Creativity Happens “In Between”

 

What could the Beatles and office chairs have in common? The recent documentary series “The Beatles: Get Back,” directed and produced by Peter Jackson, covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album “Let It Be.” The documentary is an eye-opening look at how creativity comes together to spawn one of the greatest rock and roll albums ever made.

It is a good example of how creativity can happen even when we are not working. The documentary proves that most of the genius that comes through in the Beatles album happens between recording sessions when the group is simply hanging around together, noodling on their instruments and talking about riffs they have come up with and fragments of songs they have written.

If creativity and collaboration can happen outside of work, then imagine what could happen when employees are sitting in their office chairs during work hours. Creativity in the office often happens naturally, but it can certainly be increased and improved through workplace design and the right mix of office furniture.

People around the world rank team building as the most important attribute of great workplaces, according to a recent workplace survey by the design firm Gensler. In Germany, which is dominated by shared and group offices, workers are asking for more open, collaborative spaces. Gensler’s Germany Workplace Survey found that three-quarters (74%) of respondents work in an enclosed office, but over half (61%) would prefer a more open work environment.

Collaboration Matters

Designers are thoughtfully creating more opportunities for workers to collaborate by rethinking meeting spaces and turning them into less formal rooms and touchdown areas. Touchdown areas are for more casual work, often unscheduled. Still, these areas need the right tools that can support collaboration.

9to5 Seating’s Mila office chair is a good choice for a multi-use conference room. The chair can be dressed up in its upholstered version or used more casually in mesh.

Pictured: Mila Fully Upholstered

With its integrated, intuitive controls, Omnia is a great choice for collaborative work as well. A light-scale mesh office chair, Omnia can be specified for work, conference or as a stool and it doesn’t have to be adjusted by the user, making it perfect for these important shared spaces. The Cydia mesh chair comes in a variety of styles including task, stool and side versions making the collection extremely flexible for spaces where collaboration matters.

Pictured: Omnia

Organized Teamwork

As the pandemic subsides and workers return to the office, organizations will want team members to reconnect and engage more frequently in less formal spaces. This organized teamwork brings together workers to make better decisions, thereby strengthening the work process and end product. Multiple studies have shown that collaboration increases employee engagement, creates stronger teams and ultimately improves the bottom line of the companies that encourage it.

If you don’t have them already, think about creating touchdown or team rooms for casual and collaborative meetings. Use 9to5 Seating products like Cydia Mesh, Mila and Omnia with lounge products from the Jax and Lilly collections to create spaces where these office chairs can be easily placed around a table with few adjustments needed to create a comfortable sit, mixed with some lounge products for more casual work.

Pictured: Lilly side with rocker base

The Jax Collection goes perfectly with 9to5 Seating’s collection of high-performance seating products. Jax is a complete lounge line and is available in high-back, mid-back and side options. When blended with other 9to5 Seating products, the lounge collection can be used to create an oasis in the office — small collaborative areas where teams can gather for work or socializing. The Lilly collection with its lounge and side seating, also has counter stools for café use, dining and collaborative spaces.

Pictured: Jax side

By bringing together products like those mentioned above, companies can push their offices into the future. Strategies like creating activity-based workplaces (ABWs) and neighborhood-based choice environments (NCEs) can create collaborative work zones in the office while giving employees a number of options when it comes to how and where they want to work.

Of course, one person’s interaction can be another person’s distraction. It is important for companies to work with designers to make sure the collaborative spaces aren’t compromising quiet, “heads-down” work, and ultimately employee productivity. Like all high-performing offices, the right blend of individual focus work and collaboration space is needed.

 

Meaningful Collaboration

The pandemic forced people to work from home and collaboration suffered. Even though hybrid work — a blend of working from home and in the office — is likely to continue in some form even as the pandemic recedes, the office will remain critically important, especially when it comes to meaningful collaboration. Being in-person with other people is among the top reasons to come into the office, according to a Gensler study. Working in-person with my team/colleagues was universally ranked as the #1 reason in a Gensler Research Institute report, while socializing with colleagues, being part of the community, or impromptu face-to-face connections also ranked high. In particular, respondents reported that the office excels at supporting collaboration, awareness, problem-solving and inclusive communication.

Finding the right balance between work from home and in-person work and heads-down and collaborative work is ultimately a management decision, supported by space and furniture like the products from 9to5 Seating, but even the most introverted worker understands that collaboration — that productive interaction found in abundance in the office — is key to unlocking creativity.

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New Wood Rocker

The popular Lilly and Jax collections are expanding to include a contemporary rocker base. This option from 9to5 Seating is in synch with the latest trends of workplace design where hybrid spaces are in high demand. It’s essential to worker happiness—and retention—that workplaces be outfitted for a variety of purposes. A room that serves collaboration in the morning may become a breakout room or focused workspace in the afternoon, and the Lilly and Jax rocker base option enable that kind of design flexibility.  The rocker base option is also aligned with the market trend in active seating, promoting movement and engagement—proven to increase productivity.

The new model is designed to deliver motion in the Lilly and Jax collections, making it appealing to new spaces that go beyond the office. The rocker base complements both lines creating a casual, relaxed and inviting environment for guest, breakout and lounge spaces.

The rocker base is now available for the Lilly and Jax collections.

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.

Lilly and Luna win ADEX Platinum

The Lilly lounge and Luna task seating each captured an ADEX Platinum Award in Contract Furniture – Public Space Seating and Contract Furniture – Task Seating, respectively.

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.

The classic, sophisticated design of the bestselling Lilly lounge collection makes it an easy fit for any design. The versatility from its multiple base options and lightweight frame make it an ideal fit for collaborative and public spaces.

Luna’s signature polished aluminum accents make a striking visual impression, while its full set of ergonomic features make it a standout task chair. Luna is available with a standard seat slider, multiple controls (including weight balanced and synchro), adjustable 4-way arms, and an adjustable lumbar.

“We are thrilled to receive two ADEX Platinum Awards, especially on the 15th anniversary of 9to5 Seating,” said Dara Mir, President of 9to5 Seating. “Every day, we strive to deliver the highest quality seating at an unparalleled value, and Lilly and Luna are perfect examples of bringing that to life.”

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Lilly, Luna and Neo Launches

We are excited to announce the launch of three new chair series to add to our task and lounge collections: Luna, Neo and Lilly.

The Luna and Neo are two additions to the task/work seating category, focusing on function, ergonomics and long-lasting comfort. The Lilly is the second lounge seating collection being introduced by 9to5 Seating. The Lilly focuses on classic sophisticated design and comfort for collaborative and public spaces.

“We listened to our customers and the marketplace and decided to expand our task and lounge collections. Based on our market research, the response to these new series proves that listening to our customers always works,” said Dara Mir, President of 9to5 Seating. “The quality, comfort, ergonomics and high designs make the Luna, Neo and Lilly great additions to our portfolio, but it’s the starting prices that makes them stand out from the competition.”

Luna Key Features:
– Fully loaded ergonomic chair
– Broad back and full seat fits full range of population
– Standard ergonomic features including multiple synchro controls, fixed arms, adjustable 4-way arms and seat slider
– Optional adjustable height lumbar
– Starting price $475, without arms

Neo Key Features:
– Simple, clean design lines
– Standard ergonomic features including multiple synchro controls, fixed arms, adjustable 6-way arms, height adjustable lumbar and seat slider
– Fixed loop arms ideal for meetings available
– Starting price $375, without arms

Lilly Key Features:
– Sophisticated and versatile design ideal for collaborative and public spaces
– Comfortable roomy back
– Lightweight for easy mobility
– Four leg options: 4-leg, W-leg, wood legs and swivel base
– Starting price $1250, 4-leg model

The series will be orderable through the 9to5 Seating contract dealer network, beginning Spring 2018.