Very prompt, clean, and organized, it was a pleasure to work with Dave and crew. Highly recommended. My group was more than pleased with the installations.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (PRWEB) October 14, 2019
Davena Office Environments, based in the suburbs of NYC, on Long Island, has watched the transformation in the office furniture industry and has evolved right along with it.
Originally Davena was the installation department of Office Pavilion Specmark Inc.(a Herman Miller dealer which was eventually acquired by WB Wood) and operated in Manhattan in the 1980s by Kenneth Ramroop. The company's staff specialized in installation, labor and project management for the juggernauts of the time such as NYNEX, Unum, MCI, AIG, AT&T and Microsoft. Mr. Ramroop separated from Specmark in 1994 and founded Davena Services, Inc. where he continued to focus on intermarket dealer installation services for a majority of the Herman Miller dealers in the country.
In the early 2000's with the advent of the internet, a new market arose and with it new opportunities. Previously, used furniture that was decommissioned was a burden and frequently ended up in the scrap yard at a cost to all involved. However, the emergence of the world wide web provided a venue for vast amounts of used furniture and in particular workstations and cubicles to instead be resold to other consumers thus creating the modern used office furniture market. The owner's son David, whom had worked with company since its inception, saw the potential for both sides in the equation and steered the company to focus on sales of product vs labor.
By 2006, Davena Services became Davena Office Environments and had largely transitioned away from intermarket sales and was focused on the sales of used Herman Miller Ethospace and AO2. By 2010, David Ramroop assumed the business and the focus was shifted to almost primarily refurbished and used Ethospace modular office environments. As of today, Davena has continued to adapt to the upcoming trends in the workplace, that being the benching and height adjustable stations that have become predominant in the commercial hubs of the country.
According to David Ramroop, "While our emphasis in the past has been on project management, reconfiguration, delivery and installation of office systems and furniture, we have adapted to market trends, and are now active in refurbishment and re-manufacturing of not only Ethospace but also Herman Miller Canvas as well as liquidation, storage and space planning." When asked about the changes in the furniture environment he has witnessed over the years, David remarked, "In 25 years I have watched the industry as well as the workplace environment change considerably. Colors have come and gone and come again, storage has been drastically reduced, the tall walls of yesterday have given way to 46" product, privacy is a distant memory and it's rare to see an 8 by 8 cube anymore. And there are a lot more players now in the game than in the 2000's when it was just a handful of us such as Dean Williams, the Cullins and John Gallen. Combined with the influx of products introduced from emerging markets, the refurbished marketplace has evolved into a complex and competitive industry in itself. And we are adapting right along with that environment with plans to be here for many more years to come."
Davena Office Environments currently specializes in integrating new, used and refurbished Herman Miller Ethospace workstation components to create custom designed office environments that are indistinguishable from new workstations at a fraction of the cost.
When asked how the Ramroop family has managed to survive and thrive in the office furniture business for so long, Kenneth Ramroop, now 77 whom is retired but still comes to work every day to oversee operations, remarked," It's not rocket science, treat your clients like you would your family, only sell a product that you would be proud to receive yourself, exceed your client's expectations, and do it all at fair price, and you will never go hungry."