Following Spacestor, we visited AIS for an in-depth professional tour of their extensive showroom and a nice catered lunch. Some highlights of the tour were the multiple seating options, adjustable height desks, sliding workstations-to-touchdown-space units, and of course, their very popular Divi and Matrix workstation systems.
We saw an example of AIS’s furniture functionality with the many options of the power beam packs, accommodating 2 to 8 workstations in a group. The furniture layout around the power beam is easily modified as the beam houses all electrical and data wiring. With the Power Beam, you can pair the Aloft Height Adjustable Desk, which is well-loved and used by many of us in our own offices.
More than a typical height-adjustable desk, it combines a bench system’s size, features, and functionality with the ergonomic and health benefits of sit-to-stand while working. Upon entering their conference room for online training, we noticed their conference table is remarkably efficient. It is wider on one end and narrower on the other so that everyone can see the screen. This is just another example of how well AIS thinks through the use and function of their furniture. Finally, AIS has all of its colors, handles, and material options prominently displayed along one wall to view the selections and matches of what you might want in your own office.
Our next stop was the OFS showroom, a beautiful location overlooking the New York City skyline. They provided delicious snacks and beverages while we walked around their formal showroom.
Their tour began with an overview of the “Obeya” – OFS’s soft architecture product for creating space within a space.
The showroom also included examples of touchdown spaces, single work pods, many different types of workstations and seating, and a sample setup of Carolina, their healthcare line. A big trend is functional and versatile furniture, and we loved seeing OFS’s “Heya” collection. Heya includes a mobile lounge arrangement – extremely beneficial when wanting to reconfigure the office quickly, collaboration touchdown layout, and a fantastic privacy/acoustic lounge configuration. The mobile lounge is trending in hybrid office spaces as it makes it easy for remote employees to get work done when in the office. Overall, the Heya collection is exceptionally versatile and has a variety of sizes, an optional hood, different color combinations, and outlets to charge any device while working. All OFS’s furniture is exceptionally comfortable, and we took advantage by trying every seat possible. We also got a sneak peek of OFS’s healthcare line called Carolina. Carolina is modern and comfortable furniture for the healthcare industry, including cabinetry, lockers, waiting room seating, treatment/exam rooms, and much more.
Our next stop was Gibson’s large NYC showroom, which showcases many brands and styles of furniture such as Artopex, Logiflex, Darran, Formaspace, Takeform, and others. We often mention these brands to our clients, so it was great to see the products in person.
Each brand has a defined section in the showroom, making it easier to find and identify each brand’s furniture. The setup of each area is as a working model, so we could test out any furniture we wanted as we walked through the showroom. Gibson’s custom reception desk was eye-catching and a great way to open the space. The desk consists of white and wood accents on the different cubes of the desk, giving it a very polished look.
Another stand-out feature in the space is the Logiflex Wellington base of Gibson’s conference table, which can be customized in dimensions and personalized. The chrome accents are beautiful and give an extra sparkle to the conference room. Our employees were a big fan of the Mind Spa, an individual pod consisting of a recliner chair, twinkly light ceiling, and headphones. So soothing, we thought we might never get our employees out of there!