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Helping Cleveland Reopen

By Mandie Lee
July 08, 2020 Category: Whats New, Knowledge

Covid-19 has left a serious mark on our communities, our State, our Nation, our entire Planet. We have been busy doing our part to help Cleveland area businesses protect their employees and customers as we all reopen. We have paid close attention to the needs of businesses and strive to be up to date on new compliance recommendations and mandates. As the manufacturer of gen2 office furniture, we knew we had the custom capabilities necessary to quickly and efficiently start the production of glass and acrylic barriers which we are all seeing in public spaces. Our gen2 Germ Shields and gen2 Zone dividers are custom made to fit in any application with universal mounting hardware. We have also been working with employers converting their once open office spaces with taller workstation panels and stackers to provide safer environments for their employees. We know this time is hard on everyone, but after the great sacrifices we as Ohioans have and will continue to make, we must work together

The Future of the Workplace

By Mandie Lee
May 07, 2020 Category: General

What does the future office look like, what kind of changes can we expect to see? We have explored this a lot over the past few weeks, not only as an office furniture manufacturer but as people sharing the same concerns and thoughts as everyone. The need for protective measures has never been so great, in recent days we have seen many companies racing to get orders in to meet compliance standards. We know this complex issue, as we are implementing these same practices in our facilities. When the workforce begins returning there will be many changes and there is no time to waste in getting solutions to accommodate this new era. Social distancing will be enforced/encouraged/expected (studies show well into 2022). High-density offices will phase out, as the demand increases for personal space. Higher demand for non-porous materials in high-touch areas, that can be cleaned/sanitized numerous times a day (glass/metal/laminate). Conference tables and collaboration areas accomodating fewer

What Happens When We Return to the Workplace?

By Mandie Lee
April 09, 2020 Category: Whats New, Knowledge

More than once a day we find ourselves pondering when will this end, what will the workplace look like post-pandemic. This is a constant thought among us as well,as we work with businesses daily to prepare their offices for the return of the workforce. We have a team on staff constantly researching new solutions and working towards new products to accommodate this new era, the following is an article referring to a study done regarding design and what the office will need to move forward. Creating healthy and safe environments for the incoming workforce, and getting our at-home workers set up to battle through these tough times, is our top priority. We truly are all in this, and will get through this..together! - CEO Greg Schneider Article By Janet Pogue McLaurin The coronavirus has turned everything upside down. But, now that were starting to get the hang of working from home, our clients are beginning to wonder how they can prepare to bring people back into the office

Sixmo Architects and Engineers

By National Office Services
March 03, 2020 Category: Case Studies

NationalOffice photographs and tours Sixmo with Patrick Thornton. Furniture and Space Planning by National Office Services.

What it takes to spin a good yarn!

By Mandie Lee
January 08, 2020 Category: Knowledge

That plastic bottle you tossed into the recycling bin yesterday could end up in the chair youll be sitting in tomorrow! Well, perhaps not quite that fast, but eventually. It may seem hard to believe, like many a well-spun yarn (story), but in the textile industry its actually true. Thats because the basic component in the textile manufacturing industryfibercan be either natural or synthetic. A fiber is a substance thats significantly longer than it is wide. Natural fibers (known as staple fibers) develop or occur in the fiber shape and come from animal, vegetable and mineral sources, such as wool, silk, cotton and linen. Then there are synthetic, or man-made, fibers (known as filament fibers), which are cellulosic, thermoplastic and mineral in nature. Their chemical composition is significantly modified during the manufacturing process, and they are used to produce rayon, polyester, nylon and fiberglass. This is not the type of fiber your doctor tells you to eat for good health, but it

Binary Defense

By Mandie Lee
December 10, 2019 Category: Case Studies

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider (MSSP) with leading cybersecurity solutions that include Security Operations Center (SOC) as-a-service, Managed Detection Response (MDR), Security Information Event Management (SIEM) and Counterintelligence. With our human-driven, technology-assisted approach, Binary Defense is able to provide its clients with immediate protection and visibility, combating and stopping the next generation of attacks that your business faces. Binary Defense was founded with the purpose to change the security industry for the better and help organizations defend against threats of all kinds. Built, tested, and constantly improved upon by top security researchers and hackers with the focus of detecting and protecting against next-generation threats, Binary Defenses cybersecurity solutions will improve your organizations security posture today and continue to do so into the future. The Design Process Designers comments regarding working with Binary

Christmas Give Back 2019

By Mandie Lee
December 02, 2019 Category: Whats New, General

Again this year for our Christmas Give Back we will be collecting donations for CLE Animal Control and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel! Adoptable pooches featured here but...theres more! https://www.petango.com/cacc For more information on the programwe are supporting: http://friendsofclevelandkennel.com/about-friends-of-the-cleveland-kennel/ Donation Ideas - Suggested by Friends of the Cleveland Kennel XL Black Kongs Martingale style collars, size medium and large Freedom Harnesses, size medium and large Flat nylon leashes, 6 Ground canned food (pedigree brand preferred) Advantage flea treatment II for 45-88 lb dogs Capstar flea treatment Mendota style slip leads Spray Cheese Jolly balls and large rope toys Large soft toys Frozen Bil-jac dog food Crates for 50-90 pound dogs (plastic transport style preferred, wire accepted) Towels/Blankets PetSafe Busy Buddy Jack Dog Toy NationalOffice will be accepting donations until Friday - December 20th @3pm. NationalOffice

THE KEYS TO OPEN OFFICE SUCCESS

By Mandie Lee
November 22, 2019 Category: Knowledge, Article

Furniture and layout play an outsized role in the success of open office designs. Heres why and what you can do about it. More than any other single factors, furnishings, and layout drive the success or failure of open plan office design. Creating an open plan office where people can be productive demands an honest look at your clients company culture and the way they do business. Open office design means different things to different people, notes Dave Madson, principal at CBT, an architecture, interior design and urban design firm. Even the companies that fully embrace the open office concept still need enclosed or semi-enclosed areas forgroup collaboration, private conversations, and individual work. Its a good idea to start the design process by understandingwhy your client wants an open plan design solution in the first place and envisioning how other spaces and design features can make that approach successful. Companies that implement an open office strategy tend to do so for

Best Selling Seating Solutions of 2019

By Mandie Lee
November 14, 2019 Category: Seating, Sale

Looking for end of the year upgrades? Another year has come and (almost) gone. Your Q4 results are beginning to roll in and its time to start making some serious decisions for the next year, but first.....here are some great options for finishing out your 2019 expenditures. Weve collected our three top-selling task chairsfrom 2019 for more information on these products and more - Contact Us Derby by Compel - Click here to download brochure Factor by Global -Click here to download brochure Hands down our best seller of 2019 - the Kimball Joya - Click here to download brochure Prices shown are for standard models - some features shown here are not included on standard models, contact your Account Manager or info@natoffice.com for specific pricing.

Educational Design

By Mandie Lee
October 03, 2019 Category: Educational, Knowledge

The average age of the American school building is 50 years. Schools are one building type that were all familiar with because weve all been to school, says Prakash Nair, president and founding partner of Fielding Nair Architects, specialists in learning space design. Schools followed the sage on the stage model that is, a classroom layout with a central platform where the teacher stands, and chairs that face it. Its simple enough, and it worked well enough. The challenge now, according to Nair, is to imagine what a school could be, as opposed to what it has always been. What Is Usually OverlookedIn Learning Space Design According to teacher and former interior designer Erin Klein, space plannersoften miss incorporating the students ideas and opinions. Its not the architects fault. One of the first things architects and designers do is they have to bid for jobs that theyre interested in or clients come to them. Either way, theyre consulting with the client. However, that doesnt

Industrial Commercial Design

By Mandie Lee
September 25, 2019 Category: Whats New

Industrial styleorindustrial chicrefers to anaesthetictrend ininterior designthat takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted toloftsand other living spaces.Components of industrial style include weathered wood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures and concrete This modern yet vintage-inspired trend is heavily influenced by early 20th-century manufacturing and Victorian style. Youll find exposed beams, rustic metal columns, lighting with antique-style bulbs and mechanical details like pulleys, gears, and valves. Inspired by the interior spaces of 19th and early 20th-century manufacturing factories, theIndustrial stylecombines a purely functional aesthetic with stylish refinements. During the height of the Industrial Revolution, these factories were a symbol of the lives of everyday working people. Inside these massive structures of commerce, there was no need for fussy details or overt ornamentation. Instead,

Article in Business of Furniture featuring Kara Treen

By Mandie Lee
September 18, 2019 Category: Employee News

Kara Recently won Check out this article from the September issue of The Business of Furniture - Article Here If you have been to National Office or our downtown location Inspire Workplace Interiors then you mighthave seen our always smiling designer, National Office 2018 Employee of the Year - Kara Treen;Kara is known for her design abilities almost as much as she is known for her sick mixologist skills! Every year Kara submitsdifferent designs into numerous commercial furniture contests; due to her modern and unique design skills, she has gotten a lot of exposure. Here is the Chicago FB Live Interview with 2020 Spaces Featured video from her 2018 Employee of the Year Award

Seating Solutions

By Mandie Lee
September 05, 2019 Category: Seating

Advances in materials science and a better general understanding of human anatomy in the 70s led to the development of the ergonomic chair, which spread quickly through the office ecosystem. As more and more people spent more time tied to their chairs, the shortcomings of the original design became apparent, and more advanced supports were needed. In recent years, theres been a flurry of activity and advancement in the office chair ecosystem leading to a corresponding explosion of different types of desk chairs. Big and Tall chairs, computer chairs, conference chairs, drafting chairs and stools, executive chairs, kneeling chairs, ergonomic chairs, benches, stacking chairs, folding and nesting chairs, and most recently height-adjustable options for standing height desks. There are dozens of different types of seating solutions, made by a host of different manufacturers. We carry only the highest quality varieties for our customers satisfaction. Here are a few examples of the different

1st Annual Bowling Event

By Mandie Lee
August 05, 2019 Category: General, Article, Employee News

NationalOfficecolleagues spared* some time recently to take part in friendly competition at a local bowling alley. A total of eight teams comprised of colleagues from many different departments including our manufacturing facilityhit the lanes for the 1st AnnualBowling Event.We had over 50 people show up and it was a ton of fun, said Teresa Corl, Vice President of Operation at NationalOffice. A striking* level of skill was present! Awards were given to not only the highest-scoring team but also to the best style, best cheerleader and of course the You Stink trophies to the lowest-scoringteam. Everyone had a ball* as evident in the pictures below! We are truly looking forward to the next event. *Puns very much intended :-) - Article by Mandie Lee (1-minute read)

100 Years of Bauhaus

By Mandie Lee
June 06, 2019 Category: General

Bauhaus is one of the greatest design movements of the 20th century. Founded in 1919, the famous design school has influenced all kinds of cultural fields with its revolutionary ideas and theories. Its indelible mark has been stamped on art, design and architecture. But you dont need to be an artist to have heard about Bauhaus. We all have a feel for what Bauhaus design looks like, but cant necessarily explain it. Until now Weve put together this Bauhaus infographic to summarize everything you need to know about the movement. Scroll down and let us take you on a Bauhaus journey, fromits principles and characteristics to the history, milestones and evolution of the Bauhaus movement in graphic design today. A journey through 100 years of Bauhaus Designed byLera Balashova 100 years after its inception we can still clearly see the influence of Bauhaus on the design world today. Its iconic and timeless characteristics will probably never go out of style. We cant wait to see howBauhaus

How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity

By Mandie Lee
May 14, 2019 Category: General

If your office walls are painted dull gray -- the coldcolorof warships, concrete and cubicles -- its time for a makeover. AUniversity of Texas studyfound that bland gray, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. Men, on the other hand, experienced similarly gloomy feelings in purple and orange workspaces. Similar scientific studies have shown that colors dont just change our moods, they also profoundly impact ourproductivity, for better and for worse. Thats why its best to decorate your workplace with a vibrant medley of stimulating hues that increase output and spark creativity. Low-wavelength colors, like restful green and calming blue -- two of the most common colors in Mother Natures palette -- improve efficiency and focus. They also lend an overall sense of well-being. Bottom line: If you want happier, more effective workers, green and blue are wise choices. Red, a high-wavelength color, is active, intense and alarming at times.

Feature Friday 5.10.19

By Mandie Lee
May 10, 2019 Category: Feature Friday

Here are installation images we have captured throughout the week. If you have any questions about the product seen here, Contact Us. Thank you!

Have you seen the new gen2

By Mandie Lee
April 06, 2019 Category: General

gen2 office furniture, manufactured in Cleveland, OH has a new look and some cool new tricks! Focusing on what our customers have loved about us the most for over 25 years the gen2 brand is focused on solving problems and creating quality, affordable products for todays workspaces. READ MORE

Designer Position Available

By Mandie Lee
February 08, 2019 Category: Employment

We are seeking a full-time designer to join our team at our Brookpark location. **Job description** National Office, a fast growing furniture dealership, is looking for a full-time Interior Designer. The designer will work with both Account Execs and clients to design, specify and order commercial furniture projects of varying sizes. Candidates must have the ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and possess good written and verbal communication skills. A Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in Interior Design, is required **Duties** Develop floor plans, Produce drawings, 2D/3D, prepare specifications, interior renderings and furniture quotes Conducts and organizes product research Maintains effective communication with project team members Assist with furniture selection, interior finishes Maintains National Offices design library Attend site visits including field measurements and customer presentations

How to make open offices work for everyone

By Mandie Lee
January 14, 2019 Category: Article

Whoever thought that walls and doors could go out of style? Apparently, thats what has happened at offices nationwide. Seven in 10 American offices now have an open floor plan, rather than cubicles or private rooms. The open office aims to boost creativity, productivity and collaboration by making it easy for employees to interact. But that hasnt been the case for everybody. A study published this summer by researchers at Harvard Business School found that in-person interactions actually dropped more than 70 percent after workers moved from a cubicle to an open-plan workspace. Employee productivity also declined. Open offices and isolating cube farms arent our only two choices. Borrowing the best from both design approaches can give workers what theyre really after control and ownership of their workspace. When people decide for themselves where and how they work, theyre happier and more productive. That pays dividends for employees and employers alike. The mystique surrounding

National Office is the manufacturer of gen2 office furniture, a high quality office furniture line distributed nationally. We are also a full service dealer, working with our partners to provide our clients with any office furniture or accessory need they may need. We pride ourselves on our quality products and personal service.