Finishing 2017 on a high note, Whitney Brothers of Keene has been recognized by two industry magazines in the past month for its convertible desk.
The 114-year-old manufacturer of wood furniture for early childhood environments received a 2017 New Product Award honorable mention from School Planning & Management magazine (SPM), according to a Whitney Brothers news release.
An independent panel of judges from the school building industry selected Whitney Brothers’ convertible desk, the news release states, for its design that enables the desk surface to convert from a sitting height to standing height easily, without the use of any tools. The desk surface height is adjustable from 22 inches to 29 inches in 1¼-inch increments.
According to the release, SPM is widely regarded as the leading information resource for professionals who plan, design, construct, equip, operate and maintain the physical learning environment. Its New Product Award program acknowledges products from manufacturers and services providers that markedly enhance learning environments.
“We’re pleased to receive this award from SPM,” Mike Jablonski, president of Whitney Brothers, said. “We conceived the idea for our Convertible Desk from a belief that little learners should have access to the same ergonomic and health benefits that adult convertible desk users enjoy. This award validates that idea and reinforces the legacy of design innovation for which the Whitney Brothers brand is renowned.”
Earlier this month, the Whitney Brothers product received a 2017 Best of Year Honoree award from Interior Design magazine.
Editorial panelists from Interior Design were impressed by the same set of criteria as SPM’s panel, according to another Whitney Brothers news release.
“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award from Interior Design,” Jablonski said in the release. “Interior Design as the highest standard of design innovation is all the more satisfying.”
Now in its 12th year, Best of Year is the preeminent design awards program honoring the most significant projects and products of the year. In the 2017 program, the Interior Design editorial panel received over 2,300 entries in 113 categories from designers, architects and manufacturers representing 50 countries around the world.