3 Iconic Chairs that Inspired Modern Copies

We can’t help but notice some characteristics of these classic designs popping up in current office design.

Eames Lounge Chair

Released in 1956, Eames Lounge Chair was the first chair that Charles and Ray Eames designed for a high-end market. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Our modern versions are definitely not “copies”, but there are enough similarities in the steel base style and segmented bodies to imagine they could be distant relations.

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Fauteuil Chair (aka “Louis” Chair)

Perhaps the most recognizable homage to this chair originally designed in the early 17th century France,  is the Ghost Chair by Philippe Stark.  We continue to see the more traditional style in formal office settings, but love Stark’s bold variation.

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Model 3107

This is one of the most copied chairs out there, and for good reason!  It was designed by Arne Jacobsen, using a new technique in which plywood could be bent in three dimensions. Over 5 million units have been produced exclusively by Fritz Hansen ever since its invention in 1955. It is THE most copied chair in the world. Such a versatile style.

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Want to give your office a classic look? Let our designers steer you in the right direction. Contact us today!

Spotlight: Local Law Firm Collaborates with Perry for a Cohesive Office Renovation

The Carlson Law Firm in Killeen, Texas, purchased and renovated a building to relocate their offices in 2016. Management brought in Perry designers early in the project’s timeline, which ensured power & data placement during the renovation would coincide with furniture’s placement.

As with most renovations, floor plans were in flux throughout the selection process and Perry designers worked closely with the Carlson team to adapt the design to accommodate changes as needed. The result is a completely cohesive look where the furniture and the building are in sync.

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In the lobby, Hon Convera Lounge seating in Silica Leather adds a professional, yet relaxed look to the calming space.

This look is echoed in the three executive conference rooms (below), which are outfitted with Allsteel Merge tables in Cafelle Walnut. These tables have an expanding center section that reveals a central power bay for plugging in devices as needed, and hiding it when not in use. Cord management in the table’s legs keep the floor clear, which was designed prior to the installation of the power outlet to ensure proper placement.

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The training room uses mobile, nesting Allsteel Aware tables that can be easily rearranged. In fact, the room is often cleared for the staff’s morning exercise session, and can then easily be moved into a meeting or training arrangement as needed. The room is completed with nesting Allsteel Seek chairs.

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Allsteel Optimize panels with Allsteel Involve storage were chosen for two call center-style rooms housing a total of 35 staff members. For the smaller room, lower panel heights allow for privacy without feeling closed off, while the larger room fits 20 workstations with varying panel heights, so both staff and supervisors can share the space. All workstations have power and data access built into the panels.

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Low credenzas in some workstations offer varied, layered storage options, including lateral filing.

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The large staff break room is filled with HON Motivate chairs and stools, and HON Preside & Flock tables in both diner and bar heights.

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The owner’s office is the crowning jewel of this project. This space needed a traditional, executive look while remaining functional to meet with clients and guests. The walnut finishes of the JSI Brogan desking were chosen to coordinate with the wood flooring and built-in cabinetry. Multiple seating areas and a conference space were also included.

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JSI traditional seating completed the space.

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When the furniture and renovation design are developed in tandem, you will ensure a more cohesive look, functional layout, and streamlined installation process. Contact us today to learn more about our Furniture & Space Planning services.

Special Report: 4 New Furniture Trends from NeoCon 2016

In June, the Perry Furniture team visited the NeoCon market in Chicago for North America’s most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. These are some of the trends that stood out to us this year and a few examples of each.

See something that interests you or a style you want to emulate? Call us for details: (254) 778-4755

1. Residential Furniture for Commercial Spaces

Get cozy at work with a more comfortable, laid back type of furniture. Modernize your office while maintaining a classic feel.

Bourne Collection from JSI

Bourne Collection from JSI

Hugh Dining collection by Grand Rapids

Hugh Dining collection by Grand Rapids

Tablo Chair paired with Grove Totem end table from Darran

Tablo Chair paired with Grove Totem end table from Darran

Ala chair by Cabot Wrenn

Ala chair by Cabot Wrenn

2. Flexible Seating

As office spaces are becoming more multi-functional, the chairs we use in them are following suit. Whether you’re working, meeting, eating, leaning, or thinking, these chairs can do it all, anywhere.

The nesting, multi-purpose Flirt Chair from Arcadia

The nesting, multi-purpose Flirt Chair from Arcadia

The spine-based, impromptu Kozmic seating by National

The spine-based, impromptu Kozmic seating by National

3. Personal Spaces in the Open Office

While workplaces are opening up and becoming more collaborative with few private offices, there is still the occasional need for personal breaks and semi-private conversations. These new products can help offer some division without adding walls.

Reflect from Allsteel

Reflect from Allsteel

Co-op by Arcadia

Co-op by Arcadia

Co-op by Arcadia

Co-op by Arcadia

4. Clothing-Inspired Upholstery

Clothing textiles like wool, tweed, and soft-suiting type materials are the latest in upholstery trends, which can lend an element of familiarity and comfort to otherwise sterile work environments.

Kimono collection by Mayer

Kimono collection by Mayer

Tickled Herring & more by HBF Textiles

Tickled Herring & more by HBF Textiles


New & Notable!

 

Concinnity Desking from Hon

Concinnity Desking from Hon

This laminate series offers more storage options and design details than we’ve ever seen from Hon and we are excited about it. Concinnity blends distinctive design elements with a versatile collection of desk and storage components.

Equity

Equity from Neutral Posture

This system product has nearly unlimited options for fabric, colors and customization. Equity’s centerline modularity allows for simplified planning, spatial economy and design flexibility. The 90° and 120° planning provide added options for open plan layouts.

BuzziJungle

BuzziJungle

Can’t help but mention this wild new product: BuzziJungle really pushes the boundaries of the traditional meeting space. Various elements within the structure provide an opportunity for different interactions within the “jungle”. You can climb, lounge and meet in the elevated work-lounge space made from lacquered steel.

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3 Furniture Trends in the Healthcare Industry 

Outfitting a healthcare facility with furniture provides unique challenges, and as the industry changes, the furniture is changing with it.

We are seeing more:

1. Lightweight Furniture

Many designers and manufacturers are trending toward lighter weight patient chairs. A great example is the minimalist Soothe recliner from HON has un-upholstered arms that pivot out of the way to help ease patients in and out.  It also allows for infinite recline positions from upright to fully reclined as shown below.  The chair is easily mobile, with locking casters.

HON Soothe Recliner Healthcare Furniture
HON Soothe Recliner Healthcare Furniture

 

Learn more about HON Soothe Recliner >

2. Contrasting Upholstery

This is a long-term trend with lasting power that creates a more interesting aesthetic. You can also use this method to reduce costs — apply a more highly-treated and expensive fabric where it is most needed, and a less costly fabric to other parts of the chair. This HON Soothe 2-seat chair is a great example.

HON Soothe 2 Seat Bench Healthcare Furniture

3. Coordinating Bariatric Seating

The need for bariatric seating — which accommodates users of 350 lbs or more — is not new, but it’s becoming much more widely available from basically every contract furniture manufacturer. It’s now easier than ever to incorporate into any seating area, from the lobby to offices, to patient rooms. You can now provide a comfortable option for all guests, without compromising the aesthetic of the space. “Confide” seating by National illustrates the integration of bariatric guest chairs with standard and lounge chairs.

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If your healthcare facility is looking for furniture for your lobby or reception area, patient rooms or offices, the Perry Office Plus furniture team can help select products, and design and plan your space. Contact one of our Furniture Consultants today: (800) 234-6605 or check out our furniture project gallery for inspiration.

3 Tips for a Great Break Room from our Makeover Contest

Break rooms are a frequently overlooked space.  Break areas are intended to provide a mental and physical break from the daily grind.  By offering a few essential items, you will quickly see a difference in your employees’ productivity and satisfaction.

Connally Junior High near Waco, Texas won our “Break Room Makeover” contest in fall 2015 and Perry Office Plus installed the furniture over their Christmas break as a surprise for the teachers and staff when they returned in 2016.

Here are 3 tips to take away from their makeover.

1. Create a visual distinction from the rest of the office.

For employees to be able to fully separate from their workspace and decompress, the break room should not just be an extension of the office.

The Connally Junior High principal had the break room painted a bright green to differentiate the space from the rest of the school and give staff a change of scenery during the day. When employees return to work, they will start fresh, and productivity will substantially increase.

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“The new lounge is comfortable and provides a multipurpose setting for relaxing and work with colleagues,” said CJH employee Elaine Menefee.

2. Create more than just a place to eat.

A break room is more than just a place to eat lunch or grab a snack, but also a place to socialize. CJH took this to heart, and removed some existing cabinets to provide space for a small lounge area. HON Flock lounge chairs are great for reading or lounging, and a Flock occasional table has a powered port where teachers can plug in devices, in case they want to work away from their desk.

The Flock bar-height table and Motivate flexible-back plastic stools (both from HON) were used to create a community environment that encourages interaction.

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Mecca Perkins from CJH said, “The atmosphere is relaxing and provides us with a retreat from the hectic environment we work in throughout the day.”

 

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CJH’s Melissa Holt said, “Our new lounge is very modern and makes us feel like we work in a professional atmosphere.”

3. Call in a professional.

Our designer offered suggestions for styles, materials and layouts that would provide the best possible atmosphere. Rely on the experience of a designer or one of our furniture consultants to provide options and solutions that suit your staff, your organization, and your budget. Call us at (800) 234-6605 or visit our project portfolio.

Here are the “before” images of their teacher lounge — what a difference!

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2016 HON Furniture Preview: New Products, Discontinuations, Price Changes

Upcoming Discontinuations

Manufacturers continuously improve and refresh their solutions, and occasionally, the need arises for certain products, fabrics and finishes to be discontinued. Effective January 2, 2016, the following laminate and veneer finishes are being dropped from the HON product line. However, suggested substitutes can help match current furniture as needed.

• Columbian Walnut Laminate and Veneer. Suggested Substitute: Mocha
• Henna Cherry Laminate and Veneer. Suggested Substitute: Cognac
• Harbor Teak Laminate and Veneer. Suggested Substitute: Pinnacle
• Shadow Laminate. Suggested Substitute:  Grey Tigris

See HON product discontinuations >

Upcoming Price Increases

Based on market analysis and the life-cycle management of HON’s product portfolio, HON will be implementing a price adjustment effective January 1, 2016 on HON and basyx by HON branded products. The average adjustment for the most popular models will be 1.8%. Some products will be adjusted up to 2.9%. Prices are NOT changing for several popular items in these lines: Ignition seating, Endorse® seating, Nucleus® seating, 10500 Series™ Desking, 10700 Series™ Desking, Brigade® lateral files, Accelerate panels and most systems worksurfaces.

To lock in 2015 prices for your next project, orders must be placed before the end of the year. Contact us in the Perry Office Plus Furniture Department at (800) 234-6605 to get started or ask questions.

Recent New Products 

We have seen the introduction of several new furniture products and improvements this year and expect these to really be some of the more popular items in 2016.

HON Soothe™ Healthcare Seating

Designed specifically for healthcare environments, the Soothe collection maximizes comfort along the patient’s journey to recovery, enhances functionality for the caregiver, and creates the versatility required to deliver a higher level of care. The collection includes a specialty Recliner with a wide range of options, Patient Chairs that are comfortable, responsive and easy to clean, and coordinating Side Tables. Learn more on hon.com >

HON Height Adjustable Table Bases

You can now incorporate standing-height worksurfaces into any space, as they are designed to work with any HON worksurface to give anyone in workstations and private offices a much-needed change of pace and posture. The 3-stage column design makes the bases ideal for supporting a variety of users and work styles. Learn more on hon.com >

HON Accelerate

Design features for the this newest systems furniture from HON include thin profile glass panels, personal storage elements and a variety of worksurface options, all working together. The clear, frosted, or frameless glass and tackable or nontackable fabric panel stackers deliver privacy while providing access to natural light. Accelerate is designed to accommodate multiple configurations through a single solution and the optimized selection and versatile 72″ panels use fewer parts, making it simple to plan, order, install and reconfigure. Learn more on hon.com >

 

What are your plans for 2016? We want to help! Reach out at (800) 234-6605 or email us at furniture@perryop.com.

Check out our online Furniture Project Gallery and see what we can do for your space >

HON Company shares Vintage Office Furniture Photos & Facts

HON’s post on their blog, Forward, today is a great #throwbackthursday look at some vintage offices and what office life was like back in the day. If your office furniture still looks anything like these old photos, be sure to give us a call! 😉

Check out the post on HON’s Forward>