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When I was about four years old, I remember hearing the words every child dreams of in a toy store: “Pick out a toy!” I can remember fancifully wandering down the aisles and being absolutely riveted by a particular stuffed bunny. Why did it catch my eye? It was the only pink bunny left in a field of white ones.

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The little pink bunny came home with me that day. So, you may ask, why did it stand out from the crowd? The pink bunny was different.

In a sea of white bunnies, HON is the company that stands out. From being made with pride in the USA to our member culture, HON delivers practicality and innovation:

 

Made in the USA

For nearly 75 years, HON has been dedicated to designing, engineering, and manufacturing most of our products right here in the USA. We’re based in Muscatine, Iowa, the heartland of America. When you buy HON office furniture, you’re buying durable products built with confidence.

 

Member Culture

Our members are dedicated to serving our customers, community, and society. Every year, we raise money for numerous charities around the globe. Between 2002 and 2017, HON has raised more than $5.2 million for City of Hope, a global leader in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases. We’re empowered to serve – and happy to give back to our community.

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An Effortless Experience

When you call our Customer Support team, our goal is to answer you in a minute or less. Our experienced members are trained to make your case their priority – and to find a solution to any question you have. From ordering to expediting, we strive for an effortless experience.

 

Sustainability

We’re committed to sustainable business practices. From using 27,000 gallons of reclaimed paint annually to fabric recycling that keeps tons of waste from landfills every year, we aim to make a smaller impact every day. Moreover, 72% of our products are Level Certified. HON Green isn’t just our favorite color – it’s our commitment.

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Our Product

Whether you’re looking for your next private office or the collaborative space next door, be assured that HON’s product is built to last. We’re confident in the value, quality, and durability that HON products deliver. Our Full Lifetime Warranty is our assurance to you that our product will be free from defective material or workmanship for the life of the product.

 

We’re a One Stop Shop

Our breadth of line allows you the ability to specify your entire project with our company. Welcoming spaces, offices, benching, cafes – we have it all at the right price. With all of our available options, it’s easy to see how HON meets your needs.

 

With HON product, you’ll be receiving quality, made in the USA product that’s durable and sustainable. We’re confident that you’ll have an effortless experience and that we can meet your furniture needs.

Stand out from the crowd: choose HON.

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As my parents once told me, “There is a time and place for everything.” Your working career may take you places and spaces you never imagined; why not make a time and place for everything? With HON, you can! HON has many products that allow you to adapt to constantly changing work spaces. How does HON’s collection meet those needs? I am glad you asked! Let’s explore some of our favorites:

 

Greet Your Guests

There is no doubt that the first thing you do for guests is greet them as they walk in the room. A simple handshake just won’t do. Why not give them a space that greets them as they enter the room? With the Greet series, guests can walk into a room and feel instantly welcome with comfortable furniture that puts them at ease. This series offers multiple options such as corner chairs, club chairs, and armless chairs to mix and match for a tailored space.

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Accommodate Your Needs

With the Accommodate series, you and your guests can feel motivated, whether that’s in a café, meeting space, or office. These chairs are comforting and allow people to be versatile and productive all at the same time. Accommodate works with you by offering multiple styles to fit your setting needs, such as a guest chair, counter-height stool, café-height stool, and bariatric chair.

 

Arrange Your Meeting Space

Now that you know how to Greet and Accommodate your guests, let’s Arrange! With Arrange tables, you can mix and match to seat as few or as many guests as needed. These tables work with multiple seating series making it flexible to meet workplace needs. Similar to Accommodate, this series offers Café table tops in different styles as well as seated, café, and counter height options.

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No matter the space, HON helps you make it what you want. Need an office space where you can focus and motivate yourself to achieve daily goals? Try HON! With constantly changing workspaces, find what allows you to comfort and motivate you and your guests all at the same time.
Now that you’ve seen some of our collections, only one question remains: Why not HON?

Where do you go when you need the best chair, with the best warranty, at the best price? The HON Company, of course! With a wide range of models for every niche and necessity, you’ll be able to find the best fit for you and win every workday.

To help narrow down your choices, answer these six quick questions to get you on the path to success!

 

Function: What features do you need?

Core seating functionality, like pneumatic height adjustment, tilt, and swivel, are standard on most chairs this day and age. However, our best-selling series, Ignition, aptly runs the gamut on features and functionality.  Ignition allows you to mix and match your favorite adjustment features, in addition to offering three different back sizes, five ilira-stretch mesh colors, and three arm options for a personalized solution. In search of a multi-purpose series with panache for your training room? Motivate is one for you. Thirteen eye-catching shell colors inspire creativity and break up the obligatory black and grey of the office.
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Comfort: How long will you sit?

Looking for a chair known for its comfort? Try out our popular Pillow-Soft series with responsive memory foam that eliminates pressure points. Convergence has a breathable mesh back for all day comfort and support, but it also features a 3” thick seat cushion that take stress off the lower body. If you’re looking for a 24-hour call center, check out our Nucleus series! Molded seat foam pairs with ilira-stretch mesh to created unparalleled support.

 

Purpose: Where is it going?

From board room to breakroom, HON has you covered. Different types of chairs suit different environments. Collaborative areas, like the one below, pair best with series like Flock and Grove. With a variety of options, these series can fill the niche and provide great looking spots to collaborate outside of the cubicle. Executives offices pair well with the stately Park Avenue collection. Featuring inlaid wood accents, the collection leaves a lasting impression. If you’re outfitting your hospital waiting room, check out our Soothe collection. Made from durable, cleanable materials, the entire collection is designed to maximize patient comfort and enhance functionality for the caregiver.

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Ergonomics: What do you desire?

When looking for a new chair, be cogniscient of how adjustments and design promote healthy, sustainable sitting. HON makes it easy to work ergonomically in your environment. Our Endorse collection boasts a wide array of features designed to support you ergonomically: adjustable lumbar support, seat glide, multi-position tilt, headrest, and synchro-tilt. If you’re seeking a breathable, comfortable solution, Solve’s mesh back provides continuous support while still maintaining airflow. Moreover, Solve boasts a ReActiv back that moves with the user for optimal support. Throughout all of our HON lines, you’ll find a variety of ergonomic adjustments, controls, and designs to suit your seating needs.

 

Material: What do you prefer?

Want a chair that makes a statement? The possibilities are endless! From fabrics, to leather, to polyurethanes, HON’s offering will surely meet your needs. Do you prefer our standard HON branded fabrics, or want to focus on Partnership fabrics like Maharam’s Grade? If you’re seeking a breathable alternative to upholstered backs, mesh backs are offered on a variety of HON series and provide comfortable, responsive support. Thinking that a polyurethane is more your style? A popular best-seller, Brisa is offered in 55 stunning colorways. Which one is your favorite?

 

Budget: What does yours look like?

Regardless of whether you’re buying for your executive or your home office, we can cater to you. If you’re seeking a solid solution with the most bang for your buck, the stylish Volt is set at an affordable price point. It won’t break the bank and it’ll deliver the comfort you demand and the quality you expect. In the other corner, the Ceres collection offers a stunning and aesthetically pleasing solution that offers total support for any space. These visually captivating chairs cradle you throughout the workday and exude sophisticated style.

 

With HON, you can be assured that you’ll find the right solution. Looking for more tips on how to find the perfect chair for you? Visit Chair Chooser!

In the office furniture industry, it’s the little things that thrill us. Some of us get excited by chairs, others by height-adjustable solutions, and then for some of us – it’s the fabrics. Maybe it’s the bright patterns, maybe it’s the performance of the materials; whatever the case may be, fabrics are a fascinating topic.

There seems to be an infinite number of patterns and colorways available from manufacturers and mills alike, and HON is no exception. However, in keeping with our tradition of rapid continuous improvement, we’ve made a commitment to introducing and discontinuing fabrics just twice a year: July and January. Today, we wanted to share with you a peak into our fabric strategy, showcase our latest set of introductions, and give you a sneak peek of what’s to come in July!

 

HON Core Fabric Updates

When specifying a HON project, we make sure that you have a good variety of options stocked in house and readily available. These core fabrics are the types of patterns and colorways that are timeless classics, and aren’t going to be a ‘flash in the pan’ trend. So, at the beginning of the year, we introduced a few new patterns and updated some of our existing, best-selling fabrics. Click on the names below to see them on HON.com!

Hamilton (Seating, Grade 1)

  • Sophisticated texture in 21 colorways, pairing softness and comfort with performance
  • Fun fact: Hamilton is made from recycled bottles! For every yard, 13 plastic bottles are saved from the landfill. Talk about green!

Rush (Seating, Grade 2)

  • Elegant texture in 24 diverse colorways
  • Add a touch of residential feel to the modern office

Dotty (Seating, Grade 2)

  • New colorways added! Modernized with some fresh and on-trend colors, this is one of our best-selling patterns.

Purl (Seating, Grade 3)

  • Give your soft seating some texture with this velvety, nubby texture
  • Twelve neutral palette colorways available!

Disperse (Panel, Grade B)

  • Introduce some movement and texture to your panels or tack boards!
  • Sixteen versatile colors, available in both neutrals and color accents

 

Partnership Textiles

For something a little trendier, or for alternative patterns that HON doesn’t offer in our core lineup, we partner with some fantastic fabric mills. Our most recent additions include patterns from CF Stinson, Maharam, Camira, and Ultrafabrics.

 

CF Stinson

We heard your pleas for partnership cards split out by grade, so our two new Stinson cards have just that: one with smaller to medium scale patterns in grades 3-5, and one with larger scale patterns in grades 5-10. Many of these are performance fabrics, and there are even some Crypton fabrics available for an added fluid barrier at a mid-range price point.  Order the Flow and Edge card on our literature site today!

 

Maharam

We are very excited to offer two new fabrics from Maharam for several reasons. First, we’re able to offer a Maharam fabric at a grade 2 price point. Meld is part of an initiative to expand Maharam’s offering of core fabrics that appeal to the design world. Even better, it’s available in 43 different colorways, so you have plenty to choose from! Second, we’ve added Maharam Apt, a grade 8 silicone fabric. Coming in at a lower cost than other silicone based fabrics, you can now offer your customer that durability and cleanability at an ideal price point.

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Camira

Camira, based in the UK, is a new partner for us and we’re thrilled to be offering some of their fabrics. If you’re looking for 100% wool fabric, Blazer is now available for your soft seating needs. Even better, it’s only a grade 5, so it won’t break the bank! Additionally, if you want to add some visual interest to a panel or tack board, you can use Blazer Lite: a lightweight wool with that same felted finish.

 

Ultrafabrics

While Ultrafabrics isn’t a new partner for us, we love their Ultraleather Pro for its feel and durability and had to add it to our lineup. This polyurethane fabric is known for cleanability—so we put it to the test. We made three seats in the purest white color we could find and tested its metal against a sandbag dressed in a pair of jeans. We repeatedly dropped those sandbags on the seats until there was enough dye transfer that they started to turn blue. After sitting for 30, 60, and 90 days, and a simple wipe with isopropyl alcohol made them all good as new—even the seat that was left for three months!

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But that’s not all, folks; keep an eye out for July! We’ll be adding 13 new colors to Contourett; three new colors to our most durable fabric, Centurion; one new panel fabric; and introduce another Maharam card!

What’s your favorite fabric from our new offerings? Let us know in the comments!

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The evolution of HON’s Ignition seating line

History hasn’t been revealing in who invented the first chair, but it was likely back in the Neolithic Period. Stone tools allowed our ancestors to take some of the first steps towards developing furniture by chiseling away a bench out of a larger rock.

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A modern interpretation of the klismos chair. Photo credit: 1stdibs.com.

Around the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, chairs were status symbols. Common folk sat on stools while those of royalty or elite status sat in chairs with backs and arms. From the inception of the words chair and throne, there has seemingly been a difference. Chair can be traced back to the Greeks and means ‘to sit down’, whereas throne comes from an Indo-European base for ‘hold’ or ‘support’ (Jewell & Abate, 2001). As has been interpreted, the discrepancy in the two meanings shows how chairs are for anyone to sit in while the throne supported the elite.

In the 5th century B.C., the Greeks invented one of the most depicted chairs in all of antiquity, the klismos chair. The light-weight chair with curved legs is seen on many painted pieces of pottery, stone carvings, and other artworks. While elegant, without further structural support the legs can spread apart and eventually crack or break when someone sits down on the seat (Crantz, 1998).

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The throne of King Louis XIV of France. Public domain.

After a period of relative stagnation, chairs and thrones resumed their larger role in society in the Renaissance. They became refined, highly decorated, and comfortable. These places to sit became pieces of art, adorned with gold, silver, and precious stones (de Dampierre, 2006). Different types of chairs were starting to be widely used. Those who could afford them now had separate dining chairs, side chairs, armchairs, and other specific-use seating.

Today, as our lives become less about threshing and more about checking email, there are seating styles that are more practical and ergonomic for our hours in front of a computer. The classic task chairs are now designed to be comfortable and adjustable in a multitude of ways. There are different options for perching, for learning, and sitting at conference tables.

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The HON Ignition 2.0 task chair is an example of 21st century functionality. It provides a breathable mesh back, adjustable arms, lumbar support, and a synchronized tilt that allows the user to adjust the chair to meet his or her needs.

The rest of this post is a quote from Witold Rybczynski, the author of Now I Sit Me Down. It shows how a difference in seating habits can result in a wide variety of cultural norms.

“If you sit on floor mats, you are likely to develop an etiquette that requires removing footwear before entering the home. You are also more likely to wear sandals or slippers rather than laced-up shoes, and loose clothing that enables you to squat or sit cross-legged. Floor-sitters tend not to use tall wardrobes—it is more convenient to store things in chests and low cabinets closer to floor level. People who sit on mats are more likely to sleep on mats, too, just as chair-sitters are more likely to sleep in beds. Chair-sitting societies develop a variety of furniture such as dining tables, dressing tables, coffee tables, desks, and sideboards. Sitting on the floor also affects architecture: walking around the house in bare feet or socks demands smooth floors—no splinters—preferably warm wood rather than stone; places to sit are likely to be covered with soft mats or woven carpets; tall windowsills and very tall ceilings hold less appeal. Lastly, posture has direct physical effects. A lifetime of sitting unsupported on the floor develops muscles not required for chair-sitting, which is why chair-sitters, unaccustomed to sitting cross-legged, soon become uncomfortable in that position. And vice versa.” 

As you can see, humans have had a long history with the chair. From chiseled benches and wood-carved stools to task seating with ergonomic designs, we have come a long way.

Make sure that you aren’t left in the stone age and check out the new HON seating options at hon.com.

References

Crantz, G. (1998). The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

de Dampierre, F. (2006). Chairs: A History. New York: Abrams.

Friedman, U. (2016, August 30). A Global History of Sitting Down. Retrieved from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/08/chairs-history-witold-rybczynski/497657/

Jewell, E. J., & Abate, F. (2001). The New Oxford American Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rybczynski, W. (2016). Now I sit me down: from klismos to plastic chair: a natural history. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

 

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The Super Bowl may be over, but here’s how you can get in the game with HON – all year round! “Huddle” up and let’s set the scene…

Monday morning, the clock strikes 8 and your office doors open. You and your team members are suited up for the big day, hoping to make it to the “Super Goal”. But your success depends on the right team, the right strategy and the right tools.

You need an offensive winning lineup of seating to keep you moving forward, each chair playing a different role while working together as a team to be a comprehensive solution for your entire space.

You need to be backed by the strongest, most dependable defensive line in the industry – an unparalleled lifetime warranty.

Your team should practice hard, focusing on Rapid Continuous Improvement and using Voice of the Customer research so you never stop improving.

Play by the rule book of sustainability and uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship, with a HON Ready attitude and an emphasis on corporate responsibility.

Motivate your employees with the flexibility to update your team colors at any time with thousands of fabric and finish options.

Most of all, you need more than fans; you need members who are inspired by practicality and fully invested in helping you grow. When you recruit HON as your office Quarterback, you cheer for the winning team.

Want to “Coordinate” your next play with HON? Visit hon.com today to see how getting in the game with HON can help you reach your goals.

 

HON knows learning doesn’t begin and end in the classroom.  From the front office to the classroom – and every opportunity in between – we craft the products that inspire, engage and connect the ways in which students learn.

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Giving students the tools they need is all about getting them in the right zone.  HON has developed a concept of 4- and 6-zone classroom environments that include multiple types of furniture arrangements and the flexibility to reconfigure quickly to adapt to different learning styles.

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Setting up a four-zone classroom puts the instructor in more control over the peer-to-peer sharing of information and positions the environment to respond to inevitable change.  All four zones can be swapped and moved to support any learning activity.

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A classroom with six distinct zones provides a variety of environments suited to different teaching and learning styles – supporting everything from attentive group focus to active areas for experimentation and idea-sharing.

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In today’s classroom, the teacher is now a facilitator rather than an instructor and these zones help create the environments to support this change.  The key aspects to a zone classroom are flexibility, mobility and reconfigurability.  We can’t predict how the progressive classroom will continue to evolve and change, so we have decided to create spaces that have the flexibility to adapt to all the changes.  Below are some additional examples on how our 4- and 6-zone classrooms can be reconfigured to adapt to different learning and teaching styles.

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A classroom atmosphere that keeps students’ attention is the ultimate goal, because it helps with communication and retention.  HON Learning collections embrace 21st century paradigm shifts in education to support a variety of spaces, pedagogies and technologies. At the end of the day, learning should be fun!

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For more information about trends in classroom design and learning solutions from HON, visit hon.com/learning.

View HON’s K-12 Learning brochure here.
View HON’s Higher Education brochure here.

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