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OPEN - Tile Panel System

Silver Award
Open is competitively priced stackable tile panel system with virtually no layout or configuration constraints. Cable and electric power management issues have been fully addressed and engineered into the system.


OPEN has appeared in the NeoCon Show Daily, Interior Design Magazine and Design Journal.


The following price comparison is based on a 6' x 7' typical workstation and shows that the OPEN list price is between 12% and 41% below our competitors.Knoll Reff $36,154 Herman Miller Ethospace $35,446 Teknion Transit $33,370 Steelcase Montage $33,149 Haworth Premise $33,064 Teknion TOS $31,413 Steelcase Answer $29,757 Allsteel Terrace $28,700 SMI OPEN $25,641*All above pricing information is taken from an independent price comparison. SMI makes no claims as to the accuracy of this information.**Above pricing is based on using 67H stacked panel frames (43H+12H+12H = 67H) with grade 2 fabric on tile/segments. If 67H non-stacked frames are used the list priced would be reduced to $23,429.00.


In late 2000, we began a quest to develop a new and comprehensive line of systems furniture which would address virtually all of the issues of the office work environment now, and into the future. The name "OPEN" was selected to reflect the freedom of design and configuration flexibility which these products offer.The design concepts for OPEN began with an attempt to free our minds of "the way we have always done things" We tried simply to determine that our objectives and to develop the best ways to achieve them. The questions and answers evolved as research and development work proceeded. "Keep it simple" and "form follows function" became phrases which were repeated many times. Prototypes were changed over and over until the best and most logical solutions were found. To hold costs down, we have simplified the manufacturing processes. Installation is simple and straightforward. Layout and configuration options have virtually no limits or constraints. Cable and electric power management issues have been fully addressed and engineered into the system.OPEN is "Made in America" with nearly all components being manufactured at our 150,000 square foot plant in Ringgold, Georgia, thus ensuring control over quality and production.


SMI is a third generation, family owned business, manufacturing office furniture and filing systems for nearly 40 years. In fact, we are one of the oldest manufacturer's of Panel Systems and Open Shelf Filing Systems in the country. We've built a reputation over the years for supplying quality products and great customer service. When you call SMI during regular business hours, you won't find some complicated automatic voice messaging system. Instead, you will talk to a real person who is there to assist you. That's a promise! We have supplied office furniture and filing systems to literally thousands of Businesses, Schools, Universities, State Agencies, Government Agencies, and Medical Facilities nationwide. Our filing/shelving customers include GNC and the prestigious Mayo Clinic, while our list of furniture customers include Billy Graham Ministries World Headquarters and the US Department of Justice.Our free CAD design and product specification service saves you time and money! Simply fax or email your furniture and filing drawings to us, and our experienced design team will create a 2D and 3D CAD drawing using our 20-20 GIZA software. Each drawing will be accompanied by an itemized parts list, detailing all costs associated with your project. Our design team has over 35 years combined experience in designing and space planning furniture and filing systems and can usually have completed projects back to you within 24 to 48 hours. We can even email back completed 2D and 3D layouts for you to print out and use for your presentations. SMI's customer service is second to none. When you call SMI during normal business hours, you'll speak to a real person who is there to assist you. You won't find any complicated automatic voice messaging systems here! If for some reason the person you are calling is not available, your call will be returned promptly, not a week later. As a family owned and operated company for more than 50 years, we still believe that personal service is always the best. 20-20 GIZA has quickly become the industry standard spaceplanning, presentation, and specification tool to the contract furniture industry. SMI is proud to have had our products on GIZA for nearly 7 years. GIZA is also compatible with many AutoCad formats and we have successfully it used to transfer drawings and data with hundreds ofdealers, designers, and architects nationwide. For a free copy ofour GIZA Graphics or Specifier Libraries, please contact our Customer Service Department.

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