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Business of Furniture - May 18, 2022

  •   KIRKBRIDE: Mental Health Impacts of Work from Home on the Rise - Sometimes what people say they want and what they actually need are two different things and I believe that's what we are seeing with work from home.
  •   Design Begins with Wonder for London-based Yorgo Lykouria and his Design Firm, Rainlight - Like many architects, Lykouria was drawn to modernism, but for different reasons than most. He was enthralled by the poetry of it; the feeling you get from it. The whole idea of modernism to Lykouria was not taking away everything you can from a product.
  •   Poly Research Reveals Rewards Outweigh the Risks for Employers and Employees Willing to Adapt to Long-Term Hybrid Work Strategy - Two-thirds (66%) of workers surveyed agreed they would rather present to a large audience on a video conference rather than in person.
  •   Sedia Systems JumpSeat Celebrates its 10th Anniversary, Still as Relevant Today as Ever - The design of JumpSeat is simple and elegant. Plywood and steel create the backbone of the JumpSeat's cantilevered structure. Folding to less than four inches thick when not in use, the compact seat allows for the maximum amount of people in the minimum amount of space.
  •   Rimadesio New York Flagship Opens Its Doors During NYCxDESIGN - The new flagship store is designed to offer customers and professionals accurate consulting and design services in the residential, contract and hospitality sectors.
  •   AIS Opens New and Expanded DC Showroom in Award Winning Location - The product applications within the space reflect the wide range of color, material, and finish offerings on standard products which are beautiful and easily accessible.​ A small number of special products are showcased to initiate conversation, garner feedback, and to highlight the specials capabilities of AIS.
  •   Allsteel Introduces O6 Task Chair: A New Choice-Inspired Seating Line To Enhance the Workday - The O6 Task Chair enhances heads-down work in a variety of work settings, with options to add attractive lumbar support and adjustable arms.
  •   Keilhauer Joins Material Bank – Hundreds of Samples Now Available for Overnight Delivery - This new partnership supports Keilhauer's commitment to sustainability by significantly reducing the impact of packaging and shipping samples.
  •   IIDA Celebrates EVP and CEO Cheryl S. Durst As She Marks 25 Years As a Leader in the Interior Design Industry - During Durst's tenure at IIDA, the organization has grown to include more than 15,000 members across 58 countries.
  •   Marvel Opens Office In Richmond, VA - The Marvel office is located in Richmond's Historic Monroe Ward. With a local staff of eight employees, the firm is actively hiring.
  •   Live May 20 - 2022 Wege Prize Awards - The free event is open to anyone in the world via livestream starting at 10 a.m. ET.
  •   Stephen Says - "Take a Hint from Your Children: Changing Jobs Is Easier Than Ever" - by Stephen Viscusi - Millennials, in particular, have proven unafraid to change jobs quickly and frequently — something earlier generations were scared to do.
  •   UPFRONT: NDI Announces Addition of Stan Idzi as COO - "My experience has provided a tremendous framework for my career development thus far and positioned me for this excellent opportunity to work with a fantastic team," Idzi said.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Dash Expands Multi-Purpose Stacking Offering from 9to5 Seating - Collaborative workspaces demand a different kind of seating beyond the traditional multi-purpose model. The new Dash answers that need because it is engineered to support exactly that. It is a single solution for the growing change-over needs of today's work environment.
  •   ACQUIRED: Carnegie Welcomes Kirei to the Family - The acquisition of Kirei enhances and expands Carnegie's range of acoustic design solutions, delivering a comprehensive assortment of solutions for all acoustic space management needs.
  •   PLACES - Gartner Offices – Gurugram | While collaboration and social spaces are all given due importance, focused work and quiet contemplation are a huge part of how employees actually work at Gartner.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Fantini Announces New Managing Director for North America / Tarkett North America Appoints New Senior Leadership for Commercial Business / Pavilion Furniture Announces Jay Chapman as President / Bentley Mills Announces New Senior Leadership / Perkins&Will Welcomes New Health Principal in Dallas / Ware Malcomb Promotes Kevin Evernham to Regional Vice President and Eric Zitny to Director, Regional Operations in Phoenix Office / Polyvision Partners with Voka under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Program / Tarkett North America Verified to Vinyl Industry Sustainability Initiative / IIDA Announces Winners of Two Prominent Design Competitions
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from Arc-Com: Pattern Samsara / SnapCab Launches New Office Pod / Rush Movement by HBF Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-April, 2022

  •   Rob Kirkbride | NeoCon is My Time to Reconnect to the Industry - With COVID still lurking, a war raging in Ukraine, the dust settling from the Herman Miller and Knoll merger, managers sorting work from home rules and inflation soaring, you might be feeling as unmoored as I am. Not to try to give you a heart attack, but NeoCon is less than two months away friends. Like it or not, NeoCon is our industry's family reunion. And for many dealers, it is one of the few times during the year when they get to connect with colleagues and friends from across the country and around the world.
  •   Jim Heilborn | The Future of Hiring and Retention: What do the Surveys Tell Us? - As if furniture dealers and manufacturers weren't already having their challenges retaining, replacing, attracting, and recruiting people in 2019, along came the pandemic. At the height of the pandemic a lot of employees put off changing jobs due to the instability of the labor market. Many people did get laid off but then decided they didn't want to return to their old job or way of life. So in addition to everything else that happened and with an already tight labor market for all businesses, people started quitting their jobs in record numbers and didn't return to their previous jobs or even industries. The Great Resignation.
  •   Washington Workplace: People, Products and Ideas that Make a Difference - The company follows three key philosophies: turning business relationships into real personal friendships; being prepared for business opportunities when they arise and most importantly; being committed to serve others (clients, employees, the community) without regard to any personal benefit or return. What makes Washington Workplace truly unique is its teams approach to sales. Each salesperson has his or her own team, complete with designers, project managers and sales coordinators, more similar to how real estate firms operate than office furniture companies. These teams operate effectively, profitably, and independently, under the Washington Workplace's outside-the-box system.
  •   Brian Zuercher | Sustainability is a Key to Attracting Future Talent - Creating a more sustainable product and infrastructure for the contract furniture industry is the main focus for the future of the industry; it also can be a springboard for attracting future top talent. Just as the where and how we work are changing, so are the expectations of GenZ. Sorry boomers and Gen X (that's me), but nobody's going to be catering to our needs from here out.
  •   Plural Studios Launches Contract Furniture Brand and Website - Plural's website features innovative new commercial furniture solutions made in America for healthcare, corporate, hospitality, and market-defying applications. "Plural believes in delighting its clients by providing adaptable furniture solutions that make a positive impact on the economy and society at large," the company stated. "As a family-owned business that still builds its products by hand in America, the company's culture, integrity, and relationships guide its every decision."
  •   Stefanie Ince | Show Your Employees You Care About Their Well-being and Get Free Customized Employee Wellness Report: Sign up to be an Employee Wellness Survey Distribution Partner - The I Care Employee Wellness Survey is an initiative that takes place every year in June with a goal to better understand the health and well-being of individuals working in the commercial interiors industry.
  •   The Never-Ending World Does Not Exist - Giving people and the things we use a second chance for a sustainable future. The fossil energy we use to power machines that extract, transport, and process the raw materials we need for business is now in short supply. Oil, coal, and gas, which account for 75% of energy production, passed their peak production several years ago—and it's past time for change.
  •   Henricksen Acquires COFCO - COFCO—which was founded in Philadelphia and recently expanded to Washington, D.C.—has a long and storied history of providing customers with exceptional service and outcomes, especially in the corporate, public sector, and healthcare spaces.
  •   Industry Musings - Remote working has changed the rules of the workplace, so watch out / The Lasting Impact of Good Office Design / What the metaverse means for the future of work / Hot Desking Is Not Genuine Flexible Work Model / How to retrofit the office for an era of hybrid work, lessons from Columbia Business School / Workplaces are in denial over how much Americans have changed / Rise of the Third Place: A Creative Alternative to the Home and Office / 'Striking a balance': How one company is rethinking the office for hybrid work
  •   HD Expo + Conference Announces Programming Details - The hospitality market is massive. In 2020, the global hospitality market reached $3.48 trillion and was forecast to grow to $4.13 trillion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 18.5%.
  •   IDA Design | An Interview With Pax Coworking Space - We sat down with Carolyn Buck, a founder of PAX Coworking Studio in Holland, Michigan to talk about the future of coworking and the benefits of this amazing new space.


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