April 17, 2017

Seating at the 2017 Whitney Biennial

Seating at the 2017 Whitney Biennial

Last month, members of our design team went downtown to visit the 2017 Whitney Biennial. At its 78th installment, the Whitney Biennial remains longest-running and most relevant surveys of contemporary American art. They were met by a fascinating miscellany of pieces, pertaining not only to polarizing atmosphere of social and political unrest, but also a bold redefinition of established conventions of design itself. Here are a few of the highlights.

January 30, 2017

Mark Rothko – Inspires Wobi Office

Mark Rothko – Inspires Wobi Office

The most distinct quality of art is its capacity to move you. I recently took a short trip from the office, to the Pace Gallery, to view the minimalist dark sectional paintings of Mark Rothko. The exhibition, Rothko: Dark Palette, focuses on Rothko’s work from 1955 and into the 1960’s, where the artist made a turn from bright and optimistic flourishes of color, into deep, intensely dark moody tones. Rothko’s deceptively simple usage of color, carefully arranged in bold block-like sections, capture profoundly intimate and raw emotional states. Like stolen vignettes of time, each painting carries the power of locking the viewer in a singular emotionally-charged moment. And quite ahead of his time, Rothko’s intuitive sense of aesthetics, inspired countless contemporary artists and designers, who were able to see the real emotional power of art stripped down to its barest of forms.

January 23, 2017

Design – Inspires Wobi Office

Design – Inspires Wobi Office

“Design is the difference” Marc Schwartzberg had said with a smile. In his 30 years of experience in the office furniture industry, design is what Marc believes is the foundation of a great product. The makings a great designer is in his or her ability to distil an object to its bare essential form. A well-designed product, he affirmed, was akin to that of a well-crafted machine - every component necessary to its function. But the best? The best designs needed no introduction.

January 02, 2017

Silence – Inspires Wobi Office

Silence – Inspires Wobi Office

What does Richard Serra know of Silence? Sam, Wobi Office manager, mused as beheld the flaccid metal slab before him. Marc had sent him off to a museum on a summer afternoon and tasked him with the thorny task of coming up with a blog post for Wobi Office. Unceremoniously named Silence (for John Cage), the piece before him sat as a singular monotonous note on the floor of the Chelsea exhibition hall.

December 31, 2016

Richard Serra – Inspires Wobi Office

Richard Serra – Inspires Wobi Office

During the scant days Marc had free to himself, between two companies and five children, he enjoyed partaking in New York’s thriving art scene. Recently, he had visited the Gagosian Gallery to see Richard Serra’s ongoing exhibit. Diverging from the noise and static of New York’s metropolitan bustle, Marc had found Serra’s artwork to be a refreshing albeit reductive approach to composition. His large-scale installations, currently dotted across multiple buildings in New York’s meat-packing district presented an excellent opportunity to engage his staff in the visual dialogue responsible for the timeless mid-century design of Wobi Chairs. Conceptually, Serra was a process artist much entrenched in the stylistic influences of minimalist sculpture; occupying the space of peers such as Jackson Pollock and John Cage. Visually, however, his work is more akin to the large scale industrial sculptures in the likes of Tony Smith. There was a silent austerity to Serra’s work, one that drew stark contrasts with the raucous and quotidian experience of urban life.

November 01, 2016

Marina Abramovic – Inspires Wobi Office

Marina Abramovic – Inspires Wobi Office

During Mid-December of 2015, Marc attended a recital at the Park Avenue Armory orchestrated by Marina Ambromivic and performed by pianist Igor Levit. Goldberg, named after Bach’s signature variations, marked Marina’s first foray into classical music as a performance artist.

“They want to listen to Bach, so they have to suffer” Marina Ambromivic had said with a laugh. And so Marc did. As a condition to entry, they had relinquished him of his iPhone and sat him down in a half-circle around the runway stage. Marina had built a career out of pushing the limits of the human body. For her, art demanded sacrifice.

August 01, 2016

Introducing the Bradley Series

Introducing the Bradley Series
Every year, Marc Schwartzberg, our cofounder and president, makes an annual sojourn to Guangzhou, China in search of the finest manufacturers, dealers and materials to source for the production of a Wobi Office chair. Armed with a humble backpack and decades of experience in office furniture and design, Marc takes...

April 06, 2016

Wobi Office Redesigned

Wobi Office Redesigned

Wobi Office is excited to announce the launch of our newly revamped website and blog. For 2016, we wanted to improve the user experience of WobiOffice.com by making it faster and easier to navigate across all platforms. To accomplish this, we teamed with our friends at Centric Digital with three major goals in mind.

February 23, 2015

Apartment Therapy Maker Talk: Wobi Office

Check out our owner and founder, Marc Schwartzberg, at Apartment Therapy’s Maker Talk last fall as he describes how Wobi Office was established.  You’ll hear about his start working for his grandparent’s office furniture company in NYC, and his journey into the world of ecommerce with the launch of...

September 15, 2014

Come Meet Wobi Office at Apartment Therapy's Maker Talk Series, September 17

Come Meet Wobi Office at Apartment Therapy's Maker Talk Series, September 17

Wednesday, September 17 we’ll be participating in Apartment Therapy’s Maker Talk Series, "Global Design: How Leaders and Newcomers are Crushing it by Spanning The Earth." The featured guest will be Farooq Kathwari, CEO of furniture giant Ethan Allan. As a Pitch Presenter, Marc Schwartzberg, founder ...