CDI Adds Taylor Gillogly to Interior Design Team

CDI Adds Taylor Gillogly to Interior Design Team

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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 | 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 | 262.278.8916

CDI Awarded IIDA WI – Best of Competition

CDI Awarded IIDA WI Best of Competition 2016

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

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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 | 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