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OFS Brands New York Showroom

We've recently refreshed our New York City showroom. Opened in 2013 and located in Midtown Manhattan, this OFS Brands showroom displays 10,000-square-feet of the latest in office furniture. The space features views of the city's architecture spanning from the Empire State Building to the Hudson River. Contact us at 212.337.9676 to schedule a tour.

 
Photography: David Christensen

 

Dec 16, 2015 BLOG/Showroom

Ten Years, Ten Best of Year Awards, Ten Best of Year Honorees

OFS Brands, a leading manufacturer of furniture for workplace, healthcare, and education environments announced today that the company's contract furniture products received an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award and Best of Year Honoree Designation. Held recently at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York City, this year's Best of Year Awards celebration marked Interior Design’s 10th Anniversary of the preeminent design competition recognizing superior design in both products and projects.

Riff by OFS won the Best of Year Award in the contract tables category while Rein+ by Carolina was a finalist and Best of Year Honoree in the healthcare furniture category.

In the ten year history of the Best of Year competition, OFS Brands has won ten Best of Year awards and ten Best of Year honoree designations. Qualified interior designers and architects selected product design finalists during a two-week period in October via an online vote, and category winners were determined by a jury of leading architects and designers. According to Interior Design Magazine officials, there were more than 1,800 entries in 142 categories, and nearly 60,000 votes were cast for products by the A+D industry.

OFS Brands is comprised of five distinct brands – OFS, First Office, Loewenstein, Carolina and Highmark – that provide furniture to a wide range of contract interior environments. OFS and FirstOffice offer furniture and accessories for the workplace, from technology-savvy mixed-use collections to casegoods to modern lounge pieces. Loewenstein is leading the emerging third space market with stylish, innovation solutions that redefine function and purpose to allow flexibility and mobility. Healthcare market leader Carolina delivers forward-thinking solutions that positively impact the healing experience for caregivers, patients, and their families. Specializing in ergonomic task, conference, executive, guest and multipurpose seating, Highmark delivers stylish, functional solutions to all contract markets. Based in Huntingburg, IN, OFS Brands is a family-owned corporation.  

Via PitchEngine

Dec 08, 2015 BLOG/Awards

Creating a Foundation for Future Designers

In today’s world, the rate at which new information comes to us can be overwhelming and it is critical that we find new ways to capture the relevant and disregard the noise. I struggle to imagine a reality where we are worse off by knowing more, so being passionately curious and constantly learning are imperatives to connecting the tangible and intangible dots for a better tomorrow. This challenge doesn’t discriminate by age, but the tenured certainly have an advantage due to experience.
 
Simply put, we can never afford or allow ourselves to stop learning. With this notion, it is our responsibility to provide future leaders and decision-makers in our industry, today’s student designers, every opportunity to experience the persistence and understanding that it takes to be successful in the design world.
 
That’s why we are extremely excited about IIDA’s announcement that OFS Brands is the 2016 partner for their Future of Design program which includes:
 
IIDA Student Design Competition
IIDA Student of the Year
Campus Center Awards
IIDA Career Bootcamp
IIDA Student Roundtable
“We are pleased to be partnering with OFS Brands on IIDA’s student programs and competitions, and look forward to working with them to foster and support up-and-coming designers who will lead the Interior Design industry into the future,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “OFS Brands is known for its high quality, innovative and creative designs, as well as their commitment to sustainability, which is such an important element for the future of design. They are the ideal partner for our student events and competitions.”  
 
“This partnership is the perfect fit for OFS Brands as it goes hand-in-hand with our mission to be at the forefront of the design industry and within the community,” said Doug Shapiro, Director A+D, OFS Brands. “There is an unprecedented amount of talent and creativity in student design programs across the world, and our partnership with IIDA will allow OFS Brands to not only work with future designers, but also to increase our focus as a company on students and emerging professionals.”
 
Students can invigorate their surroundings with their energy, wide open-eyed views and spirited ambition. Last fall, we experienced this with a group of Kansas State University students on a product design project. They took full advantage of this industry experience and networking potential as they have all found promising careers in major A&D firms across the country. We both learned a great deal from one another during our time together and we look forward to more of the same with this year’s class. 
 
Let’s go forward and create learning opportunities so we can all grow together. The foundation of knowledge and experience will serve us all well as the industry blazes new trails and looks across generations to bring meaningful, human-centered design to life. We’re all students on this journey and we cannot ever stop learning.  Who knows?  It may be your idea that creates incremental change that can evolve into the big change the world needs.
 
 
All the best,
Ryan
Oct 15, 2015 BLOG/Design

The Edge

Mar 05, 2014

 

Amazing video produced by Studio O+A showing how The Edge by First Office can create inspiring environments.

 

Sep 23, 2015 BLOG/Video

Re: by OFS / Reconfigure

 

Jun 06, 2014

Re: workstations and collaborative spaces provide future proof environments that maximize productivity throughout the life-cycle of a space. Designed with the changing need of companies and workers in mind; Re: enables the reuse and repurposing of components to turn collaborative spaces into workspace with minimal need to inventory or purchase new parts.

Sep 23, 2015 BLOG/Video

IIDA Desk Talk with Hillarie Martorell

Aug 29, 2015
Meet Hillarie Martorell! She is San Diego’s local OFS District Sales Manager and our Co-Chair “Pro-D” (Professional Development) for IIDA for San Diego City Center.
 
Hillarie was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and in her words “with a southern draw and a love of boiled peanuts”. She studied Art & Design at Brenau University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. An up & coming firm composed of a handful of Atlanta’s finest veterans in the industry had just opened their doors and took Hillarie in to do “a little bit of everything”, she says. She shares that it was a blast getting into a firm like that at the ground level and helping it grow for the 5 years she stayed on board.
 
Hillarie then had a calling to go into the sales side of our industry and worked the next 10 years in sales at the furniture dealership level. “It was to me, the perfect balance of being creative with a competitive edge I craved from playing sports my entire life”
We are happy you found the balance that makes you happy Hillarie!
 
Hillarie later met her husband “and fell in love with my amazing husband, who inspired me to embark on a new adventure with him a year and a half ago; moved across the US to start a life in San Diego! We packed up our cars and our dogs and drove for 5 days across the US, stopping in amazing cities along the way”
– sounds like fun Hillarie, kudos for being adventurous!
 
Once in San Diego, OFS was looking for a sales rep, it just happened that OFS is Hillarie’s favorite manufacturer to work with in both roles she already played in this industry. “Lucky me” – Hillarie
 
“Every day I meet someone new, and San Diego is full of the MOST unique people I have met in a while. This sense of community that pours out of everybody has to be why I feel so at home here! Pretty sure I am staying put for a while” – Hillarie
 
Hillarie has done an amazing job in San Diego, if you have met her, you know what an amazing and bright person she is! She recently helped run with San Diego’s Panel Discussion, “A Creative Mind Never Shuts Down” – this event was a fun and successful experience. Thank you Hillarie!
Did I mention she’s so much FUN too?
 
Here are a couple more fun fact about Hillarie:
 
Q: What is your favorite California destination?
A: Right now ALL of it. I can honestly tell you that I still say “MAN I feel like I am on vacation!” at least once a day since moving to California! My husband & I have had a blast doing our weekend explorations. Probably the most unique was staying in a Yurt up in Big Sur, at this charming little place we found called “Treebones”. Highly recommend this place for a weekend get away!
 
Q: Where would we find you on the weekend?
A: playing Beach Volleyball at Mission Beach!
 
Q: What does your typical day look like?
A: Since I am technically what you would consider a “Corporate Nomad” each day is pretty different from the day before. When I need that feel of an office environment I set up shop at some of our San Diego furniture dealer showrooms. On days I need to focus, you can find me at a local coffee shop or in my favorite room of my house, the sun room, which I call my “home office”.
On my favorite days I am popping around to local businesses & design firms around San Diego. I am always at my best when I get to be around different people & feed off of their energy! I try and keep my Professional Affiliations to 2 evenings per week, between Co-Charing IIDA “Pro-D” and serving as a Developing Leader with NAIOP. That way I can still make time for my workouts, hubby and 2 dogs!
 
Q: What is your go to outfit?
A: Anyone who knows me knows my signature color is yellow. If color had a personality, yellow would be identical to mine! The key in San Diego I have discovered is to wear layers. My go to would be colored jeans with a flowy colorful top and my favorite yellow pearls.
 
Q: Beer OR Wine?
A: Before moving to San Diego, wine. Since living in San Diego for the last 1.5 years, beer. DUH!
 
Thank you for sharing Hillarie, so much fun learning more about you. I believe I speak for most if not everyone when I say we love having your bright smile and colorful outfit around! …and we get it, San Diego does have the best breweries.
Tanya Villalpando, IIDA, Gensler
Source: IIDA Blog
 
Sep 23, 2015 BLOG/Design

OFS Brands Named As A Fit-Friendly Company By American Heart Association

American Heart Association names Fit-Friendly Companies in SW Indiana

Worksite wellness programs help lower healthcare costs, improve employees’ health

EVANSVILLE— The American Heart Association recognized 15 SW Indiana companies along with Gibbs Die Casting in Henderson, KY as Fit-Friendly Companies for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace (14 were recognized for the first time through a joint collaboration with the Healthy Communities Partnership of Southwest Indiana.) Nationally, the association recognized 1,802 companies during this application cycle with awards being presented locally over the next few weeks.

The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line.

Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.

Southwest Indiana companies designated this cycle as Fit-Friendly include:

Deaconess Health System Evansville Platinum & Worksite Innovation

DuBois Wood Products (New) Huntingburg Gold

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (New) Evansville Gold

Gibbs Die Casting (New) Henderson, KY Gold

Ivy Tech Community College (New) Evansville Gold

Jasper Rubber Products (New) Jasper Gold

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (New) Jasper Gold

Mulzer Crushed Stone (New) Tell City Gold

OFS Brands (New) Huntingburg Gold

Saint Meinrad Archabbey (New) St. Meinrad Gold

St. Mary’s (New) Evansville Gold

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (New) Princeton Platinum

University of Southern Indiana (New) Evansville Gold

Vectren Evansville Platinum

Welborn Baptist Foundation (New) Evansville Gold

YMCA of Southwestern Indiana (New) Evansville Platinum

Fit-Friendly Companies reach Gold level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. Companies that achieve Platinum recognition — the highest tier — take the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts.

According to the American Heart Association, companies can save up to $15 for every $1 spent on health and wellness within 12 to18 months of implementing a worksite wellness program. Each employee who works to lower their risk status saves their company an estimated $53 per year; these savings remain each year that employee maintains the low-risk level.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and is promoting the Evansville Tri-State Heart Walk on May 10, 2014 as a day of recognition and celebration. Go to www.evansvilletristateheartwalk.org for additional information.

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Companies program and how it is helping to improve the health of those in Southwestern Indiana by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, contact Kathy Scheller, American Heart Association – Midwest Affiliate, Evansville, IN at 812.760.9228.

Jun 25, 2015 BLOG/Awards

An Insiders Look: OFS Brands Education Furniture in Action

 

An insiders look at some of our products in action within the new New Jersey Institute of Technology Central King Building.
 
May 21, 2015 BLOG/Installation

OFS Brands to Acquire Highmark

Today we announced that we have agreed to purchase Highmark, Inc., a seating manufacturer specializing in mid-market seating in the workplace, hospitality, healthcare and educational market segments. 

Founded by Chuck Loeb in 1993, Highmark emerged as a leader in the mid-market sector by delivering innovative seating products and bringing the company’s Body Balance weight sensing ergonomic technology to the marketplace. The Huntington Beach, California based company is also known for its Simple Sell, Simple Service, Simple Design Value Proposition, which promises customers a smooth and transparent experience from product design to production to service.
 
Our President and CEO, Hank Menke, said, “We are very excited about the potential this acquisition brings to OFS Brands, and we are looking forward to working with the many talented people at Highmark. Our primary focus will be to continue the operational excellence model on which Highmark has built their business while leveraging our cultural and customer-focused synergies to enter a new phase of growth “The acquisition of Highmark fills a strategic gap in our current product portfolio and more importantly adds even more depth to our strategic leadership team. The addition of a state of the art production facility on the west coast also balances our national operating footprint allowing us to reach our combined customers in a quicker, more environmentally conscious way,” states Ryan Menke, SVP of Sales and Marketing.
 
Highmark’s President, Mark Rhoades, said, “We couldn’t be more excited about joining OFS Brands and its great family of companies. Our marketing strategy will be to protect the individual character of the Highmark brand and allow it to operate independently in the marketplace. This is a great opportunity to combine two companies on substantial growth trajectories, and we are very excited about Highmark’s future potential as an OFS Brands company.”
 
For more information on Highmark, please visit their website at http://www.highmarkergo.com
Mar 13, 2015 BLOG/

OFS Brands DC Showroom

In 2009 OFS Brands opened our Washington D.C. Showroom at 1602 L Street N.W., in the heart of our nation’s capitol. This showroom spans over 6,000 square feet on the 5th floor of the Farragut Tower. The space features dramatic views with floor to ceiling windows supporting the idea that elements of nature enhance human performance and increase productivity. Contact us at 202.331.1063 to schedule a tour.
 
Photography: Mary Parker
Feb 27, 2015 BLOG/Showroom

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