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 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
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

OFS Brands Captures Two Best of Year Awards in Product Design

Two OFS Brands products received an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award (BOY,) the preeminent design competition recognizing superior interior design products and projects. Slate Office by OFS captured top honors in the contract casegoods furniture category, while Hitch by Loewenstein won the office accessories award. Four other OFS Brands products (Re: by OFS, Hinchada and Penelope by Loewenstein, Modern Amenity by Carolina) were BOY finalists and are now designated as Interior Design Magazine BOY Honorees. For the second consecutive year, OFS Brands had the most finalists in the BOY competition.

Qualified interior designers and architects selected BOY 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, the 9th Annual BOY program experienced record-breaking numbers with more than 2,000 product submissions – a growth of more 60 percent in the last two years. The product voting site experienced a 50 percent increase in number of unique visitors with 600,000 page views and 60,000 votes.

More than a thousand people from the design community attended the BOY awards celebration hosted by Cindy Allen, Interior Design Magazine’s editor in chief and Mark Strauss, the magazine’s president and publisher, on December 4, 2014, at the IAC Building in New York City.

Slate Office by OFS creates efficient collaboration and sharing venues with boardroom amenities in workspaces. Concise and intuitive, Slate provides media support, space division, collaboration tools, power, and storage in a seamless interface that helps people work together more effectively. Technology access is built into the work surface, and the wall supports a monitor for digital sharing and interaction.

Hitch Storage by Loewenstein is a versatile shelving system based off a platform of blocks built to inspire creativity. Hitch is comprised of three box sizes, one storage block with doors, a platform base, and simple clips that can all be painted or finished in endless color options, and can be configured and reconfigured into any storage solution. Hitch features a solid hardwood box construction with ash veneer that can be finished in any of OFS Brands standard finishes, along with aluminum clips and legs.

Dec 08, 2014 BLOG/Awards

OFS Brands Atlanta Showroom by Warner Summers

Located in West Midtown Atlanta's burgeoning furniture district, the newly renovated 10,000 sq. ft. OFS Brands showroom was transformed into a neutral canvas designed to showcase ideas and concepts in furniture and space planning. The addition of new windows, a glass garage door and refurbishment of the existing skylights, as well as the neutral palette, provide a warm environment resplendent in natural light. Inspired by the OFS Brands interlocking hexagon logo, the dynamic floating ceiling elements and the three-dimensional faceted walls connect the architecture of the space to both the products and the brand. Contact us at 404.231.4347 to schedule a tour.
Photography: David Christensen
Nov 13, 2014 BLOG/Showroom

NeoCon Overview 2014

OFS Brands NeoCon 2014 Overview from OFS Brands on Vimeo.


If you missed the show, here is a great video overview of our 2014 NeoCon Showroom.

Jul 16, 2014 BLOG/