On October 24, Meadows Office Interiors was honored to host the 5th annual “Fine Fair,” in collaboration with KnollTextiles, Allermuir, and Liquid Elements. Drawing a crowd of over 200 attendees, the event allows individuals across the A&D community to display and sell their handmade works of art, from pottery, paintings, and scented soaps to jewelry, apparel, and accessories. Stay tuned for updates as plans begin for next year’s Fine Fair!
VOLUME 16 / Fall 2019
MEADOWS OFFICE INTERIORS PRESENTS
Fine Fair's 5th
WHAT WE'RE READING
People-Side Factors Of Success In A Workplace Transformation
Work Design Magazine
IN OUR SHOWROOM
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7 of the best women’s coworking spaces
The home garage is the design template for many start-up offices
Quartz At Work
Post-office: hospitality groups blur the lines between workspace and hotel
Welcome to Meadows! In Reception, comfortable lounge furniture and a gorgeous living plant wall offer a warm introduction to the showroom. During events, the reception desk easily transforms into a bar for entertaining, and the space combines with the adjacent entertainment area to provide the perfect casual networking environment.
See more of our Showroom by taking a virtual tour here.
“Nick is definitely a go-getter. Working with him has been wonderful. He has been a valuable resource given his relationships, and I’m looking forward to seeing him excel in his new position within Meadows.”
Luca by Bernhardt
“Bernhardt has come out with a new sofa line this year that is one of my favorites. It’s called Luca by Luca Nichetto, and it offers endless configurations. Luca is a modular system that can be designed as a single bench or curved continuous lounge system. This modular sofa works well in reception areas, lounge meeting spaces, and executive lounge areas. Changing the fabric and base finish gives it a new aesthetic, making it incredibly versatile for any space. Luca also comes with an option to specify a built-in table with power.”
The latest addition to the Meadows team, Nick Ritter is no stranger to the contract furniture industry. With over 10 years of experience working at manufacturers like Humanscale and Haworth, Nick has been collaborating with Meadows for eight years, having visited our original offices in the Flatiron District!
As a social and goal-oriented individual, Nick says the best thing about his job as Director, New Business Development is meeting new people and building strong working relationships. “If I were stuck behind a computer all day, I wouldn’t be doing my best work,” he says. Nick loves staying busy. On an ideal workday, he prepares to be productive by waking up well rested. While answering emails, he listens to Spotify’s latest hip-hop playlist. (He especially loves Future, The Weeknd, and Kanye West.) After work, you might find him unwinding over a delicious meal and cocktail, or at home watching The Fifth Element. “I watch it every time it’s on.”
Nicole Gray, Account Manager
Edwina Smollen, Director of Project Management & Design
“Over the last few years Nick has been a pleasure to work with at Haworth. He knows the product and understands his clients’ needs. I am looking forward to his continued success now that he has joined our team.”
This year’s Meadows Monster Mash was a graveyard smash as employees transformed themselves into characters that included The Spice Girls, Ace Ventura, and The Cat in the Hat (complete with Things 1 & 2). The mons-terrific night was full of delectable treats, scary-oke, and a spirited costume contest. By popular vote, the winners of the night included an Area 51 Alien + Man, a group of Sesame Street characters, and David & Alexis Rose from Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek. As the competition continues to heat up, we can’t wait to see what next year brings!
Meadows Celebrates Halloween With A
Meadows Is One Of Crain's Best Places To Work For The Third Year In A Row
This October, Meadows was proud to have been named to Crain’s list of the Best Places to Work in NYC for the third year in a row! This recognition is the result of the positive feedback submitted by Meadows’ employees on Crain’s workplace satisfaction questionnaire. In their anonymous evaluations, our employees shared that Meadows “treats employees with respect,” “is invested in each of their employees” and "strives to create an amazing company culture.” In addition, one hundred percent of respondents agreed that they feel they make progress at work, their physical working conditions are good, and that they have the technology they need to do their jobs well. Stay tuned – official rankings for the 2019 list will be announced in December!
Director, New Business Development
EVERYBODY LOVES NICK
Would you rather spend the rest of your life living in a sailboat or an RV?
The RV for sure!
Would you rather never again lose your phone or your keys?
Would you rather never run out of battery for your phone or always have free Wi-Fi wherever you go?
Never run out of battery. I’m always on my phone so that would be great!
WOULD YOU RATHER?
Improve Creativity: Studies show that keeping plants in your workspace boosts creative thinking and problem-solving.
Healthier Body: The presence of plants decreases physical symptoms of stress – like cortisol levels and blood pressure.
Boost Productivity: Productivity can jump 15% when you work in view of indoor plants and greenery, studies show.
BENEFITS OF GREENERY IN THE WORKPLACE
On the evening of Wednesday, September 25, the Meadows IT team hosted their second Video Game Night, during which gamers went head-to-head in classics like Rock Band, Super Smash Bros., and Mario Kart. While everyone had a rockin’ good time, two players smashed the competition. Congratulations to our grand prize winners, IT Support Specialist Charles Hammond and Designer Edwin Castillo.
Meadows Smart Lab Presents: Game Night
Women In Design
On Friday, October 4, Meadows employees Lisa Aponte (Director of Strategic Account Management), Jane Warren (Senior Global Account Manager), Lisa Sanford (Senior Account Manager), and Courtney Moore (Senior Designer) attended the 2nd annual “Women in Design” event hosted by Contract, Hospitality Design, design:retail, Healthcare Design, and Environments for Aging.
Together, these B2B design publications developed a program to acknowledge and honor some of the industry’s most influential women during a luncheon at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. As a Women-Owned Business Enterprise, Meadows strongly supports this initiative. In addition to sending employees to this special event, Meadows also served as a supporting sponsor.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
On Sunday, October 20, Meadows’ team members Lisa Aponte (Director of Strategic Account Management) and Jade Rodriguez (Showroom & Materials Library Coordinator) participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in New York City. Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation aimed at raising money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline. Meadows applauds all participants, as well as those who contribute to fundraising efforts. Click here to donate or find an upcoming event.
Want more? Don’t miss Courtney’s Pinterest Takeover. Her curated board is packed with more of her favorite workplace solutions!
On the weekends, you can find Nick outdoors. Depending on the season, he enjoys skiing, golfing, or relaxing at the beach. He also likes to attend sporting events – as a Yankees, Rangers, and Knicks fan, there’s always a game to catch. Having moved across the country to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, Nick says he always knew he’d return to NYC. A Great Neck, Long Island native, he enjoys working in Manhattan where people dream big and strive to be the best of the best. “The diverse food and culture are also unbeatable. And it’s great that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ New Yorker.”
Currently, Nick resides in Manhattan’s East Village and enjoys trying new eateries in the area any chance he gets. His favorite dish is dumplings, and if he were given five million dollars to open a small museum, it would be an International Dumpling Museum, complete with a test kitchen and restaurant.