AIS Introduces New Products with a Focus on the Evolving Workplace Providing Dealers and Customers Options for a More Personalized and Responsive Environment
Innovative products that enhance workplace efficiency and aesthetics while offering solutions that respond to users’ needs in today’s work environment.
AIS is pleased to share a preview of our new product solutions and applications in advance of this year’s NeoCon 2022 taking place from June 13 – 15 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. We welcome visitors to tour our 8,000 square feet showroom and meet with our talented team to explore our growing product portfolio showcasing an array of applications including private office, conference, open plan, seating solutions, training, collaborative and concentrative work.
AIS’ showroom, located in space 1086 on the building’s 10th floor, will feature new products including: Chatham Cove(tm) Work Lounge, PowerBench, PET Wire Managers and Enclosures, and the Desktop Organizer + Suspended Caddy, further expanding its broad breadth of product solutions. In addition, AIS is refreshing its Colors, Materials, and Finishes giving dealers more contemporary choices for its extensive line of products. Future options available later this summer include an updated grade A and B vertical surfaces program featuring 17 patterns and 135 colorways along with 6 new Grade C paints. A new seating alliance upholstery program, in partnership with CF Stinson, Momentum and Mayer, will also launch in the fall. Many of these materials will be previewed at NeoCon with samples available to view at our surface materials center. The new finish options include vibrant, rich hues, textures, patterns, and many calming neutrals.
A more complete description of these new products follows and includes links to web pages and high resolution images.
Chatham Cove™ Work Lounge
Adaptively, Chatham Cove Work Lounge supports users throughout their workday by accommodating both individual work and small team collaboration. Users appreciate a sense of place and privacy in a cove-like environment enclosed by the warmth of wood grain laminates. The durable, lightweight laminate surround is paired with an open O-Leg design to create a sophisticated and scalable aesthetic that blends into any office environment and uniquely available on other AIS products and creating harmony across the floorplate. Bringing a sense of enclosure to lounge seating, Chatham Cove includes options for visual privacy, power, and personal storage. As an alternative to workstations or small meeting rooms, it offers flexibility and economic benefits to organizations supporting new hybrid work strategies.
Chatham Cove Work Lounge merges the comfort of home with the focus of the office. It offers respite for heads-down work or discreet conversations. Modular and versatile, Chatham Cove is available in two or three-sided options and heights of 34, 50, and 58”. It can align perfectly to adjacent workstations and blends with AIS systems and benching solutions. Optional PET or fabric inserts enhance acoustical privacy and introduce color while the upholstered seat and back ensure user comfort. With durable construction and easy-to-clean laminate surfaces, Chatham Cove is ideal for commercial, education, hospitality, and other high traffic areas.
As workplaces continue to evolve, supporting the new hybrid work model was an essential goal as AIS designers created a work lounge to support both heads down and small group work. From a designer and facility management perspective, Cove can be applied easily and productively throughout an organization, even filling underused spaces on a floorplate. When specified at 58” height and applied inline, Cove’s solid vertical surfaces naturally act as space dividers, creating boundaries and visual separation. Further, Chatham Cove Work Lounge provides the necessary access to both single or daisy-chainable, plug-in power for users that will be using the work lounge more than casually. Functionality is further enhanced with a personal storage cubby, optional whiteboards, cleanable surfaces assisting wellness strategies, and durability for busy environments. Designers can activate a floorplate with diverse finishes, a variety of configurations, and versatile user options.
BIFMA Compliant and Indoor Advantage/Indoor Advantage Gold.
See Chatham Cove Work Lounge HERE.
PowerBench takes the proven spine power kit used in the AIS PowerBeam product and delivers power effortlessly to users without disrupting workflow. Its laminate, enclosed base conceals the height adjustable legs, creating an upscale and quiet design for this new benching line.
PowerBench provides a feeling of permanence, offering users a strong sense of place in an ever-changing workplace. PowerBench optimizes space while fostering collaboration among employees thanks to its simple and succinct kit of parts. Whether teams are working side-by-side or individuals are focused on the tasks of the day, its efficient footprint provides all the essentials needed today. Place Day-to-Day tables nearby for swift collaboration, add Calibrate lockers for personal storage – or feature Chatham Cove Work Lounge adjacently for private, heads-down work. Our broad product offering provides many choices to support the varied needs of workers today.
Other features of PowerBench include enclosed laminate bases, discreetly concealing its height adjustable legs and offering an upscale, finished appeal; 2-stage height adjustable worksurfaces; 4 circuit power at 29” high; power from ceiling, floor, or wall; double or single-sided applications; optional power cord tray attachment to beam offers wire management; available in all AIS laminates; and table legs are available in black, metallic silver, and white while the beam is available in all AIS paint colors.
PowerBench will launch summer 2022.
The product sheet can be found HERE with additional sales tools becoming available soon.
PET Wire Managers and Enclosures
Uniquely incorporating wire management into privacy screens, PET Wire Managers and Enclosures keep cords tidy beneath the worksurface in both the open plan and private offices. PET Wire Managers & Enclosures are attached below the worksurface providing clean aesthetics by keeping brackets below sightlines and hidden behind the curvature of the PET. Simple to use, the enclosure easily unhooks and folds down for cord placement and adjustment access when needed.
AIS’s unique design incorporates three beneficial functions into one component – wire management, privacy, and sound absorption. The key feature of the PET Wire manager and Enclosure is the incorporation of the accessory into the U or L-wrap privacy screen offering users a more distraction-free environment and productive workspace.
Users will appreciate its simple and soft aesthetic while valuing its robust cord capacity and acoustical sound absorption. Designers will desire its curved organic shape and inherent texture to accessorize rectilinear workspaces. Our solution offers privacy in addition to wire management by simply adding an L or U-wrap screen into the design of a workstation. This accessory is available in four colorways – tan, light grey, medium grey, and blue – which complement a variety of environments with neutral choices or a pop of color. The sleek, scored pattern adds a touch of design detail yet is minimalistic. Made from recycled plastic bottles, PET Wire Managers and Enclosures offer a sustainable solution to cord management.
PET Wire Managers and Enclosures innovatively utilize the unique material properties of PET to add warmth and an organic component to a workspace via its curved shape and felt-like texture. The streamlined fold and flip design is simple to use, providing workers with clean and productive workspaces in just minutes.
See the PET Wire Managers and Enclosures HERE.
Desktop Organizer and Suspended Caddy
Two new organizer accessories are now available to help keep workspaces tidy with storage for small, personal items that keep them within reach. The Desktop Organizer sits on top of a worksurface and, for those users who change workstations, its portability allows it to move from location to location with ease, thanks to its soft-grip handles. The organizer includes a shelf with bookends and a pullout drawer with dividers to keep even smaller items tidy. The Suspended Caddy is designed to be attached under a worktop keeping frequently used items readily accessible. Plus, the Caddy can replace a pedestal, saving space in small areas. Start of order entry is June 1, 2022.
AIS never stops looking for ways to make workplaces more versatile, innovative, and conducive to individual and teamwork, all in a new, adapted environment. The company’s talented teams continue to develop products, respond to shifts in the marketplace, and listen to our dealers to adding even more smart options and relevant choices.
AIS, headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, is a leading North American manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the furniture industry. Founded in 1989, the company whose sales exceed $200 million annually is known for offering market-relevant, feature-rich product lines that entice designers and support the diverse needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable lean manufacturing, lead-time performance and manufacturing flexibility. AIS’s BIFMA-compliant products meet or exceed industry standards for safety and durability. Products also are SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certified.
The company’s Leominster headquarters and manufacturing facility boast a rooftop of more than 10,000 solar panels, returning 50 percent or more of energy used to the power grid each year. AIS has permanent showrooms at its Leominster headquarters and in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. With these and other locations across the U.S., the company has over 1 million square feet of office, showroom and factory space. AIS’ more than 800 employees represent over 32 countries around the world and make AIS one of the largest and most diverse employers in central Massachusetts. Over the past five years, AIS has created more jobs in the region than any other company. AIS and its employees also lead in giving back to their communities; the Boston Business Journal has recognized AIS with its Corporate Citizenship Award annually since 2019. For more information, visit www.ais-inc.com.