Mayhew Helps a Legacy Live on in Kitchener’s Historic Simpson Block
The renovated Kitchener four-storied Simpson Block (once a furniture factory and store) has attracted new tenants, including Mayhew, the company known for its ingenious, creative and cost-effective workspace design solutions and innovative office furniture.
Thornhill, Ontario – Furniture: For millennia, it has supported us, it has invigorated us and it has inspired us. At the heart of every living space, furniture has played – and still plays – a critical role.
During the turn of the 20th century, the City of Kitchener enjoyed a reputation as Canada’s “Furniture City.” Today, Kitchener’s four-storied Simpson Block is destined to reclaim that legacy. A renovation (including facelift) of 119 King Street West has attracted new tenants, including Mayhew, the company known for its ingenious, creative and cost-effective workspace design solutions and innovative office furniture.
It’s a “back to the future” moment for the building that once was a furniture factory, warehouse and retail store. Indeed, providing furniture for clients across the nation is one of Mayhew’s signature strengths as well, as is helping companies such as CTV, BNN, Communitech, Desire 2 Learn, McLaren/Pfaff Auto, and Blue Coat Canada, Inc., create truly artistic and intuitive workspaces that can evolve with their occupants’ needs.
Of course, the contemporary, ergonomically-engineered workspace design furnishings recommended by Mayhew’s experts might raise a 19th century eyebrow or two. But after an introduction to furniture like the streamlined Steelcase Gesture™ chair, there’s little doubt that even the most hesitant Victorian gentleman or lady would be won over by the stellar design and ultimate luxury that Mayhew provides.
Moreover, William Simpson, the furniture industrialist for whom the block was named, might well have paved the way for client-centered organizations like Mayhew to thrive. Simpson earned a status for providing furniture items that were affordable and well-built. His motto, “furniture to wear,” was presumably a nod to the integrity of both his talented craftsmen and the pieces they constructed. Similarly, Mayhew’s mission includes a promise to “create and maintain workplaces that work™,” echoing Simpson’s sentiments regarding the need for attractive designs that have substantial lifespans.
Mayhew will occupy nearly 2500 square feet on the second floor of the site, along with Kitchener businesses Vidyard, Perimeter Development Corporation and CBC Radio. Nearby hotspots including the Breithaupt Block, and public transport convenience with the LRT and Go stations, as well as close proximity to City Hall, boutique hotels and more, make this location easily accessible within the Kitchener city centre.
Mayhew invites interested businesses and individuals to celebrate their relocation, as well as the Simpson Block’s “furniture legacy” cycle, with a complementary tour of the facilities upon request. Their team of workspace solutions experts can be contacted through their website.
Headquartered in Canada, Mayhew has become synonymous with space and interior design ingenuity. Since 1982, Mayhew has worked on over 22 million square feet of space, successfully moved 300,000 people, and supplied and installed over 100,000 workstations.
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