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“It’s incredible, 80 years and three generations! But as of June 1st Austin Waldner, great grandson of Daniel Waldner, founder of Waldner’s, will be joining as the 4th generation. How many companies can say that?” – Stephen Waldner, Owner
Photographed: Stephen Waldner and daughter Meredith Waldner Stern, President of Waldner’s Business Environments Inc.
“As Waldner’s celebrates our 80th Anniversary, this provides a special opportunity to look back and appreciate our storied past which continues to serve as the basis for our success and our vision for the future. Many of our clients and the professionals we have had the privilege to work with over eight decades know that our company was originally founded by our grandfather, Daniel Waldner in 1939. He instilled in all of us the importance of providing outstanding service with a commitment to excellence.”- Meredith Waldner-Stern
Photographed: Left to right – Daniel Waldner, Jay Waldner, Stephen Waldner, and Jeff Waldner. Austin Waldner, son of Jay Waldner to join the firm this year.
“Today, Waldner’s is proud to be a thriving business with over 100 remarkable, talented employees over three locations and clients throughout the nation. We have all evolved from the traditional office space and come a long way from the standard metal desk of 1939 to providing cutting edge solutions in furniture, technology and service for multiple industries. What makes it most meaningful for us in celebrating our history is to know that since 1939, Waldner’s has and will continue to grow with our clients and provide innovative solutions for all of those we serve into the future.” – Meredith Waldner-Stern
Photographed: Waldner’s NYC employees at 80th Anniversary toast.
Chief Operating Officer Ryan Osborne says “Achieving an 80-year anniversary and enjoying year-over-year growth is a credit to our employees, the loyalty of our customers, and the ability of our organization’s leadership to steer Waldner’s product and service offerings through market shifts, ever-changing workplace trends, and industry pressures. Waldner’s and our main manufacturer, Steelcase, both share the same mission of staying ahead of the curve and responding to the needs of the business community through the use of new technologies, enhanced furniture products, architectural preferences, and office services. Each of Waldner’s local markets – Westchester, New Jersey, NYC, and Long Island – are excited and ready to respond to our customers’ demands for the workplace of the future and seeing our company and our clients continue to thrive over the next 80 years!”
Cheers and thank you to those who have helped make it all possible!
Stay tuned for the grand re-opening of our Long Island showroom this Spring, located at 125 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY – Contact us for a tour!
Another Exciting New Partnership Announcement–Steelcase and Blu Dot!
As you know, we are in the middle of a cultural movement as organizations aspire to create informal, authentic and inspiring places unique to their culture and brand. To achieve this, they require more help in creating thoughtfully curated solutions that include a broad range of solutions such as lighting, accessories and furnishings.
Now, it will be even easier to help our customers create great experiences.
We are very excited to announce that Steelcase has now partnered with the world-renowned, award-winning modernist Minneapolis-based design collective Blu Dot. This means that Blu Dot’s entire catalogue is now available through all of Steelcase’s distributors– including Waldner’s!
Visit the Blu Dot website now by clicking here!
Blu Dot was founded by three college friends, all of them designers (two architects and a sculptor): John Christakos, Maurice Blanks and Charlie Lazor. From the very beginning, they set out to “democratize good design – to create affordable, unique designs with top-notch quality and no attitude”, and their innovative product line, known for merging whimsy and practicality, is flourishing more than 20 years later. The company thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration and prides itself on handling of every part of the production process in-house. In their own words, they “built a business to support [their] design habit and to have control of the entire process, from product development through the customer experience.”
“We like to think that the form is almost inevitable, a by-product of the process. Our job is simply to help it emerge as beautifully and as efficiently as possible. We design it. We stand behind it. We hope you dig it.” -Maurice Blanks &
Excellent! You can see every item in Blu Dot’s current lineup on display in person at their brand-new, 12,000 sq ft showroom at 79 Madison Ave, in the heart of the burgeoning NoMad design district. If you would like to arrange a visit to the showroom– or just receive a free printed copy of the award winning Blu Dot catalog– don’t hesitate, contact us now!
“Our goal is to bring good design to as many people as possible. That means creating products that are useful, affordable, and desirable. “
A Breakthrough in Seating Design
Available now from Steelcase
Designed by a small team of engineers and artists led by James Ludwig, the brand new SILQ from Steelcase is here to usher in a new era in office furniture. Deceptively simple, with none of the awkward and complicated mechanisms of other leading office chairs, but still intuitively responsive and inviting to the human form. Made from cutting edge, specially developed materials, the SILQ is more organism than machine, delivering a personal experience that responds to the unique movements of every individual body. Learn more here about how SILQ is designed for the way we work today.
“This element of SILQ’s design gestures toward a shift in thinking about how our spaces should behave. Instead of adjusting endless dials and buttons to achieve a personalized environment that works perfectly for us, we want the room to know us already.”
Read more about an outsider’s perspective on SILQ’s design philosophy in “Steelcase’s SILQ is the Office Chair of the Future” from FastCo.Design.
After envisioning a new kind of chair for the office, James Ludwig, vice president of Global Design & Engineering for Steelcase, revealed SILQ in front of a New York audience and simultaneous live streams around the world.
Watch the exciting presentation for yourself below:
“Tesla changed how we drive. Apple changed how we listen to music. Now, Steelcase is introducing SILQ, an innovation in materials science will change how we sit. “
Click here to learn more about the story behind the breakthrough in this Q&A with lead designer James Ludwig.
Available in a number of different configuration specifications and a nearly endless variety of colors and designs enabled by DesignTex digital printing technology. Never before has a “simple” office chair offered itself as such an unlimited artistic canvas; the unmatched range of material combinations allows for unprecedented aesthetic freedom and unrivaled potential for a synergistic expression of brand and beauty.
Get a peek at some of the exciting possibilities here.
And don’t forget– we’re always reachable at Info@waldners.com and would love to answer any questions you may have!
Recently at our Cocktails over the Park event at the Steelcase WorkLife Center, we teamed up with nAscent Art to make our theme of pop art become a reality. Jen, along with her dedicated team sourced and provided some fun pieces for the party space, along with a digital collage featuring many of nAscent art’s talented artists. nAscent Art made the party come to life!
A little bit about nAscent Art:
– James and Jen co-founded nAscent 10 years ago from a passion for art
– Jen Wallace, nAscent Art’s director of art, provides expert art consultation on art plans for lobbies, offices, and hotels, emphasizing contemporary artwork by living artists.
– nAscent works with interior design and architecture firms, as well as directly with companies and hotels, to provide art by the world’s best emerging artists.
– nAscent often works with local artists to bring an authentic, grounded sensibility to a space.
– nAscent projects are known for exceeding budget expectations without exceeding budgets, seamless execution, and wowing clients.
Contact nAscent Art to enliven your workspace with beautiful artwork!