Haworth Opens Showroom in Heart of Toronto

Jan. 22, 2008

HOLLAND, MI - Haworth Inc., a global manufacturer of office furniture and architectural interiors, recently opened its newest showroom in the heart of the financial district in Toronto, Ontario. Located at 55 University Ave., the showroom serves as a resource center for designers, architects, real estate professionals, clients and dealers, and demonstrates work and collaborative spaces representing the best thinking from around the world. 

"Toronto business and design relationships are very important for Haworth and we welcome guests and customers to our new showroom," says Franco Bianchi, Haworth president and CEO. "As Canada's economic capital and gateway to Canadian business, a showroom in this community strengthens Haworth's position in the global marketplace."

Designed in conjunction with Perkins+Will | Eva Maddox Branded EnvironmentsTM and IBI Group, the Haworth space showcases the company's products and presents progressive new ideas in sustainable design and adaptable workspaces. The design of the showroom reflects the local market and trends. Consistent with other Haworth showrooms, the space is constructed of moveable walls, raised access floors and modular furniture in a variety of unique applications and finishes.

The Toronto showroom spans 13,000 square feet on the first and second floors of the 31 year-old building and is an applicant for the Canada Green Building Council's LEED® certification. 

The first floor of the showroom immerses clients in a world-class experience showcasing Haworth's integration of furniture, architectural products, technology and materials. The dramatic, two-story ceiling in the lobby allows light to permeate the space, supporting the idea that access to elements of nature enhance human performance and increase productivity. 

The second floor learning center includes a design resource center to facilitate discussion and exploration of materials and finishes with designers and clients; a sustainability lab offering a physical demonstration of building with modular components and contrast with conventional construction; and a multi-purpose/collaboration room for large training or smaller group activities that is flexible for change.

Renovated in 1997, the building is noted as having the best view of the city and provides high profile at street level. The location offers direct access to the subway line and the underground pedestrian network, as well as major traffic arteries. In addition, the building is Go Green Certified by BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) of Canada. BOMA Go Green designation is awarded to buildings demonstrating compliance with 10 key measures of good practice in resource consumption, waste reduction and recycling, building materials, interior environment and tenant awareness.

Haworth Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of office furniture and adaptable workspaces, including raised access floors, moveable walls, systems furniture, seating, storage and wood casegoods. Family-owned and privately held, Haworth is headquartered in Holland, MI, and serves markets in more than 120 countries though a global network of 600 dealers. For more information, go to http://www.haworth.com/.

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