Blog: Everything design

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. 

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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.

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 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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