Business of Furniture - November 30, 2022

 
  •   Why Isn't our Wellbeing Improving? Start With Small Steps - As a general rule, people need to have the option to come in and work how they want to work and be free to do so. In terms of working from home, isolation, loneliness is difficult for some people.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Dealership is Hiring BIG for 2023!" - by Stephen Viscusi - The experience you're describing about hiring for 2023 is identical to what I'm hearing from most of our dealer and manufacturer clients. It's very important for people in the furniture industry to cut out all the noise they hear in the media about the firings in the tech industry and not confuse that with the office furniture industry they work in.
  •   ThinkLab's 5 Greatest Hits to Keep You Informed - At ThinkLab, we pride ourselves not only in providing research-led insights to help you grow your business, but also in sharing them in whatever way helps you digest the insights best.
  •   Spellman Brady & Co. Receives IIDA Gateway Chapter's IDEA Award for PayneCrest Electric Custom Artwork - PayneCrest's brand is clearly demonstrated throughout the entire artwork package. The artwork is seamlessly incorporated into the interiors and helps bring the company values and culture to life.
  •   Framery Celebrates Continued Growth With Optimistic Views on the Future of Offices - The brand reaches half a billion in all time revenue and expands the sales team with two new key hires.
  •   RBW Expands to Kingston With RBW Factory, the Company's New Headquarters for Manufacturing and Innovation - RBW looked to architect Neil Logan and Kingston-based Dutton Architecture to re-envision the building, which combines all working spaces under one roof, from design and manufacturing to traditional open bench desking and break-out spaces to promote collaboration.
  •   AB Concept Designs Noi, the New Restaurant of the Four Seasons Hong Kong led by Michelin-Starred Chef Paulo Airaudo - The overall design concept is a representation of an Italian silhouette with Japanese infill – as a reference to the food served – and pays homage to Chef Airaudo's Italian-Argentinian heritage by intertwining Italian architecture and contemporary furniture, as well as a statement wine cellar.
  •   Legrand Named to FORBES' 2022 List of "World's Best Employers" - "Just as Legrand is committed to improving lives by transforming the spaces where we live, work, and meet, we're also committed to our workforce," said John Selldorff, CEO of Legrand North and Central America.
  •   HON Honored by Configura - Anna Creek, Senior Design Integration Specialist for HON, led the team in creating this most-requested search feature.
  •   IIDA Names Winners of the 10th Annual Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards - "It is an honor to showcase the tremendously talented designers represented in this region," said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA.
  •   UPFRONT: Hempitecture Wins $500,000 Prize at Grow-NY Global Food and Agriculture Business Competition - "We are thrilled by Grow-NY's honorable recognition and this opportunity to grow Hempitecture's footprint on the East Coast," said Mattie Mead, founder and CEO of Hempitecture.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kirei Unveils Natural Materials Collection of Printed Acoustic Panels - Featuring five prints, the Natural Materials Collection offers designers the look of concrete and marble without the echoes.
  •   CERTIFIED: Okamura Becomes First Japanese Company to Achieve LEVEL Certification - Although there were many conceptual overlaps between LEVEL by BIFMA and Okamura's GREEN WAVE, the structure was different. Okamura was motivated to take the time to re-configure their own process to align with the LEVEL program.
  •   PLACES - Oktopost Offices – Tel Aviv | The office space Switchup chose was open and bright, with hardly any dividing walls to begin with.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Inscape Files Directors' Circular in Support of Hilco's All-Cash Offer for Inscape and Recommends Shareholders Accept the Offer / Appointment of Anthony Booth as Chief Customer Office of eSolutions Furniture / Ultrafabrics Announces Partnership with 2022 Sustainable Design Summit
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Introducing Hover, a New Lighting Series by Lodes / Cadre: A Fresh Take on an Iconic Chair / Maharam: Introducing Bertjan Pot / Inspiring Environments from Ligne Roset
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 23, 2022

 
  •   Designing a Sustainable Future — It's Not That Hard to Do the Right Thing - It takes just as much energy to do the right thing as it does to do anything else.
  •   BDNY Returns to New York City as Design Lines Between Hospitality and Contract Continue to Blur - Clients are looking for things that can invite people to gather while simultaneously having individual spaces.
  •   I Spy Something Green: Three Meaningful Developments in Sustainable Products! - How ThinkLab Trendspotters caught glimpses of a groundswell movement toward more sustainable products.
  •   Jamie Fellowes Named 2022 Business Solutions Association Legend - Jamie and his wife, Deby, have been married for 53 years and have four children – Jennifer, John, Elisabeth, and Andrew – and seven grandchildren. He enjoys golf and biking, as well as reading, opera, and road trips with his wife.
  •   ABI October 2022: Architecture Firm Billings Take a Sharp Downward Turn - Business conditions were fairly consistent across the country in October, as firms in all four regions saw either slight growth or a slight downturn.
  •   Stephen Says - "Hiring Managers Really Do Check References: My Tips" - by Stephen Viscusi - If your references are not contacted before or shortly after you get an offer, you should be very curious, very suspicious and consider skipping the job altogether.
  •   Healthy Residence Halls Promote Student Physical Activity, Utilize Sustainable Construction Materials - More and more materials used in building interiors today are being made from sustainable, recycled materials such as countertops made from recycled plastic waste and carpet nylon made from recycled fishing nets harvested in the Philippines and Central Africa.
  •   Herman Miller Expands European Gaming Business with Dedicated Gaming Webshops in Denmark, Finland and Sweden - In addition to the Embody and Vantum Gaming Chairs, the webshop will also feature the Aeron Gaming Chair, Sayl Gaming Chair, Nevi Gaming Desks, and Ollin monitor arm for the complete gaming setting that prioritizes aesthetics and function.
  •   IIDA NY Expands Educational Activities for Children - Initially conceived in 2018 by IIDA NY's Student Development committee, the Design Camp program has since worked with hundreds of students.
  •   IIDA Names Transformational and Innovation Award Winners and Best of Competition Winner of the 10th Annual IIDA Healthcare Design Awards - The IIDA Healthcare Design Awards recognize firms for creative design of healthcare facilities across seven categories within Hospitals, Extended Care and Assisted Living Facilities, and Ambulatory.
  •   DIRTT Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Private Placement - The proceeds from the Private Placement are intended to provide additional liquidity as the Company works to complete its strategic initiatives.
  •   UPFRONT: Kirei's Air Baffle Wins Three Major Industry Awards - The Air Baffle is an innovative ceiling baffle that combines the acoustic performance of recycled PET felt with a soft filling made of recycled textile fluff from Nike Grind, a global sustainability program that helps transform manufacturing scrap and end-of-life shoes into recycled Nike Grind Materials.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New from Arper – Shaal Modular Sofa - Designed by Doshi Levien, Shaal is structured and soft like a basket of pillows and wraps around you in a welcoming embrace– inviting tactility and warmth into any space, from residential to contract.
  •   SUSTAINABILITY: Luum Launches Sustainable Approach to On-Demand Textiles - At Luum, sustainability is the lens through which all decisions are made. From fiber to finish, they look to honor the Earth and user wellness through research, development, testing, and industry feedback.
  •   PLACES - CBRE Offices – Kyiv | Linear and individual lighting fixtures in combination with soundproof panels under the ceiling create a playful geometry and immediately attract attention.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Appoints Stephen Godanis as Business Development Representative for the New York Metropolitan Area / Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Lori Ambrusch to Studio Manager, Science & Technology, in Washington, D.C. Office / Artaic Appoints Steve Drew as National Sales Director / Liberty Diversified International Names Dan Gigstead, Vice President / Allseating Becomes the First Canadian Manufacturer to Achieve LEVEL3 from BIFMA in the Seating Category
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design Adds the Nexus Monitor Arms to its FAST Ergonomic Solutions / Agapecasa Reissues the "Club 44" Table Designed in 1957 by Angelo Mangiarotti
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 16, 2022

 
  •   Stephen Says - "Sorry You Lost Your Job at Twitter but Get Over It!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I feel badly for anybody who has lost their job. I'm surprised that so many of you are so surprised, however, since it's not unusual that when management changes hands at any company. Oftentimes, employees change hands as well.
  •   ORGATEC 2022 Impresses Companies and Trade Visitors Alike - A total of 686 companies from 43 countries presented their products and solutions for the current and future requirements of our always-evolving working environments.
  •   Nearly 3 in 5 American Office Workers Place High Importance on Access to Private Work Areas to Produce their Best Work, According to new Fellowes Brands Survey - Survey on office design and worker performance comes as in-office attendance recently reached highest point since start of COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   KWK Architects Completes New Mixed Grade, Living/Learning Wagoner Hall at Augustana University - 54,000-square-foot hall helps accommodate university's largest first-year-student class since 1970.
  •   OM Seating, Fleetwood and NorvaNivel Win Innovation Awards at EDspaces - A panel of education industry professionals reviewED and evaluateED all award submittals based on specific criteria, including a demonstrated rigor in design for education environments, aesthetics, innovation, sustainability, academic and emotional impact.
  •   Scandinavian Spaces Shakes Things Up - Explosive growth combined with a revamped salesforce, project a promising future.
  •   Andreu World Awarded OK BIOBASED Seal of TÜV Austria For BIO Thermopolymer Material - The Spanish manufacturer has achieved a four-star certification of the seal marking it as the highest percentage of renewable raw materials and sustainability.
  •   Kimball International Joins HealthTrust Group Purchasing Organization - "We look forward to our partnership with HealthTrust and its members to help them enhance their patient, family, and caregiver environments," said Jennifer Adams.
  •   Shearman & Sterling Brings Workplace of the Future to Life - The global law firm's recent New York office transformation reflects its commitment to people, clients, and the environment.
  •   Rick Allor Joins Kentwood Office Furniture as General Manager - Rick comes to Kentwood Office Furniture with extensive experience in the contract furniture industry. Most recently, he was a Regional Sales Director at Staples Business Advantage.
  •   Projects: The Trade Desk - Tangram has completed a new furniture design installation for The Trade Desk at two prominent locations for the company.
  •   Stylex Reveals Dau, a Sculptural Collection of Seating & Tables with Untethered Adaptability - Enduring aesthetics designed for movement, Dau inspires activity-based communities, creativity, and productivity with playful flair.
  •   Shaw's Tim Baucom and Vance Bell Recognized Among Most Influential Leaders in Georgia - Both leaders named to Georgia Trend's Georgia 500 list.
  •   UPFRONT: Kimball International Wins Nightingale Award for EverySpace - "Using evidence-based research, EverySpace was designed to add to the overall experience for patients, guests, and staff alike," said Jessica Gubbins.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Carnegie Fabrics Announces Healthcare Privacy Curtains to Promote Patient Wellness - Quietude provides both attractive aesthetics and industry-leading functionality not found in traditional privacy curtains.
  •   AWARDED: The HON Company Receives Top Honors - Workwall received the Best Product award in the Furniture & Design category and Cofi was honored with the People's Choice award.
  •   PLACES - OTP Bank Offices – Budapest | One of the key features of the new headquarters is the architectural and interior design gesture of unifying space. The bank's headquarters, with its strict structure, seeks balance in all its solutions.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - KAI Hires Kate Pertzsch, RID, NCIDQ as Senior Interior Designer / Ware Malcomb Promotes Amanda Kavanaugh to Studio Manager, Interior Architecture & Design in Vaughan Office / XLR8 Commercial Interiors Now Representing Acoufelt in Southeastern United States / Longtime Idaho Company Freeform Earns B Corp Certification / LG Earns Zoom Certification on its All-in-One Video Conferencing Display / Buro Happold Adds Offices and Innovative Leaders in Atlanta and San Diego / FSR's Smart-Way Wall Raceway Receives NECA Showstopper Award / Shaw Receives 2022 St. Jude Organizational Support Award
  •   FIRST LOOKS - De Vorm Introduces Mino Sofa Series / Showcasing Glidden Paint by PPG's Vining Ivy Through Textiles and Furniture Solutions / The Curio Collection from Concertex / Tuuci Introduces the Ocean Master MEGA MAX Classic
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 9, 2022

 
  •   Designing the Future of Education — EDspaces 2022 Showcases Highlights Innovation, Flexibility and Inspiration at This Year's Event - Sustainability is moving to the forefront of the design conversation. Design flexibility is a high priority as well.
  •   Stephen Says - "HR recruiter tells us that RH is a great source to poach from!" - by Stephen Viscusi - A smart recruiter can walk out of an RH store with 25 potential candidates, and even if you only hire one good salesperson as a result of your trip, you've saved your company a bundle.
  •   New ThinkLab Research Unveils 5 Specifier Personas for the Interior Design Industry - We uncovered five unique specifier personas in our research, yet we discovered that they all share a core value: ease of doing business.
  •   AIS' New Dealer Site Underscores Company's Commitment to All Users within a Dealership and Features Updates Aimed at Optimizing the User Experience - Company's extensive sales and design tools now even easier to locate and use on newly unveiled 'DealerNet' website.
  •   COE Distributing Refreshes OfficeSource Brand with New Look, Product Development Focus - OfficeSource's new product offerings in development will make it easy to modernize the typical office environment, creating cozy yet professional and contemporary looks.
  •   IOA Launches Healthcare Furniture Tracking Program - 'IOA for Life' QR code tool ends 'furniture purgatory', helping extend the lifespan of hospital furniture investments with on-demand replacement and repair details.
  •   Kimball International Announces Promotion of Willi Candra as Chief Digital and Information Officer - Candra joined the Company in 2020 as Vice President, IT and Digital Technologies. He has more than 24 years of experience in positions of increasing leadership responsibility.
  •   Clear Design Expands its FAST Program For More Customization - The continuous expansion of Clear Design's FAST Program is a testament to valuing the relationship with its dealer partners by consistently providing new options and customization options with unbeatable lead times and quality.
  •   Polyvision Corporation Announces Global Sales & Marketing Appointments - The company promoted Kevin Taney to Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, and Kim Allen to Director, Global Product and Marketing.
  •   Hightower Launches New Innovative Collections - From the ability to join together for a quick discussion surrounding Picnic's bar-height model or to enjoy a meal together at Picnic's café height model, the product is versatile in its applications.
  •   Dustin Benz Promoted to President of iSpace Environments - Benz's promotion at iSpace takes effect at a pivotal time as he leads the company of more than 80 employees through the design, planning, and build-out of their new headquarters and showroom in Minneapolis.
  •   MillerKnoll Debuts New Headquarters for Global Retail Business at The Village in Stamford - New retail offices show the power of the company's future of work research and newest design solutions.
  •   Kimball International Reports First Quarter 2023 Results - Net sales of $177.8 million, increased 14% year-over-yeaR; Gross margin expanded 220 basis points to 33.5%.
  •   Interface Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results - Net sales totaled $327.8 million, up 4.8% year-over-year. Currency neutral net sales were up 10.9% year-over-year.
  •   UPFRONT: Via Seating Launches New Website - Faster & Easier to use while maintaining a Quality, High Design Aesthetic. - The result is a fast & straightforward, but lovely and intriguing user experience from page to page.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Essential Tools For Your Cable Management - NeatTech (designed by Humanscale Design Studio) is an innovative cable management solution that is compatible with most workstations including our award-winning height-adjustable tables -- Float and eFloat. Its lightweight basket stores power strips and cables neatly and safely off the floor.
  •   ON THE COVER: LACASSE FUZE EDGE - Groupe Lacasse, the recognized industry leader in laminate Casegoods manufacturing, announces the standardization of its state-of-the-art laser edgebanding technology, "FUZE EDGE", on all laminate products, regardless of shape, size or thickness.
  •   PLACES - Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik Offices – Istanbul | The biophilic design concept and the company's corporate colors commanded the color palette for the whole space.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Eastern South TX and LA / Lamar Sandaers Joins Thinkspace / Proven Solutions for Beaufurn / Kimball International Included in Best-in-State Employers Forbes List for 2022 / Daltile Participates In RISE Home / SMPS-NY Announces AccessAEC Development Honorarium with Columbia University / Page & Turnbull Announces Strategic Promotions and an Expanded, Experienced Team
  •   FIRST LOOKS - EF Contract Releases the New Collection, Elan + Esprit, featuring Top-of-the-Line Yarn Styling / HBF Introduces The Tyler Seating Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 2, 2022

 
  •   Spotlight on Sustainability — Hempitecture Pioneers Biobased Building Methods - The company's new manufacturing facility will serve both residential and commercial construction.
  •   Stephen Says - "Avoid Reducing Your Career to a Pretentious Slogan on LinkedIn" - by Stephen Viscusi - Let's call your headline what it is: a slogan. You're creating a slogan that you think describes yourself. To me, that's just ridiculous.
  •   At Nassimi's New Office, Fashionable Fabrics Fill the Space - As an industry innovator since 1978, the company has always strived to set standards in the market and surpass client expectations—and the introduction of its lavish, recently released, menswear-inspired patterns does not disappoint.
  •   The Women's Edge and The Boston Globe Name Creative Office Resources #38 on Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts - As one of the largest MillerKnoll furniture dealers in the country, Creative Office Resources builds comfortable, positive environments designed to empower the people within them.
  •   Flos Announces Appointment of US Managing Director - Flos announced the appointment of Cinzia Bernasconi as the new Managing Director of its Flos USA subsidiary, guiding the brand in the North American region.
  •   New Research from Future Forum Highlights Benefits of Embracing Flexible Work to Address Employee Burnout - New data reinforces the need for better flexible work strategies as burnout rates increase.
  •   Photos: The Orgatec The World Waited For - Read our full post-show report next week.
  •   Be Original Americas Announces 2022 Global Virtual Student Fellowship - Eight design companies give students inside knowledge & expertise.
  •   Elgin, Illinois-based Rieke Interiors Rebrands: New Name and Logo Reflects Expansion of Services to Design Different Commercial and Residential Spaces - After 28 years of helping people create and envision their spaces according to their realities, Rieke Interiors recently launched its own rebranding plans.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 - In the third quarter, the Corporation delivered 65 percent growth in non-GAAP earnings per share on a year-over-year basis, driven by positive price-cost and improving product mix.
  •   NOOK and Education Go Together Like Teachers and Apples - NOOK is part of the EDmarketplace where exhibitors are showcasing vibrant, creative, innovative and connected solutions to address the design needs of the built educational environment.
  •   Kimball International Adds New Product Solutions Designed to Spark Connections - Informed by research, Kimball International is proud to design, develop, and launch new products that support a greater purpose.
  •   UPFRONT: KI Sponsors Student Competition at 2022 CoreNet Global Summit - This year marks the sixth consecutive year that KI has sponsored the CoreNet Global Summit. KI is an Emerald Sponsor, the second-highest tier of sponsorship, representing a contribution of $50,000.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Hari Collection by Hightower - Hari comes from Hightower's Basque brand partner, Ondarreta, and was designed by Jose Ferrero of estudi{h}ac. Ferrero focuses his work on sophisticated detailing, which is what inspired the collaboration.
  •   CALL FOR PROGRAMMING: NeoCon Announces Call for 2023 Programming - NeoCon's programming is known for delivering invaluable insight into the topics, trends, and movements that affect the commercial design industry and the world at large. Proposals will be considered for both virtual and in-person CEU programming across a wide range of educational tracks and categories including Workplace, Healthcare, Education, Design Skills, and Technology.
  •   PLACES - CBB Offices – Santiago | In order to meet this need of a modern and agile workspace, capable of conveying the organisation's values and culture, the company has entrusted Contract Workplaces with the comprehensive project of developing its new offices.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - NELSON Worldwide Launches Path to Principal Program / Thinkspace Announces Promotion of Lindsay Fuhr / Coleby Hettler Breaks Industry Barriers as the New Woman Owner and CEO of Business Environments / DIRTT Welcomes Jeff Dopheide as Chief Revenue Officer / PVI Office Furniture Celebrates its 30th Anniversary in Frederick, Maryland / Julio Braga and Buzz Riley Join FCA as Principals in the Corporate Studio / Perkins&Will Elevates Interior Design Leaders Tim Wolfe and Lara Leskaj / Screenflex Partitions Selected as Notable Manufacturer for Leading Education Conference
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carnegie Fabrics Announces Sustainable Hospitality Upholstery Collection / Mantra Inspired Furniture Introduces the Clayborne Collection / Bendheim Introduces TurnKey Fusion Light Wall System for Backlit Glass Cladding
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 26, 2022

 
  •   The Experimental, Experiential Office: What Workplace Can Learn from Retail, Education, and Airports - There's an extreme amount of attention paid to people of different abilities, to kids, to families, to elderly, all sorts of people come and experience an airport so it's really important to make sure they are all cared for.
  •   The Tech-Enabled Digital Nomad Life - Even though they have run out of power more times than they want to admit, had mechanical issues, and been forced to change their route time after time, David and Lily love their life on the road, especially the people they have met along the way.
  •   MillerKnoll Honored for Supplier Diversity Excellence - On a day-to-day basis, Bruce and her team work to create and redeploy a robust strategy for diverse supplier inclusion for MillerKnoll and ignite engagement to improve Supplier Diversity spending by advocating on behalf of Diverse Business Owners to increase equity within the Supply Chain and the North American Dealer partner network.
  •   Photos: Live from Orgatec 2022 - After a long wait, things are finally getting started in Germany - and BoF is there to document it all.
  •   Designing the Home Office - Anna Popov, of Interiors by Popov, delves into the ins and outs of designing the perfect home office.
  •   Stephen Says - "Should I Stay or Should I Go" - by Stephen Viscusi - People are all trying to build themselves up, get face time with the higher-ups, and climb the ladder. You can do that more as a manager, no matter what city you are in, and, who knows, you might not even like the new gig.
  •   At Orgatec NARBUTAS Exhibits the Four Strongest Trends in Modern Offices - The hybrid working model has led to a kind of a mix and match trend in furniture combination and office furnishing, where furniture is mixed with each other that previously did not stand side by side.
  •   Studio TK Launchs Pico Lounge: Looking Toward the Future of The Modern Office - Inspired by Mt. Pico, Portugal's highest mountain peak, the chair brings a structural element to today's workspaces.
  •   SilentLab Presents Unique Functionality of MICROOFFICE Acoustic Interior Office Pods at Orgatec - SilentLab is also presenting additional new products, such as a MICROOFFICE acoustic room with maximum acoustic dampening and built-in equipment to prevent bugging.
  •   NaughtOne Presents: A Reintroduction - Naughtone launches compelling rebrand, strengthening the brand's core message: Absolute simplicity leads to infinite possibility.
  •   Steelcase Launches Better Futures Community - Social Innovation program brings together the organization's global work surrounding equity, education and the environment in its communities.
  •   Knoll Launches Newson Task - With his first foray into workplace design, renowned industrial designer Marc Newson highlights the beauty of simplicity and ergonomic excellence.
  •   UPFRONT: 2022-Q3 Solomon Coyle Market Outlook Report Released - The sector pipeline breakdown is flashing a concerning signal this quarter. The strongest pipelines are in government, education, and healthcare, which historically respond slowest to market downturns. We will be keeping a very close eye on this in the coming months.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Camira Shapes the Future at Orgatec with Sustainable Fabrics Made from Natural and Recycled Materials - Titled 'Shaping the Future', the fabric manufacturer's stand, delivered by multi-award-winning Düsseldorf design studio raumkontor, will be an explosion of color and texture in an array of organic shapes made from its collection of environmental textiles.
  •   LAUNCHED: Introducing Tyler: A New Executive Chair From HBF - The injection-molded foam back creates a bespoke seating experience for most body types.
  •   PLACES - Nordea Baltic Sea Office – Warsaw | The top floors are home to the bank's futuristic IT command center, Nordea Horizon.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Grizform Design Architects Welcomes New Interior Designer to Growing Team / KOVA Appoints Bob Posillico as Director of Business Development & Sales / Architecture + Interiors Practice JZA+D PromotesFive Designers and Hires Marketing Leader / Buro Happold Expands Leadership In Healthcare, Science and Technology Practice / Skylab Adds New Operations Leadership - Jennifer Dillan, Marketing and Business Development Director, and Randall Akin, Business Manager / Noel Bryan Joins Perkins Eastman as Principal and Director of Business Operations / Wayfair Makes it Easy to Shop Sustainably with Largest Selection of Sustainability Certifications for Home / Teknion Enters A New Era Of Corporate Transparency With JUST 2.0 Registration
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Seeing Double with BOB / Foscarini's Tobia Floor Lamp Available at the MOMA Design Store / Martin Brattrud Presents Las Filas, A New Banquette Series
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 19, 2022

 
  •   Good Design is Good Business — Andreu World's Take on the Future of Office Design in New Book - The contents of "Work well seated" meanders around the world with intimate glimpses into gorgeous office designs by Andreu World, including its own headquarters in Valencia, Spain. Commentary sprinkled throughout the pages provides wisdom and inspiration about the future of workplace design.
  •   Three Ways Sustainability is Impacting Specification Behavior - We're seeing a slew of new business models emerge to support specifying from circular sources, transparency around lead times, and the ability to validate and measure product choices through carbon footprint calculations.
  •   Ultrafabrics Removes PFAS/PFOA's in Most of its Collections; Achieves High Rating From Mindclick - Studies have recently linked PFAS, which includes compounds like PFOA and PFOS, with a range of harmful effects on both human and environmental health.
  •   This Thursday: 10/20 on 10 - Showroom crawl featuring nearly 20 showrooms on the 10th floor of THE MART, with new products, seasonal craft cocktails, and a chance to win some amazing prizes.
  •   SV Design Receives IFDA New England's "Best Commercial Design" Award - The annual International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) awards represent the highest level of excellence in the interior design community, honoring those who advance the profession and communicate the impact of interior design within the New England design Community.
  •   Stephen Says - "Are Your Employees Trying to Extort You for More Money? Fire Them!" - by Stephen Viscusi - We always tell clients and candidates the best time to look for a new job is when you do not need to.
  •   IIDA NY Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Color Invasion - Acclaimed industry event returns in October to unite the local design community, raise funds for children in need.
  •   Loftwall Launches Two New Products: Gravity and Sky Acoustic Solutions - Gravity is a full-size hanging acoustic partition, designed to designate zones in the modern office that is starved for focus spaces. Sky takes the same fundamentals of Gravity up to the ceiling.
  •   Allseating Releases Innate, a Fully Upholstered Ergonomic Task Chair Designed For All-Day Comfort and User Wellness - Now more than ever, employee wellness is being integrated into every aspect of the workplace, no matter the work environment, and quality ergonomic seating that adapts to the user is not excluded from that equation.
  •   Watson Expands Essential Desk Line to bring Customization and Functionality to Individual Workstations - The Essential Desk's evolution includes a variety of surface shape options and the perfecting of features and accessories that emphasize flexibility and our enduring, timeless design.
  •   HLW Spearheads Charter Communications' New Stamford Headquarters - HLW studied a variety of approaches to each floor taking program types, key adjacencies, end-users, and overall experience into consideration before landing on a final plan –– establishing modularity and flexibility as a key part of the planning process.
  •   MillerKnoll Honored for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence by EcoVadis - MillerKnoll launched the Diversity in Design (DID) Collaborative, a group of over 50 companies working together to make the design industry more equitable.
  •   Ware Malcomb Completes Kinnate Biopharma Offices in San Diego - A hybrid workplace, Kinnate encourages its employees to use the office for collaboration and save "heads-down" work for home.
  •   UPFRONT: Cindy Dampier Joins IIDA as Chief Marketing Officer - Cindy has perfect pitch when it comes to understanding the voice of IIDA, and also brings her keen sense of creative strategy and her journalistic instinct for defining the narrative to all of the stories IIDA has to tell.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: HAT Collective Healthcare Introduces The Tango Cart - Tango is available in three configurations to support a healthcare provider's preferred technology use. With a small profile and easy-grip handles perfectly positioned for optimal access, Tango can be easily moved in and out of position as needed.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Framery Announces A Product Offering in Perfect Harmony - The Framery One exterior color palette will be exclusively implemented across the entire Framery product family.
  •   HIRED: PS Furniture Announces Hiring of Frank DiGiovanni as VP - Frank brings a storied 40-year career in the commercial furniture industry to PS Furniture, having worked early in his career for Herman Miller and Haworth in corporate sales management roles, and sales and senior executive sales roles for Steelcase dealers.
  •   PLACES - ByteDance Offices – Shanghai | iDA Workplace created a space with dynamic work options using natural light and thoughtful installs for the ByteDance offices in Shanghai, China.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - 2020 Announces a New Cloud Pricing Solution for 2020 Office / Julio Braga and Buzz Riley Join FCA as Principals in the Corporate Studio / Business Interiors of Idaho (BII) Completes Rebrand, Changes Name after Merger with Freeform (Contract Resource Group, Inc.) / Buro Happold Elevates Noted Airports Expert, Patti Harburg-Petrich, to Lead U.S. Aviation Sector / Humanscale Uses 100% Rainwater for all Global Systems
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kirei Launches Custom Print Acoustic Panels With Library of Five Wood Prints / Stance Healthcare Expands Occasional Table Offerings with New Capri, Pavilion Collections / Flos Announces the Launch of the Oblique Floor, Designed by Vincent Van Duysen / Haworth x Halo: Fern Gaming Chair
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Business of Furniture - October 12, 2022

 
  •   Rimadesio Sees Unstoppable Growth With its Emphasis on Sustainability and a Connection to Fashion - "I'm glad that there has been a growing movement to move away from fast fashion and fast furniture — design is not meant to be 'fast.' It should be thoughtful, timeless, and have longevity. That's the way to really appreciate its beauty and functionality," said Daun Curry.
  •   NARBUTAS Executive Chair Promises a Sensory Revolution at Orgatec - NARBUTAS, which has been exhibiting since 2000, is one of the most experienced exhibitors at the fair.
  •   Stephen Says - "Layoffs at a Major, and Hiring Freezes at Another? What's Happening?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Let's face it, you have to work harder and smarter today, throughout the organization, from seller to sales manager to the C level.
  •   Herman Miller and Logitech G Introduce Vantum, a Modern Gaming Chair Designed for Gamers from the Ground Up - The Vantum Gaming Chair went through many rounds of revisions and ideations to ensure a gamer's needs were prioritized in both the aesthetics and appearance.
  •   Kimball International Announces New Boston Showroom Location - Continuing a long-standing relationship, Kimball International selected Eastlake Studio as its partner to design and develop this new showroom space in Boston.
  •   Vari Opens New Corporate Office as it Celebrates 10th Anniversary - VariSpace Coppell is 3rd Fitwel-certified building in the DFW area, driven by Vari's commitment to healthy workspaces.
  •   AIS Rolls Out a Major Refresh of Vertical Surface Materials, New Paint Finishes, and its Inaugural Seating Alliance Upholstery Program - Modern and upscale fabric, upholstery and paint choices provide dealers, designers, and customers with more choices, sophisticated textures, and interesting patterns.
  •   KOVA Debuts Window Wall System with a Revolutionary Installation Process - Ideal for projects ranging from large commercial buildings to mid-sized, multi-family housing units, the Window Wall System can be installed in high-rise properties that are up to 30-40 stories tall as well as apartment buildings with four to five stories.
  •   ASID Announces 2023 Board of Directors - New members help celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership.
  •   Mohawk Group Collaborates with Marginalized Artists to Launch Social Canvas Carpet Collection - Human-centered design considers all humans, including those at the sidelines, to create a better world and enhance the quality of life for everyone.
  •   UPFRONT: Co-Founder Geoff Gosling Returns to DIRTT - Gosling created the original concept of an agile construction system that serves as the backbone for all DIRTT solutions.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: BuzziSpace Presents Acoustic Lighting and Color Experience at Light + Building 2022 - BuzziChip is a lighting pendant featuring soft, whimsical curves in a voluminous upholstered foam body.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Ground-Breaking Collection from Landscape Forms - Backdrop offers a new and uniquely versatile way to create welcoming outdoor destinations.
  •   NOW REPPING: Arnold Contract Partners with Reps in New England and South Texas - "We are committed to providing an unparalleled experience in the world of office interiors and our partnership with Arnold builds on that ethos."
  •   PLACES - Herman Miller Offices – Dubai | Herman Miller created an office space to showcase their design prowess while also honoring the innovation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Resource Furniture Promotes Gabriella Pomata to Marketing Director / Whipsaw Recognized with Multiple Wins at IDSA's International Design Excellence Awards / MillerKnoll Makes First Public Healthcare Debut at 2022 Healthcare Design Conference and Expo / Haworth Partnered with Ergotron at HCD 2022 / Muuto Expands Footprint in North America With Launch of E-Commerce Site
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Tracy Glover Studio Introduces the Dipped Beehive Pendant / Daltile Launches New Anders Collection / Allseating Showcased Latest Innovations at HCD 2022
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Business of Furniture - October 5, 2022

 
  •   Making Things Better — A Spotlight on The Designers Group - While there is an incredible array of products for interior design, across all sectors, there are still ideas Ehrentreu would like to see come to fruition.
  •   ASID Hosts GATHER, an Inspirational and Inclusive Design Conference - GATHER, the national conference by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), was held in Miami Sept. 21-24.
  •   Stephen Says - "Working From Home with My Spouse — What Could Go Wrong?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I've received many, many letters from people in your identical situation, all expressed to me the frustration of having to work from home and getting sick and tired of being around their husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate, partner, dog, cat, landlord, whatever.
  •   Tayco: Kevin Philips Retires; Bill Melnik Announced as the New CEO and Owner - New ownership marks ample growth opportunity for progressive systems and casegoods manufacturer.
  •   Mute Launches New Innovative and Sustainable Office Pod - Jetson is a family of universal acoustic pods designed to make everyone's work joyful and fruitful.
  •   Inscape Announces New Partnership With Connection - Harp is distinctively designed with bungee cords to construct 'walls' that offer visual privacy.
  •   Michael Graves Architecture & Design Acquires Jose Carballo Architectural Group - Merger continues to strengthen firm's legacy of innovative design and deep sector expertise and enhances client collaboration while expanding on future acquisition strategy.
  •   Tangram Transforms RBC Wealth Management's New U.S. Headquarters - Tangram collaborated with both RBC and Perkins+Will for furniture scope on all 11 floors and used design tools to outfit the space with budget and overall employee experience in mind.
  •   Clear Design Launches Resimercial Sub Brand Willow Park - Rich, warm, and comfortable furniture to create flexible workspaces.
  •   Plural Studios to Launch Avila Healthcare Furniture Collection by Brian Graham at HCD Expo in San Antonio - New modular seating collection enhances design and comfort with a wide array of chair, sofa, table, arm, and leg options.
  •   Carl Hansen & Son Relaunches the Asserbo Series by Børge Mogensen - The designer behind the series, Børge Mogensen, is renowned as one of the most significant furniture designers of the Danish Modern movement. He reputedly never designed his furniture based on preconceived artistic ideas.
  •   Architectural Metals Reimagined: A Pattern Exploration - The striking new offerings speak to Móz's unique development and fabrication capabilities in the metals industry—the patterns offer a diverse metal material suitable for columns, walls, ceilings, and partitions for interior and exterior solutions alike.
  •   UPFRONT: 2022-Q3 Market Outlook Survey Will Be Most Important Since Start of Pandemic - Understanding what's actually happening in the market allows a business to remain competitive and for dealer principals to make smart decisions, more timely decisions, and to identify or predict trends more easily.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KFI Studios Launches Vaux Table - Vaux is distinctive in its use of advanced steel forming techniques to create a sculpted form that is not common in steel frame construction.
  •   SPOTTED: 110M+ Views in One Week: Transformer Table Is Breaking the Internet - Transformer Table, a modular furniture company based in Montreal, makes home furnishings that are more than meets the eye.
  •   PLACES - Amazon Offices – Singapore | Collaboration hubs and touchdown spaces are scattered throughout the floorplate to empower employees to choose where they want to work depending on their task on hand.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Global Furniture Group, USA Appoints Director of Seating / Abby Scott Promoted to Interior Design Principal in HDR's Omaha Studio / Ware Malcomb Promotes Catalina Rocha to Studio Manager in Vaughan, Ontario Office / Shaw Recognized as a Best Employer in the 2022 Chattanooga Best of the Best Awards / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of North & South Carolina / Landscape Forms Named as a 2022 Best Workplace in Manufacturing & Production / Mashika Gallo to Receive Samuelson Furniture Ageless Living Collaborative Senior Living Design Scholarship
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Allseating Introduces L1 Upholstered Back / Stylex Debuts Verve Bucket / 3form Teams Up with Gensler for Globally Inspired Pattern Collection / Carnegie Fabrics Announces new Equilibrium Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 28, 2022

 
  •   Emphasizing Ergonomics in Office Seating Design - The way we work is constantly evolving, whether in an office, at home, on the go, or somewhere in between.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why You Should Use a Recruiter Even When You Know Who You Want to Hire" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's no secret that the candidates are controlling the market today. Fear of recession or a drop in the stock market, even inflation, has had zero impact on the difficulties that companies still have trying to find, hire, and attract good people.
  •   Biophilic Skyscraper Completes in Singapore - The overall vertical softscape of the Green Oasis mimics the plant hierarchy of tropical rainforests; the hierarchical leaf growth of the plants is in direct proportional relationship to light availability within the vegetation layers.
  •   Smarter Strategic Planning for 2023: 5 Helpful Tips to Improve Your Process - Thoughtful planning, data-driven decision-making, and continuous alignment equal organizational success.
  •   Interior Investments Merges with Paric Holdings - This strategic collaboration will leverage the strengths and expertise of each organization to deliver a comprehensive suite of turnkey services to best support their customers.
  •   COE Distributing Honored For Third Consecutive Year with Pittsburgh Top Workplaces Award - "The Top Workplaces award is incredibly important to our leadership team because the engagement and satisfaction of our most vital asset—our people—is what drives our actions and our culture every day," said COE Distributing Chairman and CEO J.D. Ewing.
  •   Billings Continue to Grow at Architecture Firms - "While a strengthening billings score is encouraging, the flat scoring across regions and sectors is indicative of a nationwide deceleration over the next several months, said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.
  •   Nearly Two-thirds of Americans Experience Post-Pandemic Shift in Work Habits - More screen-time and less physical activity are taking a toll, new study finds.
  •   Herman Miller and HAY Unveil Fresh Take on Classic Eames Collection - The collection celebrates the design talent of yesterday and today, bringing together longtime Eames fans, Rolf and Mette Hay, and the designs that inspired them.
  •   The Search for the Most Useless Office Perk in the World — by Framery and Reaktor Creative - A mailroom punching bag. Tuna cans with no can opener. A folded-up exercise machine. New marketing campaign seeks 'the most useless office perk ever' and draws in hilarious submissions.
  •   Steelcase Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results; Will Eliminate 180 Salaried Positions - Company announced additional reductions in planned spending and lower quarterly dividend due to uncertain demand environment.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - Strong sales growth of 37% over the prior year, up 12% organically; Ended the quarter with a robust backlog of $868.6 million.
  •   UPFRONT: SnapCab Looks Toward Expansion - SnapCab announced a plan to expand its Kingston, Ontario manufacturing facility, prompting a visit from Bryan Paterson, the mayor of Kingston.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Expands Epix Line With New Feature - The new seat pad is sleek and subtle while still adding extra comfort to the chair's PET felt seat shell. The seat pad can be upholstered in any Keilhauer textile, and features a recycled plastic insert that can be installed and then easily removed when the time comes for product disassembly and recycling.
  •   PARTNERSHIP: Solomon Coyle Announces Partnership with ITR Economics - Through this partnership, Solomon Coyle will be providing a subscription-based Market Index Report, to be delivered quarterly along with analysis provided by ITR economists.
  •   PLACES - Cimet Arquitectos Offices – Mexico City | The connection to the exterior is given special emphasis due to the spectacular 360° views, framing them & relying heavily on natural light throughout the day.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Designer & Architectural Associate Julia Tingle Joins //3877 / Blitz Taps Hospitality Ace Tim Haggerty as San Francisco Studio Director / LiquidSpace and OfficeRnD Offer the First Total Hybrid Workplace Management Solution. One Platform. Any Workplace. / Mancini Continues Expansion into Leading Sector / Bluebeam Introduces Bluebeam Cloud: Designed for the Business of Building / Teknion Wins Gold at the 2022 International Design Excellence Awards
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Scandinavian Spaces Offers Spino: The Modular Sofa System that is Fluid in Form and Artful in Function / Experience Hue: Ultrafabrics' New Brand Campaign Embraces Aura Photography as Color Inspiration / Protection Meets Beauty as FireKing Expands Designer Collection
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Business of Furniture - September 21, 2022

 
  •   Shared Spaces and Flexibility are Vital for the New Hybrid Workplace - Furniture has taken a massive leap in recent years, with manufacturers creating flexible systems to support a hybrid workspace.
  •   Here Now - A New Boutique Contract Furniture Brand Designed and Manufactured in North Carolina for Creatives by Creatives - A close-to-home footprint—and an intentional way of doing things—bring the founders and team close to the product offering unparalleled agility with client-friendly inventory and lead times.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss Keeps Hiring People from His Former Employer. Is It Lazy? Political? Where is the Diversity?!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Just because a boss hires somebody that he knows doesn't necessarily mean that he's taking the lazy way out or that all these new hires are his "best friends."
  •   Kimball International Releases 2021 ESG Report Detailing Efforts to Build a More Sustainable Future - Kimball has a long history as an environmentally conscious company. From the company's inception as a wood furniture manufacturer, relying on nature's resources to create their products, the ideas of conservation, sustainability, and sensitivity toward the environment have been deeply ingrained in their corporate culture.
  •   Compusoft + 2020 Unveils Company Rebrand as Cyncly - New brand builds the ultimate connected platform to bring spaces to life.
  •   Inscape Announces Partnerships with Four New Rep Groups - KB & CO., MRG Southeast, Dynko Contract, and Dino + Associates Will Represent Inscape and Office Specialty in the United States.
  •   Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly Program Now Recognizes and Promotes LEVEL by BIFMA - Manufacturers with LEVEL certified furniture products will now be able to promote this achievement when placing products on Amazon.
  •   Material Bank Signs The Climate Pledge - Material Bank Commits to Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040.
  •   New Interface Flooring Collection: Desert Scapes - Desert Scapes features three carpet tile planks – Just Deserts, Cactus Grooves and Prickly as a Pear – in six fresh and soothing colorways.
  •   Formica Opens Sixth Annual FORM Student Competition - Now extending to Mexico, competition expands to more design and architecture students than ever before, inviting them to share interpretations of maximalism in furniture designs.
  •   Global Office Furniture Market to Reach $99.6 Billion by 2030 - An increase in the number of corporate offices, owing to the rapid construction of Information Technology (IT) Parks and commercial zones is creating a demand for modernized office furniture across the globe.
  •   Kimmerle Completes Office, Showroom Renovation Project for Global Apparel Maker - Kimmerle Group spearheaded a redesign and renovation of SPARC Group LLC's Manhattan headquarters, allowing it to consolidate the homes of several apparel brands.
  •   Virco Reports $0.60 EPS for Second Quarter Driven by 40% Increase in Revenue as U.S. Factories Provide Timely Support for School Reopenings - Net sales were $82.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2023, a $23.8 million or 40.3% increase from $59.0 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.
  •   New Education-Focused Flooring Collection From Tarkett Designed For Discovery - For the development of Discovery, Tarkett explored how interior environments impact thinking, behavior, engagement, social awareness, and interactive experiences.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 Hires New Office Product Manager - Backed by a degree in Interior Design, Amy Edington has spent 15 years in the commercial furniture industry.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kirei's Air Baffle Named Honoree of Fast Company's 2022 Innovation by Design Award - The Air Baffle is an innovative acoustic ceiling baffle that combines the acoustic performance of recycled PET felt with a soft filling made of recycled textile fluff from Nike Grind, a global sustainability program that helps transform manufacturing scrap and end-of-life shoes into recycled Nike Grind Materials.
  •   ELECTED: HNI Corporation Elects New Director - Patrick D. Hallinan is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands Home & Security.
  •   PLACES - ZGB Investment Offices – Beijing | Designed to showcase the elegance of the financial firm, ZGB Investment's Beijing office conveys a sense of calmness and meditation to provide an ease for both clients and employees.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Kim Sexton Accepts Territorial Sales Position for Nevers / Carnegie: Proud to be a B Corp - Again! / Kimball International is Preparing to Open a Pop-up Location in the Heart of Manhattan / IOPFDA Welcomes New 2023 Board Members / Welcome Michelle Gibson! New Representation for Northern TX and LA Territories / Resource Furniture Unveils Direct-To-Consumer E-Commerce Platform / Steelcase Nears 52-week Low Price after Sidoti Downgrades Rating to Neutral
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Expanded Color Options from Kirei / Daltile Launches New Scrapbook Collection / Athena Wireless: New Capabilities to Help Guide for an Unknown Future
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