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As companies downsize office space, what happens to the furniture?

  • February 21, 2024

As he walked around the sales floor, JP Liesenfeld pointed to a group of sleek, modern chairs with a butterflylike design: the Herman Miller Aerons.

“They’re the Mercedes of office chairs,” he said.

They retail for $1,400 new. But here, at Furnish Office and Home, a nonprofit store in northeast Minneapolis that is like a Goodwill for office furniture, used models go for $399. And it has a bunch of them, as well as the slightly cheaper Mirra and Mirra 2 that companies have offloaded.

Some people drive from Wisconsin or Iowa to buy them, added Liesenfeld, the store’s general manager.

As companies shift to hybrid and remote work, they are downsizing office space or remodeling what’s left to lure employees into the office. That means a lot of abandoned office furniture.

Think floors full of empty rolling, swiveling chairs with ergonomic designs. Desks — the kinds that move up and down and the more old-school stationary ones — as well as conference tables, filing cabinets and lots and lots of cubicles.

Some of it is being recycled, especially if it contains metal. At worst, it could end up in the landfill with millions of tons of other furniture each year. For cubicles, it’s often a mix of both. The aluminum and steel inside them go to a scrap yard, and the rest ends up in a dumpster.

But for newer items from sit-to-stand desks to small filing cabinets, there’s a bustling market with an overflow of inventory as brokers and secondhand shops hustle to find a second life for the stuff.

At Furnish Office and Home, furniture donations from companies around the Twin Cities — and sales — are booming.

“Our No. 1-selling product is our clearance chairs at $10,” said Kevin Engdahl, a vice president for Emerge Community

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Madison Liquidators Finalizes the Onboarding of The Tahoe Series Outdoor Office Furniture

  • January 1, 2024

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Madison Liquidators has completed the rollout of the outdoor office furniture series, Tahoe, from Via Seating. The Tahoe Series includes innovative outdoor office furniture pieces in the form of benches, picnic tables, sunshades, bench swings, planters, and outdoor garbage cans. The line focuses on creating comfortable workspaces outside of modern office, education, and healthcare facilities. Being able to offer consumers a complete line of outdoor furniture has marked a shift for the company, with the goal of covering various commercial spaces, conventional and unconventional.

Tahoe Series Outdoor Business Furniture is now available at Madison Liquidators

According to the manufacturer, the Tahoe Series is a collection with timeless appeal that utilizes clean lines and classic and modern elements, all executed with simplicity. It was created by Italian designers from entirely recyclable materials that remain durable in a variety of weather conditions. Madison Liquidators believes that this new collection aims to redefine traditional work environments by offering ergonomic, durable, and stylish solutions for professionals seeking a refreshing and versatile workspace outdoors.

Key features of the new outdoor office furniture line include weather-resistant materials, which ensure durability and longevity in outdoor conditions. They also boast an ergonomic design, as each piece magnifies comfort and supports correct posture. The contemporary aesthetics of the line allow sleek and modern-style elements to complement outdoor environments and create visually appealing workspaces. The Tahoe Series is a modern spin on traditional outdoor office furniture pieces that are designed to elevate the ambiance of outdoor spaces around work, schools, and medical facilities.

All of the pieces are available in classic wood-effect finishes using heat transfer film or dipped-look polyester powder coat colors. While the wood effect mixes the natural with the modern for outdoor furniture styled for its time, the five matte color choices of the galvanized steel-dipped options add fun

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New Series Offer Customers Modern and Functional Office Furniture Sets

  • August 17, 2023

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Maverick Desk brings the Gravity and Canyon series to the Madison Liquidators online marketplace which offers casegood and benching concepts for modern business. These series are ramping up at Madison Liquidators with continued rollouts in the upcoming weeks. The Gravity and Canyon series are where design and function come together. The goal is to allow customers to create the perfect work environment in any office plan.  

Canyon Series Casegoods Executive Desk by Maverick Desk. Now Available at Madison Liquidators!

The Maverick Desk Canyon series of office furniture desk sets prioritizes open office concepts. Open spaces, with a communal work environment, that are vibrant with natural light and warmly inviting colors is the focus of this series. Canyon utilizes vivacious colors to add accent to otherwise modern and traditional office furniture finishes. The high-quality melamine, a type of commercial grade laminate used in the series, allows customers to purchase durable furniture solution.  

Customized style and branding for a company office is possible with The Gravity series. Finish options, accent colors, and upholstery colors provide hundreds of unique combinations. With the number of choices, Madison Liquidators is hoping to signal to consumers that office design doesn’t have to appear basic or formulaic. With The Maverick Desk series, office furniture sets are brought into the limelight of today’s market as a beacon of sophisticated yet simplistic style for any business looking to make a laid-back and open impression on clients. 

As the industry standard for quality office furniture, Madison Liquidators has continually forged a path to bring the latest office furniture trends, including open office concept and color to consumers. The Gravity and Canyon series desk sets from Maverick Desk are the latest office furniture set that tastefully pairs these trends with tradition. To better meet the needs of businesses and residential customers, new and long-lasting partnerships

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Where Does New York City Office Furniture Go When No One Wants It?

  • July 17, 2023

Herman Miller is one of the most revered makers of office furniture in the world, its designs so esteemed that its Aeron chair, which became a fixture of New York City cubicles, was put in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

This month, some Herman Miller chairs, which can retail for over $1,000, met a less dignified fate: an appointment with the crushing metal jaws of an excavator.

More than three years after the coronavirus pandemic began, about half of the office space in the New York City metro area in June was occupied, according to Kastle Systems, a security-card company tracking activity in office buildings. The hollowing out of the city’s cubicles has raised existential economic and cultural questions, but also a big logistical one: What do you do with all that office furniture?

The answer can often be found in the back of a moving truck — en route to the auction block, a liquidator or, more likely, a landfill. Some of the furniture has found new purpose in schools, churches and movers’ living rooms; other pieces have been repackaged by hip resellers, or shipped across the globe.

Over 70 million square feet of direct office space was available for lease in Manhattan in the second quarter of 2023, a record high, compared with about 40 million square feet before the pandemic began, according to Savills, a large commercial real estate brokerage that tracks the market. New leasing also remains far below pre-Covid levels.

A small class of movers and liquidators has been thrust into the suddenly growing office-afterlife market. Lior Rachmany, the chief executive of Dumbo Moving and Storage, said a rush of businesses put their furnishings into the company’s storage facilities in 2021 and 2022. Close to 2,000 midsize companies in the region, from

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WORKSPACE offers splendor in the world of office furniture

  • October 9, 2022
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WORKSPACE is an e-commerce company based in Dubai that specializes in designing, manufacturing and supplying modern office furniture. Through its website, “Workspace.ae“, it allows its customers to easily shop online, create and buy different designs of office furniture, and is the first to offer creative and economical office furniture financing solutions for startups in Dubai, supporting entrepreneurs to reduce business start-up costs, and helping them conserve their money and working capital to bring their ideas to life.

The company understands the basic needs of various companies in the United Arab Emirates and seeks to meet all the needs of its customers and satisfy all tastes, and the brand aims to provide startups with the best furniture designed for offices.

WORKSPACE believes that the design of the workspace has a significant impact on the employee’s workflow and realizes the importance of well-thought-out workspaces and their impact in increasing productivity and maintaining morale among employees, and high-quality workspace design leads to a work environment that is less stressful and more productive, and involves choosing the right office furniture, interior design, and color scheme.

This can make all the difference between a happy, engaged workforce that constantly achieves goals, and a team that can’t stay active and productive, so the luxury brand that offers contemporary office furniture and interior design solutions to sophisticated clients has raised the industry standards with the release of Workspace Design Studio technology, a state-of-the-art interior design software tool, providing unlimited variations and a multitude of high-tech features to help users design new workplaces, redesign their work areas and select the most appropriate furniture, while offering the opportunity to create the perfect workspace before investing in office equipment and decor. Interior design services are available through the website OFFICEWORKS.

The brand made it easy

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Contemporary & Modern Home Office Furniture

  • June 21, 2022

Contemporary & Modern Home Office Furniture

Office spaces have gradually shifted to homes, and thus it is not uncommon to see more and more home offices coming up. The trend has certainly accelerated due to the recent pandemic, and as a result, one finds an increasing number of people working from home and more students studying online.

Whether you are working from home or are doing your online master’s degree, it is time to spruce up your working space or the home office. All you need is some impressive modern furniture to transform the interior and make it more impressive for greater satisfaction and motivation. If your office or workplace at home carries ergonomic furniture, it is sure to enhance your efficiency and comfort and keep you motivated.

When planning a home office, think in the long term and avoid the cheapest alternatives. It is important to have a close look at what you are buying so that you do not regret your decisions later. Try to get contemporary furniture pieces that are sturdy and long-lasting, and the good news is that the market is flooded with endless options. Do not ignore the specifics of the right furniture pieces and consider different characteristics and functionalities to make the right choices when choosing contemporary office furniture.

Contemporary & Modern Home Office Furniture

When choosing contemporary & modern home office furniture, one should keep in mind the material, quality, and functionality. Let’s look at a few tips on how to make the right choice when choosing modern furniture for your home office.

  • Consider the space available – Home offices can vary in size and can be full-fledged offices or smaller rooms. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to the space available in the office. Avoid buying larger species of furniture for a smaller office as it can make the office look
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