Tonic Conference Tables by Watson Desking
On a 2010 European trip to interview furniture designers, we observed strangers connecting with each other at common tables in the cafes of Amsterdam. And we got it: the reason our clients had been asking us to convert our desks to benches was so their people would connect. Many organizations believe that benching environments encourage connectivity and knowledge transfer. Mentoring is easier in more open environments, with a bench being the most open of all. Tonic was designed for clients who are moving to benching and want a more agile asset. Simple and clean in design, Tonic is built with the quality that is distinctively Watson.
Simple Tables to Ignite Innovation - Tonic is a large bench table, but it is also a collection of small meeting tables that celebrate innovation. With a clamp-on video conferencing module, a table can be turned into an active hub. Circular innovation tables may be specified with flush-mounted rotating whiteboard centers that inject a sense of collaboration into brainstorming. Table sizes range from 48” square and round up to 4’ x 8’ in a single surface. Power module drop-in’s are available in 4 and 6 port variety. A magnetic wire drop cover adheres to inside of the legs or users may opt to use the vertebra drop also used on the bench.
TONIC | Worksurface & Design
Simple Installation - Time is money, especially at an installation site. Coordinating trades is complex enough—furniture shouldn’t burden installation pros with parts-intensive designs that shift manufacturing costs to installers. Tonic is designed with installation in mind, and includes a time (and back) saving leveling mechanism accessed from the top of the table. Brass threaded inserts provide metal to metal connections that ensure the quality of your third reconfiguration will be as good as your first installation.
Robust Construction - When we asked facility managers why they were specifying Watson desks and tables as benches, they mentioned our robust construction. It isn’t just the 1-1/8” thick worksurfaces and 12 gauge steel yoke that makes Tonic strong and durable, but also the way we engineered it for optimal strength-to-weight ratio. Warrantied for life because Tonic is completely made in our own facility and designed to last forever.
Center Deck Flexibility - At the heart of each Tonic configuration is its versatile center deck. This modular strip serves as the landing zone for flush-mounted infills and helps determine the personality of your bench. Choose from flat, pallet, cube or screen infills, and add the Neighborhood Light to brighten your workspace with a warm glow.
Watson - The Company
Watson Desking is a nationally-distributed US manufacturer of European-inspired office furnishings. Watson offers a broad range of modular, free-standing products that embody the principles of adjustability, space-efficient shapes, and design for emergent technologies. Utilizing materials with high recycled content and low emissions, Watson Desking provides furniture solutions that can help customers meet their own environmental initiatives, including LEED certification.
CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT
- Watson Desking products are protected during shipping with reusable blankets and wood pallets that are either returned to the factory or retained by the delivery company. This diverts construction debris from the project site, and allows the packaging to either be recycled or reused by the manufacturer.
- Projects within 500 miles from our manufacturing facility in Poulsbo, WA, benefit from our location and use of regionally sourced materials.
RAPIDLY RENEWABLE MATERIALS
- The Watson Studio design modification process can be used to specify core and surface materials meeting the 10 year maximum harvest cycle for this credit.
- All Watson Desking board suppliers participate in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), as well as provide material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). LEED projects seeking this credit can specify FSC certified core material through our Studio design process.
INNOVATION IN DESIGN
- Up to three LEED points can be earned for providing exceptional performance above LEED credit standards. Customers using the Watson Studio design modification process can specify products and materials that meet the design intent for this credit area.
REGIONAL PRIORITY CREDITS - LEED 2009 introduced this new area with the intent to highlight geographically important issues. These credits are not new, but rather existing credits within the rating systems and are specific to a project’s location, based on zip code (see usgbc.org). Projects earning any 4 of the 6 specified credits (1 bonus point each) can receive a total maximum of 4 points in this area.