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
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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

Business of Furniture - February 8, 2024

 
  •   Stefanie Schwalb: Allsteel Introduces Admix: How the New Light-Scale Table Series Aims to Elevate the In-Office Experience - Designed for collaboration, Admix tables seamlessly adapt to evolving workplace needs. They offer an array of designs and configuration options to accommodate a variety of workspaces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Strong Economy - PAY UP!" - by Stephen Viscusi - It sounds like you know my favorite expression already which is: Outside recruiters do it better! We just do. We can shift the narrative, wrap our brand around yours and we don't have to do anything unethical while poaching people from your competitors.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Arper to Open New Showroom Space in Chicago - The new 4,500-square-foot space will showcase Arper's portfolio of furniture and highlight its versatility in various settings.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Skyline Design's SDX3 SmartView Film-Free Switchable Glass - SDX3 is an exciting new evolution of smart glass technology to the contract market, the first to be created without a film interlayer. This means that the 7-11% visual haze that was inherent to all smart glass products is gone. In its diffused state it offers compete privacy, and in clear state, SDX3 has extreme clarity.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: COFCO, a Henricksen Company, Appoints VP of Sales for Washington D.C. Region - With her background in real estate, construction, and engineering, Joanna brings valuable insights and a proven track record for delivering quality-driven, large-scale projects to one of the nation's leading contract furniture dealerships.
  •   Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Illuminates Healthcare, Hospitality, and Work Spaces with Innovative Light Collection - Each pattern within the collection is inspired by the way light filters through nature and the built world alike. Abstracting plant leaves, creating silhouettes, and casting shadows that move and elongate throughout the day and year, the collection captures the essence of light's rhythms.
  •   KI Awards $40,000 of Furniture to Winning Educators in Second Annual Classroom Furniture Giveaway - Entrants in the giveaway used KI's Classroom Planner tool to design their ideal learning space.
  •   NeoCon 2024 Announces Keynotes & Robust Exhibitor Activity as Attendee Registration Opens - Inspiring Programming & Global Design Innovators & Activations Promise an Impactful 55th Edition.
  •   Ethosource Announces New Account Executives, Jessica Wilkinson and Jack Cossa - Ethosource provides businesses with a better way to create their perfect office environment.
  •   2023-Q4 Market Outlook Report Now Available from Solomon Coyle - A new chart has been added to the Market Outlook report illustrating how effective respondents are at forecasting changes to Bookings.
  •   Perkins&Will Announces New Interior Design Leadership for the Firm's Dallas Studio - Courtney Johnston and Amber Wernick oversee the Dallas studio's interiors practice; Sarah Wicker heads up a new local branded environments practice.
  •   Framery Helps 2.7 Million Workers Cope with Return to Office Life - Over 12,000 companies worldwide now have access to Framery Connect – smart technology that ends the scramble to secure meeting rooms at work.
  •   Design Within Reach Brings A New Way To Experience Authentic Modern Design To San Francisco - Representing the continued evolution of the DWR offering, the new Bay Area location will mark the brand's most experiential concept to date.
  •   David Allan Pesso Designs Dayton Occasional Table Program - Clean, Minimalist, and Modern Series for Commercial and Institutional Spaces
  •   J+J Flooring's Warp & Weft Collection Reinterprets Art of Woven Textiles Into Tufted Carpet Format - Warp & Weft carpet planks were designed to effortlessly coordinate with each other and other products and platforms from the manufacturer, including modular carpet tile, broadloom, LVT and Kinetex textile composite flooring.
  •   Versteel Introduces Troupe Seating, Expanding its Troupe Collection with Stools and Benches - This new collection offers versatility, quality craftsmanship, and a contemporary aesthetic, complementing the existing Gathering and Inline tables.
  •   Kin Reps To Bolster Boss North America Sales Team - The Kin team includes industry veterans Amy Rudkin, Kyle Rudkin and Sandy Borland.
  •   Fräsch Unveils 22 New Colors Offered in Its Product Catalog - Fräsch was founded with a vision to create beautiful yet functional products that help reduce unwanted noise and elevate the acoustical properties of any space.
  •   Camira Celebrates 50 - The name Camira references the original company name Camborne, founded on Camborne Drive in Huddersfield, as well as pointing to a new 'era' as an independent company.
  •   OFGO STUDIO Introduces Refreshed Laminate Collection for 2024 - All three new laminates include premium ECO+ and SURFACE+ construction as standard, at no additional cost.
  •   OFS Acquires Adaptive Architecture Pioneer ROOM - Founded in 2018, ROOM is at the forefront of adaptive architecture, offering a range of modular office pods that cater to the needs of modern workspaces.
  •   Mercato Place Continues its Evolution as the Go-To Source for Samples - Mercato Place was designed for those who manufacture, distribute or specify products within the specifically curated categories.
  •   Artaic Launches "Designs on Demand" for Rapid-Turnaround Mosaics - Leverage an innovative design and manufacturing process for by-the-square-foot mosaics made of Vitreous Glass in 1/2" and 3/4" sizes. All inventory is on-site in Boston for domestic mosaic production that's made to measure. Individual colors are available as quick ship solids or blends in just 2-4 weeks.
  •   Fellowes Donates 5,300 Air Purifiers to Habitat for Humanity in Chicagoland - Indoor Air Purifiers Contribute to Safe, Healthy Housing for Families.
  •   UPFORNT: Maharam Supports Formafantasma at Stockholm Furniture Fair - Serving as a space for reflection, the Reading Room's aim is to acquaint visitors with the ideas that shape Formafantasma's work.
  •   New In Classifieds - Independent Manufacturers Representative Group - BRC | BRC is looking for an effective independent manufacturers representative group to drive sales in Florida's strong commercial market. Read more on page 134.
  •   PLACES - ABB Offices – Santiago | To prioritize access to views and natural light, both workstations and informal meeting areas were set in open space on the perimeter of the floor.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - The Mitchell Group Welcomes Nikki Rubalcaba as Sales Leader for New York Region / A Reimagined Classic - Carl Hansen & Son Introduces the VLA26 Vega Chair in Chrome / Hightower Releases +Halle Nest Offerings with Design-Forward Enhancements / Newsweek Recognizes Steelcase as one of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity, Most Responsible Companies / Independent Suppliers Group Announces Board of Directors Elections / Steelcase Recognized as One of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, Named First in Home Equipment and Furnishings Category / MATTER CONTRACT - Now Representing Via Seating in the Great Pacific Northwest
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 1, 2024

 
  •   Stefanie Schwalb: BIFMA's 360 Leadership Conference Was All About Innovation—And How To Make The Most Of It - As a newbie to the event, beginning with the Welcome Reception/Speed Dining Dinner on Monday night was the perfect way to usher in the conference's experimental aspect.
  •   AMQ Introduces Personality Plus, a Task Chair That Offers Comfort, Support, and Movement for Every Body – Without the Added Cost - From initial sit through continuous daily movement, Personality Plus offers healthy, ergonomic support.
  •   Stephen Says - "Just Pick Up the Phone!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I can tell you, as a recruiter, we almost always have blocked numbers. It's just common sense for us.
  •   New Calibrate Executive Floating Height Adjustable Desk Offered by AIS Elevates the Private Office - Next Generation Desk Provides Ergonomic Support and Streamlined, Upscale Features
  •   HBF Launches Firma Table Collection By Travis Clifton Featuring Juniper Lighting - Inspired by the Past, Designed for the Future
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Humanscale Showcases Its Global Partnership with Kvadrat at the Stockholm Furniture Fair - New products on display, including an exclusive international preview of Freedom Ocean upholstered in Kvadrat Sport.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Aspire: the Latest Addition to The Mitchell Group's Sta-Kleen Silicone Upholstery Fabric Portfolios - Aspire is composed of 100% silicone and features a 100% polyester double-knit backing.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Omni Workspace Welcomes Jesus Omana as President of Their National Services Company, Emerald Blue - Omni Workspace aligns operations leadership to drive growth and create value for clients and partners.
  •   2023 Ends with Continued Weak Business Conditions for Architecture Firms, AIA/Deltek ABI Finds - The AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained below 50 for December, indicating soft business conditions to close out 2023. The score of 45.4 remained essentially flat from November.
  •   Introducing Dotti, KFI Studios New Lounge Collection - Create a cohesive lounge area with the Dotti collection, complete with pouf, ottoman, lounge chairs, and tables.
  •   ICFF Unveils New Visual Identity - In changing the perception of the visual identity, the team at forceMAJEURE redesigned a stark and restrictive logo of a black square and four letters and added color to represent each distinct ICFF feature with strong identities.
  •   Max out in Max from Scandinavian Spaces - Max makes a room come to life, even when unoccupied. A lounge chair that brings energy and life back into the workplace.
  •   Chief Creative Officer, Marybeth Shaw, Wins the Allman Award - Wolf-Gordon congratulates our Chief Creative Officer, Marybeth Shaw, who was awarded the 2024 Allman Award by the Wallcoverings Association!
  •   Lesro Introduces Rhapsody - With its free-flowing structure and sturdy design, Rhapsody enhances your guests' waiting experience.
  •   New Collaboration by BuzziSpace and Lenovo Elevates UX in the Hybrid Workspace - "We're delighted to collaborate with BuzziSpace, an acoustic leader, to bring a one-stop-shop solution to the changing workspaces."
  •   IIDA NY Honors Hazel Siegel Scholarship Winners at Inaugural Career Fair - This scholarship honors the legacy of Hazel Siegel, an acclaimed textile designer and chapter member who held numerous leadership positions and received multiple honors over 40 years of dedicated service to the chapter.
  •   Tarkett's Second Annual Healthy Building Summit Focuses on Empowering Facility Managers - "Getting [each role within the education system] on the same page... gives our students healthier buildings."
  •   MAXHUB Unveils Xcore Kit, Bringing The Microsoft Teams Rooms Experience To Broader Spaces - Building upon the XCore Kit, the Certified for Microsoft Teams MAXHUB XT10-VB Kit bundles the MAXHUB UC S07 integrated video bar, featuring simplified frontline one-cable deployment and remarkable expandability.
  •   Acclaimed Workplace Expert Kimberly Sacramone Joins JLL - Industry veteran will leverage global platform to support clients in New Jersey and beyond.
  •   Arcadia + Encore Announce New Strategic Positions within their Sales Division - With the new sales structure in place, Arcadia and Encore will expand their reach in target regions while strategically pursuing greater opportunities within its core markets of corporate, healthcare and education.
  •   Forward Space Promotes Elizabeth Lewis to Vice President and General Manager of Milwaukee Office - From Vice President to VP + GM in 4 "Best Places to Work" years!
  •   UPFORNT: Studio TK Welcomes New President, Koorosh Sharghi - Sharghi joins Studio TK with several years of experience working for commercial furniture and contract product manufacturers.
  •   New In Classifieds - Independent Manufacturers Representative Group - BRC | BRC is looking for an effective independent manufacturers representative group to drive sales in Florida's strong commercial market. Read more on page 134.
  •   PLACES - VTI Offices – Hanoi | Designed and constructed by the Vacons Architect team, VTI's new office in Hanoi goes beyond the confines of a traditional workspace to showcase innovation, creativity, sustainability, and a focus on enhancing the employee experience.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Material Bank Appoints Jan Heck as Global President of Kitchen and Bath / Armadillo Welcomes Mark Haysman as New Global CEO / Ware Malcomb Names Shannon Suess Director, Interior Architecture & Design In Seattle Office / Italian Design Combines Style with Comfort in Aceray's Ciao Collection of Seating / Ware Malcomb Names Amber DeVine Director, Interior Architecture & Design In San Francisco / Gala Pure Eco Chairs by Andreu World Made From Sustainable Materials / Current and Tide Make Waves in Myriad Ways / Arcadis Makes Debut on World Architecture 100 List / CHAPEAUX by Foscarini: Three Personalities for a Magical, Suspended, Impalpable Light Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni / Sabi Collection: New Textiles, Wallcoverings, Leathers, and Rugs from HOLLY HUNT / Bjelin's Hardened Wood Flooring Wins FCNnovation Award
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 25, 2024

 
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: The Freeride Family: Redefining Office Elegance with Versatile Seating Solutions - Step into an office space where every chair is a statement of sophistication and functionality – welcome to the world of the Freeride family. This isn't just about seating; it's about transforming your work environment into a landscape of comfort and style. The Freeride chairs don't just sit in your office; they stand out in it.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Salone Overtaking Over NeoCon?" - by Stephen Viscusi - These are all different trend setting events that have specific audiences that cross over. Here's your justification for going. It is a bonding experience with your customer. Just like you said. And not one to be slept on.
  •   AIS Introduces Thoughtfully Curated Lounge Collection, Further Expanding its Product Portfolio - New Collection Includes Beautiful Organic Forms and Geometric Shapes for Today's Engaging Work Environments
  •   Landscape Forms Introduces the Stylish & Versatile Every Day Chair - "Using the combination of wire and metal strapping, we've created a chair that's simple yet also visually interesting and fun."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Haworth and Architype Announce Strategic Representation Partnership - Architype will take on marketplace representation for Haworth architectural products, including Pergola, HushOffice, Trivati and Enclose. Premium, open-line ancillary brands from Haworth are also included, such as BuzziSpace, Cappellini, Cassina, Emeco, GAN, Janus et Cie and Poltrona Frau.
  •   EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Photos: BIFMA 2024 360 Leadership Conference (Full Wrap-Up Coming Next Week) - Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, and speakers for making the 2024 BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference such a success. Mark your calendars for the 360 Leadership Conference at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and Golf Club in Carlsbad, California, January 27-29, 2025!
  •   Adiós y muchas gracias! Byrne Mexico's General Manager, Jorge Angulo, retires after 18 years. - Jorge Angulo served as a member of Byrne's leadership team for 18 years and most recently held the position of VP of Operations for Byrne México.
  •   Indiana Furniture Introduces Dab Seating - Each Sale Supports the Common Thread for the Cure
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale's Smart Conference Elevates Comfort and Luxury in Hybrid Workplaces - The Smart Conference chair is crafted to conform to the body’s contours, offering a luxury seating experience for every user.
  •   Revolutionizing Office Acoustics: Altispace Ceiling Shapes Transform Hexagon's Workspace in Mississauga, Ontario - The conference room was equipped with Acoustic Hexagon Shapes to improve sound clarity, while the coworking area utilized Acoustic Ceiling Shapes to dampen noise. The use of these acoustic products created a more productive and comfortable workspace, showcasing the transformative power of Altispace ceiling products.
  •   Haworth: Hybrid Work Is The New Normal - Haworth releases study on the state of hybrid work and trends driving the new workplace.
  •   Kimball International Announces New NYC Showroom Location - "We are delighted to be moving back to 215 Park Avenue South, the former home of the Kimball showroom."
  •   Humanscale Welcomes René Nieuwendijk as VP of Global Retail Sales - With Over 25 Years of Experience, Nieuwendijk is Set to Transform the Brand's Global Retail Strategy
  •   HBF Hosts 'Designing With Empathy' Roundtable - In a world where design transcends mere aesthetics and functionality, where structures not only house us but nurture our well-being, conversations on empathy in the realm of architecture and design carry profound significance that requires more discussion and awareness.
  •   Walters Wicker Introduces Outdoor Collection Gondola by Roger Thomas - Sophisticated and inviting, the Gondola collection by design master Roger Thomas features a gentle, curved shape that embraces and comforts. Crafted with teak frames and handwoven Rhino round rope seats, each piece exudes elegance and makes a timeless addition to any space.
  •   Interface Circular Approach Recognized by The World Economic Forum and McKinsey as a Circularity Lighthouse in the Built Environment - Nine circularity loops across three dimensions in the built environment.
  •   3form Introduces 2024 Color Collection Inspired by Timeless Architectural Materials - 3form is launching their 2024 Color Collection, featuring thirteen new colors inspired by classic architectural materials like concrete, stone and ceramic.
  •   Room & Board Opens First New Jersey Showroom in Paramus - Room & Board has made its way to Bergen County, New Jersey with the launching of their latest location in Paramus.
  •   Road to Salone 2024: The American Tour to Promote the 62nd Edition Has Kicked Off - From Dallas to New York via Las Vegas and Chicago - A journey to discover the main previews of the trade fair scheduled from April 16 to 21.
  •   New In Classifieds - MOD is Looking for a Territory Sales Representative! | This candidate will work to promote our products by working with our sales team as well as directly with manufacturers, dealers and designers in the commercial and contract furniture industry.
  •   PLACES - Institute of International Affairs Offices – Shenzhen | In library design, it is very important to focus on the design of reading and communication spaces, as these spaces are places for readers to learn, think, and communicate.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Karen Daroff Retires from Interior Design Principal Role at NELSON Worldwide / Allseating Announces Partnership With Compass West / Portal Warehousing Expands to Brooklyn / Bjelin Sells Rigid Core Products in the US via Revolution Mills / Carl Hansen & Son's Latest Outdoor Collection / New from Ethnicraft - Jack Outdoor in Aluminum / FLOR Debuts New Winter Area Rug Collection for the New Year
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 18, 2024

 
  •   Watson Furniture Unveils the Mastermind Collection – Shaping the Conference and Meeting Landscape - Mastermind System tables follow a starter-adder-ender logic and can be configured in many ways to fit any space but shine in training environments, hybrid meeting rooms, and boardrooms.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do not "CC" my bosses on an e-mail and expect me to like you!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I am a sales rep for a big furniture manufacturer in Michigan (Go Blue!). We have strong relationships with our dealers, and there is mutual respect. But nothing steams me more than an email to me about a simple subject, a lead time or a discount, where a dealer salesperson decides to CC his boss and then my boss, and often it does not even stop with my boss, but to my bosses' boss at HQ in Michigan!
  •   The Modern Workplace Reimagined: Tangram Interiors Launches Hybrid Office & Showroom in Dallas - "After 18 months of introducing ourselves through PowerPoints and customer installations, we are thrilled to open the doors to our new Dallas showroom. I am proud of the way our new space tells the history of the East Quarter, with material and design choices that nod to the automotive industry. We're excited to be here as this area revitalizes and look forward to sharing our new home with the DFW community."
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Dan Chong Named New President of Boss Design North America - Joining Boss Design, Dan brings considerable industry knowledge and senior leadership credentials in the commercial sector. Having worked with companies including MillerKnoll, Knoll, HBF and Steelcase, Dan has a proven track record of developing brand and commercial strategies that drive organizations forward.
  •   SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT: Yulio Technologies Unveils Groundbreaking Augmented Reality (AR) Integration for CET Designer - "With this latest enhancement to Yulio Jump for CET, we are continuing to deliver on our commitment to providing powerful yet easily accessible visual selling tools for the industry."
  •   UPFRONT: Versteel Unveils New Website Experience with Captivating Tagline: "Our Niche is You" - Guided by intuitive navigation, visitors are easily able to explore Versteel's extensive product offering and company's ethos.
  •   Teknion's Latest Introduction, Kupp Flip-Top Tables, Is Elevating Workplace Dynamics - Seamless integration with the Kupp horizontal nesting chair for a versatile work environment.
  •   Heimtextil Ends With an Increase In Exhibitors and Visitors, While Setting New Standards for a Sustainable and AI-Driven Textile Industry - Heimtextil 2024 ended with 46,000 visitors from around 130 nations and 2,838 exhibitors from 60 nations with 25 per cent growth.
  •   Room & Board Achieves B Corp Certification - This certification recognizes the company's commitment to social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Room & Board has a long-standing dedication to sustainability and has made significant progress in areas such as sustainable sourcing, renewable energy usage, and supporting nonprofits.
  •   PurOptima Expands Across the United States - Sustainable glass wall partitions and door systems manufacturer adds six new partners.
  •   Dyer Brown Elevates Senior Designer, Marketing Lead to Director Roles - The promotions reflect a redoubling of the Boston and Atlanta-based national design firm's commitments to design excellence, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion in leadership.
  •   Hightower Adds Two Ocee & Four Design Products to Its Expansive Portfolio of Seating Solutions - Hightower has expanded its portfolio with two new seating options: FourAll Lounge and FourUs Solo. FourAll Lounge, designed by Roger Webb Associates, offers an elegant highback seating option for added privacy.
  •   Textile Design Redefined: Heimtextil and Studio Urquiola Announce New Collaboration - Heimtextil announced a partnership with Studio Urquiola at the 2024 show as the global trade fair scales for a 2025 design installation. The collaboration demonstrates a steadfast commitment to innovation, sustainability, and design throughout the textile industry.
  •   Ultrafabrics Launches the Sanctuary Palette - Ultrafabrics amplifies the Pantone 2024 Color of the Year 'Peach Fuzz' with a dynamic textile palette and poetic conceptual spaces.
  •   New In Classifieds - MOD is Looking for a Territory Sales Representative! | This candidate will work to promote our products by working with our sales team as well as directly with manufacturers, dealers and designers in the commercial and contract furniture industry.
  •   PLACES - Jobis & Villains Offices – Seoul | An office is the space where people spend the most extended amount of time, and it represents the organizational culture of a company.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Italian Lighting Brand Lodes Appoints USA Vice President of Sales / Meet Your New EDmarket Chair: Jolene Levin / Interface Elects Catherine Marcus to Board of Directors / The Dedicate Lamp Cranes Above the Rest With Its Versatility / MG Power Plus - Combination of Power, Durability and Portability in a Relocatable Power Tower
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 11, 2024

 
  •   9to5 Seating Wins Two GOOD DESIGN Awards - "Last year, 9to5 Seating received four prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards and to be recognized for our innovative new task series Tori and design-forward guest chair Cavo continues to prove that 9to5 Seating is committed to providing high-design products to the market that are both functional and beautiful."
  •   Stephen Says - "Oh Those Dealers!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I will say, I try to avoid printing stories that contain what I call "dealer bashing". We receive so many of these letters in this column from anonymous manufacturers rep's, anonymous salespeople that work at dealers and anonymous design firms that work with dealers that can be defined as pejorative to dealers.
  •   New Spaces: Oracle Unveils Cutting-Edge Production Studio - Provost Studio's design approach focused on maximizing usage and creating a warm, intimate, and personable atmosphere. Inspired by Oracle's offices and approached through a hospitality lens, the spatial experience creates a lasting connection with the addition of dramatic lighting and textures.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Solomon Coyle Welcomes Strategic Business Developer Ashley Baker to Its Team - Ashley's experience in the non-profit, agriculture and commercial interiors sectors allows her to draw from a variety of business strategies and styles in support of helping distributors reach their business goals.
  •   Ligne Roset Announces Commitment Procuring a Portion of Mycoworks' New Production Capacity for Reishi - For MycoWorks, the partnership with Ligne Roset has enabled the biotechnology company to refine their proprietary technology, Fine Mycelium, into further applications.
  •   Allseating Renews Agreement With Premier - The partnership highlights Allseating's commitment to providing healthcare professionals with supportive seating options.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Farewell to a Furniture Industry Icon: John Francosky Retires from Berco Designs & Oasis Berco - With a career spanning nearly four decades in the contract furniture industry, John has truly left an indelible mark as a valuable mentor.
  •   Turf President Rob Perri Promoted to Vice President, Architectural Specialties – Brand Companies at Armstrong World Industries - "I'm excited for this opportunity to lead an expanded portfolio of companies within Armstrong."
  •   Lauren Rottet Wins Coveted Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Award - Rottet Collection Honored for 6 Innovative Designs.
  •   Kirei Launches Seven New EchoScreen Acoustic Screens - Kirei has launched seven new EchoScreen acoustic screens as part of their Level Up collection. The screens feature sophisticated designs, smooth contours, captivating cutouts, and integrated printing, offering various design possibilities. Each screen is crafted to offer space division and sound control, with designs ranging from Hexa and Ellipse to Coral and Fizz. The screens are made from recycled PET felt and can be custom printed with Kirei Ink.
  •   Tangram Interiors to Open New Fresno Office Location in February 2024 - "I'm thrilled to be able to showcase all of what Tangram can bring to the table — to the community. With our other space, we were limited on space. We're not going to have that roadblock this time. The options of what we can do with the space are endless."
  •   Woolpert and Great Bridge Primary School Earn Local and Statewide Design Honors - The Chesapeake school offers locally inspired environmental themes to inspire collaborative learning, sustainable design elements, and structural and methodological flexibility.
  •   Zweig Group Releases 2024 Salary Reports of AEC Firms - These reports are an industry standard for firm leaders looking to benchmark staff compensation.
  •   Fuoripista Presents The New Leather Bike In Paris - The Fuoripista Bike is a wheelless wellness bike for you to conduct personalized and interactive training programs. Its design and high end construction materials make it stand out from traditional sports equipment and turn this bike into a furnishing asset that you can place indoors or outdoors (though always under a roof).
  •   KFI Studios Vale Collection Now Available - Vale is available in seven frame colors and six PET felt colors.
  •   MillerKnoll Named to Newsweek's 2024 List of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity - The partnership highlights Allseating's commitment to providing healthcare professionals with supportive seating options.
  •   UPFRONT: Revitalizing the Office: Humanscale's Dynamic Sit/Stand Solutions - The Float Mini epitomizes smart design, offering effortless height adjustments to enable a blend of sitting and standing throughout the workday.
  •   New In Classifieds - MOD is Looking for a Territory Sales Representative! | This candidate will work to promote our products by working with our sales team as well as directly with manufacturers, dealers and designers in the commercial and contract furniture industry.
  •   PLACES - Galadari Brothers Offices – Dubai | Its opulent interiors eloquently narrate the company's illustrious history, showcasing a timeless and exquisite design that epitomizes a refined and subtle minimalist concept.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Greenbuild Call for Presentations 2024 / Bluff Available to Order / NY Times Has Crowned Koncept's Z-Bar Mini Desk Lamp As Their Top Pick / Hardened Wood Named Best Product by Design Journal / Arteriors Appoints John Hart as CEO / Elevate Interiors with Two New NappaTile Patterns / Most Modest's Latest Light, Pippa, Redefines Focus and Relaxation in Home and Office Settings
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 4, 2024

 
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Flokk Acquires Stylex, Significantly Boosting US Position - Flokk has signed an agreement to acquire US-based Stylex, further strengthening its position in the US market based on its long-term acquisition strategy.
  •   Experimental Excellence: The 2024 BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference Comes to Sarasota, Florida - Soak up the sun along Sarasota's white-sand beaches. Treat yourself to diverse dining, enriching arts and culture, shopping districts of all sorts and natural Florida fun. Spend a day browsing the shops of St. Armands Circle or observing the impressive art collections of the Ringling Museum. Or head to nearby Marina Jacks for a dinner cruise along the Gulf.
  •   Stephen Says - "Get Over Yourself... and Get Back to Work!" - by Stephen Viscusi - The problem is when you're used to making a lot of money, just like you said, people like you can't help but to talk about it. Good salespeople are show offs! I guess that is what makes them good at selling but bad at selling themselves and landing that next job!
  •   DIRTT and SourceBlue Announce Strategic Alliance to Transform the Interior Construction Procurement Process - "This alliance will enable DIRTT and our Construction Partners to efficiently source and procure construction materials while opening up new sales channels for both parties."
  •   Resource Furniture Adds Skyline Sofa to Flexible Home Collection - The Fully-Customizable Sofa Embodies the Artistry, Quality, and Attention to Detail Celebrated in Italian Furniture
  •   UPFRONT: Solomon Coyle Ye2023 Financial Benchmarking Survey Now Open - "Last year's high level of participation in benchmarking tells us that more and more dealers are taking a data-driven approach to identifying the changes they need to make to perform optimally."
  •   By Spacestor: Top 8 Workplace Trends for 2024 - The top workplace trends for 2024 signal a profound transformation in how we perceive and design our work environments.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Arcadis Strengthens Foothold in Architecture & Design World with Six New Principals - Arcadis, a leading global design, consultancy, and architecture organization for natural and built assets, proudly announced today the appointment of six new key principals to its architectural design team, signaling a new creative era for the company and the strengthening of its global council for design excellence.
  •   Six Color Neutrals Set the Groundwork for Brentano's 2024 Color Forecast - Celebrated color mid tones offer delicate balance and subtle color transitions.
  •   Leadership Development Redefined: Charting Your Course - Monique Lecomte launches new leader development experiences personalized through wellness retreats.
  •   Lola Takes the Stage at Scandinavian Spaces - The multi-award-winning chair deserves the spotlight.
  •   New In Classifieds - MOD is Looking for a Territory Sales Representative! | This candidate will work to promote our products by working with our sales team as well as directly with manufacturers, dealers and designers in the commercial and contract furniture industry.
  •   PLACES - Carl Zeiss Offices – Singapore | The shift from a traditional office to an activity-based working office represents a fundamental design transformation.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Wyatt Seating Promotes Mackenzie Brennan to Sales Support Specialist / AMQ: Join our Winter Webinar on January 22 / Bjelin Sells Rigid Core Products in the US via Revolution Mills / Atelier Plus Montecarlo Introduces Marble Furniture Collection / Great Lakes Architectural Products Group Rebrands as Great APG, Now a Proud Member of the K5 Company / Fire Factory Australia is a Premier Wholesale Manufacturer and Supplier of Emergency Exit Lights / Unveiling the Power of Connection - HBF Textiles' Newest Collection Dives Deep into Nature-inspired Textiles and the Beauty that Surrounds Us
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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