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izzydesign: bringing values to people’s lives
Have a seat with Maxwell at izzydesign
Hannah brings refreshing, refined stackable seating to izzydesign
Chuck Saylor, founder and president of izzy+, has more than 21 patents and three decades of furniture industry experience, including senior management positions in marketing, design and sales with Haworth, Inc. and Knoll. Saylor partnered with designers West and Babick to create the inaugural Clara Furniture Collection for izzydesign. In 1976, Saylor, Dick Haworth and Harold Wilson led the design and development of the first pre-wired steel panel system in the office furniture industry. His work currently is being shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Best of NeoCon, Editors’ Choice Award, Clara furniture collection, designed by Chuck Saylor, Dan West, Tod Babick
Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Jack training table, designed by Chuck Saylor and Dan West
Izzydesign launches izzygo, a new catazine for “campers” of the “New Workstyles”
Izzydesign and the environment: fact sheet
Izzyseating features new Evergreen Collection of Terratex recycled and recyclable fabrics by Momentum Fabrics
Izzydesign’s new showroom in The Merchandise Mart
Jack, Gracie, Nelson and Neill help launch year two for izzydesign
Campers and campsites: izzydesign founder explores The Challenge of the New Workstyles in presentation at NeoCon 2002 World’s Trade Fair
Good Design Award, Maxwell task chair designed by Matt Chrostowski at Designworks USA
Izzydesign offers a new business model based on new workstyles of collaboration
Customers helps shape several New Workstyles products introduced by izzydesign in 2003
From high tech and biotech to higher education, izzydesign equips “campers” with cool, affordable tools:  Ascertane, Cy-Fair, Indiana University, ValeocyTe Therapies.
Kendall College of Art & Design students team with izzydesign on first inter-disciplinary project to be exhibited during professional trade show.
Sponsored by MINI USA and izzydesign, petite MINI Cooper joins the “NeoConvoy” of semi-trucks.
Best of NeoCon Silver Award, izzySmartScreens (now Evan privacy screens), designed.
How “green” is izzy? Catalyst Partners evaluate izzy products using LEED system for Commercial Interiors.
Hot tubs for the classroom? K-4 artists and Kendall College of Art & Design students visualize cool school furniture.
Love how you work; izzy does.  Freshly designed showroom, new ads about izzy growing up by BBK Studio.
Izzy’s growing up: New products that explore work, life and the world around us izzySmartScreens.  Paige, Hollie seating Jack worksurface for 2 or 3.
izzydesign and HAG Create Strategic Marketing Alliance:  izzydesign, manufacturer and designer of collaborative work furniture and seating for people in New Workstyles, and Norway-based HAG, one of the leading manufacturers of innovative seating solutions in Europe, are announcing a strategic marketing alliance making izzydesign responsible for marketing and distributing of HAG's products in North America. Products will be co-branded as HAG by izzy.
Best of NeoCon Sliver Award, Calvin and Edison alternative office, designed by Mike Dressendorfer and Chuck Saylor.
Izzydesign sales are up, led by projects for education, training and conference markets.  Projects for Cooley Law School, International School of Indiana, National Heritage Academies, Oakland University.
First it’s a chair, next it’s a laundry bag! Simple yet inventive izzy products continue to set New Workstyles trends – Calvin and Edison, Mallory seating, Rylee tables.
Strategic alliance between izzydesign and Momentum Group makes customer orders “izzyeasy.”
At izzy, its all about simple pleasures.
Best of NeoCon Gold Award, HAG Conventio Wing stacking chair from izzydesign, original design by Peter Opsvik.
New seating from izzydesign pairs elegant expression with high-performance engineering – Isis, HÅG Conventio Wing.
Izzydesign and American Seating team up to offer Catie, an A+ option for education and conference spaces – Catie, Rylee tables.
Room to grow at izzydesign’s Chicago showroom.
Izzydesign celebrates five years as a champion of collaboration and New Workstyles.
Best of NeoCon Editors’ Choice Award, Hannah swivel tilt task chair, designed by Dennis Foley and Chuck Saylor; original design by Dennis Foley and Jeffrey Gershune
All izzy product lines now GREENGUARD certified.  Newest Audrey collection also meets safe indoor air quality standards.
NeoCon debut of izzyCritters benefits AIDS and HIV-affected children and families izzydesign and Studio Z collaborate for The Children’s Place Association.
New Audrey furniture collection at izzydesign offers designers a creative playground of casegoods.  Pick your base, pick your cabinets, pick your top and go!
Best of NeoCon Gold Award, HÅG Sideways conference chair from izzy, designed by HÅG and Formel Industrial Design.
Kendall and izzy complete sixth year of interior design project collaboration.  Top student project displayed at The Merchandise Mart during NeoCon
izzy: Champion of collaboration since 2001.  It’s not about you or me, it’s about the We.
Replace ho-hum with fun, fresh options from izzytextiles.  Fighting stereotypes (affordable doesn’t have to mean cheap and boring), one office chair at a time.
New Sideways seating from HÅG by izzy promotes active sitting in the workplace.  Would you, could you, sit askew?  izzy hosts global preview of HÅG Futu seating from Norway.  Formal introduction takes place at Orgatec 2008.
izzy completes acquisition of Harter, Fixtures Furinture, Zoom Seating and ABCO Brands.  Izzy and its parent company JSJ Corporation have completed the acquisition of Jami Inc. and its four furniture brands: Harter, Fixtures Furniture, Zoom Seating and ABCO Office Furniture.  Businesses to maintain individual brands while joining forces to grow and compete globally.
Dewey and Elliot from izzy+ win Best of NeoCon® gold and silver awards.  Both winning products designed by Joey Ruiter of JRuiter Studio.
This month, HÅG Futu earned the Norwegian Design Council’s Environment Prize for developing a product or solution with significant environmental properties.
The Council also awarded the 2009 Award for Design Excellence in the furniture design category to HÅG for the Futu chair, designed by HÅG Design Studio.
The HÅG Futu, Capisco and Conventio office chairs are all GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®, helping to improve indoor air quality, and are recyclable and made with recycled materials, helping to reduce resource consumption.
GREENGUARD Product 
Certification Reaches All the way to Copenhagen. Product certification program used by organizers to select HÅG Chairs at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15).
Dewey wins Best of NeoCon® gold.  Designed by Joey Ruiter of JRuiter Studio.
Elliot from izzy+ wins Best of NeoCon® silver.  Designed by Joey Ruiter of JRuiter Studio.
izzy+ blends brands for Better Together solutions.  Expanded expertise benefits people searching for fresh solutions in today’s offices, corporate training and higher education spaces.
ABCO launches Z Series computer lab training tables.  Special features earn this new product an A for advanced value.
Otis by Harter is the ideal multi-tasker, attentively offering guests a seat to meet or lounge This hybrid design is at home in a conference room or reception area.
Looking for a new love? Harter’s got your back.  Sales reps celebrate Valentine’s Day with fifth annual blitz of customer visits, bearing balloons, chocolates, tote bags and new KB Network textile samples.
Dewey from Fixtures Furniture can put an Apple iPod on your teacher’s “Helpdesk.”  New design applies innovative thinking to lifelong learning in the office, in the classroom – and those inviting spaces in-between.
With Elliot from izzy, you can stand or sit in the new office footprint Mobile technology users at home in elegant, simple work+side table.
Harter’s new KB Network textiles add pop to office seating.  Bold colors, punchy geometric patterns sit well with Harter brand.
NeoCon intro: Truman collection
NeoCon intro:  Dewey 6 Top Table.
NeoCon intro:  Penny occasional table.
HÅG has received the prestigious international red dot design award: product design for its HÅG Futu task chair.  The red dot design award is one of the world’s most widely renowned design competitions, and it gives HÅG’s focus on innovative Scandinavian design a European breakthrough.
izzy+ introduces education solutions in Dubai at The Office Exhibition 2010.  Opportunity to share research on how people work and learn.
Looking for your place in the world? Harter’s got just the ticket.  “The Adventures of Olivia and Truman” and five Golden Tickets invite designers to make a date with smart, versatile new Harter by izzy+ products during Valentine’s Day blitz.  Reading Is Fundamental and five Golden Ticket winners write their own chapters in The Adventures of Olivia and Truman.  Children’s literacy organization and five A&D professionals feel the love from Harter product promotion at izzy+
“It’s really rewarding. Their eyes light up when we explain and show what izzy is all about. Their reaction is, ‘At last!’ That’s because izzydesign brings a refreshing, affordable alternative to what today’s employees see as a very static office environment. People today need a space that’s designed around their needs. They need speed and flexibility, with a human focused design that promotes a learning environment.”
“People in emerging companies and off-site work groups – or what I call campsites – are searching for tools and environments that foster New Workstyles. These are the employees whose passion and commitment are a true testament to the phrase, ‘work happens everywhere.’ We believe that izzydesign is the ‘aha!’ that they’ve been looking for. It’s the chance to equip high performing employees with cool, affordable, personal space that’s remarkably fresh and inviting, and promotes collaborative activity.”
“The essence of izzydesign is thinking more about others than yourself. When you focus on the growth and development of others, really amazing things start to happen in a business. It’s one thing to say you give up control to gain control, and another thing to actually do it. At izzy, we’re trying to build an organization around that concept. I’m convinced it’s the right one.”
“We need to leverage each other’s strengths and core competencies. That’s what the New Workstyles is all about – campers who are learning, sharing and growing together toward common goals.”
“As design professionals, we need to help them re-humanize the workplace – to create spaces, or campsites, that inspire people to learn, to share, and to work quickly and productively. That’s the true competitive advantage.”
“Organizations are flatter, work is wireless and people don’t need layers of process and hierarchy to do their jobs anymore. The New Workstyles is based on a new generation of people who bring a spirit of collaboration and learning to the workplace. They’re asking themselves, ‘Do I want to work here? Is it safe? Is this an honest company? Do they respect my life outside of work? Companies need to rethink how they mentor and equip employees to compete in a global, 24/7 economy, where work and personal life all begins to blur together. We have to create better, more stimulating places to work. That is crystal clear.”
“Today’s New Workstyles have nothing to do with furniture. They’re less about structure and more about people. Today’s global economy and a new generation have brought us back to the basics. In the wake of September 11, economic upheaval and Enron, it’s all about new rules. There’s a new and different function that’s required now. Whether or not we engage with it is the challenge.”
“Today, people are not tethered to their desks because of technology, as in the past, because it’s smaller, often wireless, and portable. They have a true sense of purpose about their work and their lives, and don’t need the boundaries of 20th-century business hierarchy to be effective. Today, highly skilled, creative people actively seek out collaborative work environments, because they thrive on the shared energy, and the ability to leverage each other’s knowledge and talents. In our global economy, we believe that’s the true competitive advantage of the New Workstyles.”
“Why should the big guys own the driveway? There’s no better way to kick off a trade show focused on furniture and furniture design, than with a splash of style and fun. This year, izzydesign and MINI USA are bringing classic design to the NeoConvoy by putting a MINI Cooper – a classic car and cultural icon – in the center of the pack.”
“We just happened to start a company from scratch, and make a product that supports this same philosophy.”
“Changes in technology and culture are driving New Workstyles that are less about structure and more about people. Organizations are flatter, and work teams are more social and collaborative.”
“Instead of process management and control, our focus is on developing the tools that help businesses create inspiring spaces where people can learn, share and work quickly and productively.”
“Change is going to happen; it’s one of those great business conversations we need to have. We can’t be afraid to talk about what we’re doing and what’s going on. It’s not about how big my investment in bricks and mortar is. It’s about growing great people, innovation and leveraging resources. izzydesign is a new business model that is striving to lead that dialog.”
“izzydesign is all about taking a fresh perspective. Through izzydesign, we’re creating a genuine brand that we believe in, in every aspect. We’re trying to be us in the most fresh and meaningful way that we possibly can. Hopefully, there’s always a little surprise and a smile.”
“It’s fascinating that the classroom designed by K-4 students looks just like the collaborative type of space that companies like izzy and others are trying to create.”
“At izzy, we embrace childlike curiosity, and use that natural inquisitiveness to explore work, life and the world around us.”
“First and foremost, our goal is to bring a smile and a bit of inspiration back to people who live in a busy, hectic, charged-up world. But we also want to take a step deeper, and help people think about living simpler, more meaningful lives. We need to focus on using our resources wisely and making the lives of people in the next generation better.”
“As the overall market is changing, people are beginning to understand the need for mobility, collaboration and personalization in the work place.”
“Our culture is changing, and technology is more collaboration based. At izzydesign, our commitment continues to be developing cool, affordable tools for people who need to do more with less space and fewer resources. That’s the reality of the built environment today.”
“We’re not about managing hierarchy and process. izzy isn’t even about the furniture; it’s about the people. How can we help people physically define their space and still promote collaboration? How can we create a sense of openness in a smaller, more personalized work space – and even interject elements of residential design? These ideas are really beginning to resonate in the marketplace.”
“When we collaborate, we can leverage innovation – we do less and get more from it.”
“Finding ways to collaborate and help each other is the heart and soul of izzydesign. We’re all smarter and better because of it.”
“(Collaboration) has been izzy’s message from the beginning. We are staying true to our brand. It will always be who we are.”
“We have all read about, witnessed and are now experiencing defining moments in the social and economic make up of the world around us. The perfect storm is that today we are all linked globally and technologically so defining moments instantaneously affect us all. Transformational change on a global scale is happening and we must aggressively embrace it and lead it when we can.”
“We are also at an unprecedented time of personal responsibility and opportunity, if each of us chooses to be bold and lead where we're at.  The differences we can make are simply unbelievable. Making a difference in the lives of others. For all of our businesses I encourage us to think about transforming the very nature of what and how we do business for the future. Now is the time.”
“The story for izzy+ continues to be about our commitment to human-centered design and collaboration in four primary markets: office, learning, healing and home. That is our quest,” says Chuck Saylor, chairman and CEO of the business brand launched with JSJ Corporation at NeoCon in 2001. “Now, our story is really starting to manifest itself under the Better Together banner of izzy+. We’re building that one organizational culture, which is what true collaboration does. But we’re not getting bigger for size’s sake. It’s about teams of people working together to stay at the leading edge of what they do best. We are working hard at celebrating the differences between the brands, while placing them under an umbrella that puts them into context for our customers.”
“Dewey is influenced by today’s mobile, wireless technology, which you can see manifested in the integrated teacher’s station. Dewey is also based around the Socratic nature of learning, a shared interactive knowledge and leveraging of each other’s ideas and experience. The timing is right for Dewey.  And we’re excited to work with designer Joey Ruiter on this collection.”
Chuck Saylor, founder and president of izzy+, has more than 21 patents and three decades of furniture industry experience, including senior management positions in marketing, design and sales with Haworth, Inc. and Knoll. Saylor partnered with designers West and Babick to create the inaugural Clara Furniture Collection for izzydesign. In 1976, Saylor, Dick Haworth and Harold Wilson led the design and development of the first pre-wired steel panel system in the office furniture industry. His work currently is being shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Dan West, industrial designer, worked with Chuck Saylor and Tod Babick to create izzydesign's inaugural Clara Furniture Collection in 2001. Now principal designer at Haworth, West has more 18 years of industry experience including his work at Steelcase and izzydesign. He holds patents on the "boogie board" AKP, "one touch" overhead storage system, new officing concepts, and ancillary powered supports. He has designed and developed many award winning and patented products.
Tod Babick, industrial designer, worked with Chuck Saylor and Dan West to create izzydesign's inaugural Clara Furniture Collection in 2001. Now principal at Plow Design, Babick has served as design director, strategy director and staff designer for studios in Michigan and Rhode Island. His recognitions include ID Magazine, Best of NeoCon, Time Magazine Ten Best Products of the Year and International Design Resource Awards Competition; his work is included in the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
Dennis Foley and Jeffrey Gershune worked on the izzydesign Hannah stacking chair when both were industrial designers and professors at Kendall College of Art & Design in 2001. Specializing in office furniture and lighting design, Foley designed the Hannah concept, drawing from his own research and experience with the masters at Herman Miller: Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick and Rog Bush. Foley also designed the first personal computer incorporating disk drive technology and Zenith Data Systems' first laptop computer.
Dennis Foley and Jeffrey Gershune worked on the izzydesign Hannah stacking chair when both were industrial designers and professors at Kendall College of Art & Design in 2001. Now account director at Chicago’s IA Collaborative, Gershune brought a wide range of experience to the Hannah project from his product design work for 2B Studio, Attwood, Smart Forms, Steelcase and Turnstone. Previously an instructor in industrial design model making, Gershune is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design with a masters of design planning from IIT Institute of Design.
Matt Chrostowski designed the intuitive, ultra cool Maxwell chair while senior designer in 2001 at Designworks USA, a subsidiary of BMW. From high-performance cars to roller blades and skiing equipment, Chrostowski brought a fresh, energetic point of view to product design. His inspiration stemmed from the natural beauty of his native California and his experience in consumer product and transportation product design.
Matt Chrostowski designed the intuitive, ultra cool Maxwell chair while senior designer in 2001 at Designworks USA, a subsidiary of BMW. From high-performance cars to roller blades and skiing equipment, Chrostowski brought a fresh, energetic point of view to product design. His inspiration stemmed from the natural beauty of his native California and his experience in consumer product and transportation product design.
Josep Llusca:  A graduate in Industrial Design from the Eina School in Barcelona, he has been a professor in its Product Design Department and a member of its Board of Governors. He was also Vice Chairman of ADI-FAD, a member of the Design Council of the Catalan Parliament and has served on the Advisory Council of the BCD Foundation. Since 1972 he has worked with prestigious international companies such as Antonio Puig Perfumes, Blauet, Cassina, Driade, Enea, Estel, Figueras Internacional, Flos, General Electric, Grupo Forma5, Isogona-Bra, Metalarte, Ofita, Oken, Panrico, Permasa, Rosenthal, Sara Lee, WMF and Wingroup. The diverse nature of the projects he has been involved in means that he has been able to work in many different fields, including lighting, furniture, packaging, electrical appliances, toys, household furniture and street furniture.
Matt Chrostowski designed the intuitive, ultra cool Maxwell chair while senior designer in 2001 at Designworks USA, a subsidiary of BMW. From high-performance cars to roller blades and skiing equipment, Chrostowski brought a fresh, energetic point of view to product design. His inspiration stemmed from the natural beauty of his native California and his experience in consumer product and transportation product design.
David Wright, president of Merge Office Interiors, literally grew up in the furniture industry. His father started his own furniture manufacturing shop in 1949, and Wright joined him when he was old enough to be trusted with a hammer and chisel. Educated in Scotland where he completed a furniture design course at Kirkcaldy Technical College, Wright has been in the office furniture industry for many years, most recently as president of Bosse USA. With Chief Operating Officer Scott Klingler, he founded Merge Office Interiors in 2003, manufacturing screens that offer visual privacy with hang-on accessory capabilities and a cable management system. In 2004, Merge Office Interiors formed a strategic alliance with izzydesign to market and distribute a proprietary line of izzySmartScreens, now called Evan, which earned a 2004 Best of NeoCon silver award.
Designer: Chuck Saylor: Mallory Seating.
Designers: Mike Dressendorfer and Chuck Saylor: Calvin and Edison Alternative Office.
Designer:  Peter Opsvik:  HAG Conventio Wing stacking chair from izzydesign.
Designer:  Gino Gamberini:  Isis
Designer:  Chuck Saylor:  Audrey.
Designer:  Dennis Foley and Jeff Gershune:  Hannah swivel tilt.
Anna Zaharakos, Studio Z Textiles and Agio Imaging: Izzy Critters.
Designer:  Hag Design Studio:  Futu.
KB Network’s trademark is bold colors, oversized, raised dots and punchy geometric patterns. When she visited Harter’s showroom, Deborah Steele saw instantly how these bright, vibrant colors would convey the freshness of the Harter brand. “My charge was to push the envelope as much as possible. So I just went for it. With the whole offering, I wanted to create something that’s truly what the Harter brand is all about. The colors and patterns are so young and clean, they’re sparkling.”
Designer of the Best of NeoCon award-winning Dewey collection and Elliot table for izzy+, Joey Ruiter is redefining expectations in the world of industrial design. At 33, already a major influence on today’s new direction in human-centric workplace and educational products, he has earned best-in-class recognition for his work in several regions of the world. His signature is design that meets everyday needs in surprising ways — pushing the limits of manufacturing and confronting established expectations.
Designers of the Olivia/Otis chair for izzy+, bangdesign’s Bryan Marshall and David Granger believe design is a verb not a noun. It is a problem-solving process where everything is questioned to unearth better answers. This all-embracing approach pushes the boundaries of the entire project and how it connects with people.
Paul James is an industrial designer accomplished at developing products that have connected consumers’ hearts and minds with brands. Designer of ABCO’s new Z Series, Paul focused on the table’s silhouette, its most distinctive design element. “The Z Series has a grand gesture – not pompous – but a forward stance with some energy, which is just the right level of action. It complements the space and increases the overall value for today’s design-conscious customers.”
Chuck Saylor: Dewey 6-top
Joey Ruiter: Dewey 6-top
Joe Ricchio, Ricchio Design:  Truman and Penny
Matt Duncan, Morphix Design: Truman, Penny.<br />For more than 25 years, Matt Duncan and Morphix Design have delivered award-winning designs for medical, technology and furniture clients. Matt believes that successful product design connects people and products on many levels, leveraging various disciplines, ideas, technologies and materials. Matt has been oan industrial design instructor at his alma mater, cal State Long Beach, and served as a juror for IDSA's Medical Design Excellence Awards.