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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!

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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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As the clock ticks closer, the masses scan their inboxes, knowing that this email is likely the last. Once the email is sent, the silent scramble takes place and the fateful few reply … BINGO! I finish just out of the ribbons this week – but don’t worry, I’ll be back from more come next Friday! Here at HON Customer Support, our famed Friday Bingo is well loved and greatly appreciated by our members. Though our trusty old Bingo Box has certainly seen better days, members celebrate whatever treasures and candy lie therein!

Are you looking to jazz up your office with a little fun? Here’s a couple of ways you can inspire some excitement (while still making sure it doesn’t interfere with productivity):

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Get up and get going! From changing your Coordinate from seated to standing height, or taking a moment at the beginning of the day for a quick Minute-To-Win-It game with a few co-workers, energize and socialize!

 

The Power of Paper

Do something tangible for your members! Tangible ‘thank you’ notes, made from actual cardstock, tend to be treasured desk favorites. If you’re creative, try a monthly or quarterly newsletter with fun articles or interesting ideas. Our most popular read? Member Spotlights and Wall of Fame! Or, try introducing a new award on your team. Get creative! Get colorful! There’s a whole slew of ideas on Word and Publisher for awards – try a few!

Hand Outs Help

Give out something small as a reminder that you care. About six years ago, a fabulously creative co-worker of mine handed out dime size painted rocks with googly eyes and painted smiles to everyone in the department with a note saying ‘You Rock!’ It’s still a cherished artifact in my Voi Low credenza. Something, even as small as a painted rock, can make a big difference!

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Food is fantastic. Food is fun. Food is everything in one. (I’m rhyming now!) Food days, like Taco Tuesday, get people involved. Moreover, competitive bake offs, like pie-baking contests or team food day matches, inspire people to get creative and collaborate with their team mates.

Fight the Fidget … with Toys

Inject some fun into your work days! One of our favorite break time activities during Customer Support week in 2016 was remote control car races. At the end of the week, we were all expert RC Drivers. Speed racing not your thing? Try gigantic blow up dice – trying for a Yahtzee in three roles only takes a minute or so!

 

What are some of your ideas for keeping it fun around the office? Share your suggestions below!

With the announcement of Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, our recently updated 2018 Fabric Inspiration Guide, and the brand new fabric options HON introduced this month, it’s clear that we’re excited about color in the workplace this year!

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Understanding the psychology of colors and how they influence emotions, it is important to consider the energy you want your office design to convey or the way your brand colors make your employees and customers feel. Blue, for example, incites calmness and serenity. This color might be a good fit for a breakroom or waiting area. Colors like green, orange and yellow that are known to increase happiness might complement open plan spaces and high-productivity environments. Maybe you work for a company that finds importance in wealth and sophistication. If that’s the case, choosing colors like purple and black can give off a sense of authority and prosperity.

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Once you’ve selected a color, you then need to decide on patterns and textures. Some patterns are bold, but when paired with a cool, neutral color like gray can become more toned down and harmonious. It’s important to find the right balance of colors, fabrics and finishes to make sure everything feels like it belongs in the space. Looking to show unity in a collaborative work environment? Choosing the same color palette throughout the office might be the way to go. Want to differentiate between departments? Alternate between solid colors and bold prints for each group while using the same base color to help maintain a cohesive look throughout the space. I recommend staying away from overwhelming a space with too many patterns or too many solid colors – usually a nice mix of both will lead to a better result.

Looking for some color inspiration? Check out our latest fabric introductions and updated color palettes to find the design solutions that will make your workspace a place where your employees can enjoy what they do in a place they love.

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress, working together is success.” – Henry Ford

HON may manufacture office furniture, but we sell something much more important: Productivity. What it means to be productive is always changing, and the path to get there is very fluid. Currently, the big buzz words around productivity are ‘collaboration’ and ‘interaction’. Younger generations are driving this change in the typical work day, and I don’t think they are going anywhere. The 9-to-5 gig will continue to be a more group-oriented experience. Workstations will become more dynamic. Private offices will lose their clout. Walls will come down, and teamwork will be at the heart of business. It is time to adjust to the new world and the solution is simple: Between™ Tables.

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Henry Ford said it best, “Working together is success.” So, why not invest in tools that make that success possible? Between is a contemporary table line that is compatible with any space in the office. With three shapes and multiple heights, all available in our full line of HON laminates, there is nowhere this line won’t fit.

Between tables are all about taking all those nooks and extra spaces in your office and transforming them into places that drive productivity. Between is simple. Between is easy. Between is, for all intents and purposes, perfect for that space between. At a competitive price and with a design that makes reconfiguring a breeze, there isn’t much to not love about HON’s newest table line.

Between can be used in a breakroom, a back room, the server room, or even in the hallway. Between is a tool that will help you leverage every square inch of your space to create a productive environment, so that even the smallest of spaces can be the place of the next great innovation. So, whether you find yourself shooting the breeze over lunch, or planning the next billion-dollar acquisition, let Between tables propel you to the next level.

Learn more at hon.com/between.

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.

With the new year quickly approaching, everyone begins to think of their New Year’s resolutions.  Some will give up sugary foods or try to stop a bad habit while others will commit to a new exercise program or weight loss goal.  Whatever the resolution happens to be, it is usually made in hopes of becoming a better you.  Why not make a resolution for healthier habits that extend to the workplace as well as at home?

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To start off the new year with a ‘healthier you’ focus, there are several things you can incorporate into your workday to achieve this goal.  Whether it be packing healthy snacks to keep at your workstation for when that sugar craving hits or taking a fresh air break a couple of times a day to refocus and recharge your mind.  One of the most effective ways to boost productivity and re-energize is to get up and move even if for only a few minutes at a time.

Staying in one position for extended periods of time has been shown to be a risk factor for serious illnesses that may have long lasting side effects.  By making small changes, such as changing positions, taking a quick walking break at least once an hour throughout the day and utilizing lunch hours for a quick walk around the block, can not only cut down on these risks but improve your mood and productivity.

What can we do in the workplace to get employees up and moving throughout the day without disrupting the workflow?

  • Vary where you complete your work tasks throughout the floor plan so you can change positions frequently
  • Walk over to someone’s desk vs sending an email to your colleagues
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Set a reminder to stand up every hour for a few minutes or more
  • Encourage employees to eat lunch away from their desks
  • If company policies and budgets allow, utilize a HON Coordinate height adjustable base with any of our worksurfaces or a desktop riser so you can easily sit or stand throughout the day
  • Park your car further away from the door or walk/bike to and from work if you are local
  • Have a quick stand-up meeting in a common area vs a sit down in a conference room
  • Stroll throughout the office space while taking phone calls

Whatever you decide to do, it’s easy to make a commitment to becoming a healthier you in 2018. Our bodies were not designed to sit still for hours at a time and these simple steps can have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing.  Make a resolution this new year to get up and move by implementing small changes throughout your workday.  You are worth it!

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