Giving Employees Healthier Options with Xsede Height Adjust

Kimball Office | Xsede Height Adjust.

Giving employees a healthier option for their workspace.
Today’s employers are doing more to support employee wellbeing.  Architects and designers are designing for workplace wellbeing. And now with Kimball Office’s new Xsede height adjust desks; an employee’s work surface can support it as well.
With the touch of a button, Xsede height-adjustable benches and tables allow employees to seamlessly shift between sitting and standing. Freeing them from the negative health effects of staying in the same position for their entire workday.

Xsede is designed to work anywhere in any space. It can be used as a freestanding table in a private office. As a benching arrangement that can support employees working together — even if the work surface heights they enjoy are completely different. You can even add privacy panels to Xsede for workers who need their own space.

With a power/data beam stretching from end to end Xsede not only keeps phones, computers, and other devices powered throughout the day, it keeps cords neatly organized and out of sight. Which means, with Xsede you can satisfy employees who want a healthier workspace and those who want one that’s less cluttered.


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CDI Launches Healthcare Segment; Marble Delivers Industry Expertise



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Top 3 Benefits of Employee-Centric Workplace Design


It’s no surprise that when a person feels genuinely cared for, they also feel inclined to reciprocate the same gesture. It’s no different in a professional workplace setting. Employees that feel valued by their respective company are more engaged, strive to exceed goals and contribute their best to the company’s overall success.

Traditionally, employee-centric companies focus on demonstrating their care for the physical, emotional, social, and mental needs of employees (as a whole person) by offering flex-time, wellness plans, recognition programs and the like. But looking at the overall well-being of an employee also means it’s important to meet those needs within the workplace environment itself on a day-to-day basis. Employee-centric workplace design is the best way to meet those needs and it not only makes employees feel valued and cared for, it provides three additional benefits:

Develops Stronger Relationships

Collaborative spaces – According to the 2016 Gensler research findings, the most innovative employees spend almost half of their time working in collaboration with others, either in person or via technological devices. Designing a space that invests in the individual employees, allowing them ease of collaboration and choice in where they work helps to foster strong working relationships. top-3-post-colab-image

Amenity spaces – Gensler has also found that successful employees have 2 times more access to amenities. Designing several spaces for employees to work in is great, but designing additional spaces for them to unplug from work is very beneficial. These spaces provide time for employees to build inter-personal relationships at the workplace and demonstrates that the company cares for the individual on a personal level by giving them some personal space and time.


Connection/Purpose – The study also demonstrates the importance of designing a space that helps employees feel a strong connection to their managers and the company’s overall mission and impact on the community at large. This connection not only builds stronger relationships with individuals, but strengthens the relationship of the employee to company.


Promotes Overall Health

Support station designThe Ted Moudis Workplace Report has found that “convenience is no longer king” when it comes to support stations. It’s a widely-known fact that over two-thirds of the workforce is disengaged from their work, and workplace stress is on the rise, afflicting 8 out of 10 workers. To combat stress and disengagement, well-purposed space for communal technology is now designed with exercise in mind. Instead of having a printer at each employee work station, a centralized location encourages healthy and frequent movement throughout the work day, improving overall health and aids in refocused engagement.


Incorporate nature – “Biophilic design (designing a space that connects people to nature) can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing,” according to Browning, Ryan & Clancy in the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design. So naturally, workplaces that incorporate nature in their design respectively improve the overall health and well-being of its employees.

Work space adjustability – The Gensler report has also found that employees work better in spaces that are more easily adjustable as it’s one of the key factors for consideration in workplace design. Adjustability not only creates ease of utilization at a workspace, it also promotes improved health of employees by its ability to be customized to an individual’s posture. Good posture and healthy physical workplace practices create comfort, reduces stress headaches and also contributes to overall health.


Drives Innovation

Choice – Gensler’s research study states that “Innovative companies are 5X more likely to have workplaces that prioritize both individual and group workspace.” As stated earlier, almost half of an innovative employee’s time is spent working in groups, which naturally means that almost half of their time is spent doing the opposite. The secret to helping your employees succeed in both of these endeavors is to create more functional workspaces, allowing them the choice to move freely from individual focused work stations to collaborative workspaces. The fact that they are able to make these choices promotes innovation.


Purposeful use of spaceOverall, the results of the Gensler study have proven what we’ve believed to be true all along: The design of a workplace has a direct effect on a company and its employees’ innovation and creativity.

On average, employees at innovative companies have better-designed, more functional workspaces that unlock creative potential,” says Diane Hoskins, co-CEO at Gensler. “Employees truly flourish when they have room to not only collaborate but also have space to focus, and are empowered to work when and how they work best—both within their workplace, and in other locations outside it.”


 Why is all of this important?

Designing an employee-centric workplace helps to meet the needs of the employees collectively and as individuals, aiding them to become the best versions of themselves. When a person is at their best, they perform their best. Knowing that the company cares about their workspace needs, yields stronger workplace relationships, healthier employees, and unlocks creativity and innovation.


Experience the CDI Difference!

Want to learn more? Come and visit our showrooms to experience the depth of what CDI has to offer. Learn first-hand how we combine aesthetics, innovation, creativity, functionality, versatility and nature into the space that perfectly suits your needs and helps your employees create their best work.

About the Author

heather-headshot-2016Heather Nemoir, IIDA, is Partner and General Manager at Corporate Design Interiors whose goal is to help clients realize the possibilities through innovation in their workplace environments.  She holds a B.S. Degree in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is NCIDQ Certified #026717.

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

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CDI welcomes Hulverson, Chmielewski & Moore

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CDI Wins “Best In Show” at Strut 2016

Photo courtesy of Scott Detweiler

For the fourth consecutive year, Corporate Design Interiors (CDI) took home an award at the STRUT Wisconsin event hosted by IIDA WI. This year they exceeded all expectations by winning “Best In Show” for their two-piece garment representing the classic nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie”.  The “Ring O’ Roses” design team, consisted of Jen Kilp, Kelly Hamilton, Aly Cleveland, Taylor Gillogly and industry collaborator, Stephanie Savage from Maharam.


This year’s theme for the annual STRUT fashion show event was “Once Upon A Time” Garments of Fictional Tales & Rhymes.  The event took place at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, which created a perfect backdrop to this year’s darker theme.  Watch as model, Kelly Hamilton, takes to the runway and creates an eerily beautiful display of their garment.

CDI STRUT 2016 from Corporate Design Interiors on Vimeo.

With a unanimous decision on the “Best In Show” award, it was clear to the judges that there was an incredible attention to detail with it being a complex piece requiring hundreds of hours of hand work.  “Finding the time to dedicate to the project while juggling our work/home balance was our biggest challenge” explained Jen Kilp, Director of Design for CDI. “Our concept included so many pieces and the materials were difficult to manipulate so it was a long and slow process.”

Photos courtesy of Scott Detweiler

CDI’s award-winning garment consisted of two separate pieces; the first is the cape which represents the “Posies” in the rhyme and the second is the main dress that represents the “Ashes” portion of the rhyme. The two pieces create a stark contrast between the seemingly cheery children’s rhyme of roses and the dark origin of the rhyme, depicting the macabre nature of the Black Plague.

strut-2016-cdi-cape-detailThe hooded, floor length cape consists of 8 different wool upholsteries from the Kvadrat by Maharam Divina collection, originating in Denmark. We selected a rose-colored palette which ranged from deep burgundies to rich plums to delicate shell pinks. Each flower began as a circle that was then cut into a spiral then rolled and hand stitched to secure the layers. Some of the wools were so dense that a needle nose pliers was required to pull the needle through the rolled flower. These flowers were then sorted by color and then carefully sewn onto the cape to create depth and interesting color transitions. Each flower is unique with a variety of cutting methods as well as sizes ranging from a beginning circle that was 12″ to as small as a 4″ circle. In all, our team made over a 1000 roses of which 750 were applied to the cape. We also used a light green window drapery material, Tabby by Maharam, to create small leaves which we placed sporadically between the flowers to create the illusion of small bouquets. The cape alone weighed 7.5 lbs and with the addition of the flowers, the total weight is 19.9 lbs.


The floor length dress consists of four different fabrics, including a heavy woven wool upholstery, contrasted by light window sheers. It was our goal to manipulate the fabrics to the point that they were unrecognizable from their original state, just as the plague would deconstruct the human body. The raw finishing of each of the materials helped us convey a dark and chaotic message that was a stark contrast from the beautiful flowers that were used to cover up the horrors of the plague.  The main dress is crafted from a window sheer material that we manipulated by stretching, pulling and ripping to create a tattered feel. The collar was made from a very delicate window sheer material that was cut into triangular sections, then sewn together with additional decorative stitches while leaving the edges raw and frayed. The sleeves and bottom of the dress were made from a thick woven upholstery which we deconstructed by removing all of the thick wool yarns to reveal a black understructure material that was then further deconstructed through pulling and ripping. The gray yarns were also repurposed for use in our model’s hair. We also used a raw wall-covering backing material that we dyed and shredded to create the feel of ashes.

“STRUT is a way for teams to come together to showcase the incredible design talent in our industry while stepping a little bit on the outside of our comfort zones.” replied Kilp. “I especially love seeing all of the amazing designs come together on the runway to create a spectacular show that is for a wonderful cause. As designers, we love to create and this is an opportunity to test those boundaries and shine.”

About STRUT:
Design teams from throughout Wisconsin are paired with manufacturer’s representatives from the interior design and architecture field to collaborate in creating unique, product-inspired couture. The annual STRUT event showcases fashion designs on the runway to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of WI.

About CDI:
CDI is a, WBE Certified, full service furniture dealership specializing in consulting, space planning, interior design, project management and installations of all sizes on a local, regional and national level. Their extensive product collections and value added services provide comprehensive furniture solutions that their team approaches with a passion, excitement and creativity. CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office Dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Corporate Office & Waukesha Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
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Milwaukee Showroom:
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Celebrating Success x 3

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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 Kilp, 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.

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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!








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Downsizing the Cubicle

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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

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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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