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!
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 & John Christakos
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. “
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. “
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!
Creating the optimal workspace requires more than furniture. We recognize your needs of supporting different types of work, privacy, space division and acoustics. Waldners’ Architectural Solutions department has been created specifically to address these needs with various services, products and seasoned consultants. Our walls specialist, Mike Johnson, is a skillful project manager with strong knowledge of architectural wall products and their installation, having honed his craft at Waldner’s over a 17 year career.
He will partner with you as a valuable resource to offer architectural solutions reflective of current trends, workplace research, and business needs specific to your company. Once you have picked the best solution for your space, he will manage all aspects of in-field services related to walls, from design through the closeout phase.
Have questions about how to transform your space with architectural walls?
Want to save costs and maintain flexibility in your office layout?
Want to learn how to create a versatile work environment through modular panels and technology integration?
It is with great pleasure that the Waldner family announces that Ryan Osborne has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of Waldner’s Business Environments. Ryan will be responsible for the offices in the tri-state area: New York City, Long Island and Westchester.
Throughout his 25 years with Waldner’s, Ryan has continued to show his commitment to the organization, love of the industry and drive to be the best in his field. Ryan is a mentor to the firm with tremendous passion and focus on everything he does.
The Waldner family and Ryan’s peers have always been very supportive of his success and accomplishments as he has grown with the organization. He started as a Teamster in the warehouse, moved through project management, sales and is now part of the executive committee and heads the leadership team.
We know Ryan will bring the same passion to his new role as a driving leader in the Waldner’s organization as he has throughout his tenure. Congratulations Ryan on your continued success.