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Has your dream project turned into a logistical nightmare?

Logistical nightmare.

It is a glorious time for end users and designers – the accessibility to many different ancillary products, options and choices is exciting and promises to create a unique and perfect space.

However, once you’ve loaded up that Pinterest page and started contacting vendors, you realize its not as simple as it seems. Lead-times vary, order process and terms vary, order errors can have you waiting months for some items while others arrive all on the same day, with no where to store them.

Planning and specifying spaces should be inspiring and easy.

Steelcase Marketplace is your answer to a smooth process for ancillary furniture. The Steelcase Marketplace tool gives you access to new and unique brands while making your job simpler, saving time and bringing together project teams – beautifully.

Streamlined Solution with Steelcase Marketplace + Waldners collaboration.

Contact us to get your own personal login to steelcase.com/marketplace and start exploring for your next project!

Cheers to 80 Years!

“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!

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 &
John Christakos

 

 

Curiosity piqued?

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: SILQ

A Breakthrough in Seating Design

SILQ

Innovation. Redefined.

Available now from Steelcase

 

A breakthrough that transforms seating design

 

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.”
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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. “

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Click here to learn more about the story behind the breakthrough in this Q&A with lead designer James Ludwig.

 

Ludwig’s small team of designers and engineers who created SILQ. (L to R: Mark Spoelhof, Bruce Smith, James Ludwig, Kurt Heidmann and Nick Deevers)

 

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!