Focus On: Furniture

Today’s Facility Manager serves as a comprehensive resource for facility product and service buyers. In this web exclusive Furniture product focus, the editors present several of the latest introductions to the market. Look for a variety of product categories to be highlighted online throughout the year. These are in addition to the products you will find featured in the magazine during 2014.


Elective Elements by Steelcase
Elective Elements by Steelcase
Elective Elements is a freestanding office system designed to address the changing workspace requirements in private and open-plan environments. It is offered in a broad range of material options including composite wood veneers, glass storage and modesty panels, metal paint finishes, and fabrics. Work surfaces can be height adjusted (have a range of 3″ in ½” increments) and come in a variety of top shapes and edge profiles with open storage and layered work surfaces. One high lateral files specified with wood, laminate, or cushion tops maximize space and provide an alternative seating solution. Elective Elements is built on a 6″ module and is universally compatible with systems panels for Montage, Answer, and Privacy Wall GS. A clean technology interface allows users to customize their space and mobile workers are accommodated with plug and play capabilities. Hinged grommets disguise desktop access to power and data. In the fall of 2014, Elective Elements will be available with leg based storage in addition to the existing plinth based (to the floor) storage.


C5 Credenza by Middle Atlantic Products
C5 Credenza by Middle Atlantic Products
The C5 Credenza is a functional solution designed to store and protect audiovisual equipment in conference rooms and meeting spaces. It incorporates the Frame to Furniture™ concept (credenza built from the rack out) so each piece is engineered first as a fully welded steel rack and then finished with durable furniture panels. The C5 Credenza comes in three styles (Moderno, Sota, and Klasik), three widths, and two depths to accommodate small and large technology systems and provides the flexibility to add individual design touches. It features veneer, high-pressure laminate and thermolaminate wood finishes; white, black, silver, or off-white vents; a push touch latch for access; and an intelligent airflow system to protect equipment from overheating while eliminating the need for retrofits. Available options for the C5 include accent pieces, locks, and Plexiglas doors.


Fringe™ by National Office Furniture
Fringe by National Office Furniture
Fringe is a collaborative lounge collection that helps enable new modes of work and interaction. It delivers privacy, openness, comfort, style, and flexibility with high and mid back lounge seats, corner units, tables, benches, and a club chair. The new bistro tables attach to mid or high back lounge models and are available in veneer or laminate. Upholstered, wood, or laminate back panels create a place for brainstorming sessions or casual gatherings. Fringe allows for custom embroidery and is available with various legs, glides, swivels, power grommets, contrasting fabrics (e.g., Big City, Charm, Echo, Davenport, Plush, Twilight), and finishes (e.g., Cinder Paint, Acorn Laminate, Caramel Laminate, Judicial, Truffle).


Openest by Haworth®
Openest by Haworth
Openest is an ensemble of lounge furniture that responds to evolving work habits within the office environment. A mix of furniture elements helps facilities customize a space for a variety of activities with selectable finishes, shapes, power/data capabilities, and simple storage. All pieces of the partition system are designed with ease of disassembly and recyclability and blend to create collaborative spaces that are comfortable and inviting. Openest features asymmetrical or symmetrical feather sofas with optional tables; chick poufs with or without backs; rectangular coffee, large round, or small round sprig tables; and space diving plume screens. The plume screens add visual privacy and are available in sets of three, six, or nine. They are freestanding and connect to each other, not to the sofas.