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Sep 11

What is NeoCon?

by Christina Pratt

Held each June in Chicago, NeoCon has evolved into one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the interior design industry. The show has remained focused on being at the forefront of changing commercial design and business trends. Trope Group was there this year and discovered all sorts of new trends, advances in business technology, and new ways to support the workplace.

As Charlie and I arrived at the Mart on June 12th we paused to take a few photos and looked back across the bridge. In that moment I was struck of the scale of the zany industry we work in. There were throngs of people hurriedly making their way toward the entrance of the Mart- a 4.2 million square foot 25 story building that occupies two city blocks. It was a great reminder that we are part of something big- design is an important force in innovating the way we work and an integral part of the greater business world.

Often the trends we see at NeoCon remind us of an earlier time- this year there was a late 70’s-early 80’s vibe. Pink, lavender, rose gold, henna, paprika, gold and brass – these lovely throwback colors are all the rage.

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In the realm of neutrals- black is back in a big way.

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Since the 2017 Pantone color of the year is “Greenery”, we were not surprised to see a lot of greens as well. The green continued into literal greenery- there were plants and plant walls everywhere. Note: currently there is NO such thing as too many succulents!

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In the area of textiles we saw interesting stitching details, quilted fabrics, wool felt on everything, plaid, large nubby textures, velvets and the return of suede. We also saw (and experienced) textiles with fiber technology designed to reduce noise reverberation. Products geared toward improving acoustics in the work environment were shown in applications for walls, ceilings, and open plan areas.

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Updated materials included gorgeous matte laminates that look like solid surface material and don’t show fingerprints (we tested them!). Back painted glass in bright colors and neutrals continue to have a presence along with new options (besides white) for writing surfaces. The industrial modern look combining wood, metal, stone and glass continues the “resimercial” trend, with many examples of blending the residential look and feel into quality commercial products.

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In the furniture arena there were a plethora of Height adjustable executive desks – hey, the boss needs to stand sometimes too! This idea has been awhile in getting to market and we’re glad to finally see some solutions for executives that don’t want a leggy table look in the C-suite.

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Smart furniture made strides, with a series of Renew Link Tables and Aeron Chairs equipped with Herman Miller’s new Live OS technology. A system of cloud-connected and sensor-enabled furnishings, Live OS lets people customize their workstations and supplies organizations with real-time data about how their spaces are actually used.

Open offices now have no shortage of options for spaces to meet up. We saw wrapped booths and conference pods for any type of group meeting, including integrated technology and counter height options. Herman Miller’s Prospect product won the Gold award for furniture collections for collaboration.

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Although we were very strategic about our time there- three days wasn’t enough to see everything. At the end of each day I came away with tired feet- but also feeling inspired and fortunate to work in an industry that is continually improving the work environment for all of us.

Jun 30

Voted Best Office Equipment in the North Bay for 2017

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Today we celebrate seven consecutive years of being voted the Best Office Equipment business in the North Bay. Each year NorthBay biz magazine organizes a readers poll to determine the top ranked businesses in the area. For 2017 the readers have again voted us the Best Office Equipment business.

In the article Christina Pratt explains. “We’re not trying to provide cookie-cutter solutions for our clients. Every business has a different personality, culture and brand they’re trying to project. If our clients are successful, it’s going to contribute to our success.”

Trope Group provides workplace business solutions and services throughout the North Bay, We represent manufacturers of open plan and conventional furniture for commercial, healthcare, education and a variety of other corporate offices, while remaining the only authorized Herman Miller Dealer in the North Bay.

Read Full Article

Jun 26

Wellness @ Trope Group

While planning our new office, site lines were kept low to foster collaboration and bring daylight to all employees. Most employees were transitioned from traditional static height desks to adjustable height, sit-to-stand work surfaces to encourage positions changes throughout the day.

One of our goals in creating a large flexible room in the office was to support activities like yoga. Mats, blocks and straps were purchased and are stored on-site for impromptu stretching and coordinated gatherings. The group meets up to three times a week and streams 15-30 minute yoga classes from Gaia. Staff feel rejuvenated even after a short session and the practice has helped some folks with chronic back pain.

Employees have always been encouraged to take walks and do walking meetings. Many take regular daily power walks and are always pleasantly surprised how the brief get away improves their productivity.

We recently elected Account executive, Jennifer Sutter as our Wellness Coordinator for the next 6 months and she is already working on providing healthy snacks for staff in addition to coordinating the large room yoga sessions.

How are you integrating wellness in your workplace? Share with us what you’re doing to create a healthy workplace.

Apr 29

Trope Group hosted “The Power of Space” event

The North Bay City Center proudly presented the IIDA Forums spring event in beautiful Sonoma County. This was the second forums event in the year’s Design for Empowerment Series and located at Trope Group in Santa Rosa. Guest panelists included:

Scott Witthoft (Stanford d.school)
Aaron Jobson (Quattrocchi Kwok Architects)
Andrea Small (Herman Miller)
Erin Clark (HTS Consultants)

For more information, please visit the IIDA Northern California Chapter.

View Event Recap

Apr 6

Furnishing Philanthropy Program Launches

At Trope Group, we believe in giving back to our community and doing our part to help the planet.

As we go about the business of furnishing great spaces for our clients in the North bay, we accumulate excess office furniture in our warehouse. As new products are introduced, we remove samples of discontinued products from our showroom. Sometimes orders arrive with a small dent or scratch. Or they are shipped in the wrong color or size. Other times our clients ask us to dispose of their old furniture when they remodel or update their space.

Rather than send these things to the landfill, we have been working to find homes for these items. Over the past decade, we have made numerous donations and the recipients have been very thankful, and we’ve felt great about helping the local non-profit community.

Now we have an official donation program called “Furnishing Philanthropy,” and a web catalog so organizations can easily choose exactly what they need!

Each quarter, we’ll be sending out an email to our extensive list of local non-profits who can easily select the furniture they want right from our web catalog. And then we go the extra mile; literally. We’ll deliver it, set it up, and take away their old stuff, all at no charge.

If you work for a non-profit that might benefit from this program, please sign up here to be added our distribution list.

Jul 19

Jennifer Sutter selected to be in Leadership Petaluma

Congratulations to our Account Executive, Jennifer Sutter. She has been selected to be a participant in the Leadership Petaluma program.

Each year, more than two dozen men and women graduate from the 10-month long Leadership Petaluma program. Ten graduating classes have introduced tomorrow’s leaders to the community, and many of these graduates have gone on to important positions of leadership in our community, in business, government, and non-profits. This year, the eleventh class will follow in the tradition of more than 240 Leadership alums.

Jennifer’s background as an Interior Designer brings a valuable perspective to projects as she supports Trope Group’s clients in Petaluma and Marin County.

Jennifer resides in Petaluma with her husband and their daughter.

May 26

Trope Group mourns the loss of a great friend and colleague, Bob White

It is with heartfelt sadness we share news of the loss of a family member. Bob (Robert) White passed away this morning after battling cancer for the past several years. He was 70. Bob’s positive energy and enthusiasm were contagious, and everyone who knew him was better for it. He worked as a mover for many years and joined the Trope Group installation team in 2011. Bob was as strong as an ox and worked tirelessly, always with a smile on his face. Bobby did more on accident than most of us do on purpose. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Jan 17

Work & Play: The Eames Approach

The twentieth century design duo of Charles and Ray Eames approached their craft through play and experimentation that was known to them as work. Their process of problem solving was inquisitive and often fun, resulting in projects that strayed from their original design goal to toys, films, and even museum exhibitions. In this exhibit, we take a look at three generations of Eames artist-designers and how play is work.

Trope Group is proud to sponsor this exhibition at the Petaluma Arts Center located across the river from historic downtown Petaluma, CA. This is a rare opportunity to experience the work of this extraordinary family in an intimate and interactive way. Visit and get inspired to make work more fun and take your play more seriously. We’ll see you there!

When: January 17 – March 8, 2015
Where: Petaluma Arts Center
More Info: PetalumaArtsCenter.org

May 21

Ranked Best Office Equipment

Once again Trope Group has topped the list of local businesses reviewed by North Bay Biz. Each year a reader’s poll is conducted for choosing the best businesses in the North Bay for various categories. Trope Group has received the Best Office Equipment for 2014 accolade. Read the Full Article Here

May 4

Mid-Century Modern Exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

Many of the Peanuts comic strips of the late 1950s and 1960s exude the mid-century modern aesthetic of the day — the furniture, decorative pieces, and fabrics were hip, cool and up-to-date. In a series of vignettes these elements will be compared with the work of some prominent mid-century designers, including Ray and Charles Eames. Another component of the exhibition examines how the Schulz’s incorporated the design aesthetic in their lifestyle through photographs and ephemera.

Exhibit Dates: May 4 – October 27

Learn More: SchulzMuseum.org