“It All Started With a Chair The Average Person Could Afford”
One of my favourite things about being a Sales Rep for PBJ Cleaning Depot is hearing the gratitude from our customers about how we are a “one stop shop” for their business’s needs, whether it be your office supplies and business printing, to cleaning products and tools to match, the list goes on! But, did you know PBJ Cleaning Depot can assist you from the moment you get your first office space, thanks to Global Furniture!
At the age of 17, Saul Feldberg immigrated to Canada and needed to find work to survive. Saul started working at a small manufacturing plant aimed at restaurant and beauty salon furniture, that eventually turned into office furniture. He learned the manufacturing process, how to make something from start to finish. His dedication and impressive work quickly landed him the job of Plant Manager by the age of 21. In 1966 the plant was looking at being bought out, not wanting to have to start all over for people he did not know, Saul took matters into his own hands. He had thought, office furniture is too expensive for the average person to afford, I am young and energetic I’ll start my own office-furniture company, along with his new business partner Bill Kemeny. Bill immigrated to Canada in 1957 after the Hungarian Revolution as an expert upholsterer. He opened the plant every morning for 40 years, never once being late. Even at the experienced age of some 90 plus years, Bill is still a contributing member to the Global family getting to the office before 8am on a daily basis. To read more on Saul and Bill’s start up, to world-wide success, follow the link below.
Global Furniture has come a long way since 1966, starting with an office chair to now designing and manufacturing pieces for the workplace, education and healthcare facilities. They now sell in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, but their main headquarters has always stayed in the Toronto area in Downsview Park.
The team at Global has overcome a lot of changes since the mid 1960’s. Changes in fashion, technology, design, and economy, yet still manages to stay on top, and stay loyal to their original slogan “build a product that the average person can afford”, and that is exactly what they do.
After my first trip to Global Furnitures showroom in Downsview Park, I left in awe. I was amazed at the beautiful and intricate designs, layouts, styles, but most impressively, their dedication to stay green and environmentally friendly. Before recycling was mandatory and before other companies decided to watch their carbon footprint, Global Furniture was ahead of the game. Back in 1993 they were taking recycled plastics, mixing it with post-production wood scraps to create a composite material used as injection mold from items like panel frames to chair components. With initiatives like this, Global Furniture is able to save over 2000 tons of waste being sent to landfills. This is just one example of a long list of their dedications to the environment. A list of all their commitments can be found on the following link.
Among other things, it floored me how creative and inclusive designs were to incorporate the needs of all, especially in the HealthCare section. For instance, the Tablet Table is a table for dining situations, or recreational use for those in wheelchairs so they can comfortably enjoy the company of others. The tablet provides a surface that extends over the lap of the user so they can easily enjoy a meal with companions, play cards or partake in activities.
Other pieces like waiting room chairs that have removable seating for easy cleaning in case of accidents or spills. Lounging chairs that assist the user when exiting the chair for patients who want to feel more independent. The Dreme is a bench that seats several people, that also turns into a comfortable sleeping surface. I was very impressed knowing that the thoughts and ideas behind these initiatives were created and inspired with loved ones in mind.
The education sector has so much to offer, from the classroom to the staff room, assembly halls, cafeteria, to common room areas, Global Furniture has you covered. They have an array of stackable chairs and foldable tables/desks that vary in size, colour and design to utilize storage space and easy accessibility. Update your common area with pieces from the River collection, one of my personal favourites. It is called River because you can keep adding more from the collection and it all flows together. With USB ports and electrical outlets built in, students and staff are able to interact and work in a comfortable work environment. With the option of three different heights for the seat back, whether the user is an introvert or extrovert, they can feel comfortable in their environment in an open space.
The workplace section may be my favourite, probably because there are so many options, layouts, colours and designs, the potential is endless! Global has taken the lead into ergonomics to suit your needs for your work place. Their range of chairs, desks, storage and accessories makes sure there is something for everyone in every position. Global Furniture makes sure to give your product a personal touch and helps create a positive environment, with add-ons like electrical and USB ports, modesty panels, dividing panels, electric height adjusting desks, standing desks or heavy duty seating, Global Furniture has you covered.
Now one of the best parts about Global Furniture and all 3 of their sections (Healthcare, Education, and Workplace) is how you can create a one of a kind piece. Global Furniture offers a variety of textiles, specs and features to make one of their pieces specific to your liking down to the last detail.
If you’re looking to redo a whole office, or are moving into a new space, a design team will sit down with you to create your new space start to finish.
— Kaitlyn Kilgour, Sales Representative, PBJ Cleaning Depot