Business of Furniture - May 16, 2024

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

Business of Furniture - May 9, 2024

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

Business of Furniture - May 2, 2024

 
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed and Underappreciated" - by Stephen Viscusi - People looking for a job, especially when they're unemployed, presume that any kind of placement service can help them find a job. They can't. It does not make you less desirable because you're unemployed. But there is a bias against paying a fee for a candidate that is unemployed by a hiring authority.
  •   UNDISPUTED EXPERTISE: SOLOMON COYLE - Solving the Mystery of Business Development | When it comes to complex opportunities it's now the norm that sellers come into the purchasing process later, must work with more stakeholders, timelines have shortened, and there is a need to understand the potential client's business issues.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Refreshes Brand on 20th Anniversary - Reimagined brand embraces its roots and launches a groundbreaking vision of the future.
  •   New ASID Research Highlights Trends in Interior Design Salaries, Benefits and Hiring Practices - Firms that understand evolving employee expectations, prioritize employee engagement and invest in their people can create a virtuous cycle that improves their ability to attract, develop and retain talent.
  •   Trends and Innovations on Display at ORGATEC 2024 - The office furnishing sector is increasingly adopting a circular approach, viewing this as a competitive advantage.
  •   2024-Q1 Solomon Coyle Market Outlook Report Now Available - Distributors Indicate Robust Pipeline, Forecast Increase in Bookings
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Room & Board Celebrates Transition to 100% Employee Ownership - The American-made furniture retailer introduces its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
  •   SHOWROOM SPOTLIGHT: Transforming Workplaces: Unveiling a New Showroom Experience at NeoCon 2024 - Come Together in Design with Ghent
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Hendrick's Christopher J. Heard Recognized by Auburn University as Black Alumni Award Recipient - Chris was nominated for the prestigious award by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction for his demonstrated involvement and commitment to the university.
  •   UPFRONT: In Case You Missed It: Humanscale's Webinar on The Real Story on Circularity and Furniture - Humanscale's circularity webinar provided awareness of the effects of the furniture industry, and insight into connecting product life cycles.
  •   Clear Design Launches KIVA Line - Transform break rooms with modern, bentwood, café-style seating.
  •   The Island Privacy Pod by Himark Innovative Products - Introducing the Island Privacy Pod by Himark Innovative Products, a premium product with industry-leading features in acoustics, ventilation, modularity, and ease of installation.
  •   Experience the Pinnacle of Textile Innovation and Luxury with Brentano at Fulton Market Design Days - Brentano to showcase all new PVC-Free wallcovering options, 100% recyclable product and PFAS-Free textiles at the 2024 Fulton Market Design Days in their West Fulton Market Showroom.
  •   Encore Elevates Mayland Collection with Refind Wood Frame Options - Mayland brings versatility far beyond its conventional role, with design elements that span all models for seamless integration, the possibilities for creating stunning visual combinations are endless.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Promotes David Crotty and Brad Ewing to National Practice Leaders, Civic & Justice - Crotty and Ewing's elevations to national leaders reflect their outstanding individual contributions and underscore NELSON's dedication.
  •   Steelcase Opens Dallas WorkLife Center - With an emphasis on sustainability and the wellbeing of modern workers, the showroom is designed to function as a major hub for the organization.
  •   Architecture Firm Billings Soften Further in March According to AIA/Deltek ABI - The AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index reported a score of 43.6 for the month of March, indicating business conditions continue to soften for architecture firms.
  •   Built Environment Thought Leaders Discuss Pathways to Circular Economy at Tarkett's Third Annual Circularity Summit - "Sharing diverse perspectives on challenges that matter to us all is vital in developing sustainable solutions."
  •   Georgia Full-service Furniture and Interior Solutions Dealer Announces Ownership Growth - Corporate Environment's Next Chapter: Ownership Growth Signals Bold New Direction
  •   markilux Introduces the MX-679 Underglass Awning - In keeping with markilux's commitment to individuality, the MX-679 offers an expansive array of customization options, spanning a palette of eight frame colors, lighting options, and seven fabric choices.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports First Quarter 2024 Results - Strong earnings growth driven by Workplace Furnishings profit transformation.
  •   New In Classifieds - Regional Sales Manager, East with AMQ | The Regional Sales Manager reports to AMQ's Vice President, Sales and is responsible for ensuring the organization's sales and revenue are managed, developed and leveraged to their fullest potential within the assigned region. Read more on page 116.
  •   PLACES - DSK Bank Offices – Sofia | The newly designed interior of DSK Bank encapsulates a harmonious blend of functionality, modernity, and elegance.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - RBW Launches First-Ever Collaboration with Little Wing Lee / Avanto Welcomes Mark Goldman as Director of Business Strategy and Customer Experience / RIVA Spain and AIA Miami Announce the RIVA Prize for Excellence in Sustainable Design, First Prize is a Trip for Two to Spain / American Pacific Group Announces Partnership with C.F. Stinson / Teknion Corporation Achieves Milestone Approval for "Near-Term Science Based Targets" by Science Based Targets Initiative
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 25, 2024

 
  •   Stephen Says - "I Was Looking For A Salesperson and I've Been Catfished!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Never let a candidate's personal reference or the referral of the person who gave them to you, no matter how much you respect that person, influence you to being starry eyed regarding a candidate.
  •   UNDISPUTED EXPERTISE: SOLOMON COYLE - Unleashing Profit Potential: A Data-Driven Approach to Business Success | Recognizing a real profit improvement opportunity for your business is exciting. As an owner, principal, or other leader, you might ask yourself, where is our profit improvement opportunity?
  •   Transforming Health Sciences Education - A Case Study of Tangram Interiors' Biophilic Design and Collaborative Spaces at the University of California Irvine
  •   Transforming Workplace Accessibility with Connectrac's Solutions - The Flex Raceway System is an innovative floor-based power and data distribution system for interior spaces.
  •   EVENT SPOTLIGHT: IIDA NY Celebrates Inaugural Career Night - Students, Emerging Professionals Connect with Leading NYC-Based Architecture & Design Firms
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Fräsch Launches FAZR Linear Wood Acoustic Ceiling Solution - "We're excited to deliver another acoustic solution to the market that checks all the boxes when it comes to benefits offered by PET while also integrating the trusted Rockfon system," said Gary Nightingale, Fräsch founder and president.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms Appoints Scott Black as Business Development Representative - A seasoned professional with over 23 years of experience in landscape architecture, Black's expertise spans a diverse range of projects including corporate campuses, green infrastructure, regional commercial centers, residential estates, streetscape enhancements, and urban parks.
  •   UPFRONT: Fellowes Earns WELL Certification for Design & Experience Center - Beyond product demonstration, the center serves as a collaborative hub for designers, architects, dealers, and end users.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: IIDA NY to Host Cassi Chandler at Annual Leaders Breakfast - Motivational Leadership Expert To Address Design Community in Keynote Speech
  •   A Record 2024: The Salone del Mobile.Milano Closes +20.2% - A bumper year for trade operators too with a 28.6% increase, and a total of 370,824 visitors, 53.9% from abroad.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Repositions Colonial Warehouse in Minneapolis with New Lounge Amenity - The lounge design draws inspiration from the building's industrial roots, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass, an intricate mesh ceiling, and versatile seating arrangements.
  •   A 'Diffrient' Perspective: Freedom Chair Turns 25 - Humanscale Celebrates 25 Years of Design, Innovation and Sustainability at Clerkenwell Design Week.
  •   Knoll Honored the Past and Looks to the Future of Design at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2024 - Designed by Belgian architecture practice OFFICE, the Knoll pavilion was built with repurposed and recycled materials. It envisioned residential life through a sequence of intimate spaces and elegant flower gardens.
  •   Herman Miller and Studio 7.5 Introduce Zeph Side Chair to Enliven and Add Comfort to Shared Workspaces - Zeph Side Chair brings new applications to the colorful and ergonomic collection, providing a full family of seating that works together.
  •   Introducing Catifa Carta: The Sustainable Chair Of Tomorrow, by Arper and PaperShell - "This milestone marks not only a triumph in design, but also a significant step forward in our journey towards a more sustainable future," said Roberto Monti.
  •   Nemo Tile + Stone Debuts Park Avenue, an Elegant Porcelain Tile Collection - Inspired by the illustrious and prestigious Park Avenue in New York's Upper East Side, Nemo Tile + Stone's latest porcelain tile collection of the same name brings a timeless and contemporary aesthetic to interior surfaces.
  •   Aiming for Wide Impact, Dyer Brown Adds Key Designer in Southeast - "Every space has a measurable impact on the state of mind of the people within it. I'm really fortunate to be contributing to that with my Dyer Brown colleagues."
  •   Watson Furniture Welcomes Danielle Bowman as New Regional Leader of Market Development - In her new capacity, Danielle will spearhead the growth, management, and ROI tracking of new dealer- based programs, implementing strategies to drive business in the marketplace.
  •   NYCxDESIGN Festival Releases 2024 Programming and Events Guide - The acclaimed design week returns May 16-23, to host eight days of inspiration and creativity with the global design community.
  •   Keilhauer's 2024 Corporate Sustainability Report Inspires and Informs - Guided by the company ethos of Design That Sustains, the 2024 report features stories about new beginnings, carbon neutral product development, world-class sustainable facilities and more.
  •   2024 Best of Neocon Jury Announced - Leading Industry Experts Set to Evaluate Hundreds of New Product Submissions
  •   Interface Commits to Absolute Emission Reduction Efforts to Solve Climate Crisis - Sustainability Leader Updates Carbon Plan to Meet Ambitious Climate Goals
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q1 Results - Flooring North America Segment sales declined 5.6% versus the prior year.
  •   New In Classifieds - Independent Sales Representatives | Maverick Desk is a leading manufacturer in modern office furniture solutions. We are expanding our sales team and are seeking independent sales representation to develop new business opportunities in select U.S. territories. Read more on page 144.
  •   PLACES - AT4 Offices – Valencia | With an open, agile, and flexible character, these areas lack hierarchies and can be used according to the daily activity of the company and its employees.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - //3877 Increases New York Presence with Addition of Interior Designer / Loftwall's Latest Tool Answers the Age-Old Question: Is It Just Me Or Is This Office Really Loud? / Humanscale's Active Pony Achieves A Red Dot Award / New Mayer Patterns: Kinsey, Porter, & Sketch / Invi Air Revolutionizes Diffusers with Integrated Lighting
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 18, 2024

 
  •   From The Show: 62nd Edition Salone del Mobile.Milano - The aim of the 62nd edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano is to produce lasting value for its exhibitors, to create top quality experiences and generate synaesthesia and cultural short- circuits for all.
  •   Stephen Says - "Talent Acquisition Department is Killing Our Sales!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Don't assume that just because your company has a talent acquisition department that they're not open to using outside recruiters. It's up to you and your regional managers to advocate to human resources that you feel they need to supplement themselves with an aggressive outside resource.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Launches Sustainable Stacking Standout HÅG Celi - Innovative motion seating uses inBalance® technology for increased productivity.
  •   Humanscale Earns B Corp Certification, Reinforcing Longstanding Leadership in Sustainability - Achieving B Corp Certification demonstrates the company's commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
  •   Allseating Launches Allora, Designed to Redefine In-Between Spaces - In Partnership with ScagnellatoFerrarese+Masiero, Allora Elevates Guest Seating from Lobbies to Cafeterias
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Sunon's First Overseas Factory Officially Launched, A Model of Chinese-Mexican Cooperation - Adhering to the company mission of "Trust, Collaboration, Morality, Experience", Sunon values employee differences, advocates cultural diversity, provides equal opportunities for all employees, and focuses on empowering women.
  •   GREEN SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Celebrates a Decade of Being One of Canada's Greenest Employers - The North American furniture manufacturer has been recognized for their dedicated sustainability programs and practices for the tenth consecutive year.
  •   UPFRONT: Discover The Real Story on Circularity and Furniture Webinar, Hosted by Humanscale for Earth Month - This webinar will highlight best practices for furniture decommissioning, share insights into commercial furniture lifecycles and the challenges of disposition, and offer practical tips through case studies.
  •   Small Changes, Big Impact: Making the Office Come to Life - Spaces that are lit appropriately relative to the type of work taking place can also improve their occupants' mood and energy levels, thereby enhancing productivity and general job satisfaction.
  •   Tarkett Launches non-PVC Resilient Flooring Collection with Superior Performance - Furthering Tarkett's holistic approach to sustainability, Collective Pursuit is LBC Red List Free and, like all Tarkett North America floors, is ortho-phthalate–free.
  •   Kall L & XL, by Kettal Studio - The Kall family is available in several sizes. "S" is the most basic and standard, with space for a stool, "M" accommodates a low armchair, and "L" is 30 cm wider and allows a swivel armchair to be installed as if it were a lounge room, for a much more relaxed working posture. And then there is the four-seater "XL" version.
  •   The HON Workspace | Chicago Location to Open June 10-12 - Explore the new workspace featuring HON's latest and award-winning products at 350 N. Orleans in Chicago, across from THE MART.
  •   Introducing Prima Vista By Bentley - Bentley Debuts New Signature Brand with Custom Artisan Wool Area Rugs for Commercial Interiors
  •   Andreu World Unveils New Product Collaborations During Milan Design Week, Including for the Outdoors - Patricia Urquiola will present, in the Milan showroom, the extension of the Bolete BIO® modular sofa system, introducing new chair designs and a table for multipurpose and outdoor use, as well as the new Brezal sofa.
  •   OFGO STUDIO Introduces SAVOY, a New Collection for Evolving Workspaces - Thoughtfully designed to inspire your vision and adapt to the current and future workplace.
  •   Portals Connect by Spacestor - A Customizable, Single-User Video Call Booth - Portals is a flexible family of protected working spaces connected to the buzz, but with sufficient privacy and space to complete productive work, and hold private conversations.
  •   New In Classifieds - Independent Sales Representatives | Maverick Desk is a leading manufacturer in modern office furniture solutions. We are expanding our sales team and are seeking independent sales representation to develop new business opportunities in select U.S. territories. Read more on page 148.
  •   PLACES - Citi Bank Offices – Montevideo | LGD Arquitectos redesigned Citi Bank's offices in Uruguay with a local and eco-friendly approach, creating themed "neighborhoods" inspired by protected areas and incorporating local artist interventions.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - HNI Corporation Receives DOE Better Project Award / Pallas Textiles Unveils the Mantra Collection: Design-Driven, Versatile, and Human-Centered / NEO Architectural Lighting Launches The Flindt Project Contest / The Idyllic Collection from Concertex - An Ode To Our Inner Sanctuary
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 11, 2024

 
  •   Humanscale's New Collection is Elevating Meetings Everywhere - The leading manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic solutions fosters connectivity, collaboration, and active work practices.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms and Industrial Facility Introduce Plains & Pods - Two Complementary Products Inspiring Flexible, Multi-Functional Space Design
  •   Stephen Says - "Outdoor Furniture Is So Hot Right Now!" - by Stephen Viscusi - So, Stephen, what's the deal? Am I missing the outdoor 'boat' here? Every time I turn around it seems a private equity firm is snapping up one of these brands or a major contract furniture manufacturer is.
  •   DeskMakers Tidies Up Waste Management with Launch of Spruce and Tidy: Design-Forward Receptacle Solutions - All Spruce and Tidy offerings come with designed-to-fit trash bins and are ADA-compliant, ensuring inclusivity in various settings.
  •   Watson Unveils New Expansion and Manufacturing Improvements for 2024 - Investment refines production process, increases capacity, and yields without compromise; Tooling advancements make build process more precise and efficient, delivering improved lead times and reducing waste; Customers can expect new product lines, more design choices, and competitive pricing.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Peter Pepper Products Forges Dual Partnerships in Texas with Specrite Interiors and Inside Evolutions - "We are thrilled to partner with both Specrite Interiors and Inside Evolutions as we expand our presence in Texas."
  •   Know New Plastic: 3form Introduces 100% Recycled Textures - The manufacturer is paving the way towards eliminating virgin material usage.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: QuickShip from Scandinavian Spaces - The recent completion of the new warehouse facility in North America has empowered Scandinavian Spaces to expand its QuickShip program to include Kite.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Solomon Coyle Names Shelley Rosetta as Principal - With over 30 years of experience in commercial interiors — including design, sales leadership, manufacturing, distribution leadership, and business development — Shelley brings a fresh perspective on the potential for growth and improvement within the industry.
  •   UPFRONT: Fellowes Rising wins the 2024 iF Design Award and GOOD DESIGN Award - Rising also introduces two new technologies from Fellowes in SnapKinect for simple and streamlined assembly and RotationStop, which allows the monitor arm to swing and adjust between 14 distinct stopping points.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024: All the Innovations You Need to Know About - From a trade fair event, the Salone is increasingly becoming an inclusive, value-based, responsible context and network to generate relationships, narratives and significant projects all through the year.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2024: A Record-breaking Edition and a Major Boost to International Furniture Trade - An extraordinary edition of CIFF Guangzhou has just concluded, recording the highest number of exhibitors and visitors ever.
  •   Pulp Studio Expands Business With Fashionable Façades - The glass itself is embedded with stainless steel and sculpted to mimic the fashion brand's signature textured Epi leather pattern seen on bag handles.
  •   Tangram Interiors Elevates Key New Players To Business Development Roles - The company has nurtured a collaborative and people-focused culture in the belief that people fuel innovation, that has led to the organic growth of multiple business units complementing the firm's core contract furniture offering: custom furniture, ancillary furniture, flooring and light construction, audio-visual integration, architectural walls, on-site furniture reconditioning, asset management and storage, delivery and installation, and corporate moves.
  •   Tarkett Brings Home Two Atlanta Marketer of the Year Awards for its 2023 Design Days Campaign - The campaign included print and digital pre-show ads, outdoor ads on kiosks and mobile billboards, feet-on-the-street promotions and an interactive mark-making activity in the showroom to connect attendees with the Collaborative collection's design process.
  •   Ware Malcomb Announces Promotions in Nashville Office - Ware Malcomb opened its Nashville office in April 2022, and has been working with clients across Tennessee for more than nine years.
  •   Perkins&Will Opens New Studio in San Antonio, Expanding its Southwest Presence - The new studio is located in the heart of San Antonio's Historic Pearl neighborhood, just north of downtown at 303 Pearl Parkway.
  •   Configura Adds to Its Suite of Commercial Interiors Products in Q1 2024 - Additions to CET Commercial Interiors and the Commercial Interiors Library position Configura as a leader in the space design industry.
  •   Ghent's Glassboards Retain BIFMA LEVEL 2 Certification - "Retaining our LEVEL 2 certification on our glassboards is a significant achievement for Ghent."
  •   Bolon's Graphic Collection Refresh - All Bolon products are manufactured in Sweden and contain 68% recycled material. The factory runs on 100% renewable energy and all waste generated is recycled or energy-recovered, with zero waste going to landfills.
  •   MillerKnoll Honored with Disability Matters Award - "We are proud to see our commitment to increasing equity and access acknowledged across our organization and in partnership with our clients."
  •   Caesarstone Unveils 'Beyond The Surface' Report Exploring the Impacts of Design on Everyday Life - Caesarstone releases a report exploring design trends authored by the 'Caesarstone Circle' - a design advisory panel of industry experts.
  •   New In Classifieds - Independent Sales Representatives | Maverick Desk is a leading manufacturer in modern office furniture solutions. We are expanding our sales team and are seeking independent sales representation to develop new business opportunities in select U.S. territories. Read more on page 134.
  •   PLACES - Nium Offices – Singapore | The departure from conventional office norms is further exemplified with a large Nium logo replacing a dedicated reception desk.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Bendheim Adds New HPDs to Product Categories / Charles Brill and Theo Richardson To Lead RBW Into The Future / Sonya Haffey Rises to CEO of V Starr / Blending Interactive Design with Luxury Materials - Pulley Pendant from Allied Maker / BKV Group Hires Melanie N. Hanna as Director of Interior Design for Dallas Practice Site / Tough Turtle Turf Joined Forces with Spread the Word Nevada to Promote Early Childhood Literacy / AHF Products Announces Acquisition of Two West Virginia Sawmills
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 4, 2024

 
  •   Unika Vaev Introduces its Latest Acoustic Product Collection in Collaboration with Abstracta - Since 1975, Unika Vaev has established itself with expansive collections of Decorative Acoustic sound absorbing products. Sustainability within design is key to both product lines and has been since the company's founding.
  •   Groupe Lacasse Launches New Cube 300 Additions - With an expanded range of storage elements in our modular lounge collection, Cube 300 opens a world of possibilities for designers and clients alike.
  •   Stephen Says - "What's The Best Job You Ever Had?!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Everybody has a favorite job. My favorite job was one of my first jobs which was at #Haworth in sales, which you've read about in this column many times.
  •   Poltrona Frau Unveils New Flagship Store On Madison Avenue In New York - Designed by AMDL CIRCLE led by Michele Delucchi, the store is conceived as a dynamic space that encourages interaction and creativity.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: WCS Announces Launch of MVP Phase of CPQ Product Configurator for Loftwall, Setting New Standards in Office Furniture Customization - The MVP phase of WCS CPQ showcases a robust CPQ engine equipped with advanced functionalities, including the ability to save and share quotes, generate detailed reports, receive instant notifications, generate multi-product quotes, and utilize a shipping calculator.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: J+J Flooring Expands Palette of Imaginative Carpet Tile with Artistic Elements - "With our latest manufacturing technology, we've been able to achieve more flexibility in design and patterning."
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Designtex Appoints New President - "I am honored and excited to join Designtex and this distinguished team. I look forward to collaborating with each and every person at the company as we continue to foster growth and delight our customers through excellence, sustainability and impactful design."
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale Highlights New Opportunities to Optimize Ergonomics in Hybrid Workspaces with its Latest Whitepaper - Remote workers' setups are not optimized for healthy work, with 22.9% of respondents using a laptop as their sole device without any external screen.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Vitra Salon Series at 1014 | Office Materials - Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 6:00-8:00 PM Eastern | Join 1014 & Vitra for a conversation that seeks to explore these questions around embodied carbon, material sourcing, and the implications for designing today's workplaces.
  •   Team of Celebrated Designers Launch Industrial and Digital Design Studio Heirloom - Founded by Jack Godfrey Wood, Harc Lee, Tate Sager, and Andy Furner, Heirloom is already working on major design initiatives for leading global brands.
  •   Steelcase Think Gets a Glow Up to Meet Needs of the Modern, Hybrid Worker - While continuing to provide award-winning ergonomics and comfort, the chair's new finishes and upholstery details infuse added style wherever work happens.
  •   Maharam Supports Entryways: Nontsikelelo Mutiti at Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania - The installation features the printed ironwork and braid motifs on a gradient background, with gold barrettes arranged at an exaggerated scale throughout the pattern.
  •   Impacts Of Extreme Weather On Interior Design Examined In New Research - In response to the growing body of knowledge on the impact of materials on indoor air quality and human health, new rating systems, product declarations statements, protocols and regulations have been introduced.
  •   Encore Unveils Sunny Collection, Reminiscent of West Coast Culture - With its playful, warm design, Sunny shines bright in libraries, lobbies, alcoves, collaborative areas, patient spaces, community centers or multi-family environments.
  •   EDmarket Seeking New Class of NexGen Rising Stars - EDmarket's NexGen Rising Stars Awards recognition program highlights outstanding young professionals 40 and under through December 31, 2024 for their passion, creativity, and contributions to how pedagogy, space, and technology impact students and teachers.
  •   Thinkspace Enhances Sales Team With Two Dynamic Additions - "In what I consider the dawn of a new era—the office revolution—Thinkspace stands at the forefront of transforming workspaces."
  •   Innerscene Launches Circadian Sky - Illuminating Wellness with New Innovative Solution - Whether it's an office, educational institution, hospitality setting or healthcare environment, Innerscene can enhance the occupants' experience by providing a visual connection to nature and sunlight.
  •   Aceray Introduces Tana: a Modern Seating Line of Tailored Style, Customization and Comfort - At the heart of Tana's sleek, practical design is high-density injection-molded foam for comfort and durability.
  •   markilux Unveils Pop-Art Edition Fabric Collection for Vibrant Outdoor Living - With over 50 years of industry knowledge, markilux stands out for its innovative approach and excellence in awning fabric production.
  •   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. Read more on page 142.
  •   PLACES - Korn Ferry Offices – Singapore | Company culture and social capital are the invisible threads that weave organisations together, especially important in today's era of remote working and hybrid offices.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Lucia Kortscheff Joins Arconas as Global Account Manager / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Florida / Ware Malcomb Names Shannon Robinson Studio Manager, Interior Architecture & Design in Ottawa Office / Original BTC Unveils Iconic 1994 Hector Pleat Line in New Finish / IIDA NY Leaders Breakfast / NeoCon Programming Registration Now Open
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 28, 2024

 
  •   Hightower Collaborates with Designer Anne Boysen on Toward Collection - After initially connecting through a mutual acquaintance, Boysen and Hightower CEO Natalie Hartkopf met and soon realized they both shared a vision for quality craftsmanship, sustainability, and products that stand the test of time.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Goal Too High? Then Quit!" - by Stephen Viscusi - As for the rest of you, the reason it's a great time to look for a new job is because candidates continue to control the market in 2024- at least so for now - but this will not last.
  •   Studio Other Serves as Key Creative Force in Hines' 2023 Award-Winning West Edge Project - One of the standout features of Studio Other's contribution to West Edge is the custom live-edge table sourced from Portland, Oregon. The team selected a raw live-edge slab from a 100-year-old log salvaged from a family farm.
  •   Form Furniture Launches with The Stash Series - A collection of sleek, functional, storage solutions guaranteed to make (work)life uncomplicated.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Indiana Furniture Set to Open New Chicago Design Studio at NeoCon 2024 - The company will remain on the THE MART's tenth floor, moving down the hall to a space positioned on the exterior of the building at Suite 1042.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Same Iconic Design, Just Smaller: Carl Hansen Unveils the Children's Wishbone Chair - Carl Hansen & Søn presents the first edition of Hans J. Wegner's Wishbone Chair for Children. The new CH24 Children's Wishbone Chair will be launched on April 2nd, in celebration of Hans J. Wegner's 110th birthday.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Welcomes New Vice President of IT & Facilities - Tariq Jamal is the first to hold this position at Keilhauer, focusing on Enterprise Technology, Digital Shared Services, and other related duties.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Nevers Welcomes Mackenzie Weldon as National Accounts Manager - Mackenzie brings with her a wealth of sales experience and expertise in the A&D market, making her a valuable addition to the Nevers team.
  •   UPFRONT: The Ergonomic Benefits of Footrockers, Highlighted by Humanscale's FR500 - By enabling a gentle rocking motion, it activates lower leg muscles, boosting circulation and reducing the risks associated with prolonged sitting.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: IIDA NY Hosts Two Industry Icons for Pioneering Design Series - IIDA NY's Pioneering Design Series provides a transformative platform for cultivating visionary perspectives and fostering innovation within the interior design industry.
  •   RECENT EVENT: The New Jersey Chapter of ASID's Student & Emerging Professionals Week Provided Education, Inspiration and A Forum for Collaboration - The week began with Samuelson Furniture, where President Lawrence Chalfin and EVP Michael Chalfin led a captivating tour through their expansive Paterson facility.
  •   3form Elements Expands Acoustic Offerings With Hush Stack - Plush, dimensional wall-mounted installations dampen sound with cutting-edge curved patterns.
  •   Vitra Design Museum: Transform! Designing the Future of Energy - All forms of energy production, distribution and storage have a spatial footprint, whether through the extraction of the required raw materials, for the construction and operation of buildings for generating or transforming power, or for the infrastructure needed to store and distribute energy.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results - For the third quarter, the Americas Contract segment posted net sales totaling $441.1 million, down 9.0% year-over-year on a reported basis.
  •   Configura Announces New Head of Global User Community - "Her extensive background in the commercial interiors industry, coupled with her profound understanding of our diverse line of products and users, makes her the perfect fit to lead our community engagement initiatives."
  •   BDB Construction Enterprise Revitalizes Bronx Community with New Mixed-Use Church Complex - Industrial structure adapted for LaGree Baptist Church reimagines the 1925 brick-clad building as a spiritual and commercial hub with a community center and high-tech sanctuary.
  •   Richwood Industries Continues Sustainability Journey and Achieves Formaldehyde Free Certification - Panel manufacturers need products that meet growing sustainability standards and PolyBak offers these benefits to the industry.
  •   PurOptima Launches Edge Affinity Plus Glass Doors in the U.S. - Redefining soundproofing and sustainability for today's workspaces.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2024: Office & Commercial Space and CIFM/interzum Guangzhou 2024 to open soon, further renewed and expanded - The 53rd China International Furniture Fair (CIFF Guangzhou), the world's largest furniture exhibition renowned for its comprehensive scope and industry influence, successfully concluded its first phase dedicated to the residential sector on March 21st.
  •   Allsteel Launches Podcast and Magazine Spotlighting Workplace Innovation and Design - Step into the dynamic universe of design, innovation, and the harmonious blend of work and life with 'Tell Me More,' proudly presented by Allsteel.
  •   Nemo Tile + Stone Introduces Dylan, a Metal-Inspired Porcelain Tile Collection - The interplay of gloss and satin, created by combining the enamel, gives Dylan a visual movement that enriches any space and aesthetic.
  •   The Salone del Mobile.Milano, "dressed" by Artificial Intelligence, is travelling on two iconic trams, through 350 metro stations and trains, and taking off in 13 airports, from Milan to Rome. - It is no coincidence that the communication campaign – and the Salone del Mobile with it – has leapt onto trams, buses and metros, and can be found in airports, being constantly captured and read while on the move.
  •   Mayer Fabrics Introduces the SEAQUAL Collection: Denali, Leoni, Serene, & Tranquility - SEAQUAL INITIATIVE works with ocean clean-up programs to remove marine litter.
  •   New In Classifieds - Sales Manager - Corporate Interior Systems | We are seeking a motivated and experienced commercial furniture and interiors Sales Manager to lead our sales team and drive business growth. Read more on page 144.
  •   PLACES - Smartlynx Airlines Offices – Vilnius | Materials that are inseparable from aviation were chosen for the office interior and furniture: stainless steel, aluminum and a complete innovation in Lithuania – aluminum foam panels.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Fellowes Awarded Agreement with Sourcewell / Mayer Fabrics Welcomes The Joyner Group to the Mississippi and Louisiana Territories / TPG Architecture Promotes Brian Critzman to Retail Studio Director / Allseating Launches CET Interiors Extension / Arper's Newest Collaboration: Introducing the Lepal Armchair by Doshi Levien / Threespine Core Technology Sees Soaring Popularity in North American Cabinetry Market / Lodes Launches its Latest Lighting Solution, Random Clouds / Via Seating Proudly Partners with The Joyner Group / Ware Malcomb Leader Jimena Fernandez Navarra Named CREW Mexico City Chapter President
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 21, 2024

 
  •   A Vibrant NeoCon 2024 Takes Shape - Immersive New and Expanded Showrooms, Exciting 7th Floor Additions, and More
  •   How They Did It: A New Era of the Office with Framery Smart Pods - Our new Framery smart pods are redefining the modern office through technology, and re-engineering the way we work.
  •   Stephen Says - "...Salone Part Two!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Remember, Salone is one of the largest trade fairs and can be overwhelming, so ask anyone you know who has attended in the past, hearing the experience of people who have gone is most helpful.
  •   Muuto Opens Tokyo Flagship Store - In 2018, the brand was acquired by Knoll, later becoming Millerknoll.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Teknion Enters Into A Strategic Partnership With British Furniture Brand Modus - The partnership unites two brands each with a distinct design heritage and strong sustainability drive. This investment in Modus expands Teknion's future global portfolio of social and collaborative products while supporting the Modus international growth plan.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Spacestor Launches Portals Huddle, a Customizable, Private Collaboration Space - As part of Spacestor's flexible Portals family, Portals Huddle provides a private collaboration hotspot with huge design choice.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Lori Klem will Take the Helm as Indiana Furniture's CFO/Vice President of Finance - Klem will focus on managing the financial actions of the company and delivering a comprehensive, strategic financial vision that will help drive Indiana Furniture's future growth and success.
  •   New From Vitra: Barber Osgerby's Mikado Chair and Julie Richoz's Color Fame Mirrors - Mikado is available as an armchair – with the subtle suggestion of armrests – or as a side chair, and was Developed by Vitra in Switzerland.
  •   Cadigan Accepts New Role as Artcobell Chief Development Officer - With a commitment to quality, durability and student-centered design, Artcobell offers a wide range of products designed to enhance the learning environment and support the needs of educators and students alike.
  •   UPFRONT: HON Announces the Launch of the 2024 HON Collection Catalog - With an emphasis on HON's vertical markets—Business, Education, Healthcare, Government, and the HON NOW Quickship program—the 2024 HON Collection is a comprehensive resource to help progressive organizations design intuitive, supportive environments for their employees.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Register Today for BIFMA Accredited CEU: Why Standards Matter - This course provides knowledge to the A&D community, facility managers, building owners, end users, and manufacturers about BIFMA's mission and work.
  •   Fellowes Walls and Workspace Product Now Available Through Equalis Group Contract - Each program in the growing portfolio provides members with contracting compliance and the ability to configure the solution that best meets their individual needs while achieving the lowest Total Cost of Ownership.
  •   MillerKnoll Earns Gold Medal Rating From EcoVadis - This Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) accolade places the company in the top five percent of companies rated in the past year.
  •   Steelcase Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2024 Results - Orders grew 4% compared to prior year driven by 8% growth in the Americas.
  •   Tarkett's 2023 CSR Report Highlights Progress In Climate Ambition, Circular Economy and Support to People & Communities - Coping with the most stringent world standards in terms of indoor air quality, 99% of their flooring solutions have low volatile organic compounds emission levels, which is ten times lower than the strictest world standards.
  •   Athena - Scalable Lighting Control for Commercial Spaces by Lutron - The Athena system adds innovative new light and shade day-synchronization to projects of any size.
  •   The Good Plastic Company Appoints New Talent to Drive Strategic North American Expansion - "We are pleased to have Diane and Linda guide us in this pivotal moment for The Good Plastic Company."
  •   New In Classifieds - Sales Account Manager | Environments at Work | This position identifies prospective customers, generates leads, and lands new business opportunities; oversees all aspects of an account's business; responsible for all project and daily work order activities and full customer satisfaction for all accounts. Read more on page 106.
  •   PLACES - China Literature Offices – Shanghai | With tea break and Collaboration Areas overlooking the Huangpu River, they foster easy and impromptu collaboration among employees at all times.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - UP7 and Verdure-X Are Now Available from Sunon / Indiana Furniture Announces Move to New Corporate Headquarters / Craig Baker Joins ERG International as Chief Operations Officer / Woolpert Promotes Chief Corporate Development Officer Neil Churman to President / Diana Revkin, IIDA, Joins Artisan Stoneworks as VP of Strategy, Marketing and Business Development / Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Akanksha Singh to Studio Manager, Science & Technology in Pleasanton, CA / BRC Group Welcomes Two New Regional Sales Directors / Aceray Unveils the Polka Collection — a Fusion of Retro Charm and Modern Sophistication
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 14, 2024

 
  •   HBF Celebrates Women's History Month with Collab-HER-ation Panel - The panel agreed that everything's connected—in one way or another—to propelling great leadership, and collectively, they noted several key elements such as building a good team, fostering partnerships and creativity, having a collective vision and having fun, and leading with compassion.
  •   Sabbia Launch: New Chair from Groupe Lacasse - Sabbia's compact and elegant design is an instant eye-catcher, adding a touch of sophistication to any workspace. Its distinctively modern look makes it the ideal choice for those who appreciate aesthetics without compromising functionality.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed for Too Long? Heres Why." - by Stephen Viscusi - Without knowing anything about you, and as you said, thinking in broad strokes, here are a couple of consistent issues that I see with people who are unemployed for longer than most.
  •   Evolution Design: PULS Vario Offices - A workplace immersed in vibrant colors.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms Announces New Partnership with Leading School Furniture Company, Smith System - "Our partnership with Landscape Forms facilitates teaching outside. Which is a thrilling opportunity for students to connect with where they live, to spark curiosity, and to uncover different ways to learn."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New from Flos - Bilboquet - The playful aspect of Bilboquet is also central in the choice of the three-color palette, sage, tomato and linen, which characterize not only the body of the lamp, but also the cable and plug, resulting in a body with consistent aesthetics.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Office Environments & Services Announces Madelen Salter as Market President - "Madelen has been instrumental in the growth and success of Office Environments & Services this past year, and we are excited for her to lead us into the future."
  •   UPFRONT: Celebrating Global Recycling Day: Humanscale Leads in Sustainability - At the heart of Humanscale's philosophy is the principle of achieving more with less.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Steelcase Webinar Mar. 19: Understanding Universal Design for Learning - On March 19 at noon ET, join Steelcase and our panel of experts to learn how the Universal Design for Learning framework can address barriers, improve the learning experience for all students and provide inspiration for the design of learning spaces.
  •   KFI Studios Introduces Alden Table with Wood Top - With its clean, minimalist design, Alden effortlessly blends into various styles and spaces, from a relaxed lounge to a dynamic collaborative zone to a welcoming lobby area.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2024: China International Furniture Fair Announces Record-breaking Scale and Focus on Design, Global Trade, and Full Supply Chain - China International Furniture Fair (CIFF Guangzhou), the world's largest furniture exhibition, unveils its vision for the upcoming edition, offering a unique opportunity to see the latest design trends, connect with industry professionals from all over the world and discover innovative products from the entire furniture supply chain.
  •   Tangram Interiors Partners With Neiman Marcus Group to Create Innovative Corporate Hub in Dallas - Throughout the hub, five associate lounges provide opportunities for comfortable and informal collaboration, each celebrating iconic Neiman Marcus store locations with unique aesthetics and art pieces.
  •   Clear Design Debuts The Campano Collection - The luxurious Campano Collection highlights the wood's natural characteristics through a minimal finishing process to protect and preserve its storytelling beauty and create inviting workspaces for teams and guests.
  •   Studio TK is a Winner of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2024 - This Prestigious Win in the Film/Video Category is a Testament to Creative Excellence
  •   Unika Vaev Introduces its latest Acoustic Product in Collaboration with Unika Vaev Studios - Since 1975, Unika Vaev has established itself with expansive collections of Decorative Acoustic sound absorbing products.
  •   Edelman Introduces Helm, Oath and Poem by Ilse Crawford - Ilse Crawford is a designer, educator, creative director, and founder of Studioilse who lives and works in London.
  •   Armadillo Celebrates People, Planet and Philanthropy - During B-Corp Month Armadillo actively supports causes aligned with its mission to positively impact both people and the planet.
  •   Nemo Tile + Stone Introduces Dylan, a Metal-Inspired Porcelain Tile Collection - The interplay of gloss and satin, created by combining the enamel, gives Dylan a visual movement that enriches any space and aesthetic.
  •   Ware Malcomb Tops $1 Million in Charitable Contributions to United Way - Employee Philanthropy Program WM Community Has Partnered with Organization for 24 Years
  •   Enhanced Customer Experience with Improved Service for Memo Sample Orders - Before these enhancements, orders were only shipped until 2:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
  •   New In Classifieds - Sales Account Manager | Environments at Work | This position identifies prospective customers, generates leads, and lands new business opportunities; oversees all aspects of an account's business; responsible for all project and daily work order activities and full customer satisfaction for all accounts. Read more on page 126.
  •   PLACES - Licious Offices – Bengaluru | The heart of the space, resembling a European Fish Market, serves as a social hub and content creation platform.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Aceray Debuts Latest Catalog of Hospitality and Contract Furniture / Soake Pools Launches Dedicated Cold Plunge / USAI Lighting Introduces The Littletwos / From the Beach to the Boardroom: Unispace's 'Art for Impact' Program Partners with NGO to Turn 50,000 Ocean Plastic Bags into Office Art / Now Shipping Vooom™: Via Seating's Most Anticipated Release / Teknion's Chronicle: Accommodating Workplace Personalization with A Natural Base
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 7, 2024

 
  •   Breaking News: After 50 Years in Chicago's Merchandise Mart, Steelcase Set to Relocate Showroom to Fulton Market - Steelcase will take over the showroom space that has been occupied for several years by Knoll.
  •   Stephen Says - "He's A Nice Guy But He's Just Not A Big Producer" - by Stephen Viscusi - I have so many clients who will not pull the trigger on a hire because, as much as they like the candidate, they are concerned that they may not see immediate revenue gains from the hire. Which I think is a big mistake.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Kimball International Announces Fourth Season of the Alternative Design Podcast - From reimagining traditional classroom spaces to embracing emerging technologies, season four offers valuable insights for educators, designers, and anyone passionate about the future of learning.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Tinnef Makes Plastic Look Fantastic - Entirely fashioned from plastic waste, the tabletop's engineering is an exceptional advancement in environmental innovation.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Thinkspace Elevates Marketing Team, Welcoming Veteran Leader and Dynamic New Talent - Having collaborated with Thinkspace in a consultant capacity over the past year, Erin Torres brings a wealth of experience to her new position.
  •   UPFRONT: Discover The Hidden History of Women in Design, Hosted by Humanscale for Women's History Month - This webinar is a chance to delve into the stories of visionary women whose creativity and innovation have shaped the industry.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Bloom Your Brand with IIDA NY - Organized by IIDA NY's LMNOP committee, will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about the importance of a thoughtful online presence for professional growth.
  •   AIS Elevates Four Sales Professionals at Annual Sales Meeting - Exceptional sales and service leads to promotions to the positions of vice president, director, and two senior level sales reps.
  •   Case Study: Tangram Interiors Transforms Wpromote's Los Angeles Headquarters - The end result is a dynamic, fun, and colorful workspace that allows Wpromote employees to work seamlessly from any corner of the office.
  •   JSI Announces Entry to Healthcare Market with JSI Health – A Continued Journey of Purpose for People - This is how we make a difference. This is the attitude that fuels us. To inspire people to limitless possibilities.
  •   Best of NeoCon 2024 Submissions Now Open - The Juried Awards Program to Honor Innovation, Sustainability & Business Impact.
  •   Kirei Introduces Five New PET Colors - The New Color Offerings Were Thoughtfully Selected to Expand Design Possibilities and Inspire Delight
  •   Studio Other Innovates Furniture Design for New L.A. Shamrock Capital Office - Studio Other's biggest challenge was figuring out how to deliver a workstation that spatially fit in the private office space while still comfortably housing multiple people and laptops.
  •   DARRAN Launches New Sound Absorbing Screen Collection - Abacus utilizes innovative PET technology to absorb and dampen sound waves, reducing ambient noise and creating quieter, more private zones within open spaces.
  •   Michael Graves Architecture Announces Acquisition of Studio Four Design - The merger further enhances the firm's presence across sectors, fostering impactful, human-centric design and collaborative synergy.
  •   3form Launches Digital Tools to Simplify the Spec + Ordering Process - 3form's commitment to simplifying work for designers and contractors ensures this is just the beginning.
  •   Interior Designers in Nebraska Pass Historic Practice Rights Legislation - New Law is the Latest in a Wave of Collaborative Industry Efforts
  •   Destination: Workstation. Introducing Zo Office from Watson Furniture - Perhaps the most noteworthy element of Watson's latest product launch is what Zo Office, which is defined by the relationship between its workstation and storage, implies.
  •   Hendrick Architecture and Design Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence - As Hendrick commemorates this significant milestone, its leadership team extends heartfelt thanks to its business partners and dedicated staff, acknowledging their pivotal role in the firm's enduring success.
  •   Institutional Associates Lands NDI Office Furniture, Adds Experienced Talent to Growing Team - Nashville-based giant, and one of the premier independent distributors in the office furniture industry, NDI names IAI a rep group of record as industry veteran Joe Perry partners with IAI.
  •   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 114.
  •   PLACES - QoQa Offices – Lausanne, Switzerland | This vibrant and evolving campus brings life and energy to more than 200 staff, driving change and encouraging interaction between teams, visitors, and partners.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Haworth Dealers Named Best in Class / Allsteel Announces Textile Partnership with Kvadrat / Perkins&Will Welcomes Industry Leader to Texas Corporate, Commercial and Civic, Cultural Practices / FCi Companies Welcomes Jason Fredrickson as Vice President of Sales / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative / Tangram Interiors Promotes Lora Apodaca to Director of Business Development / Serge Ferrari Group Introduces Soltis Loop® Sunmate to North American Market / HON Partners with Mayer Fabrics to Introduce 110 New Colorways / QUORUM Multiconference Is Now Available On CET Designer / Allseating Expands Tuck and Exchange Collections with New Back Options
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 29, 2024

 
  •   DARRAN Furniture Unveils "Plus" – A Modular Lounge Collection Where Design Meets Comfort - The Plus Modular Collection is now available for purchase through Dealers and Sales Representatives.
  •   Shaw Contract Launches Creative Zone Carpet Tile Collection - New Collection from Global Flooring Leader Introduced to Enhance Learning Spaces
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Does My Company's CEO Keep Disappearing?" - by Stephen Viscusi - As far as your question and your position – if it were me, I would stay put. Chaos in the company makes every steady employee more valuable to the owners.
  •   CIFM/interzum Guangzhou 2024: The Leading Trade Fair for Machinery, Materials, and Components for the Furniture Industry - The largest exhibition platform dedicated to the furniture manufacturing industry will return to the stage revamped and further expanded during the second phase of the 53rd CIFF Guangzhou, from March 28 to 31, in conjunction with Office Furniture and Commercial Spaces.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Kimball International's Dallas Showroom Earns WELL Certified Platinum Distinction - Kimball International's corporate headquarters, located in Jasper, Indiana, is also WELL Platinum certified and they are pursuing certification for other showroom locations nationwide.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Enhancing Workspaces with Humanscale's Monitor Arms and Docking Technology - These products from Humanscale offer a comprehensive approach to creating efficient, comfortable, and sustainable work environments.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: BOS Orlando Promotes Angel Shawver To Executive Vice President - With over 16 years of experience, Angel's expertise in corporate accounts has earned her the reputation of being one of the best in the business.
  •   UPFRONT: Landscape Forms Enters a Partnership with the International Downtown Association - Landscape Forms has long recognized the vital role downtowns play in the health of a region and the importance of enhancing the human experience through placemaking.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Vitra Announces Spring Events in NY; Launch with Smart Design on March 12th - Hosted by Vitra and partners at venues across the city as Vitra gears up to launch a new showroom, the events bring together experts to illuminate core facets of the design industry today, including common issues facing emerging professionals growing their practices.
  •   Davis Revitalizes its New York Showroom with a Stunning Renovation - Meticulously detailed, the showroom mirrors the allure of boutique hotels, offering a sensory journey through sumptuous materials and captivating displays.
  •   Carnegie Unveils The Go-To Collection: A Sustainable Revolution In Performance Fabrics - Innovative Collection Celebrates Biobased Xorel's 10-Year Milestone and Introduces Evolved Strie Line as Part of a Curated Selection of Performance Textiles.
  •   Tarkett Announces New Johnsonite Color of the Year Program - "When we look back into our past, we see a world that feels dependable, familiar. We find comfort in memories and a sense of connection—the same feelings we crave in our present day," said Janette Murray, Tarkett senior design manager.
  •   Hightower Releases 2023 Impact Report to Highlight Progress, Best Practices - Much like the rest of the world, Hightower has changed greatly over the years.
  •   LRS Architects Promotes Six Designers to Associate and Senior Associate Levels - "Some of these individuals have been with the firm for a decade or more, and all of them have demonstrated a deep commitment to the success of their clients, projects, and teams."
  •   Keilhauer Introduces the Toile Partner Card - The Toile textile family is the sixth partner card between the North American furniture manufacturer and LDI Interiors.
  •   Jennie Tatum Joins Henricksen as Vice President, Business Development - Jennie will help grow Henricksen's business in the Tennessee market.
  •   Fräsch Expands its Award-Winning STRATAWOOD Collection - Combine the high-performing acoustical capabilities of PET felt with the natural and pleasing aesthetic of wood. Create a linear design that can carry from ceiling to wall. Installation is a snap – glue or screw directly to any existing ceiling or wall.
  •   Stance Healthcare Launches Lotus Casegoods Collection - A Fusion of Design, Functionality, and Safety
  •   Herman Miller Expands Offering of Archival Posters with Five New Designs - Each graphic was visionary and bold for its time, representing the design values Herman Miller leaned into when planning its new brand identity.
  •   Momentum Launches Cutting-Edge AI Text & Image Search Tool - In a world where AI often sparks concerns about its impact on creativity, Momentum is rewriting the narrative. They're not just embracing AI; they're harnessing its potential to amplify the creative process, turning it from a potential threat into a designer's ultimate ally.
  •   DARRAN Furniture Unveils "Six" – A Collection of Thoughtful and Considered Occasional Tables that are Unexpected and Delightful - This collection incorporates a wide range of materials and finishes.
  •   Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results - "Strong fourth quarter performance rounded out a solid year, reinforcing our confidence that our strategy is working."
  •   Architecture/Arts Leader and Activist to Lead Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation - BWAF names Tizziana Baldenebro new executive director — high-profile curator of U.S. Pavilion and national arts nonprofit leader takes critical role elevating women in AEC field.
  •   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 122.
  •   PLACES - L'Oréal Offices – Bogota | The operational area was developed across the 8th, 9th and 10th floors, while the academy took up a store space on the first level.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Room & Board Hires Jackie Schneider as the Room & Board for Business Manager / Dante Ercoli Joins Independent Suppliers Group as EPIC Business Essentials Managing Director / 2024 ECLPS Registration Now Open / Aceray Introduces Prosa — a New Collection of Chairs / Jamie Stern Announces Call for Entries to 2nd Annual Furniture Design Contest / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet, Leather & Fabric Announces New Sales Representatives / Introducing Carousel: an Outdoor/Indoor Furniture Collection that Reinterprets Woven Textures / IFDAEF Scholarship Program Deadline is March 30
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 22, 2024

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

Business of Furniture - February 15, 2024

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

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

Business of Furniture - December 28, 2023

 
  •   Co-Founder and Vice Chair Bruce Platzman Announces Retirement from AIS - Innovator of Dealer Focused, Fastest Growing Company in the Industry to Take on Next Challenge
  •   Stephen Says - "Switch From Independent Rep's? I Don't Think So!" - by Stephen Viscusi - The common denominator of when to "go direct" has a lot to do with your revenue size and your cashflow status. There are also brands like #OFS that use a combination of independent reps and their direct employees. It's not a formula where one size fits all.
  •   As a Hybrid Workforce Prevails, Dayhouse Coworking Expands - Dayhouse Coworking is a serene, creative space in downtown Highland Park, IL established in 2019 with community in mind. Amenities include private offices, conference rooms, mail reception, a mind-body room, kids programming, complimentary snacks, a soundproofed room and more.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: IIDA NY Celebrates Inaugural Student Uplift Program - "The energy was undeniable as guests from many IIDA NY committees and design firms joined to support students."
  •   PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Arcadis Unveils New Miami Office Dedicated to Design in The Plaza Coral Gables - "Our Miami team has crafted a welcoming space that inspires innovation and creativity, embracing the circular economy principle."
  •   UPFRONT: Recap: Humanscale's Webinar on Ergonomics in Hybrid Workplaces - Humanscale's latest webinar, "Ergonomics Everywhere: Maximizing Comfort and Productivity for Hybrid Work", led by Dr. Alan Hedge, an ergonomics expert and Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, tackled the pressing issue of ergonomics in the hybrid work era.
  •   Steelcase Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results - Orders grew 15% compared to prior year and improved modestly on a sequential basis; Gross margin improved 360 basis points compared to prior year.
  •   Whipsaw's New Studio Melds Advanced Technology, Latest Workspace Thinking and Award-Winning Design - Whipsaw, under the leadership of design visionary Dan Harden, is a highly acclaimed strategy, design, and engineering consulting firm.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - Sales growth of 4% over the prior year, up 8% organically; Year-over-year operating margin expansion in the Americas Contract and International Contract & Specialty segments.
  •   2023 In Review - Imperfections Are the Perfection — Mantra Inspired Furniture Finds Beauty and Sustainability in Solid Wood / The Layered Language of Lighting — Flos Considers Both Function and Aesthetics in its Designs / Own Who You Are and What You Deserve — Women Leaders in Design Weigh in On Rising to the Top and Empowering Others to Do the Same / Wyatt Seating: The Office Chair Manufacturer That's a Family Adventure / Humanscale Introduces Smart Conference, an Intuitive Collaborative Seating Solution for the Hybrid Workplace / Navigating NeoCon, The Mart, Part 1 / Making Our Way to Design Days in the Fulton Market District / AMQ Launches Amobi Team Digital Display / Encounter PowerBench by AIS: Expanded Design for Greater Choice / Vitra Unveils the ACX by Antonio Citterio / What's Ahead for the Future of Work? Ambiente May Have the Answer / Humanscale Launches M/Connect 3: Advanced USB Power and Data Solutions / With a New Name and a New Product, ClearSpace Design Ensures Workspaces Won't Be Compromised by Technology
  •   New In Classifieds - Modsilver Independent Sales Representative | MODSILVER, a premier provider of cutting-edge commercial table bases, table legs, and accessories that manufactures its products in the USA, is expanding its sales team and seeking independent sales representatives to cover select US territories.
  •   PLACES - Yuesheng Group Offices – Xingtai | The single-story open plan consists of independent units providing various functions like coffee, negotiation, meetings, reading, and salons.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating: New Textile Partner / West VA Managed IT Service Provider Discusses Cabling Design & Installation / Hightower Unveils Table Collections that Deliver Form, Function, Fun / Shaw Contract Launches ROAM | Painted Desert Hospitality Collection / Divya Living's Indoor/Outdoor Rug Offerings / Addi Designs Space-saving Seat for Perching Instead of Lingering / Altispace Transforming Environments with Acoustic Comfort and Aesthetic Brilliance
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 14 & 21, 2023

 
  •   With a New Name and a New Product, ClearSpace Design Ensures Workspaces Won't Be Compromised by Technology - They say good things come in three's, and it's safe to say the SmartDock is the perfect example. Combining AC power outlets, a USB-A and USB-C output, and a video output, this product enables quick and easy charging as well as data transmission.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: DeskMakers Elevates Workplace Design Legacy with Strategic Acquisition of Peter Pepper Products' Operating Assets - Iconic brand to continue operations with DeskMakers, paving the way for a new era of innovative solutions.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New Products from The Mitchell Group - The Mitchell Group has released three new high-performance products to the commercial market: Toulouse, Paris, and Iberia.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's Time for a Change! What Do I Do About an Aging Sales Manager?" - by Stephen Viscusi - No one likes to be put out to pasture so my suggestion to my clients is that they must move the pasture. In other words, you do not move him out, you move him over!
  •   December Holiday Special @ 145 Pages - Next Issue: Year End Special - December 28, 2023
  •   Hear it First Directly From Viccarbe... The Noha Collection Designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba - A collection to bring the pleasure of living into the office, so that the workplace can achieve the levels of kindness and refinement found in a domestic environment.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Versteel Welcomes Phil Englert as National Sales Manager - "We couldn't have found a more fitting individual for this role," said Scott Schwinghammer, President and CEO of Versteel.
  •   Ralph Lauren Announces Strategic Collaboration with Haworth to Accelerate Growth of Luxury Furniture Business - Long-term agreement with industry leader Haworth Lifestyle Design will expand luxury furniture distribution, including opening of first standalone Ralph Lauren Home stores.
  •   The Salone del Mobile.Milano Anticipates 2024, Starting from Neuroscience, AI and a New Research Hub - Optimizing the experience of all those making the most of the trade fair and the city during these few days is the key to getting to grips with the new content and exhibition paths at the upcoming edition of the Salone del Mobile. EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition, the test benches; with digital as the prime mode of connecting with the community: a communication campaign that chose artificial intelligence to question the international design community.
  •   More Than 40 New Manufacturers Join Configura's Platform in 2023 - Manufacturers add their products to CET by creating an Extension, an addition to the software that incorporates the rules, parts and pricing of a given product.
  •   Chemetal Launches Curated Collection of Brass Metals - With this curated collection of brass and brass-appearance metals, Chemetal provides designers and architects with more options to achieve their desired look—all offered at agreeable price points.
  •   J+J Flooring's Helping Hands Program Spreads Holiday Cheer to Hospitalized Kids in Largest Initiative to Date - "This is a small — albeit impactful way — that our community can add some magic to the season of giving."
  •   Furniture Marketing Group Hires Stacy Murphy to be FMG Austin's Vice President - With a rich background in the contract furniture industry, Stacy brings a wealth of experience.
  •   Pallas Textiles Introduces Color Capsule - "Our Color Capsules for Aphrodite, Sandstone, and Ooh La Lana elevate the complexity, structure, and cohesion of their color palettes."
  •   DeskMakers Strengthens Sales Team with Zack Lamb as Regional Sales Director, East - With a degree in International Business, Lamb's career has encompassed roles at GL Seaman and wilsonbauhaus Interiors.
  •   SilentLab Introduces a New Product for Manufacturing, Logistics and Office Environments: The SPARK FAMILY Product Line - The SPARK FAMILY range is available in eight color options, so it can easily match the design of the surrounding area.
  •   2024: The Pantone x Ultrafabrics Color of the Year - Pantone partnered with Ultrafabrics as an expert collaborator to show how the Pantone Color of the Year can be incorporated into future-forward environments.
  •   Andreu World Announces the Winners of the 22nd International Design Contest - In its special edition "Beyond the plastic wave, The contest recognizes excellence and innovation in design for the circular economy, highlighting creative projects from contestants around the world.
  •   Thinkspace Celebrates Double Recognition in Interior Design Best of Year Awards - BuildUp Huddle Collection for Semi-Private Acoustic Work, Meeting and Conferencing / Neuron Activation Pod Reduces Stress and Anxiety - Healing the Mind & Body.
  •   Spacestor's Inaugural Summit Takes Place At Its London Design Centre - The location of the event, Spacestor's London Design Centre was the perfect backdrop for a day packed with instructive content, only enhanced by the hospitality of the hosts and the immersive but peaceful ambience.
  •   Creative Announces Leadership Change - Lara Williams will assume Sales Leadership at Creative, effective January 1, 2024.
  •   Camira's 'Color of the Year' 2024 - Following the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year, global designer of textiles, Camira has revealed its own shade for 2024, based on customer demand - and it's not Peach Fuzz.
  •   Jade Sustainable Work Chair Now Available - KFI Studios introduced a new aesthetic and sustainable ergonomic office chair, Jade, the first task chair to use recycled PET felt.
  •   BRC, Tayco and Woodlore Group of Companies Welcome New Senior Vice-President of Sales - BRC, Tayco and Woodlore Continue to Make Strides, Adding New Leadership, Gary Hierlihy, to the Helm
  •   The City of Lights Turned Into Book Form, Enlightening Fans of Design and Planning - Available in all leading national and international bookshops, the book narrates one of the most important cultural events devoted to the world of light and lighting.
  •   FLEXMIRROR Makes Pivot into Contract Market with Low-Profile, Cost-Effective Alternative to Glass - FLEXMIRROR is composed of a self-supporting aluminum frame covered with a 0.03 mm-thick mirror film.
  •   Wolf-Gordon: Dreaming Up Urban Nature with Raylene Marasco - New Designs by Raylene Marasco for Wolf-Gordon
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale and Kvadrat's Sustainability Dialogue at Dubai Design Week - Humanscale has emerged as a leader in sustainable design, with 70% of its product portfolio earning the 'Climate Positive' distinction.
  •   PLACES - Watson Marlow Fluid Technology Group Offices – Singapore | The main workspace is also designed with flexibility and free-flowing productivity in mind.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - HON Confetti Wins at Interior Design's Best of Year Awards 2023 / Dauphin Welcomes Toby Tobin as National Sales Director / Calling Office Furniture Dealers to Orlando January 21-24 for the Office Furniture Recyclers Conference / Studio Other Partners With Manufacturer's Representative Group MiConcepts / MITY Inc Announces a New COO & CFO / Meet Theo, Pair's New Custom, Yet Affordable, Conference Table / Fellowes Announces Custom Color And Logo Program / Watson Furniture Debuts Newly Redesigned Seattle Showroom / J+J Launches Function Carpet Tile as Partner to Structure Broadloom / Mayer Fabrics Welcomes Luis A. Figueredo To The New York City, Long Island and Northern New Jersey Territories / Aceray's Gala Seating Collection Celebrates Resurgence of Mid-Century Aesthetic / LightArt Launches Mini Acoustic Wing to Improve Sound in Small Spaces
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 7, 2023

 
  •   Unika Vaev Introduces Its Latest Acoustic Product Collection by Unika Vaev Studios - With a commitment to elevating aesthetics and enhancing acoustic performance, these new offerings—Louver Tile, Radius Panel, and Light Blade—are poised to transform the way we experience sound in our living and working spaces.
  •   Record Numbers at BDNY Reinforce the Growth of the Boutique and Lifestyle Hospitality Industry - Event brings 15,000 hospitality and design professionals back to NYC.
  •   Stephen Says - "Didn't Your Mother Ever Teach You To Say, "Thank You"?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I do not accept that this is the new normal, it's just called being rude. It's really a shame because a "Thank You" can really go a long way towards making you feel happy and appreciated, and encourages you to continue to help people out whenever you can.
  •   Haworth Announces 2024 DesignLab – Focus on Sustainability & Circular Design - A collective of talented designers and artists looks beyond the office furniture industry for new ideas.
  •   EVENTS HAPPENING SOON: Do It Different: A Conversation on Challenging Industry Norms and Redefining Customer Experience, Presented by Allsteel - Allsteel invites you to join its latest Learning Lab, "Do It Different," featuring Jesse Cole, the founder of Fans First Entertainment, inventor of Banana Ball, and owner of the viral sensation Savannah Bananas.
  •   EVENTS HAPPENING SOON: Join Humanscale's Upcoming Webinar on Ergonomics in the Hybrid Work Era - Leading the webinar is Dr. Alan Hedge, a world-renowned expert in ergonomics with over four decades of experience.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Hendrick Principal Selected as IIDA's Leaders Breakfast Honoree - Heard brings more than 35 years of design experience in virtually all market segments.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: MITY Welcomes a New CEO - "I am grateful for the opportunity to lead an organization with such a long history and record of success," said Kevin McCoy.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Palace Business Solutions Merges with AAA Business Supplies & Interiors - Palace has an unusually strong presence in the community and, under the leadership of CEO Gary Trowbridge, has become one of the strongest education-focused dealers in the nation.
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale's Active Pony and Nova Task Light are Winners in Architectural Record's 2023 Record Products Awards - The recognition of Active Pony and Nova task light by Architectural Record is a testament to Humanscale's commitment to creating products that blend innovative design with practical functionality.
  •   Arper Launches First Sustainability Report - Arper emphasizes the importance of responsibility, encompassing a culture of knowledge and care, redefining beauty with respect for people and the planet, and continually pushing for innovation in processes and products.
  •   EF Contract Injects Color and Saturation Into Contract Spaces with District and Control II - District II displays a tighter grid with stronger angles, while complementary Control II is visually more broken up and slightly more organic.
  •   Think Lightweight Leading The Way - The First North American Company to Embrace The 100 mm Edge Banding Machine by Homag
  •   Spacestor's Aeonica Wins Prestigious FX Award 2023 - Aeonica received Interior Design's Best of Year Award and was a finalist in the Mix Awards in 2022.
  •   Metalworks Acquires Flairwood, Expands Manufacturing Capabilities, Industries, Customer Base - Metalworks and Flairwood have partnered together on products for the past seven years, jointly developing and producing a successful laminate locker line and other personal storage products for the office furniture industry.
  •   Insidesource Welcomes Amanda Salt as EMEA Managing Director - "I missed the dealer world, working with diverse manufacturers, and the creative process involved in delivering a complete furniture project. So now I have found my way back to where I belong."
  •   New from Flos - Skynest Motion & Skynest Ceiling - Skynest Motion and Skynest Ceiling are designed for sustainability and meant to be appreciated as works of art - whether on or off.
  •   Steelcase 2023 Impact Report Shows Significant Progress Toward the Wellbeing of People and the Planet - New report demonstrates measurable progress toward building community and belonging for people and reducing environmental impact with ambitious climate goals.
  •   PLACES - Thndr Offices – Cairo | The office exudes a Youthful and Modern vibe, where vibrant color schemes and innovative workspaces foster creativity and collaboration.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - DMD for Steelcase Dealers Begins January 16 / Allsteel Aspect Receives Declare Label Certification / Arcadia and Encore Partner with BeyonDesign to Expand Reach in Upper Midwest / Mantra Inspired Furniture Adds Two New Sales Reps / Allsteel Introduces Wilsonart® Solid Surface Products
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 30, 2023

 
  •   Humanscale Launches M/Connect 3: Advanced USB Power and Data Solutions - Designed to match the varying technological needs of today's workspaces, M/Connect 3 is a three-pronged solution to data and power connectivity.
  •   Celebrating Progress: Evaluating 2023's Shifts and the Road to 2024 - ThinkLab has unveiled how not only our industry, but our world can leverage insights from Gen Z to benefit ALL generations.
  •   Kimball International Launches Updated and Expanded SpecStudio Visualizer Tool - With the newly added modular configuration feature, users can now craft personalized designs by seamlessly combining a variety of lounge modules into one whitespace.
  •   Stephen Says - "Bosses Who Refuse to Embrace Technology Lose Talent - Especially Millennials. It's that Simple." - by Stephen Viscusi - This is not an age issue. Often, older employers get a bad rap for being unwilling to adopt new office innovations. In my experience, this is unfair and inaccurate.
  •   The Business of Furniture Thursday Evenings (127 Pages Inside) - Now published Thursday evenings, containing all of the latest industry news from the week, special feature editorials, and the latest product introductions. BoF now keeps you even more informed of everything happening across the industry, with same day/week reporting from events and shows.
  •   Foscarini Lighting Collections Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary - Foscarini strives to make people feel at home in their homes and collective spaces. The company has always openly challenged the limits of possibility, whether those of materials or technologies.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: COE Distributing's J.D. Ewing Honored with 2023 Smart 50 Award - "It's so humbling to be honored among such an incredible group of business leaders."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: A Modern Twist on Classic BuzziSpace Designs - BuzziTube Square and BuzziJet Square - These functional and aesthetically pleasing suspended acoustic panels can elevate any commercial or residential space, while also absorbing excess noise.
  •   UPFRONT: Keilhauer Launches Textile Card Partnership with HBF Textiles - "HBF offers interesting and unique textiles that have patterns and colors not previously found within the Keilhauer textile library."
  •   Watson Launches the Edison Workbench, the Latest Adaptable Solution to its Edison Collection - The Edison Workbench is more than just a well-designed product; it demonstrates the value of listening to an industry at the individual level and devoting the care and resources necessary to design impactful solutions.
  •   Humanscale Pilots Standalone Retail Concept in Hangzhou, China - Located in Raffles City Mall, This Begins Humanscale's Retail Vision in China's Internet Capital.
  •   Elevating the Lifestyle and Amenities Market: Creative Office Resources Welcomes a New Addition - A WBENC-Certified WBE and one of the largest MillerKnoll Certified Dealers in North America, is a forward-thinking furniture dealership committed to ensuring a positive end-to-end customer journey.
  •   Andreu World Announces Expansion of NYC Flagship Showroom - The Global manufacturer's newly renovated and expanded showroom is now the brand's second-largest showroom.
  •   Versteel Elevates Healthcare Experience with Socius Seating Enhancements - Socius has a seamless frame with soft curves, creating a refined look that is both strong and beautiful.
  •   Road to Salone 2024: The Promotional Tour for the 62nd Edition - Reports from Paris and London, the first two legs of the journey across the main European and international cities, flagging up the innovations at the upcoming edition.
  •   Legrand + Microsoft: Companies to Join Forces for Seamless Scalability in The Future Office - Legrand Partners with Microsoft to Create New Hybrid Conferencing Space
  •   Spacestor Introduces Seamless Simplicity with Portico - Spacestor has taken learnings from the development of a range of products to conceive a simply built booth with reduced options, allowing a more cost-effective price.
  •   Fräsch Adds Six New Products to its Contemporary Catalog - "As more people return to the office, the need for acoustic solutions like these new offerings from 14six8 is increasing."
  •   Meet River Lea & The Thames from Designtex - Since 2014, Designtex has collaborated with the British textile design studio, Wallace Sewell, to bring color, craft and construction to the forefront of textile creation.
  •   PLACES - VMLY&R Offices – Bogotá | This new space is furnished with stands, tables for collaborative work, and an open booth for tasks that require more concentration.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Bringing the MillerKnoll Collective Together in San Francisco / Interior Design Trade Marketplace Daniel House Club Welcomes Three New Visionary Members to Its Board of Advisors / Tarkett's Cliff Gustafson Awarded for Commitment to Educational Facilities Management / Stance Healthcare to Acquire Arizona-based Plural Studios / KI Announces 2nd Annual Classroom Furniture Giveaway for Teachers / HON Showcased Innovative Learning Environment Solutions at EDspaces 2023 / Hightower's New Boulevard Collection Supports Intuitive Seating
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - Nov. 16 & Thanksgiving (23rd), 2023

 
  •   BDNY Is Back Again — And Interior Design Has Never Been Better - The products one might consider for their work-from-home space are now being replicated in workplaces hoping to entice employees to return, and lounge spaces you might discover at a boutique hotel are serving as inspiration in wellness environments to provide patients with exceptional comfort that play an integral part of being cared for.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Holidays Are Coming Up… And So Is Your Next Job!" - by Stephen Viscusi - My experience is that 50% of the people that interview for other jobs will find that the grass is not greener, end up staying put and are more appreciative of their current job, and that is a good thing to learn.
  •   The Business of Furniture Thursday Evenings - Now published Thursday evenings, containing all of the latest industry news from the week, special feature editorials, and the latest product introductions. BoF now keeps you even more informed of everything happening across the industry, with same day/week reporting from events and shows.
  •   Carnegie Expands Award-Winning Outdoor Biobased Xorel® Line With The Al Fresco Collection - The Al Fresco Collection uses new knitting techniques to create an improved hand feel that feels softer and more luxurious.
  •   Stylex Introduces Luna, Reinvented Banquette Seating Specifiable by the Inch - An Enduring Collection of Versatility, Luna Shapes Seating Areas for Lobbies, Restaurants, and Workplaces.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Steelcase Research Finds Leaders' Priorities Shift & Expands Green Products - Leaders say employee wellbeing, sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion are more important this year. Steelcase additionally released its 2023 Impact Report and expands CarbonNeutral product portfolio.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Where Art and Culture Transform Working Spaces - EzoBord Unveils the New Robin Sprong Collection - "By combining the expertise of EzoBord in architectural acoustics with the artistic brilliance of Robin Sprong, we are breaking barriers and redefining the boundaries of design."
  •   UPFRONT: Celebrate America Recycles Day with Humanscale's Ocean Chairs - Each chair, composed of reclaimed fishing nets and other ocean plastics, is a testament to the company's dedication to reducing the environmental havoc caused by these pollutants.
  •   LG Expands Chicago Business Innovation Center To Increase Engagement With Resellers and End Customers - Newly Renovated BIC Showcases Cutting-Edge Business Solutions: DVLED, Transparent OLED, Medical Displays, IT Monitors, Laptops, Projectors, Interactive Displays, Robots and More
  •   Kimball International Wins Best in Show Product Innovation Award for Chaddy Seating Solution - Chaddy was designed to offer extreme flexibility and versatility along with exceptional comfort.
  •   Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Welcomes Julia Gillespie as VP of Sustainability - "I am genuinely thrilled to spearhead Momentum's ongoing journey as an industry frontrunner in the sustainable textile and wallcovering space."
  •   AHF Products Sponsors 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree - The 'People's Tree' is making its way from West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest to Washington D.C., after stopping in AHF Products' Beverly, WV Manufacturing Facility Where it was Wrapped & Readied for the Journey.
  •   Kimball International Wins Two Nightingale Awards for Kolo Pod Solution - Designed to offer flexibility and privacy in an open environment, the Kolo Pods offer a fresh perspective on respite areas within healthcare spaces.
  •   Interface – Interface Releases Fall/Winter 2023 Design Trend Index - Latest Report Explores Evolving Trends in Commercial and Residential Interiors
  •   Safco Products Introduces Swift Catalog: Helping Space Planners Design for The Moment - The new catalog is available in both print and digital formats, offering convenience and accessibility to customers.
  •   Woodlore International Officially Under New Ownership - Owner of BRC Group and Tayco, Bill Melnik Acquires OEM Manufacturer Woodlore.
  •   Design Within Reach Announces 20th Annual Champagne Chair Contest in Partnership with Champagne Pommery and United States Artists - Design Within Reach will be accepting entries from now through January 7, 2024. Winners will be announced in early February 2024.
  •   PLACES - Colmobil Group Offices – Rosh Haayin | "We transformed the enormous space for a relaxed, intimate and harmonious work environment for the well-being of the employees."
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Berco Designs, A Leader in Manufacturing High-Performance Tables Announces Its New VP of Sales / IIDA NY Extends Application Deadline for Third Annual Hazel Siegel Scholarship / Steelcase Recognized for Advancing and Women / NELSON Worldwide Names New Principals, Associate Principals to its Path to Principal Program / Chemetal and Treefrog Highlight New Materials, Honor Milestone at BDNY / BIFMA International Announces New Membership Services Director / Roopa by Arper: A Bold Statement for any Space
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 9, 2023

 
  •   AMQ Introduces Cluvo, a Height-Adjustable Desk that Hits the Mark on Style and Price - Cluvo joins newly reinvigorated Activ Pro, AMQ's flagship height-adjustable desk, which recently underwent a transformation of its own to relaunch as Activ Pro 2.0.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Story Behind the Story." - by Stephen Viscusi - This week I wanted to dedicate this advice column to take you inside the column. How it is written and who each column is written about. The "Stephen Says" title is a tribute to advice columns that have been around for years, such as "Dear Abby", "Ask Amy", "Carolyn Hax" and "Ask a Manager".
  •   The Business of Furniture Thursday Evenings - Now published Thursday evenings, containing all of the latest industry news from the week, special feature editorials, and the latest product introductions. BoF now keeps you even more informed of everything happening across the industry, with same day/week reporting from events and shows.
  •   Herman Miller Expands OE1 Workspace Collection Designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility - Introducing OE1 Sit-to-Stand Table, OE1 Powerbox and Power Tray, and other essential pieces for agile workspaces.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Women's Edge and The Boston Globe Name Creative Office Resources #30 to the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts - Creative Office Resources named to the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts for the second year in a row. This annual award highlights women business leaders who are making a significant impact on the state's economy.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Concertex Expands Tekloom Product Offerings - The new offerings include two new Tekloom woven patterns – Maze and Recess.
  •   The Red Night: The Salone del Mobile.Milano Returns to Shanghai With an Exclusive Event, Testament to the Strategic Importance of the Chinese Market for Made in Italy Design - After a three-year absence, the Salone del Mobile has made its return to China to support the Made in Italy companies through the processes of development, growth and marketing, previewing the 62nd edition of the trade fair in Milan in April and future projects for the Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai.
  •   NaughtOne Introduces Percy: A Bold, Versatile Lounge Chair - The latest addition to NaughtOne's collection, Percy is a statement piece and a supremely comfortable sit.
  •   Herman Miller and Design Within Reach Bring 3D Product Visualization to Retail Sites - The investment by MillerKnoll is part of a broader trend in the office furniture space to provide visual configuration tools and customized configurators by outlet and audience. 3D Product Configurators by 3D Cloud by Marxent unlock limitless opportunities for customers.
  •   Photos: Live From EDspaces 2023 - Day 3 of the show concluded today at noon in Charlotte, with a positive vibe shared by all of those who attended the proceedings at the Charlotte Convention Center. Through enlightening education sessions, immersive tours, and the buzzing show floor, the event expanded horizons by exploring new possibilities for school and campus learning environments.
  •   BEYOND, HLW's Integrated Sustainability Specialty Sector, Recenters Focus on Holistic Approach to Environmental Transparency and Responsibility - Performance-driven Team Drives Deeper Commitment to Healthy Spaces and Regenerative Practices
  •   Mannington Commercial Becomes First Flooring Manufacturer Member of Build Reuse - Company Joins National Roster of Organizations Dedicated to Recovery, Recycling and Reuse of Building Materials in the United States
  •   BuzziSpace: Enhancing Workplace Productivity through Innovative Acoustic Solutions - BuzziSpace offers innovative acoustic solutions to enhance workplace productivity. Their products, such as BuzziBlox, BuzziDesk, and BuzziBooth, effectively reduce noise pollution, provide privacy, and create a focused work environment.
  •   Allseating Receives Sustainability Seal-of-Approval Across All Product Lines - "As a company, we're proud that each of our teams has contributed to ensuring our products meet the demands of modern healthcare environments and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable future."
  •   UPFRONT: As Daylight Saving Ends, Humanscale's Nova Task Light Shines - With video calls becoming a staple in the hybrid work model, the shift in daylight could impact how people present themselves digitally.
  •   PLACES - Balanz Offices – Buenos Aires | The layout was arranged over a completely open floor, with no barriers to access, so as to facilitate movement between the works of art displayed in the offices.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms Appoints Brittany Conroy as Business Development Associate for Ohio Team / DIRTT Construction Partner ForBuild Announces Expansion Plans / HNI Corp. Achieves Better Climate Challenge Emissions Goal / Semiton by Arper: The Solution for Workspace Flexibility / The Mitchell Group Introduces Three New Products / Meet Central from Scandinavian Spaces / NeoCon Opens Call For 2024 Programming / Interface Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 2, 2023

 
  •   9to5 Seating Launches Innovative New Task Chair Tori - Bellini-designed task series delivers style that elevates work spaces.
  •   Stephen Says - "What's Your Side Hustle?" - by Stephen Viscusi - None of our client companies, who pay a full salary and benefits, along with a 401K, vacation, and business expenses, are expecting a person to have a second career.
  •   Maars Living Walls Announces Acquisition Led by Nimbus - Nimbus is a private investment company that has been operating for close to 25 years, with offices in the Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom.
  •   Arper Shows Support for Ethical Architecture in Cultural Exhibition A Lot With Little - A Lot With Little showcases the work of international architects from the Global North and the Global South, engaged in sustainable solutions for housing, education, transformation of existing buildings and disaster-relief. It features projects with a social dimension that have had a positive impact on the community. The contributing architects provide multiple interpretations of a common mindset, overcoming a lack of resources with creative ingenuity. "
  •   BOS Opens New Showroom In Chicago River North - BOS recently opened a new Inspiration Center in Chicago's River North neighborhood.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: SupplySource and Tanner of Pennsylvania Join Forces - "Both companies are looking forward to combining our operations, growing with the market, and sharing our combined experience with current and new customers."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: HON Storyline: A New Chapter In Connection - Storyline includes a wide variety of reconfigurable possibilities with multiple table height options, including seated, counter, and standing.
  •   Thinkspace Brings Life-Changing Wellness Pod to North America - Award-winning, Neuron Activation Pod stimulates the nervous system guiding the body into a meditative state. 10-minute cycle reduces stress and anxiety. Technology is credited to boosting energy levels and reducing stress for doctors, nurses and administration at the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  •   UPFRONT: New Launch from Flos | 2097 Matte White - The 2097 chandelier was originally designed in 1958 by Sarfatti with the goal of ushering the classic Murano glass chandelier into modernity.
  •   Caroline Murphy Joins SANDOW DESIGN GROUP as Design Engagement Strategist - "As a young design professional herself, Caroline has a keen understanding of the needs and opportunities of designers in this demographic and is extremely passionate about connecting and activating this growing this community in creative and meaningful ways."
  •   Hightower Launches Updated Website - At a macro level, the revitalized Hightower site aligns with the company's general brand ethos.
  •   Tarkett Launches Full Collaborative Suite, Debut Collection of Soft Surface and LVT from VP of Commercial Design Omoleye Simmons - Designed with the modern workplace in mind, Tarkett's Collaborative Collection features a mix of patterns that give spaces the agility to meet changing demands and embrace neurodiverse work styles, offering solutions for busy, collaborative areas as well as quiet, heads-down zones.
  •   Industry Expert and Manufacturing Owner Bill Melnik Makes Strides to Finalize Purchase of Woodlore International Inc. - Owner of BRC Group and Tayco will Secure Woodlore International in the Coming Weeks.
  •   IIDA NY Celebrates 21st Anniversary of Color Invasion - IIDA NY's annual premier networking and social awareness event will welcome guests with an experiential journey inspired by the Gala of Thieves theme.
  •   PLACES - Knauf Regional Offices – Dubai | We created an industrial yet chic space that uses raw elements to promote sustainability. Flexible workspaces are also available through the structural work we have done with the mezzanine.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Havwoods Announces Bog Oak Flooring, Derived from Centuries-Old Logs / EDmarketplace Now Available to EDmarket Member Independent Dealers and Manufacturers / OM5 Active Nest Supports A Versatile And Creative Future / Paris Podcast Festival Winner - Sofa, Looking for Togo / Spectorgroup Opens Miami Office and Unveils New Website / Spacestor Pledges Largest Donation To Date to Depaul International / Mannington Commercial Announces Partnership with Appalachian Carbon Exchange for Carbon Offsets and Environmental Programs / J+J Flooring Revitalizes Atmospheric & Organic Raku Collection / Steelcase Named to U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best Companies to Work For
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 26, 2023

 
  •   Stef Schwalb: What's Ahead for the Future of Work? Ambiente May Have the Answer - "The combination of home and office, lifestyle and workstyle will continue to define our living and working environments in the future."
  •   Stephen Says - Hiring "Out of the Box" = "Out of Business" - by Stephen Viscusi - My experience is that this happens because outsiders feel more comfortable with other outsiders. It is sort of an "equalizer", yet it turns out that all these outsiders can hurt morale, culture, and revenue.
  •   Gen Z Insights: 8 Big Ideas to Supercharge Your Workplace Culture - The exciting thing about gen Z is that the conversation is shifting around to foster engaging dialogues across every generation that can help your team grow together and create a workplace culture all want to be a part of.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Office Resources Announces its Expansion into Birmingham - The company is acquiring the Alabama operations of Empire Office.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kirei Launches Seven New EchoLine Acoustic Panels - Each panel in the collection can be sized down and custom-cut, allowing designers to craft spaces that bring their exact vision to life.
  •   Carnegie Introduces Full Spectrum Collection - Building upon the recently refreshed Xorel Meteor line, now boasting 81 shades, The Full Spectrum collection adds 16 vibrant bolds and quiet pastels to Carnegie's best-selling Biobased Xorel brand, allowing limitless opportunities to mix and match.
  •   French Startup, Fleet, Accelerates International Expansion - Fleet is already looking at expanding in other countries in Europe such as Italy, Portugal and Netherlands in 2024.
  •   Italian Design Brands Establishes US Presence with New Flagship Showroom for Meridiani and Davide Groppi - This incredible space, spanning two levels designed by Andrea Parisio the artistic director of Meridiani – situated between the renowned Lexington Avenue and 32nd Street – will serve as the beating heart for presenting the exclusive residential and contract collections of the two brands.
  •   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. Find out more on page 94.
  •   Thinkspace Welcomes Maria Jones as Inside Sales Coordinator to Elevate Expanded Product Offerings - A vibrant woman-owned company, Thinkspace is dedicated to bringing life back to today's workspaces.
  •   Bjelin Expands US Reach with Spartan Partnership - Bjelin's commercial hardened wood floors are three times stronger than engineered wood floors, while more dent and water-resistant.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces Industry-Leading Sustainability Initiatives - "Our Life Cycle Analysis Initiative is an important achievement in our ongoing efforts to enhance sustainability at Landscape Forms and also in the way we're looking to guide our industry moving forward."
  •   Resource Furniture Celebrates Its Roots with Clei's 60th Anniversary - Today, Resource Furniture and Clei continue to innovate in step, with the latest launch a reinvention of Clei's original wall bed, the LGM – which now is customizable with a TV monitor integration, fold-down and removable 4-seat table attachment, and seamless LED lighting. As Clei evolves its line of wall beds, Resource Furniture will bring its breakthroughs to this side of the Atlantic.
  •   New President Hired for Camira Group in North America - Two complementary organizations with iconic brands and deep American roots provide significant synergies to deliver on-trend designs, exceptional quality and service, and award-winning features.
  •   Wool in Focus: the Sustainable Thread in Humanscale and Kvadrat's Partnership - Why wool? Utilized in eight of the nine textiles for Humanscale, this natural material holds a suite of benefits that align remarkably well with the brand's commitment to sustainability and long-lasting quality.
  •   PLACES - AstraZeneca Offices – Sofia | The infusion of AstraZeneca's distinctive warm color palette, complemented by the choice of oak veneer surfaces and ergonomic furnishings, led to the creation of a hospitable and inspirational environment.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Solomon Coyle 2023-Q3 To Q4 Market Outlook Report Now Available / HON Showcases Amenities Driven Workplace as the Premier Sponsor of ISG Industry Week 23' / Nevers Appoints Isela Chavez as Territory Sales Specialist / Configura Becomes Reseller of Twinmotion / HNI Recognized on U.S. News & World Report's 2024 List of Best Companies to Work For / 3 is a Magic Number: Furniture Firm Launches Collaboration with Leading Design Studios / Original BTC Launches First-Ever Portable Light / USM Adds a Limited Edition Colourway to its Modular Furniture Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 19, 2023

 
  •   Pacific Office Interiors Joins Unisource Solutions to Expand Its Presence in Southern California - Unisource Solutions remains committed to innovation, sustainability, and excellence in serving clients across California.
  •   Stephen Says - "You Really Love Your Job? For Some People That Might Be Hard to Believe" - by Stephen Viscusi - To me, the goal of any workplace environment should be contentment and happiness. As far as I'm concerned, you're doing this whole work thing exactly right. The only thing nicer than enjoying the job you have, is enjoying the people you work with.
  •   Bockus Payne Announces Leadership Transition - These promotions represent the first phase of a multi-year process through which the firm will pass leadership responsibilities on to the next generation of professionals, while maintaining the legacy of quality work the team has built over the past 36 years.
  •   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. Find out more on page 90.
  •   Ultrafabrics Upgrades the Promessa Collection - The brand's premier textile collection introduces new colors, a backcloth made of eight recycled plastic bottles and removes anti-microbial additives.
  •   FSR Announces Strategic Partnership with The Farm to Expand AV Services in the Pacific Northwest - Leading AV Provider FSR Teams Up with AV All Stars The Farm to Deliver Comprehensive AV Solutions and Support
  •   Less is More: HBF Introduces the Karina Armless Guest Chair - Beautiful organic forms combined with superior craftsmanship update the essence of Scandinavian furniture design.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2024: The Must-Attend Event for International Players Across the Entire Furniture Industry - The 53rd edition of CIFF Guangzhou, the most important and comprehensive business and product sourcing platform serving the entire global furniture industry, will bring together manufacturers, designers, buyers and traders, experts, and media from all over the world for an eight-day trade fair event to offer new solutions, creating profitable connections and concrete business opportunities.
  •   Momentum Celebrates the Wellness Impact of Rituals with Latest Textile Collection - Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering has introduced Ritual, their newest textile collection designed by Linsay Bittinger, created to channel the positive impact rituals have on mental and physical wellness.
  •   Kimball International Announces Third Season of the Alternative Design Podcast and New Blog - Alternative Design podcast episodes can be accessed through podcast apps, including Spotify, Apple iTunes, and Google Podcasts.
  •   Teknion Renews JUST 2.0 Label - Teknion was recently reassessed and granted an updated JUST 2.0 label valid until September 2025, where Teknion increased its score in five key areas: pay-scale equity, physical health, well-being, animal welfare, and equitable purchasing.
  •   3form Elements Expands Acoustic Collection With New Hush Blocks - Hush Blocks are now available for purchase—designers can choose from an array of 24 different shapes using 6 bases, and each offered at 3 different depths.
  •   Configura Highlights CET Experience and Honors 2023 CET Award Winners - The CET Awards were created to honor and celebrate talented professionals who have created outstanding and innovative spaces using CET.
  •   AHF Products Enters Tile Category with Purchase of Assets of Crossville - Two complementary organizations with iconic brands and deep American roots provide significant synergies to deliver on-trend designs, exceptional quality and service, and award-winning features.
  •   Iwan Baan: Moments in Architecture - The exhibition features examples from all areas of Baan's work since the early 2000s and includes film footage as well as rarely published photographs of traditional and informal architecture around the world – from the round Yaodong villages of China to the rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia, from self-built multi-storey dwellings in Cairo to the Torre David in Caracas.
  •   PLACES - Electronic Arts Offices – Bucharest | The outcome is an office space characterized by the cleanness of the work environment contrasted by the colored and shape explosion of the "thematic areas" which are dispersed around the space.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Is Your Storage Standing Up to Student Use? / Dealer Management Development Program For Steelcase Dealers / Rottet Collection's Ovo Mirrors and Dark and Stormy Table are Honored / Spazio by Aceray / RBW & Yabu Pushelberg Introduce: Glyph / Seamless Separation: Wire Mesh Dividers Ideal for Contemporary Office Harmony
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 12, 2023

 
  •   Pivot Interiors Opens New Design Center in Los Angeles - The Pivot Los Angeles Design Center (LADC) will serve as an office and design center for employees and architects, and a showroom for clients.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can Ozempic Help You Get a Better Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi - As far as your weight or anyone else's and finding a new job or getting ahead… I have rarely ever heard that weight was a major consideration in people making a hiring decision.
  •   Humanscale Announces Global Partnership With Kvadrat - The manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic products introduces its global partnership through the offering of nine Kvadrat textiles.
  •   NEW IN MARKETPLACE: Independent Reps Wanted - Legrand, the leader in floor-based power and cable management, is currently seeking independent rep groups to manage the Connectrac and Wiremold brands to the furniture dealer channel. Find out more on page 84.
  •   Scandinavian Spaces Introduces RUT - A mod modular system that's worth the commute.
  •   Nook Takes Home Top Award at The 13th Annual North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) - Stewart Brown of Nook receives Best Product: Furniture and Design award from NAOPA
  •   Pearson Lloyd Play Creates Pupa: An Experiment in Biotechnical Design - Pupa comprises circular economy materals, while a playful off-screen process led Pearson Lloyd to a new formal expression in Pupa.
  •   New Enterprise Account Manager with 12+ Years Experience Joins Cyncly - Cyncly's end-to-end software solutions connect professional designers, retailers and manufacturers to the world's largest repository of product content, enabling them to simplify complexity, grow sales, increase efficiency, and drive innovation.
  •   Steelcase Partners With Ecomedes To Make Sustainable Product Sourcing Easier - The online platform will help Steelcase customers access environmental product information and identify solutions that help them achieve sustainability goals.
  •   ORGATEC 2024: Strong Response in the Registration Phase - In addition to the events in Cologne, Koelnmesse is strategically expanding its portfolio in key growth markets around the globe like with the successful shows ORGATEC TOKYO in Japan, interzum bogota in Colombia and interzum guangzhou in China and interzum forum italy.
  •   IIDA NY Presents Third Annual Hazel Siegel Scholarship - Paolo Cravedi has been appointed to the position, where he will focus on product sales and distribution to specialty retail stores.
  •   AHF Products Opens Showroom/Design Workspace in Plano, Texas - Leading manufacturer of hard surface flooring offers industry professionals a broad selection of natural wood, resilient, engineered tile and laminate for residential and commercial projects.
  •   Móz Designs Introduces Six New Colorways Inspired by National Parks - The Expanded Patinas Collection Brings Naturally Weathered Elements to Metal Surfaces.
  •   Bjelin Launches Medium-sized Panels - Size Medium is available in a commercial matte finish, which is Bjelin's best lacquer to date.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: COE Distributing Ranks Among Pittsburgh's Largest Private Companies for 2023 - National office furnishings distributor COE Distributing once again ranks among the Pittsburgh region's largest privately held companies, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.
  •   GIVING BACK SPOTLIGHT: IIDA NY's Buffalo City Center Renovates Compass House - Revitalized Public Spaces to Help Homeless, Runaway Youths in Western New York
  •   PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: New Chicago Office for Janus Henderson Group; Teams with JLL to Achieve LEED Platinum Certification (by Ware Malcomb) - The design complements Janus Henderson's hybrid workforce, with meeting and small break-out spaces, a welcoming reception space, and an open work café and large lounge spaces that promote collaboration within the office.
  •   UPFRONT: HON's Ignition 2.0 Awarded Best Office Chair by NY Times - The New York Times Wirecutter has included the HON Ignition 2.0 as the best budget friendly office chair out of dozens of office chairs tested by ergonomic experts, test panelists and editors.
  •   IN MEMORY: Beverly Willis, FAIA, 1928 – 2023 - "We share with deep sadness the passing of our dear founder, Beverly Willis FAIA, a titan in many fields, who showed us, among other lessons, that women can have many careers as they grow and find their true voices."
  •   PLACES - Heineken Offices – Ho Chin Minh City | This innovative space embodies the essence of Heineken's legacy while embracing a vibrant and modern atmosphere.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Humanscale Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary / DIRTT Selected for Major Energy Headquarter Projects in Houston / NeoCon Welcomes Nubia Henderson as New Director of Programming / Moody Nolan Atlanta Welcomes Garfield Peart As Director of Operations / Heller's Limbo Available for Order with Four Week Delivery Time
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Launch of Dessana / Mom from emuamericas Delivers Durability and Style / Stefan Diez Elevates Conference Table Design in Latest Collection for HAY / Mannington Commercial Launches the New Composition Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 5, 2023

 
  •   Top 5 AI Tools for Design Firms - Who in the industry should be experimenting with these tools? As Eric Klooster aptly expressed, "the more the merrier." The broader the spectrum of industry players, from manufacturers to architects, designers to developers, and corporate real estate professionals, who utilize these tools, the richer our understanding becomes.
  •   Kimball International is the First Manufacturing Company to Achieve WELL Equity Rating - "The WELL Equity Rating acknowledges the efforts of so many team members in ensuring we achieve inclusion within our spaces."
  •   LightArt Introduces Minimalist Fixture With Limitless Configurations - The Casper Collection's versatility provides designers with a blank canvas to explore their creative vision.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results - Highlights include Full year adjusted earnings guidance increased to a range of $1.85 to $2.15 per share, and Organic order growth of 2.1% for the Americas Contract segment over the prior year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Changing Your Career? It's Easier Than You Think" - by Stephen Viscusi - No matter how big the dealer is, there is always a manufacturer's line they do not sell. This will usually be a wall line, fabric or floorcovering. Approach those companies directly and give them the hard sell.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: MillerKnoll Earns "Best in Class" Excellence in Supplier Diversity - "It's an honor to be acknowledged again by the Great Lakes Women's Business Council."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Ligne Roset's Togo Celebrates 50 Years - Atom is a subtle and sophisticated fabric imagined by Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons for Kvadrat.
  •   DEALER SPOTLIGHT: Creative Office Resources Announces Move to 16 Madison Square West, New York City - "At 16 Madison Square West, we're not just moving into a new space – we're embarking on a journey as a united team, bound by a shared vision."
  •   CIFF Shanghai 2023: Big Figures Tell a Story of Success - With the theme 'Leading New Modes of Consumption, Serving New Patterns', the Fair was divided into eight themed areas and hosted four side events (CIFF WMF, CIFF Trend Life Aesthetics Exhibition, CIFF Commercial Office Space Exhibition, and CIFF Urban Outdoor Exhibition), thus bringing together the entire furniture industry under one roof over four days.
  •   Allsteel Introduces Beyond Thin Framed Door Solution: A Balance of Functionality and Aesthetics - The Beyond Thin Framed Door exemplifies Allsteel's dedication to innovation and the creation of solutions that seamlessly fuse form and function within the workplace.
  •   Good Company Table, Designed by Loll Designs - As with all of Loll's outdoor pieces, the Good Company table is made from ultra-durable high-density polyethylene (HDPE), made partially from recycled materials, making it durable enough to stay outside all year long.
  •   Kimball International Launches New Pods Category - "Our Kolo Pods and Om Pods create spaces where employees and guests can feel comfortable and confident to do their best work."
  •   Heller Targets Specialty Retailers, Creates New Executive Position - Paolo Cravedi has been appointed to the position, where he will focus on product sales and distribution to specialty retail stores.
  •   OFGO STUDIO Announces The Addition of ECO+ To Its Laminate Collection; A Sustainably Manufactured Solution - "Sustainability plays a key role for many of our customers in deciding which furniture to select."
  •   Catalyst Consulting Group Strengthens Public Sector Team with Industry Veteran Ryan Hay - Catalyst Consulting Group is a consulting firm dedicated to empowering furniture manufacturers and distributors to thrive in the highly competitive and misunderstood landscape of federal and public sector sales.
  •   Studio TK Introduces Artifort Compass Table, a Personal Table For Flexible Lifestyles - Available in two wood finishes, Artifort Compass Table emphasizes that less is more, lending its simple yet tasteful build to accommodate a wide variety of necessary configurations.
  •   Work Nicer Coworking Perfects Flexible BYOD Presentations and Meetings with Airtame - Members of tech-forward Canadian coworking community use Airtame to quickly screen share any content to digital displays from any device, including virtual meeting apps and presentations.
  •   Beyond the Desk – Spacestor Launches a Program of Immersive Events - All evenings have an element of kinaesthetic, tactile experience, with hands-on workshops and practical learning opportunities, as well as competitions to flourish creativity and compete for prizes.
  •   Perkins&Will Opens Studio in Philadelphia; Grows its Northeastern US Practice - The global architecture and design firm's new studio will enhance its client offerings in the sixth-most populated U.S. city and strengthen its regional presence.
  •   Configura Updates Its Manufacturer List With New Q3 2023 Partnerships For Commercial Interiors Library - CET Commercial Interiors brings designers, salespeople and dealerships together into one software to design, specify and visualize products for commercial spaces using real products and pricing.
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale Honored in Fast Company's Brands That Matter 2023: Pioneering the Future of Sustainable Manufacturing - "Our goal is to pioneer new ways of operating sustainably, not just for us, but for the entire industry."
  •   PLACES - WorkBetter Coworking Offices – Sofia | A colorful and functional office extension for WorkBetter coworking, featuring a journey through different space mission themes, incorporating art and vintage in one.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Interior Design Trade Marketplace Daniel House Club Onboards 16 Additional Vendors in Q3 / Moody Nolan Announces Rebrand / Mayer Fabrics Welcomes Julie Tang to the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Territories / EMU Group Appoints Enrico Cavallari as CEO / Ware Malcomb Named to Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing American Private Companies for Sixth Consecutive Year / Interface Named to the 2023 TIME100 Most Influential Companies List / NEW Catalogs Available on 2020 Cloud Pricing
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK Expands Base Finishes for the Beloved Cover Lounge Chair / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet & Leather and Caroline Kepley Launch New Reverie Rug Collection / Introducing Glide TV: The Future of Collaboration Is Here
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 28, 2023

 
  •   DEALER SPOTLIGHT: HB Workplaces - Sprague Studios Celebrates Grand Opening - "All the support and collaboration from our team has been instrumental in bringing this new space to life."
  •   Stephen Says - "How To Find the Best Salespeople Today – What Not To Do" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's okay to want to hire a "rockstar," but everyone starts off somewhere. And, if you're having trouble hiring, I recommend everyone involved remove terms like "rockstar" and "hunter" from the vocabulary.
  •   Offsite Prefab Construction Company Falkbuilt Celebrates Arcosanti Design At Hotel Valley Ho In Scottsdale - Arcosanti, an experimental community north of Phoenix, inspired Falkbuilt designers and architects.
  •   The Pedrali Pavilion: A Stage of Beauty, Tradition and Innovation - 60 years of company history through the inauguration of the Pedrali Pavilion, designed by AMDL CIRCLE and Michele De Lucchi, and of the exhibition "Pedrali60, we design a better future" curated by Luca Molinari Studio.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Flos Appoints Barbara Corti as Chief Creative Officer of The Brand - Corti, who has been global Chief Marketing Officer at Flos since 2017, and since 2019 a member of the Steering Committee – the committee formed by the CEO, the Design Curators, and the CMO for defining the brand and product strategies – will move into her new role in October.
  •   3form Introduces New Collection of Architectural Textures - The glossy textures refract light and shadow, providing visual privacy by whimsically obscuring the natural contours of objects and individuals in the background.
  •   Keilhauer Expands Marketing Leadership Team - Susan Anderson joins as VP of Marketing & Customer Experience while Sarah Lostracco joins as Senior Marketing Manager
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Herman Miller Gaming and G2 Esports Launch Limited-Edition Embody Gaming Chair - "This chair represents Herman Miller Gaming's first-ever esports product collaboration, and G2 is the perfect partner."
  •   Formaspace Introduces RGX Adaptive Lab Casework - RGX modular casework by Formaspace transforms laboratories with adaptability, fast installation, and lead times as short as 8 weeks.
  •   Stylex Launches Oko, a Sophisticated Lounge Chair Designed by LucidiPevere - Crafted in the U.S. with special consideration for the environment, Oko is Level 1 certified and available in CET, making it easy to specify.
  •   Tarkett Donates to Dalton Police Department - Tarkett's definition of "team" extends beyond its company walls. Tarkett said it hopes its ballistic shield donation will inspire other manufacturers in the community to also consider donations to support local law enforcement and safety agencies.
  •   Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Unveils New Handcrafted Wallcovering Designs Celebrating American Craft and Artisanship - The designs throughout the collection are all made to order and completely handmade – no machinery is used during the production process.
  •   Sherwin-Williams Releases 2024 Industrial Wood ColorMix Forecast - Emerging Styles in the Wood Finishing Industry
  •   Carl Hansen & Søn Launches 60th Anniversary CH07 Shell Chair - To mark the anniversary edition of the CH07 Shell Chair, Carl Hansen & Søn has mounted a small brass plate engraved with Hans J. Wegner's signature and design year. The anniversary edition will only be available for purchase from October 1 to December 31, 2023.
  •   Innovative Dynamic Office Chair Promotes Movement and Prevents Pain, According to Latest Study - The Movably Pro chair stands out with its unique ability to stimulate movement through tactile prompts, which assist users in transitioning between sitting and standing every three minutes without significant work surface adjustment.
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale Met and Exceeded its 2022 CSR Goals - As they continue to track progress for 2023, Humanscale's forthcoming goals are progressive, ranging from piloting a circular product model to achieving at least a 92% waste diversion rate.
  •   PLACES - Optylon Krea Offices – Lisbon | The greatest challenge was introducing the necessary infrastructure in a low-ceiling space and avoiding constricted areas.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - The 2023 Keilhauer Sustainable Design Education Fund is Now Open for Submissions / HLW Hires Melissa Strickland as Managing Director of New Jersey Office / Ankrom Moisan Celebrates 40 Years of Architectural and Interior Design Excellence, Innovation, and Community Impact / Paul Koch Joins Dyer Brown, Seasoned Design Expert with Owner's Perspective, to Lead Retail Practice
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luna Textiles Introduces New Collection to Celebrate Iconic Textile Trends / Daltile Launching New Tile & Stone Collections / Introducing Missana / Now Available: Muuto Fall 2023 Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 21, 2023

 
  •   Creative Office Resources Acquires OFI - "COR's acquisition of OFI will amplify their collective talent, elevate their ability to serve the industry, and extend their geographic reach, all with the singular aim of enriching service to clients."
  •   Stephen Says - "Why You Should Make Your New Employees Update Their LinkedIn the Day they Start!" - by Stephen Viscusi - To my readers who are candidates changing jobs and understand this trick (stalling to update your LinkedIn): consider yourself outed or outdated! Either way, your boss or your HR will be catching up with you sooner rather than later.
  •   Steelcase Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results - Earnings per share increased 35% compared to the prior year driven by strong improvement in gross margin.
  •   The Playtime Collection from Concertex - Explore and celebrate the shapes that shaped us, the colors that connected us, and the patterns that still make us smile.
  •   First MillerKnoll Showroom Debuts in Dallas, Texas - Customers are invited to experience the best of the MillerKnoll collective in one dynamic space.
  •   Majority Of American And Canadian Workers Blame Their Workplace For Recent Respiratory Illnesses, According To Survey By Fellowes - As workers more deeply understand the connection between workplace IAQ and their health, leading organizations have updated their guidance to equip employers with the knowledge they need to protect their employees.
  •   EF Contract Launches the Textural Kasuri & Kimono Carpets - The foundational patterns and tempered colors make Kasuri & Kimono a natural fit for corporate interiors, public areas looking to add warmth, retail spaces, and even education, particularly higher education.
  •   Giulio Ridolfo and Schiavello Come Together for The Next Evolution of ColourLab - The new palette of powder coats, timber stains and laminates has been developed with the intention to suit a broad variety of environments.
  •   Three H Announces New Hires and Promotions - Shawn Popovich has been promoted to Regional Sales Director and Johnny Picklyk has been added as a sales manager.
  •   Teknion Introduces the Smooth Felt Hoodie Screen: Blending Home Comforts with Office Productivity - The Hoodie Screen is made of soft-to-the-touch PET felt which quiets your surroundings as well as the opportunity to bring accent color into a space.
  •   Chemetal Launches Curated Collection of Darkened Metals - The curated Blackened Metals Collection features an array of options to fit a range of budgets and design needs.
  •   BuzziSpace Appoints New CEO & Announces New Role for Former CEO and Founder - "I am very excited to take up this new role and continue to build not only a strong brand but also a strong organization with a very high focus on customer experience."
  •   PurOptima Launches Revolution 54 Plus In The US: Adaptability Meets Acoustic Performance for Today's Workspaces - Completely adaptable, Revolution 54 Plus glass walls mean this unique glass wall can be easily adapted between single- or double-glazed systems to accommodate our client's changing design requirements.
  •   Interface – Celebrating 20 Years of Smart, Beautiful and Responsible Design with the Heritage Collection by FLOR - Premium Area Rug Brand Refreshes Three Archival Products for Milestone Achievement
  •   UPFRONT: Landscape Forms Named by Fortune and Great Place to Work as a Best Workplace in Manufacturing & Production for a Fourth Year in a Row - "Receiving our fourth Fortune Best Workplace award is a testament to the enduring passion, dedication, and relentless pursuit of excellence that defines our manufacturing team."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Leading the Industry, Humanscale Opens First Showroom in Seoul, South Korea - Championing Sustainable Design, Humanscale's expansion into South Korea Reinforces its Global Commitment
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: McCann Becomes Indiana Furniture's CFO & Vice President of Finance as Kreilein Retires - McCann began her career as a Senior Auditor with Procter & Gamble after earning a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from University of Cincinnati, as well as a Master's degree from North Carolina State University.
  •   PLACES - PwC Service Delivery Center – Katowice | The functionality of the office was designed to encourage employees to return to the company's headquarters after a period of remote work during the pandemic.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Jonathan Matta Steps Into Newly Created Role as KI's Research Manager / COE Distributing's J.D. Ewing Honored With Prestigious Top Workplaces Leadership Award / Matter Surfaces, Inc. and Mats Inc. Awarded Sourcewell Contract / Elevated Unveils Human-Centric Spatial Analytics / KI's Katie Clark Recognized With EDmarket's NexGen Rising Star Award / Virtual CEU: Journey of a Textile Presented by Mayer Fabrics / Zero Emissions Day 2023: Humanscale's Commitment to Planet Positivity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Herman Miller Introduces Fuld Nesting Chair Designed by Stefan Diez / Nomad Finds a Workplace Abode / Isle Table: A Softer More Domestic Feel to Modern-day Commercial Furniture / Luum Textiles Launches Organized Complexity Collection | Exploring the Connection Between Humans + Nature
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 14, 2023

 
  •   ON THE COVER: AMQ Activ Pro 2.0 - Activ Pro, AMQ's flagship height adjustable desk, is evolving and getting an update to the new Activ Pro 2.0. It's everything you've loved about Activ Pro but better. Activ Pro 2.0 will have an adjusted BIFMA height range to support the widest range of users, improved install times that are 40% faster, and built-in cable management contained within all the bases. All this, at the same great price point!
  •   ERCO: LED-lighting for Future-Proof Office Design at Zaha Hadid Architects in London - Making the office desirable: ERCO lighting supports responsive design and staff wellbeing in future-proof revamp of Zaha Hadid Architects office.
  •   Going Green: Join Dauphin And Our Commitment To Coral Reef Conservation - Inspired by the infinite variety of underwater worlds where no coral reef is like the other, Reefs system seating provides solutions for the open office environment by offering comfortable structures with visual and acoustic privacy.
  •   Vitra Unveils the ACX by Antonio Citterio - Developed by Vitra in Switzerland, the ACX is up to 100% recyclable.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do I Go From A Dealer To A Manufacturer's Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's very true – if you represent one of the majors, it can be very difficult to get them to hire you unless your boss at the dealership signs off on it directly.
  •   Highlighting Sustainable Design Manufacturing Practices During Pollution Prevention Week - For Pollution Prevention Week (September 18-22), let's explore the revolutionary strides these brands are making in the realm of sustainable manufacturing and design.
  •   Salone del Mobile.Milano Obtains ISO 20121 Certification for Sustainable Events Management - The Salone will contribute to the occasion with Design with Nature, the installation created together with the architect Mario Cucinella in 2022, as part of the 60th anniversary edition of the trade fair.
  •   Spaces by Ware Malcomb: Industrious 30 Adelaide Street East - The overall interior spaces reflect the clean, modern and bespoke aesthetics that are hallmarks of the Industrious brand.
  •   NARBUTAS @ Paris Design Week - Participating in Paris Design Week for the first time, NARBUTAS is included in one of the four places to visit during the event, so the showroom is expected to receive an influx of interior designers, architects, dealers and other visitors interested in the products.
  •   TOKO Honored with Best of Products Award by Architects Newspaper - Toko's freestanding design enables relocation or reconfiguration as well as independence from traditional building architecture, without incurring the costs associated with conventional drywall construction.
  •   SMPS-NY Inaugurates New Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2023-2024 Term - The newly elected board members represent a diverse and accomplished group of individuals, each bringing unique insights and expertise to guide SMPS-NY into the future and honor its rich history of fostering excellence in the AEC marketing and business development community.
  •   UPFRONT: Allsteel's 345 N. Morgan Experience Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification - "Throughout the entire design process of our Experience Center at 345 N. Morgan, we were focused on creating a space that promotes collaboration, one that aligns with our commitment to sustainability, and supports our clients and the design community in their endeavors."
  •   EXPANSION SPOTLIGHT: ERG International Announces Acquisition of West Coast Industries - "This strategic move aligns seamlessly with our growth objectives as we seek to diversify our business and capitalize on our synergies."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: COE Distributing Receives Fourth-Consecutive Top Workplaces Award with Leadership Accolade - "We're always thrilled to receive the Top Workplaces Award but earning top marks for confidence in leadership in 2023 is especially meaningful."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Camira Launches Eco-friendly Fabric Inspired by Sportswear - "Just like the best sportswear, it provides comfort and freedom of movement, whilst bringing a contemporary look and feel to any and every interior space."
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - Timbro Offices – Sao Paulo | he chosen building has a facade with details in oxidized copper sheets, in a greenish hue, referring to one of the products imported by Timbro, copper.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - IIDA NY Presents 8th Annual BuffCon / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative - Inline and Company / Lectra Joins the CAC Mid 60 and SBF 120 Indices / Ware Malcomb Announces Peter Priebe as Director, Special Practices
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Comfort And Care: The Benefits Of The Kiwi Bean Bag Chairs / BuzziPebl Light: The Harmony of Light and Acoustics / Multiple Choices LVT from J+J Flooring Brings a Wide Selection of Patterns to a Single Collection / Anthros: This Chair Checks ALL The Boxes
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 7, 2023

 
  •   Keilhauer Introduces an Office Chair That's Just Foryu - The latest office chair from the North American furniture manufacturer provides ergonomic comfort for every body.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Showroom Staff Has An Image Problem" - by Stephen Viscusi - Believe it or not, sometimes people need to be told how you expect them to look on a day-to-day basis. Shocking, I know. But in furniture showrooms, there had been a lot of leeway because not every job is what we would call a "customer facing" position.
  •   Herman Miller Announces Launch of Herman Miller Vintage - Herman Miller and Wright join forces to celebrate timeless design with an exclusive 100-piece capsule collection of rare vintage pieces.
  •   AMQ Hits the Road with Tailgate Tour to Have Some Fun and Introduce New Products at 84 Dealerships Across the Country - From September – November the AMQ Dealer Days Tailgate Tour will be coming to a town somewhere near you.
  •   Only 29% of American and Canadian Workers Describe the Indoor Air at Their Workplace As Very Clean - According to Fellowes' Annual International Day of Clean Air Survey: "Workers today are more knowledgeable of the risks associated with poor air quality and are looking to their employers to make the necessary improvements to keep them safe and productive at work."
  •   Humanscale's Path Chair Garners Triple Honors in Fast Company's 2023 Innovation by Design Awards - Path is certified climate positive, emphasizing that its creation not only reduces harm but actively benefits our planet.
  •   Display Technologies at LG's HQ Engages Customers and Employees - Global tech leader's LEED-platinum regional headquarters campus demonstrates how new digital display technologies are transforming attractions, offices, education, and more.
  •   Oracle Chooses MillerKnoll for New Milanese Office Space - With the goal of enhancing quality of life at work, the office highlights the best in sustainable, ergonomic design.
  •   Enzo Costantiello is AMQ's New Regional Sales Manager for West Region - "His sales leadership and understanding of the western United States market is just what AMQ needs as we experience unprecedented sales growth in that part of the country."
  •   BuzziSpace's Acoustic Solutions Transform Karl Kübel Schule's Learning Environments - Their solutions not only addressed acoustic challenges but also shaped collaborative environments within the German technical school.
  •   The Signs For a Successful Third Edition of ORGATEC TOKYO in May 2024 Are Extremely Good - Last year ORGATEC TOKYO explored how good design can influence ever changing societies, workstyles, and lifestyles, and transform them for the better.
  •   DIRTT Continues Expansion Across Construction Partner Network - CMS Interiors, Inc. is a specialty contractor that serves the San Diego, California area and specializes in acoustic ceilings, door hardware, doors, and frames.
  •   Lenovo HQ in Mexico City - Ware Malcomb recently completed construction on a new headquarters for Lenovo, located in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City. Ware Malcomb provided interior architecture and design services for the 29,060 square foot project.
  •   UPFRONT: AIA Chicago Announces 2023 Lerch Bates People's Choice Award Finalists as Public Voting Opens - Winners selected by the public in open voting starting today will be announced on September 28 at Designight 2023, AIA Chicago's signature award program, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago's Millennium Park
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Thinkspace Expands Market Presence Across North Central United States with Addition of Two Dynamic Sales Groups - Lyons Group & JSA Design Resource provide coverage across six states: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Northern Illinois & Wisconsin
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Phase Two of the Merger Between Officescapes, Floorz and Elements Includes a New Business Structure that Prioritizes Customer Experience - "We know our clients benefit when we take a holistic approach to creating inspiring space, focusing on people, place, and the built environment."
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - project44 Offices – Krakow | The interior design project of the project44 office stands out for its harmonious blend of modernity, elegance, and functionality.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Celebrates Four Red Dot Product Design Awards in 2023 / DIRTT to Voluntarily Delist from Nasdaq Exchange; Public Trading on Toronto Stock Exchange Will Continue / IFDA Educational Foundation Announces Grant Winners for 2023 / EDmarket Announces 2023 NexGen Rising Stars
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Hi5 Furniture's NIM Collection Brings the Outdoors In / Fräsch Introduces Latest Product Innovation: FELTLAP
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 31, 2023

 
  •   Remote Work Means New Opportunities for WPT Integrators - With remote and hybrid work models here to stay and employees demanding greater flexibility in where and how they work, organizations of all sizes are facing more pressure than ever before to create seamlessly integrated workspaces that will attract the new generation of workers that has emerged from the situation the pandemic has given us.
  •   Solomon Coyle Releases 2023 Compensation Report and New Interactive Compensation Analysis Tool - "This is a real game-changer for our industry. Starting with this release, users have the option of viewing report results that have been adjusted to reflect relative average wage levels in their US or Canadian statistical area."
  •   How to Connect with Designers Using CEUs - At ThinkLab, our passion is using data to drive decisions. When it comes to CEUs, our industry has historically been data-scarce in this area. Let's take a look at five data points to shape your CEU strategy...
  •   Stephen Says - "So You Got a Promotion and Now You Regret It" - by Stephen Viscusi - So, it's important to recognize that just because you're unhappy in your new role doesn't mean that you're a "bad" manager, or that you're not cut out to be a manager, but just that you are a better salesperson who enjoys finding business and closing deals.
  •   Humanscale Partners with A+I for Publicis Groupe's 'Clubhouse for Creativity' - By partnering with innovative firms like A+I and Publicis, Humanscale is leading the way in reimagining what a workspace can achieve – unlocking potential, nurturing creativity, and setting a benchmark for the future of office design.
  •   Return To Work Never Looked So Good: Hello CE2 - CE2 signals OM's commitment to outfitting the new workspace with people-first designs.
  •   Wolf-Gordon Introduces Conceptual Project: Human vs. AI-Generated Design - "Often, there is something about AI imagery output that gives us pause. We sense something different that reads as a visual misunderstanding, but, actually, these AI-generated re-presentations of familiar images might provide artists and designers with inspiration for their next steps."
  •   ABI July 2023: Architecture Firm Billings Remain Flat - Four in 10 firm leaders currently consider their firms to be understaffed.
  •   ORGATEC Reinvents Itself - The leading international trade fair for the future of work will return in 2024 with a new event concept that is designed to meet the evolving requirements of the world of work and is positioned even closer to the cutting edge.
  •   Clear Design Launches new COVE Pod Line with a Modern Design - Private workspaces help people find their focus or collaborate with peers.
  •   Bendheim Launches Comprehensive Sustainability Program - "Building a Clear Future" Signals Company's Commitment
  •   Configura Set to Host Premier Corporate Event of the Year: CET Experience - This year's symposium will be marked by new unveilings and initiatives that will help shape the future of the commercial interior industry.
  •   markilux Unveils MX-4 to the US Market, an Electric Full Cassette Awning with Advanced LED Technology - The new awning redefines outdoor living by marrying timeless aesthetics and cutting-edge LED technology, setting a new standard for design and functionality.
  •   Studio TK Recognized as a Finalist at the 2023 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) - Pico's unique lines and curves ensure a captivating view from every angle. The lounge chair beckons a feeling of comfort, inviting unrestricted movement and embracing a range of seating postures.
  •   Pulp Studio Introduces DermaAR, an Innovative and Versatile Ultra-Thin, Acid Etched High-Strength Glass - Pulp Studio expands its DermaGlass offering to include DermaAR, a Matte Finish Option for Back Painted or Graphic Interlayers Where Weight and Durability are Key Factors.
  •   UPFRONT: Carnegie Announces Acquisition Of Xorel Artform Manufacturing Division Of DFB Sales - "DFB has been a trusted partner in manufacturing our Xorel Artform panels over the past eight years."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kimball International Launches New Panel System and Product Enhancements - Simple to specify and quick to install, the Etarran panel system highlights smart design and durable materials.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Dallas-Based WRG Acquires Houston-Based OP, Paving the Way for a Thrilling New Partnership - The acquisition brings together not only complementary services and expertise but also a shared set of values that prioritize integrity, teamwork, and excellence.
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - Saint Deem Technology Offices – Beijing | The reception area features materials such as anodized aluminum panels, white decorative panels, and deep grey carpets, creating a harmonious and layered silver-grey tone.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - LSM Announces New Partners / KFI Studios Unveils New Website / EDmarket Announces Solomon Coyle Project Management Training / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet & Leather Launches 4th Annual Rug Design Contest for Interior Designers and Architects / Robert A.M. Stern Architects Announces Promotions - Two New Partners and a New CEO
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Mayer Fabrics Launches The Revival Collection: Arc + Beaux + Retro / The Flo-Bed and Bedside / EF Contract Enhances Kinetex Offering with Sound & Surface / BuzziSurf: The Versatility of Light and Acoustics
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Business of Furniture - August 24, 2023

 
  •   Humanscale + Mangrove Work&Stay: A Symbiosis of Design, Ergonomics, and Sustainability - In the quest for a more sustainable future, the partnership between Humanscale and Mangrove Work&Stay stands as a remarkable model for the hospitality industry.
  •   Heller Celebrates the Outstanding Design Achievements of Hlynur Atlason & Atlason Studio - One of the newest members of Heller's Next Generation of Modern team of rising-star designers, Atlason is the mastermind behind two of the brand's most recent product launches.
  •   Landscape Forms' Team Continues to Grow - Adding a new sustainability leader and two new members to its business development team.
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealers a Necessary Evil? I Think Not" - by Stephen Viscusi - Furniture dealers play an important role that all manufacturers need and should respect. They sell and service your product in a way you never could. They do the grunt work, service accounts and your customers on a local level in a way you can not.
  •   INTERIOR DESIGN Announces 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees - "This year's extraordinary group of inductees exemplify the wildly diverse segments that together define 360 degrees of design."
  •   Indiana Furniture's Rockstar Enhancements Bring Unparalleled Comfort to Task Seating - The line now offers two styles: Rockstar Roadie and Rockstar Headliner. Rockstar Roadie brings you a slim design with big comfort, while Rockstar Headliner steals the show with an ultra-thick, sink-into-it design—both are perfect for individual workspaces, meeting rooms, and more.
  •   Unika Vaev Introduces its Latest Acoustic Product Collection by Abstracta - Moon, a globe-shaped acoustic lamp designed by Thomas Berstrand provides high quality directed lighting with exceptional sound-absorption.
  •   Configura Expands Dynamic Product Offerings with Launch of CET 14.0 Minor - "With the launch of CET 14.0 Minor, Configura aims to be a leading solutions provider for commercial interior and material handling design."
  •   Resource Furniture Expands E-Commerce Offerings with Eight Additional Wall Beds - Each wall bed features a wide range of customization options and configurations to suit various needs and aesthetics.
  •   ASID Honors Winners of 2023 National Awards Program - Recipients Recognized for Transformative Work in Interior Design.
  •   Fantini Continues to Support the Design Community With New Ventures - To further support the design community, Fantini has recently launched a new CEU - Behind the Scenes: The Inner Workings of Luxury Plumbing.
  •   IIDA NY Chapter Inaugurates President for the 2023-2024 Term - "I see a unique opportunity at this point in history to plant seeds for the future that engage our industry in a more comprehensive and inclusive way. My goal is to foster a community where we can learn from one another and support each other in unexpected and phenomenal ways."
  •   Legrand Launches New Outdoor Charging Stations with USB-C and Outdoor Rooftop Box - Outdoor charging station with an LED accent light to enable device charging during the day and after dark. Accent light ensures the station stands out from standard bollards and clearly indicates charging. Station includes one duplex GFCI Receptacle and one 4-Port USB Outlet.
  •   Flos Taccia Matte White: Sculptural Sophistication - The history of Taccia continues today, thanks to the collaboration with the Achille Castiglioni Foundation.
  •   UPFRONT: Arper Announces its Move to Fulton Market - "North America remains the cornerstone for Arper's continued global growth. The move to Fulton Market puts us at the center of one of the most vibrant urban areas, offering the best mix of retail, hospitality, and living."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kirei Unveils the Polygon Cloud, a Revolutionary New Spin on the Fan-Favorite EchoStar+ - A Part of Kirei's Tessellate Collection, the Polygon Cloud Offers Both Convex and Concave Options for Dynamic Acoustic Design
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: MillerKnoll Brings Solar Power to U.K. Operations Facility @ PortalMill - The facility will offset 140 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to 347,509 miles of passenger car exhaust – almost 14 trips around the Earth.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: AMQ Announces Hiring of Marisa Boedeker as Newly-Created Regional Sales Manager for East Region - "We are thrilled to have Marisa join the AMQ sales team in this brand-new role. She brings with her a wealth of industry experience and a proven track record in sales."
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Chilewich Names Melissa Villa as Senior Vice President of Contract Sales - In her new role, Villa will lead the Chilewich Contract domestic and international sales force as well as the established network of international distributors for Chilewich Contract design solutions.
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - JERDE Offices – Shanghai | The décor within the space presents a refreshing combination of Chinese and Western styles. The entrance design adopts the museum's visual guidance approach while paying homage to the firm's legacy.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Solomon Coyle Accepting Registrations for Fall Session of Project Management Training / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover Georgia, Alabama, and FL Panhandle / Perkins Eastman Is Proud to Welcome New Principal Ray Brower / Landscape Forms Appoints Roy Chan to Board of Directors
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziBurner: The Power of Light and Acoustics / Leland Furniture Launches New Baraga Stool – A Traditional Seat in Modern Materials
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Business of Furniture - August 17, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer, Dealer, On The Wall!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I'm in my mid 40's, I like where I work, but I have aspirations of owning my own dealership someday. Before I worked at this dealership I worked for #Steelcase. How do I get started in opening my own dealership? Is it even possible for someone like me?
  •   Leading Commercial Furniture & Interior Solutions Provider Empire Office Promotes John Gols - As President, Northeast, Gols will lead the sales efforts in the New York region, acting as a liaison with local key players within Empire's network of manufacturers and clients as well as setting the direction, goals, and vision for the company's efforts in these markets.
  •   dancker Names Meg Nelbach to Serve as Senior Vice President, People + Culture - A true change agent, Nelbach has consistently demonstrated proficiency in building and enhancing HR infrastructure, expertly assessing and implementing systems, processes, and talent that align with overall business strategy.
  •   For Scientific Innovators, Svigals + Partners Blends Modern Style with Magnetic Warmth in New Research Headquarters - Agile lab and office settings also deliver a welcoming, productive home for transformative work by cutting-edge biotech leader, Quantum-Si, located in a growing East Coast tech hub.
  •   Pulp Studio Appoints Kirk Johnson as Chief Executive Officer - With more than 25 years in the glass industry, Johnson started on the production floor and has worked in every aspect of the business from cutting, tempering, lamination, insulation, and fabrication to sales and executive roles.
  •   Kirei Debuts Dash Tile and Texture Tile, Two Tactile Acoustic Wall Solutions - Part of Kirei's Tessellate Collection, these two acoustic tiles feature simple yet elegant patterns for endlessly creative wall designs.
  •   Brentano Launches Fall Favorite Things Collection - Like a song on repeat, the Brentano Design Studio's latest collection is a compilation of patterns and textures that bring to life their hearts' desire.
  •   Space to Pause: Schiavello Launches New Valli Sofa Collection - Valli is a collection of three seating styles - each available as single, two or three seaters - designed to foster a new space to pause, imagine and connect in the workplace.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 - Plans to Divest its Poppin Business Unit - Initially, Poppin raised around $34 million from investors in A, B & C rounds and even made it onto Crain's Fast 50 list in 2017 and their Best Places to Work list in 2019.
  •   Get Fresh Data and Insights in Eptura's Workplace Index | Q2 - The latest edition of the Eptura Workplace Index takes a deep dive into the tension between freedom and connection, exploring how to address key employee concerns while driving your business forward.
  •   Enwork's Newest Products Make an Impact at NeoCon 2023 - Best of NeoCon Gold and HiP Award marks an unforgettable year for the Michigan-based furniture provider.
  •   LightArt's Coil Collection Receives a Declare Label - After years of mastering its internal waste streams to create the original Coil Collection, LightArt wanted to push its capabilities as a planet-conscious manufacturer.
  •   UPFRONT: Beyond Surface-Level Sustainability: Humanscale Eliminates Harmful Chemicals - Humanscale has consistently brought industry issues to light including the norm of using stain-resistant coatings on textiles.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Reinvention Meets Sustainability: Arper's Aava 02 and Juno 02 Set New Design Standards - Anchored in sustainability, Arper is creating a future where aesthetics, functionality, and eco-consciousness intersect seamlessly, a testament to the timeless beauty found in innovative transformations.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Omni Workspace Acquires Turnkey Project Services of Fort Worth, TX - Turnkey Project Services joins national project and facility services group and will grow base of operations.
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - DB Financial Investments Offices – Seoul | The seating and meeting areas are varied based on the function they serve, many private and semi-private offices are situated on the perimeter while comfortable sofas and seating for small groups are arranged in the middle.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Carl Hansen & Søn Acquires Danish Lighting Manufacturer Pandul / Sadaf Jafari Joins SGA: Leading Sustainability Practice Across Boston and NYC Offices
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet & Leather Introduces the Algarve Collection / STRATAWOOD: An Exceptional Acoustic Solution Offering a Heightened Aesthetic and Easy Installation
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Business of Furniture - August 10, 2023

 
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  •   Stephen Says - "The Pandemic Sales Spike is Over: My Boss Doesn't Get It!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Your story is one I hear almost every day from sales leadership executives. I explain to our client companies (owners and CEO's) the need to consider adjusting sales goals to align with pre-pandemic numbers especially when there's no new product introductions.
  •   NeoCon Notes From a Newbie, Part 2 - Because there is so much to see and do in such a short time, it's challenging to capture everything, and of course, hindsight is always 2020.
  •   Encounter PowerBench by AIS: Expanded Design for Greater Choice - This next generation PowerBench can be designed for all environments. Now featuring two base options, the new metal H-Leg base gives a light, modern aesthetic, or the original enclosed laminate base for an upscale, traditional look.
  •   Spacestor Continues Its Impactful Partnership with Depaul International Through It's 'Give A Room, Get A Room' Initiative - "Through our modular meeting room system, Verandas, it is fantastic to be able to collaborate with clients to support Depaul International!"
  •   ASID Economic Report Outlines Interiors Industry Indicators; Shifts + Trends - Significant Lift in Dealer Bookings, Positive Bookings Forecast.
  •   Solomon Coyle 2023 Q2-Q3 Market Outlook Report Is Now Available - Significant Lift in Dealer Bookings, Positive Bookings Forecast.
  •   Tangram Interiors Contributes to Modern, Innovative Workspace for Tech Company Ember - Tangram Interiors recently completed a transformative space for Ember.
  •   Omni Workspace's Installation and Moving Companies Combine Operational Strength Under a Single Brand, Emerald Blue Work/Space Services - "We initiated this change to ensure we're positioned to serve our clients on a national level."
  •   Landscape Forms Announces New Performance Options for Ashbery Lighting - Landscape Forms has expanded its Ashbery lighting family to broaden its performance capabilities, allowing it to be used in a greater range of outdoor spaces.
  •   Allsteel Unveils 'Designed To Do Better' Sustainability Commitments, Alongside Parent Company HNI Corporation's 2022 Social Responsibility Report - "We believe tomorrow should be cleaner, safer, and more responsible than yesterday."
  •   Via Seating: New Outdoor Collections - Via Seating's outdoor collections bring forth a range of pieces with the best warranty in the industry and timeless appeal.
  •   UPFRONT: 9to5 Seating's Dream Chair Giveaway - Submit your dream chair by using the 9to5 Seating Chair Designer - The giveaway runs through Friday, August 18, 2023.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Pirra Lounge Brings an Indulgent Feeling at Every Encounter - The solid ash frame is constructed by a method known as wood turning, resulting in a look that preserves the orientation of the wood grain and highlights its natural beauty.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Shaw Contract Launches StudioOne - The suite of one-on-one services offered through Shaw Contract's StudioOne extends beyond flooring recommendations. StudioOne provides expert guidance—both in-person and virtual—from inspiration and DIY design tools to one-on-one design support.
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - PSD Bank Offices – Berlin | Located inside a historic post office in Berlin-Friedenau, the design transforms the bank into a generous and welcoming neighborhood center.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - New Supplier Relationship / Design Within Reach Opens New Store in Ardmore, PA / //3877 Expands Interiors Team with Two New Designers / Moody Nolan Philadelphia Establishes New Office Space / Michael Lah Joins KI As Director of Industrial Design / Empire Office Promotes Jocelyn Corrigan to COO
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Herman Miller's Newly Named Eames Turned Stool Introduces a Fourth Shape Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, and a New Ebonized Ash Finish / New Table Options from Aceray / Tough & Timeless - Performance Luxury from Designtex
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Business of Furniture - August 3, 2023

 
  •   Navigating NeoCon, The Mart, Part 5 - We've covered a handful of showrooms at The Mart on floors 10 and 11 as well as some exhibitors on 7. That's means it's time to head down to floor 3 to highlight a few of the company reps we spoke to about what items they were featuring.
  •   Stephen Says - "Your Own Employees Are Your Best Recruiters!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Sometimes my client companies expect they should get free referrals from their employees. I totally disagree.
  •   Duravit Builds the World's First Climate-Neutral Ceramic Plant in Canada - Manufacturer of designer bathrooms becomes pioneer for sustainable sanitary industry.
  •   Enthusiast Gaming Announces Steelcase as The Official Performance Seating Partner Of Luminosity Gaming - Luminosity and Steelcase will collaborate on content featuring the team's content creators, players, and coaches, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how Steelcase chairs enhance their gameplay.
  •   Pulp Studio Wins Best Glass Interior in 2023 Glass Magazine Awards - The David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, designed by Diamond Schmitt and Tod Williams/Billie Tsien Architects, features more than 8,700 sq. ft. of flat and bent laminated glass railings and guardrails.
  •   Lauren Rottet Wins Coveted Design Awards - Rottet Collection wins Prize Designs for Modern Furniture + Lighting.
  •   DIRTT Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Second quarter 2023 revenues were $44.8 million, an increase of 0.1% from the second quarter of 2022 and an increase of $8.0 million, or 22% from the first quarter of 2023.
  •   Allsteel Adds Veneer Options to its Rise Product Offering - Because Rise movable pieces act like building blocks, there's no right or wrong way to design and configure the perfect solution for solo or team work.
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q2 Results - Across all regions, the company continues to see stronger results in the commercial sector than in residential.
  •   PurOptima Introduces New Demountable Product + Commits to Reduce Carbon Footprint - One of the key features of PurOptima products is that all of their modular glass wall partitions are demountable. These products are fully adaptable and relocatable, designed to be integrated quickly within any commercial interior, and can be moved seamlessly to suit the changing needs of the user.
  •   Keilhauer Launches Nova Textile - The North American furniture manufacturer introduces a new sustainable textile option to their customers.
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale's 2022 CSR Report: Showing How Manufacturing Can Make the Planet Better - Humanscale also holds itself to a high level of social responsibility. It's evident in projects such as launching the Design for Freedom toolkit in collaboration with Grace Farms and architecture firms to combat child and forced labor.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Offers New Options for Mila Chair - Mila's new knit is a unique, innovative material that combines the visual appeal and support of woven fabric with the breathability and cool sit of knit.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: HON Parent Company HNI Releases 2022 Social Responsibility Report - "We understand the call to innovate and think about our resources in new ways. This year, across all HNI brands and departments, we found ways to further reduce energy consumption, emissions, and waste."
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - East and West Offices – Modi'in | The Japanese references are subtle and present themselves through the choice of materials, the play of geometric patterns, and the hand-crafted woodwork detailing.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Institutional Associates Names Industry Veteran Kevin Longshore as Vice President / Moody Nolan DC Relocates to New Office Space / Ware Malcomb Announces Hire of Jason Golub as Regional Director / KOVA Welcomes Brent Sturgell as Head of HVAC Business
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Artcobell Expands Mobile Shelves Offering with New Options / FritsJurgens Introduces New System One Pivot Hinge
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Business of Furniture - July 27, 2023

 
  •   Navigating NeoCon, The Mart, Part 4 - This time we'll be taking a look at some showrooms we headed to on the 7th floor.
  •   ThinkLab's Visionary Jeffersonian Dinners Forge New Paths for Local Design - The tradition of the Jeffersonian dinner began at the home of Thomas Jefferson in the late 1800s. Jefferson was known to invite the thought leaders and influencers of his day to share in conversation.
  •   Matt Skinner Appointed President of LOGICDATA North America - Skinner has previously served as Director of Sales for LOGICDATA North America and will retain this role.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi - When you accept a job at a privately owned company, part of what you are accepting is the policies and whims of the owner. Whether it is prayer before lunch, a nap room or a frozen turkey, the boss is paying and so you either accept it or quit.
  •   Tangram Interiors Is Now a Certified Woman-Owned Business Led by Chairman Sonya Mitrovich Lozowski, MD - Mitrovich Lozowski brings years of experience to the table, having served as a Managing Member of Pacific Holdings and a Medical Director of a health center at the University of MI Health System.
  •   CIFF Shanghai 2023: Fostering International Cooperation and Business Channels - It's almost time! From September 5th to 8th, the 52nd CIFF Shanghai will warmly welcome all Chinese and international players in the furniture industry, offering effective business solutions in response to the big changes and new challenges of world markets.
  •   Lesro Introduces Chat - Uncomplicated in its design, Chat has the flexibility to provide guests with comfort and stability while enhancing the aesthetic of any space.
  •   JCJ Architecture Acquires Group One Partners - The combined presence of two industry-leading firms brings a diverse skill set, portfolio, and depth of experience to the New England and national markets.
  •   Designtex Continues to Combat Carbon Emissions Through a New Project in Uganda - Designtex's support for this project makes the technology accessible to small-scale farmers, helping to expand the role of biogas technology in this region and reduce carbon emissions from wood burning.
  •   Arcadia's Laris Lounge Invites Us to Settle-In and Stay Awhile - Arcadia's Laris Lounge chair combines traditional design elements with modern flair, featuring a statement-making exposed wood frame and generous, suspension-supported cushions.
  •   Biophilia's Lighter Side: 3form Launches All-White Ivory Flora Collection - New organics bring nature's calming textures to interiors.
  •   Móz Designs: Sahara Las Vegas - Collaborating with Innovativo Design and Doug Walton Architects, the large-scale renovation of the oldest hotel on the strip sought to restore the resort's legacy and glamour from the inside out.
  •   DPI Desk Panel Wins Red Dot Award for Product Design - "If updates or new features are available, it is fast and easy to update the Desk Connect app for the end user, providing extended longevity for the product."
  •   Turf Expands Global Sales Team - The brand grows team to include North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
  •   LOGICDATA Returns with Gusto to Las Vegas Market with Popular Line of Adjustable Bases for Maximum Product Functionality, Innovative Logistics - LOGICDATA's Domestic Inventory Program ensures cost-effective delivery while reducing acquisition costs, lead times and risk for retailers, especially compared to free on board (FOB) models.
  •   Landscape Forms Celebrates Its 2023 Landscape Architecture Foundation Scholarship Winners - Through its annual scholarships, Landscape Forms seeks to open new opportunities to increase the capacity and influence of the next generation of landscape architects in order to create a more just, inclusive, creative, and sustainable future for the profession.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Announces the Passing of John J. Nelson Sr., Founder and Design Principal - As an extremely proud Philadelphian, Mr. Nelson not only loved design, but all things Philadelphia. He was a complex man who came from humble beginnings, and he never forgot the underdog.
  •   UPFRONT: Nook Adds Representation in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico - The deal was sealed with a private tour of the Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, including a review of the Nooks onsite that are being used to provide a sanctuary space during the Stadium's sporting, concert and other events.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Revolutionizing Workspace Mobility with Humanscale's Active Pony and Float Mini - The Active Pony stool, a departure from traditional, static stools, promotes mobility by design. The stool has been recently updated to encourage movement, offering an effortless rocking motion of 7° in all directions.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Empire Office Certified as a Most Loved Workplace - "As a company, we emphasize the importance of providing a positive employee experience for our high-performing talent and ensuring Empire Office offers a place that encourages longevity for achieving personal and career goals."
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - WRISE Offices – Dubai | The meeting rooms were designed with bespoke timber shelves, with some dedicated to storage and others to accessories. In the middle of each room is an AV system for video conferencing.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Kentwood Office Furniture Welcomes Kim Santana as General Manager for Chicago and Indianapolis Locations / LRS Architects Expands Marketing Team; Welcomes Mark Luke to Serve as Marketing Manager / Emser Tile Awarded 'Best Company to Sell For' and 'Best Team for Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion'
  •   FIRST LOOKS - InviAir Introduces Linear Diffusers: Seamless Appearance with Innovative Frameless Design / Latest from HON: Contain Storage / AHF Introduces Armstrong Flooring Natralis, a Stunning New Vinyl Sheet Collection from a Top Brand Name in Commercial Flooring
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Business of Furniture - July 20, 2023

 
  •   NeoCon Notes From a Newbie, Part 1 - As a newbie to NeoCon, the event was a lot to take in, and I mean that in the best way possible.
  •   AMQ Launches Amobi Team Digital Display - AMQ Solutions announced the expansion of its Amobi Team family of mobile carts and walls with Amobi Team Digital Display. Amobi Team provides collaboration hubs, team storage, space division, writeable surfaces, and content display capabilities within a flexible framework that enables true mobility throughout the entire office space.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do I Still Need To Give Two Weeks' Notice?" - by Stephen Viscusi - There is absolutely no rule on when a person needs to tell their boss they're resigning for a new job, competitor or not.
  •   Cyncly Sees Artificial Intelligence Leading the Industry to Greater Value in Home Improvement Projects - Cyncly shares its perspective on the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the home improvement industry.
  •   Celebrating Vice President of Textile Design Shantel McGowan's Two Decades of Design Brilliance at Momentum - "Shantel's loyalty, leadership and fresh approach elevate our work as a brand on a daily basis. It has been a pleasure to learn from Shantel in my first year with the brand, and I am thrilled to celebrate this milestone with her and our dedicated colleagues."
  •   Landscape Forms Actualizes Powerful and Optimistic Roundtable on Women in Landscape Architecture - Roundtable participants included women who lead design practices, divisions of large firms, and non-profit organizations, as well as serve in prominent roles in the public sector and academia.
  •   Allseating Launches Attune, a Dynamic Seating Series that Redefines Comfort and Adaptability - Designed in Collaboration With Award-Winning Aaron Duke and Firm, Studio Black Box, Attune Is a Futuristic Task Seating Solution That Adapts to the User's Body
  •   Introducing brandx, HLW's New Brand Experience Specialty Sector - "The clever and dynamic brandx team pushes the boundaries of signage as we know it, bringing a universal, approachable, and functionally driven method to the way we move within and interact with space."
  •   Moody Nolan Cleveland Welcomes Jodi van der Wiel as Principal and Senior Project Designer - Jodi rejoins the team to serve as a leader of the firm's design studio, Studio 9.
  •   HNI Releases 2022 Social Responsibility Report - HNI is making progress on the company's measurable goals contributing to its long-term growth and success.
  •   41 Awards Presented in 2023 ASID NJ Design Excellence Awards - Designers could submit projects in residential and commercial / non-residential sectors. Winners spanned categories from Residential Single Space and Design for People With Specific Or Special Needs to Hospitality Space, Hotel, Restaurant, Club.
  •   AHF Products Announces William M. Bird as Distributor of AHF Contract Commercial Flooring in the Southeast - The AHF Contract Portfolio includes Homogeneous Sheet, Heterogeneous Sheet, Inlaid Heterogeneous Sheet, and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT).
  •   Chemetal Introduces Surface Mode Carve - Surface Mode panels are thicker and can be installed without a supportive laminate backer, which makes installation, using mechanical fasteners or wall panel system, easier and more affordable.
  •   Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Houston - "We are excited to extend a warm welcome to Balden Contract Group as the newest addition to our esteemed team of representatives."
  •   UPFRONT: Empire Office Joins the DIRTT Global Partner Network - "We are confident in the benefits this partnership will bring to organizations looking to build more compelling spaces to work, learn, and heal."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: HON Partners With SEAQUAL INITIATIVE, Continuing To Make Sustainability A Top Priority - HNI's Textiles and Finishes Team has been leading efforts to introduce sustainable fabrics made from SEAQUAL YARN.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms Acquires Summit Furniture, a Leading Brand of Premium Outdoor Furnishings - Headquartered in Monterey, California with locations in Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Monaco and London, Summit Furniture has over forty years of industry leadership as the first choice in premium teak furniture for luxury hotels, elegant residential properties, premium cruise ships and yachts throughout the world.
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - Zoetis Offices – Shanghai | Over the past three years, Zoetis has garnered significant recognition as China's Best Employer, striving to create a work environment that goes beyond the traditional notions of a job.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - TPG Architecture Announces New Creative Director Scott Faucheux / Tarkett North America Unveils New Commercial Website / Allsteel Welcomes Kina Ingersoll as National A&D Director / Introducing Via Seating's Textile Compatibility Lookup Tool
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Introducing Swift 2.0 from 9to5 Seating and Momentum / Riva by Aceray Makes a Statement With Its Handcrafted Quality / Carnegie Launches Sustainable Fabrics Emphasizing Health and Wellness / Scraplight Linear from Graypants
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - Thursday, July 13, 2023

 
  •   BoF Thursday's - Published and emailed every Thursday morning to incorporate all the breaking news and product launches that happened at the beginning of the week.
  •   Navigating NeoCon, The Mart, Part 3 - Are you still with me? I hope so because we're not done yet. In fact, the latest installment of our NeoCon wrap-up report offers a look at some cool collaborations and prototypes, which was a big benefit for a first-time attendee and repeat customers too.
  •   Forty Years of Manufacturing Glass In Chicago And Skyline Design Is Only Picking Up Speed - Skyline Design is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing architectural glass for the contract design industry, all based in Chicago.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Employee Moved to Florida Without Telling Me, What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Like it or not, the office interiors industry, (including floor covering, furniture, lighting, textiles, etc.) has an even stronger feeling about this issue than other industries because, as I've said a million times in this column, if you're selling product in the office interiors industry the least you could do is to go to an office!
  •   Nassimi Reiterates Commitment to Environment with Release of Inaugural Sustainability Report - Report Summarizes Past Sustainability Milestones and Identifies Targets for Years Ahead.
  •   Installnet's Ecoserv Program Receives Top Product of the Year Award from Environment + Energy Leader - Ecoserv provides the processes, standards and metrics needed to recirculate workspace assets in a way that delivers value to companies and the community, without harming the environment.
  •   Office Revolution Names Jill Stewart President, Along With Additional Leadership Team Changes - Jill has more than 25 years in the contract furniture industry with extensive experience in both dealer and manufacturer arenas and several years in strategic sales, operations and design.
  •   AstraZeneca Unveils New Offices in Finland with Air-purifying Green Walls to Create a Well-being-first Work Environment - AstraZeneca has relocated its Finnish offices to the business and innovation hub of Espoo's Keilaniemi region. The brand new building features biophilic interiors created in collaboration with Naava. The science-led design brings nature indoors, creating a workplace that optimizes functionality while prioritizing employee wellness.
  •   Spacestor Introduces Curved Variations to the Palisades II Range - An elegant expression of architecture within architecture.
  •   Magnuson Group Launches the KASTA Waste Receptacle in Collaboration with Gensler - "Waste receptacles are often a tough spec for designers of commercial environments," said Scott Star, Director of Product Development at Gensler.
  •   Fräsch PIXL Delivers an Acoustic Solution Within a Design Accent - Made of PET, the felt panels that comprise PIXL are manufactured using recycled PET plastic bottles, eco-friendly dyes, and no added adhesive, resulting in a Green Tag-certified product that can help qualify for LEED green building credits.
  •   Pulp Studio Launches New CEU Course: Designing with Architectural Decorative Glass - "We are very excited to offer this new, comprehensive CEU to our course library. This course will provide readers with fundamental knowledge of glass manufacturing and fabrication used in buildings with the intent of creating buildings that exceed in design and performance, now and in the future."
  •   Dal-Tile Named Vendor Of The Year - Leading custom homebuilder, AR Homes, recognizes Dal-Tile as top supply partner for second time.
  •   UPFRONT: Arper Celebrates Plastic-Free July - In honor of Plastic Free July, Arper celebrates their wide range of sustainably designed products. Arper's Mixu chair was designed with sustainability at its core.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Tami From emuamericas Redefines Outdoor Luxury and Comforts - Featuring a comfortable, residential aesthetic, but its durable construction ensures it can withstand even the harshest elements.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Hightower Completes Rigorous Process - Earns B Corp Certification - Hightower has started updating the design and creation of products with more inclusive attributes and design features.
  •   EVENTS: IIDA NY Hosts 5th Annual Volunteer Fair - IIDA NY invites NYC-based designers to discover unique opportunities to engage with the community.
  •   PLACES - Holzrausch Offices – Munich | Holzrausch created a warm space with strong lines for their office space in Munich, Germany.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - LRS Architects Promotes Calista Fitzgerald to Associate Principal / IIDA Announces Winners of the 10th Annual Latin America Design Awards / Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Braden Blake to Director, Architecture in Phoenix Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace's New Collection: Transforming Spaces with the Power of Acoustic Lighting Solutions / New Introductions from Rottet Collection / Crossville Launches Access Point Tile Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - Thursday, July 6, 2023

 
  •   BoF Thursday's - Published and emailed every Thursday morning to incorporate all the breaking news and product launches that happened at the beginning of the week.
  •   Stef Schwalb: Navigating NeoCon, The Mart, Part 2 - As I continue to comb through all of my copious notes from NeoCon, I'm still struck by how much I saw and how many great conversations I had with pros from all over the country that were representative of the commercial interior design industry's numerous sectors.
  •   9to5 Seating: NeoCon Recap - This year, 9to5 Seating brought back their Monday night Sips+Seating party with a new signature cocktail – the Bellini Bellini – in honor of their special guest Claudio Bellini, who designed their Cavo and Tori chairs.
  •   KOVA Debuts the Modwall Adaptable Room System: Enabling a Flexible Future for Workplace Design & Construction - The Reconfigurable Box-in-Box System Provides a High-Performing, Reusable Solution to Address Evolving Workplace Needs
  •   Stephen Says - "My Husband is Unemployed and I'm Beginning to Resent It" - by Stephen Viscusi - The truth is 18 months is too long to be unemployed in today's robust economy. He should be able to find something.
  •   ASID Ones to Watch: Meet the Next Generation of Diverse Design Leaders - The Ones to Watch Program Supports Promising Professionals from Underrepresented Communities
  •   Visionary Startup Arthroto Launches to Revolutionize the Future of Housing with DIRTT - Arthroto, in partnership with DIRTT, will meet the urgent need for affordable and sustainable development, converting unused office spaces into residential, mixed-use housing.
  •   Via Seating: 4-UP and Vooom - Henri Matisse once famously said "I don't think outside the box, I think of what I can do with the box". When Via Seating started thinking about sit-to-stand functionality and what kind of seating solution should accompany this type of experience, Via took that same holistic approach to the concept of sit-to-stand but also everywhere in between.
  •   Pair Collaborates with Gensler for Gradient, an Adaptable Workplace System - The future of work is dynamic.
  •   Landscape Forms Celebrates Great Place to Work Certification Again For 2023-2024 - "Our culture—the shared passion and common purpose that unites and inspires us—is a defining part of the Landscape Forms ethos," said Landscape Forms Chief Executive Officer, Marjorie Simmons.
  •   UPFRONT: Todd Bracher & Sergio Silva of Humanscale Launch Instagram Live "Design & Innovation" Talk Series - A Glimpse into Humanscale's Products, Design Trends, and Inspiration
  •   AWARD SPOTLIGHT: Via Seating Best of NeoCon Winners - Best of NeoCon Business Impact & Sustainability Awards This NeoCon 2023
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Office Furniture Solutions Unveils Rebrand, Changes Name to Castell - "The shift from Office Furniture Solutions to Castell reflects the journey our company has taken over the last 25 years," said Principal and Co-Founder, Bill Compton.
  •   CAREERS: Tangram Hires Mark Chaput as VP of Sales - As the former Regional Sales Leader at Steelcase, Chaput has overseen successful synergy between Tangram and their valued partner, Steelcase, for the past 9 years.
  •   PLACES - Marriott Offices – Shanghai | Ann Lee of Okamura designed a space for the Marriott offices that is light and functional for their space in Shanghai, China.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Southwest Neighborhood Library Pays Homage to the Surrounding Community / Pallas Textiles Is Graded In On Herman Miller Furniture / Perkins&Will's Dallas Studio Welcomes New Director of Practice Development / Architect and Designer Elina Cardet Joins Arcadis' Miami Office / Tickets to Configura's 2023 CET Experience Now Available / Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Jonathan Thomas to Principal in Seattle Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bendheim Debuts Evolution Collection for Interiors / Bolon Studio is Back / The Hoom Collection by Encore Illustrates the Beauty of Curves
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - Thursday, June 29, 2023

 
  •   BoF Thursday's - Published and emailed every Thursday morning to incorporate all the breaking news and product launches that happened at the beginning of the week.
  •   Stephen Says - "Thermostat Wars at Work" - by Stephen Viscusi - With a thermometer at every desk, you can't regulate the temperature, but at least there's no debate on how warm or cold it is because you know exactly what the temperature is.
  •   Stef Schwalb: Making Our Way to Design Days in the Fulton Market District - Tuesday afternoon was dedicated to checking out a few showrooms in the Fulton Market District.
  •   Top 5 Most Influential Design Trends From Neocon 2023 - Along with capturing the trends they loved, the Trendspotters also all shared those they expected to see more of. One of those trends: more experiences, instead of simply showing product.
  •   Cyncly Launches Game-Changing Update to Industry Leading 2020 Office Software - New features and enhancements make bid presentations and getting client sign-off easier than ever before.
  •   NeoCon 2023 Celebrates Success With Robust Attendance and Engagement - Across Verticals and Show Floors, NeoCon Products and Programming Showcased Boundless Innovation and Prioritized Togetherness
  •   Fellowes Releases Rising Loft Rail System - Celebrating its 106th year under the private ownership and executive leadership of the Fellowes family, Fellowes is a global leader and trusted partner that provides product solutions to fulfill a broad range of WorkLife needs.
  •   BOLD Furniture Opens New Chicago Showroom, Focuses on Brand Expansion - "We've built a strong reputation as a trusted OEM. We will continue to provide these valuable OEM services to our partners, while also embarking on an exciting new journey of expanding our own branded product lines."
  •   Stump & Company: NeoCon 2023: Office Furnishings Show - Neocon is one of Stumps' favorite trade shows (June in Chicago tends to be a win!)
  •   ABI May 2023: Architecture Firm Billings Bounce Back - Nearly half of firm leaders think architecture staff productivity has declined compared to pre-pandemic levels.
  •   Landscape Forms Appoints Laura Flannery Sachtleben as New Director of Sales - Central Region - Currently based in Houston, TX, Flannery Sachtleben serves as the President of AIA Houston as well as the Chair of the Texas Society of Architects Government Affairs Committee where she ties her love of the architecture profession with her passion for supporting and advocating for the architecture profession as well as public education.
  •   ASID Appoints New Board of Directors for 2024 - New Board Will Further Interior Design Industry and Its Global Impact.
  •   UPFRONT: 9to5 Seating Continues Environmental Responsibility - The manufacturer has earned LEVEL 3 with HÅG SoFi and Ellie.
  •   AWARD SPOTLIGHT: The Results Are In... Cyncly Announces Winners of Global Inspiration Design Contest - After 850 submissions from around the world, a panel of industry judges decided on top designs in seven categories – in addition to a Grand Prize Voters' Choice award.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: BIFMA Announces Election of New Officers and Directors to the Board - Franco Bianchi, Brian Krenke, Jeff Lorenger, Marc Langeland, Rebecca Boenigk, Wilson Chow
  •   NOW REPPING: Landscape Forms Partnership with CDm2 LIGHTWORKS - "At Landscape Forms, we seek to bring our best-in-class design and placemaking tools to an international audience."
  •   PLACES - SAP Offices – Mexico City | The overall design concept is based on connecting the interior space with the exterior through architectural elements, lighting, vegetation, and geometries.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - JCJ Architecture Expands Tulsa Office With Key Senior Appointments / Lucida Surfaces Hires Yehuda Fisch as Regional Sales Manager / Configura Updates its Manufacturer List with New Q2 2023 Partnerships for Commercial Interiors Library / Studio Other Announces Katlyn Byrnes as Dallas Office's A&D Consultant / Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Chris Mavros to Principal in Dallas Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Resource Furniture Introduces New Line of Custom Fabrics for Wall Beds / J+J Flooring Launches its Latest Kinetex Style Digital / Global Previewed its New Willow Seating Series at NeoCon 2023
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - Thursday, June 22, 2023

 
  •   BoF Thursday's - Published and emailed every Thursday morning to incorporate all the breaking news and product launches that happened at the beginning of the week.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Experience at NeoCon - The Year of Independent Reps" - by Stephen Viscusi - Leaving NeoCon, I'm so happy to be in an industry that people love working in. An industry where people matter, where they can stay in it forever, even when they are not direct employees but independent partners, valued, and treated with respect, by the manufacturers.
  •   Stef Schwalb: Navigating NeoCon, The Mart, Part 1 - Unlike the Javits Center in NYC, which runs in a straight line equivalent to five football fields, The Mart's multiple elevators and floors make it a more adventurous experience. The reward? Seeing some amazing showrooms and booths firsthand and getting to speak with people face-to-face.
  •   DARRAN Launches Multiple New Collections at NeoCon 2023 - DARRAN Furniture, in collaboration with IDA Design studio, Mark Müller and Christopher Wright, as well as leveraging their internal Design Team launched multiple new collections at NeoCon 2023.
  •   Dan O'Malley Retires After 34 Years of Dedicated Service at Lesro Industries - Dan was hired by company founder, Adam Leshem, in 1989 as the Sales Manager where he played a strategic role in the company's growth and development.
  •   EzoBord Delivers Comfort and Privacy with 'Office-Ready' Acoustic Solutions - Kayra and PrivaSeat support productivity and well-being for the hybrid workforce.
  •   Ghent Announces Rep of the Year: Rodenbeck Associates - Rodenbeck Associates has a team of ten covering Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii with showroom locations in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County.
  •   TONIGHT: SMPS-NY Celebrates 40th Annual Liberty Ball - "Over the past year, our chapter has reconnected in meaningful ways," said Nathan Reyna, Chapter President of SMPS-NY.
  •   Creative Office Resources is Now a WBENC-Certified WBE - COR has continuously thrived by merging innovation, exceptional customer service, dynamic leadership, and a forward-thinking approach to meet the evolving demands of the modern workplace.
  •   GMi Companies Named a Winner of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Top Workplaces 2023 Award - "We are honored to have been selected as a Top Workplace in the Cincinnati region."
  •   Hushoffice Presents hushFree – A New Line of Acoustic Pods - A more flexible office guarantees the freedom needed. Each pod in the hushFree line provides the freedom to choose where and how to work while maintaining the highest acoustic comfort.
  •   Steelcase Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results - Year-over-year revenue and earnings growth realized in very dynamic environment / Outlook projects first half of fiscal 2024 being ahead of pace against full year financial targets.
  •   Clear Design Adds Height-Adjustable Desk to EDGE Casegoods Line - The EDGE line includes more than 20 modular casegood pieces in different finishes and sizes, allowing for the creation of unique configurations for each client's specific needs.
  •   Fellowes Announces Launch of Array, The Most Advanced Networked Air Quality System - Array gives building managers greater visibility and control over the quality of their indoor air and works with Fellowes' new cloud-based software, Viewpoint, to provide complete, real-time air quality data anywhere, on any device.
  •   LINAK Captivates NeoCon 2023 Attendees with DPI Desk Panel and Inspiring Office Furniture Solutions - Beyond the DPI desk panel, LINAK featured two unique furniture applications that foster a welcoming and inspiring workspace.
  •   UPFRONT: Corey Hutchins Returns to Formaspace as Chief Operating Officer - Hutchins previously served as Formaspace's Business Development Executive, National Sales Manager and Director of Sales consecutively from 2011-2019.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Magnuson Group Introduces BODEN High Performance Concrete Outdoor Bench - BODEN is made of glass fiber reinforced concrete, presenting a low-maintenance, strong, durable solution built to last indoors and outdoors. BODEN's durability comes from a multi-step production process that includes casting, curing, polishing, and sealing.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Intereum, a MillerKnoll Certified Dealer in Minnesota, Joins the PARIC Holdings Family of Companies - For over 40 years, Intereum has built a strong reputation, specializing in contract furnishings, audio visual solutions, and architectural products for commercial, healthcare, legal, finance, education, and public sectors.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Integra Seating Appoints Chandra Putnam as its New President - Putnam, who has served as director of sales and marketing for the past 19 years, will continue overseeing those functions for the immediate future, while taking on several new responsibilities.
  •   EXPANDING: Sandow Companies Expands Portfolio With Strategic Acquisition of Design Milk - "As home to the design industry's most read and respected content and services platforms, we are thrilled to welcome Design Milk to our company."
  •   PLACES - diningr:um Offices – Shanghai | The design team at Pronounced Design has captured their vision by creating a sleek, industrial-inspired office space that prioritizes functionality and environmental responsibility.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Appoints Scott Reinholt, ASLA as New Vice President of Sales / Perkins&Will Promotes Robert Clemens to Managing Director of its New York Studio; Bill Harris Moves Into Expanded Regional Role / Ware Malcomb Announces Promotions of Leslie Espiritu and Moses Gonzales In Corporate Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Mantra Inspired Furniture Introduces the EarthPly Collection / 3D Cloud by Marxent Announces Early Access Program for 3D Cloud Room Scanner
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 14, 2023 NeoCon Live

 
  •   BoF Live @ NeoCon 2023 - Over the next five weeks, the business of furniture will be bringing you complete NeoCon coverage, from the latest products, the latest trends - and reactions from those that visited NeoCon and DesignDays in Chicago this year. It was a cooler NeoCon this year - with rain to start the week, but turnout was fantastic.
  •   AIS Introduces the New Chelsea Task Chair with an Elevated, Modern Style by German Designer Justus Kolberg - All Day Comfort, Timeless Appeal Make the Chelsea Must-Have Seating
  •   The Best Of NeoCon 2023 Winners - 114 Award Recipients Selected by a Jury of Industry Leaders Best of Competition Awarded to Flote from Hightower Group
  •   LightArt Announces the Promotion of Adam Reeder to Company President - Before his promotion, Reeder served as LightArt’s Vice President of Sales and Customer Service from 2016-2021 and then was named Vice President of LightArt in 2021.
  •   Humanscale Appoints Todd Bracher as Creative Director - A longtime collaborator of Humanscale, Bracher has served as a Strategic Advisor and Design Partner for over 15 years. The two have worked together to create several products and global activations, most recently including the award-winning Path chair.
  •   Photos: NeoCon and DesignDays - Full coverage from Saturday - Wednesday

Business of Furniture - June 10-11, 2023 NeoCon Special

 
  •   Here We Go Again: BoF's Guide to NeoCon 2023 in Chicago - Pages 2 - 313
  •   Trend Forecast For Neocon 2023 - Transformative Interior Solutions that Inspire Authenticity, Seamlessly Integrate Technology, Prioritize Stewardship and Well-Being, and Embrace a Global Perspective
  •   Happening in Chicago - Highlights of all the new products at both NeoCon and DesignDays, as well as maps, speakers, events, and more!
  •   DesignDays 2023 Chicago - Experience showrooms and pop-ups from over 35 design-led commercial brands in the vibrant Fulton Market District
  •   Web Configurator Studio (WCS) Unveils New Website and Introduces Innovative CPQ Product Configurator - At the heart of WCS's new website is the CPQ Product Configurator, a game-changing solution that empowers furniture manufacturers to streamline their sales process, enhance customer engagement, and boost their bottom line. With this configurator, customers can visually customize their furniture in real-time, selecting from a wide range of options for finishes, materials, features, and more.
  •   AMQ Unveils New Michigan Showroom - Because SMBs are a significant and growing portion of the workforce, AMQ wanted to learn more about how employees in this segment work to specifically address their workplace needs.
  •   NeoCon 2023: Keynotes & Featured Presentations - Pulling from diverse backgrounds and experiences and drawing inspiration from music, poetry, technology, and the power of community, this year's keynotes will explore how we can build a more sustainable, equitable and brighter future. The keynotes will be complemented by a number of featured presentations from industry thought leaders exploring topics ranging from rethinking the concept of occupancy in an evolved work landscape, to the power of design to be a force for good when it comes to social justice.
  •   NeoCon Workshops & Design Tours - Workshops will offer a deeper dive and more intensive onsite learning experience at NeoCon. Design Tours will feature designer led tours of the new Salesforce Tower in Chicago.
  •   NeoCon Experiences and Activations - Engaging installations and experiences will be activated throughout the floors of THE MART during NeoCon 2023.
  •   NeoCon CEU Sessions - NeoCon continues to provide unparalleled programming across a range of educational topics and categories with CEU accredited seminars that offer world-class expertise and insight on today's most relevant topics. This year, CEU programming will be offered both online and in-person. The NeoCon Programming Hub will open on Monday, June 5th and on demand programming will go live Monday, June 12th for viewing through August 15th.
  •   LOGICDATA and JIECANG Announce Confident Return to NeoCon - At NeoCon, LOGICDATA will market the OPTIMUS Program, a blend of products and services specifically targeted at manufac-turers (OEMs). From a strong quality basis, customers can create unique furniture powered by a choice of inline drive technology.
  •   Over 300 Pages - Your complete guide to everything going on in Chicago.

Business of Furniture - June 7, 2023

 
  •   Clerkenwell Design Week 2023: Sunshine & Positivity - Many of the exhibitors held, or sponsored, presentations or panel discussions led by international experts on topics as varied as workplace diversity, acoustics, hybrid working, sustainable practices and circularity.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Are We? Sales Managers or Head-Hunters?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I believe that the best sales managers are also the best recruiters. I consider it part of your job to participate with HR if your company is not attracting people organically.
  •   Allsteel Launches Brand Refresh: Designed To Do More - Our approach starts with collaboration and putting people at the heart of the experience," said Allsteel's President, Jason Hagedorn.
  •   Okamura Introduces Sphere - Experience effortless comfort with the 3D physical fit shell – designed to naturally conform to your body.
  •   LOGICDATA and JIECANG Announce Confident Return to NeoCon - At NeoCon, LOGICDATA will market the OPTIMUS Program, a blend of products and services specifically targeted at manufac-turers (OEMs).
  •   DIRTT Construction Partner Network Growing With New DIRTT Experience Centers - "These openings demonstrate the confidence our partners have in the value the DIRTT Construction System provides to their clients."
  •   J+J Flooring Relaunches the Hugely Popular Intrinsic Product – Now a Full Collection Featuring Refreshed Colorways and New Patterns - This collection is part of J+J Flooring's quick ship program, ensuring timely delivery for projects.
  •   Room & Board for Business Makes NeoCon Debut in the 2023 Show - Merging residential and commercial design well before the term "resimercial" was coined, Room & Board for Business continues to expand its offerings of timeless, and durable furnishings.
  •   Kimball International Debuts Chicago Showroom in Fulton Market District - The showroom space embodies Kimball International's continued research and insights into how to create thriving environments for work, health, and learning.
  •   Hightower Debuts New Showroom Design for NeoCon - An inclusive and fun space that wows while showcasing new products.
  •   COE Premieres New, On-Trend Finish for OfficeSource Laminate at NeoCon - "We're thrilled to bring this new offering to our wildly popular OS Laminate collection," said Melanie Ewing, chief marketing officer of COE Distributing.
  •   Fellowes Grows U.S. Manufacturing Capabilities, Expands Line of BAA and TAA Compliant 400 Series Paper Shredders - This powerful line of shredders is built with robust cutting blocks made from high-quality US steel and features Fellowes' proprietary 100% Jam Proof Technology.
  •   NeoCon: New Showroom For Nook - With its iconic house shape, extensive options and placement opportunities, NOOK fits perfectly in a variety of spaces.
  •   MillerKnoll Brings Design Works to Life for Fulton Market Design Days - As one of the early anchor tenants, MillerKnoll has helped shape Fulton Market into a premier design destination, taking the lead in creating the 'Neighborhood of Brands,' a group of more than twenty-five design-led companies with showrooms and trade spaces in the Fulton Market area of Chicago.
  •   Stylex Reimagines Workspaces with Six New Product Launches at NeoCon - With an emphasis on rich colors, soft lines, and natural elements, Stylex continues to expand its portfolio of modern furniture pieces, further solidifying its position as an industry leader.
  •   UPFRONT: Landscape Forms Announces Expanded Partnership with SESCO Lighting - "We are excited and grateful to expand our representation with Landscape Forms," said SESCO Lighting President and CEO John Palk.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: LINAK DPI Desk Panels – More Than Meets the Eye - Streamlined design, intuitive use, and built-in anti-collision sensor, all contained in one desk panel. The LINAK DPI desk panel series for sit-stand desks takes innovation and desk protection to a new level.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: ZGONIC Has Appointed ergoCentric As Its Exclusive Partner In Canada - "By combining ergoCentric's ergonomic seating, desks, and accessories with ZGONIC's acclaimed monitor arms, we are able to offer a truly ergonomic workstation that can fit 100% of Canadian office workers at the lowest total cost of ownership."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Vetrina Way Investments Acquires Interior Contract Services - Interior Contract Services has a reputation for professional and personalized service from a team that takes pride in a job well done.
  •   PEOPLE: Tony Besasie Joins KI as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer - "Tony has a wealth of sales and marketing expertise and a creative, growth-focused mindset," said Brian Krenke, CEO of KI.
  •   PLACES - Malam Team Offices – Petah Tikva | The model we designed produces private spaces such as: executive rooms and meeting rooms, alongside open spaces with a central avenue that creates opportunities for formal and informal meetings in an urban atmosphere.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Keilhauer Promotes Ian Watson to VP of Sales / HNI Completes Acquisition of Kimball International / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative / Keilhauer Announces CEO Transition Plan / Sarah Wortman Joins MG2 as Director of Marketing / Innovant Welcomes Melanie Delianides
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Maharam: Metered Stripe, Concord Stripe, and Ribbed Weave by Paul Smith / Vivant – The New Textile Collection That Revives Hospitality Spaces / Boomerang Desk from Ethnicraft / Bluff from Heller / Bjelin Releases Select Grading in the US
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 31, 2023

 
  •   ICFF and WantedDesign Head Back to NYC - Insight, innovation, and inspiration laid the foundation for ICFF 2023, with the three-day event that anchors New York Design Week bringing connection, conversation, and discovery to the design.
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm Thinking of Retiring, But Not Sure I Can Afford To. What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - To answer your question, I say keep that job even if you have to fight for it. If you're exceeding your sales goal, that is a large part of what keeping your job is about.
  •   HBF Launches the Bao Collection by Alda Ly Architecture - Alda Ly Architecture (ALA) is an API woman-owned firm that provides thoughtful, custom interior solutions for organizations looking to rethink traditional retail, healthcare, office, and cultural spaces.
  •   Discover Indiana Furniture's Game-Changing Solutions For Today's Evolving Workspaces - "Our broadened portfolio effortlessly integrates to flex the style, function, and comfort of working spaces."
  •   IIDA to Inaugurate Ronnie Belizaire as 2023-2024 International Board President and Additional New Board Members at the IIDA Annual Meeting - "Ronnie's contributions both to our organization and to our industry cannot be overstated."
  •   Artcobell's Maker Space is an Adaptable Solution for Learning Without Boundaries - Whether it is using a 3-D printer, crafting with cardboard, or rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty, this is the space to build, share, and innovate.
  •   Kartell Wins At NYCxDesign Awards - Particularly innovative is the irregular, porous feel chosen for the extremely natural finish, almost like that of terracotta or ceramic.
  •   Limbo from Heller - New at NeoCon - Whether placed poolside, in a hotel lobby, or a living room, Limbo provides comfortable seating, with an eye-catching flair.
  •   Introducing Lives Post + Beam - A Revolutionary Approach to Enhancing Communication and Innovation in Team Based Working
  •   Arcadia Introduces Conduit, a Sleek Meeting Table Collection with a Natural Beauty All Its Own - To meet the needs of wide-ranging applications, Conduit is offered in modestly-scaled or more generous sizes, in 29-inch and 42-inch table heights.
  •   Silicone Symphony from Designtex - Thoughtfully designed and intelligently engineered, silicone is a superior alternative to traditional coated fabrics.
  •   Carnegie Fabrics And Modernfold Announce Partnership In Alignment With Sustainability Efforts - Carnegie Fabrics' flagship textile, Xorel, is now pre-approved and graded into Modernfold's supplier product database, simplifying the textile's specification process.
  •   KOVA Introduces Casework, A Customizable Whole-Project Solution - The Tailored Casework Program Meets the Unique Needs of Any Project, Rounding Out KOVA's Cross-Category Offering for Kitchen and Bath
  •   Teknion Introduces Tone An Entry-Level Task Chair - "Tone has been a real labor of love for us here at Teknion," said Julia La, Product Manager at Teknion. "We love to create quietly intelligent products, and Tone is just that."
  •   Studio TK Presents Trine, A Collection of Multi-Sized Stools - "Our collaboration with eStudi Manel Molina expands the concept of today's stools to provide users a useful yet seductive seating option."
  •   UPFRONT: ASID Committee on Adaptive Living Releases Senior Living Resource Guide - "As the population of older adults continues to increase, designers must pivot their work in order to foster supportive spaces that tackle the needs of this community."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: NARBUTAS Furniture Collection Wins Another Prestigious Award - The mobile, multifunctional NOVA Wood Multipurpose furniture system consists of three table models of different heights and lengths with distinctive frames and special accessories.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kimball International Announces New Seating and Table Solutions - Kimball International's National brand launches three new collections: Connolly, Picado, and Mariben.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Marvel Recruits Neil Bartley - Throughout his career, Neil has honed an expertise in interiors with a broad focus in hospitality, office, retail, and mixed-use projects.
  •   GIVING BACK: Humanscale Sponsors 8 Wells in India Providing Clean Water to Over 8,000 People - With these wells, the community can now expect a reduction in water-borne diseases as the drinking water is safe for human consumption improving overall health outcomes along with the infinite benefits that access to clean water brings to a community.
  •   PLACES - BECI Offices – Brussels | During the pandemic, BECI decided to renovate the second floor to create private spaces where community members could run meetings and events, bond with peers, and receive coaching.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Jason Dooley to Regional Vice President, Southeast Region / Where Acoustics—and Music—Meets Design: Buro Happold Taps Frank Reder as U.S. Lead / Denyse Sharp Promoted to Chief Administrative Officer
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New Product, Line Addition from The Mitchell Group / Conquer Collaboration With ZIA Conference Table / SIXINCH USA To Unveil Outdoor/Mobile Products / Come Together In Design With Ghent / Gressco Receives TIP Award
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 24, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "It's Going To Be A Really BIG NeoCon This Year!" - by Stephen Viscusi - At the risk of repeating myself, be sure your nametag is visible if you want to be noticed, avoid being hungover at all costs, and be sure to say hello to me if you see me walking the halls or discretely recruiting in your showroom.
  •   New Research Revealed: Insights on How to Recruit and Retain Gen Z - Practicing what we preach, ThinkLab is creating multiple ways for you to take in this research, digest it, and apply it to your business.
  •   Humanscale Introduces Smart Conference, an Intuitive Collaborative Seating Solution for the Hybrid Workplace - Adapted from iconic industrial designer Niels Diffrient's original Smart chair, Smart Conference takes intuitive comfort to a new level of luxury suitable for any meeting space.
  •   Allseating Launches Res, a Seating Solution Supporting Active Learning - Designed in Partnership With Modus ID to Fill Gaps in the Market, Res Is Crafted With Built-in Features for Advanced Storage, Cleanability, and Adjustability
  •   IIDA College of Fellows Announces 2023 Inductees - Admission to the prestigious College of Fellows is IIDA's highest professional member distinction.
  •   A New Day - Corporate Interiors Announces a Change in Ownership - As a high performance Steelcase dealership, the company offers the full range of Steelcase brands and aligned partnerships, along with 200+ other brands.
  •   A Quick-Ship Program from Buzzispace - The brand is now producing products on the West Coast, which makes them 'Ready2Go' as they are made and available locally in North America, reducing not only time but carbon emissions of overseas transport.
  •   Falcon to Feature New Seating, Acoustic Solutions, and More at NeoCon 2023 - Falcon serves architects, designers and facility managers with table and seating solutions for commercial spaces in the corporate, education, government, and healthcare markets.
  •   Herman Miller and Naoto Fukasawa Introduce Asari Chair by Herman Miller - The next chair icon is both ergonomic and upholstered, for home and office.
  •   Clear Design Introduces 3D Configurator for Fast Estimates - The configurator will provide our reps and dealer partners with a fast and easy-to-use resource for visualizing Clear Design product customization and getting quick estimates for their custom configurations and quantities.
  •   MOS+ is Being Re-loaded and Re-Released to Benefit New Hybrid Workplaces - A tool kit of MOS+ add-ons simplifies the creation of hybrid workspaces that blend seamlessly into existing design.
  •   Mute Revolutionizes Office Flexibility With OmniRoom: A Modular, Construction-Free, Room-in-Room System - A new product from Mute offers a holistic way of shaping comfortable, construction-free office spaces for a new and dynamic world of work.
  •   SmithGroup Awards 2023 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships - We are excited to welcome these talented emerging designers and engineers into our offices this summer; building strong relationships to exchange perspectives, experiences and unique skills as the foundation for their careers.
  •   HON Releases Roll Call Lectern & Parkwyn Seating - Move where the day takes you: HON releases Roll Call Lectern. Don't sacrifice comfort for functionality: HON's new Parkwyn Seating has both.
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale Introduces Float Mini, a Sit/Stand Desk Perfect for Small Spaces - The Float Mini desk embodies Humanscale's commitment to users' ever-changing work style, encouraging movement with a tabletop that glides to a range of heights as well as the option for caster wheels.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: HAT Collective Introducing Fiellø at NeoCon - Developed in Collaboration with Gensler, Height Adjustable Desk Combines Danish Aesthetics, Intuitive Design and Essential Technology for Enhanced User Experience.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Okamura Launches Lives Shelf - The Lives Shelf's modular design allows for easy customization and expansion, making it adaptable to any office layout.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Cyncly to Showcase a Dynamic, New Way to Plan Office Spaces at NeoCon 2023 - Industry leader will present its latest version of 2020 Office – including transformative update to 2020 Worksheet – through hands-on demonstrations and a special networking event on Day 1 of conference.
  •   INDUSTRY SURVEYS: The Solomon Coyle YE2022 Compensation Survey is Currently Underway - Gain Insight on Policy, Onboarding and DEI Initiatives
  •   PLACES - Pernod Ricard Offices – Dubai | Pernod Ricard is in the business of selling 'moments of conviviality', therefore, a key goal was to promote interactions and create meaningful human connections throughout the space.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Camira Collaborated With Northern Textile Industry For King's Coronation / Lucida Surfaces Announces Jacob Herzog as Regional Sales Manager / Novità Communications Makes Inc. Best Workplaces 2023 List / Knoll Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the Iconic Womb Chair
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Verna Vélin Unveils Unmatched Embossed Wall Coverings Powered By Cutting-Edge Technology / Momentum's New Wallcoverings Shimmer with Biophilia + Sartorial Fashion Influences / Okamura Introduces Ena at NeoCon / Introducing PURL: The Innovative Single Outlet Linked Power System for Workspaces
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 17, 2023

 
  •   BoF Mourns the Tragic Loss of Emily Clingman - A frequent contributor to Business of Furniture for almost a decade, Emily was recently elevated to the role of Editor-In-Chief.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Graduate Is Interested In The Furniture Industry – What Is Your Advice?" - by Stephen Viscusi - As far as your concerns about the economy and the future, we all share those same concerns about inflation, possible recession, and today's unique political climate. All I can say about that is we should hope for the best, focus on the positive, and know that young people are very resilient.
  •   Room & Board's Commercial Arm Announces Rebrand as Room & Board for Business - The formerly titled Room & Board Business Interiors to operate under new name, Room & Board for Business, signifying commitment to the trade and changes to the market.
  •   Ultrafabrics Announces a Significant Color Refresh of Its Uf Select Collection, Which Is Made In North America - Adding 38 colors and curated selection available for two-day quick ship.
  •   Kirei Launches Tessellate Baffle and Tessellate Pendant, Two Innovative Acoustic Baffles - Showstoppers in Kirei's new Tessellate Collection, the two dynamic ceiling elements feature patent pending design with the sustainability of recycled PET.
  •   DIRTT Announces Expansion of Partnership with Armstrong World Industries - "We are delighted to invest in the co-ownership of ICE software as we believe it will accelerate the design capabilities of ProjectWorks and significantly increase the speed with which Armstrong can integrate products from across our portfolio into ProjectWorks."
  •   Unika Vaev Introduces Pinnacle a Modular Acoustic System: Redefining Interior Spaces with Innovative Design and Superior Acoustic Performance - Pinnacle is offered in 8 Solid Core colorways, and a vast curated selection of printed Wilsonart Patterns to further expand the design possibilities. You may also provide your own pattern, photograph, or logo graphics — to achieve exactly the look you're after.
  •   Haworth Spark: Four Trends Driving the Workplace Forward - Here's what's moving the needle for the future of work.
  •   Design Pool Debuts Swallowtail Farm Collection - Design Pool partnered with New Hampshire-based printer LDI Interiors to digitally print these designs on EnviroLeather PRINTS, their luxurious, leather-like line of wipeable, coated fabrics.
  •   Luxxbox Introduces Georgina Acoustic Pendant for Commercial, Hospitality & Spacious Residential Settings - The Sculptural Acoustic Pendant Adds a Touch of Softness and Luminosity to Interiors.
  •   by Bailey Changes Name to Parent Company Insidesource and Launches Showroom Refresh - by Bailey and Insidesource joined forces in 2018 to create the first-of-its kind global furniture dealer.
  •   DIRTT Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Revenue decreased 4% to $36.7 million for the quarter, compared to the prior year's first quarter.
  •   Engaging Activations And Events Enhance The NeoCon 2023 Experience June 12-14 at THE MART in Chicago - Bellow Press and Business of Furniture will be there to bring you complete coverage.
  •   Home Furniture And Decor: From The 2023 Salone Del Mobile, The Five Trends To Be Inspired To Furnish Your Home - Design Italy, the marketplace dedicated to 100% Made in Italy design, has intercepted furnishing styles that promise to characterize home interiors in the coming months. A mix of suggestions and good ideas to be freely interpreted in any domestic space.
  •   Allsteel + Corral New Capsule Collection: American Design Translated Into Modern Office Furnishings - This is not the first Allsteel Capsule featuring Corral Design. Over the years, the brands have brought to life a rich American design aesthetic and ethos that is constructed for how we live and work today.
  •   UPFRONT: Fulton Market District Set to Welcome Design Professionals and Enthusiasts for Inaugural Fulton Market Design Day - More Than 25 Iconic Design Brands Bring the Fulton Market District to Life June 12-14
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Vitra x Herman Miller Launch Limited-edition Eames Fiberglass Armchair with Steinberg Cat - Upon their debut in 1950, the Eames Shell Chairs were the world's first industrially mass-produced chairs with the seat and backrest formed from a one-piece shell.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Tangram Announces Luis Carmona's Promotion to VP of Operations + Jack Hooven's Retirement - Carmona has been in the contract furniture industry since 1986. He began his career as an Installation Technician at one of the largest Steelcase dealerships in Southern California, then moved up the ranks to become the Director of Program Management.
  •   PEOPLE: Susan Shockey Joins Nevers Industries Design Team - In her design roles at Nevers, Susan will assist with corporate product development initiatives and the development of new corporate visual identity assets.
  •   PLACES - Majorel Offices – Changzhou | The open office enhances our perception of the space with its multiple horizontal and vertical layers.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - LightCorp Awarded Premier Supplier Status by Steelcase / KAI Hires Jason Keung as Project Manager in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Office / A New Stefan Diez Design + More from Midgard @ ICFF / More Cleanroom Product Options Give Architects Greater Design Flexibility - Horton Announces Expansion of ISO-rated Cleanroom Door Portfolio
  •   FIRST LOOKS - QOR360 to Launch New Active Chair: The Tilt! at NeoCon in Chicago / Luum Launches Super Natural Collection | Luum's Most Sustainable Collection To Date
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 10, 2023

 
  •   AI & The Future of Design - For all of the power we gain using artificial intelligence, our quickly evolving world will require twice as much human intelligence and creative imagination.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Just Lost My Job, Should I Hang Out My Own Shingle?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Here's the most important advice I can give you: pick only one field to consult in and stick with it. Don't offer every service plus the kitchen sink.
  •   NARBUTAS at Trends & Traditions Strengthens Its Position In the Scandinavian Market - NARBUTAS was invited for the first time to present itself at this very special event, which brings together professionals from the Scandinavian furniture industry.
  •   PurOptima Launches Glass Wall Partitions and Door Systems in the U.S. - World-leading sustainable acoustic glass partition and wall system specialists launch new U.S.-dedicated brand, PurOptima.
  •   Scandinavian Spaces Looks To Refine The Trade Show Experience - The smell of cinnamon and fresh Swedish pastries will waft the 3rd-floor hallways, tempting attendees with sweets as delicious as the furniture.
  •   BIFMA International Announces New Membership Services Director - "Nicole brings the right mix of experience and talent to BIFMA."
  •   Adjusted to the Future: LOGICDATA and JIECANG Head to Interzum 2023 With a Common Goal - The benefits of the LOGICDATA-JIECANG partnership are targeted at customers across the office and home furnishings market.
  •   A Global Partnership is Sealed: Sedus Stoll AG and Watson Furniture Group Agree on Strategic Cooperation - We're thrilled to see what a partnership with such a storied company unlocks in design, creativity, and diversity of experience. This partnership is just the beginning, and we can't wait to see what's next.
  •   Carnegie Fabrics Expands Complimentary Design Support Service - Carnegie Design Services enables bespoke selection of products meticulously matched to each client's project design, performance, and budgetary specifications.
  •   CIFF Shanghai 2023 - Design, concrete business relations, and dedicated services to welcome back international players.
  •   Results: HNI - Consolidated net sales decreased 16.3 percent from the prior-year quarter to $479.1 million.
  •   Results: Interface - Net sales totaled $295.8 million, up 2.7% year-over-year.
  •   Results: Kimball International - Net sales of $166.1 million; Backlog of $134.5 million; 34% Growth in Adjusted EBITDA Year-Over-Year
  •   UPFRONT: The 2023-Q1 Market Outlook Report Is Now Available - Distributors Take Advantage of Diversification, Show Resilience
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KFI Studios Launches Avalon Chaise Lounge - The optional accessories that take Avalon from lounge to work include a pneumatic height adjustable swivel table and privacy screen; both which can be left or right mounted.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: HAT Collective Expanding To UK Market - Partnering with Leading UK Dealer obo, Brand Set to Offer Comprehensive Suite of Intelligent, Design-Forward Workplace Product Solutions for UK Customers.
  •   PEOPLE: Groupe Lacasse Expands Canadian Sales Team - Michael Turner has officially joined Groupe Lacasse as new Business Development Manager, Canada.
  •   PLACES - Kuehne + Nagel Office & Shipping Center – Ho Chi Minh City | In fulfilling the company's objectives, ADP fueled the new office with a young, energetic design that places people at the center, which enables healthy movement and interaction across the workspace.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Mike Gentile Planning to Step Down from Independent Suppliers Group / Dawne David-Pierre is Promoted to Director of Operations of Moody Nolan New York / Artopex, One of Canada's Best Managed Companies for the 16th Consecutive Year / IIDA Announces Maya Bird-Murphy as the Recipient of the 2023 Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Visionary Award / Fritz Hansen Appoints Vice President Americas / Loll Designs' Alfresco Collection Awarded 2023 Green Good Design Award / HON Announces Top Sales Distinction Awards to Industry Leading Dealer Partners
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Watson Furniture to Unveil the Reimagined Tonic Collection at Neocon 2023
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 3, 2023

 
  •   Insidesource Expands Its Reach in the Pacific Northwest with the Acquisition of Environments, Portland, Oregon - Environments, a women-led company, has established itself as a preeminent collaborator with architecture and design firms in the Oregon and SW Washington markets, offering human-centered design solutions, workplace strategy, and service expertise to clients in a range of sectors, including corporate, healthcare, and higher education.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Top Sales Performers Are Getting Poached! What Can I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - As you may have read in this space before, if you want to hire, and more importantly, retain the best salespeople, you must raise the base salary — yesterday!
  •   DIFFA By Design: Designers & Brands Gear Up to Dazzle - The much-anticipated DIFFA by Design Gala is also returning — with a surprise entertainment portion and auction to take place on Monday, May 22 from 6-10 p.m.
  •   Best Of Neocon Unveils 2023 Jury Roster - An impressive lineup of industry experts will judge the distinguished awards program on excellence and innovation in commercial design.
  •   SitOnIt Seating Debuts Its Brand New NYC Showroom - Everyone who visits will experience the innovative, award-winning collections in a whole new way—from task and lounge seating to total workstation solutions.
  •   Introducing Surface Mode: Transparency; Chemetal at Its Most Colorful - The newest addition to Chemetal's Surface Mode, Transparency features vibrant "of the moment" colors like Seafoam and Saffron as well as black, white and clear brushed standards.
  •   Steelcase Launches Karman: Ergonomic Mesh Chair Designed for 21st Century Work - Steelcase Karman goes beyond other leading mesh chairs by naturally responding to a body's movement, delivering industry-leading comfort and sustainability.
  •   //3877 Debuts New D.C. Headquarters And A Reimagined Website - The expanding A&D firm launches into a new era of growth through a fresh take on the brand's physical and virtual presence.
  •   BOS Roselle Cleans Up Nature Trail For Earth Week - BOS takes great pride and initiative in promoting and contributing to a green, sustainable, and economical business approach, both within and outside the organization.
  •   Iowa Interior Designers Celebrate the Passing of Practice Rights Legislation - New bill shows collaborative industry efforts to provide registered interior designers with independent practice rights.
  •   Desky Launches New Line of FSC-Certified Solid Wood Desktops - The solid wood desktops are available in a wide range of sizes that customers can choose from. There are also several types of finishes that can suit any office or home office setup.
  •   HOK Names Eli Hoisington and Susan Klumpp Williams as Co-CEOs - As the first woman CEO in HOK's history, Klumpp Williams acknowledged the significance of her role: "This is an opportunity to underscore the power of diverse leadership."
  •   Virco Reports Full Year Revenue Increased 25% to $231.1 Million, Total Operating Income of $10.8 Million - Gross profit improves 40% as revenue growth pushes U.S. factories and logistics solidly above break even.
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q1 Results - For the first quarter of 2022, net sales were $3.0 billion, net earnings were $245 million and EPS was $3.78.
  •   UPFRONT: CBI Expands With Acquisition Of CSI Fuller - CBI anticipates that the acquisition will grow and enhance internal support teams, allowing it to better serve all its clients in both LA and Orange County.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Legrand Launches dash Configurable Power Solutions - Contemporary in design, the dash Desktop Power Center provides configurable and convenient access to power and data at the desktop.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Three H Reimagines its Mart Showroom in Advance of Major Rebrand Reveal - At its core, Three H believes that workspaces should be thoughtfully architected to feel like a workplace, not like home.
  •   PEOPLE: Clear Design Announces Brittani Saint as Regional Vice President - Brittani has led all 50 states during her career and will be working closely with Clear Design's sales partners and dealer partners to advance the Clear Design brand and position in the furniture market.
  •   PLACES - CLO Virtual Offices – Seoul | The site was designed to leave a strong spatial branding impression on visitors from the entrance by utilizing contrast of light and dark.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Interior Designer Alexandria Seimetz Joins //3877 / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of New England / Louis Poulsen Appoints PR and Marketing Manager, North America / Keilhauer Releases 2023 Corporate Sustainability Report / STUDIOS Architecture Signs AIA Architecture & Design Materials Pledge / ASID Extends National Awards Submission
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design Adds Single Monitor Arm to Nexus Series / Hon Introduces Flexion: The Versatile Seat for Versatile Work / Meet the Wild Bunch!
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 26, 2023

 
  •   Salone del Mobile.Milano Returns Better Than Ever, Led with Innovation and Sustainability - The Salone del Mobile.Milano 2023 closed with numbers up 15%. The new format won over professionals, buyers and public alike.
  •   New Sit-to-Stand Mobile Desk from AIS Takes Work on the Move and to New Heights - New offering allows users to work where they want, how they want.
  •   Celebrating 100 Years of Herman Miller - Herman Miller unveils a specially curated exhibit and limited-edition poster reprint celebrating its rich graphic design history in its Milan showroom in the Brera Design District during Salone del Mobile.
  •   12th SaloneSatellite Award 2023 Winners - Projects by representatives of different countries of origin and provenance encompassed different geographic latitudes and design approaches.
  •   Stephen Says - "References Today Are the Price of a Ticket to the 'Hall of Fame' Dinner, So Don't Get Fooled" - by Stephen Viscusi - All of the biggest hiring problems people have today stem from the fact everyone is in such a hurry to hire. I understand this impulse. We want to have all hands on deck, but it is impossible to get to know a candidate and thoroughly vet them moving at the speed of light.
  •   Music City Center Installs Nook Pods - Pods offer quiet space for facility guests.
  •   Keilhauer Named One of Canada's Greenest Employers For 2023 - The North American furniture manufacturer recognized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project for ninth consecutive year.
  •   MHTN Architects Celebrates 100th Anniversary - The Salt Lake City-based firm reflects on a century of accomplishments and "100 projects for 100 years".
  •   Newly Remodeled Cadre Office on Park Avenue in New York City Designed for Expansion - Spectorgroup kept in mind the company's plans for future growth and expansion — utilizing the existing structure of the building to illustrate a minimalist and industrial look with refined elements such as high ceilings and cleverly-placed light fixtures.
  •   HLW Announces Expansion into Florida - Legacy firm strengthens presence in growing market with new West Palm Beach office.
  •   LightArt Adds Marina To Award-Winning Reclaimed Ocean Plastic Pendant Collection - After years of mastering their internal waste streams to create the original Ocean Coil Collection, LightArt wanted to push its capabilities as a planet-conscious manufacturer.
  •   UPFRONT: ABI March 2023: Business Conditions Improve Slightly - Architecture firm clients place at least moderate priority on outcomes related to issues of health, resilience, and equity.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms and Tuuci Introduce Ocean Master MEGA MAX Classic Extra-Large Format Parasol - "It's absolutely a statement piece, and there's nothing else quite like it on the market yet in the U.S."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Lesro - Celebrating 50 Years of Success - Having manufactured more than three million chairs in their 50-year history, Lesro is a pillar in the town of Bloomfield.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Designtex Appoints New Vice President of Marketing - As a creative leader and brand builder that works at the intersection of culture, design and commerce, Oriana Reich joins the team with extensive experience leading creative marketing strategy implementation around brand identity, image, product communications and narrative-building.
  •   PEOPLE: Thinkspace Hires Mindy Morris as Manager of Customer Success Team - "Mindy is a dynamic leader with exceptional interpersonal, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills and will be a great addition to our fast-growing organization."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New From Groupe Lacasse - Essential Height Adjustable Table for QUORUM Multiconference - Available in the QuickShip program, the Essential table will be a staple in any work environment! Available to Order May 1st.
  •   PLACES - Infosys Consulting Offices – Timisoara | HTO Architecture and Engineering worked to create a cohesively branded space for the Infosys Consulting offices in Timisoara, Romania.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Nicki Heiner Named Artcobell Director of Interior Design / Furniture ReUse Leader, Kay Chesterfield, Hires New Director of Operations / Fellowes Achieves Level 2 Certification for Nearly 70 Contract Interiors Workspace Products / Turf to Expand Chicago Presence at THE MART / Tracy Cook Joins Soft Surface Team at Tarkett / Ware Malcomb Announces Two New Leaders in Growing Nashville Office / IIDA NY Hosts Candace Doby at Annual Leaders Breakfast
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Encore's Romp Occasional Tables are a Rollicking Good Time / Unika Vaev Introduces the Pattern Mix Collection / Mannington Commercial Introduces Natural Elements Too
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 19, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "Salone is Almost Over, Get Ready for ICFF!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Salone is great this year! It's so fabulous to see the industry back. It was amazing to me how many American sales reps from manufacturers and dealers, independent reps and designers from all over the country I see here. It really is a great show.
  •   AOS Interior Environments Expands Design and FF&E Services with the Acquisition of the Louisiana Division of Alfred Williams & Company - AOS is a full-service provider of manufactured interior construction, contract furniture, storage solutions and installation and service.
  •   10 Reasons for Architects and Designers to Engage in Market Research - We encourage you to join us and be part of the evolution of the design industry. Your opinions and insights can help shape the future of design.
  •   A Memorable Design that Checks all the Boxes - "The flexibility of Xorel Artform allowed us to create a custom looking solution that looks great and gave us the acoustic properties we needed. The wide range of colors, durability, and sustainability of the product checked all the boxes."
  •   NYCxDESIGN Festival Returns May 18-25 and Announces Official Guide with 2023 Events - The internationally renowned design week features inspiring exhibitions, trade shows, open studios, talks, and more across NYC.
  •   Bill Hellmuth, Chairman and CEO of HOK, Dies at 69 - While proud of HOK's accomplishments, Hellmuth kept his focus on the future and was happiest while brainstorming ideas with clients and HOK project teams.
  •   Lodes Presents Cono di Luce in Collaboration with Ron Arads - As a notable figure whose work often melds art, architecture, and design, Lodes recognized a natural kinship.
  •   A Thoughtful, Therapeutic Office Redesign from PJCArchitecture - The bright waiting room welcomes guests into the office with a floating dropped ceiling.
  •   Versteel Expands Its Troupe Collection with New Inline Table Solutions to Facilitate Learning and Engagement - Troupe's new Inline tables offer a variety of functional choices tailored to suite the different styles of individualized focus or interactive collaboration.
  •   Logiflex Announces Key Collective as New Rep Group for NY/North NJ - This talented team of more than 60 years of experience will be working hard to represent Logiflex in this territory and help them connect with the community in meaningful ways.
  •   HBF Opens New Showroom in NYC, Designed by Alda Ly Architecture - "It was important to partner with a design firm with a fresh perspective on commercial work space and ALA was a natural fit."
  •   UPFRONT: RESPAWN Portfolio of Gaming Furniture Acquired - RESPAWN's offerings will include multiple lines of gaming products for anyone from eSports competitors and content creators to hobby players.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Unika Vaev Announces Exclusive Collaboration with Wilsonart for a Curated Collection of Wilsonart Patterns available on Unika Vaev's Acoustic Products - The collaboration with Wilsonart, a trailblazer in engineered surfaces, marks a significant milestone in Unika Vaev's mission to provide highly functional, visually appealing, and customizable acoustic solutions.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Opens New Showroom in Downtown Toronto - The North American furniture manufacturer's first downtown Toronto brick-and-mortar showroom makes its King Street debut.
  •   DEALERS: Solomon Coyle Dealer Management Development Program for Steelcase Dealers - Enrollment Now Open for June 2023 Start - As part of the program, each participant will complete two assessments through the Assessment Technologies Group (ATG) at the program start to establish a baseline.
  •   PLACES - Miura & Partners Offices – Tokyo | The project started off by setting concepts for their ideal office through interviews with employees, as they desired to create a conceptual office space.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Beth Ralston Named Vice President of Business Development for Henricksen / Louis Chang Joins Moody Nolan Philadelphia as Director of Operations / Kathryn T. Prigmore Joins Moody Nolan DC as Director of Operations / IIDA Announces Finalists of Two Prestigious Design Competitions
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Andrea Claire Studio Introduces Pisces Collection Of Lighting At Rossana Orlandi During Milan Design Week / Mannington Commercial Launching Captivate Collection at NeoCon 2023 / Meet the Curious Collection, the latest drop from Durasein / Peter Kunz Designs a Timeless and Elegant Table for Arper / Amadeus Gets an American-Inspired Color Revision / FilzFelt: Sound Softening on the Cutting Edge / Pallas Textiles Introduces Lingo Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 12, 2023

 
  •   Nassimi Eliminates PFAS From Performance Fabrics, Embracing Sustainability in the Textile Industry - "Our sustainability initiates have typically been self-motivated, as we do not wait for new regulations to react to," Iwan Nassimi said. "We make it a point to work with like-minded partners that challenge us to improve our products and the way we conduct our business."
  •   AIS' New Casegoods Lines Position the Company for Even Greater Industry Leadership - Dealer demand for casegoods spurs addition of lines to increase production capacity.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You've Got the Knoll Magic, You'll Get a Better Job." - by Stephen Viscusi - Any recruiter will tell you. We could have one great candidate from #Steelcase and one from MillerKnoll and one from the original Knoll. And, as expected, the clients will choose the Knoll person every day of the week.
  •   2020 and Nucraft Strengthen Partnership Through Cloud Pricing Tools - Nucraft will use 2020 Content's Cloud Pricing Tool for increased control over pricing data among many other benefits.
  •   Zanotta Acquired by Cassina - Becomes Part of Haworth Lifestyle Design Group - "With the arrival of Zanotta we have added another shining star to our bright sky, confirming HLD group's vocation to identify, attract and develop the best organizations from the global design scene.
  •   Spacestore Explores Accessibilty Design With CBRE and Google - As part of the launch of its Experiential Research Interview Series, Spacestor spoke to two workplace accessibility professionals from CBRE and Google, who are leading the way in influencing accessible design, to create spaces which are considered in the light of environments experienced by people with all disabilities.
  •   Haworth Invests in Showrooms to Demonstrate Hybrid Workspaces - Showrooms adapt for the work from anywhere expectation of the global workforce to become an intersection of physical and digital environments.
  •   51st CIFF Guangzhou 2023: An Extraordinary Relaunch - Traffic up 27.88% and an absolute record attendance.
  •   MillerKnoll and PepsiCo Empower the Next Generation of Designers - Mission: To Design an Innovative Student Lounge at Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design
  •   TAT Names New Associates and Director of Sustainability - Architecture and interiors firm elevates experienced designers and marketing professional to leadership positions, as it continues to identify emerging talent and build a foundation for continued growth and expansion.
  •   Ware Malcomb Announces Leadership News in Pleasanton Office - In their respective roles, Camposano and Lien will be responsible for leading the growth and management of their studios for the Pleasanton office.
  •   Anthony Brown April 2, 1937 - April 4, 2023 - It is with great sadness that Bisley announced the passing of its chairman and owner Anthony Brown, fondly known to many as Tony, aged 86.
  •   De Vorm Introduces Fost Large PET Felt Acoustic Lamp - The Fost Large Pet Felt Acoustic Lamp collection — a unique eye-catcher with a 118cm diameter lampshade.
  •   BuzziSpace Lowers Carbon Footprint With New BuzziFabric - BuzziFabric, most commonly used to upholster the wide range of BuzziSpace products, now comprises 100% recycled raw materials: 70% recycled wool, 25% recycled polyacrylic, and 5% recycled rags.
  •   SmithGroup Celebrates Opening of Hip Hop Exhibition at Baltimore Museum of Art - The Culture is a groundbreaking exhibition co-organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and Saint Louis Art Museum that explores the conceptual, cultural and aesthetic attributes that have made hip hop a global phenomenon.
  •   UPFRONT: New Showroom: Scandinavian Spaces Suite 366 Set To Debut at NeoCon 2023 - "The concept behind the new Scandinavian Spaces showroom is to create a transcendental balance between work and play."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Three-Dimensional Metal Surfacing Solutions Offer a New Layer of Design - With over thirty years of custom fabrication experience, award-winning metal experts, Móz Designs, is expanding their signature Engravings Collection with six new patterns.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Creative Office Resources Acquires De Clercq Office Group - "Paul, Kevin and I are very excited about our continued growth in Connecticut and what this acquisition will mean for the marketplace," said Denise Horn, CEO and Partner at Creative Office Resources.
  •   PEOPLE: Landscape Forms Appoints Lisa Belter as Business Development Representative for Alberta and Saskatchewan - Belter brings to Landscape Forms a strong professional background and diverse wealth of creative experience in graphic design, sales and marketing, education, consulting and Feng Shui design.
  •   PLACES - European Union Offices – Buenos Aires | The project's aesthetics sought to articulate the formal language of the international organization with a more modern and contemporary style.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Luxxbox Welcomes Mickie Kornhardt as North American Sales Manager / Design Museum Everywhere Has a New Mission Statement / GrizForm Design Architects Adds New Architectural Designer to Growing Team / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative / Arper's Collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure Exhibition Opens in LA / YOU'RE INVITED: The Real Story on Our Oceans, Plastics, and Greenwashing Webinar with Humanscale
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Energy-Saving Thermally Broken Entrances for Office Buildings / Arc-Com's Latest Upholstery Pattern, Pixel!
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 5, 2023

 
  •   Wyatt Seating: The Office Chair Manufacturer That's a Family Adventure - "We started out as the little guy, and in one sense or another, we still are the little guy, but we are rapidly growing, and our plan is to become a major player in the mid-market of seating," said John Gallen.
  •   6 Essential Resources for the Savvy Sales Rep - One size doesn't fit all when it comes to catering to the design clients of the future.
  •   The Mart Experiences Impressive Growth Ahead of NeoCon 2023 - New and expanded showrooms, extended leases, notable additions to the 7th Floor, and enhanced building amenities pave the way for a stellar 2023 edition.
  •   Configura Hosts Manufacturers and Partners at Annual Momentum Meeting - Just over 70 people including manufacturers from the commercial interiors and material handling industries, Configura Development and Service partners and several Configurans met to discuss and learn how to better support the User Community.
  •   Momentum Debuts Paradiso, A Colorful and Contemporary Botanical-Inspired Collection of Commercial Grade Textiles - The patterns of the collection — Paradiso, Lark and Boheme — were conceptualized to mix and match.
  •   ASID Announces New Approach to National Awards Program - New awards to broaden access and inclusivity for the recognition of excellence in interior design.
  •   Room & Board's National Urban Wood Project Expands to New York City - The manufacturer is using reclaimed wood from across the U.S. to create modern furniture with an eye toward sustainability.
  •   Bad Press: Andi Owen Uploaded to TikTok by @ceoswhodontcare - The Internet, along with many MillerKnoll employees, didn't seem to appreciate comments made by CEO Andi Owen on a recent company call.
  •   The IIDA Foundation and IA Interior Architects Announce the 2023 Diversity in Design Scholarship Recipients - The scholarship fund was established as part of a five-year partnership between the IIDA Foundation and IA to enrich and advance the interior design profession by recognizing outstanding students.
  •   Stephen Says - "Last Year I Made More Money Than Ever, This Year They Are Dividing My Territory!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Now is the time to prove you're as good a salesperson as you think you are. And hey, have you read a newspaper lately? Who knows what will happen with the economy this year. Everyone is a bit nervous. There is no use in getting ahead of yourself.
  •   IIDA NY Hosts Celebrated Designers for Pioneering Design Series - IIDA NY proudly presents "Makers and Creators: Pivoting in Design," a panel conversation in which renowned industry experts will discuss their collaborative design experiences and share insights gained from pivoting in their design process.
  •   Spotilight on Design: Heritage Crystal Clean - The design concept reflects HCC's mission of preserving the environment, and creatively uses the space to take employees and guests on a journey.
  •   Marvel Names Seven New Partners, Reconfirms Commitment to Designing for and in Partnership with Communities - The firm's promotion of key professionals, including many longtime team members, will expand Marvel's reach and establish new leadership in its San Juan office. The changes span all three offices of the award-winning design firm, elevating new experts to enhance outcomes for clients and stakeholders.
  •   FXCollaborative Taps Florencia Kratsman as New Head of Interior Architecture - Florencia brings over 25 years of experience in consulting, design, programming and space planning.
  •   UPFRONT: Eight Teknion Showrooms Achieve WELL V2 Certification Platinum - "Our focus has always been on our people, our partners, and our environment. We began with LEED certification in 2006 for our facilities."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Artcobell Adds Desking to Innovative NXT MOV Line - "There isn't anything like this in the market," said Vice President of Operations Kevin Smith.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: It's a Reunion and You're Invited - At the heart of the Reunion collection is Lawn Chair designed by Mary Jo Miller, Vice President of Design and Creative Direction at HBF Textiles.
  •   GREEN: Humanscale Celebrates Earth Month as The Most Sustainable Furniture Manufacturer - Humanscale's Zero Waste policy targets 100% waste diversion by 2030.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: COE Distributing CEO J.D. Ewing Shares Management Insights at UnleashWD Human Resources Summit - Ewing joins a select group of businesses and HR executives from the wholesaler-distributor realm in providing guidance to help human resources professionals balance strategic business objectives with employee security and satisfaction.
  •   PLACES - Price f(x) Offices – Prague | Price f(x) designed their Prague office space to promote creative dialogue and flexibility of use, with a wooden structure connecting two floors and a comprehensive control system measuring and adjusting environmental data in real time.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Announces Bill Roberts as General Counsel to Support Continued Growth / Matter Surfaces Announces Marketing Leadership Promotions / FK Architecture Welcomes Architects Connor Privett and Amy VanderMeer / Polyvision Corporation Announces Silvie Vermoote as Sales Director APAC / Michael Graves Architecture Acquires PGN Architects
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Aceray Unveils Fresh Seating Options in Time for Spring Markets / H Contract Expands Seating Product Line; Adds Outdoor Furniture Category For EFA Expo
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 29, 2023

 
  •   A Recipe for Sustainability — CICIL's Success Lies in Its Supply Chain - To keep its footprint small, CICIL's wool is sourced from farmers in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. It then travels to the Carolinas to be processed and manufactured by a third generation, family owned and operated, textile mill.
  •   Stephen Says - "RH is Eating the Italian Brands for Lunch" - by Stephen Viscusi - RH is selling a lifestyle — and it's managed to market the hell out of that lifestyle. It's great to have European investment in quality design. But it's time to have more of a U.S. marketing influence in leadership within European companies with regards to American customers.
  •   M&A Update: Spring 2023 - We are already in the midst of an M&A boom. And more is coming. Get ready.
  •   Keilhauer Launches Two Carbon Neutral Ottomans - "In the design process, there was always the idea of having something that would signify that this is a mobile product."
  •   FitzGerald Designs Its New Studio - The studio approaches wellness in a holistic sense, providing employees with a wide range of flexible working styles to best support their personality styles and needs, as well as access to a wellness suite, private phone rooms, and lockers.
  •   FCA Reimagines Fox Rothschild LLP's Seattle Headquarters - The Seattle workplace now serves as a test pilot of a new and increasingly compact office.
  •   2020 and LightCorp Strengthen Partnership Through Cloud Pricing Tools - LightCorp will use 2020 Content's Cloud Pricing Tool for increased control over pricing data among many other benefits.
  •   Design Museum Everywhere Introduces New Executive Director - "I am delighted to have Maria take on the role of Executive Director for Design Museum Everywhere. Maria has been a leader and advocate for the organization, helping us navigate the challenges of change and setting up a foundation for future growth and engagement with our community."
  •   Logiflex Office Furniture Invests $40 Million to Relocate to New Sherbrooke Industrial Park - Logiflex is on the front line when it comes to promoting Industry 4.0, new technology integration and digital transformation across its plants.
  •   Mohawk Group Partners With Water.org to Help Solve Global Water and Sanitation Crisis - "Our commitment to build a better tomorrow is a reminder that while we have continuously moved the needle, there is still more work to do."
  •   Whitney Brothers Introduces Live Edge Furniture Collection - Tables and seating simulate the popular design of live edge wide plank furniture with charming realism and coordinate with the brand's award winning biophilia-inspired Nature View Collection.
  •   KI Awards $40,000 of Furniture to Winning Teachers in Classroom Furniture Giveaway - Entrants in the giveaway used KI's Classroom Planner tool to design their ideal learning space.
  •   Photos: Design Within Reach Relocates West Palm Beach Studio to The Square - A natural fit for DWR, relocating to The Square allows the brand to leverage the area's dynamic offering of lifestyle destinations spanning retail, cuisine, design and art.
  •   Steelcase Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2023 Results - Revenue and earnings growth driven by year-over-year pricing benefits.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - $123 million of run-rate cost synergies related to the Knoll integration captured to date.
  •   UPFRONT: Business of Furniture Contributor Joins Thinkspace as Principal, Vice President - Before founding Embark CCT, a business coaching consultancy in 2017, Sid served as the Senior Vice President of Sales at AIS for 10 years, as well as a a frequent contributor to Business of Furniture.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: EF Contract Launches ColorWays - "The collection tells such a great color story, with rich saturated color throughout."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Sta-Kleen Silicone Debuts Three New Digital Print Fabrics from The Mitchell Group - "The fabric is environmentally responsible in the following ways: the manufacturing process uses zero solvents, and contains no polyvinyl chloride (PVC), plasticizers, phthalates, heavy metals, or stabilizers."
  •   MATERIALS: Design for Recycling: VALUMAT & WOOD.BE to Improve the Recyclability of Foams Used in Furniture - The study will consider the design aspects of the foam and how it is used in furniture and bedding and will be based on existing recycling techniques as well as advanced chemical recycling under development by industry.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Kellie Reed Promoted by Tangram - "My time growing with Tangram has been nothing short of incredible."
  •   PLACES - Broad Vision Funds (BVF) Offices – Beijing | In the space layout, we put the west side of the narrow space as a reception area, which naturally connects the outdoor terrace.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of New York City and Northern New Jersey / Dassault Systèmes Presents HomeByMe / Jodi Borges-Bradley Joins Office Creations as Chief Development Officer / B+H Architects Appoints Global Sustainability Lead / Scott Kriech Joins Grand Stands as National Sales Manager
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Linger a Little Longer - Deli from Scandinavian Spaces / The Nomadic Collection from Concertex / Keilhauer Goes Electric
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 22, 2023

 
  •   Own Who You Are and What You Deserve — Women Leaders in Design Weigh in On Rising to the Top and Empowering Others to Do the Same - More than 60% of designers are women. Yet only around 10% of designers are females in leadership positions.
  •   Family Values and Brand Connection at Forefront of Spectorgroup's New Headquarters - Spectorgroup's new headquarters is an expression of how the firm thinks and the work they do, as well as the changes they have seen and anticipate in workplace design.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Am a Great Candidate, but I'm Not Getting Interviews! What's Wrong?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Here's my tip for finding an interview the fastest, or, how to get the most interviews while you're looking. You need to express your vulnerability to a perspective employer and everyone you network with.
  •   Design Has Its Own Rhythm: NeoCon 2023 Keynotes Look to Hip Hop, Community, and Technology to Build our Future - Amy Webb, Michael Murphy, Michael Ford and Lupe Fiasco headline NeoCon 2023. Programming registration opens April 3.
  •   Poltrona Frau Announces the Launch of BAY SYSTEM, A Flexible New Seating System Designed by Foster + Partners - "We are proud to present this new chapter of the collaboration between Poltrona Frau and Foster + Partners, with whom we have been pursuing a joint effort in the development of new design and creative landscapes for public spaces."
  •   Cooper Hewitt Announces Formal Establishment of the Digital Curatorial Department - "Digital design will continue to radically change how we interact with the world and with each other in critical ways."
  •   Vestre Becomes World's First Furniture Company To Use SSAB's Revolutionary Fossil-Free Steel - Today's modern societies literally rest on a cradle of steel – and the metal's uses are almost endless.
  •   Scale 1:1 Launches Sidekick, The Revolutionary Way to Work - A trusted companion of the hybrid office that provides secure mobile storage and height adjustable workspace, Sidekick pedestals truly do it all – and look good doing it.
  •   Women of Steel: Breaking Bias, Building a Movement - What Pune, India manufacturing leaders learned while developing an all-woman team.
  •   Carnegie Fabrics Elevates Offerings With Endeavor Collection - Carnegie designed the Endeavor Collection in response to the renaissance we're seeing in the hospitality space, which has subsequently bled into markets like healthcare, corporate, and multifamily.
  •   UPFRONT: Turf Launches Plaid, A New Ceiling Scape That Adds Style and Flexibility - "With the introduction of Plaid, we're showcasing Turf's constant drive to create new and innovative tools for specifiers to choose from when considering the acoustics of a space."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Luxxbox Launches Cono Acoustic Pendant - The playful contrast of its cone shape, distinctive black finial, and upholstered textural wool finish adds character to any room.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Shimmering Surfaces: Meet 3form's New Flare Collection - Inspired by the chromatic spectrum, the Flare collection was created to reflect the inherent beauty of shimmering light.
  •   HIRED: LRS Architects Welcomes Seasoned Director of Business Development & Marketing, Jewel Kayfes - Kayfes brings fourteen years of experience leading large-scale teams in winning and maintaining client and partnership relationships that meet a company's strategic vision.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Gray Dougherty Joins KOVA as Director of Architecture - A seasoned professional, Dougherty bolsters KOVA's mission to implement and inspire circular design.
  •   PLACES - Digient Technologies Offices – Chennai | As we ascend to floor one, we experience an unparalleled workspace vibe through interesting nooks and corners, created for brainstorming, focused working and creative sessions in a maximalist yet contemporary style.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Moss Expands Presence Into Poland, Solidifying Global Footprint / Jake Loftis Joins AHF Products as New Chief Operating Officer / Resource Furniture Announces 2023 Promotions and Role Changes / IIDA Foundation Announces 2022 John J. Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship Recipients
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Lórien: Elegantly Simple Executive Seating / HON is Transforming Productivity at Work with Two New Products: Universal Screens and Flexion / Hybrid Work Means Hybrid Meetings: Framery in the Connected Office / Studio TK Expands Pico Line With New Wood Base Option
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 15, 2023

 
  •   HNI Corporation to Acquire Kimball International - "We are excited about joining with Kimball International, a high-quality company we have long admired for its recognized brands, furnishings expertise built over 70 years, and established relationships across multiple sectors."
  •   The Greatest Reward — Promenaid Solves for Functionality, Accessibility and Beauty in a Handrail - People aren't necessarily against handrails, the notion of the handrail itself, they just don't want a visually unappealing handrail.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Colleagues Are Back in the Office, but Most of Them Dress Like Slobs." - by Stephen Viscusi - Here's my question to you, Stephen: How do I get my colleagues and my boss on board with the fact that we need to establish some kind of, dare I say, dress code, or at least look neater and cleaner when we're coming to work every day?
  •   On the Scene - Noteworthy NYC Industry Events, March Edition, by Stefanie Schwalb.
  •   Functional Art in Hospitality, a Way to Stand Out - One component to consider is the impact of functional art. It serves a utilitarian purpose, creating greater meaning for guests and the property, but it also noticeably adds to the ambiance and unique design of a space.
  •   AIS Launches New Product Solutions to Enhance the Workplace - New personal task lighting features three sleek, energy efficient options and Calibrate Dry Planters bring maintenance free biophilic accents.
  •   HLW Launches New Service Offering Through Multidisciplinary Consultancy Division Ark - "Born from a desire to guide our clients through times of uncertainty, Ark is a new studio focused on delivering innovation and resilient thinking."
  •   Freeform Acquires Brutzman's Office Solutions - Boise-based commercial interiors company acquires Tri-Cities-based office solutions provider.
  •   Officeworks Wins 2022 Teknion Orion Award - This marks Officeworks' fourth win, taking home four out of the last six Teknion Orion Awards given out since 2014.
  •   Global Furniture Group, USA Adds to Its Growing Team in The West - New Regional Sales Managers Blake Brotherson and Christy Bouquet are now part of the team.
  •   America ByDesign Partners with AIA in Season 2 of America ByDesign: Architecture - ByDesign is home to a global collection of primetime television shows on CBS that explore design, featuring the innovators who bring ideas to life.
  •   Endemic Pods the Solution for Post-Covid Design - When first starting your design process one of the best strategies to implement is to understand how the design is related to everyday business operation.
  •   TÜV Rheinland North America Invests in New Technology and Innovation Service Center in Tthe Northeast United States - "We are proud to be in a position where our investment allowed us to create 'The TÜV Rheinland Technology and Innovation Center located in North America."
  •   Emerald Announces New Promotions in the Hospitality Group - "Keisha and Rachel have been vital in the evolution of the BD and HD brands," said Kevin Gaffney, Group Vice President, Design Group, Emerald.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 Offers Free e-Learning Class on New Pricing Center Feature - Complimentary course on Cloud Pricing provides designers with information they need to gain a competitive advantage with latest development for 2020 Worksheet.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: EzoBord Unveils PrivaSeat, Designed to Support Focus Work in Hybrid Settings - Pre-assembled and ready to go out of the box, PrivaSeat can be easily affixed to most commercial and residential task chairs.
  •   COLOR: PANTONEVIEW Color Planner Autumn/Winter 24/25 Now Available - Reflecting this free-spirited color approach, colors for Autumn/Winter 24/25 express a wide range of feelings, from ethereal misty blues, discrete lilacs, cloudy pinks, and clay-based neutrals to intensely saturated hyper violets, inky blues, bioluminescent greens, and decadent reds.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Dara Mir to Step Down as President and CEO of 9to5 Seating - "As I reflect on my time with 9to5 Seating, I am filled with an immense sense of pride and gratitude for what we have achieved together as a company."
  •   PLACES - Varian Offices – Helsinki | Moving from an office room complex to a multi-space office with only 120 work desks was a significant change, but it was the right decision for the era of hybrid working.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Room & Board Business Interiors Hires Sales Pro Ben Stich / Marnique Heath Recognized Member of AIA College of Fellows / Aspire Pavers Welcomes Jennifer Cella as a Technical Sales Representative / Henriksen Butler Rebrands to HB Workplaces, Embracing a 43-Year Evolution / Ware Malcomb Names Bhavini Hardev as Studio Manager, Interior Architecture & Design in San Francisco Office / SGA Expands Academic Team, Hires New Director of Architecture
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Introducing Ooty by Allermuir x SmithMatthias / Geiger Expands its Crosshatch Offering with Inaugural Outdoor Collection / Shaw Contract Launches Newest Innovation - BottleFloor
  •   CLASSIFIEDS - Page 84: Energetic Sales Professional
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Business of Furniture - March 8, 2023

 
  •   Where I'm Working - Location: Los Angeles | Theme: Women in Leadership | Where I'm Working is the monthly column of Bellow Press Editor-in-Chief Emily Clingman, featuring commentary and photography on issues, trends and ideas in the workplace, design and manufacturing sectors.
  •   New: SOMA From Pair — a Response to the New Hybrid Office - SOMA isn't attached to individual workstations like traditional storage pedestals in offices.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Hate My Co-worker's Social Media Posts — But I Like Working with Her" - by Stephen Viscusi - Social Media is a nice way to bond closer with friends at work that we like, however we don't have to like everything about them and their posts. Instead of unfriending someone, I suggest self-editing yourself — and what you read. It's no different than if I watch a scary movie and close my eyes during the jump scene.
  •   Office Revolution Names Brett Frenier as Principal of Raleigh Location - "I have joined Office Revolution at a time of significant opportunity for the Company and its clients," said Frenier.
  •   Feud Update: Canadian Court Official Calls DIRTT's Legal Action Against Falkbuilt "a waste of time" - In the latest setback for DIRTT, its application for a summary judgment was dismissed.
  •   Tangram and Studio Other Furnish New Belkin Headquarters Office in Southern California - "I would say this has been one of the best experiences of my whole career and I am incredibly proud of this place because we were able to really take all of the things we've learned about what Belkin needs and what our employees need and turn it into this facility," said Oliver Seil, Belkin Senior Director. "I couldn't imagine it having turned out any better."
  •   Landscape Forms Appoints Angela Saladino as Lighting Regional Sales Representative for the Southeast - "My combined lighting industry experience helps me understand the needs of a range of clients, and I look forward to assisting lighting agencies, engineers, and specifiers in my current role with Landscape Forms."
  •   HBF Textiles Introduces In Your Skin Collection Designed by Erin Ruby - Several patterns are created by amplifying bold textures, while others can be easily blended with other finishes and materials.
  •   Taking Part in Trade Fairs is an Investment that Pays Off - An AEFI study demonstrates the competitive and economic advantage for Italian businesses choosing to take part in trade fairs. The sectoral industry is the fourth most powerful in the world.
  •   Indiana Furniture Partners with GOVMVMT for Streamlined Cooperative Purchasing - GOVMVMT provides a powerful, streamlined procurement tool developed specifically to meet and comply with the needs of local, state, and federal agencies.
  •   Hacin + Associates Announces Leadership Transitions and Brand Update Going Into Its 30th Year - With the addition of new principals, the firm will move to the standalone moniker of Hacin. Stepping away from the identity of Hacin + Associates, the name Hacin supports the wide range of existing disciplines and evolving opportunities for the organization going forward.
  •   Frövi Calls Floor 11, Suite 101 of The Merchandise Mart their Chicago Home - Frövi's showroom designer, Matt Coules, carefully considered the plans for the space, keeping the human experience at the heart of his designs.
  •   Page & Turnbull Earns Honors for Innovation, Design, Preservation and Social Progress - With renewed recognition as a most innovative firm and a national leader in work with historic fabric, Page & Turnbull is meeting today's needs, from climate action to social justice.
  •   Tarkett Adds to Sustainability & Design Teams - Engaging with our sales team and clients is an imperative part of the process to ensure we are exceeding the industry's sustainability expectations."
  •   IIDA NY Awards Recipients of the Second Annual Hazel Siegel Scholarship - Three students awarded trips to the shift conference in honor of the late designer's devotion to mentorship and student development.
  •   DIFFA BY DESIGN Returns with New Home AT ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan - The beloved fundraiser will feature signature designer installations and more from May 21-23 at the Javits Center.
  •   Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results - Net sales totaled $335.6 million, down 1.2% year-over-year. Currency neutral net sales were up 3.6% year-over-year.
  •   UPFRONT: Carnegie Announces the Passing of John Stein, Founder of Kirei - John founded Kirei over 20 years ago, with a mission to prove that the highest quality design materials and acoustic solutions could be delivered in an environmentally positive way.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kuvi Integrates Clever Accessories to Provide Endless Flexibility - Developed in response to the need for a more comfortable multi-use chair that supported both individual work and collaboration, product designers sought a solution that would maintain a high level of utility while incorporating the larger proportions and softer cushioning.
  •   EVENTS: Best of NeoCon 2023 Submissions Are Now Open - The Best of NeoCon finalists are emblematic of the latest trends and movements that are shaping how we work, gather, learn, and communicate.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Erica Godun Becomes Director, Sustainability of Ware Malcomb - Godun brings more than 25 years of experience in various phases of architecture and design to Ware Malcomb and has been passionate about environmental sustainability throughout her career.
  •   PLACES - Trilegal Offices – New Delhi | Height-adjustable workstations, break out areas and collaborative work desks make for a hybrid and flexible workspace that supports a healthy work environment and fosters productivity.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - DWR's West Palm Beach Studio Relocates to The Square / Landscape Forms Taps Two Seasoned Veterans to Fill New Role in the Lighting Division / JCJ Architecture Elevates Multiple Long Serving and Senior Level Team Members / DXA Studio Promotes Sando Thordarson to Principal With Additional Promotions from Within / Thinkspace Welcomes New Independent Furniture Representative Bam Associates
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Humanscale Introduces NeatCharge Update / Beauty in Frame — Scandinavian Spaces Presents Arka / Hightower Launches Three New Collections
  •   CLASSIFIEDS - Page 94: Looking For Energetic Sales Professional
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Business of Furniture - March 1, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "European Furniture Manufacturer Wants to Sell in U.S." - by Stephen Viscusi - The Viscusi Group has many clients from Europe, all in the same boat. They tell us that the European Union and the U.K are affected far more broadly than the U.S. economy by the war in Ukraine.
  •   Salone del Mobile.Milano is Back in Business With Exciting New Developments - The 2023 edition will be packed with people and projects, encompassing more than 1.8 million square feet of net exhibition space and 1,962 exhibitors.
  •   Top 7 Places Architects & Designers Turn for Inspiration - ThinkLab's U.S. Design Industry Benchmark Report for 2023 reveals where A&D are finding sparks of design inspiration.
  •   Empire Office Launches New Headquarters in New York Showcasing a Sophisticated Design for a Flexible and Modern Way of Working - The result is a welcoming environment that promotes socialization and draws in employees, partners, clients, and visitors.
  •   ABI January 2023: Architecture Firm Billings Decline at Slower Pace - One in five firms have current international projects, or have had one in the last five years.
  •   Loll Designs Grows Its Contract Team in Anticipation of New Distribution Model - The made-in-the-USA furniture manufacturer will be available as an open line offering.
  •   Kimball International's PoppinPods Offer Flexibility for Individual Privacy or Multiperson Meetings - Through Kimball International's extensive research and experience in acoustics, they are excited to launch PoppinPod Kolo and PoppinPod Om to easily create spaces where employees and guests can feel comfortable and confident to ultimately do their best work.
  •   Allsteel is Defining The Future of Office With Daybook: The Wall That Divides and Unites - Daybook is an amazingly versatile, light-scale wall that can be configured in various ways to equip a high-performance, welcoming workplace.
  •   Coverings 2023 Commemorates National Tile Day With Annual Top 10 Tile Trends - "Celebrating the ceramic tile trends in commemoration of our seventh annual National Tile Day provides us with another opportunity to recognize and appreciate the benefits of tile and its countless advantages as a material."
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 - Fourth quarter sales of $568.9 million were down 6 percent from year-ago levels, and fourth quarter net income was $16.3 million.
  •   DIRTT Reports Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Results - Net loss improved to $(5.9) million by $10.1 million, or 63%, from the prior year's fourth quarter and by $0.8 million, or 12%, from the third quarter of 2022.
  •   UPFRONT: Fellowes Extends Its Brand into Contract Furniture - Both Trendway and ESI brands will transition to the Fellowes Brand in the first half of 2023.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Fellowes Announces Release of Rising, Delivering Unparalleled Sophistication in Monitor Arms - Rising is the most comprehensive range of monitor arms on the market and are meticulously designed to combine unparalleled, sophisticated construction with no-hassle installation and superior functionality to bring higher performance and improved aesthetics to workplaces.
  •   NOW REPPING: Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Florida - The curated line will be represented by Materiality Rep Group.
  •   SHOWROOM SPOTLIGHT: 3form Transforms Showroom Experience, Leaping Into the Virtual World - For designers specializing in a specific industry, the experience is custom-tailored to their specification journey, starting with a building dedicated to healthcare design.
  •   PLACES - Linmon Pictures Offices – Beijing | As you walk in, the first space you enter is the main hub of first floor- the reception lobby, soon the cantilevered front desk with a length of 7.2 meters comes into sight.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Solomon Coyle Accepting Registrations for Spring Session of Project Management Training / New Podcast from Haworth / Chief Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy to Represent Humanscale at the World Ocean Summit
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The SOMA Office Lockers from Pair Designed for Hybrid Workers / KFI Studios Expands Eveleen Outdoor Collection / Landscape Forms Grows Portfolio With Urbidermis – Expands Harpo and Bancal Lines
  •   NEW CLASSIFIED - Page 86: Looking For Energetic Sales Professional
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Business of Furniture - February 22, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "Come Back to Work, Or Get Quietly Fired" - by Stephen Viscusi - Most of the businesses in our industry are private companies and the owners have more leeway to set the rules, without worrying about their public image to the shareholders, and many have been doing just that.
  •   Eisai Teams Up with HLW to Create New Headquarters and New Culture - The design concept is a way to relate employees to the brand because it makes employees feel tied to their workplace, as opposed to it being a space they just go to for work.
  •   AIS' National Sales Meeting Wraps Up Successful Year, Promotes Two Sales Team Members - Justin Brzostowski promoted to Director of Sales for New York and New Jersey, Anthony Heim Elevated to Senior Territory Manager for the Carolinas and Tennessee.
  •   Hempitecture Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for First-of-its-kind, U.S.-Based Manufacturing Facility - The new facility will produce a wide range of biobased nonwoven products to be used across multiple industries, including the manufacturing of Hempitecture's flagship product, HempWool thermal insulation.
  •   Nassimi Announces PFAS-Free Production of All Fabrics - Innovative Textile Manufacturer Completes Move to Establish a Fully PFAS-Free Portfolio of High-Performing Fabrics - Human health and environmental stewardship have always been of great importance to Nassimi.
  •   Kimball International Introduces Creating Places to Belong Initiative - Creating Places to Belong is a collection of tools, insights, personal stories, conversations, and inspiration.
  •   Spellman Brady & Co. Completes Interior Design for Memory Care Addition - SBC worked with the Director of Assisted Living Facilities, Food Service Manager and Director of Property Management and Technology in the design planning meetings so that they could input the acuity level of their residents; the intended use of the kitchen spaces and common areas; and to help guide material selections and design choices.
  •   Haworth Sets Global Sales Milestone In 2022 - Haworth reported 2022 global sales of $2.5 billion USD, a 27.5% increase from 2021 that is mostly organic.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2023: The Doors are About to Open Wide! - We are almost there! The 51st CIFF Guangzhou 2023 is ready to open its doors giving an enthusiastic welcome to all the players in the furniture industry and providing a concrete response to the major changes and new challenges at play in the market.
  •   MillerKnoll 3D Leader, La-Z-Boy Alumna Join 3D Cloud by Marxent Advisory Board - "As we introduce AI/ML, room scanning, and other advanced features, it's critical to keep the client perspective front and center."
  •   IFDA's Educational Foundation 2023 Board of Trustees - The 2023 Board of Trustees was selected to oversee and administer more than $30,000 in annual design-related scholarships and grants.
  •   UPFRONT: Tangram Promotes Alyssa Armesto To Vice President, Central Valley - Armesto's new role will place her in charge of sales and operations – managing the entire division in all roles.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Filzfelt Adds New Designs to ARO Grid Acoustic Ceiling Collection - Grid 6 expand on the series from New York-based architecture firm, Architecture Research Office, with two dynamic designs that elevate the acoustic ceiling grid and tackle the conundrum of masking clutter overhead.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KFI Studios Launches Ember Table - For added functionality, power options can be installed on Ember to conveniently charge devices.
  •   HIRED: Primeway Adds New National Sales Manager - With over 30 years of experience in the Contract Furniture Industry, Zemer began his career in High School as a furniture installer.
  •   PEOPLE: Empire Office Grows Atlanta Sales Team Focusing on A&D Relationships and New Business Initiatives - Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, announced that Elizabeth Young (top) and Cameron Giddings (bottom) have joined the company in sales leadership roles in its Atlanta office.
  •   PLACES - Axpo Group Offices – Warsaw | The key element in the whole project was to provide friendly and safe work stations and at the same time adjust the work model to the current trends.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Humanscale Looks to its Customers for Workplace Insights to Inform Future Wellness & Ergonomic Needs / Mannington Commercial's Open Range Named a 2023 ADEX Platinum Award Recipient / Six Global Stantec Offices Earn WELL Health-Safety Rating / Bjelin Hardened Wood Wins Best Overall Product Award at TISE 2023 / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative / JSI Announces New Partnership in Arizona & New Mexico / //3877 Welcomes Interior Designer to Multi-Disciplinary Team / Bendheim Names Donald Jayson as President
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Resource Furniture to Showcase Giro / Mammoth Office Furniture Helps Refurnish Local Chamber of Commerce Offices in Historic Town Hall Building / BuzziSpace Introduces New Sustainable Acoustic Solution, BuzziFold / RBW Partners with Jonas Damon on Highline, its Most Versatile Light Yet / Herman Miller Introduces Bound: Acoustic Screens Designed to Deflect Distractions / Waterworld - Expansive New Light Shifting and Embossed Water Effect Designs / Móz Designs' Biophilic, Backlit Columns Prioritize the Patient's Experience / Hightower Announces Expansion of FourDesign Collections, FourSure & FourCast / The Agility Company Launches New Height Adjustable Benching Solution
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Business of Furniture - February 15, 2023

 
  •   Herman Miller Presents: The Passport Work Table, the Intuitive Height-Adjustable Table Designed to Fit Everywhere - Pneumatic table showcases mobile design that maximizes performance while minimizing footprint.
  •   Stephen Says - "Lowest Unemployment in 53 Years: No One Will Accept My Job Offer. Help!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Whether you do it on your own or if you hire an independent recruiter, the secret is always the same today — which is, to get an employee to "yes," or to attract a top performer with a "book of business" to come to your company, it all comes down to the base. The base, the base, the base — salary, that is.
  •   Design Hackathon: Introducing the Design Hackathon Advisory Council for 2023 - Together, this council will challenge outdated industry norms and map the most impactful way to connect with the next generation.
  •   FCA Signs AIA Climate Agreement, Reinforcing Commitment to Sustainable Design - Firm joins efforts towards a carbon-neutral built environment through a sustainability-driven culture.
  •   Face-to-Face Banking: How KB Rethinks Stoic Industries for the Modern Age - The pilot branch in Prague has been so successful that it has scaled to 20 other branches within the Czech Republic.
  •   LightCorp Grows Its West Elm Partnership with Exclusive Product - The unique hexagon shape allows multiple planters to be nested together at varying heights.
  •   TUCK, the Ultra-Portable Power Solution from STUDIO by Dekko - Principled in design and customization, the palette and finishing selections provide an aesthetic appeal to complement any space.
  •   Stockholm Furniture Fair: Nowy Styl & Kusch+Co Presented Sustainable Approach to Products, Services, and Brand Mission - Their leading motif was: in tune with nature, emphasizing the connection of the offer and the business approach to the natural world.
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q4 2022 Results - Mohawk concluded 2022 with a strong balance sheet, low net debt leverage of 1.3 times EBITDA and available liquidity of approximately $1.8 billion to manage the current environment and optimize our long-term results.
  •   Kimball International Introduces a New Seating Solution and Harmonized Surface Materials Program - Chaddy offers extreme versatility and exceptional comfort.
  •   Greg Stoner Joins Indiana Furniture's Board of Directors - Stoner has nearly 40 years of progressive experience with manufacturing and marketing-related companies, including General Electric Lighting, Newell-Rubbermaid, Masterbrand Cabinets, Metrie, and, most recently, Olon Industries.
  •   Sustainable Concepts Shortlisted for Wege Prize '23 Offer Real-World Solutions for Circular Economy - Wege Prize announces 15 semifinalist student teams for global student innovation competition, with participants from 23 countries including Mozambique, Costa Rica, China, the U.K. and Canada.
  •   Registration Now Open: NeoCon 2023 - The 54th edition will bring the community together at THE MART with product launches, programming, invaluable networking, and more from June 12-14, 2023.
  •   UPFRONT: dancker Acquires Columbia, MD-Based DBE Systems, an Integrated Technology Contractor - "The addition of DBE further strengthens dancker's already formidable ability to integrate architectural, furniture, technology, and logistics solutions as a trusted, single-source provider to corporate, government, education, and healthcare facilities," said dancker CEO Steven Lang.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Humanscale Updates the Freedom Ergonomic Stools with Active Pony - This stool features the compact pony saddle seat, a unique triangular cushion that reduces pressure points for long-term comfort while supporting a healthy lumbar spine.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New Tarkett Even Plane LVT Offers Top-of-Class Sound Absorption - Beneath the surface of Even Plane LVT, a non-woven fiberglass layer resists indentation and dampens sound both within the space and between floors.
  •   AWARDED: Steelcase Named One of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE - "We're thrilled to be named to FORTUNE's Most Admired List alongside so many remarkable companies," said Sara Armbruster, president and CEO of Steelcase.
  •   PEOPLE: MillerKnoll Welcomes its Inaugural Curatorial Fellow to Cranbrook Art Museum - "We are delighted to welcome our first MillerKnoll Curatorial Research Fellow to our historic campus," said Andrew Blauvelt, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum.
  •   PLACES - Lumenis Offices – Shanghai | Next to the workstation area is an open collaborative area where employees can start a brainstorming session at any time.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Celebrates 33 Design Awards and Recognitions in 2022 / TPG Architecture Promotes Two Long-Time Team Members to Managing Executive / JCJ Architecture Elevates Multiple Long Serving and Senior Level Team Members / Svigals + Partners Advances Architect Alana Konefal, Leader of Complex Projects / Ghent's Glassboards & Whiteboards in CET Designer Marketplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Spec Expands Hardi Product Offering / Introducing NEO Architectural Lighting: Humanizing Spaces with Light / Luum Launches Earthly Artifacts Collection | Combining Elements of Art, Anthropology, and Geology / Rottet Collection Wins Chicago Athenaeum 2022 GOOD DESIGN Award for The Walking Bench
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Business of Furniture - February 8, 2023

 
  •   The Layered Language of Lighting — Flos Considers Both Function and Aesthetics in its Designs - Human-centric lighting is a growing trend in commercial lighting design, which takes into account the impact of lighting on human health and well-being.
  •   ASID 2023 Trends Outlook: Mental Health, Sustainability, and Design for the Metaverse - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its 2023 Trends Outlook report, examining societal shifts and economic trends impacting the design profession and the role of design in addressing issues in our world.
  •   Stephen Says - "My New Boss Has No More Experience Than Me, And I Resent Reporting to Her" - by Stephen Viscusi - Instead of being angry or jealous, why not embrace this as a chance to win over the new boss, jump right in, and be willing to share your knowledge of the region and your dealers and customers?
  •   In Memoriam: Joe Hollman, Founder of the Dallas-based Hollman, Inc. — Industry Leader in Locker Design and Solutions - With great sadness, Hollman announced the passing of Joe Hollman. Joe passed away Jan. 26, surrounded by family at his home in Dallas.
  •   GMi Companies Announces Promotions and Additions of Key Positions - GMi Companies, parent company of Ghent, the leader in visual communications and space solutions, announced several promotions and organizational changes to better serve customers in the coming years.
  •   Loftwall Launches Arbor: Acoustic Wood Panels with a Natural Vibe - Texas-based manufacturer continues march towards solving the privacy problems of the modern office.
  •   LINAK U.S. Acquires New Building, Expanding Louisville Campus To Over 39 Acres - "Market demand continues to grow for our products and solutions in North and South America" said Magnus Conradsen, president of LINAK U.S.
  •   NARBUTAS at The 2023 Stockholm Furniture Fair - "For many years, we have been not only producing furniture, but also creating workspace solutions," said Vilma Sinkevičiūtė, NARBUTAS Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
  •   Stockholm Furniture Fair 2023 - Live Photos from the Stockholmsmässan
  •   Wallcoverings Association Annual Meeting Seeks to Better the Future of the Industry - Gina Shaw, EVP of Product Development for York Wallcoverings, received the wallcovering industry's highest honor, the Allman Award.
  •   Creative Office Resources Celebrates One Year - "Over the last year our company has learned, grown and leaned into new ways of doing business together," said CEO Denise Horn.
  •   Dyer Brown Promotes Ashley Dunn and Sara Ross to Principal - "Our success depends upon the success of the people and companies we serve," said president Brent Zeigler, AIA, IIDA, in announcing the key elevations.
  •   American Olean Celebrates 100th Anniversary at Allegiant Stadium - "Many of the key moments at tonight's reception revolved around thanking our valued distributors," said Hector Narvaez, vice president of distributor sales for Dal-Tile LLC.
  •   Storr Office Environments Named "Great Place to Work" for 2022 - "Our company's purpose is to positively impact the lives of our Team Members, Customers and Community."
  •   Adam Gregory Named New VP of Design at IOA - Commercial and contract design leader brings over a decade of product development, engineering experience to the role.
  •   Charlan Brock Architects: Impacting Lives Together Since 1981 - With a core of accomplished leaders guiding over 100 diverse and talented team members, CBA is unified by their singular goal of Impacting Lives Together.
  •   3form Debuts 2023 Color Collection - "We see color as a main ingredient in creating welcoming gathering spaces," said 3form Chief Creative Officer Ryan Smith.
  •   Kimball International Reports Second Quarter 2023 Results - Strong Growth in Sales and Operating Profits / Leadership in Ancillary Products and Secondary Geographies Continues to Drive Industry-leading Performance / Maintains Fiscal 2023 Guidance for Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 47% Despite Industry Headwinds
  •   UPFRONT: Installnet Launches Brand Refresh Reflecting Purpose and Mission - The company's new wordmark reflects its modern and flexible approach to finding solutions that simplify the creation of inspired workspaces.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Unika Vaev Introduces Latest Acoustic Product Collection - "This latest collection of versatile decorative acoustic products continues to reinforce Unika Vaev's commitment to offer an extensive range of beautiful products for a wide range of applications," said C. Wick Wolfe, president, Unika Vaev.
  •   TRENDS: Daltile Releases 2023 Annual Trend Report - "Style and design surround us — impacting how we feel, the personality of a room, or the energy of a space," said Laura Grilli, director of product design for Daltile.
  •   NEW WEBSITE: Kimball International Launches New Web Experience - The new website is now organized around the company's key vertical markets, including workplace, health, education, and hospitality.
  •   PLACES - Boston Consulting Group Offices – Seoul | Founded in 1993, BCG Seoul has relocated to brand new building celebrating their 30th anniversary on 2023.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - JSI Announces New Partnership in the Pacific Northwest / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming / Design Pool Launches Mapping Library to Use in Renderings / Registration for NeoCon 2023 Now Open / Michael Graves Architecture Acquires Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design Launches KOLAB Lounge Seating / Vignelli Rocker / New Year, Fresh Novelties from Ethnicraft / Leland Introduces New Colors for Slam, Elevates a Natural Palette and Sustainable Manufacturing / Heller Reissues Float
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Business of Furniture - February 1, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm a Regional Sales Manager Who Wants to Go Back to Being a Sales Rep, But How?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I get it, and I am not one of the recruiters that would discourage you, but I would tell you to carefully inspect and reposition your LinkedIn profile and resume with an eye towards being much more modest than they probably look now.
  •   Interiors Industry Forecast: Focus on These 5 Shifts to Get Ahead in 2023 - Today's design teams are formed around the best talent for the job, with less emphasis than ever on physical location. Tomorrow's comp plans and distribution models will need to align.
  •   2022-Q4 Market Outlook Report Now Available - Billings and pipeline increasing, backlogs come off of historic peak.
  •   Steelcase and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Launch New Collaborative Collection - Drawing on a connection that began over 80 years ago, the two organizations debut a collection for living and working at home.
  •   Project Spotlight: Helping the Homeless - We believe that everybody deserves the opportunity for a fulfilling future, this is why when you select Verandas not only are you choosing a sustainable, design-led solution, but you're investing in a greater future for all," Nick Stedman, VP Marketing at Spacestor.
  •   Highlights: BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference Future First - Celebrating 50 years of success, BIFMA members can be proud of the industry they have built.
  •   Rimadesio Miami by Solesdi Opens New Store in Design District - The exhibition space is designed to create a continuous environment and communicate the best qualities of the brand.
  •   Fishman Flooring Solutions Names Tarkett Contract 2022 Vendor Partner of the Year - "I speak for the entire Tarkett Commercial team when I say we are truly humbled and honored to receive this recognition for the second straight year," said Kevin McGregor, commercial sales vice president for Tarkett.
  •   Legrand Announces New Chief Marketing Officer, Laurie Englert - Laurie brings to this position 30+ years of experience in various marketing and communication roles; managing high-performing, customer-focused functional teams such as digital experience, customer relationship management (CRM), learning experience, channel marketing, customer care, and more.
  •   Clever Joins the SURROUND Podcast Network - Prior to her foray into podcasting, Amy Devers spent years as an independent designer and builder of furniture and interiors.
  •   Mohawk Group Launches Sustainability Estimator Platform to Gauge Impact of Flooring Specifications - When you are able to have a firsthand glimpse of the possible positive effects of your specifications, it is incredibly empowering. That alone connects all the dots in a very tangible and meaningful way.
  •   Spacekit Partners with Armstrong World Industries - "We're a team of designers with a passion for beautiful spaces – a passion we share with Armstrong," said Rob Barber, ATOMIC/Spacekit Vice President Modular Systems and R&D.
  •   Cooper Robertson Elevates Team and Amplifies Leadership, Adding Two High-Profile Directors - Growing firm announces promotions and addition of two established leaders in urban design and architecture in key positions to expand portfolio of building and citymaking works globally .
  •   Team Led by Buro Happold Creates Sustainable Design Guidelines for the University of Southern California - For USC, the new guidelines establish process management guidance for project teams to understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as key sustainability activities required for tracking and reporting.
  •   Supporting Healthcare Safety and Flexibility - Steelcase Health partners with KwickScreen to address infection control and flexibility in healthcare spaces.
  •   UPFRONT: Claridge Welcomes Mark Pescatello as the New SVP of Operations - Mark brings tremendous talent and nearly 30 years of operations management to Claridge, most recently serving as SVP of Operations for HAPCO Pole Products/Concord American Flagpole.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Unveils Designer Multipurpose Chair Cavo - Aesthetics are only half the story with this durable, easy-to-clean seating solution.
  •   AWARDED: Lesro Announces 2022 Rep of the Year - Chris Ivan of Ace Office Furniture has been awarded Lesro Industries' coveted Manufacturers Rep of the Year Award.
  •   EXPANDING: Lodes Announces Strategic Expansion in North America - "I am incredibly proud of the growth we've been able to achieve since my grandfather, Angelo Tosetto, founded the company in 1950," said Lodes Managing Director, Massimiliano Tosetto.
  •   PLACES - ZOZO Offices – Chiba, Japan | The architect's aim was to create a "regionally integrated office" that will grow with the city.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - HNI Global and KOKUYO Partner to Expand Services Worldwide / LRS Architects Celebrates Growth, Promotes Boumatar and Loverro to Associate
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Okamura's LW Lounge – The Form of Feeling Good at Work / Deep Cushions, Deeper Convos in Crest from Scandinavian Spaces / KFI Studios Launches Willow Table
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Business of Furniture - January 25, 2023

 
  •   Top Eight Workplace Trends for 2023 - A company culture that prioritizes employee health and wellbeing has the best chance of attracting and retaining top talent, as well as amplifying the employee experience.
  •   9to5 Seating Wins Four GOOD DESIGN Awards - "Last year, 9to5 Seating received three prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards and to receive four awards this year is representative of our continued commitment to providing high-design products to the market that are both functional and attainable," said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating.
  •   Framery Builds Best-In-Class Hybrid Workspaces with Logitech - All-in-one video conference set-ups equip the office for effective and intuitive hybrid work.
  •   Finch™ Takes Flight - Byrne's clever new accessory is perfectly positioned to elevate any space with easily-accessible power from both the front and back.
  •   Allsteel Moves Sales Organization to Chicago - In late Spring of 2023, Allsteel will open the doors to its new Experience Center in Fulton Market in Chicago, one of the fastest growing markets for Allsteel and the HNI family of brands.
  •   Years In The Making: The McKenzie Family's Continued Investment In Watson's Future - As CK McKenzie takes on the role of President, we look at the ways the McKenzie family has shaped Watson's culture, and how they're committed to help guide its future while maintaining its deeply-held values.
  •   As New Year Rings in, Wyatt Seating Celebrates with New Staff and Promotions - As operations continue to grow, a trusted leader in seating solutions promotes new VP, adds fresh talent to operation.
  •   Louis Poulsen Announces Appointment of CEO, US and Canada - "We see an incredible potential in the US and Canada, and we're excited to bring Carly Conelli in to ensure continued growth." said Tommy Rothoff, Louis Poulsen's chief sales officer.
  •   Formica Celebrates 110th Anniversary - Iconic inventor of laminate will commemorate its history and future with events, product highlights throughout the year.
  •   Choosing Color, Materiality and Design - The Davis Color Story continues to expand with the release of the Aurora Leather Collection.
  •   KAI Enterprises and The UP Companies CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Named a 2023 St. Louis Titan 100 - As CEO of Minority Business Enterprise KAI (architecture, engineering and construction firm) and UPCO (electrical, carpentry and labor subcontractor services), Kennedy has successfully embraced change in the ever-evolving design and construction industry.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Before we get into the fun and games, let me just point out why the email address on resumes is so important.
  •   UPFRONT: BOS Orlando Names New Executive Team - BOS, a 100% ESOP, full-service Haworth Preferred Office Furniture Dealership, is pleased to announce new executive leadership as Robert Bagley, III joins Mike Berry.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Spinni by Division Twelve - The bent metal furniture brand takes on the classic drafting stool, with a twist.
  •   NOW REPPING: Landscape Forms Appoints Annette Baubie as Business Development Representative for British Columbia - Baubie brings to Landscape Forms over 25 years of experience in the furniture industry, working extensively with architecture and design professionals, contractors, and end users alike.
  •   INDUSTRY FABRIC: Bernie Gordon - Bernie Gordon, Co-founder of Wolf-Gordon and beloved father of former Executive Vice President David Gordon, recently passed away.
  •   PLACES - Nestlé Offices – Jakarta | The Customer Engagement Centre for Nestlé Professional is designed for team meetings and training sessions with customers.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Yamini Mudaliar to Studio Manager, Architecture in Atlanta Office / FK Architecture Adds Talent and Continues Growth, Hires John Anderson, Linda Rodriguez, and Hamilton Carias / Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Welcomes Commercial Interiors Industry Titan Paul Cleary as New President and CEO- Former Mohawk Group SVP Brings Years of Industry Leadership Experience to Momentum / Hollman Announces Promotion of Sue Hwang to President and COO / Material Bank Expands Global Presence with Launch in Europe
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kirei Unveils Geo Collection of Printed Acoustic Panels / Flos Skynest: Hypnotizing Woven Light
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Business of Furniture - January 18, 2023

 
  •   Imperfections Are the Perfection — Mantra Inspired Furniture Finds Beauty and Sustainability in Solid Wood - "Every plank, every knot, that's the beauty of it. When I see knots and 'imperfections' it makes me wonder, where was this tree? What animals climbed this tree? What did this tree see? There's so much life in wood. That's so cool to me."
  •   Five Foundational Shifts You Should Make Now To Avoid Falling Behind In 2023 - A ThinkLab survey of in-industry leaders found that only 56 percent of companies surveyed feel their model today is more successful than it was pre-pandemic.
  •   Stephen Says - "Who Are the Nepo Babies?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I can't address examples of nepotism in industries other than our furniture and interiors industry. However, I personally know, and have done business with, many furniture executives who have helped their children find jobs in our industry and my take is that both the parents and the children are hard workers and successful on their own merit.
  •   Frank Bucher Assumes Role of Formaspace CEO - Thanks to Frank Bucher's leadership, the company had its best year ever in 2022, with revenue doubling despite significant economic headwinds due to pandemic and supply-chain issues.
  •   KI Announces Inaugural Classroom Furniture Giveaway for Teachers - Three winners will each be awarded $40,000-worth of KI furniture of their choosing to receive the classroom makeover of their dreams.
  •   Palmer Hamilton Partners with NOOK to Launch the NOOK Huddle pod - Palmer Hamilton manufactures the NOOK Huddle pod at its Elkhorn, Wisconsin manufacturing plant.
  •   Acer Unveils the eKinekt Bike Desk to Empower Active and Sustainable Lifestyles - As the rider pedals, the eKinekt converts kinetic energy into an electric charge. One hour of constant cycling at 60 RPM on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of self-generated power.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces Third Phase of Lighting Road Show - Beginning in the new year, the company will continue showcasing their latest lighting solutions with designers of outdoor space throughout the US South and West Coast.
  •   Teknion Brings Festival of Trees to Dallas - Fourteen of some of Dallas' most talented designers gathered with Teknion in a competition to transform the Dallas Teknion showroom into a festive forest of trees.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2023: Ready to Welcome International Visitors Again - All of China's entry restrictions have been lifted and all services have been safely resumed. This good news means that CIFF is finally able to warmly welcome back its large community of international partners.
  •   Styling Pantone's Viva Magenta - Pantone's color of the year may seem like a brave choice for paint if you're a more classic and reserved decorator who usually remains loyal to the steadfast nature of a neutral.
  •   Tangram Furnishes Innovative New Chapman Swenson Family Hall of Engineering - The original Keck Center for Science and Engineering received a 31,000 square foot interior build-out for the new engineering school.
  •   Renovation Of University Engineering Lab to Spark Urban Design Innovation - The transformed space is already having a big impact on the experience of students and faculty, with state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and vibrant environmental graphics in a flexible academic setting.
  •   UPFRONT: Saul Feldberg, 1935 – 2023 - Saul founded Global in 1966, with a singular vision; to manufacture an office chair the average person could afford.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Maharam Introduces Prism by Paul Smith - Based on the pixelated image of a checkered textile featured in a Paul Smith womenswear collection, Prism uses intricate color blending to create a painterly grid animated by value, arrangement, and scale.
  •   QUICK SHIP: The Agility Company Introduces New Quick Ship Height Adjustable Table - The Slope Desk's sophisticated design pairs a simple rectangular column with an eye-catching angled foot.
  •   PLACES - Emerson Offices – Warsaw | The new office had to be tailored to the staff – engineers who work there need large desks because they own a lot of equipment.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - FitzGerald Welcomes Elma Milanovic / Ware Malcomb Promotes Lyz Ward to Studio Manager, Branding in New York City Office / Ware Malcomb Promotes Lynne Orlowski To Director, Interior Architecture & Design In Phoenix Office / LET'S NEOCONNECT: NeoCon Launches a New Year-Round Events and Programming Series / Katie Clark Joins KI as Higher Education Market Manager / Woodstock Introduces Logo Designed by Specify Creative / Kimball International Named One of America's Most Responsible Companies / Tarkett Announces Partnership with Midwest Floor Coverings / Inscape, in Trouble, Files for CCAA Protection
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Artaic's New Tile Mosaic Design Evokes the Serene Nature of the Outdoors / JSI Launches Poet Lounge / Watson Launches CET Extension
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Business of Furniture - January 11, 2023

 
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Nova: 9to5 Seating Launches the Innovative HÅG SoFi Task Chair - HiP award-winning seating solution joins the @NCE collection.
  •   Real Amenities Equal Real Results: Spectorgroup Understands What Attracts People to the Office - To enhance the community aspect, Spectorgroup also moved away from the traditional reception area design — a big desk front and center in the lobby with a receptionist as the gatekeeper.
  •   Arconas Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Sellex - "We're excited for this new partnership with Sellex," said Pablo Reich, Arconas' Executive Vice President.
  •   Fellowes Brands Receives ISG "Supplier Partner of the Year" Award - Fellowes was the recipient of the esteemed award for a variety of reasons, including its over 150% growth year over year on the AMK Pro line.
  •   Indiana Furniture Kicks Off The New Year By Introducing Healthcare-Oriented Options And Other Product Enhancements - Inspired by the staying power and classic design of Indiana Furniture's popular Gleem Seating line, Gleem+ was designed for high traffic and multi-use areas, as well as patient management, to bring lasting comfort and style to a wide range of spaces, including Healthcare and Educational environments.
  •   Artopex Inaugurates the StudioLab: A New Creative Space Highlighting the Company's Innovative Philosophy - This new space, located at the Pro-Systèmes plant in Granby, will become the official incubator for Artopex's next products.
  •   Plural Studios Names Lisa Schroeder as Partner and Vice President Sales - Commercial furniture sales expert brings 35 years experience in providing solutions for healthy spaces.
  •   AAA Business Supplies & Interiors Welcomes The Office City into the Family - Bill Jones, long a leader in the AOPD community, and Jerry Carroll, who is currently serving on the Pinnacle board, are both joining AAA in key leadership roles.
  •   Chilewich Appoints Kevin McVey to Hybrid CFO-COO Role - McVey comes to Chilewich from MillerKnoll, where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance, Americas, and Group Brands.
  •   Expanded, Reinvented 'Heart' of Cathedral School in San Francisco Designed by Office of Charles F. Bloszies - Sensitive addition and reorganization led by Charles Bloszies FAIA creates modern moment in historic milieu, responsive to context with elegant, sustainable design solution for boys school.
  •   Bruder Office Furniture Gears Up for North American Expansion in 2023 - The business was founded during the epidemic by three brothers who were in the last-mile delivery services sector.
  •   Andreu World Opens its Showroom in Charlotte, North Carolina - A new showroom inspired by sustainable design.
  •   COE Distributing Honors Institutional Associates, Inc. for Multiple Achievements During Company's Annual Sales Meeting - For a record fifth-straight year, Pennsylvania' office furniture giant celebrates Atlanta-headquartered rep group with Manufacturers Rep Group of the Year awards.
  •   Allseating Launches Rühe, a Multi-Range Seating Collection Emphasizing Rest and Wellness - Suitable for a variety of public settings such as corporate waiting areas, hospitals, airports, and educational institutions, the Rühe collection is comprised of guest, patient, lounge, and several table options.
  •   Stephen Says - "Slow Start to the New Year" - by Stephen Viscusi - There are a number of factors that contribute to a post-New Years' lull in attitude and sometimes in sales. Which is to say that, yes, of course this is a real thing! A main culprit that I have written about in this space before is a major increase in the new year's sales goal.
  •   UPFRONT: Via Seating Expands Sales & Marketing Teams with 2 New VPs - Ashley Blevins, New Vice President of Sales and Allison Kausar, Vice President of Marketing.
  •   ACQUIRED:Young Office Acquires McWaters, Expands Footprint in South Carolina & Georgia - "We are excited to announce the acquisition of McWaters," Young Office President and CEO Thomas Young IV said.
  •   PLACES - Ubisoft Offices – Abu Dhabi | The spaces of the office are designed for the people who are go-getters, bold and future thinkers. When the brief was presented, we are tasked to create a space that would encourage the users to move.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Chicagoland SPEC'd Firm to Represent Nevers Industries in Illinois / Landscape Forms Announces Lighting Agency Partnership with Alaska Architectural Lighting / Unika Vaev Promotes Jessica Lawton to Vice President of Operations / KAI Hires Andrew Kerr-Grant as Senior Project Architect
  •   FIRST LOOKS - FSR Announces Plans to Bring International Infrastructure and Power Solutions to ISE / SitOnIt Seating Delivers a Broad Yet Curated Tables Collection with Parallon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 4, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Do MillerKnoll Dealers Keep Hiring Each Other's People?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I'm fine with a MillerKnoll merger and I'd like to stay put, but I have this nagging feeling that I should start interviewing around, like a lot of these other people are doing. What's your advice?
  •   Framery Announces A Product Offering in Perfect Harmony - Color choices in office design need to support the employees that utilize the office space every day. The color choices made by Framery reflect their goal to provide users with a place to focus, relax, and conduct video meetings.
  •   Solomon Coyle Ye2022 Financial Benchmarking Survey Now Underway - The survey includes the participation of Allsteel, Haworth, MillerKnoll, Kimball International, Steelcase, and Teknion, LLC aligned dealers.
  •   Affordable Office Interiors Names New President - Jessica Platt started with AOI, in Madison, Wisconsin as a Showroom Manager and Designer in November of 2010. She quickly demonstrated organizational, sales and leadership qualities that developed into numerous promotions throughout her career.
  •   Carnegie Fabrics Launches the World's First Plant-Based, Commercial-Grade Indoor/Outdoor Textile - Outdoor Biobased Xorel breaks through greenwashing noise as the first and only indoor/outdoor textile to achieve Cradle to Cradle Gold and Living Product Challenge certifications.
  •   USAI Lighting's New LittleOnes Micro Doubles Bring Twice the Luminosity - LittleOnes Micro Doubles provide options for interior designers, architects, and architectural lighting specifiers that meet the requirements for nearly any project.
  •   Kimball International Announces WELL Certified Platinum for Corporate Headquarters - "We are incredibly proud to achieve WELL Certified Platinum for our corporate headquarters," said Jessica Gubbins, Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Kimball International.
  •   Herman Miller Named a Frontrunner and Disclosure Leader in Chemical Transparency - The Chemical Footprint Project recognizes companies for their commitment to minimizing their chemical footprint and integrating criteria for safer alternatives into their design and safety processes.
  •   Richard French Named President of Mannington Commercial - A veteran of the floor covering industry his entire career, French was most recently the senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Bentley Mills.
  •   Acoufelt Expands Global and North American Design Teams - The resource investment coincides with architects and interior space planners becoming more attuned to the contributions of acoustic soundscaping for building occupants.
  •   Colberg Architecture Completes New Corporate Offices for Technological Cinevideo Services (TCS) at Brooklyn Navy Yard - Brooklyn-based architect & design studio creates new headquarters for leading camera equipment rental house.
  •   National Firm Three Launches Studio for Interior Architecture and Design for Workplace, Clubs: Cura Interiors - Led by Director of Interior Design Sarah Bay, cura interiors delivers compelling and transformative environments for work and leisure settings.
  •   Blu Dot Flagship in San Francisco Debuts, Designed by the Office of Charles F. Bloszies FAIA with Brand's Leaders - Second store location by Charles Bloszies firm for Blu Dot displays sensitivity to local context as well as expertise in adaptive reuse and elegant, sustainable design solutions.
  •   UPFRONT: BOS Tampa Expands - Michael Furnari has been promoted to Market President for the Tampa office, and in this leadership change, Kevin Baker will be stepping down after fourteen years of leading the Tampa-based team.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Nova: Humanscale's Task Light for Video Calls - Nova's counterbalance arms rotate up to 180 degrees, offering exceptional customization and ergonomic benefits; they also allow the fixture's body and head to be effortlessly adjusted with one hand.
  •   WALLCOVERINGS: Transform with Texture - DI-NOC from Designtex - This new collection of self-adhesive wallcoverings offers over 800 patterns — ranging from luxurious woods, decorative metals and sophisticated stones.
  •   PLACES - One42 Offices – Ahmedabad | Visitors are greeted with a custom white oak reception desk inspired by the pickaxes used by coal miners. In contrast, vertical mesh panels with stones acts as an elegant backdrop to the lighter, more sculptural desk.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Indiana and Kentucky / Nieves Appointed to Nevers Territory Sales Position / Office Furniture Recyclers (OFR) Conference, February 14-17 2023, Orlando, FL / Architecture Firm RDC Promotes Exec To Senior Principal; Expert on Retail and Hospitality Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace Introduces BuzziRugs Clouds / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet & Leather Introduces Four New Leather Qualities
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 21 & 28, 2022

 
  •   The Year in Review — 2022 Shaped Up To Be Innovative and Inspirational - We congratulate all the companies and stakeholders in the design industry this year, that have bounced back, grown stronger, and have inspirational visions for the future of workplace design.
  •   Stephen Says - "New Year, New Job!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Most other industries are more welcoming of people outside of the box than the office furniture industry is. That's why I suggest going outside your comfort zone.
  •   Regional Growth Attracts Interior Solutions Firm to Acquire Fargo-based Office Furniture Dealer - Going forward, the Fargo office will be known as Christiansons by Fluid to sustain the broad market awareness it has had in the region for decades.
  •   Ethosource Office Furniture Announces Promotions Amid Extraordinary Company Growth In 2022 - "The promotions of these valued staff members are an important step in our continued growth as a company," said President and Owner of Ethosource John Gallen.
  •   NARBUTAS Triple Success at the German Design Award 2023 - Two collections – ZEDO desks and SURF chairs – were awarded the Special Mention'23 prize, and NOVA Wood Multipurpose won the Winner'23 award.
  •   Loll Designs' Year of Giving - For its 14th consecutive year, Loll Designs made its annual contribution to 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of the net sales from its best-selling Lollygagger Collection.
  •   IIDA Announces Winners of 13th Annual Global Excellence Awards - "It is a pleasure to highlight an impressive array of projects from around the world," said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - Sales growth of 4% over the prior year, up 8% organically; Continued progress with the integration of Knoll.
  •   Steelcase Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - Revenue and earnings growth driven by strong beginning backlog and year-over-year pricing benefits; Actions to reduce cost structure expected to produce approximately $30 million of annualized savings.
  •   Keilhauer's Forsi Chair Named Best of Year - "The Forsi collection acts as a sophisticated, functional solution for the modern workplace, and the evolving needs of those who occupy them," said Mike Keilhauer, president.
  •   RDC Promotes Sean Slater, Principal-in-Charge of the RDC San Diego Office, to Senior Principal - "The San Diego design community provides a rich environment for innovation and future thinking," said Slater. "I am excited to continue to serve clients locally and nationally, while growing community here in San Diego."
  •   UPFRONT: Henricksen Welcomes Tegin Roche Woods as Vice President of Marketing and Communications - In her role, Roche Woods will lead Henricksen's Proposals, Marketing, and Communications teams by serving as the strategic brand visionary and leading the development of robust marketing strategies and content that will fuel Henricksen's growth and provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KFI Studios Introduces Tioga Seating Collection - The Tioga collection includes an arm and armless guest chair, arm and armless lounge chair, ottoman, barstool, and counter stool.
  •   TRAINING: Solomon Coyle Now Accepting Registrations for Winter Session of Project Management Training - Classes to be held for aligned Haworth, MillerKnoll, and Steelcase Dealers and Non-Aligned Dealers
  •   PLACES - ACSV Legal Offices – Ho Chi Minh City | From layout to the color schemes, all design elements need to come together in a way that exudes competence and understanding.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Kimball International Receives Multiple Best of Year Product Awards from Interior Design Magazine / ASID Student Portfolio Competition Opens for Submissions / HNI Corporation Ranks Number Six in Newsweek's List of America's 500 Most Responsible Companies For 2023
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design Adds The Acacia Series to Willow Park / Rock Crystal & Solid Brass Cabinet Handle Collection by Deco & Deco / New Hollman Acrylic Lockers
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 14, 2022

 
  •   Engaging and Inspiring — Design Studio SOSO Aims to Foster Simple Human Connection Through Multidimensional Technology Art - There are lots of ways to revive the office and use unique design elements to tempt workers out of their homes. SOSO's installations are not only hard to resist, they are indeed engaging and bring people together.
  •   Stephen Says - "Never Assume the Reason You Just Got Fired Is the Real Reason You Just Got Fired." - by Stephen Viscusi - Often, being fired has to do with the ultimate number you're being paid in your salary. In other words, it is never really the reason they tell you, unless you have had a series of bad performance reviews.
  •   BDNY Returns with Enthusiastic Attendance and a Spotlight on Thought-Provoking Design - Thousands of industry professionals explored new products from nearly 600 exhibitors and learned about the latest trends and issues in hospitality from sessions covering innovation in design, wellness and mindfulness, navigating inclusivity, and the future of hospitality.
  •   Stylex Opens NYC Showroom in the New York Design Center - The showroom opening also marked the launch of the dynamic new Dau collection, a colorful, contemporary collection of tables, upholstered sofas, benches, poufs, and lounge chairs designed to reimagine the workplace and beyond.
  •   MillerKnoll Retail HQ Awarded WELL Certification Platinum - The prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI's WELL v2, the latest version of the WELL Building Standard.
  •   Tarkett's Powerbond RS is World's First CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly Soft Surface Flooring - Powerbond RS is a hybrid resilient flooring, meaning it combines the look and feel of carpet with the durability and cleanability of a resilient surface.
  •   Spinneybeck Introduces the Softwood Collection - The practice of bending plywood dates back to the 19th century, during the Industrial Revolution, a time when design was deeply rooted in technology and innovation.
  •   Inscape Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Second quarter fiscal 2023 was disappointing as sales volumes did not achieve expected levels and certain orders were unable to be recognized within the quarter further diminishing revenue levels reported. Management is responding to these challenges appropriately.
  •   InstallNET's EcoServ Program Recognized With 2022 SEAL Business Sustainability Award - EcoServ provides the processes, standards and metrics needed to recirculate workspace assets in a way that delivers value to companies and the community, without harming the environment.
  •   UPFRONT: Allseating Supports the Community - Allseating and The Bennett Edge have worked together to hire five employees — all people who have endured tough times and needed an opportunity to get back into the workforce.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Carl Hansen & Son Presents Nesting Tables Created by Danish Furniture Designer Hans J. Wegner - The new Nesting Tables consist of three tables that can be used together or separately. Thanks to their light and discreet look, the tables can integrate seamlessly into any interior.
  •   NOW REPPING: Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Rep to Cover Ohio - "We are very pleased to be partnering with The Davis Group. We have been able to attract excellent independent representatives and can now proudly say that we have local representation in Ohio." said co-owner Robert Jönsson.
  •   PLACES - Hasbro Offices – Haiphong | The office center is a space designed with the inspiration of "The Nest". Vacons renovated the existing atrium to turn this area into a multi-purpose space.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Sims Patrick Studio to Expand Existing Design Team / DuraCare Seating Now Offering REVIT Symbols / LRS Bolsters Design Team with New BIM Hires, Leticia Lopez Cushnie and Matthew Salazar / Pickard Chilton Announces Three New Principals, Expands Leadership / Skram Announces the Appointment of Robert Wolf, Vice President Growth Marketing
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carl Hansen & Son Present the Sideways Footstool / Catwalk: Flexible Interaction and Comfort / Pallas Textiles Introduces Alinea Collection / New Vibia Collection – Plusminus
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 7, 2022

 
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Artopex Introduces a New Generation for Take Off - A collection that breaks boundaries and trends. This new generation of Take Off is distinguished by the high quality of the details that have been thought out and created to offer beautifully designed furniture from every angle. The collection is marked by the introduction of multiple finishes and new colours. Inspired by residential design, it allows the creation of enhanced environments thanks to its unparalleled modularity and impeccable aesthetics.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss Has a Favorite, and It's Not Me!" - by Stephen Viscusi - To me it's human nature. That's why I tell people when they take a job, chemistry with your boss is the most important thing.
  •   CEUs Are Evolving: 3 Strategies Your Brand Should Try to Succeed - Designers are no longer trapped in a conference room with a free sandwich for your CEU. So, with so many new options for content delivery, if yours is not on point, you'll lose them.
  •   Throwback Decades Inspire Modern Designs at Carnegie - Looking forward to future trends carries weight too.
  •   Georgia Peach Coleby Hettler, Breaks Industry Barriers as the New Woman Owner and CEO of Business Environments - Business Environments is a well-respected commercial furniture dealership that has been in business for over 23 years, operating under the watchful eye of founder Ken Morris.
  •   Customized Workplace English Instruction Helping to Fill Manufacturing Talent Gap - "Our goal was to make the program accessible and equitable for our associates," said Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, DEI program manager, MillerKnoll.
  •   A Bed for the Holidays: KI Donates Custom Bed Frames to Area Shelters - "Through the generosity of KI, these beds will offer warmth and security to someone in need during and after the holiday season."
  •   Ultrafabrics x Pantone - Performance fabric collaborates with leader in color trends and development.
  •   This Polish Startup Offers a Tenerife Workation as a New Job Perk - We all know work-life balance matters and workations are more than office hours. So, besides having an excellent work setup, the Tenerife office lets employees have fun. There are board games and a bicycle, and it is located close to the city's attractions.
  •   New Leadership Team Announced for ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan - Kevin Gaffney boasts 25 years of experience managing the planning and execution of over 60 trade shows.
  •   Robert A.M. Stern Architects Unveils Renovation and Expansion to South Bend's Main Library - The renovation of the existing library and the addition of the 40,000-square-foot Community Learning Center illustrates the critical role that libraries serve in spurring economic activity and also providing the surrounding community with modern and flexible spaces.
  •   Museum of Modern Art Unveils Mamava Lactation Pod as a Design Object with a Gallery-Like Experience - The Museum of Modern Art's new lactation pod is located in the lobby of the Museum's ground floor.
  •   Teknion Named An Honoree at the 2022 Metropolis Planet Positive Awards - Routes is recognized for its positive impact on human health and wellbeing.
  •   UPFRONT: Peter Pepper Celebrates 70 Years of Design Innovation - Peter Pepper Products got its start in the founder's home in Los Angeles with wife Jacquie Pepper, designing many of the wall art pieces.
  •   COLORS: Pantone Color of The Year 2023: Viva Magenta - This year's Color of The Year is powerful and empowering. It is a new animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundaryless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement.
  •   PLACES - Unicorn Stores Offices – Hong Kong | The entrance and reception foyer has been lined in timber to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with seating booths which can be used by visitors and employees alike in a cosy setting.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - 2020 and Workrite Ergonomics Strengthen Partnership Through Cloud Pricing Tools / Landscape Forms Names Eric Swanson President of Loll Designs / Arper Welcomes Pascal (PJ) Manzari, National Sales Director for the US & Canada / Woolpert Welcomes Sustainable Design and Interior Design Leaders Shawn Tubb and Chris Shrodes
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF Textiles Introduces Two-Part Harmony - Part Two: Coated Fabrics / Cambria Launches New Alloy Infused Quartz Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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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Business of Furniture - September 14, 2022

 
  •   How to Create a 360 Workspace to Support Worker Health and Job Satisfaction - Instinctive, easy-to-use workplace products are essential to creating the 360 Workspace.
  •   Business Environments Acquired by Atmosphere Commercial Interiors - Atmosphere joins forces with southwest dealer to expand territory to six states.
  •   Stephen Says - "When Deciding on A Job Offer, Remember, Never Leave Money on The Table!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Don't be afraid to talk about money early on, don't wait until you get an offer.
  •   ASID Announces Longtime Member and Design Leader Khoi Vo as Chief Executive Officer - Vo began his career at California State University as an assistant professor for the interior design program.
  •   8 Clever Work from Home Tips from a Successful Remote Team - Having a dedicated space for work is essential for separating work and home life, but working from home means that when it comes to your individual workspace, you get to set the vibes.
  •   HBF Launches New Additions to the Mod Collection - Designed by Architect Henrik Schulz, the new Mod Highback joins the best-selling lounge collection alongside Mod Work offering new height options.
  •   Patrick Fejér Appointed CEO of B+H - With a new design-led CEO, B+H charts an ambitious course for future growth.
  •   Only 36% of American Workers Describe the Indoor Air at their Workplace as Very Clean - "The results of our survey are clear — most American workers understand the health risks of poor IAQ and the benefits of working in very clean air," said John Fellowes, fourth-generation CEO of Fellowes Brands.
  •   Inscape Announces First Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Sales of $8.9 million, an improvement of 12.7%.
  •   Graham & Brown Announces its Design and Color of the Year 2023 - This year's design, Florenzia Dusk, features a variety of traditional florals trailing through the artwork.
  •   UPFRONT: Allsteel Announces New VP of Sales - "We are thrilled to welcome Carla Galli into her new role as VP of Sales," said Jason Hagedorn, President of Allsteel.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Haworth Launches Zody II and Zody LX - Zody II and Zody LX use premium materials, including aluminum trim options, digital knits and a range of upholstery options, including performance upholstery for health care applications.
  •   APPOINTED: eSolutions Furniture Appoints Luc Mongeau as President and CEO - The arrival of Luc Mongeau at eSolutions Furniture is an important step in achieving the company's vision of becoming the leading e-commerce solution for residential and commercial furniture in North America.
  •   PLACES - Barry Callebaut Offices – Singapore | Visitors are greeted by a rich palette of chocolate hues, textures and fine detailing as they step into the reception and Chocolate Studio, a multi-sensory brand experience that tells the Barry Callebaut story, from bean to bar.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Design Public Group Announces New President for All Divisions / Andreu World Presents the Book Work Well Seated: Good Design is Good Business, Published by Lunwerg / Introducing: bde&co.
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carnegie Fabrics Expands Xorel Collection / Carl Hansen & Son Introduces Wegner Design in Teak / New for September, the Roller Max Sideboard from Ethnicraft / Whitney Brothers Introduces Nature View Mobile Book Browser
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Business of Furniture - September 7, 2022

 
  •   HAT Collective Undergoes a Brand Evolution - Contract furniture maker embracing Human Active Technology (HAT) for its mission of creating product solutions that drive healthier interactions between people and technology.
  •   Spaces That Tell Stories - Featuring: Studio O+A's Tehama office and more from Claridge, DIRTT, KFI Studios, Knot & Company Interiors, Mancini Duffy, Meteor Lighting, Spark Design, Trendway, and Zgo Technologies.
  •   Showcasing the Best in Modern Design, Westedge Design Fair Will Make its Dallas Debut September 16-18, at Dallas Market Hall - The design fair will include a variety of feature areas for patrons to visit and learn about the latest trends in modern design.
  •   Herman Miller Reintroduces Iconic Eames Molded Plastic Chair, Now Made with 100% Recycled Plastic - New materials and color options mark a sustainable milestone for Ray and Charles Eames' mid-century staple.
  •   Landscape Forms Sees Great Success in Summer Lighting Road Show, Announces Part II of the Tour - Met with an overwhelmingly positive response from lighting specifiers and architecture, design, and electrical contractor firms in the Midwest, Landscape Forms has decided to extend their 2022 Lighting Road Show throughout the rest of this year.
  •   Versteel Announces the Addition of Oxford & Associates to Its Outside Sales Force - With a shared customer-first vision, Oxford & Associates now represents the Versteel brand and product portfolio in the Colorado territory.
  •   Stephen Says - "Not Getting Interviews? It's Your Resume, Stupid!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I am always very clear with candidates that including any sort of executive summary on a resume is the death knell of any job search. Employers, without exception, want to see a simple objective communicated at the top of your resume.
  •   Shaw Opens Its Third Employee Healthcare Center in Cartersville, Georgia - New facility now serving Shaw associates and dependents with virtual and in-person visits.
  •   User-Friendly Tech Tools Improve Customer Service, Boost Sales for Mid-Market Dealers - COE Distributing launched its virtual assistant, OLIVIA, in 2021 to make it easier for customers to track orders and expected shipping dates on the company's website.
  •   Corporate Environments Announces Merger with Office Services - Corporate Environments will expand its capacity to develop customized interior solutions with the help of Office Services sales and installation teams, office, and showroom space.
  •   Announcing the 2022 People's Choice Awards, Presented by Fantini USA - North American architects and designers are encouraged to submit projects featuring Fantini products.
  •   Califia Farms Together with Tangram Interiors and Studio Other Create New Office Environment at their Los Angeles, CA Headquarters - The 2022 project encompassed 30,000 square feet of office space for their 50 plus in-office employees.
  •   Configura Unveils the Expansion and Rebranding of CET Ecosystem Elevating User Experience - Configura invites users to upgrade to the latest version of each product so they can experience the improved technology.
  •   UPFRONT: Even More Earth Approved: Division Twelve Becomes Carbon Neutral - To achieve this carbon-neutral status, Division Twelve reduced carbon emissions at every stage of their processes – from design and the materials they used in production, distribution, and end-of-life.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Clear Design Announces EDGE Casegoods Line - EDGE includes more than 20 carefully curated modular pieces in different finishes and sizes, including a transaction counter, three-drawer wardrobe, open- and closed-storage solutions, credenzas, height-adjustable desk options, and more.
  •   PROMOTED: Polyvision Corporation Names Wout Van de Broek Vice President of Global Operations - In his new role, Van de Broek will continue to lead Polyvision's Belgian operations and will also assume responsibility for the company's U.S. operations in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and New Philadelphia, Ohio.
  •   PLACES - BMW Offices – Tokyo | Connected Works comprises the totality of modern and efficient forms of work at the BMW Group which offers the opportunity to organize everyday work even better, even more efficiently utilizing a hybrid environment.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Studio Other Named Among "Best Places to Work in Los Angeles" by LA Business Journal / Canon Wins Prestigious Award for the Second Time, Placing in the Top 3 for the Past Five Years / Maharam Supports Barbara Kruger and Louise Lawler at the Venice Biennale / Interior Design Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees / Non-Profit Dedicated to AEC Marketing Professional Welcomes New Leadership
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Versteel Introduces a Perfectly Paired Modern Seating Option to the Thea Series / Introducing Hushoffice Acoustic Pods / Batik + Ikat + Patchwork / PI Wall Shelves from Ethnicraft
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Business of Furniture - August 31, 2022

 
  •   Desire for Flexibility Intensifies Among Knowledge Workers - Knowledge workers who believe their employer communicates transparently show markedly higher scores for employee experience and engagement.
  •   Stephen Says - "Has Your Showroom Team "Quiet-Quit" (Yes That's a Thing Now!)" - by Stephen Viscusi - The irony is that everyone reading this column in Business of Furniture manufactures or sells office furniture, therefore it should be simply understood that if you're selling a product like office furniture, you need to be in the office.
  •   Benefits of Green Prescriptions - We have long known the benefits of time outdoors, but the added stresses of COVID have made it crucial to well-being. For the last two years, it has been our only place to escape and relax during lockdowns, travel bans, and infection threats.
  •   ThinkLab Explains 3 Essential Market Research Types for the Interior Design Industry - By combining these research methodologies and using the "right tool for the right problem," you can overcome potential drawbacks and arm your team not only with insights, but with actionable tactics to grow your business, faster, and avoid costly or embarrassing pitfalls.
  •   In-Office Comfort for the XYZ Generations and Beyond - Throughout the "Future of the Workplace" conversation, many employers have directed their attention to Generation Z, and are intent on developing in-office perks that would draw younger employees into the workplace.
  •   Architecture Billings Index Slows but Remains Healthy - Despite architecture services employment recently surpassing pre-pandemic levels, the ABI score this month reflects the slowest growth since January, and marks the fourth straight month with a lower score than the previous month, indicating a slowing trajectory in billings activity.
  •   Maharam Remembers Donald Maharam - Donald Maharam (1931–2022) was a textile engineer who pioneered performance-measured textiles for commercial interiors. He served as Maharam's third-generation CEO, working with the company from 1952 until 2000.
  •   DIRTT Shutters Operations at Rock Hill, SC Facility - "DIRTT's approach to industrialized construction ensures quality and project lead times will not be impacted as we shift production to our other facilities."
  •   Architecture & Design Film Festival Announces Compelling Film Lineup for 14th Season - Now in its fourteenth edition, the event, which is popular with all design lovers, will showcase a diverse program of films that investigate design's impact, environmentally and culturally, on the worlds of fashion, real estate, art, architecture, urban planning, and housing.
  •   Indiana Furniture Announces Expanded Possibilities with the Popular Isla Lounge - "We're continuing to push our products to another level of design and expand our portfolio to provide options that support todays working needs."
  •   UPFRONT: Liberty Diversified Names Greg Theis President and CEO - Greg's wide-ranging experience has enabled him to develop expertise in various disciplines, including Strategic Planning, Operational Management, Merchandising Solutions, Supply Chain Solutions and Pricing.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Humanscale Levels Up the Gaming Experience - A natural extension of Humanscale's presence in the commercial office and residential design industries, gamers and live streamers, including Gothalion, Darkness429, and Professorbroman, have been seeking out the brand's product line for several years, building a solid foundation for this next step.
  •   SUSTAINABILITY: 9to5 Seating Embraces Environmental Responsibility - 9to5 Seating is committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices. This global perspective informs every aspect of its corporate culture, from warehousing to manufacturing to its office facilities to its community.
  •   PLACES - CCA Law Firm Offices – Lisbon | Recently, CCA decided to change the location of its headquarters in Lisbon and create a modern and appealing office.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Luck Rep Group Joins Nevins in CO / Fantini Continues to Strengthen Team in North America / Minneapolis Architecture Firm Alliiance Welcomes Dan Boivin In Business Development Role / Icon Modern Names AK Design As Furniture Rep Group Partner for Illinois and Wisconsin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Take a Trip to Palm Springs with WIP's New Rug Collection / Best of Ligne Roset Contract / Aeeri from Arper / JSI Enhances Vision Casegood Series / Maharam Introduces Oxbow
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Business of Furniture - August 24, 2022

 
  •   Spotlight on Henricksen — 60 Years and Counting - Though Henricksen started as an office supplies store, it quickly evolved into a furniture dealership.
  •   Say No to the Disposable Furniture Economy - Our responsibility is to make reusing our products the most effortless process so our customers do not stress their environmental or financial impact.
  •   Surprise and Delight: How Hospitality Principles are Impacting Office Design - In a post-pandemic world, employees don't have to be at the office, and employers are wrestling with the question, "how do we make them want to be?" - from IDA Design
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Salespeople: Farmers and Hunters — New Thinking About Old Roles" - by Stephen Viscusi - Tenant improvement money is flowing and it is what many dealerships, and in turn contract manufacturers, are cashing in on. Tenants have more money for bigger build outs and more furnishings and it's not costing them a dime.
  •   Prioritizing Cleanability in Furniture Design - The healthcare industry has historically taken this to heart, but now we're seeing the inclusion of highly-cleanable materials across the workplace, hospitality, education, and other industries.
  •   MillerKnoll Selects 3D Cloud by Marxent for Scalable 3D Product Configuration - Configure, visualize, and quote: 3D Cloud delivers code-free 3D product configuration at scale for the world's largest modern design company.
  •   Oliver Space Announces $36M in New Funding to Redesign the Broken Cycle of Buying and Discarding Furniture - Launching refurbished products and trade-in, Oliver Space brings the full cycle of furniture under one roof.
  •   Cushing Terrell Seattle Unveils its New Downtown Office - In response to the adoption of a flexible work policy, Cushing Terrell's new workspace emphasizes agency through a variety of spaces and amenities.
  •   Scandinavian Spaces Offers Yarn - The functional beauty of Yarn continues to elevate the conversation about furniture design's impact on the environment.
  •   UPFRONT: Memphis-based Office Interiors Joins with Haworth to Embrace a Shared Vision for the Future of the Workplace - Founded in 2001, Office Interiors is a commercial office furniture dealership providing comprehensive solutions to clients in the Mid-South and across the U.S.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Path by Humanscale: The World's Most Sustainable Task Chair - Each Path contains almost ten pounds of ocean plastic, a majority of which are reclaimed fishing nets, the most harmful of all ocean plastic.
  •   HIRED: DIRTT Welcomes Richard Hunter as COO - Rich brings nearly 40 years of manufacturing leadership and experience to DIRTT following a tenured career with large manufacturing companies, including Forterra, Trinity Industries, Terex Corporation, Danaher Corporation, Delphi Corporation, and General Motors Corporation.
  •   PLACES - Spyke Games Offices – Istanbul | We tried to reflect the joyous and colorful worlds of the game characters, especially in social spaces, meeting rooms, cafes and relaxing areas.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Emerging Material Solutions Brand KOVA Welcomes Matthew White / DIRTT Welcomes Brad Little as Chief Financial Officer / Ware Malcomb Promotes Ilbret Adeh and Melani Dannenberg to Studio Managers in Los Angeles Office / New Nevins Representative in North New Jersey / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Upstate New York / //3877 Welcomes Architectural Associate Kate Janik to Growing Team / Shaw Industries Vice President of Global Sustainability & Innovation Kellie Ballew Named Finalist for Reuters Events Responsible Business Awards 2022 / Shaw Industries Sponsors Bright Spark 2022 Invention Challenge / New Flooring Classification Distinguishes PURLINE Flooring as Uniquely Sustainable Choice / ARC Acrylic Opens U.S. Facility to Address the Needs of Hospitality, Retail and Restaurant Industries
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MyWhiteBoards.com Introduces Opti-MagPrime Magnetic Receptive Primer / Polyvision Introduces its New Interior CeramicSteel Wall Systems for Commercial Spaces / Versteel Introduces a Perfectly Paired Modern Seating Option to the Thea Series / Newly Refreshed and Expanded iQ Granit and iQ Eminent Collections from Tarkett Combine Restorative Design with Proven Performance / Source International Introduces Nordic Lounge / Foscarini: Preview 2022 / Designtex Drop 16 - Designtex + West Elm 5.0
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Business of Furniture - August 17, 2022

 
  •   Believe in Better — Nassimi Leads with Environmental Stewardship - Nassimi's entire product line is free of flame-retardant chemicals and free of biocides (antibacterial and antimicrobial chemicals).
  •   Top Seven Office Rooms of the Future - With competition for talent high, 61% of companies are investing in the design of the office. Creating a space that truly supports all types of workers and cultivates a sense of community, creativity, focus, and well-being is paramount to employee happiness and retention.
  •   The Symbolic Olive Branch and Its Role in Remote Equity - Hybrid and remote work, once thought to be temporary safety precautions, have cemented their place as permanent workplace options for the foreseeable future.
  •   NeoKEN Returns to Gibson Interior Products; Draws Huge Crowds - Hundreds of attendees enjoyed Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice-cream with Jerry Garcia art overhead, snacked on NY PIZZA and Hot Dogs as well as the catered delicacies from Elegant Affairs.
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's Rules to Interview Follow-ups: They Must Be Sent Within 24 Hours" - by Stephen Viscusi - My clients have told me interviewers for every position at every level expect notes. Many will pass on a candidate if they do not receive one, and most will pass if they get a letter with a typo in it.
  •   Kimball International Hosts "Ignite Your Senses" Event in Their Atlanta Collaboration Hub - Guests were greeted with a "rose kiss" (a vodka and lychee filled sphere taken as a shot from a rose bud) and then were taken on "sensory stroll" through a wide variety of interactive, multisensory activities.
  •   ASID Announces Retirement of CEO Gary Wheeler - Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheeler brought together experts in the profession to form four core committees, tasked to create resources to guide the profession: Impact (Return to Work); Adaptive Living; Diversity Equity and Inclusion; and Climate Health and Equity.
  •   LCH Developments Debuts Merge Spaces Modern Office Experience in Scarborough - Merge Spaces is two floors of communal spaces, private offices, collaborative workstations, and meeting rooms – all knit together with a series of bright and vibrant murals that incorporate uniquely Scarborough motifs.
  •   49th CIFF Guangzhou 2022 In Review - The Office Show featured leading companies in the sector presenting intelligent and sustainable workspace design solutions that improve productivity, well-being, and safety.
  •   The Lumina Desk Includes an Embedded 24-Inch OLED Display - The workstation is designed to accommodate your other tech as well, with six powered USB-C sockets, six power outlets hidden inside a generous storage compartment that can be used to keep cables out of sight, and two wireless charging pads that are also hidden and integrated into the surface of the desk.
  •   UPFRONT: Furniture Re-use Leader Wins IIDA NorCal Award - "My team and I are honored to be recognized by IIDA for our work, as we help address the significant problem of global furniture waste in landfill materials," said Kriss Kokoefer.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New Ellie from 9to5 Seating a Designer's Dream that Delivers Ergonomics - Ellie's precision upholstery work means designers can easily create personalized two-tone design, combining colors, textures and patterns everywhere—front, back and seat with optional coated textile armrests, making Ellie more durable for every day use.
  •   AWARDED: James+James Represents Furniture Industry in Inc. 5000 - "We're proud to be one of the fastest-growing privately owned furniture companies in the country," said James Smith, co-founder of James+James.
  •   PLACES - MAKU Offices – Shanghai | In the past, there were ancestors as Inheritors, and now the MAKU team as builders and we as designers met in the continuation and inheritance of history.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Independent Suppliers Group Announces Q1 2022 Rebate Distribution & 2021 Patronage Dividend / Perkins Eastman Names Emily Pierson-Brown as PEople Culture Manager / Ware Malcomb Hires New Director, Interior Architecture and Design in Firm's Chicago Office / Perkins Eastman Welcome Michael Hess
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Vitra Reissues Jean Prouvé's Kangourou Chair in a New Blue Hue / Ethnicraft Launches Sustainable Upholstery / Performance Meets Versatility in Landscape Forms' New Gunnar Outdoor Lighting System from Urbidermis Santa & Cole / USAI Lighting Introduces PANCAKE / Archetype is an Architecturally-Influenced Collection That's Truly Worthy of a Second Glance / BuzziSpace Launches BuzziPleat Edel Long
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Business of Furniture - August 10, 2022

 
  •   Designing for Neurodiversity Offers Balance and Safety in the Workplace - From a visual standpoint, designers look at creating seamless, clutter-free aesthetics while companies can adopt expectations such as a clean desk policy to help eliminate overexposure of visual stimuli.
  •   Building an Inspired Office Culture Through Sustainability and Creativity - Connection to nature is promoted throughout, with curated biophilic moments and sweeping views to the outdoors — with some windows featuring clever decals that articulate the air quality outside at that height.
  •   Stephen Says - "This MillerKnoll Thing Is Not Working Out for My Dealership: What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - In the future, I see two kinds of contract furniture dealers out there, the mega dealer and the mini-boutique dealer and each have a place.
  •   Solomon Coyle 2022-Q2 Market Outlook Report Now Available - Overall, distributors remain somewhat optimistic in the face of supply chain issues and uncertainty stemming from inflationary and interest rate moves.
  •   New Fabrics Launch from Carnegie and Creation Baumann - Création Baumann has been a fantastic, steadfast partner to Carnegie for almost half a century.
  •   ASID Recognizes Future Leaders in Ones to Watch Program - The Ones to Watch award winners receive leadership opportunities, access to industry leaders and peers for networking, and expanded participation at ASID events as invited guests.
  •   Kimball International Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Results - Demand remained strong in key Workplace and Health markets, where fourth quarter sales increased 33% year-on-year and represented 88% of fourth quarter revenues, led by the Commercial and Education verticals.
  •   Interface Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results - Second quarter net sales were $346.6 million, up 17.6% versus $294.8 million in the prior year period on broad-based growth.
  •   UPFRONT: AIS Continues its Commitment to Dealers with New Customer Experience Manager Reinforcing a Comprehensive Approach to Service - The position was specifically designed to support AIS dealers by providing a staffing resource dedicated to the strategic design, implementation, and optimization of customer experience programs and initiatives.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Leland Takes Gemma Collection to New Heights, Introduces Work-Height Tables - Created by Altherr Désile Park for Leland, the Gemma Collection was created from a broader desire to open a new path for Leland, keeping mid-century American values of optimism, expressiveness, and industrial experimentation as a foundation, while looking towards the future.
  •   JOINED: Memphis-based Office Interiors Joins with Haworth - It's no secret that the definition of an office has changed significantly in the last few years. With this Haworth partnership, Office Interiors has only just begun to share the great things in store for the future of our clients, our team and our community.
  •   PLACES - Deanshoes Offices – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | With the concept 'The new playground', 1,500sqm of the workplace creates a variety of spaces to enhance encourage interaction, stimulate creativity and boost productivity.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Milliken & Company Welcomes Karen Sawdy as Commercial Design Manager / Allsteel to Host Evolving Workplace Panel Discussion / Steelcase Named a Best Employer for Women by Forbes / Solomon Coyle Accepting Registrations for Fall Session of Project Management Training / Whitney Brothers Nature View Writing Center Earns Platinum Spaces4Learning 2022 New Product Award / Lauren Ross Launches Trade Program For Design Professionals
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Lesro Industries Introduces Waterfall / Luminator by Flos: A Beloved Lamp Returns With New Tech and Colors / Reduce, Reuse & Recycle with nanimarquina / USAI Lighting Introduces New TrueZero360 Collection
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Business of Furniture - August 3, 2022

 
  •   Introducing KOVA — Reframing the Values of the Built Environment - KOVA provides an extensive collection of high-performance solutions through three distinct categories: Construct, Components, and Connect.
  •   New Research Reveals What Matters Most to Dealer Designers - Digital access to the product information alone isn’t enough. Cross-functional training on the sales and design process, product specification, and the technology involved is critical for success.
  •   Integra Celebrating 40 Years in Business - Like any company that can celebrate four decades in business, Integra has experienced ups and downs. But the core characteristics that set it apart from the beginning remain in place today.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Believe I am Not Getting A Job Offer Because of my Age!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Keep yourself marketable by keeping your current relationships fresh and by continuing to make new relationships.
  •   Boston Business Journal Names AIS Among the Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts - Bruce Platzman, co-founder and vice chair of AIS – along with Arthur Maxwell, co-founder and chairman of AIS – have been passionate and intentional about giving back to the community from the very beginning.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 - Consolidated net sales increased 21.8 percent from the prior-year quarter to $621.7 million.
  •   DIRTT Releases Q2 2022 Financial Results - Revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 were $44.7 million, an increase of 16.8% and 8.8% over the first quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2021, respectively.
  •   Allsteel Introduces Three New Products For the Office - Mural, a new modular furnishings system designed by MASHstudios transforms the static office into an adaptive office.
  •   UPFRONT: Corporate Interior Systems Announces the Acquisition of digg by The Berg Group - CIS will continue to work with The Berg Group to make sure all existing clients are taken care of for the next year.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: HLW Welcomes New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in New York - Mathai will oversee the convergence of the firm’s various existing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and culture-based programs under a single umbrella, including HLW’s recent alignment with the International Living Future Institute and Just certification.
  •   AWARDED: Trendway awarded Indoor Air Quality agreement with Premier, Inc. - AeraMax Pro air purifiers offered by Trendway are commercial-grade air purification systems that remove at least 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, including allergens, such as pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke from indoor spaces.
  •   PLACES - C&W Services Offices – Singapore | C&W Services Singapore reimagines the future of work with the transformation of its workplace at Chai Chee.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - //3877 Welcomes Kate Janik to Growing Team / MHTN Architects Registers as a JUST 2.0 Organization / Ware Malcomb Promotes Dawn Riegel to Principal / Holly Holton Named Bentley’s Global Director of Sustainability
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Versteel Introduces Troupe, Setting the Standard for Gathering Tables / Arper Presents: The Ghia Table By Studio Altherr Deslie Park
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Business of Furniture - July 27, 2022

 
  •   Kimball International's Alternative Design Podcast Releases Limited Edition Soundtrack Vinyl Record - Kimball International's Alternative Design Podcast has had great success by offering monthly episodes dedicated to empowering and engaging designers, architects, creatives, and design enthusiasts.
  •   Steelcase Health Provides Healthcare Solutions Through Expanded West Elm Collaboration and New ModuForm Partnership - The collection includes Slope, Sterling, Mesa and Lucas, various seating products that will add a welcoming aesthetic to many healthcare applications such as lobbies, reception areas, waiting spaces, transition spaces, cafes, clinician respite, physician offices, consultation, outpatient centers and virtual care spaces.
  •   DZ Bank's New One Vanderbilt Office Marries Traditional and Futurist Design - In place of a formal reception, off the elevator lobby there is a lounge and accompanying coffee bar with floor to ceiling views of the adjacent Chrysler Building.
  •   G2 Esports Partners With Herman Miller to Deliver the Ultimate Gaming Experience - The partnership agreement extends over multiple years, a testament to the shared strategic collaboration and ambition to bring activities to new heights.
  •   Tayco Enters into a new Product Category with the Launch of their Receptions Collection - This Reception Collection, available in 22 laminate colours, enriches Tayco's current range of office furniture products, making Tayco the source for all office furniture needs.
  •   NDI Office Furniture Expands Up the Mid-Atlantic with Growing Representation - NDI Office Furniture was founded in 1980 and started with one location Nashville.
  •   Stephen Says - "New Boss You Think You Don't Like? Well, Think Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Your boss should have more important priorities than being your friend, and you should have better standards in choosing a job than whether or not you and your boss will hang out on the weekend.
  •   Design Pool Collaborates with Museum of Printing in new Moveable Type Collection - All the patterns in Moveable Type reference typography and the history of printing. Motifs in these patterns are based on old typewriter keys, a collection of wingding icons, and letterforms in general.
  •   UPFRONT: Allsteel Announces Partnership with Wilsonbauhaus - "Our relationship with wilsonbauhaus provides a great opportunity for us to enhance our capabilities and coverage in the Southcentral market and to create even more business value for customers", said Jason Hagedorn, president of Allsteel.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Carnegie Fabrics Launches New Indoor/Outdoor Upholstery and Drapery Collection - The newest Skylight window fabrics — made by Création Baumann — are both functional and innovative: woven with inherently flame-retardant yarns that have been engineered to withstand prolonged exposure to high levels of UV light.
  •   SOLD: HNI Corporation Sells Lamex Office Furniture Business - HNI Corporation announced it has completed the sale of its China and Hong Kong–based Lamex office furniture business. The business was acquired by Kokuyo Co., Ltd. for 75 million US dollars, subject to standard post-closing adjustments.
  •   PLACES - 2U Offices – Cape Town | The client wanted a new workspace ecosystem which promotes culture and collaboration, focus and fun by providing a diverse collection of spaces.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Navigating Our Way Towards a World Without Greenwashing - Watch It Online Now / Cabinet Manufacturer American Woodmark Spends $15.8 Million to Expand Manufacturing Footprint in Toccoa, Ga. / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MyWhiteBoards.com Launches Newest Innovative Product, Custom-Printed Glass Dry Erase Boards / SnapCap Launches New Conferencing Pod / 3form Elements Introduces Five Linear Profile Patterns Inspired by Ancient Architecture / Stylex Umo Tables Infuse Hygge Serenity into the Workplace
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 20, 2022

 
  •   Reseat Aims to Solve the Office Furniture Waste Problem with New Online Platform - In its inaugural year, Reseat saved more than 3 million pounds of furniture from the landfill by working with companies such as Oracle, Yelp, Benchling, Square, Twitch and others.
  •   Ted Moudis Associates Wins CoreNet 2022 Corporate Real Estate Award for Excellence - New Manhattan office for Ducera Partners earns Project of the Year from CoreNet Global's NYC Chapter.
  •   Stephen Says - "We Had a Sales Rep Who Was Working for Us and Another Company at the Same Time!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Guess what, if some of you reading this wonder if your own employee may be working elsewhere, like this guy, chances are they are barely working at all.
  •   The Future of the A&D Firm Library - How do we take knowledge and document it so it is easily grabbable?
  •   ORGATEC 2022 - Preparations are In Full Swing and Interest is Immense - It goes without saying that the trade fair has a first class, richly varied event program ready for trade visitors from all over the world.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces Two New Sales Agreements - "This partnership provides Integra with yet another inroad to the design community," said Integra Specification Sales Manager Ron Bataller.
  •   Inscape Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results - Total sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 were $11.0 million, compared to $8.1 million for the same period of fiscal 2021.
  •   Tangram Partners With Once Upon A Room To Customize Children's Hospital Rooms - The five week partnership included collaborations with many clients and A+E partners that participated in decorating patient rooms at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) while the children were inpatient.
  •   Mark Richey Woodworking Earns National Minority Certification - This certification, awarded last month, means the company has met the National Minority Supplier Development Council criteria for MBEs.
  •   UPFRONT: J.D. Ewing Spearheads IOPFDA Educational Programming for Mid-Market Dealers - A team of industry experts is filling a void in training and education programs to equip smaller furniture dealers for success in today's challenging economic environment.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Avalon Tables by DeskMakers - Ideal for common areas, design libraries, touchdown spaces and more, Avalon Tables are available in a variety of configurations and finish options to suit a wide range of personal aesthetic preferences and interior design schemes.
  •   LAUNCHED: Shelby Williams Launches New Website - The new website combines a broad grouping of product designs, easy-to-order finish and fabric samples, advanced search functionality, and more.
  •   PLACES - Turim MFO Offices – São Paulo | Studio L Arquitetura completed the Turim MFO offices to allow focus on integration, collaboration and transparency in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ultrafabrics Announces Jeff Smith As New Head Of Residential, North America / Nearly Half of LA Workforce Wants Flexibility / BIFMA CEU July 28: "Attributes of Contract Furniture" / Martin Brattrud Goes Solar / Patricia Urquiola Shares the Cassina Perspective at Milan Design Week / Lesro is On CET Designer
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from Arc-Com: Wallcovering Pattern Prismatic / Formica Introduces 20 New Commercial Designs with SurfaceSet 2022 / BuzziChip is BuzziSpace's Newest Acoustic Lighting Solution
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 13, 2022

 
  •   Senior Care Can Feel Like Home with Some Meaningful Design Choices - Healthcare design has taken some miraculous turns in recent years, but there's one problems Chernoff would like to see solved.
  •   APAC Workplace Furniture Maker Schiavello Sets Sights on North American Market - Schiavello, a top 100 Australian private company built on quality, service excellence and innovation, has been creating and servicing world-class work and living environments for over 50 years.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Let Your Top Salespeople Leave, Give Them a Track to Promotion!" - by Stephen Viscusi - These days, manufacturers, dealers and their respective HR departments explain to us that when they are hiring for any type of sales manager position (and I mean whether the manager is local, regional or national), they are looking for sales leaders who have relationships equal to their best salespeople. To which I usually respond: "So why not promote and train your best salespeople?"
  •   CFI Merges with Spectrum - The combined furniture dealer is the largest minority and women-owned MillerKnoll dealer in the country.
  •   Four Ways the Metaverse will Change Design for the Better - No one knows exactly what the future holds, but some positive opportunities are emerging and expanding what's possible.
  •   DIRTT Announces Rebrand and Launches New Digital Experience - The rebrand is the culmination of an 18-month research-based project, consisting of internal and external interviews, focus groups, workshops and user testing that delivered actionable insights.
  •   Hip Hop Architecture Camp Aims to Reach Underrepresented Youth - Created in 2016 by licensed architect Michael Ford, The Hip Hop Architecture Camp positions hip hop culture as a catalyst to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning, and design.
  •   ABI May 2022: Business Conditions at Architecture Firms Remain Strong Despite Economic Headwinds - Firms report that approximately 17% of their projects are designed to meet a rating system.
  •   Coming Soon - Webinar: Navigating Our Way Toward a World Without Greenwashing - In this webinar, Roddy Clarke, Design Writer for The Financial Times and Forbes, and Jane Abernethy, CSO at Humanscale, will take a deep dive into the art of navigating through a world of greenwashing, the power of transparent communication, and the steps to take in understanding a company's true impact.
  •   UPFRONT: all33 Hopes to Set a New Trend in Motion by Moving Manufacturing to the US - The shift to manufacturing in the United States has allowed the team to keep a close eye on every step of the manufacturing process. The Axion is produced in a completely vertically-integrated factory streamlined to reduce environmental impact.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Luxxbox Upgrades its Linea Slimline Acoustic LED System - The linear lighting system features a new unique plug and play power connector allowing for install of canopy and power before lighting fixtures. As a result, only one power feed is needed per run.
  •   AWARDED: Tayco Named a Best Workplace in Manufacturing - Tayco's phenomenal culture and engaged Team stems from innovative workplace policies, opportunities for growth, and a diverse workforce. They work diligently to ensure their core values of ownership, progressive, efficient, and enjoyable experiences are drivers for everything from large scale projects to individual tasks.
  •   PLACES - Novo Nordisk Offices – Ho Chi Minh City | AK Interiors designed an on-trend, fluid and future-proofed work hub for the company's young and energetic employees.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Gibson Welcomes New Hires / CNY Group Promotes Joanna Hung to Project Executive / Bright Spaces Launches a New Product, and Avison Young Romania is the First to Adopt It / Confidentiality and Comfortability Within The Cancer Foundation Finland / Davis Furniture Joins CET for Commercial Interiors / Georgia Public Service Commission Recognizes Shaw Industries with Energy Matters Award in the "Best Sustainability by a Manufacturing Company" Category / IIDA NY Chapter Inaugurates New President
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from Arc-Com: Pattern Rio / Hollman Introduces Glass Lockers for Workspace / New from Maharam: Method
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 6, 2022

 
  •   Economic Activity in Manufacturing Sector Sees Continued Growth - All of the six biggest manufacturing industries — Computer & Electronic Products; Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Petroleum & Coal Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; and Chemical Products — registered moderate-to-strong growth in June.
  •   Nemo Tile + Stone Acquires Tile Market of Delaware - The company's second brand acquisition deepens their footprint in the northeast and mid-atlantic markets.
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm Not Getting a Second Interview! Why?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Preparing for a job interview these days is much more complicated than reading a company's website and viewing the LinkedIn profile of the people you're going to interview with. These are important steps but it's much more than that.
  •   ASID Honors Distinguished Interior Designers with 2022 National Awards and College Of Fellows - The National Awards recognize four design companies or individuals for their work and careers dedicated to furthering the interior design practice and changing the world in one of four distinct categories.
  •   Spotted! Top 10 Commercial Design Trends at NeoCon 2022 - ThinkLab Trendspotters were at it again this year — for the second time, they were scoping the show, helping those on-site prioritize what to see, and bringing the "hallway conversations" to the virtual attendees.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results - According to the company, the formal launch of the contract dealer network in North America positions MillerKnoll for future growth.
  •   SANDOW Design Group Launches New Podcast Network for A+D Industry - SURROUND is the second content platform launched by SANDOW Design Group since 2020, following DesignTV by SANDOW, a streaming video platform featuring hundreds of hours of design content available on all major mobile and OTT devices.
  •   FCA Appoints McCarthy as The Firm's 6th President - The presidential transition will usher in a new era for FCA as John, a master of corporate interiors and workplace strategy, makes his exit, Aran McCarthy, will step in, bringing decades of experience with healthcare environments to the leadership role.
  •   Fresh Yet Classic: Supreen's New Menswear-Inspired Patterns - Revolutionary stain-resistant sustainable Supreen expands textile offering with three new timeless textures.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 + Compusoft Announce Winners of Inspiration Contest - "We are so proud of all of our talented designers who entered the Global Inspiration Contest this year," said Karen Curtis, director of marketing & communications at 2020.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Ghent Introduces Preserve - The first product meant for creating meaningful meeting space outdoors, Preserve pushes the boundaries of what a meeting space should be, creating a "fourth space," giving outdoor space a more purposeful use.
  •   NEW OFFERINGS: Ultrafabrics Bleach Cleanable Textiles - 9to5 Seating - The four new patterns and 66 colorways were designed to complement the popular Ultrafabrics Brisa and Ultraleather Pro that appear on the "Impress the Senses" fabric card from 9to5 Seating.
  •   PLACES - TENTiE Offices – Nagoya, Japan | The energy generated by the contrast between the symbolic furniture and elements made of brick and inorganic materials such as galvanized steel panels, glass, and mirrors is a powerful force.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - BIFMA International Announces New Technical Director of Safety & Performance - Anthony Serge / 3form SVP of Sales Jennifer Ruckel Joins IIDA's International Board of Directors / New York Welcomes Mike McElderry as Design Director of the New York Studio / Landscape Forms Celebrates Great Place to Work Certification Again for 2022-2023 / Bounty Inc. Launch of Modullis
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carl Hansen & Son Presents the VLA26 Vega chair by Vilhelm Lauritzen / Belt by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Flos Architectural Wins the Compasso D'Oro Adi / Color, Pattern, and Style ... Oh My!
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 29, 2022

 
  •   Teknion Opens Showroom in Chicago - Located in Fulton Market, the new showroom exemplifies a flexible and engaging workplace that supports variety and choice.
  •   Knoll Announces Newson Task Chair by Marc Newson - The back of the chair is made of an elastomeric material molded over a rigid frame, giving it both the strength and flexibility to comfortably support users as they enjoy various positions within the 19 degrees of recline.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Now a Good Time to Ask for A Raise, Before The Bubble Bursts?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Yes, it has been a candidates' market in many fields, and it still is right now, but as the stock market dips, and talk of recession ramps-up, employees and candidates have only a limited time left to dictate their income and future.
  •   Material Bank Acquires Architizer and Continues its Strategic Expansion into the Architecture Space - This latest acquisition reinforces Material Bank's mission to expand on innovative solutions for the design community.
  •   DIRTT Welcomes Benjamin Urban as Chief Executive Officer - Urban, 46, joins DIRTT from Agile Interiors, where he previously served as a business development executive for fifteen years. Agile is one of DIRTT's largest Partners, delivering innovative interiors for global clients such as HPE, MD Anderson, and ConocoPhillips.
  •   Officescapes and Floorz Merge with Elements to Become Region's most Comprehensive Interior Solutions Partner - The Combined company will offer placemaking expertise and the latest in human-centric design thinking alongside an unmatched product portfolio.
  •   Landscape Forms Celebrates Its 2022 Landscape Architecture Foundation Scholarship Winners - Since 2007, Landscape Forms has partnered with the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) to offer annual scholarships for distinguished undergraduate landscape architecture students.
  •   Arnold Contract Celebrates 60 Years of Engineered Solutions - "Arnold Contract has experienced exceptional growth and development over the past 60 years," said partner Glenn Arnold.
  •   Relogix's New Pricing Model Brings Simplicity and Flexibility for Organizations Adapting to a Hybrid Workplace - The leader in occupancy analytics rolls out new features and capabilities that give companies the truest picture of the evolving working styles and preferences, necessary to creating great hybrid workplace experiences.
  •   Steelcase Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - The company completed the acquisition of Halcon Furniture LLC on June 10, 2022.
  •   Keilhauer Products Bring in the Awards at NeoCon - Forsi and Melete product lines receive prestigious recognition at NeoCon 2022.
  •   UPFRONT: American Office sells to MOI after 90 Years in Business - MOI, the Mid-Atlantic region's largest office furniture dealer, has acquired one of its main competitors, American Office. This acquisition was driven by the recent merger of Herman Miller and Knoll.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: LightArt Introduces Coil Pendants Made from 100% Reclaimed Ocean Plastic - LightArt joined forces with Oceanworks, a plastic action platform that provides brands a clear path to reduce their carbon footprint by retrieving plastic from the world's oceans for their shared values in sustainability and transparency.
  •   AWARDED: Amobi Wins NeoCons First Innovation Award - Companies today demand more from their office investments, requiring multi-modal, adaptable spaces that allow for quick transitions between individual, focused spaces and collaborative, iterative ones.
  •   PLACES - Alumina Elit Offices – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria | Designed to showcase the high-quality glass partitions Alumina Elit manufactures, their new office in Veliko Tarnovo gives imagination and creativity when it comes to the diverse application of their products.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Promotes Jeffrey Cortinas And Douglas Fu To Studio Managers In Pleasanton, California Office / Kostow Greenwood Architects Builds Leadership Team / Pulp Studio Announces Sales Force Partnership with Bodkins & Associates / Sales Leader Shelley Rosetta Joins Solomon Coyle / Buro Happold Selects Jennifer Price for Top Role, US Managing Director / Architecture and Interior Design Firm SGA Announces Internal Ownership Transition and Expansion of Leadership Team / Keilhauer Partners With IIDA as Exclusive Sponsor of Newly-Developed Sustainable Design Education Fund / //3877 Expands Presence in New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Geiger Elevates Work with New Geiger Leatherwrap Sit-to-Stand Desk and the Expanded Award-Winning Geiger One Casegoods Collection / Carl Hansen & Son Launches the Foyer Series by Vilhelm Lauritzen
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 22, 2022

 
  •   People, Place and Planet — ASID Pitches a Comprehensive Approach Design - Good design goes beyond beauty. It responds to physical and emotional needs and it's about balancing that against creating environmentally responsible outcome.
  •   Mau Calls for Fact-Based Optimism and Emotional Connections to Guide Design Moving Forward - "Most of the problems we now face is because we succeeded in solving so many problems," Mau said. "Sanitation, hunger, communication, all these things allowed us to become 8 million people. And now we have a new higher order complexity problem. The good news is that we won't have to deal with those problems with the tools of the past."
  •   Stephen Says - "A Delightful NeoCon in Every Way" - by Stephen Viscusi - People told me that for those few days last week the City of Chicago opened up and everyone was free to conduct business like it was 2019. Attendees did not just come for the products and programs, they came to be with one another. To eat and drink with clients and friends and colleagues.
  •   Neocon 2022 Illuminated the Power Of Design - Vibrant show energized community with ground-breaking innovations, enlightening programming, engaging installations, & meaningful connections.
  •   Okamura Hits Market with New Chairs and Marker Boards - Cynara is a multi-purpose chair that is stylish, comfortable, and light in many ways; and Sprint is a mobile collaboration support tool to boost team creativity.
  •   Flokk Annual Report 2021: Record Performance - Flokk, the leading European manufacturer of office seating products, reported record financial results for 2021 and sees a strong start to 2022.
  •   Herman Miller and Studio 7.5 Introduce a New Eames-Inspired Office Chair - Zeph Offers a Colorful, Customizable and Ergonomic Solution Fit for Any Space - With its slim profile and an easy-to-adjust design, users will find Zeph a colorful companion capable of supporting a variety of needs while seamlessly incorporating itself into the scenery of any room.
  •   UPFRONT: Innovating Together: Jiecang & LOGICDATA Combined Showroom Reveals Unique Blend of Cultures and Design Thinking - This unique blend of cultures, design thinking and resource diversity strengthens the partners' continuum of capabilities and innovation in adjustable furniture solutions for today's fluid work environment, affording greater capacity and expanded product offerings in the growing global adjustables sector.
  •   BRAND SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms Introduces the Air Collection - The Air Collection is inspired by the concept of "lightness," both as a physical characteristic and as an aesthetic captured in the playful and colorful presence the collection brings to outdoor settings.
  •   NOW REPPING: Yellowbox Collective Living Up to Promise - Melanie Tantillo is the owner of Yellowbox Collective. Her life and career has been international, having lived in seven countries, on four continents and as such Yellowbox Collective mission is to partner with companies wishing to establish a wider audience in the U.S. Contract Furnishings Market.
  •   PLACES - Arçelik Offices – Istanbul | The high and open ceiling setup that dominates the entire office creates a feeling of spaciousness, while at the same time creating a rich, dynamic and industrial office perception with project-specific acoustic elements.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Interface Launches New Website / Stephen Alton Joins S9 Architecture as Director of Interior Architecture / Frontline Workers Say Management Feels Out of Touch with Their Roles
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Hightower Launches Gimbal Jr., Wins First Best of NeoCon Award / AHF Products Showcases Extensive Commercial Flooring Portfolio / An Astronomical Idea / 'Chairs' To Your Health
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 15, 2022

 
  •   A Civic Approach to Art and Design - Design Makes a Statement. That is this year's theme for NeoCon. What that means exactly is wide open for interpretation.
  •   Stephen Says - "So You Never Needed a Resume to Get a Job Until Now? Welcome to the Real World!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I haven't had a ton of different jobs, but over the course of a couple of changes, not one person asked me for a resume.
  •   NeoCon 2022 in Photos: It's Good to be Back! - Even severe thunderstorms couldn't keep the crowds away. Here is a peak of what has been going on this week, with a full wrap-up in next week's issue.
  •   Best of NeoCon Award Winners Practice Forward Thinking in Sustainability and Innovation - A total of 99 awards in 52 categories were announced during a lively breakfast celebration Monday morning.
  •   Beyond Expectations: Salone del Mobile.Milano an International Success - Attendance of over 262,000 at the 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, smashing all expectations in terms of turnout, revitalizing the city and a whole system internationally, so confirming the event's catalytic power.
  •   Illinois Bill Passage Continues Momentum for Nationwide Wave of Interior Design Legislation - "Interior designers bring an extensive body of knowledge, experience, and care to their profession, and this legislation reaffirms their impressive qualifications," said ASID CEO Gary Wheeler, FASID.
  •   IIDA to Inaugurate Angie Lee as 2022-2023 International Board President and Additional New Board Members at the IIDA Annual Meeting - "Angie has been integral to IIDA's mission and advocacy of the design profession, with a commendable leadership style that especially pays attention to and supports the women of our industry," said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst.
  •   Fellowes Brands Announces New Design and Experience Center at the Entrance to Chicago's Energetic Fulton Market District, Opening in Early 2023 - Fellowes Brands will be located on the 9th floor of a building that features training and conference spaces, a fitness center, coffee shop, restaurant and social spaces throughout, as well as at the penthouse and rooftop.
  •   Virco Reports 13% Increase in First Quarter Revenue - Competitive advantages of domestic factories and U.S. school furniture market lead to record orders and backlog.
  •   A New Hybrid Home in Paris - With the new WorkLife in Paris, Steelcase has created a future-proof space.
  •   UPFRONT: HAT Collective Introduces E2 Connex Monitor Arm - Users can choose between static or dynamic arms or add sliders for fine-tuned monitor adjustment to further enhance the experience.
  •   BRAND SPOTLIGHT: Allseating's Showroom Unveils New Collections During NeoCon 2022 - Allseating is showcasing its newest products, Eighty Two, Rühe, Innate, Res, and Attune, during NeoCon.
  •   JUST RELEASED: Divide Your Space on Demand With Telaio From Peter Pepper Products - Dividing space on-demand for individual user groups allow you to create an efficient environment for collaboration with the right amount of utility, ancillary supporting tools as well as providing panels for privacy and visual and acoustic comfort.
  •   PLACES - Exotic Food Offices – Bangkok | The colors red and black, and other elements that convey XO's identity are utilized to create a strong, unified image, discernible to both the company's personnel, including visitors who have a chance to visit the actual office or see it online.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Steelcase Recognized for Outstanding Environmental Sustainability Practices / KFI Studios Announces Rebrand / Humanscale Immersive Pop-Up in Chicago's Fulton Market / Teknion Announces the Promotion of Doug Meyer to Vice President of Sales
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Integra Introduces New Lounge Seating Designs / Innovations Presents SU22 Collection, Natura / Aquafil Group Presents New Eco-Conscious Carpet Collections / Plot Twist Takes Us in Unexpected Directions / Polyvision to Debuts ICS Wall Systems at NeoCon / Crossville Launches Stone Fiction Porcelain Tile Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 8, 2022

 
  •   Spotlight on Via Seating: Innovation and Sustainability for The Win - Via brings to the table intentional ergonomic design focused on health and wellness. Sustainability is top of mind for Via as well.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Don't Recruiters Call Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi - You may be a great salesperson, a hard worker, your customers love you and you are the top producer in your region, but if I cannot easily contact you, if I have to dig too far into social media, I may call someone else.
  •   Introducing Avro — The Seating Ecosystem Built for the Future - Avro fuses decades of Arconas' expertise in sector-leading terminal furniture with the ergonomic knowledge and user-focused product experience of Pearson Lloyd.
  •   MillerKnoll Announces New Head of Design for Knoll - Jonathan Olivares, a leading voice in contemporary design, joins to foster Knoll's design legacy and future.
  •   Steven Bramson Named CEO of Innovative Ergonomic Solutions - New leadership will strengthen brands to service diverse customer base.
  •   How to Stay in the Know at NeoCon with ThinkLab Trendspotters - We've invited some of the industry's finest architecture and design professionals to share what they are seeing, hearing, thinking, and loving about NeoCon 2022 — unfiltered.
  •   Cayke: Will Everyone in the Industry be on this Platform in 2 Years? - Cayke announced this week the launch and development of "Cayke Shops" for brands like 9to5 Seating, Loftwall, Skyline Design, and DeskMakers. On the dealer side, trailblazers like Interiors for Business, Interior Investments, and other dealerships are working on their own Cayke shops.
  •   Humanscale Becomes the First Furniture Manufacturer To Be Awarded TRUE Gold and TRUE Silver by Green Business Certification for Zero Waste Efforts - Humanscale continues to lead the industry on sustainability and transparency by achieving the highest levels of TRUE® certifications across all global factories.
  •   Andreu World Opens First West Coast Flagship Showroom - Located in the heart of the financial district it is the company's point of reference for its West Coast division as a complete space that showcases the brand's products and services.
  •   Steelcase and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Announce New Creative Collaboration - Drawing on a connection that began over 80 years ago, the two organizations will look to the past to inspire furniture collections for a new generation.
  •   SGA Designs Speculative Office Suite For Oxford Properties - An Inspiring Case Study for the Office of the Future - At the center of the space, an elevator bank and restrooms are enveloped by a supply amenity zone — providing opportunities for locker storage, pantries, sanitizing stations, and office equipment — as well as the main circulation path.
  •   UPFRONT: DIRTT Announces Leadership Changes - DIRTT announced the departure of Jennifer Warawa as Chief Commercial Officer, and Jeffrey Calkins as Chief Operating Officer and Interim Co-CEO.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Ghent, VividBoard, and Waddell to Merge into One Brand - After four decades of producing industry-leading visual communications and space solutions, parent company GMi is excited to announce the merging of Waddell display solutions and VividBoard patient care boards under its flagship brand Ghent.
  •   JOINED: Global Furniture Group, USA Adds to its Growing Team in the Southeast - With his 20-plus years in furniture and industrial sales, Chris Watson is a proven leader in strategic sales and has been consistently recognized for his year-over-year territory growth.
  •   PLACES - GPD Agency Offices – Poznań, Poland | BIDERMANN+WIDE utilized bold colors and distinct spaces for a dynamic work environment. The challenge: to create a space that is a platform for the exchange of ideas and collaboration between many creative people.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Carl Hansen & Søn Adds Sales Manager / Resource Furniture Hires Solution Specialist Trish Steen / Ware Malcomb Promotes Matt Chaiken To Vice President / Nevers Industry Mobile Showroom to Visit Chicago June 13 and 14 / IIDA NY Announces 2022 Leadership Award of Excellence Recipient / Formaspace Contract Welcomes NeoCon 2022 Attendees to New Merchandise Mart Showroom / Mats Inc. Announces 50th Anniversary Rebrand
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Erin Seating to Debut at NeoCon / Cabot Wrenn Emphasizes Life's Spaces in Collaboration with 11 Ravens at NeoCon / New at NeoCon: Stylex Launches Six Seating and Table Collections / Unika Vaev Introduces Five New Acoustic Products from UV Studios
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 1, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: In the Future, Robots Might Deliver Coffee and Packages to Your Desk - Robot filled offices are quite a ways away from being practical, but we are going to begin seeing them roll past our desks more in the near future. I like how Naver is using robots as tools to do menial tasks, not as the brains of the operation.
  •   Let's Talk About Toilets — The Other Task Seating - Duravit weighs in on bathroom design in the workplace. Wellness was certainly a topic of conversation in commercial design prior to the COVID-19 pandemic however post pandemic, it has never been regarded as more important — especially when it comes to bathrooms.
  •   Salone del Mobile 60th Edition, June 7-12, Fiera Rho Milano - The 60th edition of Salone will focus on the key values of quality, innovation, beauty and, now more than ever, sustainability.
  •   Teknion Opens London Showroom - On display, Teknion's latest products, current workplace trends, and thoughtful furniture predictions illustrate the strategic steps taken to further enrich the brand's social, environmental, and economic impact.
  •   Studio Other Partners With Inside Evolutions in South Texas - Inside Evolutions offers architectural and engineering furniture, office space, laminates, home furnishings, architectural walls, bamboo products, acoustical control materials, and screen care products.
  •   3form to Exit theMART for Virtual Showroom - Among many features, designers will be able to understand the dynamic nature of the products virtually through videos that demonstrate how the products interact with light and translucency.
  •   ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2022 Concludes - The Show is characterized by robust attendance, a strong exhibitor roster, and enthusiasm across the board.
  •   2020 Hosting In-Person VIP Event + Virtual Event at NeoCon 2022 - 2020 expert speakers Vanessa DeKoekkoek, Renee Cooper, Bruce Allum and Jeff Morrow will be presenting at booth 7-5122 June 13-14 from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., covering a vast range of topics including what's new in 2020 Office, 2020 Visual Impression tips and tricks, the future impact of evolving technologies on the commercial office industry, and more.
  •   Kimball International Announces New Chicago Showroom Location in Fulton Market District for 2023 - Located in the heart of the Fulton Market District, Kimball International's new space is in close proximity to tech and design firms, local eateries, trendy galleries and boutiques, and residential spaces.
  •   Louis Poulsen Hosts BIG NYC Keglen Event - Francesca Portesine, director of Interiors at BIG, explained how their product design is often born from furnishings and lighting needed for the firm's architecture projects.
  •   Ware Malcomb Opens New Office in Nashville - Ware Malcomb has completed over 100 projects in the area, including retail, office and industrial projects. The new Nashville office builds upon Ware Malcomb's rapidly growing Southeast region with offices in Atlanta and Miami.
  •   Hushoffice to Debut New Acoustic Pod Solutions for Agile and Hybrid Work at NeoCon - A refreshed offering with new innovations of Hushoffice acoustics pods and new products will be launched in the U.S. during NeoCon.
  •   Stephen Says - "Retreads: The New Normal?" - by Stephen Viscusi - My question is, what's your deal? Are you jealous of your friends? The interiors industry tends not to care about sexual orientation, race, age or gender when hiring. We were way ahead of the curve and today's political correctness.
  •   UPFRONT: Industry Icon Gary L. Seaman Passes Away - In 1984, Seaman and two partners founded GL Seaman & Company. An accomplished golfer and musician, Seaman is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Carolyn Hunt Seaman, a younger brother and sister, and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA of Texas and Vogel Alcove.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: NeoCon 2022: LINAK U.S. Focuses on Employee Experience and the Return to the Office - At NeoCon, LINAK is introducing the next generation of desk leg with the addition of the DL PLUS High-Speed series of legs. The DL Plus High-Speed desk legs add speed without compromising on sound, load or self-lock.
  •   PROMOTED: Steelcase Appoints VP of Global Design - Steelcase announced it promoted Michael Held to vice president of global design from his previous role as global furniture design director. Held succeeds James Ludwig, who retired in late 2021 after 22 years with the organization.
  •   PLACES - Birkenstock Group Headquarters – Cologne | Within the framework of the historical warehouse halls, brandherm + krumrey developed a customised interior design for Birkenstock's diverse requirements.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Sam Clar Office Furniture Welcomes Education Environment Specialist Debby Cappadona / //3877 Continues to Grow Team, Hires Interior Designer Noelani Brannon / Landscape Forms Announces Sales Agreement with Spectrum Lighting of San Antonio, Inc. / Steelcase Named a Best Employer for New Graduates by Forbes / Italian Style Design Firm Pininfarina Announces Opening of New York City Office / Artaic Welcomes Damian Di Maio as Commercial Sales Manager / Kettal Opens Showroom in London / IIDA Announces Collaboration with UK-Based Recruitment Specialist Urban to Bring Inclusivity-Driven Hiring Strategies to the U.S.
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Sam Clar Welcomes Debby Cappadona / //3877 Grows Team / Landscape Forms Agreement / Steelcase Named a Best Employer / Pininfarina NYC Office / Artaic Welcomes Damian Di Maio / Kettal Opens Showroom in London / IIDA Announces Collaboration
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Business of Furniture - May 25, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Your NeoCon Questions Answered - I've returned from Chicago after my scouting trip (and a White Sox vs. Yankees game) and as promised, I back with answers to your questions.
  •   ICFF Back at Full Scale in NYC - Post-pandemic, one of the hot topics impacting the future of office design is a subject most of the world is fixated on right now: wellness, which ties into sustainability.
  •   NeoCon Coming Back Stronger Than Ever Post-Pandemic - In the last few years, theMART secured more than 400,000 square feet of showroom leasing in the building. They've renewed a number of key anchors in that period across all industries. They've also brought several new brands to the building.
  •   Three Ways to Entice Architects and Designers Back to Your Showroom Post-Pandemic - There are a variety of benefits to digitizing your showroom experience: from reaching more people to tracking the most popular areas of your space to more seamless post-event follow-up. One of our favorite ways to wow your target audience with tech is by creating an online virtual tour.
  •   MillerKnoll Makes Sustainable Product Sourcing Easier - Led by Herman Miller and Knoll, the new shared platform on ecomedes helps customers access environmental product information and easily identify furniture solutions across the MillerKnoll collective that help achieve sustainability goals.
  •   NeoCon Exhibitors Are Expanding, Growing, & Innovating - 2022 Attendees Can Expect Cutting-Edge Products, Installations, All-Star Designer Collaborations, & More From NeoCon Exhibitors.
  •   IIDA Celebrates Industry Changemakers at 2022 NeoCon Conference in Chicago - Commercial Interior Design Organization Ignites Conversation and Acknowledgement of Those Impacting Industry through Curated Programming.
  •   Cambria and Room & Board Announce Expansion of Artisan Furnishings for Residential and Commercial Environments - Leading Minnesota brands partner to offer six stunning Cambria solid surface options on Room & Board's series of bath vanities and Amherst storage cabinets.
  •   Samuelson Furniture Partners with Independent Living Community in New Jersey - Samuelson Furniture made its debut into the assisted living industry in April 2021; the brand is dedicated to making positive impacts through the built environment with beautiful, highly functional products that improve the everyday lives of residents.
  •   Interface Announces $100 Million Share Repurchase Authorization and Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend - Laurel Hurd, Chief Executive Officer, said, "The Board's authorization of the new share repurchase program underscores their confidence in the long-term value creation opportunities for Interface."
  •   Kimball International Launches New Product Solutions for Workplace, Health, and Education Markets - As Makers of Possibilities, Kimball International is dedicated to creating product solutions that are meaningful and relevant.
  •   AIS Introduces New Products with a Focus on the Evolving Workplace Providing Dealers and Customers Options for a More Personalized and Responsive Environment - AIS' showroom, located in space 1086 on the building's 10th floor, will feature new products including: Chatham Cove Work Lounge, PowerBench, PET Wire Managers and Enclosures, and the Desktop Organizer + Suspended Caddy, further expanding its broad breadth of product solutions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Be the Ted Lasso of NeoCon" - by Stephen Viscusi - Salespeople: When you are in the showroom you are there to meet customers from all across the country, not chat away with your colleagues that you haven't seen in a year and for goodness sake stay off your phone unless you are on Instagram with photo's of the happenings in your showroom.
  •   UPFRONT: Falkbuilt Ltd and Its Co-founders Sue DIRTT Environmental Solutions for $22 Million - "We truly regret the need for taking this action against our former company but this mean-spirited personal vendetta, with absolutely no legal merit, has created extensive damages for Falkbuilt and our Falkbuilt Factory Direct Branches," said Mogens Smed, CEO of Falkbuilt.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: HAT Collective to Debut New Seating Product, Iku, at NeoCon - Japanese for "to go," Iku is an interactive, intuitive mid-back task chair that propels professionals into a healthy, productive workday. Like all HAT Collective products, Iku features innovative design, integrated ergonomics and easy user functionality. Expertly engineered to support the back and spine while providing high-end comfort, Iku comes with an intuitive synchro-control to promote natural body movement.
  •   MOURNING: HAT Collective Mourns the Passing of Contract Furniture Industry Veteran Tom Koidis - HAT Collective is mourning the unexpected passing of Tom Koidis, vice president of sales for Canada. Koidis, who joined HAT Collective in November of 2021, was a 20-year veteran of the contract furniture industry.
  •   PLACES - AfterShip Offices – Shenzhen | As a technology company, AfterShip has their unique corporate culture. In this project, we challenge not only the interior planning and design, but also the development planning project of a planet.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Shaw Named a 2022 Halo Award Winner for St. Jude Cushion Program / Tarkett Celebrates Grand Opening of New Chicago Showroom / Trendway Releases CET Extensions / Ethnicraft's Objects Awarded Top Marks at ICFF
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The Masterful Craft of Jueki Debuts / Design Pool Returns to NeoCon with New Collection Invisible Threads / BiSemA Corporation to Present Cloud-based Contract Furniture Product Specification Services at NeoCon 2022
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Business of Furniture - May 18, 2022

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

Business of Furniture - May 11, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: A Hodgepodge Including: NeoCon Preview, Strong Earnings and an Innovative Mobile Laptop Desk from a Maker? - Let's start with the fact that a month from the time you are reading this, we will all be gathering in Chicago for NeoCon. Yes, one month. I will be in Chicago next week meeting with the folks at theMART for my annual pre-NeoCon walkthrough.
  •   Panel Discussion Dives into How Culture Affects Engagement in the Workplace - People are returning to the office for a number of different reasons, but for the vast majority, the main reasons are almost evenly split between connecting with colleagues and getting work done.
  •   Environments Turns It's Own Headquarters Into Test Lab For New Smart Building Software - Elevated Environments includes functions for everything from lighting and air quality to security, desk reservations, community calendars, and connections for employees working hybrid or remote.
  •   IIDA NY's Annual Leaders' Breakfast Tomorrow Focuses on Global Sustainability - After years of exploring creative change making, Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method for activating positive social and environmental change combining systems thinking, sustainability sciences and design thinking for positive impact on the planet.
  •   Design Evolution: What Gen Z Wants in the Workplace - At ThinkLab, we believe these experiences, coupled with native relationships to digital tools, will likely greatly alter how Gen Z designers communicate at work, what they look for in an employer, and how they specify.
  •   Steelcase to Acquire HALCON - Steelcase sees many opportunities for growth between the two companies going forward, including geographic expansion, portfolio enhancement and continued revenue gains in HALCON's existing core markets.
  •   Material Bank Raises $175M in Series D Funding Led by Brookfield - Material Bank has experienced extraordinary industry adoption and growth since its 2019 launch.
  •   Tangram Announces Eric Lockwood Promoted To Managing Director - Eric Lockwood has 28 years of experience in technology consulting, design and integration for the built environment and has worked extensively in North America, Europe and Asia.
  •   Herman Miller Continues to Expand Retail Presence Nationwide, Opening First Brick-and-Mortar Locations in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta this Spring - Expertly designed to assist customers to make informed and confident purchasing decisions, the 1,560 square-foot store has dedicated performance specialists on-hand to help shoppers discover the right solutions for their individual needs.
  •   Mayer Fabrics Celebrates Milestone 125th Anniversary - Beginning in 1897, George L. Paetz started the Paetz Company to fill a need for a local product supplier to manufacturers of custom designed buggies and repair.
  •   Svigals + Partners Advances Director of Interiors, Announces New Team Members - A highly experienced designer, Katherine Berger was promoted to Director of Interior Design in July 2020 upon the retirement of Lynn Brotman, NCIDQ, IIDA, and has served as the lead interior designer and project manager for acclaimed works across several market sectors, including healthcare, education, and corporate workplace.
  •   Results - DIRTT Q1 2022; Kimball Q3 2022; Interface Q1 2022
  •   Stephen Says - "NeoCon: Your Own Private Job Fair" - by Stephen Viscusi - Sales managers wonder why they can't find good salespeople on LinkedIn. It's because proven performers have a selling mindset — they're busy out selling — and do not have time to read Help Wanted postings on LinkedIn.
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Breakfast and Annual Business Meeting - While BIFMA has hosted conversations in dealing with specific changes in the industry, today we will take a pause to explore how these external drivers influence internal organizational change, practical methods for making those changes and helping teams transition through them.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: LX Hausys Announces Declare Label Status for its HIMACS and Viatera Products - Declare labels provide an important level of transparency by disclosing all product ingredients, enabling customers to see the "nutritional" information of a product in order to make informed purchasing decisions.
  •   SIGNED: Landscape Forms Announces Sales Agreement with Spectrum Lighting of Austin, Texas - In its nearly 50 years, Spectrum Lighting has built an impressive offering of indoor and outdoor lighting manufacturers and services.
  •   PLACES - Hyperscience Offices – Sofia | The office space had a distinct industrial character with visible ceilings and installations, softened with wood finishes and textiles in accent colours to match the fresh and young spirit of the company.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Announces This Year's Roadshow Showcasing Lighting Solutions / Carl Hansen & Søn Presents a Collaborative Exhibition with Female Design Council Focused on Craftsmanship / Herman Miller to Open Three New Stores in Japan This Spring / Two AIA Georgia Awards Go To Hapeville Library in Fulton County / Mancini Duffy Acquires Gertler & Wente Architects / AIA San Francisco Announces 2022 Design Awards Recipients / Teknion Awarded the Gold Award at the 2022 Indigo Design Awards / Haworth Opens New Showroom in Atlanta / IIDA Expands Design Your World Program Nationally with Miami Launch and Return of Chicago Session
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Herman Miller Unveils Latest Addition to Collection of Color-Dipped Chairs / Hightower Announces the First of its Product Declare Labels / KFI Studios Announces New Umage Color and Upholstery / Mannington Commercial Introduces Revealed Collection / Rottet Collection Previews Exciting New Range at ICFF / Mohawk Group Announces Two Spring Featured Collections in Collaboration with ArtLifting
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Business of Furniture - May 4, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: If Your Company was Drafted, Would it be a First Rounder or Mr. Irrelevant? - As a Detroit Lions fan, one of the best weekends of the year arrives with the NFL Draft. Hope springs eternal and it is a good chance to chug down a lot of Honolulu blue Kool-Aid while dreaming of Super Bowls that will never come.
  •   Listen, Connect and Serve: Dan Binford & Associates Outlines the Values of a Successful Rep Group - Connecting with the A&D community is key. And Binford said the connections start early. The company has sponsored student events and programs for decades. It is a bit like planting seeds.
  •   Arper Caps Busy Month Stateside with Basquiat Exhibition and New CEO of Americas - Joining Arper with more than 25 years of experience in the design and manufacturing industry, Amy Storek has worked in various positions for global companies such as Herman Miller, Vitra, and Haworth.
  •   Framery Investing Heavily in Digital Services to Further Revolutionize the Industry - Arto Vahvanen Joins the Team to Expand the Brand's Technology Expertise and Develop New Digital Experiences.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 - HNI generated revenue growth of more than 18 percent driven by pricing actions, volume improvement, and the benefits of acquisitions completed in the prior year.
  •   Ware Malcomb Promotes Three Female Leaders in Irvine Office - Ware Malcomb announced that Jinger Tapia has been promoted to Vice President, Design; Maureen Bissonnette has been promoted to Principal, Marketing; and Maria Rodgers has been promoted to PR & Communications Manager.
  •   Indiana Furniture's Perfect Safety Score Leads to INSHARP Recertification - "We first received INSHARP certification in 2017 and to be recognized again is a testament to the focus and dedication of our employees," said Greg Hildenbrand, Safety and Environmental Engineer for Indiana Furniture.
  •   Solomon Coyle's 2022-Q1 Market Outlook Report Captures Distributors' Optimism - The Q1'22 3.8% increase in Bookings over Q4'21 beat the 2.9% increase dealers previously forecasted.
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q1 Results - "Mohawk's results exceeded our expectations as first quarter sales rose to an all-time record, reflecting higher pricing, growth in our ceramic businesses, an improving commercial sector and benefit from our small acquisitions," said Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum.
  •   Survey Offers New Insights for Neurodiverse Workplaces - HOK and Tarkett survey of neurodiverse employees in the U.S., UK and Canada identified key sensory issues in office environments and how they can be addressed through workplace design and strategy.
  •   Boston Studio of Perkins&Will Expands Its Leadership Group - Matthew Pierce has been promoted to principal; and Jeffrey Keilman, Jennifer McGrory, James Levin, and Steve Webster to associate principal.
  •   Michigan Campus Becomes Massive Public Gallery in May — Students Debut Best Work in Year-End Exhibitions at Kendall College of Art and Design - After two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, KCAD presents a wide-ranging showcase of noted work by 2022 graduates; Record attendance expected at Grand Rapids magnet for emerging leaders in design and visual arts, representing the depth and breadth of student experience in KCAD studios, labs and classrooms.
  •   Stephen Says - "Get a Good Night's Sleep" - by Stephen Viscusi - Salespeople are excited about returning to real work and even the many who are not getting to go this year to Chicago may be having an event in their local market. People are excited.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 Announces Newest Release of 2020 Office Softwares - The new features in v2022 simplify the interface and highlight the basic commands needed to complete an office furniture project.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: DEKKO Launches Layer Designed by IDA Design - "The inspiration behind Layer was to create a multi-user power solution that can go anywhere," IDA Design Principal Mitch Bakker said. The product is so-named for its versatile layers of application in all kinds of environments.
  •   REPORTED: Shaw Industries Releases 14th Annual Sustainability Report - As the company continues its commitment to Cradle to Cradle design principles, it has set new goals for net zero operations and diversity and inclusion as part of its sustain[HUMAN]ability strategy.
  •   PLACES - MAM Competence Center Offices – Grosshöflein | Each building's cell nucleus creates a two-story atrium with a greenhouse-like roof and plantation that offers the employees a hybrid between inside and outside. Despite the building's depth, this weather-protected area allows natural light access from within and acts as a spatial link between floors.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Empire Office Adds to Executive Management Team Based in the Atlanta Market / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative / HLW Hires Science and Technology Market Sector Leader to Strengthen Firm's Laboratory Design and Planning Portfolio / Sponsorships Open for the BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference / Forbes and Statista name Shaw Industries a Best Employer for Diversity 2022 / IIDA Announces Winners of 25th Annual IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards / New Hot Desking Features Introduced from Envoy
  •   FIRST LOOKS - nanimarquina Wins Top Honors at HD Expo 2022 / Design with Purpose, Every Day is Earth Day / HBF Textiles: Immerse Yourself in Dusted Fleck / Ethnicraft Wins Top Honors at HD Expo 2022 / New Modern Window Covering Offers Solar Protection for Office Spaces
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Business of Furniture - April 27, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Time to Reduce the Number of Links in Our Supply Chain - It is past time that the office furniture industry rethink its supply chain. Over the past few weeks, it has become painfully clear that we can't rely on the system that we have in place today. U.S. office furniture makers need to reshore at least some of the production that is currently taking place at far-flung places around the globe.
  •   With Determination and Innovation, Regency Grew a Dream into a Legacy - Regency grew and gained notoriety in the ecommerce community, but the dealership community wanted something that was still their own, so Regency launched a third brand — Regency Global Sourcing, which included commercial grade products and customizable pieces.
  •   Adam Sandow's Vision for the Future of Design - Sandow compared the current Material Bank to a Cessna, a small, personal aircraft. "A fighter jet is coming," he said of the new Material Bank.
  •   Carie Scott Johnson Joins The Viscusi Group as Executive Recruiter - Johnson brings more than 20 years of senior sales expertise to The Viscusi Group team. Johnson has held senior sales positions with industry leaders. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in history.
  •   Four Ways the Metaverse will Impact the Interiors Industry - Virtual and augmented reality have the potential to create more accessible spaces for exploration. But they could also create barriers.
  •   NYCxDESIGN Announces New Programming and Events for Festival's 10th Anniversary Edition - Initiatives across all five boroughs Celebrate the city's cultural community through design talks, shows, open studios, installations, exhibits, pop-ups, and more.
  •   Why You Should Use Biodegradable Textiles on Your Next Project - Synthetic textiles in commercial interiors today are widespread, with most woven from plastic-based acrylic, nylon or polyester yarns that are cut and sewn in factories. Almost all are chemically produced and nonbiodegradable. And nearly everything is ending up in the landfill.
  •   Keilhauer Shares 2022 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - "At Keilhauer, we have always believed that a responsible business must prioritize sustainability," said Mike Keilhauer, president.
  •   MillerKnoll Announces 2030 Sustainability Goals: Doing More for Our Planet - Throughout its sustainability history, the company has tapped into the power and passion of its people to drive change.
  •   Perkins&Will Unveils First-of-its-kind Net-Zero Operational Carbon Community Centre in Toronto - The North East Scarborough Community and Child Care Centre will achieve net zero status through energy efficient design and renewable energy systems, while adding much-needed facilities that celebrate local community.
  •   Virco Releases Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2022 Results - Order rates and demand for school furniture remain strong. In the fourth quarter, typically a slow time for orders in the seasonal cycle for school furniture, orders were up 65% compared to the same period of the prior year.
  •   Stephen Says - "References Today Are the Price of a Ticket to the 'Hall of Fame' Dinner, So Don't Get Fooled" - by Stephen Viscusi - Here is the Viscusi hiring advice: Slow down when making a hire today. Think of a hire like your lead time for making a product. A rule of thumb is your hire should never take shorter than your lead time. Sixteen weeks for a wood conference table, but you want to hire a person to sell it in a month?
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 + Compusoft Launch Global Inspiration Contest for Kitchen, Bathroom and Office Designers - 2020 + Compusoft announced the return of their Global Inspiration Contest for kitchen, bathroom and office designers. The contest provides a platform for 2020 Design Live, 2020 Fusion Live, 2020 Office, Winner and Innoplus users to be recognized among their peers for their creative, functional and aesthetic design skills.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Allsteel Introduces a New Workplace Solution – the FIT Panel System - The versatility of FIT components creates integrated worksettings that efficiently manage technology and adapt to a variety of workstyles.
  •   TRAINING: Solomon Coyle Now Accepting Registrations for Summer Session of Project Management Training - Classes to be held for Allsteel, Kimball International, Knoll and Teknion Dealers.
  •   PLACES - Riseup Offices – Tel Aviv | Riseup's kitchen and large informal meeting space is an introduction to the bright yellows and blues and bold geometric shapes that will comprise the design elements throughout the office.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Hires Rei Takata as Studio Manager, Architecture in Washington, D.C. Office / OFGO STUDIO Announces Alex Sisk as new Vice President of Sales / Keilhauer Named as one of Canada's Greenest Employers 2022 / ZAS Architects + Interiors Promotes Interior Design Practice Leader of Vancouver Studio to Principal / Dattner Architects Promotes Shefali Sanghvi to Director of Sustainability / Crossville Partners With MindClick; All Products Receive Leader Rating / Henricksen Hires Kevin Kennedy as Vice President of Sales for New York Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from KFI Studios: Arbor Guest Chair / LightArt Introduces Four Acoustic Lights to Create Custom, Connected Shapes / Mohawk Group Bolsters their Beyond Carbon-Neutral Portfolio with the Release of New 2022 EPDs and Launch of the Innovative EcoFlex ONE Flooring Solution / DEKKO Launches Layer Designed by IDA Design
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Business of Furniture - April 20, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Evolution of the Once-Lowly Dorm - When you think of college life, your mind probably conjures images of the movie "Animal House" mixed with memories of late night cram sessions and disgusting dorm rooms. I certainly remember my time at Michigan State University and Hubbard Hall, a drab set of two 12-story towers on the East Lansing campus.
  •   AIS Co-Founder Bruce Platzman Transitions Focus to Philanthropic and Regional Economic Growth - Nick Haritos to become CEO on June 1 as AIS poises itself for continued growth and increased market share.
  •   OFS Takes Forest Stewardship Seriously - Nearly everything OFS sells utilizes wood in some way. Some pieces celebrate wood front and center while other furniture lines use wood at their core. Wood remains a hallmark of the company's design heritage.
  •   Humanscale Debuts Path - Each chair is climate positive, and composed of over 20 lbs of recycled content, including almost 10 lbs of ocean plastic.
  •   ecomedes Acquires Leading Commercial Design Discovery Platform Mortarr - Mortarr fits nicely in the industry as a "top of the funnel" resource for designers. It provides the inspiration much more easily than wading through billions of images on Pinterest.
  •   Leading Hospitality Furniture Manufacturer Beaufurn Announces Major Rebranding - The new brand identity, including a new logo, visual elements, and a streamlined user interface, comes as the company prepares to display at the annual Hospitality Design Expo + Conference in Las Vegas.
  •   Humanscale's Earth Week Programming Will Educate and Inspire Action on Climate Year-Round - Humanscale leadership will speak on two panels about the sustainable impact of design at "Design U – The Future of Eco-Conscious Living."
  •   Monthly Learning Series: LEVEL by BIFMA Program Overview - Speaker Steve Kooy has more than 15 years of experience as a sustainability professional in the furniture industry. He oversees the e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard and LEVEL Certification Program, including revisions and interpretations.
  •   Privately Held Formaspace Announces 33% Growth, New Leadership and Major Capital Investments to Support Ongoing Growth - The Austin-based furniture manufacturer promoted three team members to President, VP & Business Development Manager to sustain momentum as orders are on the rise.
  •   Landscape Forms Becomes a Member of the Lighting Industry Resource Council and Brand Partner with International Dark-Sky Association - IDA and Landscape Forms share common values of protecting the nighttime environment through appropriate lighting and avoiding the negative impacts of over lighting.
  •   Office Gallery International Names Susan Marshall as Vice President of Sales - In this newly created role, Marshall oversees the sales team as well as manages her own book of business.
  •   3form's New Graphic Patterns Collection Brings the Forest to the Built Environment - When 3form sought inspiration for this collection, they didn't need to look further than their own backyard. Located less than 200 miles away from the brand's Salt Lake City headquarters is Pando the Tree, a colony of Aspen trees connected by a single root structure planted 2.6 million years ago.
  •   Trendway Awarded LEVEL 2 Certification for Its Top-Selling Products - Trendwall and Volo Wall and systems products Capture, Choices, Instrinsic, Pack Storage and Desking and Trig have earned LEVEL 2 sustainability certification by BIFMA.
  •   Stephen Says - "April Surprise at MillerKnoll Made This Salesperson Happy" - by Stephen Viscusi - Yes, I received many letters over the past couple of months and I suggested to people they wait out this big "April Surprise" on the new MillerKnoll compensation.
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Introduces Home Office and Occasional-Use Desk, Table and Storage Products Standard - Several multi-stakeholder lab workshops were held in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 and 2021 the draft proposals were reviewed by the BIFMA Association and approved.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Reduced Cable Clutter and get Better Power Access – the Desk2Device USB Charger - Power access and cable management are important features for both productivity and aesthetics in the workspace. The last thing many desk workers want, whether in the corporate or home office, is another power cable cluttering their workspace.
  •   INTRODUCED: New from HBF Textiles: Crumpled Paper - 91% Biodegradable Polyester - Designed by Mary Jo Miller, VP of Design and Development at HBF Textiles, Crumpled Paper was inspired by the creasing of different paper thicknesses to reach the optimum combination of shadow and light.
  •   SUSTAINABILITY: Steelcase - Steelcase announced progress towards its sustainability goals with a significant increase to its Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturer's Association LEVEL certified products. A total of 281 of its products now meet new LEVEL standards, including 114 at LEVEL 3, the highest and most rigorous certification.
  •   PLACES - Motional Offices – Singapore | Graphite Studio designed a flexible and connected environment in which the ability to engage in focussed work, impromptu problem solving, digital connectivity and social bonding are prioritized.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Announces Lighting Agency Partnerships with Lighting Systems of Columbus and Hitech of Montreal and Quebec City / Announcing The 2023 BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference Future First / IIDA Announces Finalists of Two Prestigious Design Competitions / Jung Kim Joins MKDA as Studio Director in its New York Studio / Antonello Musumeci Joins MKDA as Design Principal, Law Firm Practice Area Leader / Kimball International Named One of America's Most Trustworthy Companies
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luum Graded In Fabrics Program / KFI Studio's Eveleen Collection Now Available in New Color / Artaic Expands Award-Winning Flourish Collection with Three New Designs / Arper Partners with Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure Exhibition to Outfit Michael Todd VIP Room / Taking Care of Business - Bentley
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Business of Furniture - April 13, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Microsoft Finds Working from Home is Not Working - In this space, I've spent a lot of time over the last year pushing for a return to the office. At the same time, many in the technology world (and surprisingly, a few in the office furniture world) have pushed to keep people working from home.
  •   NEXposture Pulls Up the Work to You - NEXposture's sliding surface extends and retracts over a ten-inch range while declining at a six-degree angle allowing desktop technology to mirror the kinematic motion of the chair and user.
  •   The Softer Side of Space: Three Transformative Influences on the Interior Design Profession - When looking at the human needs for a physical space today, one must consider the uniqueness of this moment in time. Our collective society has endured trauma on multiple fronts over the course of the past two years.
  •   Arper Announces Amy Storek as CEO of Arper Americas - Storek's true passion and experience lie in design as she has collaborated with some of the world's industry leading companies and design innovators.
  •   TAKT's First Eco Task Chair Brings Elegant Ergonomic Functionality to Home Office - Easy to operate, with minimal knobs and levers, the chair has a swivel base and pneumatic lift with a height-adjustable lever. It has a simple, intuitive range of dynamic movement, allowing the user to lean backwards and forwards, relieving tension and creating postural change.
  •   Wallcoverings Association Annual Meeting in Florida Draws Many - The main stage at the Annual Meeting offered a notable lineup of industry experts, including Adrienne Palmer, Editor, Big Picture; AJ Paron, EVP and Design Futurist, Sandow Design Group; Amanda Schneider, Founder, ThinkLab; and Kevin Koonce, Vice President of Government Affairs, Vinyl Institute.
  •   Knoll Partners With Illinois Institute of Technology Mies van der Rohe Society and College of Architecture to Present "A Discerning Eye." - The exhibit explores the importance of mentorship in architecture and design while celebrating the relationship and works of Florence Knoll and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
  •   Ware Malcomb Celebrates 50 Years by Donating $50,000 to 50 Local Charities - Ware Malcomb offers a positive, dynamic and collaborative environment where team members are encouraged to grow their careers and continue learning.
  •   Design Museum Week Aims to Inspire, Educate and Transform - In addition to 45+ virtual sessions, Design Museum Week will feature 14 keynote speakers over the course of five days to re-conceptualize design's role in 21st century systems.
  •   SBLM Architects Welcomes a New Director to the New York City Office - At SBLM Architects, Chu will work on a wide range of healthcare and wellness projects, particularly those that utilize new technologies in radiology and hybrid operating rooms.
  •   Allseating Announces New Partnership with Arnold Collective - Arnold Collective builds a tradition of exceptional service and solutions for its clients. The team creates its unique value proposition by exclusively representing North American-built furniture and creating a boutique sales approach to its clients.
  •   Henricksen Elevates Melissa Huff and Welcomes New Hire Jess Weber in Chicago Office - "Melissa and Jess exhibit qualities that reflect Henricksen's core values, including professionalism, resourcefulness, and dedication," said Ryan Esche, principal + vice president at Henricksen.
  •   Western Specialty Contractors Chicago Senior Branch Manager Steve Genovese Receives ICRI 40 Under 40 Award - This year's 40 Under 40 winners were recognized at the ICRI's 2022 Spring Convention, April 4-6, in Baltimore, MD.
  •   SGA Names Five New Principals and Promotes Seven to Position of Directors - "At SGA, our strength is our people and the talent, experience, and expertise they bring to each project to support our clients' needs and deliver their vision into reality," said Adam Spagnolo, Partner at SGA.
  •   New Tailored by Tarkett Program Makes It Easier Than Ever to Personalize Flooring Design - Drawing on the company's unmatched legacy in custom flooring options, Tailored by Tarkett expedites the process of designing and specifying one-of-a-kind floors by providing the needed design resources all in a single design hub.
  •   Stephen Says - "References Today Are the Price of a Ticket to the 'Hall of Fame' Dinner, So Don't Get Fooled" - by Stephen Viscusi - All of the biggest hiring problems people have today stem from the fact everyone is in such a hurry to hire.
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon 2022 Programming Registration Now Open - An invaluable component of every NeoCon is the multitude of educational opportunities it offers.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: HBF Debuts Spring 2022 Collection - Part One is comprised of woven fabrics that speak to dusty hues, light, shadow, as well as layering and movement.
  •   PROMOTED: Legrand Promotes Erik Prins to National Account Manager – Furniture Dealers and OEM's - Legrand Electrical Wiring Systems Division has recently realigned the Connectrac Sales Team to become the Interiors Specification Group. This new team will represent the entire suite of Legrand Commercial power Delivery Systems for the commercial interiors space.
  •   PLACES - EPAM Offices – Bucharest | People will now be able to work more efficiently, meet more casually and collaborate more directly, all within one new world.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Introducing 2020's Newest Enterprise Account and Business Development Manager / ASID Launches National Conference for 2022 / Office Furniture Liquidations Wants Its Furniture Back
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Two New Desks From Ligne Roset / Tailored Menswear Inspires New Carnegie Collection / The Elemental Collection from Concertex - Inspired by the Five Enduring Elements of Nature / Bentley: Kick Start
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Business of Furniture - April 6, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Looking for New Markets? Head Over to Healthcare - Point of care products, or POC, is commonly regarded as the point of interaction where care giving and information exchange occurs between a patient and a caregiver. Most dealers currently selling into healthcare facilities are limited to on-carpet sales.
  •   HAT Collective Adds Healthcare - HAT Collective Healthcare is sort of a return to the company's roots. Innovative has made healthcare monitor arms for years. HAT Collective Healthcare is a way of bringing those products to the forefront while adding substantially to the offering.
  •   Carl Hansen & Søn's New York Flagship Opens in SoHo - The new space, which launched as a pop-up at 152 Wooster Street next store, took just three weeks to implement. With the expanded room, the company is able to showcase larger furniture and more accessories, featuring pieces from its classic furniture collection as well as lamps and carpets.
  •   American Society of Interior Designers Releases Latest Round of Research, Big Shifts Predicted - The future of office design is evolving. As ways of working and employees' attitudes toward work are changing, employers and designers are trying to figure out what the office of the future should look like.
  •   DesignTV by SANDOW Launches Apps on Mobile and OTT With On-Demand Library of 500-plus Programs - Brands want to share their story with designers and design enthusiasts in authentic and impactful ways," said Erica Holborn, CEO of SANDOW Design Group.
  •   ECA by Dekko Launches the Powerfully Versatile Electrolite - "Users and specifiers can configure nearly every aspect of Electrolite to fit their specific needs. No matter what angle you view the product from, its consistent form can be felt," Dekko General Manager Rick Fox said.
  •   Henricksen Acquires COFCO, a Full-Scale Furniture Solutions Provider - COFCO—which was founded in Philadelphia and recently expanded to Washington, D.C.—has a long and storied history of providing customers with exceptional service and outcomes, especially in the corporate, public sector, and healthcare spaces.
  •   Students Earn and Learn During Wege Prize Sustainable Design Workshop - With a framework inspired by the globally recognized Wege Prize collegiate competition – whose international success has ensured its five-year continuation with a doubled total purse prize of USD $65,000 – the cutting edge, two-week high school student workshop was created by KCAD's Wege Center for Sustainable Design.
  •   Camira Group Takes Majority Stake in Textile Recycling Business iinouiio - An acronym for "it is never over until it is over", iinouiio has secured major investment funding to install state-of-the-art wool textile reprocessing machinery, the first of its kind in the UK for more than 20 years.
  •   Steelcase, BASF Use Unique Recycled Material on New Stool - This is the first furniture product for Steelcase, one of the world's leading furniture manufacturers, that uses plastics derived from a chemical or advanced recycling process.
  •   Raw Results: MillerKnoll Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results - Third quarter consolidated net sales were $1.0 billion, reflecting an increase of 74.3% on a reported basis and 20.3% organically compared to prior year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Last Year I Made More Money Than Ever, This Year They Are Dividing My Territory!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Remember, it's easy when you have a monopoly on the account base, and it often gives a salesperson a swollen head. So it may not be time to change jobs. Instead, try to work a little smarter. If you crush your sales goal even with more competition, then you might be ready to test the market.
  •   UPFRONT: 9to5 Seating's Award-Winning Jax Collection Expands Wood Base Options - The Jax Collection is a standout thanks to its contemporary lines and design. The new wood bases complement the look with rich, solid high-quality wood and maple or walnut finishes. These new options springboard off the success of the wood-leg rocker model last year.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer's 100% Recyclable Epix Chair Wins Red Dot Award - The Epix chair is one of the standout pieces from the sustainable Epix collection, which was launched in April 2021.
  •   NOW REPPING: Groupe Lacasse Adds PT SALES INC. - As part of its strategic initiative to continue to grow its share of business in a hyper-competitive marketplace, Groupe Lacasse has appointed a new independent, multi-state rep organization responsible for the sale of commercial and healthcare products in the states of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.
  •   PLACES - foodpanda Offices – Budapest | foodpanda has been serving hungry people since 1999. Founded in Hungary, the company is now part of the German parent company, the Delivery Hero network, with subsidiaries in nearly 50 countries.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - New Account Manager Joins 2020 Office Team / Allsteel Announces Expansion Into Fulton Market / Premier Office Solutions Is Now The Exclusive Herman Miller and Knoll Dealer for Central Pennsylvania / SONNEMAN–A Way of Light Opens Highly-Anticipated Warehouse in Orange County, NY / Allseating Celebrates 40th Anniversary with New Commemorative Logo / DIFFA BY DESIGN Raises Over Half a Million Dollars / Metal Designs Sunny Side Up at Chemetal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - A New Tactile Twosome from Designtex / Keilhauer Launches Latest Textile Card and 5 Clicks Partnership with Momentum Group / Springboard Introduces a Stylish Easel
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 30, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: What We Can Learn From Steelcase Financials - The financial filing shows just how strange the market is right now. If you read the report just based on the company's tone, you would think Steelcase had a great quarter and year. Corporate profits are up, unemployment is down, CEO confidence is high, investment in non-residential equipment is up, the architectural billing index is positive and real estate absorption is improving.
  •   The Office Kitchen May be Key in Fostering Human Connection Again — if Designed Thoughtfully - The design of the office kitchen is important, but whether we like it or not, we're a plugged-in society now and architect Wayne Turett believes leading with that idea can help companies create better kitchen and common areas.
  •   Shifting Gears: Robert Craven's Journey from Manufacturer to Rep - Craven's career in A+D and contract furniture spans more than 20 years. Before forming The CRAVEN Co, Craven served as vice president of global accounts and president of North America for Netherlands-based Maars Living Walls, a MillerKnoll company.
  •   International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign Manhattan to Return to Fully Scheduled, In-Person Event - ICFF used to be a blend of contract and residential design-focused products, but over the past decade, most of the contract brands have left the show. Still, it is an important place for the contract industry to discover new trends and brands. It is a pair of shows that run side by side focused wholly on design.
  •   NeoCon 2022 Keynotes & Special Programs Announced - This year's edition will run June 13-15, 2022, and, in addition to showcasing cutting-edge new product launches from hundreds of established and emerging brands, the event will offer an engaging lineup of compelling on-site, and virtual programming.
  •   Salone Reveals Plans and Special Exhibits for 60th Edition - The Salone del Mobile will be back in June. We will be celebrating the 60th milestone edition and all the beauty generated not just by the event, but also by the companies, the brands and the designers on whom its success hinges, and who come together to create an event that reflects the ongoing ecological transition of the furnishing system.
  •   The Hybrid Work Butterfly Effect: 5 Biggest Opportunities for Workplace Design - We recently sat down with Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, who has spent the past 20 years exploring hybrid work, and Dagnall Folger, co-founder of A+I, a design agency focused not only on strategy, design, and architecture for space, but also the public space that links them.
  •   Vitra Unveils New Modular Office System: Comma - Comma mirrors the functionality – and aesthetic – of scaffolding. Consisting of a few individual elements available in a kit of parts, Comma can be easily configured into diverse structures that define the space and the work processes to be conducted.
  •   3form Advances Design Leadership With New Role: Ryan Grey Smith Promoted - As 3form's new Chief Creative Officer, Smith will lead 3form, 3form Elements, and LightArt's design approach and innovation. He will collaborate with teams across the 3form companies to apply his insight to long-term product planning and overall design decisions.
  •   Herman Miller Expands Retail Presence in NYC and LA this Spring - The Herman Miller Meatpacking and Williamsburg stores, 1,750 and 1,460 square-foot spaces respectively, will each have performance specialists on-hand to help shoppers better understand the ergonomic and productivity benefits of sitting well.
  •   Raw Results: Steelcase Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2022 - "In fiscal 2023, we expect to realize more of the benefits from the momentum we've been seeing in our order patterns, as our pricing actions catch up with inflation and the impacts from supply chain disruptions abate," said Sara Armbruster.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Negotiated a High Base Salary and it Backfired on Me" - by Stephen Viscusi - I have twice started jobs where within 2 years of the start date I lost the jobs as a direct result of asking for, and then receiving, too high a base salary. I know this because each time I am let go, the owner or CEO will explain my salary is an expense they need to reduce.
  •   UPFRONT: Architecture Firm Billings Continue to Increase at a Moderate Pace - Nearly eight in 10 architecture firms say that the impact of supply chain disruptions on projects at their firm is more serious now than one year ago.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: De Vorm Introduces Pivot Lighting Series - Pivot series is available in 11 PET Felt blends and two color temperatures to meet the functional and aesthetic needs of any interior. Both versions of the lamp work equally well on their own and in various compositions.
  •   SEEN: Sleek, Leather-Bound Desk with Smart Storage - Designed by Kensaku Oshiro, Poltrona Frau's Iren desk elevates everyday work with its pure lines, attention to detail, and sophisticated mix of materials.
  •   PLACES - UCB Pharma Offices – Milan | Workitect has created the new layout and design for the Milanese offices of the global biopharmaceutical company UCB Pharma. Bucking the rest of the market, the multinational company UCB Pharma has increased the number of staff by 30% during the COVID pandemic.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Woolpert Welcomes Architectural Design Leader, Managing Principal Darryl Henderson / Tarkett Releases its 2021 Corporate Social & Environmental Report Highlighting Significant Performance and New Climate Targets
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Flos Launches Oplight - Simplicity at its Finest / Office Specialty Releases Caddy and Mobile Storage — First Products of the 2Stor Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 23, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Women Leaders are Critical to Development of This Industry - March is Women's History Month and it is fitting that we take a moment to recognize some of the women who made this industry what it is and those who are propelling it into the future.
  •   AIS Thrives as it Continues to Put the Dealer First - The company is going to launch several new products at NeoCon, some of which will surprise those who watch its product development. Brianne Devine, vice president of product line management, said to expect more task chairs, more desking products and more work lounge products. Also, look to AIS for a fresh take on the private office.
  •   Landmark Project Underway in Denmark Showcases Building Shaped Like Human Brain - "The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Our design for the new Danish Neuroscience Center in Aarhus, replicates the most essential feature of the brain — the gyrification — to create more connections and space within limited confines," said Bjarke Ingels, founding partner, BIG.
  •   Wisconsin Passes Historic Interior Design Initiative - The interior design profession continues efforts in strengthening legislation following its recent North Carolina success.
  •   Material Bank Acquires PIM and Digital Asset Management Platform Amber Engine, Amplifying Digital Capabilities - Amber Engine revolutionizes the complex process of product data management helping to dramatically scale companies across the globe. This acquisition coincides with Amber Engine's next-gen product launch.
  •   Cambria to Open Four New Distribution Centers in the Next Two Years - The new sales and distribution centers will bring the company total to 22.
  •   SONNEMAN – A Way of Light Appoints Andrew B. Cogan as CEO - Cogan has served as a Board Director of SONNEMAN since September 2021. As part of this transition, Sonny Park, SONNEMAN's co-founder and CEO will become Executive Chairman and remain on the SONNEMAN board.
  •   Tangram Announces Mark Peters and Angela Ramon Have Joined In Dallas Fort-Worth Office - Peters brings over 20 years of education and healthcare national sales experience to the Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) Tangram team. In his previous sales role, he was consistently recognized for successfully building and leading top performing teams.
  •   Eyeing Growth in Key Sectors, Dyer Brown Adds Five Designers in Key Positions - The slate of hires includes the addition of Darrin Hunter, Assoc. AIA, to a fulltime position as experiential graphic designer, after many years as a consultant and photographer to the firm.
  •   Diébédo Francis Kéré Receives the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize - Born in Gando, Burkina Faso and based in Berlin, Germany, the architect known as Francis Kéré empowers and transforms communities through the process of architecture. Through his commitment to social justice and engagement, and intelligent use of local materials to connect and respond to the natural climate, he works in marginalized countries laden with constraints and adversity, where architecture and infrastructure are absent.
  •   Samuelson Furniture Opens New Showroom - Today Samuelson Furniture is 100 percent focused on the four and five star hospitality furniture market. Its roots making and selling high quality furniture has made the transition easy. The company continues to focus on personal relationships and quality-driven, design-driven furniture at the upper end of the market.
  •   FLOR Introduces First Carbon Negative Area Rugs - The new premium design brand launches this spring, with new styles to further FLOR's commitment to creating with carbon.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Can't Find A Job Even in This Tight Job Market and Recruiters Treat Me Like I Am Worthless" - by Stephen Viscusi - Please do not despair or consider yourself a tragic figure like Willie Loman in "Death of a Salesman." Let's start there. I will be reaching out to you personally since you have used a serious pen name, and I'm sure there will be no tragic ending and you will look back on this as just a bump in the career road. Here is my advice; seek counseling beyond the outplacement service you have been offered.
  •   UPFRONT: Kimball International Leadership Changes for Hospitality Business Unit - Kimball announced that Kathy Sigler, current president of the company's Hospitality Business Unit, will retire after a successful 32-year career with the company. Mark Johnson has been named Sigler's successor and will take on the role of President, Hospitality.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Unika Vaev Introduces Holly Acoustic Lighting - With the Holly Acoustic Lighting Collection, Designers Hallgeir Homstvedt and Runa Klock have challenged preconceptions of how acoustic lighting should look. This builds upon the success of their most recent design for Abstracta, the Lily Lamp Collection.
  •   REPORTED: The Future of Work Revealed in ASID's Reimagining Work Report - "This is the time to break open everything, to extract and distill what is really meaningful to people at work and design spaces to nurture them. This is a time for renaissance."
  •   PLACES - Sartorius Offices – Berlin | Thanks to mobile furniture such as tables on wheels, mobile work islands with integrated trees and movable room dividers with plants, the space can be used flexibly.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Architecture Firm three Adds Director of Interior Design; Expands into Workplace Sector / Emily McGarvey Joins Room & Board as Director of Sustainability / Buro Happold Opens Five New U.S. Offices, Adding Key Regional Leaders / Ware Malcomb Hires Luciana Arim as Director, Science & Technology in Pleasanton Office / LAMVIN Announces New Vice President of Sales / Join BIFMA Mar. 24 for Accredited CEU, Demystifying Furniture's Role in Sustainability
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK Introduces Libelle, A Collection of Innovative Lounge Chair Options / New Arc-Com Pattern: Flora / Hybrid Office Design: Expanding Tables for the Shrinking Office / STRATA Beam Expansion from Landscape Forms / Stairs Sideboard from Ethnicraft / Tones Collection from nanimarquina / AMAi by Extremis - Flexibility at its Finest
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 16, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Celebrating an Unsung Hero in Our Industry - I spent a bit of time talking to Rick Marchand, a retired school teacher and former Leominster City Councilor who for the past few years has served AIS as its special projects manager. That's a fancy way of saying Marchand leads the company's charitable efforts.
  •   KI's Zoetry is the Ultimate Furniture Toolbox - Zoetry, which KI showed at NeoCon to a limited group of customers and reps in October, has been very well received. It looks great, meets gaps in KI's line and moves the company into a different conversation when it comes to seating and lounge products.
  •   Practical Ways to Connect and Engage in a Digital Realm Subtitle: Advice for the Design Industry from a TED Speaker on Engagement and Communication in a Digital World. - "When you work with clients early on, if you take away their fears and start to frame something, then you can give them a clear view of what the brief looks like."
  •   Michael Graves Architecture & Design Acquires Waldon Studio Architects - Merger strengthens firm's legacy of innovative design and deep sector knowledge and enhances client experience while building on future acquisition strategy.
  •   10 Tips to Boost Mental Wellbeing with Neuro-Architecture - Studies have shown that color has the potential to affect your mood, emotions, concentration, and even physical health with methods like color therapy. Bolder colors like bright yellow boost positive thoughts and spark creativity, while reds stimulate and energize.
  •   Standing up for Plastic: Self-rising Chair Foretells a Rise in the Use of Recycled Plastic - Ever since the 1950's plastic has been a key material in design. However, for the past decade the industry has been misdirected to discuss reducing the use of plastic – when focus should in fact go to increasing its recycling rate.
  •   Interface Appoints Laurel M. Hurd as Chief Executive Officer - Global consumer brands veteran selected to lead flooring company in next phase of growth; Daniel T. Hendrix to continue as Chairman of the Board.
  •   Foscarini's VITE Exhibition on Display at New York Showroom - Visitors are taken through the various scenes, as they are transported inside real homes in Copenhagen, New York, Naples, Shanghai, and Venice by Gianluca Vassallo and Flavio Soriga
  •   FSR's Smart-Way Raceway Goes Global - Smart-Way blends into any room's decor with its slate-grey or bright aluminum finishes making it ideal for offices, conference rooms, collaborative work environments, or anywhere wire management is desired.
  •   U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes Tarkett North America for GHG Reduction Commitment - As Tarkett undertakes this challenge, DOE will support its efforts with technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and a platform for the organization to demonstrate its commitment to being part of the solution to climate change.
  •   Expert Judges, Program Leader Named for Wege Prize, Global Sustainability Competition for Students - The judges' essential role in the unique framework of Wege Prize benefits the transdisciplinary teams of five that compete over nine months and four distinct phases.
  •   Stephen Says - "I just left a MillerKnoll dealer for a Steelcase dealer and I have never looked back!" - by Stephen Viscusi - You are correct and you illustrated what I always preach: Dealer salespeople are their own best brand, not the manufacturer that is the major line of the dealership where you work. Dealer recruitment is one of the cornerstones of our business, and we interview hundreds of dealer salespeople so we know how they think.
  •   UPFRONT: Furniture Industry Loses an Icon - On Saturday Feb. 26 the furniture world lost a giant in the industry, Fred Drechsel. Fred immigrated to Canada in the early 1960's with just an old leather suitcase and big dreams.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: FIT Panel System from Allsteel - Launching at NeoCon in June, FIT is a minimal, clean aesthetic product that utilizes hard surface laminates in several solid color and woodgrain options, with choice of integrated glass along the top edge.
  •   EARNED: Sedia Systems Awarded Competitively Solicited Contract with Premier Education Sourcing Cooperative - "It's a big deal for Sedia Systems to gain this distinction as a contracted supplier with E&I Cooperative Services," said Roy Koch, Managing Partner who oversees sales for Sedia Systems.
  •   PLACES - Fox Rothschild Offices – Chicago | Upon entering the office, staff, clients, and visitors are greeted by an open lobby, which optimizes views of the Chicago River as well as the impressive cityscape.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - KAI Design Welcomes Jake Wagoner, AIA, as Project Architect in its St. Louis Office / Fishman Flooring Solutions Names Tarkett Contract 2021 Vendor Partner of the Year / Spiezle Architectural Group Refreshes Brand to Align with Continued Growth; Launches New Website / IIDA NY Announces Scholarship Program to Uplift Design Students / The smartBOX Company Announces New Representatives / IFI Announces Winners of IFI DDA – Design Distinction Awards in Prestigious IFI Global Awards Program; Also Highest Individual Honors at World Level for the Interiors Profession Revealed
  •   FIRST LOOKS - LightArt Introduces Tuck & Cylinder, Their First Standard Cylinder Pendants / The Wishbone Chair is Now Available in Nine New Colors by Ilse Crawford / New Launch from Louis Poulsen: Dependant
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Business of Furniture - March 9, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Confirmation Bias Skews View of Work from Home - Since most major media organizations are located on the coasts or in major cities, it is not surprising that everything we heard about working from home came from people working from home. If those reporters in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were working from home, well, then everyone else was working from home as well.
  •   Just When You Thought You Had Vari Figured Out... - Vari has a very different model from the rest of the industry. According to Chief Revenue Officer Sean Scogin, Vari is driven by the customer. Where it goes next depends on what the customer wants from the company.
  •   Industry Pioneer Neutral Posture Announces New President, Secures Long Term Financial Restructuring - Neutral Posture has successfully reorganized its capital structure to target growth and expansion. This restructuring serves as a post-pandemic platform of stability and the ability to pursue growth opportunities.
  •   Material Bank Expands Internationally; Named to Forbes 'Best Startup Employers' List - The expansion into Japan will be supported by a team of key executives led by Go Nakazawa, who has been appointed CEO of Material Bank Japan.
  •   As Best of NeoCon Program Opens for Submissions, theMART Continues to Improve NeoCon - Over the last two years, theMART has leased more than 350,000 square feet of showroom space across all industry verticals.
  •   Next Up: 49th CIFF Guangzhou 2022 - With the achievement of the first centennial goal of "having created a moderately prosperous society in all respects", China is now structured to meet the ever-rising needs of people and promote an ever-increasing quality of life, also strongly influencing the increase of domestic consumption, the evolution of the culture of living and the strengthening of the furniture industry itself.
  •   DIRTT Seeks Summary Judgment Against Falkbuilt, Smed and Loberg - In the Action, DIRTT seeks, among other things, an order restraining the defendants from competing with DIRTT, a judgment for its losses and damages, and an accounting and disgorgement of the defendants' gains from their wrongful misconduct.
  •   Inscape Launches Accessory Stack for Inscape Bench, a Customizable Feature for the Office of Tomorrow - As employees return to the office, continue to work remotely, or work in a hybrid model, every company can create their ideal workspace with Accessory Stack's dozens of customizable frames and infills that fit their unique needs or brand.
  •   Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative - With a combined industry experience of 40 years, Contract Office Reps is comprised of Stephen Lambard, David Carrera, and Nicole Lambard.
  •   Shaw Recognized as Best Employer in the 2022 North Georgia Best of the Best Awards - "With more than 65 percent of our associates based in north Georgia, we are honored to be recognized as the area's employer of choice," said Torrance Ford, vice president of talent management at Shaw.
  •   IIDA Names Pulse On Partnership Limited as Best of Competition Winner of the 12th Annual Global Excellence Awards - Pulse On Partnership Limited showcased a level of sophistication and innovation worthy of international renown.
  •   Stephen Says - "Will Snoring Get You Fired, or Just Divorced?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I have no idea why this topic is verboten, but it is. It doesn't fly as an excuse at work. So short of divorce, start by filming your husband for a couple of minutes with your smart phone while he is snoring. I know this sounds strange, but most people who snore don't realize what they sound like, look like and what happens to them when they stop breathing.
  •   UPFRONT: Kimball International Announces WELL Health-Safety Rating for Multiple Corporate Showrooms - Kimball International announced that its Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles showrooms have earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Legrand Announces Touchless Lighting Control Solution - Perfect for any environment where hands might get dirty, messy or full, the radiant Wave Switch provides an easy, sleek option for cleaner control in both commercial and residential applications and is available in both 15A and 20A.
  •   ACQUISITIONS: Seattle Based Catalyst Workplace Activation Purchases Major Local Competitor - Seeking strategic opportunities to grow our teams, our customers, and our brand has always been part of the Catalyst culture for almost 40 years. This acquisition will bring a strong team of professionals from Western Office with proven Knoll expertise to Catalyst.
  •   PLACES - Thüringer Energie AG (TEAG) Offices – Erfurt | TEAG owes the fact that the company is well prepared to face the future, among other things, to the forward-looking decision of expanding the company headquarters in the north of Erfurt into a TEAG campus.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - EDmarket Partners with Solomon Coyle for Dealer Project Management Training / Shaina Panzer to Lead Nevers Industries' Sales & Marketing / KAI Design Hires Scott Clark, Assoc. AIA, as Senior Architectural Designer in St. Louis Office / Artopex Catalogs Available in 2020 Office / Arcadia & Encore Announce Promotions in Client Services Department / Ware Malcomb Hires Julio Braga as Regional Design Director in NYC Office / IIDA Announces Formation of Equity Council / AHF Products Announces Organizational Changes & Promotions
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from HAY: Outdoor Furniture by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec / New Renewal Series from Tarkett Inspires Rejuvenation in Senior Living Environments
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Business of Furniture - March 2, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: From Chairs to Chicken Nuggets, Supply Chain Mess Can Be Smoothed Out By Communicating With Your Customers - Several times over the past few weeks I've heard about some truly stunning lead times for office furniture. It used to be that lead times of a month or two were considered long. Now I'm hearing of lead times stretching to 60 weeks.
  •   FCA Completes Acquisition of Orlando Design Firm - Leading Design Firm Acquires Legacy Firm, Asserting Presence in the Southeast.
  •   How Supply Chain Pressure is Driving Positive Shifts in the Design Industry - Designers want to know how to communicate to their clients, and manufacturers need to know when projects are hitting to plan accordingly. The days of keeping projects close to the vest, and manufacturers in the dark until the order is ready to place, must change.
  •   Arden Studio Introduces Haven: Design-focused Glass Partitions - Enabling flexible spaces, Haven partitions are easy to reposition, whether utilized as a floor or desktop solution.
  •   Wonder How to Create an Open Office that is Quiet and Safe? MojoDome is a Funky Electric Sit-to-Stand Desk with an Adjustable Privacy Dome - MojoDome includes an electric sit-to-stand desk, adjustable acoustical privacy dome, dimmable LED lighting and a magnetic cable management system.
  •   DIRTT Announces Multiple Initiatives - Changes enable the company to better adapt to rapidly evolving market conditions, reduce annualized fixed operating expenses by approximately 14%, and strengthen capacity to capture significant sales upside.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 - Workplace Furnishings net sales increased 5.0 percent from the prior year to $1.434 billion. On an organic basis, sales increased 2.4 percent year-over-year.
  •   DIRTT Releases Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results - "We anticipate that 2022 will demonstrate the beginning of a return to revenue growth with budgeted annual revenue of between $170 and $180 million and improvements in Adjusted EBITDA loss and net loss in 2022, driving towards a shift to positive Adjusted EBITDA in 2023. In the short term, we expect first quarter 2022 revenue to be between $38 million and $42 million."
  •   Camira Celebrates Ten Years of Hemp - Part of Camira's collection of fabrics made from bast fibers, Hemp is made using the long stem of the hemp plant. Sown from seed and reaching over three yards in height in just 120 days, Camira plants 100lbs of seed for every hectare which generates 6 metric tons of hemp straw, which in turn yields 1 metric ton of textile fiber, equating to 5,400 yards of fabric.
  •   Stephen Says - "Gossip is Gold, Except When It Is About You: How to Use and Not Let Gossip Abuse You or Your Company." - by Stephen Viscusi - As good as office gossip can be for you, it can be horrible for your company. Especially when it comes to having rumors about hiring practices floating around the office, I blame careless managers who seem to think they walk around in a soundproof bubble.
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Global Report on Hybrid Work Available Now - The Steelcase report, "The New Era of Hybrid Work" surveyed nearly 5,000 workers in 11 countries in late 2021. Many of those surveyed have returned to the office after working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Designtex Introduces Two New Friends and Two Revamped Favorites - Featuring two new products and two revamped favorites, there's sure to be something for every space. These four new materials would make a great addition to any toolkit and are sure to play well with others.
  •   AWARDED: Haworth Names Best in Class Dealers - The Best In Class distinction is based on exceptional performance in market development, sales, customer satisfaction, operational excellence and enterprise development.
  •   PLACES - Trispace Offices – Zurich | A vast combination of collaboration and concentration areas allow employees to choose the setting that suits their tasks and working style best.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Introducing 2020's Newest Customer Specialist Mark Fredo / FSR's Glenn Collinge Promoted to Strategic Relations Manager / Duravit Announces Robert Downie as New North American President / Karen Hong Promoted to East Coast Sales Manager for Nanimarquina / Harold Thompson Joins Perkins Eastman as Managing Principal / Expanding Leadership Ranks, TAT Names Three New Associates / MBI Seattle Adds Knoll to its Lineup / Henriksen Butler Announced as Utah's Knoll Dealer / Architecture Billings Continue Growth into 2022 / Tangram Announces Lauren Ghizzoni Has Joined As Sales Executive In Dallas Fort-Worth Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Allseating Announces Watson, a Resimercial Soft Seating Collection Designed with Todd Yetman / On & On Toward a Circular Future / Studio TK Launches Punt Collection, a Mid-century Collection Emphasizing Art and Design / Aston Club Low Back from Arper: Comfort in a Contemporary, Pure Silhouette / Sustainability and Modern Craft Converge: Luum Winter Collection Launch, Shared Ground
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Business of Furniture - February 23, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Inflation is a short-term concern, but economists feel it is already moving in the right direction (even if we don’t feel it yet) - I've received several notices recently from manufacturers in the industry noting price increases. My (very) unscientific survey based on emails I've received show price increases ranging from about 2% to 6%. I'll assume that manufacturers that I have not received notices from are raising prices as well.
  •   It Doesn't Take a Rocket Scientist to Figure Out There is Great Demand for Lab Space - Lab space is one of the hottest areas of construction growth. The pandemic heightened the urgency to get new lab space online. Many pharma, lab and research facilities are "doubling down" on new spaces.'
  •   Furniture Command Center Streamlines Dealer Ops - Furniture Command Center is unique in that it works closely with its customers on rolling out new features. Software updates happen roughly once a month. About 80% of the features in a given month that are released are dealer driven. That is not by accident.
  •   5 Key Trends at the Intersection of Health, Wellbeing and Design - Architects, interior designers, manufacturers and real estate professionals play a key role in healing that which ails us — from pandemic recovery to climate change to systemic racism.
  •   Natural Light Has the Biggest Impact On Workers' Wellbeing - All in all, natural light/vitamin D has a long list of benefits that should have more value placed upon them.
  •   theMART 2.0 - TheMART 2.0 renovations will feature significant improvements including tenant-only amenity lounges, conference rooms, and a fitness center, as well as streamlined entrances, an exclusive speakeasy bar in Marshall's Landing, and a revamped front yard and plaza for visitors.
  •   KI Pledges to Support Adult Literacy through Literacy Green Bay - Literacy Green Bay, Inc. Received a $25,000 Pledge from KI to Support it's Adult Literacy programs.
  •   Mortarr & Mercato Place Announce Partnership - Through the partnership, the two businesses are collaboratively addressing the needs, and the impact, of the commercial design industry.
  •   Ted Moudis Associates Promotes Six Team Members - The recent elevations comprise Douglas Wramage as Senior Associate, Team Leader; Omar Bustamante as Associate, Team Leader; Elaine Thompson and Sam Rank as Team Leaders; and Jenifer Colón and Jennifer Adams as Senior Design Directors.
  •   Kimball International Launches Sustainability Data Portal and Green Standards Program - Kimball International continues to make key investments in their products, data infrastructure, and manufacturing capabilities to support sustainability.
  •   Stephen Says - "Stop Complaining About Not Hiring Faster and Better, If You Are Not Willing To Pay More and Better" - by Stephen Viscusi - Outsmart your competitors by offering a sign-on bonus and covering all of your employees' medical expenses.
  •   UPFRONT: Allseating Announces New Partnership with Aligned Reps - Founded in 2019 by Principals Mark and Gavin McGregor, the veteran-owned company represents ten design-forward, high-quality furniture manufacturers within the Northern California and Northern Nevada territories.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: BuzziSpace Launches Acoustic Rug Collection, BuzziRugs - BuzziRugs is unique among the industry, featuring absorption qualities that dampen sound throughout an office or residential home. The rugs are crafted with longer thread loops for a softer touch and feel, and to allow smooth mobility with wheeled office chairs.
  •   AWARDED: Lesro Announces 2021 Rep of the Year - Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Spencer Heazlitt of Great Architectural Products Group has been awarded Lesro Industries' coveted Manufacturers Rep of the Year Award.
  •   PLACES - Bitkey Offices – Tokyo | The office design is intended to promote a constant awareness of Bitkey's services at every point within the space.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Duravit Announces Robert Downie as New North American President / SmithGroup Elevates Mark Adams to Lead Workplace Practice / KAI Design Hires Scott Clark, Assoc. AIA, as Senior Architectural Designer in St. Louis Office / Design Museum Everywhere Calls for Submissions / LX Hausys America Announces New Website to Improve User Experience / Solomon Coyle Now Accepting Registrations for Spring Project Management Training / Benhar Office Interiors Selects an Executive Vice President
  •   FIRST LOOKS - DuraCare Seating Introduces New 3D Thermolaminate Table Tops / Swinging into Spring with Loll Design
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