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They say “it takes a village to raise a child”.  Well, it also takes a community of customers, designers, engineers, marketing whizzes, and sales representatives to create a product brainchild.

For example, before HON created and launched its healthcare-focused brainchild, Soothe, we spent several months conducting research and interviews to understand which features are important in a healthcare line and the current furniture solutions that exist in today’s marketplace. The valuable feedback we gained from conversations with patients, caregivers, facilities manager, designers, sales representatives and more allowed us to define the unique needs of those in the healthcare field and identify what gaps needed to be filled.

After processing this information and with the help of our “village”, the healthcare-focused seating and table line, Soothe, was born…on a warm spring day in April, 2015.

In recognition of Soothe’s 1 year anniversary in the HON portfolio, let’s talk about 5 things we especially love about Soothe:

  1. The full Soothe line presents a wide selection of: patient seating, including a high-back patient chair and recliner; guest seating; benches; and tables.
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  1. Soothe was designed to address the cleanability needs of healthcare environments through wipe-out areas in the back of the guest seating and a selection of graded-in healthcare appropriate fabrics.
  1. Soothe provides the level of durability needed for high-traffic areas in the healthcare arena by being supported by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty and a reinforced leg design on the guest seating to distribute force evenly and provide a sturdy foundation.
  1. Soothe’s patient recliner enhances comfort, safety, and control for the patient and the caregiver. Some of my favorite features include:
  • The pivoting arms which can be easily activated to move the arms fully up and out of the way during patient transfers or examinations
  • Infinite recline feature to allow the patient or caregiver to select from an infinite amount of configurations to create their own comfort
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  1. Soothe is a strong complement to the rest of the HON portfolio of products, allowing HON to provide a full healthcare solution from the front waiting room to the back administrative offices, and many places in between.

What do you love about Soothe?

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Here at HON HQ, we love to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.  With a quick walk around our building any day of the week you will find cake, donuts and other treats as our members celebrate different milestones.

Today we are celebrating a very special HON birthday: the first birthday of our healthcare line, Soothe. Let’s take a quick look back at Soothe’s successful first year.

Purposefully designed to meet the unique needs of both patients and caregivers, Soothe provides a cohesive product offering that integrates well with other HON product for the perfect solution in a broad range of healthcare environments. This versatile line made its debut last year at Neocon 2015, so here are some of our favorite Soothe moments from one of its first public appearances.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

As you can see, Soothe was a big part of the Chicago showroom design at Neocon 2015. Everything from our one-of-a-kind patient recliner to the guest chairs were on display.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

HON Vice President, Sales, Shelley deSilva, modeling our Soothe patient recliner in our Chicago Showroom. #HONSpotted

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

Some of our #HONReady dealers and fans stopped by to learn about our new healthcare applications, from reception areas to exam rooms.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

Soothe provides a calming influence in the waiting area, but it sure has our HON members and partners excited.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

Soothe is available in a variety of fabrics and finishes to harmonize with your space – and other HON products.

Have you #HONSpotted Soothe lately? What are your favorite Soothe moments from the last year?

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

With 2015 coming to an end, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on what I’ve been especially thankful for in 2015.

  1. Soothe™. HON has been doing incredible things in healthcare for years, and now we’ve taken it to the next level with the introduction of Soothe.  Helpful resources, such as our healthcare fabrics brochure, provide inspiration for every space within a healthcare facility and ensure that the best fabric is used in every setting.
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  2. Fabrics & Finishes. Speaking of fabrics…. With over 900 new fabric and finish options launched this year, our offering is more robust than ever.  You have the rainbow to choose from in both color and pattern, so be true to you and find your new hue!
    HON Fabrics and FInishes
  3. Solve™ & Quotient™. These new kids on the block are fast favorites. Solve and Quotient both complement our other seating solutions while providing a new price point in our winning assortment.  And if you’re one who needs to see to believe, locate a HON dealer and try out a sample in your market!
    HON Solve and Quotient Seating
  4. Height Adjustable Tables. Our new Height Adjustable Base, now named Coordinate™, is to tables as the HON Ignition chair is to seating.  It’s sure to fit almost anyone in your office.  Boasting a 3-stage base that adjusts from 23 5⁄8″ to 49 1⁄4″, this table is your workstation companion to the Ignition chair which fits the 5th to 95th percentile of people in the workplace.
    HON Coordinate Height Adjustable Base
  5. HON Members. This well-oiled machine wouldn’t run as well as it does without the fantastic people that make up HON.  From manufacturing to marketing, the members at HON make the holidays even brighter.

What are some of your 2015 highlights?

In Iowa, mid-summer brings exciting, inviting, sunny, fun, fried-food-filled fairs.  At HON, this mid-summer is bringing some hot new updates.  Let’s take a walk through HON’s “furniture fair” and see “what’s hot with HON”:

  1. Sit to Stand Solutions: Whether it’s our new Height Adjustable Tables or our new 10500 Series standing height desk shells, a standing workstation has never been easier or more cost effective.Sit-to-Stand Desk
  2. New Fabric Offering: HON has ramped up its selection of fabrics and finishes by adding 4 new graded-in fabric cards with Momentum Textiles (Color Card, Vision, Perspectives, Performance) as well as the CF Stinson Reliance 2 card.  All of our available fabrics and finishes can be found on hon.com or by downloading HON’s Digital Swatch Card Binder.New Fabrics and Finishes
  3. New Laminates: Open for orders now, we have 3 new laminate options: Pinnacle, Mocha, and Cognac!
    Laminates
  4. 10500 Series™ Refresh: Our popular 10500 Series laminate desks have been updated to fit in the contemporary workspace.  Open o-legs on worksurfaces and new storage capabilities, including the work wall, are just a few of the new solutions available.
    HON 10500 Series
  5. Healthcare: HON introduced its new Soothe® collection in April, offering a complete solution designed specifically for the healthcare environment. From patient recliners to guest seating, Soothe maximizes comfort along the patient’s road to recovery, enhances functionality for the caregiver and provides the versatility necessary to deliver a higher level of care. Learn more about the unique features on the Soothe patient recliner and other healthcare furniture solutions from HON.HON Healthcare Soothe Patient Reclinder

What has been your favorite new product or update from HON recently?

Whether you attended NeoCon 2015 in person or participated in the fun through social media and HON World, I think we can all agree that last week’s show was one to remember. As the social media manager for HON, I often have the privilege to represent our company at exciting events as well as the enjoyable challenge of capturing HON happenings on film. I’m charged with the mission of meeting new people and finding creative ways to share our story through digital tools. But, at the heart of it all, my job is to spark engaging and meaningful conversation with you.

This year at NeoCon, our showroom was designed to ignite conversation – about HON, about office furniture, and about people and what they need to be successful. We wanted to inspire our showroom guests through color, simple designs, and purposeful furniture solutions. We aimed to bring a piece of Iowa and our longstanding value of inspired practicality to the bustling city of Chicago. And, we did just that.

Jerry Dittmer, President of The HON Company, summed it up best when he said “we took practical and simple to a whole new level.”

I hope you were able to visit us in person last week; but, if not, below are some of my favorite #HONSpotted images that were posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the event so you won’t miss out on the HON conversations of NeoCon 2015!

Bringing Iowa to Chicago
No matter where we go, we’re always proud of where we come from, so we decked out the reception desk with a huge graphic of Muscatine, Iowa’s well-known Beckey Bridge. Just as the bridge welcomes you to HON Headquarters in Iowa, it now welcomes you in Chicago.

Iowa Roots

Inspired Practicality
It’s who we are and who we have been since our founding, so our clean and simple designs in this year’s showroom were intentionally created to demonstrate this core value at HON.

HON Inspired Practicality

New Products
All of the new product launches and expansions that were showcased at NeoCon this year are market driven and open for orders today, not sometime down the road. Some of the highlights this year included new Height-Adjustable Tables, new Mocha and Pinnacle laminates and our comprehensive Soothe® line for healthcare featuring the Soothe patient recliner, guest seating and tables.

New Products

Color
We’ve introduced several new fabrics and finishes this year, and by several I mean over 900 new seating fabric colors and 50 new panel colors! That was reason enough for us to to make an extra splash with pops of bright color throughout the space.

Color

HON Swag
What’s a trade show without some giveaways? Or, as we call it, HON swag? This year, everyone who visited the HON showroom could go home with HON lip balms and bags (which came in handy when it rained the first day!). Those who traveled by flight and snapped a photo of one of our new airport ads on their way to the event were also given a pair of HON-inspired argyle socks.

HON Swag Giveaways

Building Relationships
We recognize and appreciate that our partners are HON storytellers out on the front lines, so a highlight of NeoCon every year is meeting and catching up with the people most important to us and our mission.

HON Dealers and Partners

Fun!
We amped up our social media activities this year with props and 3D hashtags. There were lots of smiles and laughs shared as we all tried to master the selfie stick and pose with speech bubbles that boasted sayings like “office furniture rocks” (because we all know it does).

NeoCon Fun

Check out The HON Company on social media for more NeoCon photos and, more importantly, join in our online conversation. Whenever you’re attending an event with us, spot a HON truck or advertisement on your travels, or just want to show off a recent installation, tag us with #HONSpotted so we can be a part of it with you!

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