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Business of Furniture - March 15, 2023

  •   HNI Corporation to Acquire Kimball International - "We are excited about joining with Kimball International, a high-quality company we have long admired for its recognized brands, furnishings expertise built over 70 years, and established relationships across multiple sectors."
  •   The Greatest Reward — Promenaid Solves for Functionality, Accessibility and Beauty in a Handrail - People aren't necessarily against handrails, the notion of the handrail itself, they just don't want a visually unappealing handrail.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Colleagues Are Back in the Office, but Most of Them Dress Like Slobs." - by Stephen Viscusi - Here's my question to you, Stephen: How do I get my colleagues and my boss on board with the fact that we need to establish some kind of, dare I say, dress code, or at least look neater and cleaner when we're coming to work every day?
  •   On the Scene - Noteworthy NYC Industry Events, March Edition, by Stefanie Schwalb.
  •   Functional Art in Hospitality, a Way to Stand Out - One component to consider is the impact of functional art. It serves a utilitarian purpose, creating greater meaning for guests and the property, but it also noticeably adds to the ambiance and unique design of a space.
  •   AIS Launches New Product Solutions to Enhance the Workplace - New personal task lighting features three sleek, energy efficient options and Calibrate Dry Planters bring maintenance free biophilic accents.
  •   HLW Launches New Service Offering Through Multidisciplinary Consultancy Division Ark - "Born from a desire to guide our clients through times of uncertainty, Ark is a new studio focused on delivering innovation and resilient thinking."
  •   Freeform Acquires Brutzman's Office Solutions - Boise-based commercial interiors company acquires Tri-Cities-based office solutions provider.
  •   Officeworks Wins 2022 Teknion Orion Award - This marks Officeworks' fourth win, taking home four out of the last six Teknion Orion Awards given out since 2014.
  •   Global Furniture Group, USA Adds to Its Growing Team in The West - New Regional Sales Managers Blake Brotherson and Christy Bouquet are now part of the team.
  •   America ByDesign Partners with AIA in Season 2 of America ByDesign: Architecture - ByDesign is home to a global collection of primetime television shows on CBS that explore design, featuring the innovators who bring ideas to life.
  •   Endemic Pods the Solution for Post-Covid Design - When first starting your design process one of the best strategies to implement is to understand how the design is related to everyday business operation.
  •   TÜV Rheinland North America Invests in New Technology and Innovation Service Center in Tthe Northeast United States - "We are proud to be in a position where our investment allowed us to create 'The TÜV Rheinland Technology and Innovation Center located in North America."
  •   Emerald Announces New Promotions in the Hospitality Group - "Keisha and Rachel have been vital in the evolution of the BD and HD brands," said Kevin Gaffney, Group Vice President, Design Group, Emerald.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 Offers Free e-Learning Class on New Pricing Center Feature - Complimentary course on Cloud Pricing provides designers with information they need to gain a competitive advantage with latest development for 2020 Worksheet.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: EzoBord Unveils PrivaSeat, Designed to Support Focus Work in Hybrid Settings - Pre-assembled and ready to go out of the box, PrivaSeat can be easily affixed to most commercial and residential task chairs.
  •   COLOR: PANTONEVIEW Color Planner Autumn/Winter 24/25 Now Available - Reflecting this free-spirited color approach, colors for Autumn/Winter 24/25 express a wide range of feelings, from ethereal misty blues, discrete lilacs, cloudy pinks, and clay-based neutrals to intensely saturated hyper violets, inky blues, bioluminescent greens, and decadent reds.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Dara Mir to Step Down as President and CEO of 9to5 Seating - "As I reflect on my time with 9to5 Seating, I am filled with an immense sense of pride and gratitude for what we have achieved together as a company."
  •   PLACES - Varian Offices – Helsinki | Moving from an office room complex to a multi-space office with only 120 work desks was a significant change, but it was the right decision for the era of hybrid working.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Room & Board Business Interiors Hires Sales Pro Ben Stich / Marnique Heath Recognized Member of AIA College of Fellows / Aspire Pavers Welcomes Jennifer Cella as a Technical Sales Representative / Henriksen Butler Rebrands to HB Workplaces, Embracing a 43-Year Evolution / Ware Malcomb Names Bhavini Hardev as Studio Manager, Interior Architecture & Design in San Francisco Office / SGA Expands Academic Team, Hires New Director of Architecture
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Introducing Ooty by Allermuir x SmithMatthias / Geiger Expands its Crosshatch Offering with Inaugural Outdoor Collection / Shaw Contract Launches Newest Innovation - BottleFloor
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Business of Furniture - March 8, 2023

  •   Where I'm Working - Location: Los Angeles | Theme: Women in Leadership | Where I'm Working is the monthly column of Bellow Press Editor-in-Chief Emily Clingman, featuring commentary and photography on issues, trends and ideas in the workplace, design and manufacturing sectors.
  •   New: SOMA From Pair — a Response to the New Hybrid Office - SOMA isn't attached to individual workstations like traditional storage pedestals in offices.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Hate My Co-worker's Social Media Posts — But I Like Working with Her" - by Stephen Viscusi - Social Media is a nice way to bond closer with friends at work that we like, however we don't have to like everything about them and their posts. Instead of unfriending someone, I suggest self-editing yourself — and what you read. It's no different than if I watch a scary movie and close my eyes during the jump scene.
  •   Office Revolution Names Brett Frenier as Principal of Raleigh Location - "I have joined Office Revolution at a time of significant opportunity for the Company and its clients," said Frenier.
  •   Feud Update: Canadian Court Official Calls DIRTT's Legal Action Against Falkbuilt "a waste of time" - In the latest setback for DIRTT, its application for a summary judgment was dismissed.
  •   Tangram and Studio Other Furnish New Belkin Headquarters Office in Southern California - "I would say this has been one of the best experiences of my whole career and I am incredibly proud of this place because we were able to really take all of the things we've learned about what Belkin needs and what our employees need and turn it into this facility," said Oliver Seil, Belkin Senior Director. "I couldn't imagine it having turned out any better."
  •   Landscape Forms Appoints Angela Saladino as Lighting Regional Sales Representative for the Southeast - "My combined lighting industry experience helps me understand the needs of a range of clients, and I look forward to assisting lighting agencies, engineers, and specifiers in my current role with Landscape Forms."
  •   HBF Textiles Introduces In Your Skin Collection Designed by Erin Ruby - Several patterns are created by amplifying bold textures, while others can be easily blended with other finishes and materials.
  •   Taking Part in Trade Fairs is an Investment that Pays Off - An AEFI study demonstrates the competitive and economic advantage for Italian businesses choosing to take part in trade fairs. The sectoral industry is the fourth most powerful in the world.
  •   Indiana Furniture Partners with GOVMVMT for Streamlined Cooperative Purchasing - GOVMVMT provides a powerful, streamlined procurement tool developed specifically to meet and comply with the needs of local, state, and federal agencies.
  •   Hacin + Associates Announces Leadership Transitions and Brand Update Going Into Its 30th Year - With the addition of new principals, the firm will move to the standalone moniker of Hacin. Stepping away from the identity of Hacin + Associates, the name Hacin supports the wide range of existing disciplines and evolving opportunities for the organization going forward.
  •   Frövi Calls Floor 11, Suite 101 of The Merchandise Mart their Chicago Home - Frövi's showroom designer, Matt Coules, carefully considered the plans for the space, keeping the human experience at the heart of his designs.
  •   Page & Turnbull Earns Honors for Innovation, Design, Preservation and Social Progress - With renewed recognition as a most innovative firm and a national leader in work with historic fabric, Page & Turnbull is meeting today's needs, from climate action to social justice.
  •   Tarkett Adds to Sustainability & Design Teams - Engaging with our sales team and clients is an imperative part of the process to ensure we are exceeding the industry's sustainability expectations."
  •   IIDA NY Awards Recipients of the Second Annual Hazel Siegel Scholarship - Three students awarded trips to the shift conference in honor of the late designer's devotion to mentorship and student development.
  •   DIFFA BY DESIGN Returns with New Home AT ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan - The beloved fundraiser will feature signature designer installations and more from May 21-23 at the Javits Center.
  •   Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results - Net sales totaled $335.6 million, down 1.2% year-over-year. Currency neutral net sales were up 3.6% year-over-year.
  •   UPFRONT: Carnegie Announces the Passing of John Stein, Founder of Kirei - John founded Kirei over 20 years ago, with a mission to prove that the highest quality design materials and acoustic solutions could be delivered in an environmentally positive way.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kuvi Integrates Clever Accessories to Provide Endless Flexibility - Developed in response to the need for a more comfortable multi-use chair that supported both individual work and collaboration, product designers sought a solution that would maintain a high level of utility while incorporating the larger proportions and softer cushioning.
  •   EVENTS: Best of NeoCon 2023 Submissions Are Now Open - The Best of NeoCon finalists are emblematic of the latest trends and movements that are shaping how we work, gather, learn, and communicate.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Erica Godun Becomes Director, Sustainability of Ware Malcomb - Godun brings more than 25 years of experience in various phases of architecture and design to Ware Malcomb and has been passionate about environmental sustainability throughout her career.
  •   PLACES - Trilegal Offices – New Delhi | Height-adjustable workstations, break out areas and collaborative work desks make for a hybrid and flexible workspace that supports a healthy work environment and fosters productivity.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - DWR's West Palm Beach Studio Relocates to The Square / Landscape Forms Taps Two Seasoned Veterans to Fill New Role in the Lighting Division / JCJ Architecture Elevates Multiple Long Serving and Senior Level Team Members / DXA Studio Promotes Sando Thordarson to Principal With Additional Promotions from Within / Thinkspace Welcomes New Independent Furniture Representative Bam Associates
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Humanscale Introduces NeatCharge Update / Beauty in Frame — Scandinavian Spaces Presents Arka / Hightower Launches Three New Collections
  •   CLASSIFIEDS - Page 94: Looking For Energetic Sales Professional
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