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What’s the Most Important Item in Your Office?

Hot Product by Kristen Haren

May 2009

Allsteel Scout, where meetings take place …

Meet “Scout.”allsteel-scout
In this day and age, social networking and media are opening new frontiers.  Instant feedback, virtual collaboration and serendipitous interaction are fast becoming norms in the workplace.

With the introduction of Scout, Allsteel unveils a chair at the center of all of it all, where meetings happen comfortably and ergonomically and where …

·    Simplicity meets function
·    High-performance meets environmentally-friendly
·    Contemporary design meets comfort
·    Durability meets affordability

Many say the office chair is the most important item in the office, given the importance of ergonomics to worker health, well-being and comfort.  We happen to agree! Give us a call for more information or check out: Scout on the web.

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Braving the Elements with IFMA Silicon Valley

Recent Events by Lesley Duckworth
May 2009
One of the best public golf courses in Silicon Valley was the setting for yet another lively annual  IFMA-SV Golf tournament on May 1.

At the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club event, Inside Source, Allsteel and SpaceCo were sponsors of a hole and a drink cart.  Thankfully so, as it turned out, because our triage theme saved the lives of many a golfer under the adverse weather conditions.

ifma-silicon-valley-2Replete with jello shots in syringes, the cart doubled as a miniambulance  and the “Malady Medic” tent at Lake #9 served to address other ailments stricken by golfers, namely “putters palsey” and “shank-itis!”  The medical practioners on our sponsor team were prepared for anything in their nurse and doctor regalia.

The rain and wind did nothing to spoil the fun nor to deter the tournament winners who came in at an impressive 18 under par:  Congrats to Bob Kraiss (Adaptec), Daniel Montes (Brilliant, Reliable and Soccerkraze), Tim Wagemann (Apple) and Willy Gonzales (PAMF). Thanks also to all who worked so hard to make this a successful event once again!

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Fiscal Intelligence: Do yourself a fiscal favor!

Look good and save money with these great budget stretchers:

  1. Do a frugal ‘furbish with gently used, pre-owned office furniture.  Get more than 3x the amount for your money when you buy at up to 70% discounts.  Ask us how.
  2. Do a swap: We’ll dispose of your old, gently-used furniture for free when we replace it with furniture manufactured to green specifications using sustainable materials.
  3. Do not pay for 3 months: Get a head start on increased productivity without increased costs.  Purchase or lease furniture and equipment from us and we’ll defer payments for 3 months.
  4. Do your cash flow a favor!   Pay ONLY 1.5% of equipment cost for the 1st 6-months of your lease, then decide if you want to pay the original equipment cost OR convert to a standard lease term. Ask us about this excellent cash flow helper!

For fiscally intelligent office furniture strategies, please contact us!
Contact Inside Source today Click on the link to email us, or call 650.508.9101.


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Recent Events: IIDA Pioneers in Design & Honor Awards

by Dave Denny

IIDA event

Thursday, March 26th, the historic Oakland Fox Theater opened its doors
after $80 million dollars of repairs and refurbishment and after being
closed since 1962. The City of Oakland bought the property in 1996.

The IIDA Pioneers in Design & Honor Awards event was spectacular with over 750 attendees.

The Best in Show award went to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP – Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA

A full list of all the award and scholarship winners are available at,61

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Inside Interview: Steve McCollom: San Fransisco Bay area architect.

by Jackie Cooper

We recently caught up with multi-talented architect, Steve AllSteel Acuity ChairMcCollom, and asked him about his world.

JC: Tell me about what you’ve been involved in, Steve.

SM: Interior architecture for the past 25 years.  First in Texas (where I’m from), then Washington D.C., and then I moved to California in 1998, where I’ve primarily been involved with interior architecture for workplace and academic projects. I’ve also been involved in business development activities including researching and developing marketing strategies.

JC: What would that involve?

SM: I do a lot of research to help design firms identify and qualify potential new business opportunities and I help them win work, including writing proposals.  I also do some freelance writing and I contribute to a publication called “officeinsight.”

JC: Sounds as if you’re creative in multiple areas!  So tell me, did you know that you wanted to do this when you were in Grade 1?

SM: (laughs)  As a matter of fact, yes.  I distinctly remember telling my kindergarten teacher that I wanted to be an architect!

JC: Being so creative, do you find that what you wear influences the work you do, or does the work you do influence what you wear?

SM: My work influences what I wear.  I dress relatively conservatively, mostly pressed khaki pants and a blue blazer.  But I like to spice it up a bit with hot pink socks or a colorful pocket square to keep things interesting.  I think it’s the architect in me. If I’m working on an academic project, I tend to dress more conservatively.  The project definitely influences what I wear. A bit like a chameleon adapting to the surroundings.  I tend to take on the character of the project I’m working on.

JC: What’s your favorite color and does it influence your outlook on life?

SM: Orange. And I don’t know if it has an influence on my outlook, or the other way around.  People do tell me they view me as an optimistic person: Sunny, bright, cheerful!

JC: What inspires you?

SM: People inspire me.  The things people do to give back to their community.  I love to be involved in projects that help make things better for people. That’s why I love to be involved in projects to do with learning environments, environmental and healthcare.  Anything where good things are happening.

JC: What legacy would you like to leave?  What would you like to be remembered for?

SM: I’d like to be known for caring about people – about my clients and people I work with.  I’d like to know that the work I’ve done has enhanced peoples’ lives.  It’s so gratifying to get feedback on a project and know that I’ve helped a client achieve their goals and objectives.  It’s especially satisfying to see people enjoying the spaces I’ve created, watching their reactions and their smiles when they walk into a space lobby and see it.

JC:  If you bumped into someone at a cocktail party and they told you they were going to redo their office, what would you advise them NOT to do?

SM: I’d tell them not to get in the designer’s way.  Don’t be pig-headed and stubborn about an idea.  Work together with the designer and let them help you create an amazing environment.  Be flexible and open to new ideas.

JC: What is the most fun project you’ve ever worked on?

SM: My funnest project was the new headquarters for a government agency in Washington D.C.  I know that sounds strange, but it was an amazing collaborative experience between architect, interior designer, lighting designer, graphic designer and everyone else involved in the project.

Everyone really came together in an amazing way and all the various talents were able to contribute and collaborate.  The project took 3 years and we enjoyed every weekly meeting we had.  At the outset, I never expected it to be such a rewarding and fun experience.  It’s my firm belief that a really successful project draws upon the talents of all kinds of different people for its different facets.  I’m a believer in the importance of collaboration between the architect, designer, dealers and everyone else involved.  And I really believe that it’s important to listen to others and talk about ideas.

JC: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced in your work and how did you overcome it?

SM: I was working with a client but being held siege by the client’s landlord who didn’t want me on the project.  They had a designer friend they wanted to do the job.  It was a really tense, acrimonious situation.  Very difficult on a day to day basis.

The way I handled it was to keep a strong focus on my client and what they wanted and visualize how happy they’d be at the end.  My client was very supportive and appreciative.  Eventually, I approached the landlord to try to work things out.  We had a discussion and it turned out that he really had nothing against me personally, he just couldn’t stand the firm I worked for.

JC: What do you do to relax?

SM:: I love to read.  I know it sounds incredibly boring, but I love to read.  I’m a reader.  You can enter another world so easily by reading.

JC: What genre do you prefer?

SM: I’m particularly fond of histories and biographies.  When I read fiction, it’s mostly historical fiction.  Except when I travel by plane.  I often just choose a quick, trashy read for the trip.

Steve can be reached at (415) 202-4044 or

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