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HON Solve Seating: The Answer For Comfort and Versatility

by Ross G. on 4/6/2016 9:59:00 AM

Today’s workers are becoming more mobile, increasing the need for a seating solution that can support them as they transition between individual and collaborative work environments. Solve task chairs were designed to intuitively adapt to each user’s body and movement to provide all day comfort and support as the way we work continues to evolve. For those of you that are struggling with your typical “everyday” office chair… let us SOLVE your problem!

To provide the high level of personalization required to meet the ergonomic and functional needs of a variety of users throughout your space, Solve task chairs and stools feature 3 unique back materials, three ergonomic controls, and an optional adjustable lumbar support and arms. Additional features, such as the seat glide and waterfall seat edge, enhance natural movement and increase leg circulation. The synchronized seat and back move in harmony with the user to provide continuous comfort that can be customized, allowing people to work anywhere from individual workstations to private offices, training areas to meeting rooms.

The beauty of Solve is reflected in the design statement it makes for any organization. The new streamlined, geometric ReActiv™ back boasts an interesting hexagonal pattern and is available in two classic colors, Charcoal or Platinum. The upholstered ReActiv back showcases 6 colors from our new Compass fabric, and with the seat available in hundreds of HON fabric selections you have the ability to mix and match for a dual-fabric look! The soft ilira®-stretch mesh back is available in Black to coordinate with virtually any aesthetic.

Backed by HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty, the Solve family of chairs offers the flexibility to support an entire space as well as the durability to last for years to come. The applications really are endless! Whatever your workplace need, let Solve be the solution.

For more information, visit the Solve spotlight page on hon.com.

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4 Ways to Get Creative With HON Conatin Storage by Allissa Hoeger

by Ross G. on 2/25/2016 11:20:00 AM

While I will always love a classic HON vertical file, Contain is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  HON has recently expanded the Contain storage portfolio, so here are 4 ways you can get creative with this collection in your own workplace.

1.Optimize Use of Shared Areas

With the growing number of collaborative spaces in today’s workplace, I recommend adding Contain storage to keep these areas versatile and organized.  A typical shared space can be used to host a business lunch at noon and then for a team meeting in the afternoon. Contain credenzas are perfect for storing anything from flatware and plates to notebooks and pens which allows for seamless transitions between these shared spaces throughout the workday.

2. Separation of Spaces

Contain allows you to create boundaries while still promoting an open environment.  Pathways can be created by arranging a line of low credenzas or divide individual workstations by placing a tower between work surfaces – all while gaining additional storage space.

3. Rethink the Private Office

If you need to revitalize your private office, Contain storage pieces work great with HON desks.  Create your own custom desk by combining Voi work surfaces and wall mounted storage with a mixture of Contain credenzas, pedestals and towers.  Not only will Contain keep you organized, but it will also allow you to be creative with your finishes by choosing from endless combinations of laminate, paint and pull options.

4. Collaborate by Adding Cushions

Make Contain collaborative by adding cushions to your pedestals and credenzas.  Cushions are perfect for allowing you and your co-workers to have those impromptu meetings or quick strategy sessions – they also add a fun pop of color and pattern to your space!

To help you get even more creative with Contain, check out these inspiration cards.

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HON Endorse: Seating Solutions for All Aspects of the Workplace

by Ross G. on 4/17/2015 2:31:10 PM


The complex needs of today’s workplace call for a variety of seating solutions that satisfy ergonomic expectations, adapt to market trends, and expand into non-traditional areas. While growing office needs can be complex, the solutions certainly don’t have to be! Whether needs exist for an entire building, conference room or a private office, look no further than the Endorse Collection from HON. Let’s take a look at how this multi-functional line of seating supports various aspects of the modern workplace.

Behind the Desk

Here we see Endorse in the most traditional of office applications. A few details that make it a particularly great task chair include:

• Adjustable lumbar support – Making a chair that adequately fits over 90% of all users requires a great amount of flexibility and user-friendly adjustment. The ability to manually adjust the lumbar support mechanism provides consistent and healthy back support for all users.

• Headrest option – An attachable headrest on the mesh back Endorse task chairs provides exceptional head and neck support throughout the day. Ergonomists everywhere love Endorse for this feature.

• Have a sit-to-stand desk? No problem. With more and more users requesting standing height worksurfaces, Endorse provides task stools with a synchro-tilt function that enables users to enjoy a more natural recline motion.

In the Conference Room

• Dress it up – One of the best visual features of the Endorse Collection is the ability to dress up or dress down based on needs and price points. As we see above, the addition of polished aluminum accents on the arms and the base are sure to impress.

• Uniformity – Having a consistent look throughout the workplace is exceedingly important for companies. Endorse provides the ability to incorporate different types of seating across many applications to achieve a recognizable look throughout.

• The executive chair – Continuing with the full line offering, the executive high-back chair from Endorse provides a sophisticated look that is ideal for conference rooms. Paired with all of the integrated features, users will feel the support of this high-back chair immediately as it contributes to lasting comfort.

Out in the Lobby 

Completing the conversation of a conformed solution will end where all things begin – the office welcome area. Making a positive, lasting first impression is important for any organization, so the correct furniture selection and placement is essential. The breadth of line with Endorse expands from functional task seating into welcoming and collaborative soft-seating solutions. So, what’s included in all of this?

• Lounge chairs for all – Within this selection of Endorse seating, we have single, two-seat, and three-seat lounge chairs available. Having a selection such as this will be able to fit into a multitude of applications and organizations. The sleek design fits very well into any environment, and will provide a consistent look throughout.

• Occasional tables – Any welcoming or collaborative area that incorporates soft seating is not complete without complimentary tables. Endorse includes a table offering that seamlessly fits into the solution with a matching leg style, and a variety of laminate selections.


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Ergonomics and Chair Adjustment Basics by LB Ehlers

by Ross G. on 4/17/2015 1:49:40 PM

Ergonomics is a word many of us have heard before; especially, if we are in the office furniture industry. When the topic comes up we usually stand or sit up a bit straighter. But what exactly is ergonomics? And how can you control your personal workspace ergonomics?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ergonomics is “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that people and things interact most efficiently and safely.” One of the things people use on a daily basis is a chair.

You can begin to control your personal workspace ergonomics by appropriately adjusting your chair. There are four basic adjustments on a task chair that can significantly improve your overall ergonomics: seat height, seat depth, arm rest position, and back/lumbar support.

Seat Height 


Your seat height should be adjusted so that your knees are close to a 90 degree angle and your feet are resting flat on the floor or a footrest. Having your chair too high or low can create pressure points throughout the day that effects circulation.


Seat Depth

Seat depth should be adjusted so your back comes in contact with the back of the chair. You should also still have enough space between the back of your legs and the front of your seat to place a couple fingers. Again this will eliminate a pressure point while sitting.

Arm Rest Position

Arm rests should be used to support your arms in a relaxed position to elevate tension and pressure on your neck and back. Your shoulders should be square and not up by your ears. Your elbows should be closer to your body and not out like “chicken wings.”

Back Lumbar Support

Back supports are intended to support the back while sitting and still allowing for some recline movement. You should sit back in your chair and position the lumbar support to support your lower back. Having proper spine alignment helps relieve back and neck strain.

These examples of adjustable chair features are just a few of many factors that contribute to a more ergonomically safe workplace. Visit hon.com today to learn more about HON’s practical seating solutions that can be customized to fit the needs of almost any user.

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How It's Made: HON Abound Plains Tiles from McKee Button Company by Jackie Celske

by Ross G. on 4/7/2015 10:34:53 AM

We love our Abound® Workstations for many reasons. Abound is quick to install, easy to reconfigure to fit any workspace, and supports a wide range of material options for a stunning aesthetic (just to name a few). But, beyond how it works, we also love the story behind how Abound is made.

The beautiful Abound Plains tiles, like the ones you see below, are created just down the street from HON HQ by one of only 4 remaining button manufacturers in the United States. Family-owned McKee Button Company was started back in 1895 when Muscatine, IA was considered to be the Pearl Button Capital of the World. Today, they continue to produce buttons and specialize in custom solid surface materials that can be used for almost any application from home to commercial to retail.



A few HON members had the privilege of touring the McKee Button Company and were amazed by the unique, labor-intensive process behind the creation of a Plains tile. They wanted to share a few pictures to show you just how unique it is!



The process starts with a liquid resin which is colored and then mixed with a hardening agent.



The resulting mixture is poured into a spinning drum until it reaches the perfect consistency.



When ready, the hardened sheet is peeled out of the spinning drum and cured between heated platens.



The final product is a beautiful Plains tile!



Have you ever thought about how your office furniture is made? If you don’t work in this industry, you probably haven’t! We all know what it’s like to get so caught up with work that we take for granted the tools that help support us throughout the workday. So, next time you stop to admire your workspace, remember that behind every beautiful HON product is a beautiful story.


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by Ross G. on 2/9/2015 4:32:37 AM

Friant Verity

With the Verity benching system, create defined spaces to support the various types of work interactions for a coordinated look across the office. Easily expand existing workspaces or build in privacy with elements such as fabric screens, glass, and storage. Seamlessly connect everyone at the bench with power and data running discreetly underneath the surface. Create a well-balanced open office with Verity benching, available with the new Walnut worksurface and Cloud White finish. Check out what Friant Verity can do for you. Prices shown in PDF are MSRP, your price will be 40-45% off list.


Friant Interra

Meet Interra, our new panel system designed for modern space planning needs and aesthetic sensibilities. Available in five tile materials – fabric, glass, metal, whiteboard and rail — Interra offers infinite design variations to meet any customization need. Power is available at both belt and baseline and its sturdy 2.5″ tiles are stackable with easy assembly and reconfiguration, making it the perfect go-to systems product for today’s fast-moving work environments. Designed and assembled in Northern California, a typical station is made of 47% recycled content and is 75% recyclable at the end of its useful life. 

Interra is designed to integrate seamlessly with our Dash desking system, also available only to our Advantage dealers. Check out what Friant Interra can do for you. Prices shown in PDF are MSRP, your price will be 40-45% off list.


HON Accelerate

Today’s fast-paced companies have to be ready for anything. Accelerate is designed to adapt and grow at the speed of business. The thin profile and clean lines offer a range of aesthetic options to maximize design freedom. The versatile selection works great alone, or even better when combined with other HON products to maximize planning freedom. Accelerate your speed of business, and be ready for anything. Accelerate is designed to work in a wide variety of spaces and support different work styles. Choose the elements you want and create a space that suits your individual needs. Check out what HON Accelerate can do for you. Prices shown in PDF are MSRP


HON Initiate

Some room to spread out. Plenty of space to store your stuff. Just the right mix of privacy and collaboration. Does outfitting your office have to be complicated? Initiate doesn't think so. Order an Initiate worksurface and the cantilever support are included. Order overheads and they ship preassembled. Order a panel and it comes complete-no trim to specify or install. Panels even attach with a single universal connector that simplifies installation and reconfiguration. The longer you own Initiate, the better you understand what a smart choice it is. Metal frames and trim retain their integrity through years of reconfiguration. Metal-to-metal connections create a solid structure, keeping panels perfectly aligned. Components fit together tightly without gaps, and finishes match precisely from one piece to the next. Initiate also features a Class A fire rating and exceeds industry acoustical standards. Check out what HON Initiate can do for you. Prices shown in PDF are MSRP


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Elevate Your Expectations with HON Abound Workstations

by Ross G. on 1/16/2015 4:24:21 AM

HON Abound Frame & Tile Systems

Greater flexibility. Higher quality. Smarter technology. Abound offers all that and more to deliver high-performance workspaces. Every component is designed with the other in mind. Even the electrical and data cabling was designed to offer greater capacity, faster installation and easier reconfiguration. By setting a higher standard today, Abound makes it easy to be ready for tomorrow.

Miles of Tiles

Support all the various work styles of an entire office with a range of tile options, materials and fabrics. Panels stack up to 110" high, for practically unlimited expansion. Tiles can be placed in interchangeable positions and up and down a panel frame, for greater design flexibility.

Bring The Outside In

Studies Show that access to natural light boosts morale and increases productivity. Abound frameless glass tiles provide access to natural light, while defining personal space and creating clear sightlines.


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Help Joe LaViolette

by Ross G. on 11/21/2014 4:12:58 AM

If you have a minute, please take a look at this fundraiser for a dear friend of ours. Joe LaViolette was the victim of a tragic hit and run accident and has been in the hospital for sometime now. Fear of medical bills starting to pile up, we are all banding together to help Joe and his family. Any little bit helps. Thank you





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How Workplace Trends Affect Seating by Amanda Archer

by Ross G. on 11/17/2014 4:43:45 AM

Panels are dropping. Footprints are shrinking. These are two common workplace trends that we’ve heard over and over again. But, have you ever stepped back and asked yourself, “how does this affect seating?”

Lower panels and light-scale environments make seating more visible throughout the floor plan. As a result, continuity of seating across all applications becomes very important. To address this need, HON offers families of seating. “Families” are comprised of many seating solutions in one universal series, creating a coordinated design language throughout your entire office.

The photo below exemplifies how our newest seating collection, Endorse, can fit seamlessly into any office space. Whether it is a conference room, private office, workstation or collaborative area, the Endorse collection offers the perfect solution


Another exciting change happening in our seating portfolio is the addition of Momentum seating fabrics into our core fabric offering. HON has added 14 new patterns and over 200 colorways ranging from bright to neutral. Learn more about what HON has to offer by viewing the Momentum and Perspectives Color Card.


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Here's How To Make Your Workstation More Organized by Whitney Potratz

by Ross G. on 11/4/2014 4:40:19 AM

 In today’s hectic world it can be easy for organization to take a backseat to your daily tasks. I am the type of person that needs an organized workspace in order to keep my thoughts organized. Here are some suggestions on how you can keep your workspace organized:

Start with a blank slate

Remove all items from your worksurface. Sometimes it is easier to start with a blank canvas and add what is most important (like that coffee mug).



Determine what items are most important and used frequently. Keep these items in easy to reach areas (Pens, phone, important documents, etc.)

Pencil Cup

Add a pencil cup and get rid of any unneeded pens/pencils. This will help create a designated spot for your writing utensils so they aren’t strewn all about. This will also help you feel less cluttered; it doesn’t have to be anything fancy – a mug will do!


Determine your storage type.

Do you like to create piles or do you tend to keep your information stored in files? Determine your filing type and add the best type of storage for you. This could be more file cabinet space for your files or more open space for your piles of paper.

Add Monitor Arms

Adding monitor arms can help clear off additional desk space. Since your monitors will be raised off your desk, you will have more space underneath. This will help create a clean, uncluttered feeling.

What helps you feel more organized?

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