CDI Welcomes Allison Page to Marketing Team

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CDI Project Profile | Traction Factory

Growth necessitated the move for Traction Factory, LLC to the newly-renovated 1920’s era building in Milwaukee’s Historic Walker’s Point District, with the innovative space expected to provide forward-fueling creative momentum.  A rich, dark palette of natural materials serve as the foundation to this dynamic space. Reclaimed wood desks with custom-iron bases were made by local craftsmen. CDI complimented the raw finishes with multiple seating selections perfectly suited for each area, styles that reflect unique and modern craftsmanship, with ergonomic function offering personal adjustments for various work styles.

Distressed leather club chairs provide unexpected comfort, without abandoning the building’s working roots, offering a comfortable spot for informal meetings or to catch up on emails. Industrial-style stools scatter throughout the public areas for quick touch downs or perching for a quick coffee break. Brightly accented cushion-top pedestal files provide purpose, while also adding both a burst of energy and creative stamp on the impressive headquarters.

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Looking to work with us? Come and visit our showroom 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.

For more examples of our project work, visit our website and take a look.

About the Designer

Kelly Hamilton, is an Interior Designer and has been with Corporate Design Interiors, LLC for over six years, servicing commercial clients both locally and on a national level. Kelly consistently provides unique, well designed solutions by listening to each client’s needs, understanding their culture and offering aesthetics that echo their brand.

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.

For more information: www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

Contact Us

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

CDI Welcomes Moore & Nowakowski

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Top 3 Benefits of Employee-Centric Workplace Design

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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 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.

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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.

For more information: www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

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 welcomes Hulverson, Chmielewski & Moore

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All I Want For Christmas Series – Part 3 of 3

Christmas Eve is tomorrow and you can actually feel the holiday spirit in the air.  People seem to be either rushing around frantically to make holiday arrangements or they are in complete vacation mode.  Come tomorrow, I will officially be in vacation mode and enjoying much needed time with family and friends.  However, there is still one more day before Christmas and my holiday wish list wouldn’t be complete without revealing the final item on my All I Want For Christmas Series!

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With so many new trends in the workplace today, it’s hard not to notice the abundance of architectural elements that have arose.  Room dividers and wall partitions have become extremely popular in recent years because not only do they add architectural interest and allow natural light to pass through, but they can be moved, allowing for a workspace to be easily reconfigured. LOFTwall, a commercial and residential manufacturer, recently expanded their line of wall partitions and unveiled the WEBwall.

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WEBwall‘s unique appearance consists of overlapping and interlocking elements and is made up entirely of aluminum .  It comes in two heights: 53″ and 78″.  A single unit is 52″ wide, but can be easily extended when selecting add-on sections. The color choices include silver, white, black, or you can choose a custom color.

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Take a peak at the WEBwall in action!

All I Want for Christmas Series – Part 2 of 3

With Christmas Eve exactly one week away, my countdown to Christmas has officially begun!  It’s just too bad there isn’t any snow outside to make it feel like Christmas.  Oh well.  Last week I shared the first item on my wish list, a Mio collaborative table from National Office Furniture.  Next up on my list is a new task chair and a sit to stand desk.  Technically, that is two items on my wish list, but a girl can dream, right?!

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How many hours a day do you sit at your desk on an average work week?  The average person sits at their desk the majority of the day.  At eight hours a day, fifty two weeks a year, that’s over two thousand hours spent sitting at a desk each year.  That is a TON of time!  It only seems appropriate to ask for a new task chair and a sit to stand desk for Christmas.  Humanscale, an ergonomics company based out of New York, offers numerous options.

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The Diffrient Smart chair is both sophisticated and trendy.  The chair’s functions are simple, but in no way are they lacking technology.  In fact, one of my favorite things about the Diffrient Smart chair is that the only controls you have to manually adjust are the armrests and the seat height.  The rest of the features self-adjust with each user.

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The Float table is Humanscale‘s answer to today’s ever-growing trend of height adjustable workstations.  The table features a unique counterbalance mechanism that allows for one-hand height adjustment.  Instead of having a crank that you have to manually turn or even an electric base that you have to plug in, the Float table adjusts quickly and easily.

All I Want For Christmas Series – Part 1 of 3

With Christmas a mere two weeks away and I STILL haven’t purchased a single present, it has me thinking….if I could have or give anything for Christmas, what would it be?  Many of you would say you want a trip to Europe, a spa package, or even that diamond ring you have been waiting for from that special someone.  Not me.  This year I have put together a wish list centered around furniture I could use at the office.  So many of us spend the majority of our time at work each week that why on earth wouldn’t you ask for something that would make work time more enjoyable?! In the next two weeks leading up to Christmas, I will share my Christmas wish list and unveil a new piece of furniture (or two) each week.

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First up on my Christmas wish list is the Mio Collaborative table from National Office Furniture.

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National launched the Mio Collaborative table in Fall 2014 in order to meet the demand for collaborative spaces in the workplace.  The table is so versatile that it can be single-sided, doubled-sided, or have an Epicenter attached on the back side to accommodate benching workstations.  The table can also be installed at standing height or desktop height, whereas some manufacturers offering similar products only offer one height.  In the above image, the need for a back to back conferencing solution is seen.

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The Mio can accommodate the need for a lounge area or workstations on one side and a conferencing area on the other side.  Check out this video from National to see all it’s possible configurations.