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November 18, 2020

Watson C9: The Human Office

The C9 Rail is a power, voice, and data delivery system that is sleek in design and revolutionary in its function. When less density is required, the C9 Rail can pivot to provide occupants with greater enclosure and expansive sight-lines while simultaneously minimizing the health risk of face-to-face interactions. When the time comes to increase density in the office, straightening the rail allows for more occupants without the need to increase power, voice, and data infrastructure, all while maintaining recommended distancing guidelines.

April 28, 2020

Social Distancing and the Open Plan

The open plan office, once a safe haven of free-wheeling collaboration and uninhibited roaming, has employers and their teams facing a new reality. The pandemic, COVID19, requires different behaviors and protocols to address social distancing. How we plan our workspaces could be a race back to the cubicle or we can try a more human-centered approach by bending space to people. Well-being does not thrive in extreme isolation. 

September 30, 2019

Bending Space: How to Build a Scalable Office

As our work lives evolve, our office spaces need to evolve too. No longer are office designs confined to defined spaces for individual people, departments, and teams. Workspaces are moving to flexible, fluid layouts engineered to encourage team collaboration, and transitional need-based spaces.

September 13, 2019

Watson Furniture: Made and Sourced in the USA

At Watson Furniture we believe in creating a better future for our environment, our employees, and our customers. At our headquarters, located on 34 forested acres in the lush Pacific Northwest, we use regionally and ethically-sourced raw materials and transform them into locally made furniture using environmentally friendly processes and superior handcraft.

August 26, 2019

Privacy Screens for the Flexible & Open Office Design

Open office spaces have gone from being all the rage to a hotly debated topic, as more and more attention is paid to their lack of privacy. Our designers at Watson Furniture have worked to alleviate the negative aspects of open offices while preserving the benefits.

August 14, 2019

The Visual Journey of C9 at NeoCon 2019

Each year, Watson attends NeoCon to launch their most progressive office furniture design systems to the world. Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation—offering ideas and introductions that shape the future of design.

August 6, 2019

C9 - Behind the Scenes Q&A

Watson is excited to launch our all-new C9 desk, an innovative solution to evolving office needs. the C9 system was introduced at NeoCon 2019, where it won gold in its category. The revolutionary new system brings a new level of flexibility, perfect for the modern office.

July 8, 2019

Bringing Color to Your Office

Do you ever notice your mood shift when you walk inside a room? Whether it’s a dentist, salon, or your office, the colors you are surrounded by can make or break your experience. Guide yourself using this information to choose colors to enhance your comfort, productivity, and work environment.

June 4, 2019

Designs that last: Environmentally Responsible Office Furniture

Watson is honored to be named the 2017 Supplier of the Year Environmental Award from Boeing. We are proud to say that our environmental program and leadership have set us apart from more than 13,000 other active suppliers.

April 23, 2019

Finding the Right Fit: Furniture for Traditional and Open Offices

There has been a lot of conversation around the merits of traditional and open offices. Each type has different benefits and drawbacks, catering to different needs.

Open and traditional style offices look very different, but no matter what style your office is, offering a flexible workspace will keep your workers comfortable and productive.

April 17, 2019

Five Tips to Bring Comfort To Your Workspace

Tired of feeling fatigued and fidgety after working for hours on a project? Or feeling distracted as you sit in your beige-walled cubicle staring at spreadsheets? What if your workspace could be a comfortable, inviting place that encourages creativity rather than stifling it?

March 6, 2019

Supporting Good Ergonomics with Modern Height Adjustable Office Furniture

Offices have changed a lot over the years, and furniture has changed as well. As technology evolves, the importance of maintaining proper ergonomics and posture is increasingly critical. Learn more about how adjustable office furniture can help you achieve a healthy work environment.

May 25, 2018

Tia - Behind the Scenes

This year at NeoCon, Watson is excited to launch a new collection aimed to serve the evolving needs of private office and team spaces. “Interesting combination,” might be your first reaction. After all, aren’t the needs of private offices and teaming spaces at the opposite ends of the spectrum?

May 7, 2018

Designing a Clean Workspace: Cable Management Ideas for the Open Office

The contemporary open office work environment has to fulfill a plethora of needs, from function to comfort. Some offices offer employees more traditional, permanent workstations, while others opt for a high degree of mobility, and need a more creative workspace model.

April 4, 2018

 Thrive Digital - Vancouver BC

Thrive Digital is a performance marketing agency that plans, implements and optimizes online advertising campaigns seen by millions of people around the world. Thrive partnered with Bidgood + Co to design their new office space in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

February 26, 2018

VSP Global Offices - NYC

For their new Manhattan location, VSP Global, one of the world’s leading eyewear and eye care providers, tasked Kostow Greenwood Architects to design their NYC innovation lab that focuses on developing technologies for the physical and digital aspects of eyewear and eye care.

December 19, 2017

Cytracom's Dallas Office Gets an Energizing Update

Telecommunications provider, Cytracom, had recently outgrown its Dallas, TX headquarters and had secured a new, larger office space. They chose lauckgroup to help design the space in a way that would convey the company’s culture. 

October 16, 2017

TIG vs. MIG Welding and Why It Matters for Miro

One of Watson’s most iconic product details is the Miro leg – a sleek triangular steel tube, hand-mitered at the corners and welded in-house. It’s a detail that delivers clean, modern design alongside superior strength and durability – and it’s all possible thanks to the skilled welders here at the Orchard.

September 26, 2017

Cirrus 10 Incorporates Dynamic Design In New High-Rise Location

Cirrus 10, a Seattle e-Commerce consulting firm, knew its new downtown high-rise location deserved a modern, visually interesting design. Miro desks and tables, Seven workbenches plus Bahn and ZO storage components helped achieve just that, with functionality and thoughtful details for a delightful user experience.

September 17, 2017

Striving for Material Transparency in Furniture Manufacturing

At Watson, we believe people have a right to know where their furniture came from. Whether there are harmful or toxic ingredients in products that go into offices where they spend 40 hours a week. To rest assured the materials we use in production are sustainably sourced

August 23, 2017

Partners by Design Brings Their Expertise Home to New Headquarters

For 24 years, the Chicago-based architecture and design practice has been creating functional, design-forward spaces for clients around the U.S. and the world. Its open, energetic team of industry-leading architects and designers mobilizes to shape clients’ visions into environments that are functional, sustainable, and inspired by people. After all, Partners by Design believes that “outstanding work spaces begin with outstanding people.”

August 10, 2017

Five Tips for Staying Productive in the Open Office

There’s a lot to love about an optimized open office. The setup can promote collaboration, communication and innovation at fast-paced companies, and provide a perfect physical space for organizations that have strong virtual components to their operations. Tech companies in particular – including Apple, whose new $5 billion headquarters is designed around open-concept seating – are often strong proponents of the idea.

August 7, 2017

Introducing Bahn Rail

Never before has the workplace demanded so much choice and flexibility in the way people need to work to be and do their best. Bahn Rail provides that choice and flexibility like no other product before it, by providing a free-standing ‘rail’ for light or heavy voice, power and data, that can be paired with nearly any worksurface or storage components – and that can be endlessly configured to meet the demands of any floorplan.

July 10, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Our New Product Launch: Designer Interview

We're thrilled to officially introduce Bahn Rail, Bahn Recycle Center, Pin Mobile Screens and Tonic Simple Media – four all-new additions to the Watson product family, designed to enhance the way real people work in offices.

June 23, 2017

What Was Hanging Outside the NeoCon 2017 Showroom?

The first thing you saw when you approached the Watson showroom at NeoCon 2017 was a large glass case, full of hanging steel panels powdercoated in a variety of colors. This window area, or “fishbowl,” as we like to refer to it, is pretty unique as far as spaces in the MART go, so we knew we had to make the most of it.

June 21, 2017

Take a Virtual Tour of our NeoCon 2017 Showroom

This year's NeoCon showroom highlighted all the ways in which we help designers create empowered workplaces.

March 1, 2017

It’s Time to Rethink Personal Storage for the Open Office

The open office is here to stay; that much is a given. Workstations have adapted with height-adjustability, mobility, and modularity. But storage it seems is still stuck in the 90's. 

February 28, 2017

Open Office: Meet Compact Storage

All the function. Compact form. 

Space is at a premium in today’s workplace, creating the need for mobile, versatile storage and organization solutions – in compact sizes. Watson’s NEW collection of compact storage products offer a smaller form without sacrificing function.

January 3, 2017

Chasing Serendipity — From Wall-less Cubicles to Activity Based Working

Watch an old movie from the 1940s that features an office and you’re likely to see what looks like an open office concept: rows and rows of desks, typewriters clacking away, no walls in sight. Were the office designers of the 40s ahead of their time?

November 21, 2016

5 Rising Architectural Firms Designing Innovative Office Spaces

Effective office design has so many benefits. It promotes employee creativity, conveys organization identity, and instills a sense of confidence in all who enter. While many offices are organized and professional, few go the extra mile and really seek to leave a lasting impression. The five following architectural firms do just that—and do so with flair, functionality, style, and heaps of creativity.

November 15, 2016

How Open Office Furniture Systems Have Changed the Way We Work

Open-plan office designs have been utilized for many years by companies and organizations across all spaces and industries. While every type of office plan comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, many of today’s most progressive companies have implemented open office furniture systems as a means of creating a more social work environment.

November 7, 2016

The Role of Office Furniture in the Office Redesign Process

With any office redesign plan, there are typically a number of different factors to be considered, all of which play key roles in determining the end result. Of course the objectives of the redesign project are the starting point. Once the objective is clear, designers have a variety of “levers” that can be pulled to achieve those objectives.

October 26, 2016

Striking a Successful Balance with Choice in Office Design

It’s no secret that the workforce of today is quite a bit different than those of the past. This is especially true for “knowledge workers,” the majority of whom tend to find themselves working in an office of some kind, often in front of a computer.

October 18, 2016

7 Publications to Keep You Informed about Modern Office Design

Office design is an evolving discussion in the business world. What aesthetics energize employees? What environments are best for creativity? Is collaboration or privacy better for business?

October 11, 2016

The Three Most Important Criteria in Selecting an Office Furniture System

Office furniture systems contribute to a company’s brand, office culture, and employees’ productivity. As a preliminary step to choosing furniture, it is important for management to outline objectives and then choose the furniture that can support those objectives.

September 27, 2016

Five Essential Design Considerations for the Modern Office

For those who travel to an office space to work each day, it’s easy to take for granted the overall design or appearance of their work environment. The fact is, designing an office isn’t something that happens overnight, and there are a number of different factors that need to be taken into consideration by facilities managers and designers to ensure a successful space.

September 14, 2016

Is Your Workplace Flexible? If Not, Maybe You Need Different Furniture

Fostering Workplace Agility with Flexible Office Furniture

“Agile” and “flexible” are considered buzz words by some. However, to experts studying the evolution of workplace culture, they are concrete descriptions of both how people want to work, and key attributes of today’s strongest, creative and competitive teams.

August 19, 2016

Watson Converts all Core Material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF)

Watson and Watson Dispatch are taking an industry-leading environmental position by converting all core material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) board.

August 18, 2016

Formaldehyde in Office Furniture: Something to Be Concerned About?

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is produced and broken down by the normal metabolic processes of living organisms and is present even in the human breath. 

August 18, 2016

The Truth About Formaldehyde in the Workplace

We previously shared that formaldehyde has been subject to heightened public concern for its potential to off-gas from commercial products into indoor air. Despite the fact that studies about long-term exposure are not yet conclusive, we do know that clean air supports a healthier workplace and boosts individual and team focus.

August 17, 2016

Healthier Work Environments with Low and No Formaldehyde Added Materials

In our previous post we explored formaldehyde over-exposure risk in the workplace. Though formaldehyde over-exposure in the workplace is rare, companies need to take precautions when a multitude of new materials (carpeting, furniture, partitioning) are being installed in active work environments. 

June 13, 2016

The Uncorporate Office: Authentic Furniture Finishes

The Look and Feel of Uncorporate’ Office Furniture 

As we described in an earlier postthe form and function of the corporate office is shifting away from monotonous, contrived and rigid toward beautiful, authentic, and flexible. 

June 10, 2016

Tonic Benching Brings Flexibility to Airbnb's Headquarters

Tonic Benching by Watson was specified throughout the main headquarters building for permanent and touchdown workstations.  A variety of component infills and privacy screens help users adapt their environment to a variety of workmodes.

June 10, 2016

Smith Optics Creates Collaborative Space in New Portland Office

When it came time to move the company’s design and development teams from Sun Valley to a renovated Salvation Army building in Portland, the design mandate for the new office was clear--create an open, collaborative office environment that feels as authentic and ‘un-corporate’ as the Smith brand and culture.

June 10, 2016

KEXP Radio Breathes Life Into New Seattle Center Location

Founded in 1972, KEXP is an iconic Seattle public radio station that provides rich music experiences on the air, online, and on the streets. Watson height adjustable Seven benching and modular Zo storage helped transform KEXP's offices into an open and collaborative workspace. 

June 9, 2016

Form and Function Come Together at Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will is a global, growing architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. So when it came time to design a new workspace for their Seattle team it was crucial that the solution met their current and future functional needs and their demanding design aesthetic.

June 1, 2016

Introducing Craft Surface For The Uncorporate Office

Discovering the Worksurface B-Side

As one of the few furniture manufacturers that laminate our own substrates, it is critical for our teams to understand the process and techniques that go into making each product component.

May 25, 2016

Embracing the "Uncorporate" Office

Giving up Trends, Embracing What's Real

For nearly ten years we have worked with customers to co-create furniture that meets the unique needs of the teams and people who use them. Time and again we observe that connected teams expect their environments and tools to boost productivity, creativity and the bottom line.

May 14, 2016

Etch Mobile Markerboard at Nike's Blue Ribbon Design Studio

This refined yet highly functional workspace is characterized by its extensive use of exposed birch ply, white walls, and black accents. Large windowed garage doors soften the utilitarian space with daylighting, and a mix of mobile tables and stools as well as Watson Etch boards characterize a highly creative and re-configurable space.

March 1, 2016

Can Your Office Furniture Keep Pace With Business Change?

In today’s ever-changing work environments, office reconfigurations are more frequent and necessary than ever.

February 16, 2016

Design Thinking for Quality: Q&A with Watson's VP of Product Design

This week, we sat down with Greg Kooistra, VP of Product Design to discuss how Watson puts design thinking to work within its design and development process. 

February 2, 2016

This Custom Furniture Solution Is Breaking Ground For Healthcare Clinics

The Provider Table is a freestanding, multi-functional unit that boasts ample technology storage and easy reconfigurability to support the varied demands of today's examination rooms.

January 26, 2016

An Innovative Cabinet for Today's Worksettings

The Watson team successfully innovated a European favorite to North American needs. This Side Tower is great next to sit-stand desks and features a unique reversible back panel that eliminates handedness inventory issues. Big space for coats, bags, shoes and convenient USB charging. Super smooth concealed runners create dreamy UX quality. The competitors are scrambling!

January 19, 2016

Futureproof Your Office With a Kit-of-Parts Furniture Solution

Change is inevitable in business, so when office furniture fit-outs can be extensive and costly, why not design for it? One way to do this is with a kit-of-parts approach that extends furniture value throughout the organization and into the future with value-driven product features that can flex as enterprise needs change.

January 12, 2016

Wood or Steel? The Case for Wood-based Laminate Storage

As technology blurs the line between home and office, today’s workplaces must compete with living spaces of all kinds, including neighborhood cafes, living rooms, and libraries.

Watson is a Pacific Northwest office furniture manufacturer inspired by thoughtful, user-centered design, the beauty of natural and urban environments, and the power of manufacturing to create jobs and sustainable growth for our communities.

“We're builders. That’s what we do. And I want people to take great pride in bringing craftsmanship to this company, this community, this state and this country.” – Clif McKenzie, CEO / President

December 8, 2015

Vertical Integration & US Manufacturing Benefits Customers

Unfortunately at this point, it is a familiar story: despite having a long and notable history, U.S. manufacturing has lost considerable market share over the last 30 years.

December 2, 2015

Three Examples of How Watson is Doing Right by the Environment — Profitably

As we previously discussed, Practical Environmentalism comes from our fifty-year heritage as a Pacific Northwest manufacturer, our longstanding relationships with our surrounding community and natural environment, and above all, the customers who value our products and these qualities.

November 17, 2015

Practical Environmentalism: How Watson Does Well by Doing Good

At Watson, a unique environmental ethic permeates all facets of our business - from our facilities, processes and practices to the products we deliver.

November 3, 2015

Watson Introduces Bahn: A Panel-free Benching and Power Delivery Solution

POULSBO, WA - Watson is pleased to announce the launch of Bahn, a comprehensive benching and power, voice, and data (PVD) delivery solution designed for organizations that value simplicity and flexibility in workspace solutions.

October 27, 2015

6 Task Chair Alternatives to Keep You Moving Throughout the Day

Last week, we established that  the workstation may be the most important factor in health at work, and explored how a sit-to-stand adjustable workstation could have a substantial positive impact on employee productivity, happiness, and even long term health.

October 20, 2015

Could Workstation be the Most Important Factor in Your Health at Work?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve reviewed the fact base around sitting and inactivity, discussed its negative effects on health, and most recently, presented ways that organizations can create healthier, more active workplaces.

October 14, 2015

8 Ways Organizations Can Create Healthier, More Active Workplaces

Recent findings in health research indicate that individuals can reap many benefits simply from increasing their physical activity throughout the day -- especially at work. But getting healthier at the office isn’t just a win for individuals. Entire teams, organizations and facilities can benefit from a healthier, more active workplace as well.

October 6, 2015

The Negative Health Effects of Sitting at Work and How to Combat Them

Last week we reviewed the recent media hype surrounding America’s “sitting epidemic,” and explored various facts and figures that establish we are indeed sitting more.

Thanks to our many modern conveniences, today’s lifestyles consist of more opportunities to sit and fewer opportunities to move.

September 22, 2015

The Truth About Sitting: Hype vs Fact

Over the past year or so, virtually every major media outlet has popularized findings from health researchers on the hazards of prolonged sitting.

September 21, 2015

Flexible Workspaces for the Next Generation Office

Introducing BAHN

Bahn is a furniture system designed for dynamic office environments that promote heads down focus and team interaction. Watson has taken what we call the "kit of parts" to a new level with BAHN, offering over 2000 configurations.

June 23, 2015

Introducing Watson's Chicago Design Studio

Thank you to everyone who attended the grand opening of our new Chicago Design Studio last week at Neocon. We are excited to have a permanent presence in such an incredible city. Our space is located in Suite 10-155 of the Merchandise Mart.

June 9, 2015

Watson at NeoCon 2015

We are opening our showroom in Chicago at Neocon this year. Check out these photos for a preview of our space.

November 13, 2014

Twitch Combines Serious Productivity with Serious Fun in New Headquarters

Top gaming company combines productivity with fun in collaborative new office space

October 26, 2014

Watson at NeoCon East 2014

This year at Neocon East Watson will preview their new Miro products set to launch in 2015.

A compelling alternative to traditional veneer products, Miro harnesses the precision and durability of mitered steel with the superior performance of modern laminate technology to create a furniture line that articulates a fresh vision for modern professional work environments.

October 7, 2014

Case Study: Media and Advertising Headquarters

This multinational media and advertising company wanted their new offices to promote collaboration and create a home away from home for their employees.

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