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Business of Furniture - May 16, 2024

  •   Stephen Says - "Hire Slow, Fire Fast!" - by Stephen Viscusi - It is much easier to make a bad hire then leaders are often willing to admit. Good managers, the ones who their bosses like, are the ones who follow my formula of hiring slow and firing fast.
  •   HB Workplaces Unveils New Headquarters at Baltic Pointe - HB Workplaces continues to lead by example in the regional architecture and design community.
  •   EVENT SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating at NeoCon: Celebrating the Past with Big Plans for the Future - Exciting new products mark big anniversaries.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Solomon Coyle Releases YE2023 Financial Benchmarking Results - Dealer Average Operating Profit Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels
  •   Designing a New Frontier in Seattle's Urban Core - Graphite has four more mixed-use projects under construction in the neighborhood, which will add nearly 2M square feet of commercial, retail, and residential space.
  •   Hendrick Adds Some Flavor to Krispy Krunchy Chicken's Headquarters - "Krispy Krunchy Chicken's new surroundings are a testament to the successful fusion of design and branding, creating an inviting and inspiring environment that resonates with everyone who encounters it."
  •   EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Discover The Intentional Office at the Allsteel Experience Center During Chicago's Fulton Market Design Days - "We are dedicated to crafting intentional offices that adapt to the evolving work dynamics."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Environments at Work Unveils the AT WORK COLLABORATIVE - The AWC family of brands collectively provides a multifaceted portfolio delivering furniture, architectural products, and specialty construction solutions for both interior and exterior projects and services clients across multiple practice disciplines regionally and nationally.
  •   UPFRONT: Designing for Wellbeing: Humanscale x Hames Sharley's Path to Workplace Innovation - Humanscale and Hames Sharley were tasked with the challenge of blending the past and present with modern design elements.
  •   IIDA Announces Recipients of the 2024 Member Of the Year and Student Of the Year Awards - The award includes a $5,000 cash prize, sponsored by OFS, and a complimentary one-year IIDA membership.
  •   Featured at Clerkenwell Design Week - Product Launches, Round Tables, Workshops, Panel Talks, Anniversaries & Estonian Pastries - Discover what is happening at Clerkenwell Design Week 2024.
  •   Tangram Interiors Opens Lubbock Office Led By Texas Tech Alumna - "Lubbock and West Texas are deep-rooted communities and have been a priority for Tangram since entering the Texas market."
  •   3form and Ringo Studio Partner to Launch Bold New Dreamscape Collection - 3form's design team and Madelynn Ringo dream up ethereal palette in first-of-its-kind collaboration.
  •   Configura Unveils Transformative Updates with 15.0 Major Release - The new Quick Chain Dimensions and Quick Measure Mode tools make dimensioning faster and more intuitive.
  •   Coverings 2024 Propels Industry Growth and Inspires Next Generation Professionals - Coverings is the largest and preeminent ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and exposition in the United States and North America. It features exhibitors from 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world, with more than 1,000 exhibitors.
  •   Tell Me More Podcast Introduces 'Crafted for Today's Leaders': A Gunlocke Mini-Series. - Tell Me More – a podcast that explores the world of design and innovation, and the intersection of work and life. In each episode, Allsteel experts and industry leaders unravel the stories behind innovative workplace solutions and share the secrets to crafting spaces that inspire productivity, collaboration, and well-being.
  •   Artaic Launches Revolutionary Mosaic Manufacturing Robot, Apollo - Artaic partnered with BOLD Laser Automation CEO, Todd Lizotte, for the development of Apollo, along with support from Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP) and Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC), and numerous tile suppliers.
  •   Tuuci Named Best of Competition in the 2024 IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards - The Ocean Master Voilare Parasols Win in the Casegoods and Freestanding Furniture Category.
  •   Graphite Design Group Introduces Brand Experience Ideation Studio - Graphite Design Group is a Seattle-based design firm recognized for crafting people-focused integrated environments that elegantly solve complex problems. Their diverse portfolio spans office, retail, hospitality, and mixed-use typologies, serving a broad clientele from boutique retail spaces to $400M development projects.
  •   Luxxbox Introduces illi Bon – A "Mini Marvel of Acoustics and Light" - With soft PET outer gills and a high-output LED, Illi Bon offers enhanced performance in a smaller package, making it perfect for spaces with size constraints or clustered arrangements. Whether you're seeking a solo statement piece or a beautifully balanced environment, Illi Bon is the perfect choice for unique design aspirations.
  •   Gearing Up for ORGATEC 2024: More Top Brands Join the List of Exhibitors - ORGATEC has reaffirmed its status as the leading international trade fair for the future of work with impressive registration figures. A host of high-quality brands have confirmed their participation, including major industry players from the flooring, lighting, furnishing and acoustics segments.
  •   MG2 Acquires Portland, Oregon-based Studio C Architecture - Architects Brian Bennett and Jim Walker join MG2 as Principals.
  •   IIDA College of Fellows Announces 2024 Inductees - Admission to the College of Fellows is the highest honor given by IIDA to its professional members.
  •   New In Classifieds - ARTOPEX IS LOOKING FOR MANUFACTURER SALES REPRESENTATIVE | Artopex a leading manufacturer of office furniture offering everything under one roof including laminate case goods, systems furniture, seating, and metal storage is seeking dynamic sales-oriented manufacturer sales representation to join our team for the following territories: Philadelphia, Eastern & Central PA, Delaware, Southern New Jersey and for the San Antonio & Austin markets. Read more on page 128.
  •   New In Classifieds - JOIN ERGOCENTRIC'S GROWING SALES TEAM! | Are you passionate about enhancing workplace wellness and productivity through high-quality ergonomic solutions? Read more on page 129.
  •   PLACES - doTerra Brasil Offices – Joinville, Brazil | This company space also has several areas for informal meetings such as "casulos", armchairs and informal spaces.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - The Mitchell Group Names Roslyn Muney as Director of Brand Strategies / Nemo Tile + Stone Unveils Redesigned Website for Enriched User Experience / DEDON Receives Top Honors at HD Expo 2024 / Fellowes Contract Interiors Launches Netta Wire Management Solution / HNI Corporation Increases Quarterly Dividend / Craftsmanship and Clean Lines Converge in Aceray's Mira Line of Seating / SDI Design Welcomes Mardi Najafi as Principal, Retail and Hospitality / Introducing Calidon Tables by Global / Jamie Stern Announces Winners of Design Competition
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 9, 2024

  •   Installnet Hits Major Sustainability Milestone, Diverting 50 Million Pounds of Unused Office Furniture from Landfill - Growing demand for reuse serves communities across North America. In 2012, Installnet created the Ecoserv program to help divert workplace waste from landfills. Ecoserv provides the processes, standards and metrics needed to assure commercial furniture and assets remain in circulation through reuse, delivering value to customers and the community. Page 130.
  •   HON Cofi Seating: The Chair That Goes Above and Beyond - The sophisticated seating solution features a refined design, detailed stitching, and premium materials for a remarkably elevated feel.
  •   Stephen Says - "Residential Is the New Contract and It’s As Hot As Gender Neutral Restrooms" - by Stephen Viscusi - When you interview, be prepared to hear the word "iconic" thrown around a lot. That's code for we have not created anything new lately, so help us keep selling the chair and ottoman created in 1956.
  •   NeoCon 2024 Unveils Engaging Lineup Of Events And Experiences - Featuring Immersive Installations, Networking Opportunities, Emerging Talent, and Sustainability Showcases.
  •   EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Fulton Market Design District Preparing for Flagship Design Days Events - More Than 35 Iconic Design Brands Have Joined Together to Welcome Design Professionals and Enthusiasts to the Neighborhood, June 10–12
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Artcobell Awarded Additional Patent for NXT MOV Seating's Distinctive Design and Function - "The realm of classroom chair design hasn't dramatically changed over the last few decades, so this is quite an accomplishment for us as a manufacturer."
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: AIS Welcomes Showroom Manager and Designer to New Third Floor Space at The Mart - Sophie Palma Joins the AIS Midwest Team in Advance of NeoCon
  •   UPFRONT: Empowering the Hybrid Workspace: Humanscale's Impactful Collaboration with NFP - Humanscale's Path Task chairs were a key element of the integration, designed for comfort and built sustainably.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: BIFMA Monthly Learning Series: 2024 Sustainability Trends in Interior Design with ASID - This is a live virtual learning opportunity for our members, designers, buyers, educators, and anyone interested in furniture for the built environment.
  •   Design Pool Returns to NeoCon with Two New Collections - In addition to introducing NeoCon attendees to their unique online platform and showing them how to use it, Design Pool will be launching two new collections.
  •   American Craft: Room & Board x True Residential Unveil Innovative Design Portfolio for Commercial and Residential Sectors - Two American-made brands launch collections of durable indoor and outdoor products with integrated refrigeration.
  •   LightArt Achieves Industry First With 100% Recycled Clear Coil Collection - The evolution of the Coil family embodies LightArt's commitment to sustainability and pursuit of zero-waste manufacturing.
  •   KFI Studios Introduces Loci - A Collection of Sustainable Tables Designed with Collaboration in Mind
  •   Camira: Three New Appointments for our North American Division - Camira Group has strengthened its sales and business development teams through the addition of three new direct hires within the contract and hospitality segments.
  •   Ethnicraft Receives Top Honors at HD Expo 2024 - In addition to its eye-catching aesthetic benefits, the Geometric Console can be used for both display purposes or for storage in a multitude of environments including reception areas, office spaces, hotel lobbies, restaurants, libraries and more.
  •   The Sound of Silen at This Years' Clerkenwell Design Week - Sustainability takes center stage in what Silen produces, with all their products being CarbonNeutral certified.
  •   FilzFelt Launches Two Nature-Inspired Acoustic Wall Designs: Grain and Reeds - "The large, floor-to-ceiling felt panels with their organically curved lines, reminiscent of wooden structures and plants, bring a sense of natural surfaces and structures to interiors," said Bernd Benninghoff, designer of Grain and Reeds.
  •   Kimball International Announces Research that Connects Culture, Belonging, and Sensory Design - Kimball International partnered with Ipsos, a global leader in market research, and Arigami, a distinguished interdisciplinary research team, to study how sensory design and furniture can make people feel like they belong.
  •   EVÖK Collection x eRTA Cabinet by Makellos Cabinetry and Threespine Core's Revolutionary Click Furniture Technology - Threespine makes furniture assembly easy, fast and fail-safe. The result is flawless, long-lasting furniture with precise angles and no visible holes.
  •   Ultrafabrics Welcomes Amanda Bylsma and Kimberly Peoples to Sales Leadership Team - These appointments appointment reflect Ultrafabrics' commitment to providing innovative solutions and superior service to all of its partners and clients.
  •   Studio TK Takes Home Gold at the 2024 Indigo Design Award - This is the second win for Studio TK and creative agency Tolleson's "Santé: Designed by Patrick Norguet" video.
  •   Herman Miller Celebrates new Branding and Latest Archival Releases with "Picnic on Park" Event During NYCxDESIGN - A standalone print edition of Ideas magazine and the release of Hot Dog Picnic Poster by Steve Frykholm (1973) are the latest expressions of the brand's refreshed identity and rich design history.
  •   Koelnmesse and dmg events Join Forces To Boost the Middle East Exhibition Scene - This groundbreaking alliance between dmg events and Koelnmesse underscores their commitment to advancing the exhibition landscape in the Middle East.
  •   MillerKnoll Honored with 2024 SEAL Business Sustainability Award - Company recognized for material innovations and designing out waste from products and packaging.
  •   The Office of the Future at the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024 - The distinction between office design and home design is disappearing. Because any place, today, can become a workspace, preferably with the comfort and warmth of a home.
  •   DIRTT Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results - Revenue of $40.8 million in the first quarter of 2024, up 11% compared to the first quarter of 2023.
  •   New In Classifieds - Regional Sales Manager, East with AMQ | The Regional Sales Manager reports to AMQ's Vice President, Sales and is responsible for ensuring the organization's sales and revenue are managed, developed and leveraged to their fullest potential within the assigned region. Read more on page 156.
  •   PLACES - On Running Offices – Shanghai | To ensure that employees have dedicated spaces for deep concentration, M Moser also introduced seasonally themed focus areas – spring/summer and autumn/winter.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms Appoints Deborah Myers as Business Development Representative for New England Region / emuamericas Showcases Re-Trouvé — a Furniture Collection Designed by Patricia Urquiola / HON Announces Top Sales Distinction Awards to Industry-leading Dealer Partners / Brent Capron Joins Corgan as NY Interiors Studio Design Director / Interface Wins Communicator Awards for Carpet Collection and Sustainability Results / NELSON Worldwide Welcomes New Team Members Across Practices / Pulp Studio Announces Partnership with Bethany Fischer of PPSI / HOLLY HUNT Reintroduces Vladimir Kagan's Earliest Designs / Tarkett Grows Source One Team / AHF Products Relaunches Armstrong Flooring MedinPure PVC-Free Homogeneous Sheet with Diamond 10 Technology Coating
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers


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