Nureva Span System

Start collaborating in seconds using Nureva’s newest technology; Span Software. Span Software is a cloud-based solution that bridges the gap between pixel and paper. It offers an expansive digital canvas allowing others to take notes, sketch images, share creative ideas and solve problems. Unlike other conventional software, Span requires no user guide whatsoever. This means you can start collaborating instantly, allowing you to focus strictly on your ideas, and not the technology.

 

 

Design thinking: Create a digital space where problems are defined (and redefined), ideation is inclusive and design reviews are simple and collaborative. With Span system, you’ll gather the best ideas from your teams and then work through them together, all on the same cloud-cased canvas.

 

Agile: Trade in your sticky-note wall for a digital solution that takes the best aspects of paper-based processes and brings them into the digital age. The span system helps agile teams to visualize workflow as they collaborate, keeping them on track and aligned whether in the same office or distributed across the world.

 

K-12 education: Help every student develop the skills they need for future success. Rather than passively consuming information, learners can capture their thoughts on personal devices, share them on an expansive canvas and then work with classmates to deepen understanding.

 

Learn more about Nureva Span here and contact us to come see it in person!

 

 

Creative Spaces featuring the Surface Hub, from Steelcase and Microsoft

Creativity isn’t just for artists and musicians anymore: it’s for everyone. Although it is often surrounded by an aura of mystery and unattainability, creativity is a process in which we can all engage and a characteristic that we can all encourage in each other. The new partnership between Steelcase and Microsoft is all about exploring how the thoughtful integration of places and technology can support the ways people create.

Steelcase and Microsoft have introduced an array of “Creative Spaces” to help people generate new ideas, solve problems, and keep them moving forward. There are five different categories of “Creative Space”, each harnessing the powers of place and design in a unique fashion in order to foster a particular kind of creative energy.

The Focus Studio: A solo workspace, configured with V.I.A walls to keep out ambient noise and reduce visual distraction, while also featuring AirTouch and Miracast to facilitate quick shifts for bouts of two-person consultation.

 

 

The Duo Studio: Designed for pairs in ongoing collaboration, Ology tables and Umami lounges provide many easily reconfigurable options to keep the energy flowing, and allowing for space for others to join in when the time is right. The Surface Hub’s “I’m Done” security feature also removes content from the previous session, encouraging rapid starts for new collaboration.

 

The Ideation Hub: An active, high-tech destination that encourages participation and contribution from co-located or distributed teammates. Stool height seating encourages movement and interaction with the Surface Hub, which is integrated with V.I.A. walls to both provide unparalleled privacy and focus while also enhancing remote participation via Skype for Business.

 

The Maker Commons: Socializing ideas and rapid prototyping are key elements in the modern creative process. This space supports a range of postures – seated, standing, lounging, perching — encouraging movement and flow between conversation, experimentation, and concentration. Brody WorkLounges create a cocooning micro-environment within the open plan to sketch or take notes on Surface Pro4 when inspiration strikes.

 

The Respite Room: When it comes to working creatively, being able to relax and recharge is just as important as active group work, and that is what this space is all about. Relaxed postures support diffused attention and allow the brain to wander, which can lead to ‘eureka!’ insights, while V.I.A. walls create acoustic privacy and visual relief, allowing the brain to rest, form new connections and access spontaneous ideas.

The Microsoft Surface Hub, a powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally,  is central to the design of all of the different Creative spaces.

Surface Hub enables engaging and productive meetings with its large multi-touch display, responsive pen and inking experience, built-in video conferencing and on-board Office apps. You can walk up and join a Skype for Business meeting with a single tap, and share content effortlessly, so that you spend your time connecting to people rather than technology. And since you can easily send meeting notes and content after your meeting ends, you can save time and effort by instantly communicating outcomes and action points.

Contact us at info@waldners.com to bring the Surface Hub and “Creative Spaces” to your office and transform the way you work.

Check out this video about Creative Spaces with Microsoft Hub!

Casper Cloaking Technology

Invisibility! Cloaking! No, we’re not talking about a superhero movie, but rather Designtex’s newest innovation, Casper! What is it you might ask?

Well, Casper is a transparent sheet which covers the exterior portion of glass with a variety of different designs (15 to be exact). 

The inside is also covered but with a different film the company calls  “ a cloaking film.” Here’s the cool part, this “cloaking film” blocks the wavelengths of light emitted by LED and LCD screens. While screens stay camouflaged, the rooms inhabitants, their movements, and their facial expressions remain visible. According to Andy Graham, the Designtex consultant who developed Casper, it’s the digital version of what used to be blinds and curtains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a quick video highlighting exactly how incredible this new technology really is!

 

 

 

 

 

Can you increase workplace wellbeing while decreasing office footprint?

Reprint from Corenet
By Enara Yusufova, LEED AP BD+C, Marketing & Workplace Strategy, Waldner’s Business Environments

 

This is the question Waldner’s Business Environments was faced with at the start of 2016 in talks of rebranding our company and refreshing our three locations in Long Island, Manhattan, and Rye. As a family owned business of over 77 years specializing in office furniture, it was only natural that our office of 17 years on 215 Lex was screaming for a makeover. In the midst of suspenseful New York City lease negotiations and talks of relocating to another “prime” location, the Waldner’s team decided to bear down and do what we do best: re-imagine, re-configure, re-invigorate.

 

In recent years the company underwent significant restructuring into a more collaborative and decentralized culture. Our existing high panels, dated color palette, among other attributes weren’t reflective of the way we worked anymore. In addition, as a response to client needs Waldner’s added a technology team and suite of integrated technology services that the existing design did not have the capacity to depict. Consequently, our principal Jay Waldner and our Design Team Leader Nicole Hall decided to design a new, open, synergistic office space that would also act as a showroom to our nearby city clients.

 

Existing Conditions:
•Existing Space was 13,000 Sq Ft.
•(39) Workstations, (5) Private Offices
•(3) Conf. Room, (1) Material Library

 

The existing design and furniture layout had definitely warn out its welcome. There were high panels which blocked the windows, an outdated beige color palette, and spaces that were not functional for collaboration.
The input of all company staff was integral as employee wellbeing was a priority to the success and future of the company and its team members. We conducted a survey with all employees to help determine the ratio of personal to collaborative space needed and to generate our workstation typicals.

 

Results of the Survey:
•Bright color palette
•Low panels
•Storage Ped with cushion for collaboration
•Height Adjustable Tables to support each individual. Our design team generated a number of different typicals that helped analyze the needs of our employees.

 

Our renovation downsized our existing square footage from 13,000 Sp Ft. to 9,000 Sq Ft. This created certain challenges that stressed the importance of creating a multi-functional space. The scope of our new office was to include large team spaces that could double as touchdown areas and meeting spaces for clients. Due to the advent of digital libraries and increased digital capabilities there was no longer a need for a large library or extensive storage cabinets. We also had to include a wide variety of products because our space was to double as a showroom. Integrating different product lines within the same space helped create a cohesive balance throughout.

 

The finished design resulted in two conference rooms to accommodate large and small project group meetings, 40 workstations, 4 private offices, a scheduling system and the latest in high-end audio visual control systems allow for seamless shared experiences. Private offices no longer line the perimeter of the office and have now led way to permeate sunlight, to be enjoyed by everyone throughout the space. Natural elements add to the biophilic effect in the space with the use of a repurposed 100 year old barn as columns and live edge wood slab tables. A “townhall” space in the middle of the office has greatly increased opportunities for organic collaboration and flow of ideas resulting in small daily innovations and problem solving. We are able to experience a new “way of life” at work which accommodates personal work, teamwork, learning, and social interaction. A myriad of furniture and technology products in the space can be viewed by clients and is used by employees allowing us to offer honest and timely feedback to our community.

 

 

 

 

Learning About The Office of the Future!

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Waldner’s had a great time at the Bisnow Office of the Future event on June 21! We exhibited Steelcase’s BrodyWork Lounge, Gesture chair, slim table and buoy. The BrodyWork Lounge especially excited people, as it is a very new and exciting piece of furniture that allows workers to focus in their own space in the office.

Throughout the event there were many different panel speakers that gave their professional insight on how they see office space used in the future. They explained that businesses are going to see an increase in mobility in the office. People want the ability to move from their desk, to the lounge area, to the conference room throughout the day, in order to keep the juices flowing and stretch their legs. Also, they explained that as technology becomes more and more embedded in our everyday lives, many people have the ability to work from home, however they choose to work in the office because of how much they enjoy the environment. With the help of furniture, we can diversify our offices and make coming to work a exciting and enjoyable experience. The office of the future seems to be a great one and we cant wait to see how the ideas drafted at this event will play out in the future!