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Sep 30 2016
October 2016 Free Downloadable Wallpaper

| Free Monthly Download

BOO! October is on its way, and that means it's time to get spooky! Download one of our free October wallpapers below to bring a bit of fall fun to your desktop, tablet or mobile phone.


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Sep 29 2016
Now Trending: Mid-Century Modern Office Furniture

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Pushed into the spotlight in recent years by hit shows such as Mad Men, mid-century modern style exudes the uncomplicated aesthetic of postwar United States. Take one look at the clean lines and sharp angles of this furniture and you’ll be transported right back to the 1950’s and 60’s—a time for innovation in design and a look toward a brighter, more modern future. Take a look at how you can get the mid-century modern look in your workspace by following a few basic guidelines.

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Sep 28 2016
The Complete Guide to Office Chairs

| Office Chairs

Looking for a new office chair for your desk? With so many options to choose from, it can be tough to know what to go with. Take our comprehensive guide to office chairs into consideration to help you narrow down your options and decide what the best chair for your needs will be.


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Sep 27 2016
How to Create a Productive Third Space in Your Office

| Office Design

What is the third space?

First thing’s first—what is the third space? The third space is a term commonly used to refer to the space between home (the first space) and the workplace (the second space). With the rise of telecommuting and office employees working from laptops, the line between work and home has become more and more blurred, and with that blurring has come a need for a more casual, comfortable place to collaborate and get work done. Common examples of third spaces include cafes, parks and other public places that foster socialization and a sense of community. In a workplace, the third space is a place somewhere between our workstations and formal conference rooms where employees can meet freely to share ideas on the fly.


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Sep 26 2016
ANSI/BIFMA Testing for Office Chairs

| Industry News, Office Seating

Not all office chairs are created equally. Perhaps, through personal experience, you are well acquainted with this fact, but maybe not. Either way, we hope that after we detail just what it takes to be an ANSI/BIFMA-approved desk chair, you will be thoroughly convinced that the opening statement of this article is, indeed, a true one. In a previous article, titled An Overview of ANSI/BIFMA, we explained just what ANSI/BIFMA is, what they do, and how their organizations not only strive for safety and efficiency at the workplace, but also how their approval can help when making an office furniture purchase. ANSI/BIFMA truly serves customers by encouraging manufacturers to produce better quality furniture.

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Sep 22 2016
3 Benefits of a Heated Office Chair

| Collection Spotlights, Office Chairs

Heated chairs are something you don’t see every day, but why not? After all, heated office chairs have all of the ergonomic benefits of traditional desk seating, but with a heating element to boot. With the rise in complaints over back pain and unbearably low office temperatures, it seems strange that more office workers aren’t being outfitted with a heated desk chair. Think a heated seat might be a good fit for you? Read on to find out what benefits you can expect when you work with a heated chair.


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Sep 21 2016
Office Chair Casters 101

| Furniture Materials, Office Seating

Did you know that the wheels on your office chair are designed to be used with a specific type of flooring? There are two main types of office chair casters—soft floor and hard floor—and you should verify which type you’ll need before you buy your new office chair.


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Sep 20 2016
How to Beat the Afternoon Slump

| Office Life

We’ve all been there—the afternoon slump. It usually happens between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM when lunch is over and the end of the day can’t seem to come soon enough. Many of us have just learned to cope with the afternoon slump over the years, but did you know there are easy ways to fight back? It’s true, and these are some of our favorites.


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Sep 19 2016
Chair Ergonomics 101

| Ergonomics

First thing’s first. What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of an individual’s efficiency in his or her working environment. Today, many furniture manufacturers and designers understand that they simply cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach to creating office furniture, especially when it comes to chairs. Because of that, many office chairs include ergonomic adjustments that enable them to be positioned to support a wide range of body types. So what ergonomic adjustments should you look for in your next office chair? Read on to find out.

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Sep 15 2016
Where to Splurge and Save on Office Furniture

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Whether you’re running a small business or a multi-million dollar corporation, every office wants to save money wherever possible. Although saving money may be necessary, plan wisely when budgeting for your new office furniture—some pieces are worth the splurge. Read on to determine what pieces of furniture are worth the extra dollars spent and what items can save you some cash up front.


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Sep 14 2016
Standing Height Solutions for Government Employees

| GSA, Standing Desks

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to use up those government budget dollars before you lose them for good. When it comes to office furniture for government employees, there’s one trend that seems to be growing more and more every year—the need for standing furniture solutions. Alternating between sitting and standing has been proven time and time again to increase blood flow, leading to healthier, happier and more productive employees. It’s no wonder government offices are hopping on board the standing height bandwagon, as the benefits of this type of furniture have proven themselves to be quite noteworthy. If your government office has already made the decision to equip the space with standing height solutions, then this list of our best-selling GSA approved standing desks is for you.


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Sep 14 2016
Office Chair Casters 101

| Eco-Friendly

Did you know that the wheels on your office chair are designed to be used with a specific type of flooring? There are two main types of office chair casters—soft floor and hard floor—and you should verify which type you’ll need before you buy your new office chair.


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Sep 13 2016
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Array Collection

| Collection Spotlights, Office Chairs

Looking for seating that will support your employees and enhance the look of your office? The Array office chairs by NBF Signature Series are designed to keep you feeling cool and looking cool too. These modern office chairs are designed with ergonomic support, luxurious comfort and high style in mind, ensuring you and your employees get everything you want and need out of the furniture you work with every single day. Take a look at the functionality we built into this NBF exclusive collection.


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Sep 12 2016
The Dos and Don'ts of Buying an Office Chair

| Office Seating

No matter if you’ve just moved into a new office space or you’re looking to replace your old chair, selecting an office chair is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Remember, you’ll be sitting in the chair you choose for several hours a day nearly every day. Take a look at our list of DOs and DON’Ts before you take the plunge!

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Sep 8 2016
What Size Office Chair Should I Get?

| Office Seating

It’s a common misconception that office chairs come in a one-size-fits-all solution. On the contrary, task seating is designed to accommodate people of specific body types. Every individual is unique, so finding the correct chair for your body type is essential. Read on to determine what size chair will be best for you.


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Sep 7 2016
Now Trending: Tempur-Pedic® Office Chairs

| Now Trending

One of the most iconic names in comfort, Tempur-Pedic® is often associated with luxurious mattresses, pillows and personalized sleeping experiences. Now, they're extending their reach a little further into the business market to offer customers the chance to enjoy similar relaxation in their workplace.

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Sep 6 2016
Brand Spotlight: Office Star

| Brand Spotlights

Office Star has been one of our best-selling manufacturers of office seating and casegoods for years, and it’s not hard to see why once you get a glance of their vast and varied furniture selection. From modern reception seating to traditional private office furnishings and everything in between, there’s plenty to choose from. After more than 25 years making quality, affordable office and home furniture, Office Star knows a thing or two about what makes furniture work. These are some of our best-selling collections from this top-notch brand.


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Sep 1 2016
September 2016 Free Downloadable Calendar

| Free Monthly Download

Ah, sweater weather, falling leaves and pumpkin spice everything. The first day of September means that fall is well on its way, and we're pretty okay with that! Celebrate autumn a little early by downloading one of our free September calendars below!


September Desktop Wallpaper

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Aug 31 2016
5 Lessons Learned From Moving to a New Office

| Employee Picks

Moving your business from one office to another is rarely a fun process. Between cleaning up the old space, redesigning the new space and making sure every employee has a smooth transition, the experience is generally time consuming and stressful. Since National Business Furniture recently moved offices in May 2016, we interviewed some of the key players who were tasked with executing the move to find out what they thought about the process and to share their advice. These are the lessons they learned from their experience.


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Aug 30 2016
The Complete Guide to Breakroom Furniture

| Breakrooms, Office Design

A breakroom is so much more than a room for employees to sit and eat during lunchtime. It’s a getaway. It’s a space for co-workers to gather together to chat, chow down and chill out. Workers need time in the middle of the day to get their mind off the job and relax a little, and providing a breakroom that’s inspiring and relaxing is the best way to get the batteries recharged and minds reenergized for the afternoon to come. So where do you begin? This comprehensive guide to breakroom furniture should help.


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Aug 29 2016
Famous People Who Used Standing Desks

| Standing Desks

Standing and moving throughout the work day are recommended to ward off negative health effects. Adding a standing desk to your office can make it that much easier to do both, all while still staying on task. There’s also a lot of research that suggests, in addition to health benefits, individuals also become more focused and more creative when they incorporate a standing height desk into their workspace....

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Aug 26 2016
[Case Study] National Business Furniture Conference Rooms

| Conference Rooms, Office Tours

One of the primary issues that NBF employees faced at their former headquarters location in Milwaukee, WI was that there were never quite enough conference rooms to house the company’s ever-growing number of workers. In Milwaukee, NBF had four formal conference rooms—one main conference room that was large enough to seat up to 14 people around a 14-foot-long table, and three smaller rooms with enough space to seat six people each. With more than 100 employees working for NBF and that number growing more every year, this just wasn’t enough. And what’s the solution when you need to meet with your team members but there’s nowhere to go? Most employees resorted to meeting at one another’s desks where privacy was at a minimum, or worse—not meeting at all.


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Aug 25 2016
Let There Be Light: How We Used Color and Light to Escape a Sea of Beige

| Office Design, Office Life

For years the National Business Furniture headquarters called downtown Milwaukee its home. It was a great area—beautiful river views, within walking distance to awesome restaurants and in a great community full of people who care. But the NBF office itself? We have one word to describe it—beige. So beige. NBF had been occupying the Water Street office for decades, and it was evident that the beige cubicles and harsh yellowish lighting hadn’t been updated in that time. When it came time for us to move to a new office, we took it as an opportunity to escape the sea of beige. Here’s how we did it.

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Aug 24 2016
How Office Furniture Can Help Shape Company Culture

| Office Design, Office Life

Whether you’re opening a new startup company or you want to improve the way your business operates, utilizing the right furniture can make a huge difference in the way your employees interact with co-workers and view your business overall. These are some of the types of furniture you should consider adding to your office to shape the business’s culture for the better.


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Aug 23 2016
Now Trending: Breakrooms in Every Style

| Breakrooms, Office Design

Designing a new breakroom for your office? Gone are the days of the lunchroom being a stodgy, boring place for employees to stop by once a morning for coffee. These days, business owners are going the extra mile to make employees actually want to spend time in the breakroom. After all, breaks are essential for keeping workers feeling refreshed and ready to perform. Why not give them a space they can fully enjoy? These are some of the breakroom styles that are now trending.

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Aug 22 2016
Standing Desks: Simple Desktop Solutions

| Brand Spotlights

So you have read the research and viewed the various news stories – you know that standing and sitting periodically through the day offers a substantial list of long term health benefits. Now you are looking to actually implement one in your office, but you’re left wondering how and about the actual logistics. Chances are you already have a desk in your office. If it needs to be replaced and the budget is in place for you to do so, adding a standing desk is not too difficult. There are many desks on the market with varying features that can accommodate your specific working needs. All it takes is a little bit of shopping around.


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Aug 18 2016
Seating for Employees Who Stand All Day

| Ergonomics, Industry News, Standing Desks

You’ve probably heard that sitting is the new smoking; that employees who sit at their desks all day long are more prone to heart disease and other serious health concerns. But what about employees in professions like retail and banking who face the opposite problem? Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the court would define labor law in a way that now makes it very difficult for companies to deny workers a chair. Although California is the first to put this law into effect, it likely won’t be the last, and when it will take effect in other US states is simply a question of time.


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Aug 17 2016
NBF Exclusive Standing Height Solutions

| Standing Desks

You’ve probably heard by now that the sedentary office lifestyle is leading to a rise in heart disease and other health issues. Studies have shown that moving throughout the work day is the best way to combat the negative side effects of being chained to your desk. That’s why the furniture experts behind our exclusive NBF Signature Series line have helped develop standing and adjustable height solutions to suit every workspace. These are just some of our most popular collections and personal favorites!


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Aug 16 2016
3 Things You Can Do to Get Moving at Work

| Office Life, Standing Desks

You’ve probably heard by now that the sedentary office lifestyle is leading to a rise in heart disease and other health issues. Studies have shown that moving throughout the work day is the best way to combat the negative side effects of being chained to your desk. Take these tips to get yourself up and moving while you work!


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Aug 15 2016
Incorporate a Balance of Standing and Sitting at Work

| Health and Wellness, Standing Desks

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Aug 12 2016
[Office Tour] Kingsmark Kennels Keeping it Contemporary

| Office Design, Office Tours

Located in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona, Kingsmark Kennels has been the area’s premier pet resort for more than 50 years. The facility has won many awards, including being voted Best Pet Boarding year after year by the residents of Flagstaff. The full service grooming and doggy day camp goes above and beyond basic boarding to ensure all of their two- and four-legged customers are as comfortable and happy as can be. So when it came time to renovate the facility’s office, Kingsmark Kennels wanted to treat staff to the same level of comfort and sophistication that their guests enjoy every day.


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Aug 11 2016
What is the Difference Between Counter and Bar Height Stools

| Breakrooms, Office Seating

In short, the difference between standard, counter height and bar height stools is:


Standard Chair Height is 16”– 23”H at the seat

Counter Height is 24”– 27”H at the seat

Bar Height is 28”– 33”H at the seat

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Aug 10 2016
How to Unwind at Work in 30 Minutes or Less

| Office Life

Are you maximizing your lunch break at work and enjoying it to the fullest? Many of us don’t realize just how important this midday break is for our mental and physical wellbeing, and therefore aren’t utilizing it in the right way. To recharge yourself for what’s left of the afternoon, take these tips for unwinding during your lunch break.


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Aug 9 2016
4 Accessories Every Healthcare Facility Needs

| Healthcare

If you work in a medical facility, you know how important the right furniture is to the operation and sanitation of the building. When it comes to spaces where healthcare is being provided, EVERYTHING needs to be cleanable and safe for patients, for guests and for care providers as well. Although choosing the right furniture for your healthcare facility is of the utmost importance, equipping the space with the right accessories is just as crucial to ensure you’re creating a space for healing. Healthcare accessories from NBF can be broken down into four major groups: accessories for facility protection, waste receptacles, infection control solutions and information boards.

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Aug 8 2016
How to Get a Standing Desk in Your Office

| Health and Wellness

After looking at all of the compiled research, you’ve decided that getting a standing desk is the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle at work. Now that the choice has been made, actually adding a standing desk to your office can be a daunting task to say the least. There’s a vast selection of standing desks to choose from. Plus, many employees don’t have the option to decide whether or not they get to have a new desk. Here’s how you can get a standing desk in your workspace once and for all.


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Aug 5 2016
[Case Study] National Business Furniture

| Office Design

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National Business Furniture has been doing business across the country and maintaining its corporate headquarters in Milwaukee, WI for decades, having just had its 40-year anniversary in 2015. But with a growing business comes a need for more employees, and with more employees comes a need for more space. After many years leasing multiple floors of a Milwaukee high rise building, the decision was made to move to a new office in West Allis, WI that would provide more space. So what did NBF hope to get out of the renovation of the new building?


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Aug 4 2016
How to Create a Breakroom Getaway

| Breakrooms, Office Design

In a business that values its employees, a breakroom is so much more than just a place to eat lunch. We’re only human, and working for eight or more hours without taking a break in between is a disaster waiting to happen. Breaks are needed to break up the day and revitalize us so that when we return to our desks we can work effectively and with renewed vigor. So how can you take steps to ensure that your employees have an enjoyable lunchbreak? The right furniture can help.


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Aug 3 2016
Healthcare Brand Spotlight: Stance

| Brand Spotlights, Healthcare

If you’re in the market to furnish a medical waiting room, patient room or behavioral health facility, Stance Healthcare is your ticket to expertly crafted healthcare furniture in beautiful residential designs. Stance was founded as a healthcare furniture manufacturer, and it remains as such today, combining style and substance in a way that few other healthcare manufacturers have managed to do. Read on to learn why we at NBF consider Stance Healthcare to be one of our most unique brands.


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Aug 2 2016
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Rustico & Frappe

| Collection Spotlights

If you’re looking for rustic or industrial furniture to help you create a beautiful breakroom or café, then the Rustico and Frappe collections from our exclusive NBF Signature Series line are your ticket to high quality and high style. These two collections have a lot in common, which is why we’re grouping them together in this spotlight; however, they also have their own individual merits, which we’ll highlight here.

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Aug 1 2016
Standing Height Ergonomics

| Ergonomics, Standing Desks

So, you’ve added a standing desk to your workspace to help ward off the negative health consequences of sitting all day long. You’re now consistently moving and incorporating a balance of sitting and standing. But have you forgotten about ergonomics? While a balance of sitting and standing is the most important, you’ll also want to consider the height of your workstation, the position of your monitors and keyboard and your ergonomic chair adjustments to make sure that your body is fully supported whether you’re taking a stand or sitting for a bit....

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July 29 2016
August 2016 Free Downloadable Wallpaper

| Free Monthly Download

Happy August! It's the last full month of summer, and that's something to celebrate. This month, we designed a wallpaper that exudes summertime fun, and we hope that it reminds you to enjoy what's left of this beautiful season. After all, fall is just around the corner!


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July 28 2016
How to Hold a Company Celebration in the Office

| Office Life

Whether it’s for the annual Christmas bash, a baby shower or a work anniversary, throwing a party at the office can be a daunting task. Pleasing a lot of people with different tastes can be tough, especially if your company has a lot of employees and you want to invite them all. Here are some tips for throwing an office party that all of your co-workers can enjoy.

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July 27 2016
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Tabella Collection

| Collection Spotlights

Our exclusive NBF Signature Series Tabella collection brings together a variety of desks and tables suitable for any office or conference space. Whether you're looking for a conference table to fit your new conference room, an adjustable height desk for your health-conscious office or simply a collaborative standing height table in your open plan space, the Tabella collection is on-hand to make your decision a little easier.


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July 26 2016
The Pros and Cons of Standing Meetings

| Conference Rooms, Ergonomics, Office Tables

It’s a matter of life – we sit, and we do quite a lot of it. This is especially true at work. Unfortunately, our sedentary habits come with a cost – negative health effects. In order to spurn any health pitfalls, research has shown us how much we can benefit by merely standing for short periods of time. In fact, the research has shown that balance and moderation of both sitting and standing is the way to go to have both healthy and effective working habits.


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July 25 2016
How to Set Up a Conference Room

| Conference Rooms, Office Design

During our more than 35 years in the furniture business, National Business Furniture has helped thousands of customers find the perfect conference room furniture for their needs, their space and their budget. With this knowledge and experience under our belt, we’ve compiled this article to address everything you need to know about creating your ideal conference room, including the most commonly asked questions we’ve heard from our customers.

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July 21 2016
5 Tips for Teleconferencing

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

Ah, the joys of teleconferencing! It certainly can be convenient for when you’re traveling for business or pulled away from the office for personal reasons, but there are some things to consider before you dial in.

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July 20 2016
The Ultimate Guide to Conference Room Seating

| Office Seating

Outfitting your conference room with the right table is one thing, but finding the best chairs for your meeting space is another matter entirely. When it comes to selecting conference chairs for your meeting rooms, consider how many people you want the room to accommodate and what type of look and feel you want it to convey. Then read our comprehensive guide to conference chairs.


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July 19 2016
5 Ways to Style a Bookcase

| Now Trending, Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Whether you’ve just bought a brand new bookcase or you think your old one could use some sprucing up, styling your office’s shelving unit in the right way can make a world of difference when it comes to the overall look of the space. Not only is properly styling your bookcases an easy solution to improving the look of a room, but it’s an inexpensive one as well since you don’t need to buy anything at all in order to accomplish it.


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July 18 2016
Game of Conference Rooms

| Conference Rooms, Office Design, Office Life

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the conference room is no longer just a place to hold meetings and take conference calls – it’s a battleground.


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