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Globally, Haworth improves workplaces with award-winning furniture, interior architecture and technology solutions to help customers achieve business goals and transform culture as well as support collaboration and innovation. Research and design drive a deep understanding of agile workplace needs and are at the center of the company’s strategy. Haworth is committed to protecting and restoring the environment, creating economic value as well as supporting and strengthening its communities.
In April 2015, Haworth announced the opening of its new Shanghai Organic Space located in Jing’An Kerry Centre. In addition to achieving the latest and most challenging LEED certification being LEED v4 Gold certified, it is also the first facility in Asia registered as a pilot project to pursue WELL Certification. The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is a performance-based system grounded in medical research that measures, certifies and monitors features of the built environments that impact human health and wellness. “We wanted to engage with business leaders and the community to let them experience, first hand, what was possible in wellness design,” explains Frank Rexach, Vice President and General Manager for Haworth Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
WELL sets performance requirements in seven categories, or concepts, relevant to occupant health and well-being in the built environments: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Haworth’s showroom design therefore incorporates increased levels of fresh air exchange, ergonomic furniture, sit-stand desk options, non-toxic and non-off gassing materials plus air and water quality filtering and testing.