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Business of Furniture - February 22, 2024

 
  •   Designtex Launches New Collection in Partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation - Material innovation giant, Designtex, partners with the iconic educational and community foundation to release Elemental Wright, a materials collection inspired by continual learning, iteration and nature.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Was Bamboozled By a Smooth-Talking Boss, and Now I Have a Horrible Job!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Whenever you are interviewing or approached about a job, and it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
  •   HON SoCo: Rounding Out Comfort and Connection - Designed to inspire harmonious connections and cultivate focused work environments, HON SoCo sparks creativity and engagement.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Haworth Group Reaches New Milestone in 2023 - The Haworth Group reported 2023 sales of $2.57 billion, an approximate 3% increase compared to 2022. The company has grown 16% since 2019.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Three H Enters an Exciting New Phase of Growth With Three Strategic Hires - These new hires bring a collective wealth of expertise that will help to accelerate the company's growth trajectory.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KI Introduces the Tributaire Collection - Tributaire reflects KI's commitment to sustainability through its eco-friendly design, manufacturing, and material selection.
  •   UPFRONT: Configura Elevates Commercial Interiors Design with CET 14.5 Minor Release Update - With seamless collaboration central to the functionality of CET, the new features included in 14.5 Minor support greater tracking of design iterations and cross-team functionality.
  •   ULTRAFABRICS Announces a Color Refresh of its Classic Ultraleather Collection - Additionally, by next year, all Ultrafabrics collections will include rapidly renewable and/or recycled ingredients.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Crafting the Future of Workspaces: Workspace Design Show London - The UK's leading workspace interiors exhibition is set to take place from February 27 – 28 at the Business Design Centre in London.
  •   FilzFelt Launches Mosaik, a Custom Acoustic Wall Tile, With Five Designs by Kelly Harris Smith - All five designs are completely customizable using any of the more than ninety colors of 100% pure wool felt available from FilzFelt.
  •   Humanscale Highlights New and Hero Products at Stockholm Furniture Fair - The fair served as a platform for Humanscale to highlight its broader range of ergonomic solutions.
  •   Artcobell Names Kevin Smith as President - Rick Parker, immediate past president of Artcobell, will continue to serve as an advisor to the company.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023 - The company made outstanding progress in 2023 and finished the year on a strong note, delivering greater than 50% earnings growth in Q4.
  •   Fellowes Reveals Alarming Disparities in Air Quality Prioritization Across American K-12 Schools - Survey Unveils Urgent Need for Enhanced Air Quality Solutions.
  •   The Good Plastic Company Expands Into North America With Revolutionary Polygood Material - Polygood is a range of 100% recycled and recyclable plastic panels that can be used to create modern-looking and environmentally-conscious furniture and interior or exterior design elements.
  •   Most Modest Launches New Accessory Collection Designed for Hybrid Work Environments - Acquired by Grand Haven-based LightCorp in 2019, Most Modest accessories specialize in craft-inspired technology goods that pull from a deep interest in behavior and a passion for making things that bring us closer to each other and our physical environments.
  •   Carl Hansen Introduces Studio CHS: Elevating Custom Furniture in the US - With roots in danish design and craftsmanship, Carl Hansen & Son now presents Studio CHS; a new business unit established to produce customized furniture for hotels, restaurants, and offices. In close partnership, customers all over the world now have the opportunity to create truly unique furniture.
  •   Eileen Jones, Award-Winning Designer of Branded Environments, Announces Retirement - Keith Curtis to take on firmwide branded environments practice leader role; Yvette Fevurly to lead the practice for the Chicago studio.
  •   DIRTT Reports Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Revenue of $50.9 million, up 20% compared to the prior year period, representing the Company's highest revenue quarter since 2019.
  •   New In Classifieds - Regional Sales Manager - MergeWorks | MergeWorks is an ancillary furniture manufacturer seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Regional Sales Manager to work with our Independent Rep organization in the eastern half of the US. Read more on page 112.
  •   PLACES - Zchwantech Offices – Petaling Jaya | Dedicated to creating a state-of-the-art office space, this project seeks to harmonize contemporary aesthetics with technological innovation.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Groupe Lacasse Canadian Sales Team Appointment of Julia Rosen - New Business Development Director – Healthcare Canada / Steelcase Earns Top Score in Industry for Climate Change Disclosure From CDP / Humanscale Welcomes Justin Alejandro Lladoc as the New Head of APAC Marketing / EDmarket Introduces Bold Women Collective to Support Female Leadership/Networking / Enrique Vela Joins V Starr as its New Firm Principal / JCJ Architecture Announces Appointment of Director of Sustainability / Submissions Now Open for ASID's Awards
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 15, 2024

 
  •   9to5 Seating Launches Adaptable New Task Chair HÅG Tion - Innovative chair one of the most environmentally responsible choices in the market.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Reps Dating Sales People?" - by Stephen Viscusi - When I worked for Haworth, for example, our showroom manager ultimately married one of the reps and they are still happily married 25 years later.
  •   Sustainability Meets Commercial Performance in Momentum's New Finnegan Wools Collection - The collection features three distinct constructions — Shire, Chekov and its namesake Finnegan — that highlight wool's most impressive natural attributes of longevity, durability, and sustainability to create a quietly luxurious product for all interiors.
  •   Now Available: KI Sonrisa Lounge Furniture - From the Spanish language meaning "smile," Sonrisa lounge furniture brings a casual comfort to any space.
  •   The New Frontier of the Salone del Mobile.Milano: To be an Open Ecosystem and Experience Capable of Connecting and Offering a Great Many Visions of the Future to the Design Community - Evolution and innovation are the key words for the 62nd edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, which from a strictly trade fair event is increasingly becoming an inclusive, value-based, responsible context and fabric, generating relationships, narratives and projects relevant to the design community all year round.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms Celebrates 27 Design Awards and Recognitions in 2023 - Landscape Forms celebrates another highly-awarded year in 2023, receiving 27 design awards and recognitions from leading industry organizations and publications.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Treefrog Continues 20th Anniversary Celebration with Introduction of Designer Veneers - Treefrog Veneer is turning 20. To celebrate, the company has revamped its entire collection, with the addition of 11 new prefinished woods including seven new Designer Veneers.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Lesro Recognizes Their 2023 Rep of the Year - With a territory that extends from Washington State and Oregon, eastward to include Idaho and Montana, the entire H4 team has the respect of the A&D and dealer community and provides the service levels our customers have come to expect from a Lesro representative firm.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Creative Office Resources Elevates Candice Gould and Holyn Nickerson to Managing Principals, Driving Growth and Operational Excellence - "Candice and Holyn's promotions underscore our commitment to excellence across all facets of our organization."
  •   New from Flos: My Circuit - Inspired by Anastassiades's childhood toy cars and their looped tracks, My Circuit is distinguished by its functional, yet elegant approach to lighting, perfectly complementing commercial interior spaces.
  •   Keilhauer's Reimagined NYC Showroom Invites Co-Working, Collaboration, and Celebration - The fully renovated showroom is a haven for creativity and conversation in the New York Design Center.
  •   UPFRONT: Join Humanscale's Upcoming Webinar: Strategies and Tips for Healthier Hybrid Work - Hybrid work challenges traditional workspace setups by requiring flexibility to accommodate both remote and in-office tasks.
  •   NaughtOne Moves into its New, Self-Designed Headquarters in Harrogate, UK - "From the very beginning I wanted it to feel like an inspiring, beautifully interior designed space, like a destination rather than an office," said NaughtOne Managing Director Nadean McNaught.
  •   FLOR Launches Area Rug Collaboration with Fashion Designer Trina Turk - Trina Turk X FLOR Collection Takes Inspiration from Ready-to-Wear Fashion Brand's Archival Prints and Versatile Patterns. The collection brings together two brands committed to supporting their customers and creating beautiful and on-trend concepts.
  •   KFI Studios' Juna Outdoor Collection Ready for Spring - Juna is available in white and black, two classic colors to complement many outdoor spaces.
  •   IIDA NY Enlists Suzanne Tick for Pioneering Design Series - The Pioneering Design Series showcases the power of collaboration in design, which seeks to expand perceptions, open discussion and bring innovative ideas to our community.
  •   DIRTT Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2023 Financial Results - Full year 2023 revenue is expected to be approximately $181.9 million, an increase of $9.8 million or 6% from $172.2 million in 2022.
  •   The End of an Era: The Rise and Fall of Trendway Corporation - Fellowes will continue to serve the contract furniture industry with its full line of monitor arms, power solutions, height adjustable tables, desktop lighting, keyboard solutions, organizational products, networked air purification, air quality monitoring and modular walls.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2024: Office and Commercial Space, The World's Largest Furniture Platform for the Tertiary Sector - Taking place from March 28th to 31st, the second phase of the 53rd CIFF Guangzhou will focus on furniture for workplaces and commercial spaces and will be complemented by CIFM/interzum Guangzhou, dedicated to materials, components, and machinery for the furniture industry.
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q4 Results - "Our fourth quarter results were ahead of our expectations, with benefits from cost containment, productivity and lower input costs."
  •   New In Classifieds - Regional Sales Manager - MergeWorks | MergeWorks is an ancillary furniture manufacturer seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Regional Sales Manager to work with our Independent Rep organization in the eastern half of the US. Read more on page 134.
  •   PLACES - Hundsun Offices – Hangzhou | With mental and physical health as a key consideration, the space offers a variety of breakout areas for relaxation and learning.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Tennessee and Mississippi / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet, Leather and Fabric Names New Director of Carpet Division / Room & Board for Business Launches Weber for Commercial Environments / Caleb Tollen Announced As New Principal Of bam associates / New from Maharam: Beyond and Midair by Jacob Hashimoto / Bendheim Celebrates Important Distinction From UNESCO / Ultrafabrics x Allgood Launch Bespoke Fabric Covered Hardware / Andreu World Unveils Newest Showroom in Stockholm
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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