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Bringing over 30 years of experience in the contract furniture industry is with great pleasure that we announce that Donna Dapice has joined Arenson as the Managing Director for the Connecticut office. She employs an entrepreneurial approach towards improving policies and plans for greater efficiency. Donna is a natural leader who builds productive teams and rolls up her sleeves to get jobs completed beyond her clients’ expectations.
Before joining Arenson, Donna was Regional Manager at Gunlocke, managing the NYC Market. Under her tenure, she built a model territory, which provided a benchmark of expectations set for Gunlocke’s other regional markets. Donna was also the Sales Director of Haworth. Working with a team of 15 to grow Haworth’s market-share in the NYC area.
Before that, Donna worked on the client-side, serving as Director of Facilities for Lifetime Television and managing a $12 million facility budget for the company’s nationwide locations. She oversaw a team of 300+ employees and department contract personnel in the day to day operations. By applying experience in office furniture systems sales, Donna saved Lifetime almost $1 million related to furniture procurement. She successfully performed space analysis and lease negotiations for 5 Lifetime Entertainment Office expansions and relocation projects, delivering superior work environments ahead of schedule and below budget. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Design/Construction of a New Facility under 150,000 sq. ft. given by the Greater New York Chapter of IFMA for her role as project lead in the construction of Lifetime’s $18M NY Corporate Headquarters.
Donna has been an IFMA member since 2002 and received a BS in Interior Design from the University of Connecticut.
Arenson will be hosting its 3rd annual Gingerbread House Competition on December 10th at the Morris Museum in New Jersey.
The Architecture and Design community will come together to create anything and everything… as long as it is made out of gingerbread! With a limited amount of time and supplies, groups will be asked to pull their creativity together and produce their version of a gingerbread house. Being judged for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place on design, innovation, holiday festivity and overall appearance.
For the past two years, this event has brought together the A&D community for a night of friendly competition and holiday spirit. In 2018 1st place went to Tricarico, 2nd place went to Stevens Institute of Technology, and 3rd place went to HOK. Who will be next?
Blå Station | Gap
Topping off our list is the award-winning Gap series from @blastation which won the NYCxDESIGN Awards 2018 in the “Tables: Contract” category. All too often, we get asked, “does it stack? In this case, yes and then some! This award-winning design by Osko+Deichmann for Blå Station proved beautiful + highly practical, therefore winning our hearts as well.
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Arenson had a big presence at NeoCon in Chicago this year. We were on a mission to find the latest and greatest, and our manufacturer partners did not disappoint.
Aspen Insurance’s 15,000 sq.ft. headquarters in Midtown East of New York, NY called for height-adjustable desks throughout their new office. Designed by the Switzer Group in partnership with Arenson and Knoll, a loop around the office feels like a tessellation of workstations broken up by private offices that flow seamlessly in function and framework.
An industry concern facing the use of height-adjustable desks is the desire for refined mechanics that achieve a cleaner look. The majority of end users want sophistication. As a result wire management is an increasingly important feature. Arenson worked with Knoll to creatively push standard Knoll product and provided a custom solution for height-adjustable systems that answered the client and architect’s concerns.
Arenson used Knoll Tone tables, which offered various options in which the mechanics could be strategically hidden, yet accessible. The slim profile and adaptability of Tone tables within Knoll systems product provided the framework where the leg could be hidden behind a custom storage piece. In return, this not only hid the mechanics, but also increased the overall circulation space for each user. This solution was then adapted throughout the office for the various workstation and private office configurations.
In addition to the workstations and private offices, the space is dispersed with conference, small meeting/touchdown spaces, and other communal areas where we provided ancillary pieces that reflect the branding of Aspen