A Message from Kimball Office General Manager Mike Wagner
NeoCon is fast approaching and our teams are working feverishly to button up last minute details for this year's showroom. We anticipate attendance of this year's show to be near record levels, as the industry is heating up. Our customers are anticipating a very aggressive product launch, as well as a significant transformation in our brand message. I think our marketing team has put forth a plan that won't disappoint.
People-centric design and a rapidly changing workplace is central to our showroom theme this year. We have chosen San Francisco-based Studio O+A to design our Chicago showroom. O+A has been gaining the world's attention and has been featured in Fast Company, WIRED, the New York Times, and nearly every other publication focused on the interiors industry. They have quickly gained the reputation for being "thought-leaders" in workplace concepts, particularly for high-growth, creative, and high tech firms such as Evernote, Square, Facebook, Yelp, and many others.
The entire world is being fueled by advancements in technology, and it's impacting nearly every aspect of life, including great design and workplace concepts. The creative, inspirational, and entrepreneurial spirit found in the corporate culture of O+A's client list affirms their place amongst the hottest design studios in the world. The Kimball Office showroom design in Chicago will reflect O+A's most advanced thinking in workplace concepts, including trends inspired by the "maker" community.
The lower level of our space will resemble the social hub of today's trendiest boutique hotels, while the second floor will showcase the various typologies of workplace applications, which O+A infuses into all of their design projects. All of this will be accomplished with the newest Kimball Office products and our pallet of finishes.
For any designer interested in "what's inspiring Silicon Valley today", the Kimball Office showroom will be the perfect venue. And, for those who will not be in Chicago this year, we will be sharing all of the details on our website immediately following the show in early June.
As the speed of change is raising the stakes in nearly every industry, we must all be in constant exploration for new ways to work. Our goal is to provide you with the resources and inspiration to design your future before others can determine your fate.
Join Us for Our Chicago Showroom Event during NeoCon
We would like to invite you to join us at our Chicago Showroom Event during NeoCon.
Be refreshed while we give new life to your perception of the workplace.
Kimball Office Chicago Showroom
325 Wells Street Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60654
*Directly across Wells Street from the Merchandise Mart
Monday, June 10, 2013
Showroom Hours: 8am-7pm
Entertainment and Cocktails: 4pm-7pm
*Live music - The Gold Coast All Stars - Recognized as "Hottest Gig in Town!"
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Showroom Hours: 8am-6pm
*Light breakfast and lunch served on Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Showroom Hours: 8am-5pm
Can't Make the Show?
Stay updated about what happens at the Chicago Showroom Event on our website.
Introducing New Itsa Mesh Colors
Now available for order, the Itsa chair can be upholstered in 6 new mesh colors: Cobalt, Jet, Lime, Mandarin, Slate, Tango, and Tawny.
View the following marketing materials on our website:
Please familiarize yourself with these marketing materials. For further details or questions, please contact our Customer Service team at 800.481.1818.
2012 Corporate Sustainability Report
Learn about our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen in our 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report. In this report, you will find our history, strategic approach to sustainability, and how our people and processes strive toward continuous improvement.
Click here to view the report.
Kimball Office Celebrates Earth Day & Arbor Day
Kimball Office is honoring Earth Day and Arbor Day with various activities planned for this week. Some of these include collecting old electronics for recycling, hosting a Seed Swap for gardeners, competitions, and more here at our headquarters. It's your chance to participate! We have the following competitions going on this week:
Cardboard Chair Competition
Participate in our Cardboard Chair Competition for a chance to win an Itsa chair!!! Your chair must be able to hold a person and weigh less than 15 lbs. View complete rules and regulations here. Photos of your submissions are due Monday, May 6th. Images will be posted on Facebook. The chair with the most "Likes" on the Kimball Office Facebook page wins!
What does Earth Day mean to you? Submit an image and your information to email@example.com that you think captures the meaning of Earth Day for a chance to win a digital picture frame!!! Photos will be posted on the Kimball Office Facebook page. "Like" our Facebook page then "Like" your favorite image. The image with the most "Likes" on April 26th wins!
Kimball Office Recognized as 2012 Evergreen Recipient
The U.S. General Services Administration has recognized Kimball Office as the 2012 Evergreen recipient in the furniture category in acknowledgement of the company's best practices in sustainability. In conjunction with the acknowledgement, Kimball Office recently attended the GSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Headquarters in Philadelphia to share its sustainable practices with industry partners during a roundtable discussion.
Kimball Office was one of five companies invited to discuss how it conducts business in an environmentally-friendly way. Companies representing the commodity areas of furniture, furnishings and floor coverings, technologies and electronics, sports and recreation, and small business also shared their green success stories.
During the roundtable discussion, Karl Schrumpf and Steven Brewster, operational program manager at Kimball Office, shared details of the company's successful sustainability formula...View Full Press Release
ANEW "Sustainability Without Borders" Film
ANEW has developed a new video to explain how they responsibly extend the life cycle of surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment. ANEW issues tax receipts for items successfully matched and provides submittal documentation for green building rating systems such as LEED®.
Watch the video!
Kimball Office Launches Systems Enhancements
We are eager to announce the enhancements of Xsite® and Footprint® in response to the market's need for streamlined technology support and diverse overhead options. Xsite is a versatile, open plan system with five frame heights, stackers, and the built-in ability to design around existing architectural elements. Now with new additional technology tiles and center mount overhead storage options, Xsite can make spaces even more functional.
The System Enhancements are available to order on February 15th.
Click here to view Xsite product page.
Media Contact for Kimball Office
For media relations, please contact Wendy Ewing, Brand Manager, Kimball Office at 800.482.1616.
Hum receives Australian International Design Award
Formway Furniture's Design Studio has been honored with a prestigious Australian International Design Award. The award, presented at a gala event in Melbourne, went to Hum. Minds at Work, released by Kimball Office and Formway.
The work system was designed in response to an overwhelming desire in the business community to have collaborative workspaces that would increase performance in the work place. Hum is the sound of productivity and a team working well together.
The Australian International Design Awards, a division of Standards Australia, is recognized by the Australian Government and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design [ICSID] as Australia's peak design assessment and promotion body. It also plays an important role in fostering a culture of design and innovation in Australia.
Formway CEO Alan Buckner is delighted with the award and its contribution toward Formway's growing global reputation. "Formway Furniture is proud to have achieved this significant recognition from our peers in the Australian design industry. We have a long and important history in Australia, and this award enhances our reputation for being a design-led business, with meaningful insight and understanding of workplace environments."
Hum stemmed from four years of research and development which included voice of the customer research, prototyping, and input from external experts. The project set out to deliver a product that would compete in the international furniture market. Hum is licensed for manufacture and distributed in the United States through Kimball Office and has been bought by a range of high profile clients in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian International Design award is the latest in a remarkable run of recognition that Formway Design has received for Hum. This includes a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, Best Product design and Best Environmental design at the BeST Awards in NZ and a Stringer, the highest recognition for outstanding design in New Zealand.
Formway is privately owned and operates one of the largest furniture design studios in Australasia. Developing empathetic insights into human behavior is central to Formway's user-centred design culture. Coupled with a rigorous design process and sensitivity to aesthetic and environmental considerations, these insights create the platform for new-to-the-world innovation. As a result, the company enjoys a reputation as a world leader in workplace product design.
Products are distributed through a network of showrooms, agents and distribution partners in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia.
Hum Research Book Receives "Red Dot" Design Award
Kimball Office has received a distinguished Red Dot "Best of the Best" award for the company's Hum research book.
The 40,000-word Hum research book, written and produced by the ALT Group, describes the creative development of the Hum. Minds at Work. furniture solution. The innovative and award-winning workspace system was designed by Formway, which is sold in the United States by Kimball Office.
Kimball Office is one of more than 6,000 participants from 42 countries that submitted material for consideration in one of the world's most prestigious design awards, only 471 works successfully passed the critical assessment of the international jury of experts. The Hum research book was presented with one of 56 Red Dot "Best of the Best" awards, ranking Kimball Office in the top 1 percent of all participants.
"As one of the top finishers in the Red Dot Design contest, we have poised Kimball Office and the Hum line at the forefront of international design," said Jeff Fenwick, vice president and general manager at Kimball Office. "Our strong brand presence coupled with our successful communication design positions Kimball Office as an industry expert now more than ever."
The Hum. Minds at Work. line is unique in its ability to eliminate context shifting and provide the workplace with an environment conducive to natural interactions and flexible workspace. The collection offers a clear definition of personal space while simultaneously encouraging a seamless transition to focused, collaborative work and meetings.
Beyond its most recent award achievement, the Hum research book has won five additional awards, including: Graphis Awards', Gold Award, United States; AIGA 365 Year in Design, Selection Award, United States; Best Awards, Gold Award, New Zealand; AIGA Awards, Distinction Award, Australia; and Design Week, Finalist Award, United Kingdom.
Hero and Fit Win Good Design Award
Hero. Just for You and Fit seating lines have both been awarded GOOD DESIGN Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies! Since 2001, Kimball Office has won nine GOOD DESIGN awards in seating, office systems and tables.
"It's a true honor when the hard work and thoughtful design of not one, but two, of our lines are recognized on an international stage by some of the best in the business", said Jeff Fenwick, vice president and general manager at Kimball Office. Unveiled in Chicago in 2009, the entire line of six new seating models (including Hero and Fit) from the Kimball Office | Interstuhl partnership have received rave reviews from the media and the industry alike.
With this award, Kimball Office | Interstuhl joins the ranks of several top international corporations and organizations including, 3M, Apple, Dyson, Microsoft, BMW, NASA, Nestle, Siemens, and VW.
"GOOD DESIGN is the singular, international design awards program the entire design and corporate world waits for each year," said Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, museum president, The Chicago Athenaeum, "GOOD DESIGN has immediate public recognition for the best new design produced worldwide. For the public, it's the seal of approval."
The Museum's historic Good Design program was founded in Chicago in 1950 and remains as the oldest and the world's most recognized program for design excellence. Submissions were received from the best and foremost design firms from over 40 countries.
Fit is deceptively simple. It consists of "intelligent mesh" stretched over a cantilevered steel frame. However, the end result is an exceptionally comfortable chair that automatically conforms to even the slightest movement. The secret lies in the woven mesh fabric, which produces firmer and softer seating zones. Learn more about Fit
About Hero. Just for You.
Heavy, light, tall, short: Hero. Just for You. uses multiple technologies to provide a personalized sit for individuals of all sizes and statures. Its autofit tilt mechanism senses the sitter's weight and automatically tensions the seat and backrest, while an integrated fine adjustment allows preferred resistance levels to be calibrated. Learn more about Hero. Just for You.
Six Kimball Office | Interstuhl Seating Lines Qualify for SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Level Certification
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lines of seating recently received Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for their indoor air quality contribution. These six seating lines, from the Kimball Office | Interstuhl partnership, are recent introductions to the Kimball Office product line.
"Kimball Office strives to provide clients with safe, sustainable products; now we can officially include the Interstuhl lines as part of our green portfolio," said Jeff Fenwick, vice president and general manager at Kimball Office. "The Kimball Office | Interstuhl products were designed with the environment in mind, and its great to see them meet SCS Indoor Advantage Gold levels."
Not only did the chairs achieve gold level certification, all six lines also claimed two furniture emission points in the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA) e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.
One of the largest contributions office furniture can make to a building's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is through indoor air quality, via low-emitting products. View the Sustainability section for additional information as well as SCS certificates for qualifying Kimball Office products.
Villa Lounge Collection-highly configurable and contemporary
Arrange, rearrange, sit back and admire.
In the fall, the highly configurable and contemporary lounge collection, Villa, will be introduced. This ideal solution for huddle rooms, lobbies, reception areas, and community spaces complements a variety of modern-looking furniture.
The clean lines and geometric shapes of Villa integrate comfort, functionality, and style.
A unique feature of the series is the ability to create free-form lounge configurations to meet the need for multiple niches, distinct groups, or individuals. This versatility is ideal for open plans and student or visitor lounges. Villa offers natural separation for efficient space division, as well as versatility for impromptu meetings, studying, and socializing.
"As the workforce adapts to alternative workplace strategies, with less emphasis on desks and more flexible space for mobile workers, Villa is a solution that easily adapts to changing work environments." said Jeff Fenwick, Vice President and General Manager, Kimball Office.
To experience the Villa collection, visit our Chicago showroom June 14-16 for a sneak peek. Can you feel it?
Seven Seating Lines Earn BIFMA level Certification
Seven Kimball Office | interstuhl seating lines, recently received level certification by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA). With the addition
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more than 98 percent of Kimball Office products meet BIFMA e3 level status.
"Both of our organizations have worked hard to ensure the products delivered to customers meet and exceed environmental expectations. We will continue our commitment to sustainability by encouraging and sharing green practices with all of our partners, vendors, and suppliers." said Jeff Fenwick, Vice President and General Manager at Kimball Office.
"Kimball Office and Interstuhl design safe, sustainable products, and we're excited to officially add this designation to the products within our partnership." said Steven Brewster, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Kimball Office.
This third-party certification process evaluates the environmental aspects of product manufacturing throughout the supply chain. Many layers of the process are reviewed, including general areas of materials and energy usage. The effects on human and ecosystem health are examined as well as overall corporate social responsibility. There are three levels of conformance, with each requiring specific prerequisites and optional credits. Level 3 is the highest level of certification.
Kimball Office partners with ICE Edge Business Solutions
Kimball Office is excited to announce the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with ICE Edge Business Solutions, the leader in intelligent 3D design software. ICE Edge Business Solutions is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With this partnership, Kimball Office products are now included on the ICE software catalogs.
ICE is a specification tool that includes symbols for various office furniture manufacturers, including specification details for manufacturers of movable walls and access floors. For dealers currently utilizing ICE for specification tasks, Kimball Office symbols are now included in catalog updates.
ICE integrates well with other industry standard tools to create high quality renderings and a virtual walk through of an office setting. ICE also integrates with Revit Architecture and Google SketchUp, and ICE Edge Business Solutions is currently working on integration with Office Sales (e-magine) software from 20-20 Technologies.
Kimball Office symbols and information will continue to be included in the monthly catalog updates from 20-20 Technologies for CAP, Giza, Office Sales (e-magine) and Worksheet.
Information about ICE licensing, or the Kimball Office data included in ICE, can be obtained directly from ICE Edge Business Solutions at 1-888-423-0995, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or from the ICE Edge Business Solutions website.
Workplace Strategies Summit is a Success!
Now more than ever, companies need to house employees without increasing real estate space or costs. Today, the current square footage for an employee is 380', and the trend is to reduce that space to under 200'. Companies are looking for creative solutions and have begun implementing Alternative Workplace Strategies (AWS).
Kimball Office recently held the Workplace Strategies Summit at the Los Angeles showroom to create an open forum to discuss details and real life experiences of AWS. Peers and experts exchanged views of their current workplace environments and the movement toward AWS. A panel of experts in the field of AWS fielded questions and aided with discussions.
Attendees commented that they now realize the importance of a variety of work place options. Participants found creative ways to increase the effectiveness of their company's work place environment by using AWS while improving work-life balance.
For additional images from the Workplace Strategies Summit, visit our Flickr page.
Kimball Office Partners with ecoScorecard
Like us, many of our customers are concerned about the environment and are looking for opportunities to create greener buildings. However, gathering all the documentation necessary to complete LEED applications can be tedious, cumbersome, and very time-consuming. Now, Kimball Office and ecoScorecard are making it easier.
We have made the decision to partner with ecoScorecard so that Architects, Designers, Dealers, and Facility Managers can easily identify and compare key environmental attributes of specific products. ecoScorecard is a web based tool that provides environmental product information and sustainability documentation for LEED and other third-party rating systems. ecoScorecard also includes information on other building components that contribute to a sustainable office space.
"Green building practices are becoming more common, and by partnering with ecoScorecard, we are ensuring that designers, dealers, and clients can easily access and calculate our products' green attributes any day of the week and at any time," explained Allen Parker, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, for Kimball Office.
By compiling sustainable information from a single source, hours, weeks, and sometimes months can be reduced in the documentation process for new construction or remodel projects. This time savings can contribute to reduced project costs for building owners, architects, designers, product specifiers, and dealer salespersons.
ANEW Partnership Lets You Reuse or Recycle Furniture
Kimball Office is pleased to announce a partnership with Asset Network for Education Worldwide (ANEW). ANEW accepts donations including carpet, ceiling, doors, hardware, and all furniture, issuing the provider with a USGBC LEED Certificate and a tax receipt.
ANEW then coordinates the donation to benefit schools, non-profit organizations, communities, and public agencies. By reusing furniture, waste sent to landfills is reduced. Since 2006, ANEW has helped divert over 1,900 tons of furniture from landfills. If furniture is not suited for reuse, ANEW ensures the items are recycled appropriately.
Read more about the Kimball Office partnership with ANEW
Find Surface Materials quickly, easily, and with the info you want!
Does your client want blue upholstery that would work great in their education space? Are you needing to specify a striped seating fabric that is easy to clean, and also durable, for a healthcare environment? Now you can easily find the answers to these and many other material challenges with the new Kimball Office surface materials webpages!
If you're unsure of what works together, Kimball Office makes material selection simple by providing recommendations on material options. With various material combinations, including woods, paints, panel and upholstery fabrics, in colors that coordinate and complement, you get a jump start on making your surface material decisions. Palette suggestions can be easily printed to share the surface material ideas with your customer!
Check out the new online surface material information
Kimball Office donates over 1,000 shoes and $4,000 to Soles4Souls
Because millions of people around the world go without shoes, Kimball® Office urged its employees to make room in their closets by donating gently used shoes, and money, to benefit Soles4Soles. Since January, Kimball Office has collected over 1000 pairs of shoes and more than $4,000.
"Soles4Souls provides someone with a pair of shoes every seven seconds," said Allen Parker, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Kimball Office. "Our employees and partners easily rallied around the Soles4Souls program because it has such a universal reach and direct effect on the recipients."
Soles4Souls is a nonprofit charity based in Nashville, Tenn., and since 2005 has provided nearly 12 million pairs of new or gently worn shoes to people in more than 125 countries. Shoe donations come from individuals, organizations, and large footwear companies.
"To complete the donation drive, our logistics operations provided a truck fleet to deliver the shoes to the organization's distribution warehouse in Alabama," added Parker. "It's been humbling to see our company come together to help so many people."
Read more about Soles4Souls
ALL Kimball Office Manufactured Products are level 2 or 3 Certified
Kimball Office Outpaces level 3 Offerings to the Industry by More Than Three Times!
If you're looking for Eco-Friendly Products, Kimball Office is your answer! 100% of all Kimball Office manufactured products are now ANSI/BIFMA level 2 or 3 Certified, including all casegoods, systems, tables, and seating. Level 3 is the highest certification under the current ANSI/BIFMA program.
The BIFMA level program establishes measurable performance criteria to address environmental aspects of product manufacturing throughout the supply chain, including the areas of materials, use of energy, human and ecosystem health, and social responsibility.
The level certification program allows facility managers, architects, and designers to evaluate products using a 'level' playing field, based upon the product and manufacturer's environmental and social impact.
View the fact sheet that details Kimball Office level certifications by product.
Click on the play button below to listen to the audio press conference, recorded May 16, 2011.
Itsa Coming...a task chair solution for your day-to-day seating needs
Kimball Office is excited to introduce Itsa, a new cost-friendly, multi-purpose task chair that transitions seamlessly throughout any busy work environment. The line will be available for purchase in August and previewed at the Kimball Office Chicago Showroom, at 325 N. Wells Street, beginning June 13th.
Itsa includes two base models, both with height adjustable arms, standard knee-tilt control, black mid-back mesh, a black polyurethane base with 55-millimeter casters, and your choice of a rounded or square seat. Additional options include a seat slider, synchro-tilt control, and height and width-adjustable arms.
This wide selection of features allows Itsa to fit small stature and taller users, and everyone in between. Five seat color choices of black, burgundy, navy, charcoal, and sand, can be available in as little as five days through Kimball Office's quick ship program,
Various upholstery or leather options from Kimball Office's new Vision collection can also be specified.
Checkout surface material options for the Itsa chair
Great Chicago Event 2011 a HUGE Success!
Thousands of designers and facility managers descended upon Chicago, June 13 to 15, and the Kimball Office showroom, 325 N. Wells Street. Visitors experienced many new offerings on display in the Chicago showroom that support designers' and organizations' sustainability efforts and demands for versatility.
In addition to unveiling several new products, Kimball Office is provided free demonstrations of the ecoScorecard online platform, which allows users to identify and manage the key environmental attributes of specific manufacturers' products. The system is compatible with all major third-party rating systems, and updates automatically as rating systems change.
For more information about Kimball Offices key environmental attributes,
View Kimball Office sustainability information
View more information, videos, and photos from the Chicago Event
If you weren't able to visit the Kimball Office Chicago Showroom this week, you can still enter online for the show grand prize giveaway - a $5,000 getaway to any Four Seasons Hotel and Resort, including airfare and spending cash.
Winner of 2011 Vacation Getaway Announced
Congrats to Susan from Klawiter and Associates, Inc., in California!! She was selected as the winner of our Vacation Getaway to any Four Seasons Resort, including airfare and spending cash (valued at $5,000).
Susan (middle) was thrilled when Marike Smith (left) and Bob Nordin (right) of Kimball Office surprised her with the exciting news.
Susan will be taking a vacation to where she wants, when she wants...courtesy of Kimball Office!
Thank you to everyone who registered to win this prize at the Chicago Event and also through our online contest. If you weren't able to visit the Chicago Event, be sure to catch up on the product previews, introductions, showroom tour, videos, and photos from the event.
Hero. Just for You. Seating - Available in 5 Days
The high performance Hero task chair and a complementary Hero guest chair have been added to the Kwik Office program. Both are now available in 5 days! A truly intuitive chair, Hero's comfort and style will complete any space with an agile, slim-line form that automatically adjusts to every user.
Hero joins the Kimball Office | interstuhl Campos task chair in the Kwik Office offering.
There's no need to settle for office furniture that might not work for you, just to get it fast. Kwik Office doesn't mean limited choice.
Kimball Office provides a broad selection of desks, storage, filing, tables, desk chairs, and side chairs, ready to ship within five business days. (10 days for systems and metal filing)
Stay on Budget, and Look Good Doing it with Itsa Seating!
Introducing Itsa seating! From individual desks, to team spaces, to conference rooms, Itsa delivers value and comfort. This stylish, value conscious line of task chairs can outfit your entire space.
Itsa includes two base models, to allow for comfort for taller users and petite users...and everyone in between.
Itsa seating has the versatility to conform to any body type and all settings.
Not only is Itsa comfortable and budget friendly, it is quick! You can order Itsa through the Kwik Office program and the chairs will be available within 5 days.
Stay on budget and on schedule, with Itsa seating.
Priority Wins 2011 Product Innovation Award
We are thrilled to announce that Priority has just received the 2011 Product innovation Award from Architectural Products Magazine.
The expanded portfolio of Priority includes benching and tables as well as height adjustable legs and other new design elements. The newest additions to the Priority line will be available on November 15, 2011.
Sleek, technology-enabled benching, height-adjustable tables, ingenious storage elements, and purely fresh aesthetics make Priority the perfect solution for supporting diverse work styles...now and well into the future.
Priority makes it simple to create the ideal work environment across an entire facility.
Kimball Office Adds Heavy-Duty Itsa Seating Option
Kimball Office is increasing the scope of its task seating line, Itsa, by introducing a new heavy-duty model capable of supporting up to 300 pounds. The Itsa Task 300, which is available for order June 15, will be on display starting the week of June 11, in the Kimball Office showroom, located at 325 N. Wells St., Chicago.
"The Itsa Task 300 provides designers and facility managers with ergonomic, comfortable and flexible seating options, appropriate from the reception station to conference rooms, individual workstations and the C-suite", said Allen Parker, vice president of product, sales and marketing for Kimball Office. #Providing workers with ergonomic comfort and support for healthy posture is critical to success, and by offering a heavy-duty task seating option, designers have the means to accommodate a broader range of individuals.#
Itsa is recognized for its clean lines, stylish design, competitive price point and versatility. The line includes two base models, with the choice of a rounded or square seat, seat slider, height adjustable arms, synchro-tilt or knee-tilt control, black mid-back mesh, 55-millimeter casters and a black polyurethane base. The Itsa Task 300 is equipped with a black powder-coat aluminum base. All upholsteries from the Kimball Office Vision Collection are available at standard lead-time, with five seat color options as part of the five-day Kimball Office quick ship program, Kwik Office.
Itsa meets Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor Advantage Gold and American National Standards Institute/Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer#s Association (ANSI/BIFMA) level 2 certification, and may contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.
Kimball Office Broadens Healthcare Seating Options
In response to healthcare industry requests for seating products that offer increased flexibility, durability and easy maintenance, Kimball Office is unveiling significant enhancements to its Beo, Collage and Event seating solutions. The new options were designed with research collected from healthcare facilities throughout the country, and will be on display starting the week of June 11, in the Kimball Office showroom, located at 325 N. Wells St., Chicago.
"As Kimball Office increases its portfolio for healthcare facilities, it is important for us to introduce solutions sought out by designers and facility managers within these industries. Our goal is to provide the end user and the client with solutions that meet and exceed their expectations, including the ability to transition easily in and out of the seat and retain a safe, clean, quiet and healthy environment", said Max Holland, director of vertical markets. "Although the enhancements are in response to requests from specific market segments, many of the new features are also relevant to everyday workplace settings."
Beo - Kimball Office's popular side, guest and lounge seating line, Beo, is expanding its offering with five new enhancements. The Beo lounge will be available with a clean-out feature to help organizations easily wipe surfaces and remove debris, and an extra three inches can be added to the chair#s width in order to accommodate individuals up to 350 pounds. Tablet surfaces will be available in wood or laminate, and a specialized grommet can be installed in one or both arms to allow users to easily transfer and lock the tablet surface into either arm for increased functionality. To promote a quiet and peaceful recovery and work environment, Beo also offers an optional quiet caster. Beo#s arms, back and seats can be upholstered separately in order to delineate space through color and match the interior design#s aesthetic.
Realizing clients' desire for design options tailored towards broader audiences, Kimball Office has also added a bariatric bench to its Collage and Event seating lines. We#ve listened to our clients and are increasing the number of seating options available to accommodate visitors and guests, added Holland.
The bariatric benches are designed to accommodate users up to 500 pounds.
Collage - Designed for private offices, public spaces and meeting rooms, Collage offers designers and facility managers a versatile, stylish, wood-framed guest seating option. A new bariatric bench solution increases the line#s versatility, without compromising its design, which is already available with or without arms, as two-person benches and with a slat or upholstered back.
Event - Event is suited for meeting and training rooms. A new bariatric bench is available with the line#s standard options such as: mobile or static legs, with or without arms, a variety of designs for the back shape and the choice of mobile or static legs. The bariatric bench helps facilities support a greater range of users and brings increased flexibility to commonly used spaces.
Beo, Collage and Event will be available for order in fall 2012. Each line meets Scientific Certification Standards (SCS) Indoor Advantage Gold and American National Standards Institute/Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (ANSI/BIFMA) level 2 certifications. The products may contribute towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits and support the organization's sustainability practices.
Kimball Office Introduces 15 New Vertical Market-Specific Fabrics
Two years ago, Kimball Office introduced the Vision Collection, a completely new selection of surface materials. As part of that introduction, Kimball Office committed to refreshing the collection every few years. This year, the company is excited to announce the addition of 15 new fabrics tailored to meet the needs of healthcare and education settings. Many of the new textiles, from Mayer Fabrics, will be on display starting the week of June 11, in the Kimball Office showroom, located at 325 N. Wells St., Chicago.
The fabric additions increase Kimball Office#s flexibility within the growing healthcare and education markets, although the new additions are suitable for any environment. Of the 15 new fabrics, 13 are antimicrobial, seven are bleach-cleanable, seven possess both antimicrobial and bleach-cleanable properties and the four polyurethanes are polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-free. The Vision Collection now consists of 20 antimicrobial and 16 bleach-cleanable fabrics.
"By increasing the number of vertical market-specific fabrics, Kimball Office is supporting designers and organizations looking to provide end users with a clean, safe and easy to maintain environment," said Georgy Olivieri, east regional director of architecture, design and sustainable strategies for Kimball Office. "By incorporating a variety of antimicrobial, bleach-cleanable and PVC-free fabrics into the collection, we are providing a selection that meets today's design trends, while exceeding the needs and expectations for healthcare and education spaces."
The Vision Collection offers solutions that work across all market segments including the open plan, private offices, training and lounge spaces, conference and meeting rooms and reception areas. The mix of timeless styles, colors, small, medium and large patterns, solid textures and stripes coordinate with and complement Kimball Office#s wide range of new wood finishes.
The new vertical market fabrics will be available to order in mid-July 2012. Most materials within the Kimball Office Vision Collection are crafted from recycled polyester or natural fibers such as cotton and wool, contribute to Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor Advantage certification for Kimball Office#s furniture, and may contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.
Kimball Office Showcases the Art of Workspace Design during Annual Industry Show in Chicago
Kimball Office is offering a calming escape for interior designers and facility managers during Chicago's annual contract office furniture event, taking place June 11 to 13. The Kimball Office showroom, located at 325 N. Wells St., Chicago, encourages visitors to reflect on the art of workspace design within an art gallery environment in the manufacturer#s showroom.
Kimball Office is showcasing how its products integrate to meet and exceed the demands of growing healthcare and education markets, while continuing to provide relevant, flexible office solutions. Additions and enhancements to Definition casegoods, Itsa task seating, Beo, Collage and Event side and guest seating, and new fabrics added to the Vision Collection of surface materials, increase the versatility and breadth of Kimball Office#s portfolio.
"We understand the changing environments of our clients, which is why Kimball Office#s products are designed for maximum flexibility to solve individual design challenges," said Allen Parker, vice president of product, sales and marketing for Kimball Office. "Our latest product enhancements help organizations and designers create workplace settings that tailor towards a broad range of users, markets and design aesthetics."
Definition - The Definition casegoods line, a staple within Kimball Office's portfolio, is evolving to offer private office users increased functionality that balances traditional, progressive and contemporary styles. A new angled extension top creates a cockpit and can host up to three guests for impromptu meetings; additional extension tops, legs and panels are available to build flexible workwalls. Definition's enhancements also support wired technology with new grommets that sit flush to the surface, and hinged modesty panels to help manage and hide cabling. Other new enhancements include partial-height modesty panels and the choice between a classic U-leg, open-frame leg, cylinder base and veneer panels for extensions. Definition meets Scientific Certification Standards (SCS) Indoor Advantage Gold and American National Standards Institute/Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer#s Association (ANSI/BIFMA) level 2 and 3 certifications. Definition#s enhancements will be available in fall 2012.
Itsa - Available starting June 15, the new Itsa Task 300 is a heavy-duty task chair, capable of supporting up to 300 pounds, and complements the existing Itsa line, which is recognized for its clean lines, stylish design, competitive price point and versatility. The line includes two base models, with the choice of a rounded or square seat, seat slider, height-adjustable arms, synchro-tilt or knee-tilt control, black mid-back mesh, 55-millimeter casters and a black polyurethane base. The Itsa Task 300 is equipped with a black powder-coat aluminum base. All upholsteries from the Kimball Office Vision Collection are available at standard lead time, with five seat color options as part of the five-day Kimball Office quick ship program, Kwik Office. Itsa meets SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and ANSI/BIFMA level 2 certification.
Healthcare seating - In fall 2012, significant enhancements to Beo, Collage and Event seating solutions will be available. The enhancements offer organizations durable, easy to maintain options for private, public or guest spaces.
Beo - Expanding with five enhancements, the Beo lounge will be available with a clean-out feature to help organizations easily wipe surfaces and remove debris. An extra three inches can also be added to the chair's width in order to accommodate individuals up to 350 pounds. Tablet surfaces will be available in wood or laminate, and a specialized grommet can be installed in one or both arms to allow users to easily transfer and lock the tablet surface into either arm for increased functionality. Beo#s arms, back and seats can be upholstered separately in order to delineate space through color and match the design's aesthetic. Beo meets SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and ANSI/BIFMA level 2 certification.
Collage - A new bariatric bench solution, capable of accommodating users up to 500 pounds, increases the line#s versatility, without compromising its design, which is already available with or without arms, as two-person benches and with a slat or upholstered back. Collage is designed for private offices, public spaces and meeting rooms, and offers designers and facility managers a versatile, stylish, wood-framed guest seating option. Collage meets SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and ANSI/BIFMA level 2 certification.
Event - Event is designed for meeting and training rooms and guest seating. A new bariatric bench, suitable for users up to 500 pounds, is available with the line#s standard options such as: mobile or static legs, with or without arms and a variety of designs for the back shape. The bariatric bench helps facilities support a greater range of users and brings increased flexibility to commonly used spaces. Event meets SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and ANSI/BIFMA level 2 certification.
Vision Collection of surface materials - The Vision Collection of surface materials is adding 15 new fabrics tailored to meet the needs of healthcare and education settings. Of the 15 new fabrics, all from Mayer Fabrics, 13 are antimicrobial, seven are bleach-cleanable, seven possess both antimicrobial and bleach-cleanable properties and the four polyurethanes are polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-free. The Vision Collection now consists of 20 antimicrobial and 16 bleach-cleanable fabrics. Kimball Office's surface materials portfolio includes a mix of timeless styles, colors, small, medium and large patterns, solid textures, stripes and a range of new wood finishes and veneers. The new fabrics will be available in mid-July 2012.
Kimball Office Shares Fresh, Sustainable Design Concepts at GSA Expo
Planning a productive and efficient work environment involves the selection of office furniture solutions that support a variety of work modes, including collaboration and mobile workers. During the General Services Administration (GSA) Expo, May 15-17, in San Antonio, Kimball Office will showcase its commitment to developing innovative ideas that transition between all facets of the office, from the C-suite to the reception station and training rooms.
"Kimball Office is a leader in providing creative and relevant design ideas for agencies searching to maximize real estate potential, accommodate a changing work environment, incorporate the latest design trends, meet sustainability guidelines and stay within an assigned budget," said Karl Schrumpf, director of government sales for Kimball Office.
During the show, Kimball Office will display four lines - Priority, Villa, Itsa and Beo.
Priority - Priority offers private office, open plan, reception and training room solutions. Priority benching is offered in six-inch increments, without encroachment, and the undersurface table support enables spans up to eight feet between legs, eliminates redundant leg support and connects back-to-back or with returns for added workspace. Dual frames can accommodate 24-, 30- or 36-inch dual tops and 48- or 60-inch single tops, and back-to-back frames can accommodate privacy screens, shared shelving and returns. The inclusion of height-adjustable tables addresses users# needs for increased ergonomic comfort and workplace versatility. Five options are available - an incremental pin adjust, click, crank handle or electric single or dual stage memory, with three to four settings. Priority is Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor Advantage Gold and American National Standards Institute/Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (ANSI/BIFMA) level 3 certified.
Villa - With the ability to create free-form lounge configurations, Villa includes privacy lounges (highbacks), youth units, tables and power/data options. Originally based on the idea of building blocks, the highback option can divide space into separate meeting, semi-private or social spaces, while maintaining the look and feel of an open setting. The highback is available with one- or two-seat units and one-seat corner units. A full range of upholstery and leather choices are available with the option to upholster backs, arms and seats separately to delineate space and accommodate design preferences through color. Villa is SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and ANSI/BIFMA level 2 certified. Tables are certified to level 3.
Itsa - Itsa fulfills the need for a simple, functional and stylish task chair that fits petite users, taller users and everyone in between, while unifying an organization's aesthetic. Two basic styles include the choice of a rounded or square seat, both with height-adjustable arms, choice of synchro-tilt or knee-tilt control, black mid-back mesh and black polyurethane base with 55-millimeter casters. Optional seat slider is available for all models. Five seat color choices are available in as little as five days through Kimball Office#s quick ship program, Kwik Office. Itsa is SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and ANSI/BIFMA level 2 certified.
Beo - Beo products feature slightly flared "wall-saver" legs that contact the wall first, limiting wear to the chair's back and wall's finish. The line's contoured backrest and sweeping arms make it popular for private office guest seating and in public spaces. A tandem option is available with one, two or three seats, and tables or add-on seats can be combined to match any configuration. The tandem seating comes in full- and half-back options. A bariatric version is available with a 36-inch frame that supports up to 500 pounds. To complement the Beo seating, freestanding end and magazine tables are also available. Beo is SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and ANSI/BIFMA level 2 certified.
Updated Design and Added Functionality Enhance Kimball Office Definition Casegoods
Although the past few years in contract office furniture have focused on the open plan and benching, Kimball Office recognizes the need to continue providing professional and contemporary private office solutions. The Definition casegoods line, a staple within the company's portfolio, is evolving to offer private office users increased functionality that balances the need for meeting and individual work space, as well as different organizational needs desired by a multi-generational workforce. Enhancements to Definition will be on display the week of June 11, in the Kimball Office showroom, located at 325 N. Wells St., Chicago.
"For years, Definition has provided organizations with a reliable casegoods solution. Today, the line includes a new look and options that support different design preferences and increased use of technology," said Jan Dodd, director of product development for Kimball Office. "The market for private office casegoods is still healthy, and Definition will continue receiving updates in order to meet the changing needs of this market."
Many of Definition's new progressive and contemporary enhancements complement the line's existing, classic style. A new angled extension top creates a cockpit and can host up to three guests for impromptu meetings; additional extension tops, legs and panels are available to build flexible workwalls. Definition's enhancements also support wired technology with new grommets that sit flush to the surface, and hinged modesty panels to help manage and hide cabling. Other new enhancements include partial-height modesty panels and the choice between a classic U-leg, open-frame leg, cylinder base and veneer panels for extensions. Definition's finished backs allow the line to stand alone or integrate with systems products such as Kimball Office#s Traxx and Tiles wall system, and Cetra and Xsite panel systems.
Definition is available with finishes from Kimball Office's new Vision Collection of natural and premium veneers. The natural finishes support Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood options and include Kimball Office's proprietary UV-finish, Pura.
Definition meets Scientific Certification Standards (SCS) Indoor Advantag Gold and American National Standards Institute/Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer#s Association (ANSI/BIFMA) level 2 and 3 certifications. The products could contribute towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits and support an organization#s sustainability practices. Definition#s enhancements will be available in fall 2012.
New Kimball Office Scenario Table Tops Quickly Fulfill Changing Workspace Demands
The need for mobile and flexible workspace solutions is increasing as today's work environments cater toward the needs of mobile workers, teaming and collaboration. To address these demands, Kimball Office is adding 120-degree corner tops and 1-3/16-inch thick tops to its line of Scenario tables. Facility managers, designers and dealers can begin placing order for these new additions today.
"Today's office settings require organizations to use spaces for multiple purposes, which makes the need for mobile, multi-functional and easy-to-maintain furnishings essential," said Jan Dodd, director of product development for Kimball Office. "The new 120-degree Scenario tables can quickly and simply transform any space to offer collaboration or privacy that mimics a traditional benching solution. This latest addition to our line can quickly accommodate any space to meet the users needs, whether those are for studying, training, socialization or teaming."
The 120-degree tables create effective teaming, studying and training areas while offering individual work zones. The Scenario line of tables now includes 1-3/16-inch thick tops with the options of a fixed, mobile or nesting base, an optional modesty panel and power/data capabilities. The new tops are also available on existing Scenario table sizes, and are complementary with other Kimball Office series as a guest or separate table. This is in addition to the existing ½# phenolic tops that provide exceptional durability and a timeless, thin-profile aesthetic detail.
The new 1-3/16" tops are available in standard wood finishes and laminates, and bases are offered in Designer White, Platinum Metallic, Carbon Metallic and Cinder color options.
NEW Upholstery and Fabrics Now Available
We're excited to bring 2 NEW Grade 1 Solid fabrics and 15 NEW Vertical Market fabrics from Mayer Fabrics to our line! These stunning fabrics expand our high-rub selection, most of which aslo include antimicrobial and bleach cleanable properties.
2 New Grade 1 Solids
- Blink - 13 colorways, 100% recycled polyester, 100,000 Double Rubs
- Disperse - 12 colorways, 62% recycled polyester, 100,000 Double Rubs
- Swatch cards and memo samples can be ordered from Literature Fulfillment starting July 20th for Blink and August 10th for Disperse.
15 New Vertical Market Fabrics from Mayer Fabrics
- 11 Woven Cryptons, 4 PVC-Free Polyurethanes
- Alliance price grades D thru I:
- Grade D - Primo
- Grade E - Canvas, Nostalgia, Komodo
- Grade F - Bungalow, Cayman, Shimmer
- Grade G - Facets, Marrakesh, Synapse, Quark
- Grade H - Ascension, Relic
- Grade I - Erode, Flock
- 14 Antimicrobial
- 10 Bleach Cleanable
- Very high durability: 70,000 - 1,000,000 Double Rubs
- Ideal for Healthcare and Education markets
- Swatch cards can be ordered from Literature Fulfillment starting August 10th
- Memo samples can be order directly from Mayer Fabrics at Mayer Fabrics - Home
Increased Functionality, Kimball Office Enhances Definition Casegoods
Additions Provide Flexibility to Mid-, Upper-level Executive Offices
As workplaces continue to evolve, the need for professional, contemporary private office solutions still exist within many organizations. Kimball Office recognizes the ongoing need for private and transitional office furnishings, and recently updated one of its well-established casegoods lines, Definition. The enhancements increase functionality between meeting, individual workspace and different organizational needs desired by a multi-generational workforce. Beginning today, several new additions to Definition will be available for order.
"The Definition casegoods line has a reputation as an adaptable, wood office solution. By updating the functionality and aesthetic, designers will find added flexibility that supports several design and organizationalpreferences as well as technology," said Jan Dodd, director of product marketing. "The market for private office casegoods is still healthy, and Definition will continue receiving updates in order to meet the changing needs of our customers."
The progressive and contemporary enhancements complement Definition's existing classic style. A new angled extension top creates a cockpit and can host up to three guests for impromptu meetings. Additional extension tops, legs and panels are available to build flexible workwalls. Definition also supports wired technology with grommets that sit flush with the surface and hinged modesty panels that fold down to manage and hide cabling. Other new features include partial-height modesty panels, the choice of classic U-leg, open-frame leg or veneer panels for extensions. The line's finished backs allow pieces to stand alone or integrate with systems products such as Kimball Office's Traxx and Tiles wall system, and Cetra and Xsite panel systems.
Definition is finished with natural and premium veneers from Kimball Office's Vision Collection. The natural finishes support Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood options and include Kimball Office's proprietary UV-finish, Pura.
Definition is Scientific Certification Standards (SCS) Indoor Advantage Gold and American National Standards Institute/Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (ANSI/BIFMA) level 3 certified. Definition is also available with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. The products could contribute towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits and support an organization's sustainability practices.