Workspace Evolution

As we begin to head back to work, we know that things will need to change. The safety of your employees, customers and anyone entering your facilities and offices will be extremely important to protect. 

One of our main manufacturers has published a new guide book to provide some ideas for furniture experts like, JS Interior Innovations, to help our customers get their people back to work more safely! Click on the link below to see the new guide book and make sure to contact JS Interior Innovations to learn more! 

JS Interior Innovations Provides Furniture For Kusalaba Library Branch

Our team at JS Interior Innovations was so excited to work with Faniro Architects and The Public Library of Mahoning County to help coordinate colors, styles and furnishing choices to achieve the mid-century modern/classic look that makes the Michael Kusalaba library truly unique.

The new structure located on Youngstown’s Westside, is 11,815 square feet of books and other conventional materials. The library features a maker space that includes a 3-D printer, button maker, laser engraver and recording studio. It also has a Teen area with video games and lounge modular furniture. The Tech area boasts new computers, height adjustable desks and height adjustable seats. There is a quiet time area with lounge seats so you can sit back and relax and enjoy any reading material, plus so much more.

We are so honored and grateful for this experience with the Public Library and were so happy that we were able to assist in picking out some really unique pieces for this branch. We were able to furnish most areas of the space including, The Community Room, The Adult Fiction Area, The Adult Non-Fiction Area, The Teen Room, both Study Rooms, and The Tech Area(s). The finished project was certainly impressive.

Since its opening, the library has logged more than 3,500 visits, especially from students at nearby schools and patrons getting their library cards, checking out material and using the maker space.

JS Interior Innovations Helps In The Renovation Of The YMCA

The Central YMCA in Downtown Youngstown announced back in February 2016 that they would be moving forward with a renovation project, which would be the first one in 50 years at the downtown location.

We were very excited to team up with MaryKay Carlson of the YMCA and Patrick Lankey of Strollo Architects to assist with the furnishings in multiple areas. Our Interior Designer worked one on one in choosing colors, fabrics and styles of furniture that would be fitting for the YMCA. The finished look came out spectacular as we had pictured it would.

We can not thank the YMCA enough for giving JS Interior Innovations such a wonderful opportunity to provide some of the beautiful furniture we represent. We were able to furnish the First Floor Lobby Area, The Cafe Area/Gallery, Office Areas and The Wellness Lounge.

JS Interior Innovations Furnishes Local Training School

The newly built and redesigned Youngstown JATC Training School are now showcasing Trendway, Special T and Egan White Presentation Boards! The Trendway Zego and Jet chairs were recently installed in the training school along with the Egan White Presentation Boards and the Special T Height Adjustable Tables for everyday classroom use. We were so excited to be able to provide classroom furniture and not to mention this can allow easy classroom reconfiguration. The tables and chairs can simply nest away to create more space.

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In addition to providing furniture for the classrooms, we were also given the opportunity to furnish the small conference room as well, using the Special T Height Adjustable Tables and the Trendway Zego chairs to create a similar concept.

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JS Interior Innovations Designs Productive Offices – Business Journal

BOARDMAN, Ohio – With the press of a button, Joe Sylvester opens the blinds in the new office of JS Interior Innovations. Another button raises a desk in the corner to be used as he stands before it. And just beneath the collar of his shirt is a small metallic rectangle called a Lumo Lift that vibrates whenever he begins to slouch.

“It goes off probably more often than it should. We’re spending more and more time behind a desk when we should be standing upright,” the CEO of Joseph Sylvester Construction Co. says. “It all helps with blood flow and productivity.”

These products are all part of the new design trends taking hold in offices around the country, including the Mahoning Valley. Trends became so popular and played such a large role in the everyday work of Sylvester Construction that earlier this year Sylvester formed a new division of his company: JS Interior Innovations.

The construction company entered office furniture in the early 2000s as a way to ease the construction process, Sylvester explains. Customers often hired the company to design and build their offices, but then used a different company for furniture and interior design, which led to confusion and problems with the building timeline. It wasn’t unheard of, he says, to have furniture arrive before it could be placed or for the colors of furniture and paint to be mismatched.

“Customers were getting confused. They want to focus on their business, so we wanted to provide a one-stop shop,” the CEO says. “With this, we can cover it all. We can help design, do space planning, color coordinating. It makes life a little bit easier.”

JS Interior Innovations now handles all aspects of interior design for the parent company. It also brought along a new position: interior designer, a position Holly DiRenzo fills. The new subsidiary also has a showroom in West Boulevard Square. Sylvester notes that it’s the only locally owned office furniture showroom in the Mahoning Valley.

“If they’re here in Trumbull or Mahoning County, we can meet with them as soon as possible, which gives us an advantage,” DiRenzo says. “It absolutely helps when you’re able to sit down with a client, show them color selections, furniture layouts and all of that.”

In just a few months of operation, JS Interior Innovations has gained Hamburg, Germany-based Engel & Volkers real estate agency as a client, providing that agency with furnishings at all of its offices in Florida. Every office has the same layout and equipment, Sylvester says.

“It’s getting your foot in the door,” he continues. “It makes the owners of the locations have a little more access and an ability to get the furniture that’s part of their brand … without having to search to for it.”

At home in northeastern Ohio, and especially in the Mahoning Valley, Sylvester observes a trend in renovation rather than new construction, which opens many doors for updating and upgrading office furniture.

“Companies change from within and there’s always a need to add employees, move employees around, arrange their work space and create a more pleasant environment,” he says.

Today’s office spaces are a far cry from the sea of six-foot tall cubicle walls that have dominated corporate offices since the 1960s. There’s more of a focus on collaboration, ergonomics and functionality.

On one side of the JS showroom, two desks from Trendway are separated by a wall similar to a cubicle, albeit much shorter and with features that allow it to be customized with dry erase boards, a slotted wall to attach pencil or paperclip holders and a small cabinet on wheels topped with a cushion, The cushion turns it into a seat when a co-worker stops by.

A white table in the showroom has both a USB and an electrical outlet in the center, a useful charging port for those with laptops, cell phones and tablets. Surrounding the table are short foam chairs and couches from Trendway. As he sits down, Sylvester points out that the table isn’t designed as a site to rest his laptop.

“It’s assuming I’ll have my laptop on my lap and that I’m using the table as a desk. And I can slide my laptop right off and on to the table. I don’t have to pick it up,” he says. “This furniture is all designed to work together, not just a couch or just a table.”

Gaining popularity, DiRenzo says, are adjustable-height desks. In the JS Interior office, one from Workrite has “up” buttons to adjust the height, along with a memory function. Through this, she explains, each worker’s preferred settings to both stand and sit can be saved, allowing people to use multiple stations rather than be anchored to just one desk.

“It promotes good health,” she says. “To be able to work in an environment where you sit and stand throughout the day is very important.”

Among other products JS Interior offers are Clarus Glassboards – a dry erase board made of glass and available in several colors – and Snowsound, sound-absorbing wall hangings to help reduce background noise in an office. Other brands are Paoli, AllSeating, Bernhardt and Lencore, whose products run from desks and chairs to décor and lighting.

“Everybody seems to multitask, so you need to be multifunctional. You need to be able to charge your laptop and iPhone and do a lot of things at the same time,” Sylvester says of the products his company offers.

And with such an array of products available, there’s something for any price range. Most of what’s on display in the showroom is top-of-the-line, Sylvester says, but there are less expensive options for almost all of the products. And buying furniture isn’t the only option. Many furniture companies have begun offering leasing and lease-to-own ventures, reducing some of the upfront costs that go into updating office furniture.

“We have very inexpensive furniture to very luxurious wood lines. There are plenty of markets and margins for wherever you need to be with your budget,” he says. “But some things – like the health of employees, what it takes to bring in and train new employees, and how you get them to collaborate – how do you value that?”

Pictured: Joe Sylvester and Holly DiRenzo  say office furniture needs to be “multifunctional” just as office workers must perform many functions.

Copyright 2016 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

Magnus Olesen Exclusively From Trendway

Mix Table Set

Building on earlier successes collaborating with global partners, Trendway Corporation launched a collection of museum-quality Magnus Olesen furniture designs for the North American market.

Founded in 1937, Magnus Olesen has a rich history of elegant, iconic and functional seating and table designs.  The firm collaborates with some of Denmark’s most celebrated Designers and Architects to produce furniture that embodies the Nordic design tradition of simplicity, beauty and utility.

This addition of upscale wood furniture provides a natural complement to Trendway’s current offering. They will be featuring several classic designs including:

The Butterfly Chair 

 Niels Gammelgaard’s brilliant flight of imagination, Butterfly exemplifies Nordic design traditions of pure materials, simple form and artistic craftsmanship. 

Elegant, Feather-light and distinctive, Butterfly also offers practical seating comfort and flawless, durable craftsmanship. The sculpted shell affords flexibility and intrinsic lumbar support.

Butterfly Chair
i-Sit Chair

The i-Sit Chair

A truly innovative chair provides distinctive seating comfort, adaptable to all users. The design was founded on extensive research into the needs of a large variety of users, along with advice from ergonomists and back specialists. With consulate artistic sensibility, Lone Storgaard translated this knowledge into seating that is as comfortable and responsive as it is striking.

8000 Series

Elegant and unique, the 8000 Series embodies core Danish design principles of simplicity, flawless craftsmanship, and function. The artistry of construction almost defies logic, with ingenious joinery precise enough to create great strength and seamless integration without tenons, screws or dowels. This patented process is unique to 8000 Series, which includes the 8002 Chair and 8000 stool.

Mix Table Set

Mix Table Series

Since mid-century, Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sorensen have collaborated to create museum-quality designs in laminated and molded wood. The Mix Table series exemplifies their emphasis on simple, ingenious and functional concepts that meet high aesthetic and quality standards.

Pete Phillips, Director of Product Commercialization at Trendway says, “The Phased launch of Magnus Olesen wood and upholstered furniture designs represents the next chapter in our product strategy that is increasingly attracting the attention of architects and designers throughout North America.” He also notes, “I am very excited and pleased with the reaction we have received, especially from designers that have been looking for something fresh to specify for work and home applications.”

Magnus Olesen is now available exclusively from Trendway. Information is also available on www.jsinteriorinnovations.com