New Maharam M Series

9to5 Seating is building on its partnership with Maharam with the launch of the M Series fabric card, designed for task, lounge, guest and multipurpose seating. This new card expands 9to5 Seating’s extensive textile library of carded and graded-in collections.

The M Series card is about accessible, versatile style. It features six patterns all at Grade D – Muse, Manner, Murmur, Metric, Messenger and Meld – for a total of 114 colorways that range from striking brights to adaptable neutrals for design flexibility.

All the Maharam M Series textiles meet ACT heavy duty performance guidelines with double rubs ranging from 75,000 to 300,000. Two patterns — Murmur and Meld — are bleach-cleanable for critical disinfection.

The new collection is available now. Click here to learn more.

Sol Named HiP Honoree

9to5 Seating’s Sol has been recognized as an Honoree for innovative design in the Workplace Task Seating category by Interior Design’s HiP awards.

The 7th Annual HiP Awards—usually celebrated in conjunction with NeoCon—were held in a virtual event June 12 and highlighted the stand-out work in product design of 2020.

Sol, designed by HUB Studio led by Paul Mazzotta, longtime partner of 9to5 Seating, is a revolutionary chair that integrates technology to support natural postures for working with tablets, phones or video chat. Its responsive pivot-back technology enables natural freedom of movement, while a sweeping aluminum flourish makes Sol’s design instantly iconic.

Interior Design is a global design authority with a tradition of identifying and highlighting trends in creative innovation. A leading industry voice, it is widely read by architectural and facility management professionals alike.

“Sol reflects how we embrace the changing needs of the workplace through design innovation,” says Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “We’re proud to be recognized by the HiP judges and rewarded for a product we’re excited about.”

Click here to learn more about Sol.

Omnia and Mila Win ADEX Platinum

The Omnia and Mila each captured an ADEX Platinum Award in Contract Furniture –Task Seating.

Conducted each year by Design Journal, ADEX (the Awards for Design Excellence), is one of the largest and most prestigious industry recognition programs for design excellence and product innovation. A panel comprised of interior designers, architects, and facility managers selects outstanding products and projects for Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards.

“Last year, we won two ADEX Platinum Awards and two more this year. We’re very proud to have won again this year,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “It’s a testament to our team who works hard every day to deliver the highest quality seating at an unparalleled value.”

Click here to learn more about Omnia and Mila.

Best-Selling Lilly Collection Expands with New Counter Stool

9to5 Seating is expanding its popular Lilly collection with the addition of a high-design counter stool for café, dining and collaborative spaces.

The new counter stool with a 24” seat height comes with a black or silver wire frame with foot rest for design simplicity. Available in in fabric, vinyl or leather with stitching detail, the new Lilly stool is made for a variety of applications. The new stool features a molded foam seat for comfort and optional glides for various floor surfaces.

The new addition marks an expansion of the stool options for the best-selling Lilly collection of lounge and side seating.

“What makes our Lilly collection so popular is the versatility combined with elegant design,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “The new 24-inch counter stool is a natural expansion of the collection following the huge success of the bar stool model launched last year.”

The new counter-height stool starts at $605 List, is certified BIFMA LEVEL 1, GREENGUARD Gold certified and warranted to 300 lbs. Learn more about the new Lilly counter stool here.

Active Seating Standout Remy

9to5 Seating enters the active seating market with Remy, a design-forward, lightweight addition to an ergo-conscious office. Remy is a motion stool with a unique curved rocker-shaped base that encourages spinal alignment and freedom of movement throughout the day.

Remy’s 20° front-to-back rock facilitates a hip-to-femur angle that engages core muscles that support good posture. Its base features a non-marking, non-slip tread. Whether at a standing desk or a standard-height surface, its push-button height adjustment and 360° swivel makes it ideal for those that like to perch, those that prefer a traditional sit, as well as those that go back and forth.

The design possibilities are plentiful with Remy. Its molded foam seat may be covered with any fabric, and it comes in black and white plastic colors. This flexibility paired with its light weight enables it to suit various environments, including cafés, collaborative zones, impromptu areas, and more.

“Remy demonstrates what is possible when innovation, design, and wellness converge,” says Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “With its stylish form, Remy complements the workspace just as well as it supports the body.”

Remy is available to order starting at $395 List. Remy is GREENGUARD Gold certified.

Update from 9to5 Seating

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a profound impact on the world. We, like many of you, are planning, following CDC protocols and carefully watching the news. As we hope for the best, we are preparing for the potential impact that will affect our industry. Let me take this moment to share with you the measures 9to5 Seating is taking to minimize any interruption in service for you and your business.

Fortunately, due to our unique vertical integration and ownership of our factory in China, we are able to mitigate supply shortage issues. While the production of our Chinese factory was impacted by a couple weeks due to COVID-19, our factory was one of the first in our region to re-open. Currently, our factory is at 100% production capacity and we are adding staff to increase production. Our outside suppliers are averaging at 80% production capacity, and we are receiving daily updates. We are, also, maintaining our weekly shipping schedule of containers of component parts to our factory in California.

Also, in anticipation of the Lunar New Year, we proactively increased our supply orders. This effort has helped buffer the situation. Again, due to wholly owning our own factory and controlling the supply, we are in the practice of holding plenty of safety stock in China so that we do not have to wait for parts to be produced.

Regarding transportation, while we do not have full control over our logistics partners, we are utilizing vessel lines that have the fastest service.

At our Hawthorne HQ, we are closely monitoring the situation and following CDC guidelines for the health of our employees and visitors. Both our factory production team and our Customer Care support team are fully staffed and orders are being processed and shipped as usual. We know many of you have asked that outside visits be kept to a minimum and have asked our sales representatives to honor your policies and keep their group meetings to a minimum. However, they are ready to support you, as always, with project support, individual meetings and samples.

With health at stake, these supply issues are small in the grand scheme of things. However, doing our small part to keep your business thriving matters to us. While we are doing our best to plan and execute during this difficult time, there may be some developments beyond our control that may disrupt our supply chain. With this in mind, please allow as much time as possible on projects with critical installation dates and convey those dates to us.

As this situation evolves, we are committed to providing open communication. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the 9to5 Seating team. We are here to help in any way we can.

On behalf of the 9to5 Seating team, thank you for being a loyal partner. We hope that you and your families stay healthy and safe during this time.

CET Designer Extension Available Now

9to5 Seating announces the launch of its CET Designer Extension, providing  customers a new way to get exactly the seating they need. The entire 9to5 Seating catalog is available and free to access. Developed in conjunction with Servex, a Configura Implementation Partner, the 9to5 Seating Extension enables users to perform expert space planning quickly, easily and accurately.

“Thanks to our Implementation Partners, manufacturers like 9to5 Seating have yet another way to create an Extension in CET Designer outside of Configura,” Peter Brandinger, Configura Vice President of Business Development said. “We’re happy to have 9to5 Seating join our CET community. The addition of their Extension allows our users to have a greater variety of products to design spaces.”

Used by thousands of people globally, CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers by providing a single software solution for space planning and product ordering.

“Developing our Extension on CET Designer is another way to make it easy for people to do business with us,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “It’s always about exceeding our customers’ expectations.”

The CET Designer Extension adds to the company’s suite of customer-centric tools that includes 2020 Cap and Giza, ProjectMatrix and Revit as well as 9to5 Seating’s popular product visualization platform, Chair Designer.

Flokk and 9to5 Seating

9to5 Seating joins leading furniture group Flokk

(Hawthorne, CA., November 26, 2019) 9to5 Seating has been acquired by Flokk Group, the leading European manufacturer of office seating and workplace furnishings, which will continue to build on 9to5’s excellent position in the US office furniture market.

“We are proud to join Flokk, which is well recognized across the industry as  one of the most innovative and design-oriented manufacturers of workplace furniture. We have established a strong position in our key U.S. market and invested heavily in modern production facilities in California and China. We look forward to becoming a part of Flokk to further grow and expand 9to5 Seating to the benefit of our dedicated employees and end customers,” says Dara Mir, CEO and President of 9to5 Seating.

Originating from a group of Scandinavian brands (HÅG, RH and RBM) with some of the industry’s most efficient manufacturing plants in Røros (Norway) and Nässjö (Sweden), Flokk has led the way in the consolidation of the European workplace furniture industry. Supported by its majority owner Triton, the group has acquired the Swedish companies Malmstolen and Offecct, the Benelux market leader BMA, the Swiss market leader Giroflex, and the Polish market leader Profim. With the acquisition of 9to5 Seating, Flokk expands its footprint in the important U.S. market.

“Flokk is building a leading international workplace furniture group both organically and through active use of M&A. We are very excited to have the 9to5 Seating team join us on our growth journey. 9to5 Seating is a strong fit with Flokk and has realized an impressive record of delivering strong revenue growth while maintaining industry-leading margins over the past years on the back of targeted product development and superior manufacturing capabilities. 9to5 Seating has built an excellent stand-alone platform for further growth and by leveraging Flokk’s extensive manufacturing, logistics and go-to-market know-how, we believe we can take 9to5 Seating to the next level and realize its high ambitions for the future,” says Lars I. Røiri, CEO of Flokk.

Founded in California in 2004, 9to5 Seating has developed into an established manufacturer of office seating products in the U.S. market, leveraging its ability to combine style, value and quality in its offering. It integrates extensive flexibility and customization in its product development approach to be able to meet the comprehensive seating needs of the modern office.

“With the acquisition of 9to5 Seating, we will take another significant step towards becoming a true international powerhouse in this industry. 9to5 Seating is a well-run, fast-growing company with strong market positions which will bring substantial value to the group,” concludes Mr. Røiri.

To read more from Flokk about the acquisition click here.

About Flokk

Flokk is the leading manufacturer of high-quality workplace furniture in Europe, developing a growing family of brands. The company is proud owner of the HÅG, RH, Giroflex, BMA, RMB, Offecct, Profim and Malmstolen brands. More than 2,300 employees work together to achieve its vision: Inspire Great Work. The company’s head office is in Oslo, Norway, with main production units in Røros (Norway), Nässjö (Sweden) and Turek (Poland). The company has additional sales offices in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, France, Switzerland, Singapore, USA, Canada, China and Australia. Flokk products are sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. In 2018, the company recorded a proforma turnover of NOK 3.0 billion (USD ~330 million). For more information, please visit www.flokk.com. 

 

Project Spotlight: Prime Health

Healthcare is an important vertical for 9to5 Seating, so we are excited to share this project for Prime Health in Tennessee.  Learn more about the project and download the case study.

“When NOI was tapped to deliver solutions for Prime Health, we turned to 9to5 Seating because we knew we could get design and functionality at a great value. The Neo task chairs and Zoom stools in matching white frames gave the space a cohesive look.” – Nashville Office Interiors

PROJECT: Prime Health

LOCATION: Franklin, TN

VERTICAL: Healthcare

SALES GROUP: Innovative Marketing Group

DEALER: Nashville Office Interiors

FEATURED PRODUCTS: Cosmo, Diddy, Lilly, Neo, Zoom