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May 25, 2018

Tia - Behind the Scenes


This year at NeoCon, Watson is excited to launch a new collection aimed to serve the evolving needs of private office and team spaces. “Interesting combination,” might be your first reaction. After all, aren’t the needs of private offices and teaming spaces at the opposite ends of the spectrum?

May 7, 2018

Designing a Clean Workspace: Cable Management Ideas for the Open Office


 

Open Office Cable Needs

The contemporary open office work environment has to fulfill a plethora of needs, from function to comfort. Some offices offer employees more traditional, permanent workstations, while others opt for a high degree of mobility, and need a more creative workspace model. Whether permanent or mobile workstations, modern office spaces must consider facility needs, building codes and user functionality, when it comes to cabling.

Historically, there have been two schools of thought when it comes to cable management:

April 4, 2018

 Thrive Digital - Vancouver BC


Thrive Digital is a performance marketing agency that plans, implements and optimizes online advertising campaigns seen by millions of people around the world. Thrive partnered with Bidgood + Co to design their new office space in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

February 26, 2018

VSP Global Offices - NYC


For their new Manhattan location, VSP Global, one of the world’s leading eyewear and eye care providers, tasked Kostow Greenwood Architects to design their NYC innovation lab that focuses on developing technologies for the physical and digital aspects of eyewear and eye care.

December 19, 2017

Cytracom's Dallas Office Gets an Energizing Update


Telecommunications provider, Cytracom, had recently outgrown its Dallas, TX headquarters and had secured a new, larger office space. They chose lauckgroup to help design the space in a way that would convey the company’s culture. 

October 16, 2017

TIG vs. MIG Welding and Why It Matters for Miro


One of Watson’s most iconic product details is the Miro leg – a sleek triangular steel tube, hand-mitered at the corners and welded in-house. It’s a detail that delivers clean, modern design alongside superior strength and durability – and it’s all possible thanks to the skilled welders here at the Orchard.

September 26, 2017

Cirrus 10 Incorporates Dynamic Design In New High-Rise Location


Cirrus 10, a Seattle e-Commerce consulting firm, knew its new downtown high-rise location deserved a modern, visually interesting design. Miro desks and tables, Seven workbenches plus Bahn and ZO storage components helped achieve just that, with functionality and thoughtful details for a delightful user experience.

September 17, 2017

Striving for Material Transparency in Furniture Manufacturing


At Watson, we believe people have a right to know where their furniture came from. Whether there are harmful or toxic ingredients in products that go into offices where they spend 40 hours a week. To rest assured the materials we use in production are sustainably sourced

August 23, 2017

Partners by Design Brings Their Expertise Home to New Headquarters


For 24 years, the Chicago-based architecture and design practice has been creating functional, design-forward spaces for clients around the U.S. and the world. Its open, energetic team of industry-leading architects and designers mobilizes to shape clients’ visions into environments that are functional, sustainable, and inspired by people. After all, Partners by Design believes that “outstanding work spaces begin with outstanding people.”

August 10, 2017

Five Tips for Staying Productive in the Open Office


There’s a lot to love about an optimized open office. The setup can promote collaboration, communication and innovation at fast-paced companies, and provide a perfect physical space for organizations that have strong virtual components to their operations. Tech companies in particular – including Apple, whose new $5 billion headquarters is designed around open-concept seating – are often strong proponents of the idea.

August 7, 2017

Introducing Bahn Rail


Never before has the workplace demanded so much choice and flexibility in the way people need to work to be and do their best. Bahn Rail provides that choice and flexibility like no other product before it, by providing a free-standing ‘rail’ for light or heavy voice, power and data, that can be paired with nearly any worksurface or storage components – and that can be endlessly configured to meet the demands of any floorplan.

July 10, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Our New Product Launch: Designer Interview


We're thrilled to officially introduce Bahn Rail, Bahn Recycle Center, Pin Mobile Screens and Tonic Simple Media – four all-new additions to the Watson product family, designed to enhance the way real people work in offices.

June 23, 2017

What Was Hanging Outside the NeoCon 2017 Showroom?


The first thing you saw when you approached the Watson showroom at NeoCon 2017 was a large glass case, full of hanging steel panels powdercoated in a variety of colors. This window area, or “fishbowl,” as we like to refer to it, is pretty unique as far as spaces in the MART go, so we knew we had to make the most of it.

June 21, 2017

Take a Virtual Tour of our NeoCon 2017 Showroom


This year's NeoCon showroom highlighted all the ways in which we help designers create empowered workplaces.

March 1, 2017

It’s Time to Rethink Personal Storage for the Open Office


The open office is here to stay; that much is a given. Workstations have adapted with height-adjustability, mobility, and modularity. But storage it seems is still stuck in the 90's. 

February 28, 2017

Open Office: Meet Compact Storage


All the function. Compact form. 

Space is at a premium in today’s workplace, creating the need for mobile, versatile storage and organization solutions – in compact sizes. Watson’s NEW collection of compact storage products offer a smaller form without sacrificing function.

January 3, 2017

Chasing Serendipity — From Wall-less Cubicles to Activity Based Working


Watch an old movie from the 1940s that features an office and you’re likely to see what looks like an open office concept: rows and rows of desks, typewriters clacking away, no walls in sight. Were the office designers of the 40s ahead of their time?

November 21, 2016

5 Rising Architectural Firms Designing Innovative Office Spaces


Effective office design has so many benefits. It promotes employee creativity, conveys organization identity, and instills a sense of confidence in all who enter. While many offices are organized and professional, few go the extra mile and really seek to leave a lasting impression. The five following architectural firms do just that—and do so with flair, functionality, style, and heaps of creativity.

November 15, 2016

How Open Office Furniture Systems Have Changed the Way We Work


Open-plan office designs have been utilized for many years by companies and organizations across all spaces and industries. While every type of office plan comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, many of today’s most progressive companies have implemented open office furniture systems as a means of creating a more social work environment.

November 7, 2016

The Role of Office Furniture in the Office Redesign Process



With any office redesign plan, there are typically a number of different factors to be considered, all of which play key roles in determining the end result. Of course the objectives of the redesign project are the starting point. Once the objective is clear, designers have a variety of “levers” that can be pulled to achieve those objectives.

October 26, 2016

Striking a Successful Balance with Choice in Office Design


It’s no secret that the workforce of today is quite a bit different than those of the past. This is especially true for “knowledge workers,” the majority of whom tend to find themselves working in an office of some kind, often in front of a computer.

October 18, 2016

7 Publications to Keep You Informed about Modern Office Design


Office design is an evolving discussion in the business world. What aesthetics energize employees? What environments are best for creativity? Is collaboration or privacy better for business?

October 11, 2016

The Three Most Important Criteria in Selecting an Office Furniture System


Office furniture systems contribute to a company’s brand, office culture, and employees’ productivity. As a preliminary step to choosing furniture, it is important for management to outline objectives and then choose the furniture that can support those objectives.

September 27, 2016

Five Essential Design Considerations for the Modern Office


For those who travel to an office space to work each day, it’s easy to take for granted the overall design or appearance of their work environment. The fact is, designing an office isn’t something that happens overnight, and there are a number of different factors that need to be taken into consideration by facilities managers and designers to ensure a successful space.

September 14, 2016

Is Your Workplace Flexible? If Not, Maybe You Need Different Furniture


Fostering Workplace Agility with Flexible Office Furniture

“Agile” and “flexible” are considered buzz words by some. However, to experts studying the evolution of workplace culture, they are concrete descriptions of both how people want to work, and key attributes of today’s strongest, creative and competitive teams.

August 19, 2016

Watson Converts all Core Material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF)


Watson and Watson Dispatch are taking an industry-leading environmental position by converting all core material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) board.

August 18, 2016

Formaldehyde in Office Furniture: Something to Be Concerned About?


What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is produced and broken down by the normal metabolic processes of living organisms and is present even in the human breath. 

August 18, 2016

The Truth About Formaldehyde in the Workplace


We previously shared that formaldehyde has been subject to heightened public concern for its potential to off-gas from commercial products into indoor air. Despite the fact that studies about long-term exposure are not yet conclusive, we do know that clean air supports a healthier workplace and boosts individual and team focus.

August 17, 2016

Healthier Work Environments with Low and No Formaldehyde Added Materials


In our previous post we explored formaldehyde over-exposure risk in the workplace. Though formaldehyde over-exposure in the workplace is rare, companies need to take precautions when a multitude of new materials (carpeting, furniture, partitioning) are being installed in active work environments. 

June 13, 2016

The Uncorporate Office: Authentic Furniture Finishes


The Look and Feel of Uncorporate’ Office Furniture 

As we described in an earlier postthe form and function of the corporate office is shifting away from monotonous, contrived and rigid toward beautiful, authentic, and flexible. 

June 10, 2016

Tonic Benching Brings Flexibility to Airbnb's Headquarters


Tonic Benching by Watson was specified throughout the main headquarters building for permanent and touchdown workstations.  A variety of component infills and privacy screens help users adapt their environment to a variety of workmodes.

June 10, 2016

Smith Optics Creates Collaborative Space in New Portland Office


When it came time to move the company’s design and development teams from Sun Valley to a renovated Salvation Army building in Portland, the design mandate for the new office was clear--create an open, collaborative office environment that feels as authentic and ‘un-corporate’ as the Smith brand and culture.

June 10, 2016

KEXP Radio Breathes Life Into New Seattle Center Location


Founded in 1972, KEXP is an iconic Seattle public radio station that provides rich music experiences on the air, online, and on the streets. Watson height adjustable Seven benching and modular Zo storage helped transform KEXP's offices into an open and collaborative workspace. 

June 9, 2016

Form and Function Come Together at Perkins+Will


Perkins+Will is a global, growing architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. So when it came time to design a new workspace for their Seattle team it was crucial that the solution met their current and future functional needs and their demanding design aesthetic.

June 1, 2016

Introducing Craft Surface For The Uncorporate Office


Discovering the Worksurface B-Side

As one of the few furniture manufacturers that laminate our own substrates, it is critical for our teams to understand the process and techniques that go into making each product component.

May 25, 2016

Embracing the "Uncorporate" Office


Giving up Trends, Embracing What's Real

For nearly ten years we have worked with customers to co-create furniture that meets the unique needs of the teams and people who use them. Time and again we observe that connected teams expect their environments and tools to boost productivity, creativity and the bottom line.

May 14, 2016

Etch Mobile Markerboard at Nike's Blue Ribbon Design Studio


This refined yet highly functional workspace is characterized by its extensive use of exposed birch ply, white walls, and black accents. Large windowed garage doors soften the utilitarian space with daylighting, and a mix of mobile tables and stools as well as Watson Etch boards characterize a highly creative and re-configurable space.

March 1, 2016

Can Your Office Furniture Keep Pace With Business Change?


In today’s ever-changing work environments, office reconfigurations are more frequent and necessary than ever.

February 16, 2016

Design Thinking for Quality: Q&A with Watson's VP of Product Design


This week, we sat down with Greg Kooistra, VP of Product Design to discuss how Watson puts design thinking to work within its design and development process. 

February 2, 2016

This Custom Furniture Solution Is Breaking Ground For Healthcare Clinics


The Provider Table is a freestanding, multi-functional unit that boasts ample technology storage and easy reconfigurability to support the varied demands of today's examination rooms.

January 26, 2016

An Innovative Cabinet for Today's Worksettings


The Watson team successfully innovated a European favorite to North American needs. This Side Tower is great next to sit-stand desks and features a unique reversible back panel that eliminates handedness inventory issues. Big space for coats, bags, shoes and convenient USB charging. Super smooth concealed runners create dreamy UX quality. The competitors are scrambling!

January 19, 2016

Futureproof Your Office With a Kit-of-Parts Furniture Solution


Change is inevitable in business, so when office furniture fit-outs can be extensive and costly, why not design for it? One way to do this is with a kit-of-parts approach that extends furniture value throughout the organization and into the future with value-driven product features that can flex as enterprise needs change.

January 12, 2016

Wood or Steel? The Case for Wood-based Laminate Storage


As technology blurs the line between home and office, today’s workplaces must compete with living spaces of all kinds, including neighborhood cafes, living rooms, and libraries.

Watson is a Pacific Northwest office furniture manufacturer inspired by thoughtful, user-centered design, the beauty of natural and urban environments, and the power of manufacturing to create jobs and sustainable growth for our communities.

“We're builders. That’s what we do. And I want people to take great pride in bringing craftsmanship to this company, this community, this state and this country.” – Clif McKenzie, CEO / President

December 8, 2015

Vertical Integration & US Manufacturing Benefits Customers


Unfortunately at this point, it is a familiar story: despite having a long and notable history, U.S. manufacturing has lost considerable market share over the last 30 years.

December 2, 2015

Three Examples of How Watson is Doing Right by the Environment — Profitably


As we previously discussed, Practical Environmentalism comes from our fifty-year heritage as a Pacific Northwest manufacturer, our longstanding relationships with our surrounding community and natural environment, and above all, the customers who value our products and these qualities.

November 17, 2015

Practical Environmentalism: How Watson Does Well by Doing Good


At Watson, a unique environmental ethic permeates all facets of our business - from our facilities, processes and practices to the products we deliver.

November 3, 2015

Watson Introduces Bahn: A Panel-free Benching and Power Delivery Solution


POULSBO, WA - Watson is pleased to announce the launch of Bahn, a comprehensive benching and power, voice, and data (PVD) delivery solution designed for organizations that value simplicity and flexibility in workspace solutions.

October 27, 2015

6 Task Chair Alternatives to Keep You Moving Throughout the Day


Last week, we established that  the workstation may be the most important factor in health at work, and explored how a sit-to-stand adjustable workstation could have a substantial positive impact on employee productivity, happiness, and even long term health.

October 20, 2015

Could Workstation be the Most Important Factor in Your Health at Work?


Over the last few weeks, we’ve reviewed the fact base around sitting and inactivity, discussed its negative effects on health, and most recently, presented ways that organizations can create healthier, more active workplaces.

October 14, 2015

8 Ways Organizations Can Create Healthier, More Active Workplaces


Recent findings in health research indicate that individuals can reap many benefits simply from increasing their physical activity throughout the day -- especially at work. But getting healthier at the office isn’t just a win for individuals. Entire teams, organizations and facilities can benefit from a healthier, more active workplace as well.

October 6, 2015

The Negative Health Effects of Sitting at Work and How to Combat Them


Last week we reviewed the recent media hype surrounding America’s “sitting epidemic,” and explored various facts and figures that establish we are indeed sitting more.

Thanks to our many modern conveniences, today’s lifestyles consist of more opportunities to sit and fewer opportunities to move.

September 22, 2015

The Truth About Sitting: Hype vs Fact


Over the past year or so, virtually every major media outlet has popularized findings from health researchers on the hazards of prolonged sitting.

September 21, 2015

Flexible Workspaces for the Next Generation Office


Introducing BAHN

Bahn is a furniture system designed for dynamic office environments that promote heads down focus and team interaction. Watson has taken what we call the "kit of parts" to a new level with BAHN, offering over 2000 configurations.

June 23, 2015

Introducing Watson's Chicago Design Studio


Thank you to everyone who attended the grand opening of our new Chicago Design Studio last week at Neocon. We are excited to have a permanent presence in such an incredible city. Our space is located in Suite 10-155 of the Merchandise Mart.

June 9, 2015

Watson at NeoCon 2015


We are opening our showroom in Chicago at Neocon this year. Check out these photos for a preview of our space.

November 13, 2014

Twitch Combines Serious Productivity with Serious Fun in New Headquarters


Top gaming company combines productivity with fun in collaborative new office space

October 26, 2014

Watson at NeoCon East 2014


This year at Neocon East Watson will preview their new Miro products set to launch in 2015.

A compelling alternative to traditional veneer products, Miro harnesses the precision and durability of mitered steel with the superior performance of modern laminate technology to create a furniture line that articulates a fresh vision for modern professional work environments.

October 7, 2014

Case Study: Media and Advertising Headquarters


This multinational media and advertising company wanted their new offices to promote collaboration and create a home away from home for their employees.

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