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For the CDI team, hard work has helped deliver success. In fact, our hard work and success is something others have noticed, having received several honors in 2016. This year alone, CDI has been recognized by:

  • The Milwaukee Business Journal–Coolest Office
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)–Best of Competition, Wisconsin Professional Award
  • The Milwaukee Business Journal–Best Places to Work

The CDI team is thrilled by the aforementioned honors, and thank our strong team, clients and industry peers for the affirmation of the pride we take in our work!


Top Ten Coolest Offices

In April, the Milwaukee Business Journal recognized CDI’s Corporate Headquarters & Showroom as one of the Coolest Offices in southeastern Wisconsin. Mark Kass, Editor-in-Chief for the Business Journal wrote this about our workplace, “There is no doubt that employees at CDI, 1711 Paramount Court, get to have fun, while also working on projects for clients.” CDI was among over 50 nominees for this designation and being selected was an affirmation of our goal to create an inspiring, fun space for our employees.


Best in Competition

Last spring, at this year’s prestigious IIDA WI’s annual event, Celebrate in Design: Professional Awards, CDI’s Corporate Headquarters & Showroom in Waukesha was named Best in Competition in the Corporate (5,000 to 25,000 sf) category. “Focusing on key influences of the evolving workplace, we wanted to design CDI’s new space to address innovative concepts and display a multitude of options in furniture and finishes,” said Jen Kelp, Director of Design for CDI. IIDA’s awards highlight the best of design and recognizes the talent of design professionals in Wisconsin in over 15 different categories. This Best in Competition award is the highest honor within the competition and we were ecstatic that our office received it.

Best Places to Work

This September, the Milwaukee Business Journal listed CDI among 44 area businesses as a Best Place to Work out of 160 total nominations. “Companies are being honored for having the best culture and leadership and where employees feel the most engaged by their jobs and management,” stated the Business Journal.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to love what you do, but knowing that our whole CDI team feels this way takes the enjoyment and satisfaction of our work to a whole new level” explained Heather Nemoir, Partner and General Manager at CDI.

Employee engagement was determined by scores from a survey completed by CDI employees, covering key attributes like teamwork, retention, trust with co-workers, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, job satisfaction and more.

CDI’s score & responses. See the full article here.

Why this is Important to Us

When designing CDI’s workplace, we knew much of our success as a company hinged on our very own, employee-centric approach. When engaging our clients in conversation about the importance of investing in their employees (a company’s greatest asset), creating aesthetically appealing, highly-functional workplaces and how doing so improves employee well-being and morale is a key part of the discussion. Our firsthand experience at our new Corporate Headquarters and Showroom further affirms what both research and client experience demonstrate; increased productivity keeps employees engaged. The CDI team believes this is the best approach to take and we’re very honored to have been recognized for it!

How Does this Apply to You?

Maybe your workplace could be the next Best Place to Work or named one of the top ten Coolest Offices in Wisconsin. CDI can help create that award-winning, employee-satisfying space and we’ll treat your project like it’s our very own!
Visit either our Downtown Milwaukee or Waukesha showroom to experience an award-winning workspace and team firsthand. Within, you’ll find an industry-leading and knowledgeable team, ready and available to answer any questions you may have about our design process. Our team is ready to create a winning office space, whether it be external recognition or internal satisfaction, CDI can deliver.

For more information: www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

To schedule a tour or consultation, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales
maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Waukesha Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

Milwaukee Showroom:
191 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI  53202
P  414.226.6005

CDI Adds Taylor Gillogly to Interior Design Team

CDI Adds Taylor Gillogly to Interior Design Team

Download Press Release: CDI Adds Taylor Gillogly to Interior Design Team

For additional information about this or any other Corporate Design Interiors press release, please contact marketing@corporatedesigninteriors.com or 262.521.1010.


Neocon 2016 – Don’t Forget Across the Street

While the hustle and bustle of the Merchandise Mart during Neocon is quickly approaching us, we wanted to remind everyone about the amazing showrooms just across the street at 325 North Wells Street.  Don’t miss all of the exciting new products and activities during this years show.  Stay tuned for more information from CDI@Neocon!








If you are looking for additional information or pricing on any products or finishes showcased at Neocon 2016, please contact:

Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales

maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916


Downsizing the Cubicle

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Open-Office-Circa-1930

The open office has been around since the early part of the 20th century with desks being arranged in rows,  after the introduction of the original panel system in the 1960’s, the modern day cubicle has defined today’s office. It’s been the subject of many studies and punch lines. Now in the 21st century, we’re in a time where real estate prices are rising, computers are shrinking and a new generation is coming into the workforce.

Forbes is predicting that by 2020 the average amount of space per employee will drop to 150 square feet while other researchers are predicting it will drop even lower to 100 square feet per employee.

According to Core Net Global, a commercial real estate association, the average square footage per employee in 2012 was 176, down from 225 square feet in 2010.  Are companies investing in less real estate or using their real estate differently?

It’s a little of both, companies are giving their employees less personal space, and adding collaborative space to their offices. Companies are doing away with private offices and reducing the number of high-paneled, fully-surrounded workstations and opting for more open plan or benching systems that puts only a few feet between employees. This is a very intimate and informal way of working but for the younger generation entering the workplace; it’s something many of them don’t mind and are quick to embrace.


Why the migration to more open and collaborative spaces?  It’s not just because the cost of real estate is rising or because collaboration is the new buzz word. Cubicles, more currently referred to in the furniture industry as “workstations”, no longer need to be 8×10 or 5×5 and for one very simple reason: technology. Technological advancements have improved items like monitors that no longer take up half a desk top, the rolodex has been replaced by a cell phone and no one needs to store hard disks, floppy disks or reams of paper files at their desk.  By eliminating the excess space no longer necessary for storage, it opens up space needed for an individual.

Technology has also provided greater mobility.  Research points to sitting all day as bad for health (and overall productivity).  Movement is a healthy component of the workday, and offices are being designed around flexible movement needs.   Open offices provide employees with more movement than ever before because there are more places to work.  Untethering an employee from their  desk and chair is an ever-growing priority.  If there are too many distractions,  individual refuge spaces where someone can go, close a door and not be distracted by the open office provide a key option.  CDI’s Cloud Room, shown below, provides a fully enclosed room featuring a height-adjustable Humanscale Float Table that allows the end user to sit or stand to get their heads down focus work completed.

CDI Cloud Focus Room

Companies have realized that shrinking the workstation allows for other opportunities such as more conference rooms, collaboration areas and community spaces.

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Conference rooms provide the formality of a private office but the team oriented environment that the new workplace is going toward. Oft-loaded with the latest technology, a conference room like the one pictured above featuring Kimball Office Dock® Meeting Table and Kimball Office Stow™ Presentation Wall allows everyone to plug in, share ideas, connect with other cities while providing needed privacy as well not disrupting the rest of the office.

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Collaboration areas include everything from tables between rows of desks that enable workers to pull up their own chair to the table to have a quick impromptu meeting to more permanent pieces like the Mio™ from National  or the  Dock® Work Table from Kimball. An added benefit of collaboration areas is that their ability to double as a second work space for employees and provide flexibility to support mobility.

Lastly, community spaces are important and quite different from the other spaces mentioned. Community spaces are areas like CDI’s work café, where employees can work, eat, relax or gather.

This community space is an informal environment within the office that levels the hierarchy much like the rest of the open office does.  It features a varied array of furniture layouts ranging from a large kitchen island with stools to comfortable lounge seating around the fireplace to banquette seating equipped with tabletop power and data access throughout.

The extreme of tearing down all walls in an office and no one having an assigned area is exactly that, while it works for some companies it’s by no means a one-size fits all solution.  What is important is to design an office that can evolve with company growth,  evolving generational workforces  and technology. Any workspace consideration needs to account for the current structure of the company and how it can be enhanced. Key considerations must include:

  • How can a space be more functional
  • How can square footage be best-utilized in an effort to create a productive office space
  • How can space be used to help employees feel more comfortable in the office

A workspace overhaul  or new build out is an exciting process with countless considerations. Corporate Design Interiors has the experts on-hand ready to understand a client’s business, their workflow needs and how best to design a workspace that enhances productivity in an effort that inspires creativity, collaboration as well as admiration and appreciation from both employees and customers alike.

Written by Eileen McGee – Contributor

For additional information on the product or applications noted above, or to schedule a consultation to discuss a new project, contact:

Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales

maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916

CDI Awarded IIDA WI – Best of Competition

CDI Awarded IIDA WI Best of Competition 2016

Download Press Release: CDI Awarded IIDA WI – Best of Competition

For more information on the Celebrate in Design event, seethe IIDA WI website.

For additional information about this or any other Corporate Design Interiors press release, please contact marketing@corporatedesigninteriors.com or 262.521.1010.

CDI is one of Milwaukee’s Coolest Offices


In their second year of competition, the Milwaukee Business Journal awarded CDI one of this year’s Coolest Offices in southeastern Wisconsin.  Over 50 nominations were received and CDI’s new corporate office and showroom was selected as a top winner.  For more on CDI’s feature article, read more.

CDI is extremely excited to receive this award for their new facility, which opened last August.  Their corporate office and showroom space was designed to inspire its employees, clients and industry partners alike and provide an environment where they could experience new workplace solutions and showcase various new products and finishes.  Check out their Video Office & Showroom Tour and become inspired.

Receiving this award acknowledges that they are what they promote; fun, innovative and creative work spaces.  It is important for companies to understand that investing in their workplaces and focusing on employees, can improve employee morale which increases productivity and keeps employees engaged.  Let CDI’s workplace strategists assist you with improving your work environment and create next year’s “Coolest Office” winner.

To schedule a consultation or discuss a new project, contact:

Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales

maubry@corporatedesigninteriors.com | 262.278.8916


Happy Anniversary CDI

Corporate Design Interiors (CDI) celebrates their twelfth year in business this February and they have a lot to celebrate.  CDI recently moved to their new Corporate Headquarters & Showroom in Waukesha and continue to hold rank as Kimball Office‘s #1 Select Dealer in the nation.  Their 12 years of growth and success would not be possible without their valued clients, industry partners and employees.


IIDA Holiday Party 2016

IIDA Holiday Party 2016

IIDA Holiday Party

Corporate Design Interiors
191 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI
Thursday the 14th of January
Two Thousand and Sixteen

Join us for an evening of cocktails and conversation
A Mixology Course and Social Hour
Please RSVP

Register by Christmas 12/25 to save your Christmas wallet $10
Free to IIDA members
$25 to non-members
and free for all students.

After Christmas
$10 to IIDA members
$35 to non-members
and still free for all students.


2016 Pantone Color of the Year


Pantone just released their 2016 Color of the Year and for the first time introduced two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity.  “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” the company said.

A departure from the vibrant colors of past years, this year’s color duo brings calm and relaxation.

Past Pantone Colors

As described in their news release, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

With today’s workplace evolving and creating greater focus on well-being and connection to nature, designers will find the use of these two shades a welcoming palette for creating calming respite areas.  Corporate Design Interiors‘ new office and showroom illustrates the use of this tranquil tone on the walls of one of their small focus rooms.

CDI Cloud Focus Room