal connections with one another.

The second lesson, “let your end-user be their own layout specialist,” promotes flexibility and choice among members. By eliminating walls, barriers, and partitions, co-working spaces like Grind encourage “collaboration [through] proximity.” The office therefore “does with furniture what most people do with walls,” by allowing members to adjust the space and layout of the office to suit their own needs.

Finally, lesson three warns designers that “the end-user is [their] new competition.” Business owners and end-users have developed such a strong voice and influence on their work environments that they are “sometimes the ones designing the space themselves.” With the “market’s growth potential being an exponential one,” these lessons could prove very valuable for designers and manufactures alike.

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These photographs tell a small part of a large project story. Our client sought a single furniture solution that could service multiple divisions and subsidiary companies. Thus, the decision was made that Innovant’s FORm_office bench would meet the client’s range of needs in its various iterations. For touchdown workers, FORm_office’s basic spec was chosen, while creatives work at FORm_office Standing Height and studio workers sit at FORm_office Adjustable Height.

For the full story about this installation, please look out for our upcoming case study.

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Proud to share these beautiful photos from our recent installation downtown.

Client: Havas Worlwide

Designer: TPG Architecture

Location: New York, NY

Featured Product: FORm_office, FORm_office Adjustable Height, and FORm_office Standing Height

Celebrating Innovant’s Partnership with Arenson   
  Last week,  Innovant  hosted a sales meeting under the guise of a wine and cheese event. The gathering marked the kickoff of the new partnership between Innovant and  Arenson , a New York City   dealer of contract furniture and architectural interiors products.  Arenson is now one of Innovant’s three preferred dealers in the New York City market for all non-trading desk client environments.   
  Arenson’s President, Carl Milanta, brought together his team members from the New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut offices. This afforded our four separate offices the opportunity to socialize over in-depth product demonstrations. We know that the success of the event foretells a fruitful partnership between our two companies.

Celebrating Innovant’s Partnership with Arenson

Last week, Innovant hosted a sales meeting under the guise of a wine and cheese event. The gathering marked the kickoff of the new partnership between Innovant and Arenson, a New York City dealer of contract furniture and architectural interiors products. Arenson is now one of Innovant’s three preferred dealers in the New York City market for all non-trading desk client environments.

Arenson’s President, Carl Milanta, brought together his team members from the New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut offices. This afforded our four separate offices the opportunity to socialize over in-depth product demonstrations. We know that the success of the event foretells a fruitful partnership between our two companies.

Workplace Environmental Strategy and Branding   Over the past 13 years, the evolution of the workplace environment has gone through a transition. No longer emphasizing privacy and the “my space, your space” syndrome, workplaces now carry the opposite focus. Our sales consultants have worked on a diverse range of environments in a variety of industries. With flexible product lines that have intelligent solutions such as the S4 series, Innovant has been successful in meeting our clients’ specific needs.   The evolution of how people work has been driven by the realization that the user’s role has changed. With a shift towards telecommuting and co-working, workplace strategies require flexibility in their spaces to perform well. Being in an enclosed, restrictive space does not promote collaboration in the office, in or out. In order to increase motivation and promote growth, having an open environment in which to work allows this natural progression to evolve, which then enables creativity and yields a more productive workforce.   Companies today, whether consolidating or relocating, go through the process of evaluating their brand presence and corporate culture. They look for ways to modernize their image both inside and out. Your future workplace strategy should be designed to attract and retain the most talented people, and a corporation’s physical environment is an important aspect of employees’ success and output.

Workplace Environmental Strategy and Branding

Over the past 13 years, the evolution of the workplace environment has gone through a transition. No longer emphasizing privacy and the “my space, your space” syndrome, workplaces now carry the opposite focus. Our sales consultants have worked on a diverse range of environments in a variety of industries. With flexible product lines that have intelligent solutions such as the S4 series, Innovant has been successful in meeting our clients’ specific needs.
 
The evolution of how people work has been driven by the realization that the user’s role has changed. With a shift towards telecommuting and co-working, workplace strategies require flexibility in their spaces to perform well. Being in an enclosed, restrictive space does not promote collaboration in the office, in or out. In order to increase motivation and promote growth, having an open environment in which to work allows this natural progression to evolve, which then enables creativity and yields a more productive workforce.
 
Companies today, whether consolidating or relocating, go through the process of evaluating their brand presence and corporate culture. They look for ways to modernize their image both inside and out. Your future workplace strategy should be designed to attract and retain the most talented people, and a corporation’s physical environment is an important aspect of employees’ success and output.

Launching S4A, Innovant’s new height adjustable benching system this June at NeoCon!  
 To schedule a time to meet with one of our representatives please email  info@innovant.com  or call 212 929 4883. 
 Space 7-4093 7th Floor (Right outside the Elevator Between 3Form & Dyson) 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago IL 60654

Launching S4A, Innovant’s new height adjustable benching system this June at NeoCon!

To schedule a time to meet with one of our representatives please email info@innovant.com or call 212 929 4883.

Space 7-4093 7th Floor (Right outside the Elevator Between 3Form & Dyson) 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago IL 60654

Trading Places - Seminar with Charles Braham, Joe Du Temple, and Charlie Du Temple Monday June 11th 1 - 2pm  
 We are excited to annouce that Charles Braham, President of Innovant Inc., will be speaking at Neocon. He will be accompanying panel members Joe and Charlie Du Temple of ESD Global in addressing the impact of high density technology on space design and construction. They will also discuss how to accommodate technology within and above a desk while insuring that the mechanical infrastructure and ergonomic requirements are met. 
 The attendees will gain a knowledge on trading desk - open plan design and how it relates to accommodating an extensive list of technology requirements. They will also gain an understanding of how to best position the process of ‘desk’ design into a project, and finally what team disciplines are needed to make the project a success.

Trading Places - Seminar with Charles Braham, Joe Du Temple, and Charlie Du Temple Monday June 11th 1 - 2pm

We are excited to annouce that Charles Braham, President of Innovant Inc., will be speaking at Neocon. He will be accompanying panel members Joe and Charlie Du Temple of ESD Global in addressing the impact of high density technology on space design and construction. They will also discuss how to accommodate technology within and above a desk while insuring that the mechanical infrastructure and ergonomic requirements are met.

The attendees will gain a knowledge on trading desk - open plan design and how it relates to accommodating an extensive list of technology requirements. They will also gain an understanding of how to best position the process of ‘desk’ design into a project, and finally what team disciplines are needed to make the project a success.

Tips for Making Employees Love Their Office

Inc Magazine published this great article below– Providing basics like flexibility and organized environments can go a long way with employees. These elements help to create a happier more productive workplace.


You take your staff on kayaking trips. You order pizza for meetings. But who cares about the occasional extras if your workers aren’t delighted to be in their workspace day-in and day-out? We reviewed the best in office amenities and policies recently covered in Inc.and on Inc.com for the highlights of companies making their offices into places their employees love coming to in the morning.

1. Stay organized.
Whether it’s business plans or business cards, conference binders or marketing copy, entrepreneurs have a lot of information to track. But with so many important managerial matters on your plate, it’s hard to put a tidy workspace high on your priority list. Who knows that better than the employees who work in a disorganized or cluttered office? Their productivity and motivation can suffer when everyone’s not on the same page about where important information, tools, and supplies can be found. Laura Leist, president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, which is based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, explains: “When you’re talking about organizing your workspace you need to make a decision about what needs to be organized and there’s five areas that you can look at.” These five areas are paper, general stuff such as office supplies, your space and furniture layout, electronic information, and time management. Read more.

2. Make it comfy.
“Designing a comfortable office environment is about more than aesthetics; careful attention to design can give a boost to employee happiness. In the current economy, the focus is often on leasing office space based on price, with less attention paid to design, layout and amenities. Smart business leaders, however, think beyond the existing layout and furniture options when moving into a new office or refurbishing a space. That fresh coat of paint and new carpet your landlord gave you when you signed the lease is great, but there are other small investments of time and money that can transform your office into a more productive workspace,” writes Lois Goodell,principal and the director of interior design at CBT Architects, in an Inc.com guide on creating a productive office environment.In short, making a comfortable environment takes more than a sturdy desk and comfortable chair – it incorporates quality lighting, good ventilation, and a quality heating-and-cooling system. Read more

3. Give everyone a say.
It’s an extreme example, but when Thomas Walter, CEO of Tasty Catering in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, encountered Jim Collins's Good to Great, he asked each of his employees to read it. Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan writes: “Tasty Catering formed two Good to Great councils, which make all strategic decisions for the company. Each council has eight charter members drawn from across the company—culinary workers, clerical staff, drivers. One council conducts business in English, the other in Spanish, which is the first language for about a third of the work force. At least one of the three owners—Walter and his two brothers—sits in with each group. The councils hold meetings a few days apart, and an outside translator produces copies of the combined minutes in both languages. Each month, two random employees are chosen to join the councils for the month.” She quotes Anna Wollin, an account executive who joined one of the councils when they were formed, who says: “It puts us all on an even playing field. I had been with the company less than a year, and my opinion was as important as an owner’s opinion.” Read more.  

4. Consider openness.
It’s not right for every team of workers, but the trend today is to support collaboration, in all its forms: mentoring, problem solving, routine communication and information sharing. Goodell writes: “To do so, create more open spaces in the office, from workspaces with low panels that make it easier to communicate to all-day cafés where employees not only eat, but also meet to work.” It’s also important to consider what happens when someone in a large open office environment needs to concentrate on a big project or lead a conference call. Open spaces only work when employees have access to areas where they can focus on a specific task. One solution is “hoteling,” offices that can be reserved or used at will when needed. These offices can be small, but should be highly functional. They should be equipped with good lighting, phone systems and technology necessary to complete critical tasks. Read more

5. Make the workplace a community.
In this year’s Top Small Company Workplaces, Leigh Buchanan interviewed Bill Witherspoon about his open-book management and leadership style at Sky Factory. His employees not only love the clear and open communication structure, but also love helping each other. Witherspoon explains why: “I think of our factory as a community, and service is the core of community. There are two kinds of service. One is: I do this for you, and I expect a return. For example, I provide good customer service, and I expect loyalty. The other kind of service is selfless. I do something for you without thought of a return. I help you spontaneously and without thinking about it. That second kind of service is powerful. When someone has a moment of free time, how wonderful if she automatically thinks, Now, what can I do to help someone else? At the start of our Friday meetings, the leader for that week tells an appreciative story about someone at the company and presents the person with $25. Often, the story involves an unselfish, unsolicited offer of help." Read more

Evolution and Impact of STEEL

Thank you Arch Daily for this amazing infographic about the Impacts of Steel.

“One of the most important milestones in architecture was the development of construction methods in iron and steel. With these methods we have been able to construct stronger and taller structures, while using less materials. The evolution of steel frame construction in the 20th century entirely changed the concept of wall and the support.”

Innovant’s FORm products have a steel structure made up of over 25% post-industrial recycled content. By using a strong frame work our products are able to live multiple lifecycles and reused in new offices, before being disassembled and recycled. 

As seen on ArchDaily.com - Visit the original post.

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Clean Modern Work Environments at Rallye Motors 

S4 Installation 

Innovant’s FORm_office S4 is uniquely designed for flexible open-plan work environments, with advanced adaptable features, it’s an ideal solution for any work environment. Often, our clients are looking for a clean, modern workstation, with technology management to maintain a clutter free environment. A recent example is the FORm_office installation at Rallye Motors, one of the largest Mercedes Benz dealers in the United State. The overall design concept, from Interior Architects, was to project a European high-end look that re-creates the Mercedes Benz worldwide appeal.  The solution was our S4 configuration, with white and aluminum finishes, to further embody their showroom aesthetic.

Rallye Motor’s wanted a single solution platform that could easily be adapted  to meet the needs for their two end user groups. Their requirements were to provide flexibility for user access, and the ability to easily modify their personal workstation. In addition, the system needed to provide hidden cable management, and personal storage solutions for above and below the desktop.

S4 presented a clean intelligent desk solution that improved the overall feel of the space, and projected a sense of refinement. Collaborating with architects, designers, and end users, we strive to provide the right solution for your new workplace at a competitive price.  Whether it’s the office, the bullpen, or the showroom, the right system is essential to a high performance work environment. 

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FORm Review from Wille Design

“For a recent client located in the San Francisco area, we provided the Form product for their command and control centers and in their training area. Form was the right fit for their complexity and ability to manage change over the long term. After the installation was complete, the customer, of their own initiative, expanded the extent of product and areas to receive Innovant’s Form product. I think that speaks for itself. The customer’s IT services team were also extremely impressed with the accessibility and ease of integrating their technology requirements within the consoles. Innovant’s consoles have now been successfully installed in several of facilities with very positive reception in all instances." Read More>

- Robin Wille, LEED AP, President at Wille Design

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