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Innovant Releases Ag Arm, a Series of Ergonomic Monitor Arms for Multi-Screen Environments
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Designed for integration atop all Innovant furniture products, Ag Arm is a sophisticated system of VESA-compatible display mounts for LCD monitors. The product is particularly suited to open plan offices furnished with height adjustable workstations.

Developed specifically for deployment in multi-screen environments, Ag Arm eliminates the possibility of collisions with components on adjacent adjustable height desks. Using a combination of variable arm lengths and rotation restrictors, Ag Arm ensures the most effective fit and alignment of monitors within the footprint of each desktop.

Modular, mix and match parts allow users to easily create or reconfigure dynamic displays. Ag Arm displays can either be mounted to worktops with rapid install and adjust C-clamps or secured to an accessory beam at the back of Innovant work surfaces. For advanced features, an optional convenience power module – with 2 receptacles and a fast dual USB charger – can be integrated into the base of any Ag Arm support post.  

“I’ve never been satisfied with the design of popular monitor arm products. Until Ag Arm, I had not yet seen an intelligent monitor arm product for the tight, multi-screen configurations of today’s height adjustable workstations,” explains Bruce Wells, Director Marketing & Design at Innovant.

Technology is rapidly evolving and Innovant’s Ag Arm ensures that investments made today will continue to benefit users in the future. For more 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.

Makers: Innovant

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.

8 Secrets of the Modern Workplace

imageTaking down the cubicle walls isn’t enough anymore. Retaining talent now also requires quiet places, work-from-home-flexibility, and an eye on the bottom line, according to panelists at Bisnow’s NY Office of the Future event, held Thursday, June 12.

1) Employees Should Be as Happy as Pharrell Williams

WeWork is one of the office sector’s most innovative players, but co-founder Miguel KcKelvery says the company wasn’t founded to create futuristic office; it was founded for the here and now. The idea was to create a place for companies trying to start something new for the world, companies that could use a spark. Folks working nonstop like that, he says, need to be empowered by their workspace and feel happy when there.

2) Cult of Equality

By the end of the year, 9,000 of Credit Suisse’s 50,000 employees will be working in open workspaces, says Americas Head of Workplace Strategy Phil Kirschner. No exceptions will be made for managers at any level - if you want a corner office, you better bring a protractor and some tape.

CBRE Managing Director of Workplace Strategiy Lenny says companies spend 75% of their capital on people, so a good workplace can’t be about just efficiency; it has to consider the employees. CBRE’s own Workplace 360 program has already converted 18 of its offices, including its LA HQ, into open spaces with no assigned desks, even for the CEO. Ten years ago, Bloomberg took the bold step to put all employees on trading desks, says Global Head of Real Estate & Facilities Lauren Smith. It was a cultural strategy, she adds, not motivated by real estate.

Culture as a workplace factor is a simple concept but far from mainstream. Moderator, Macro Consultants’ Michael Glatt, did a recent change-management presentation for a 10M SF client that didn’t have an HR rep involved in the process.

3) Working from Home Is a Reality

Considering employees are required to work from anywhere at any time, remote working is a logistical necessity, says Lauren. But Bloomberg also believes it’s important for each employee to have his or her own space, a “home” to come back to. JetBlue Corporate Real Estate VP Richard Smyth says 95% of the company’s Salt Lake City call center employees work from home. The company’s LIC HQs (two-and-a-half years old) offers open, collaborative space with no exterior offices and few interior ones. For all that the company demands of its employees, giving them the ability to work from home makes sense, he notes.

4) Amenities Matter

For the young employees at Twitter, the workplace is their life, says the company’s Facilities Project Manager Rowen Ash. They don’t leave for lunch. Instead, they take their laptops somewhere else in the office to eat and work in a more social environment. For this younger generation, their coworkers are their friends, blending work life with social life. The workplace, then, is like an extension of the college dorms. Twitter takes pains to make the office a pleasant place to work and socialize.

5) Flexible Workplaces Are Long-Term Hedges

Recruitment plays a part in real estate decisions, but corporations do not know for certain what environment employees of the future will find most productive. Consider a company that signs a 10-year lease today. The entry-level employees it will be recruiting by the end of that term are in 8th grade right now. Flexibility means more than just open workspaces, Lenny says. Employees need a place to work solo when they need to concentrate. Without that option, workplace satisfaction drops. Bloomberg made the mistake of going too dense, Lauren says, with 100 SF per person. What she hears from new recruits is that they want the choice of both open and private spaces.

6) Change Is Inevitable

An office in a rectangular, steel building used to signal that a company had arrived, says Colliers Tri-State Region President Michael Cohen. Now, Sony is moving into an 80-year-old Flatiron property that was built for Rose & Rose Actuaries. He cautions that as conversions to office continue and SF per person ratios compress, landlords should be aware of their certificates of occupancy.

7) Experimentation Is the First Step

Sony is completely rethinking its workplace strategy in advance of its early 2016 relocation, says Facilities Project Manager Jennifer Fordham. That includes reducing space by half while increasing amenities and maintaining the same number of employees. GSA Planning & Design Quality Director Mina Wright, who works under tight budget scrutiny, advises those who want to try a new format should pilot-test it, even if on a small scale. Move into closer quarters, and have executives push their desks together. When the benefit is proven, it can be rolled out more broadly. Director of Workplace at Perkins+Will Rachel Casanova agrees, pointing out that design is an art, not a science. She add that designers should not be afraid to test and refine their work. Avison Young Tri-State Region President Arthur Mirante notes that most companies love turnkey office space nowadays for the blank slate it offers.

8) Neighborhood Is Key

RXR Realty’s Bill Elder says the right environment will guarantee a building is a winner, regardless of submarket. David points out that hip locations like RXR’s Starrett-Lehigh Building or others near the High Line often trump proximity to transit. Meanwhile, Philippe Visser of Related is counting on the combination of Hudson Yards’ retail (three times as much as at Time Warner Center) amid millions of SF of office to attract tenants.

Adapted from Bisnow, originally published June 16, 2014.

Innovant to Present Two Breakthrough Office Furniture Products at NeoCon 2014

imageInnovant 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.

For more information about Innovant, its FORm_AV or FORm_office product lines, please visit http://www.innovant.com. Register now to receive Innovant’s latest product updates and company news.

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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.

Innovant Wins Furniture Contract for TPG Architecture’s New Offices

imageTPG Architecture has specified Innovant’s award-winning FORm_office open plan office furniture for its new offices.

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.

Innovant Wins Major Commercial Contracts with FORm_office Adjustable Height

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Innovant, a leader in collaborative work environments, announces two major commercial contracts for height adjustability. 

A large financial services client selected Innovant’s FORm_office Adjustable Height bench as the workstation standard for its 2,300 person Newport Beach-based headquarters. The product was also chosen by a global pharmaceutical company as its new national workstation standard.

Both companies selected Innovant’s FORm_office Adjustable Height bench over solutions from the top five major furniture manufacturers. According to Innovant, 50 percent of all incoming requests for proposals for new workplace standards incorporate height adjustability into workstation specifications.

“While adopting a new workplace strategy, it’s not easy for every client to achieve their complete wish list when it comes to furniture. I believe [this pharmaceutical company] found in Innovant and the FORm_office product a solution to meet all their objectives.” – Charles Braham, President at Innovant

Both clients evaluated the products in a formal review process before making their selections. With these latest victories, Innovant has truly taken a leadership position in the height adjustable open plan benching marketplace since launching the groundbreaking product in 2012.

“What sets this product apart is the level of consideration given to all of the consequences created by an adjustable height, open plan workstation.” – Bruce Wells, Director of Marketing & Development at Innovant

This FORm_office product line won Best in Show at NeoCon 2012. It addresses the significant health concern associated with employees sitting at a desk for hours a day.

For more information about Innovant or FORm_office Adjustable Height, please visit http://www.innovant.com.

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.

S4 Installation in California

FORm_office S4 Installation - Redwood California 

Innovant recently installed Form Office S4 benching system for YuMe Video Ad Network in Redwood. Founded by Jayant Kadambi and Ayyappan Sankari in 2004, YuMe is one of the most innovative leaders in the field of video advertising, directing campaigns for Mini Cooper, Wells Fargo and eBay. Their headquarters are in Redwood City, California, and with sales offices throughout the United States in addition to the European headquarters in London.

Our award winning S4 Form Office benching system elegant and modern complements the urban interior of this unique office environment. The exposed brick walls and the wood beam ceiling are the perfect match for the modern and contemporary Form Office S4 benching system. Its contemporary design, advanced technology and cable management provides creatives with an optimal workstation. Each desk is outfitted with privacy panels, personal storage cubes and data/usb ports for the user’s convenience. Form Office S4 is in a class of its own, perfect for collaborative or ‘touchdown’ spaces like YuMe’s offices are. Furniture that makes for a creative and collaborative environment can also empower your staff by granting new modes of expression. Devoting space that allows this is important, but furniture designed to promote collaboration greatly increases productivity. This is the great contribution that Form Office S4 offers to all creatives of YuMe’s offices, encouraging them to share their ideas and creating a collaborative work environment.

Form Office S4 installation in Redwood has been possible thanks to the full-service dealership Inside Source, which offers office furniture and services to customers throughout the San Francisco and greater Bay Area. They help companies achieve their goals faster and more reliably providing a complete menu of services, including project management, space planning, warehousing and installation.

Interested in S4? Email info@innovant.com for more information 

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Creating An Office Where Ideas Flow

In a recent article from the Fast Company Magazine, Perkins + Will’s Gina Berndt discussed the key ingredients she believed were needed to build an office that fostered a creative spirit. Although businesses can’t transform themselves solely by the design of their office, it can play largely into helping foster creativity within the employees. Some of the tips she suggests when designing an office include: engaging different perspectives in order to promote collaboration, providing an anchor in order to always bring employees back to the office, design for efficiency by making your office design plan flexible and adaptable to change, supporting different working styles by allowing employees to be inspired through the different meeting places in the office, adapting to the quickly changing technology, embracing shifting demographics from the different generations coming into the workforce, addressing wellness holistically by creating a healthy working environment, and finally making sure your office expresses who you are as a brand and how you want both your employees and the outside world to see your company. These tips can transform any dated workplace into one that inspires employees for the future.  

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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.