(music). So my design directive from Carmen,
the COO of BrandStar, was to create this sort of equality throughout the entire building
with the furniture so that Mark, the Founder and Chairman, sat in the same kind of chair
as a sales person. In fact, everyone sat in the same chair and had the same furniture.
We’ve created an incredibly vibrant culture here where people really enjoy working together
and I just didn’t see any reason why the executive should have different chairs from the associates.
We’re all here, we’re all human beings, we’re all working for the same outcome.
Now that’s going to be quite the change. Mark’s current office space is far different from
any employee, with its dark wood and dark furniture, huge leather sofas and lots of
personal items tucked away in all this old world storage space.
It’s all very old-school and my design challenge is to not only update and modernize the look
of the private office for BrandStar, but create a clean, modern, and high tech look that will
be uniform throughout every office space in the building. There were still requirements
for a private office of course. They still needed a space for storage, a large enough
work surface, an ergonomic chair and guest seating for private meetings and everything
flexible enough to include more or less people. To that end I’ve chosen a company called Mayline
to come down to Florida and meet with Mark, Carmen and me to look over my design plans.
CEO Allan Klotsche and his manager of sale services, Jason Dover, showed us samples of
their E5 products line of modular office furniture that is designed to support a more open and
collaborative work environment. They have great solutions for work spaces, ergonomic
chairs, and a wide range of materials to choose from. But just to make sure that Mayline was
the right fit for our company I decided to pay them a visit at their manufacturing plant
in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where I found a 100 year old tradition in pride and craftsmanship.
Allan, this is such an old building. There’s still some old Myaline paint on the exterior.
How long have you guys been here? Well the building has been here for almost
100 years if you can believe it, but we’ve only been… we’re the new tenants. 75 years
ago we moved in here. I think one of the things that’s still so unique about Mayline is that
we manufacture our products here in the United States, right here in Sheboygan.
It’s really important how things are constructed and made and I want to make sure that we are
finding the right product for this space. I love that their products are made in the
USA and so I’m here to see more. Our employees take great pride in putting
this product together, having it being American made and stamping that Mayline name on it.
And I think in the environment that Kalyn is looking to putting together, that quality
is going to be an important feature. So I’m really glad that I came to their factory
today to see how things are actually made and hand crafted here in Wisconsin.
A lot of strong Wisconsin women are in this factory. I was very impressed by how many
Wisconsin women are making their furniture and so that was very fantastic to see. I’m
feeling much more comfortable having seen the factory and how things are made here at
Mayline. I still want to see what other options they have available so I think it’s important
that I go to Neocon this year… NeoCom is the country’s largest national furniture
tradeshow in Chicago where Mayline is one of its largest exhibitors. Here, all of their
newest office products are on display. You know I really want to make sure that we choose
the right thing for our space. It needs to meet all of the goals that we need for our
project so I am here to make that decision. Today I am meeting with Jason and he is going
to show me a bunch of different products and new items, and new finishes and some of the
solutions that Mayline offers. Perfect! I think it’s fantastic and I’m really happy
with the privacy panel above. After seeing your factory and you know you guys taking
the time to really help me understand your products and how they’re made, I know that
this is the right fit for us. So I am so excited! So my mind is made up. I think the E5 line
of private office furniture from Mayline is the right solution for Brandstar’s new office
space. I signed the deal with Allan and I am so excited. They did such a great job.
Their customer service was the best. You know, I think that our employees are going to be
blown away with the options that they have. It will take about 8 weeks for delivery and
we’ve got a tight timeline to meet. (music). Today is a total madhouse here on the job
site. Any day for an interior designer that we’re doing a furniture installation is a
big day. But especially today with Mayline here. We got three huge trucks full of furniture
and everything needs to go in a certain location. We’ve got the electricians who are running
wires through the furniture, I’ve got painters finishing up, I’ve got decorative wall treatments
going on. I have a lot in my mind and I have it all organized somehow, but it’s been a
crazy day. One thing about furniture installation is
when you have this much arriving all at once, literally hundreds of boxes and even boxes
within boxes that all have to end up in a specific location, organization is key or
else you’ll end up with total chaos. What’s really interesting is the way Mayline
packs their trucks for delivery from Wisconsin. The trucks are packed by room so that when
the trucks arrive and unpack they can literally take furniture out and place it in the exact
location where it belongs. The fantastic news is that Mayline has sent Kathy Aulik here
to help with delivery. She’s the brains behind the installation. And she really helps to
keep things extremely organized by knowing exactly what goes where and how it’s assembled.
The challenge always is when you’re dealing with this many pieces is to get the correct
pieces in the right areas. There is approximately 1,000 pieces from hardware, to tops, to legs,
to cabinets, to overheads, and all the electrical that is needed. It’s probanly going to take
8 to 10 installers 4 to 5 days to complete the install of all of the furniture.
Now as you can imagine there’s a ton of cardboard left over from trying to get the product here
safely, but we’ve found a green way to deal with it so it doesn’t end up in a landfill.
That’s why this guy is here. He is part of the greener solution.
So I am really excited! Daniel is here, Daniel Suarez, and what he does, which I think is
so wonderful and important for this project, is that he actually works with Office Furniture
Warehouse to take all of the boxes, all of the waste and he brings them to Miami to recycle
which is fantastic because we are a green building and we’re trying our best to be eco-friendly
and conscious so this is wonderful. Muchas gracias Daniel!
(music). So it’s day two here on the job site of our
furniture installation with Mayline and there are parts and pieces everywhere! There are
desk legs over there, cabinets over here, but somehow, I am so glad that I have a big
team who’s helping me put it all together! Of course any day that I am installing furniture
is hectic because I want to make sure that the product I am receiving is perfect without
any flaws and without any dings, that I’ve received the right furniture and that it’s
all going in the right direction. Our office furniture installation is about complete.
But we still have a few extra things to add that are going to make this space extra special
for the employees. (music). I’m about to take Carmen and Mark through
the space and they’ve only seen the furniture solutions through small samples, through our
VIMtrek 3D model. But I know when they see this in person, it’s so much warmer and, you
know, I’m excited for them to see to see it! I can’t wait to see their reaction.
I love it! Wow look at this! Sweet! It’s beautiful. Alright, come have a seat. I’ll bring you
over, we have to have a meeting. (laughter) Come over here. Let’s talk about it!
Does it make you feel very presidential? I do! Oh, do you need a tissue? Hold on. Let
me get you one. (Laughter). You know I’ve been questioned several times
from people, oh well how are you going to adjust to this? To this environment? Well
I have to be honest with you I love it! It’s clean, it’s sharp, it doesn’t have clutter
in it and I think it’s perfect. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.
As you can see Mark and Carmen are really pleased with the new space and even Allan
seems impressed with how we’ve integrated his Mayline furniture into our design.
Most importantly from an office standpoint I think we accomplished what you wanted. You
wanted a really, nice, big work surface. You selected the Gist chair. This is a great chair.
This is actually the chair that I have in my office, and what I like about it, being
a bigger guy, is that is adjusts in 5 different ways. Not only will your works be functional,
but they’ll be comfortable. Exactly!
I know I’m biased, but I think it’s a pretty good looking office.
I would have to agree. I think you’re all set to go!
I really couldn’t picture it in my head being as nice as it turned out to be. So the folks
from Mayline, again, they just really did a great job from beginning to end and everything
in my office just fits! It’s all well-coordinated and it just feels like the place that I am
supposed to be. (music).