Blog: Everything design

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 leading design publications to keep you up to date on 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

Furnishing the Agile Workplace: 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

Case Study: 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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