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

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

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

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

Business of Furniture - February 16, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Geography Defines How You View Trends - What's lost in these trend stories, most emerging from media based on the East or West Coast, is that for the vast majority of the country, the trends don't apply. The United States is a vast country and it is foolish to try and pin a trend on the entire nation when it might only be happening where the reporter or researcher happens to live.
  •   CAMINUS Brings 3D Printed Metal to Industry - The technology is the brainchild of Founder and CEO Jack Zhang. He spent five years researching and perfecting the development of the new 3D printing method. CAMINUS materials meet standards for scratch resistance, mildew resistance, fire code, anti-bacterial, rusting, hardness and energy efficiency.
  •   Five Notes on the Future of Design - We believe that socially conscious designers living in unprecedented times have the opportunity (as they have already shown) to find ways to use their skills, creativity, sensibilities, empathy, solidarity, and consciousness for a more just future: to fight further alienation, listen to the unheard, display class solidarity, denounce and address systemic racial and gender oppression, and think about the possibility of making better worlds together.
  •   Sid Meadows: Are You Listening? - Social listening gives you a good sense of what's happening in your industry, including data that you can use to make adjustments and changes to your content strategy or respond actively (and meaningfully) to your audience.
  •   As Flooring Companies Push Climate Efforts, Others Outside the Industry Struggle to Keep Pace - Through eco-design, Tarkett teams are selecting and using high-quality materials with a low carbon footprint. This approach, based on Cradle to Cradle principles, diminishes the need for virgin raw materials while reducing the company's carbon footprint.
  •   AIS Launches Chatham Cove Work Lounge – a Private, Yet Accessible Space to Support Today's Hybrid Workers - As an alternative to workstations or small meeting rooms, Chatham Cove Work Lounge offers flexibility and economic benefits to organizations supporting new hybrid work strategies.
  •   MillerKnoll Appoints Senior Digital Retail Executive to Lead Global Contract and Retail eCommerce Business - John Stratford Joins MillerKnoll as Vice President of Global eCommerce.
  •   DIRTT Announces Cornerstone Partnership with AIA - As an AIA Cornerstone Partner, DIRTT will advocate for the integration and adoption of industrialized construction as part of design conversations to create workplaces focused on flexibility and adaptive functionality.
  •   Unika Vaev Introduces the Cozy Collection - Unika Vaev's Design Director, Courtney Brooks said, "This collection effortlessly blurs the lines of design between Residential, Hospitality, and Contract market segments, to create a refreshingly modern aesthetic."
  •   Stephen Says - "Elevate Your Career Brand by Perfecting Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile" - by Stephen Viscusi - HR managers and hiring managers tell me those generic resumes are too broad and do not guide them to the specific skills, talents or experience that relate to the position they are trying to fill.
  •   UPFRONT: COE Distributing Honored with NAW's Distributors Deliver Award - COE Distributing is a proud recipient of a new award from the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors recognizing charitable efforts and service to community. COE accepted the NAW's inaugural Distributors Deliver Award at NAW's 2022 Executive Summit in Washington, D.C.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: The Kitsy Seating Collection by Encore - Colorful, spirited and full of fun, the Kitsy collection by Encore delivers a refreshing take on multipurpose seating with stackable, swivel and mobile options in a spectrum of material and finish selections.
  •   ELECTED: BIFMA Announces Election of New Member to Board of Directors - Terry Cassaday, founder and CEO of ergoCentric Inc, was elected to the BIFMA board of directors at the January meeting.
  •   PLACES - LinkedIn Offices – Shanghai | The design of LinkedIn's office blends together important local elements of Shanghai with the global brand identity and culture of the online service company giant to give a user-centric experience for its participants.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Jennifer Hester Joins Hirsh Industries / Global Furniture Group, USA Appoints Director of Healthcare / CalPlant Announces New Chief Executive Officer / Global Furniture Group, USA Adds to its Growing Healthcare Team / Steven Sorrell of Sorrell Design Joins GTM Architects as VP, Commercial Interiors / Perkins Eastman Merges with BLT Architects / Momentum Builds for NeoCon 2022 as Registration Officially Opens / Benhar Office Interiors Selects Executive Vice President / Landscape Forms Celebrates Most Annual Product Design Awards in 2021
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Versteel Introduces Kompis: Charismatic and Talented / KFI Studios Introduces Rang Table / Hook Up Table Series Launches / Luxxbox Launches Hemii Acoustic Pendant / Armstrong Flooring Introduces New Heterogeneous Sheet Products / Interface Expands Resilient Flooring Portfolio With First Rigid Core Collection, Even Path
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 9, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Manufacturing Takes a Back Seat to Design in Our Industry, but it Shouldn't - We talk a lot in this industry about design, designers, space and where our products end up after they are sold and how they are used. We don't spend nearly enough time talking about manufacturing — how we can do it better and more efficiently.
  •   Virtual Reality Is Changing the Interior Design Industry - "What I'm seeing today is virtual reality technology intercede to push us to a level of sophisticated collaboration we've never experienced before. I believe it's going to revolutionize this industry."
  •   Felt Right Moves into Commercial with its Customizable Sound Dampening Installations - The company's commercial team provides design support for on-the-fly customization, real-time estimates, and simple installation guides. For Talley Goodson, it's just as important for clients to have the best experience as it is to have the best quality product.
  •   Bending the Rules of Design - Designers are tasked these days with sourcing and specifying products that meet their specific firm's standards. It might be supporting human health or supporting social health and equity, ecosystem health, or client health.
  •   Allsteel Announces Expansion and Initiatives for 2022 - In Q1, 2023, Allsteel will be relocating from its showroom space in the Merchandise Mart and moving into a new 24,000-square-foot showroom in Chicago's Fulton Market district — one of the largest growing markets for Allsteel and the HNI family of brands.
  •   Herman Miller Revives Nelson Cane Bench from Historical Archives Seventy Years Later - The Cane Bench serves as an important compliment and contrast to the iconic Nelson Platform Bench.
  •   Nemo Tile + Stone Names Matthew Coburger New Director of Purchasing - Coburger has 12 years of hands-on experience in the tile industry, during which he has demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to modernizing brand messaging and marketing strategy for the industry's largest players.
  •   Kimball Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results - Strong Demand Drove 11% Revenue Growth; Revenue from Workplace and Health Up 18%. Order Rates were Up 28%, and Up 35% for Workplace and Health End Markets.
  •   B+H Welcomes New Director of Interior Design - Foussias brings over 20 years of experience across the commercial, mixed-use, hospitality, residential, and retail sectors, and he has led innovative and award-winning projects for the world's most recognized brands.
  •   Western Specialty Contractors Hires Jason Paoli as Regional Business Development Manager - In his new position, Paoli is responsible for maintaining existing client relationships and identifying and developing new clients throughout the Chicago region.
  •   KAI Design Hires Senior Project Architect in Texas Office - Hoffmann has more than 35 years of experience in design, production and construction administration.
  •   Stephen Says - "Tired of Saying Sorry When You're Not? Me Too!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Join the club. Almost every person I know seems to be a member of the "I'm sorry" society. We tend to over apologize to one another as a conversation starter or filler when we don't know what to say. Why?
  •   UPFRONT: National Office Market Sees Occupancy in Positive Territory for First Time Since Q2 2020 - Of the 51 office markets tracked, 30% managed positive net absorption for full-year 2021, led by Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Also encouraging, 80% of tracked markets experienced net absorption above their quarterly average for the past year.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Leland Furniture Launches Gemma, a Collection of Natural Versatility - Created by Altherr Desile Park for Leland, the Gemma Collection stands out with personable elegance and optimistic flair. Featuring a system of three veneers – oak, walnut, and colored birch – along with two base-types, the Gemma Chair has a soft, gentle geometry and crafted details emerging in every edge and surface.
  •   FEATURED EVENT: Office Furniture Recyclers Conference Feb 14th-18th - Office Furniture Recyclers will be holding its annual event in Orlando, Florida Feb. 14-18. Featured guest speakers are from Gensler, Doris Research, Great Places and Spaces and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. There will also be an Exhibit Space with 25 vendors.
  •   PLACES - Moët Hennessy Offices – Paris | The space for "productive work" becomes a "place to live", "a place of empathy", promoting personal growth, confidence, and sharing.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - The smartBOX Company Announces New Representatives / Steelcase Named One of the World's Most Admired Companies / Mark Goodman Receives Wallcovering Industry's Highest Honor / Canadian Company Launches Virtual Showrooms for Global Furniture Industry to Meet Needs of Hybrid Workforce
  •   FIRST LOOKS - De Vorm Introduces Twist, New Series of PET Felt Stools for Flexible Seating Twist Stack Stool / Interface Introduces Granite Mountain by David Oakey / New from Encore: Espo Designed by Henner Jahns of Gecco Vision
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 2, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: As WFM Shifts from Safety Issue to Management Issue, Expect More Companies to Return to the Office - Nearly two years ago, in a giant work from home experiment that no one wanted to participate in, workers were forced to leave their offices and try remote work. Initial research that measured productivity and worker happiness showed that work from home, well, worked. Employees liked the freedom. Companies liked the cost reduction.
  •   SpecialT: From Humble Beginnings to Helping More People - The story of Special-T's world-class manufacturing facility was born from humble beginnings in Bulgaria, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. Special-T has always worked hard to vertically integrate as much of their manufacturing capabilities as possible to meet their customers' needs while retaining control of their costs, especially in times like these.
  •   Real Estate Companies Outline 2022 Expectations During Allsteel Webinar - The ESG (environment, sustainability and governance) trend is growing in commercial real estate — issues such as cars and emissions, the use of sustainable materials, energy efficiency and wellness enhancements are all becoming more important to occupiers and owners of office buildings.
  •   Designing for Mindfulness — Maybe It's Not So Otherworldly Afterall - Mindfulness is creating a mind-body connection. A key component about that is trying to meet the present with open arms — not judging it, not saying, "I want this to happen," or saying, "I can't believe this is happening."
  •   Responding to Supply Chain Disruption – Some Considerations - Whenever there is a challenge, there is also an opportunity to face it, to demonstrate and develop our will and determination.
  •   The War On Talent: 3 Ways the Design Industry Can Seize this Moment and Champion Working Parents - Working parents are the most productive people in the whole world. They are able to juggle so much and have so much passion about home and careers. Employers don't have to doubt that we will get the job done, no matter what happens.
  •   Custer Reinvigorates Sales and Design Team With New Hires in Senior Leadership for a Fresh Perspective - "We are excited to enter this new phase of our family business' history with this top talent at the helm of sales and design. Geoff, Jason, and Jody are the embodiment of Custer core values and are driven to take our business to new, exciting places in 2022 and beyond," said Mark Custer, chief revenue officer.
  •   RightAngle Combines Teacher's Desk with Height Adjustable Lectern - The Hooligan Teacher's Desk can help improve learning and engagement in the classroom.
  •   Perkins & Will Designs BlackRock Office in Atlanta - Photo tour.
  •   BIFMA Compliant: Next-Level Confidence in Furniture Specification & Procurement - ANSI/BIFMA standards are go-to references when evaluating the safety and durability of furniture products during specification and procurement.
  •   Stephen Says - "Take That Interview, Even When You Are Not Looking!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Take it from me, that manager you are meeting with will most likely move to another job in three years or less. So if you make a connection with her now, if you graciously turn down a job offer, you will have made a great connection that may help you in the future.
  •   UPFRONT: ACTUAL 2021-Q4 BOOKINGS UP 7.3% — BETTER THAN THE 4.4% EXPECTED - This quarter's Solomon Coyle Market Outlook Report revealed many continued positive trends. In addition to Actual Bookings being up by a larger percentage than expected, Anticipated Bookings growth for Q1 and Q2 continue a positive trend into mid-2022.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Global Introduces Venture - Whether you're getting together for a quick chat, to catch up on a project or in need of some heads down time, Venture banquettes are up to the task.
  •   AWARDED: Allseating's Engadin Wins 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award - Engadin is a proprietary textile collection designed by Milan-born architect and designer, and President of EFM Design, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson. The collection features three patterns, Dots, Grid, and Bauhaus, which are all based on geometric shapes.
  •   PLACES - Goodman Offices – Madrid | The space is divided into two work areas, one for exclusively private use and a work area (meeting rooms) where visitors are received. These two spaces are joined by the Open Space which is a large open, and flexible space where all kinds of activities are combined. This space serves as a reception, a leisure room, a dining room, for spontaneous meeting rooms.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Empire Office Adds to Local Atlanta Sales Team / Page & Turnbull Announces Elects New Leader and Fourth Office / EDspaces 2022 Call for Presentations Now Open / Tangram Promotes Amber Jones to Vice-President of Sales in Dallas Fort-Worth Office / SchenkelShultz Architecture Expands its Team with Addition of Interior Designer Gennifer Hunt / Chicago's Perkins&Will Makes Two Leadership Moves / Schréder and Landscape Forms Announce Partnership for the United States and Canadian Markets / The Architecture & Design Film Festival Announces New Dates for ADFF:DC
  •   FIRST LOOKS - KFI Studios Introduces Alden Side Table / Relaunch from Carl Hansen & Son / New Luminous Handrail from OLEV / Maharam: Spindle and Washi by Hella Jongerius
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 26, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Salone vs. NeoCon? Milan Show Moved to June, Ends Day Before NeoCon Begins - We are longing for a proper Salone too, but definitely not when it butts up to NeoCon.
  •   BIFMA Leadership Conference Focused on 'Navigating Next' - No stranger to the BIFMA 360° stage, an economic forecast was presented by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence. Problems like the supply chain, the Great Resignation and, of course, COVID have executives worried. Kuehl was cautiously optimistic about the coming year, though a few headwinds remain.
  •   Hope Takes Lead over Frustration as Supply Chain Disruptions Linger - The pandemic triggered an extremely high demand for outdoor goods as consumer demand increased for outdoor spaces in the commercial markets.
  •   Creative Office Pavilion and Office Resources Merge, Creating Largest MillerKnoll Powerhouse in Northeast - Creative Office Resources combined workforce exceeds 440 employees, has 12 locations, 2 warehouses with offices in 7 states.
  •   Evolve Your Space with Tayco's Enhanced Switch Panel System - Switch continues to be the ideal answer to meet the unique and evolving needs of today's modern office.
  •   DIRTT Announces CEO Transition - DIRTT announced the departure of Kevin O'Meara as the Company's CEO and as a director. Todd Lillibridge, the Board Chair, has been appointed Interim CEO, and will serve until his replacement is named.
  •   3form Dips into California Coastline for 2022 Color Collection - The 2022 Color Collection's desaturated tones are also designed to reflect their durable material platforms' longevity. The Color Collection is specifiable as partitions, wall accents, reception desk wraps, ceiling features and more.
  •   SupplySource Announces Partnership with Haworth - SupplySource, the premier office furniture dealership in Central PA, which previously had an exclusive contract with Herman Miller, has partnered with Haworth as a new dealer.
  •   Arper Appoints New CEO, Roberto Monti - The Swedish manager, a dynamic leader with a multicultural and international background, arrives in Arper after a consolidated experience in the world of furniture and retail, gained through a successful professional experience in IKEA.
  •   AIS Signs AARP Pledge Committing to Age-Diverse Workforce - The AARP Pledge is an initiative by the organization that encourages employers to show that they are committed to an age-diverse workforce. AIS President Nick Haritos believes in the power of diversity.
  •   Mannington Commercial Introduces New Director of Sustainability - Totten will work with industry partners on sustainability initiatives, product research and design, and sales and marketing by facilitating transformative thinking to shape the built environment and its impact on people and planet.
  •   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. When an employer chooses to contact a candidate, chances are they will reach out by email, at least in the first instance.
  •   UPFRONT: Independent Rep Groups Join Forces to Thank Factory Workers at HALCON Who Support Them - Rep groups NJM in New York City and Nolan Brands in the greater Washington, D.C. market, wanted to say "thank you" to the people at HALCON who have been working so hard through COVID to continue producing unprecedented amounts of what they refer to as the best wood office furniture available anywhere.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Announces Partnership with One Tree Planted - "We've seen the devastating impact of forest fires too often in our home state of California, which is why it was so important to us to partner with One Tree Planted," said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating.
  •   AWARDED: Arden Studio's Mobl️ and Haven️ Win 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award - With Mobl and Haven, Arden Studio evolves what's possible with the medium of glass, offering products that create elegant and safer spaces in shared settings and workplaces.
  •   PLACES - M&G Stationery Offices – Shanghai, China | M&G Stationery, as one of the world's giant stationery manufacturers, is characterized by its role as a comprehensive stationery supplier with an integration of creative value and service advantage, showing its vision as building a world-class stationery brand.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - The smartBOX Company Announces New Representatives / Keast & Hood Announces Leadership Transition / KAI Design Hires Charles Hoffmann, AIA as Senior Project Architect in Texas Office / AIS Welcomes New Independent Representative Cooper Contract to the Company's Nationwide Network / LRS Architects Continues Growth, Promotes Amalia Mohr to Principal / FK Architecture's Architect Kelly Dawson Appointed as AIA Orlando Director At Large for the 2022 Term / Andreu World opens new showroom in Kansas City / Architecture Firm, The Turett Collaborative, Looks to Future Growth with Addition of Two New Partners / Arcadia + Encore Launch CET Extension / Architecture Firms End 2021 on a Strong Note
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Grand Rapids Chair Co. Introduces Rita: Its First Indoor/Outdoor Lounge Seat / Springboard's GLOWI Brings Hi-Tech Glass to Working Surfaces / Launching from Flos: Parentesi 50
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 19, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Working from Home is the (Real) New Smoking - Working from home without the right ergonomic equipment is a pain in the neck. No, I mean literally a pain in the neck for many workers.
  •   A Crown Jewel in the Rockies — Billings Public Library Sets the Bar High - With a $100,000 budget, the library, purchased seating and tables that supported the various spaces in the building. First considered was flexibility — chairs that could be moved around or put together, and fun pieces for the teen and children's sections.
  •   10 Bold Predictions for the Interiors Industry in 2022 - We at ThinkLab can't help but get excited about the innovations that will emerge in the interiors industry in 2022. After all, necessity is the mother of invention.
  •   Software, Technology Might Not Help You Sell More Furniture, but it can Help in Return to Office - Beyond vaccine tracking and compliance tooling, administrators use the OfficeTogether platform to manage desk and meeting room reservations, track daily health check responses, and analyze real-time office attendance and space usage data. Employees rely on the platform to collaborate with their hybrid and remote-first teammates using a suite of social tools built with a dispersed workforce in mind.
  •   Allsteel's New Manhattan Showroom Shines - The space has a NYC vibe, courtesy of a large, bright mural by Kamille Ejerta, otherwise known by her street name, "OGMillie." OGMillie is a New York-based, visually impaired street-pop artist with a vintage flair.
  •   Former Knoll Chief Cogan Named Chairman of The Rug Company Board - Cogan is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College where he majored in Social Studies. He currently serves as director of the American Woodmark Corporation and Sonneman as well as serves on the External Advisory Board of the Master in Design Engineering Program at Harvard University.
  •   COE Awards Institutional Associates for Top Sales Volume for Fourth Straight Year; Gebhardt Eecognized for Overall Services - Since 2018, Atlanta-headquartered company has won Manufacturers Rep Group of the Year by Pennsylvania office furniture powerhouse as IAI's CEO takes home commemorative service award.
  •   DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Announces DIFFA by Design - Since the idea for DIFFA BY DESIGN originated over two years ago, the world has changed and so has DIFFA. Many people are still struggling to live with HIV/AIDS and each day more continue to face additional challenges related to homelessness, food insecurity, and mental health.
  •   KAI Engineering Hires H. John Vetter II, PE as National Electrical Engineering Subject Matter Expert - Vetter has more than 32 years of combined experience in engineering and management. In this new role at KAI, Vetter will provide company-wide technical expertise in the electrical engineering discipline and act in the lead electrical engineering role on high-profile projects.
  •   Stephen Says - "Haworth Flips a Leading MillerKnoll Dealer — and They Will Keep it Up!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I say, respect the contract dealers that built your business. Bianchi understands this and the Haworth philosophy is rewarding them in spades by giving them the avenue to continue to flip dealers.
  •   UPFRONT: Framery Investing Heavily in Digital Services - Framery welcomes Arto Vahvanen as the new Head of Digital Offerings & Services and a member of the Management Team from the 3rd of January onwards. Vahvanen's position marks the launch of a new department for Framery: Digital Offerings and Services.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Kirei Launches EchoTile Sync, a Modular Acoustic Tile System - "A room is a place to live, to play, to not just work but to create," said John Stein, president of Kirei. "EchoTile Sync adds a classic wall tile to the mix to make any room a space to be remembered. Its modularity allows for designers to create anything from quiet corners to whimsical walls. We wanted EchoTile Sync to pair with EchoTile Racetrack so designers can have truly unlimited potential with their designs."
  •   AWARDED: HAT Collective Wins GOOD DESIGN 2021 Award - Manufactured at HAT Collective's Danish design and manufacturing facility, the height-adjustable, fully customizable collection promotes an active work environment with an unmistakable European flare. The Elle Collection allows people to work their way — whether in the office or at home, sitting or standing, together or at a distance.
  •   PLACES - The Prospect Coworking Offices – Saint Petersburg, Russia | The Prospect was conceived as a space for work and meetings with interior design unusual for the office spaces in combination with modern technical equipment. 280 square meters include five offices, two openspace rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, common areas and a meeting room for 8-10 people.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - //3877 Welcomes New Interior Designer / NeoCon Extends Call for 2022 Programming / Amerlux Selects New Rep for New England Market / IIDA Announces LSD Interior Design as Competition Winner / Architecture and Design Firm FCA Reveals New Brand Identity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Nemo Tile + Stone Introduces Opus 2.0
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 12, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Industry can Learn from CES; Some Personal Changes for Me - The most important show that isn't our industry's show is happening right now in Las Vegas. But what happens in Vegas, certainly doesn't stay in Vegas when it comes to the massive Consumer Electronic Show.
  •   Look Through the Glass and Into the Future, or Don't — Gauzy Offers the Latest in Smart Glass Options - Gauzy launched in 2009 as a smart glass hardware manufacturer, and eventually transitioned from making just the power for smart glass to manufacturing the whole system.
  •   Allseating Celebrates its 40th Anniversary - Like many office furniture makers, Allseating was built from the ground up through hard work and determination. In the early 1980s, Gary Neil's father, Bill, owned a rep group that was selling chairs. Gary Neil worked there as well and the two saw a need for seating products at a lower price point that would still deliver quickly.
  •   Systems Source Selects Haworth as Partner to Deliver Innovative New Design and Customer-Driven Technology - Systems Source is a leading full-service contract interiors firm headquartered on the West Coast, serving customers throughout North America with quality furniture, demountable wall systems, flooring, accessories, installation, move, and asset management services.
  •   HNI Corporation Celebrates 75th Anniversary - What began as an idea to launch a manufacturing enterprise to employ America's veterans returning from World War II, the Home-O-Nize Co. was founded and later became HON Industries and today the company is known as HNI Corporation.
  •   Understanding MillerKnoll's Newly Added Risk Factors - In July, the business completed the purchase of Knoll. During the quarter, MillerKnoll stated that the integration of the Knoll purchase is on track, with cost savings of $100 million expected within two years of closure and $120 million by the end of year three.
  •   OfficeWorks Becomes Representative of Knoll in Central Indiana - This partnership brings together the design heritages of Herman Miller, Knoll, and their 19 brands under one roof -- for the first time in this market.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces the Promotion of Three New Department Directors - Landscape Forms announced the promotions of Natalie Biddle, Andrea Marietta, and Evan Presler to Directors within their respective departments.
  •   IOPFDA Announces 2022 Scholarship Applications - Created more than 50 years ago, the IOPFDA Scholarship Fund has now awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to deserving families of office products and office furniture dealers and is supported entirely through individual and member contributions.
  •   Tarkett North America Turns to Adleta for South-Central Distribution - Adleta will be inventorying Tarkett LVT, commercial and residential vinyl sheet, rubber tile, standard and premium wall base, finishing accessories, and more, helping them serve customers in all key segments, including education, workplace, healthcare, multi-Family and single-family residential.
  •   Yellowbox Collective Opens in Delaware Valley - YBC is a personalized and sophisticated Independent Manufacturer's Rep group focused on bringing Curated & International Brands to the Delaware Valley & Mid-Atlantic Contract Furnishings marketplace.
  •   Ultrafabrics Hires Theo Haag and Jennifer Hendren - Theo has spent his entire career immersed in the European market and brings to Ultrafabrics a depth of knowledge in the textile space.
  •   Stephen Says - "HR Director Asks: Why Does it Take Us So Long to Make a Hire?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Depending on the size of your company, it may be the VP of sales or local managers who need to step up. Field sales managers should be having lunch with candidates all the time, even when they do not have openings in their departments.
  •   UPFRONT: BOS Tampa Expands with the Addition of Michael Furnari - Furnari will be the latest addition to BOS Tampa's expanding sales team and will contribute to creating a world class sales organization for BOS on the west coast of Florida.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: New Digital Print Fabric, Sta-Kleen Silicone - The collection will initially consist of seven digitally printed fabrics that have been designed for the healthcare, hospitality, contract, and other commercial markets.
  •   AWARDED: Arcadia's Scenery Modular Collection Wins 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award - Scenery Modular itself is a collection designed to allow multiple and varied interactions at once. The interior seating area offers spacious comfort for collaboration and casual conversation while a ledge around the exterior perimeter serves as a work surface or perching rest.
  •   PLACES - BMG Bank Offices – São Paulo, Brazil | The new office of BMG Bank in São Paulo symbolizes a moment of innovation and behavioral transformations at the firm, that is now more digital, inclusive, and has a refreshed identity.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Bouty Appoints Dany Gosselin to Vice President of Operations / KI Attains GREEN MASTER LEVEL Status / Landscape Forms to Host Live Virtual Roundtable: Designing for Holistic Sustainability
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Stylex Reveals Three New Future-Proof Seating Collections / Natural Light is Most Desired
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 5, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: How the Industry Can Capitalize on Meeting Madness - Can we have a quick meeting to talk about, well, meetings? It doesn’t take a study to realize we have too many formal meetings. But I’m going to cite a few to show that in the wake of COVID, the meeting problem is getting worse, not better.
  •   Haworth Joins Forces with Mikomax, One of Europe’s Leading Manufacturers for Acoustic Pods - "I am happy and proud that the company I have created from scratch and have been running for more than 30 years is gaining such a strong business partner. We look forward to continuing to manage the company also in the future and drive our success story even further."
  •   Officeworks Announces Partnership with IMA Corporate Interiors and Expansion to Atlanta - Officeworks has grown to be Teknion's largest dealer in the U.S., with existing offices in Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports $1 Billion in Second Quarter Net Sales - Strong demand drove quarterly orders of $1.2 billion; an increase of 83.9% over the prior year, up 26.4% organically. Integration of the Knoll acquisition is progressing as planned AND MillerKnoll remains confident IN delivering $100 million of run rate cost synergies within two years of the closing, and now expects $120 million by the end of year three.
  •   CIFF Continued in China Despite COVID; Online Event Attracts 775k Visitors - The first online edition of CIFF ended successfully on Dec. 14. The first fully digitalized edition, the 48th CIFF Shanghai, received a great deal of support from the 548 exhibitors who gathered online, attracting 775,043 visitors.
  •   Colberg Architecture Appoints Kelly Collini to Principal - Collini has completed extensive architecture and design projects for leading organizations, including SL Green, Lafayette 148, Archdiocese of New York, Young & Rubicam, Scotia Bank, Zolfo Cooper, Gensler New York Offices, The Ad Council, and Xandr, which was named Crain's New York Business' Coolest Retrofit in 2020.
  •   Introducing Mercato Place A New Curated Textile Sampling Platform - Thoroughbred Fulfillment, headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, created Mercato Place. Founded in 1995, Thoroughbred Fulfillment is a provider of a broad range of marketing fulfillment services to companies throughout North America and the world.
  •   Designtex Moves into Bright Tribeca Headquarters - The move in/move out was so abrupt, some Designtex workers have yet to set foot in the headquarters (though that is changing as COVID restrictions relax in New York). On a recent visit to the space, some moving boxes were still unopened. As employees become more comfortable with using public transportation, the office will certainly fill up.
  •   Stephen Says - "Longtime Attendee Asks: Time to Move NeoCon from Chicago?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Chicago is not the friendliest city for business, hotel prices are high as well as the taxes on tourists. Las Vegas and Orlando are more welcoming.
  •   UPFRONT: Vincent G. Carter, FASID, NCIDQ Honored with Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award - Carter began his service with CIDA in 1996 as a site visitor and was promoted to a site visit team chair role. Following his service as visiting team chair, Carter was promoted to CIDA's Accreditation Commission and served from Jan. 1, 2004, through Dec. 31, 2009.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: PepperMint Display Cases from Peter Pepper - Peter Pepper's new PepperMint display case collection combines the warmth of wood and glass with the elegance of the circular, natural-anodized, aluminum profile.
  •   AWARDED: Nienkämper VOX LCS Table Recipient of the 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award - "It's always an honor to be recognized with a distinguished award such as the GOOD DESIGN," said company founder and designer Klaus Nienkämper.
  •   PLACES - Synopsys Offices – Ho Chi Minh City | HUYNCHI used a futuristic approach and specific color palette when designing the Synopsys offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The company enlisted Huynchi to create a new research and development center that addresses their first-class level in the most well-planned district of Ho Chi Minh City.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Indiana Furniture Names Kleiser as New Contracts & Sales Support Manager / Scott Huling Joins SP Richards as Director of Sales - Southeast / IIDA Names Winners of the 9th Annual Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards / Solomon Coyle YE2021 Financial Benchmarking Survey Launches Jan 10. / ASID and IIDA Responds to AIA Policy Statement Review
  •   FIRST LOOKS - eko Announces h@kr uber mobil / Room & Board Business Interiors Reveals Winter 2022 Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 22 & 29, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Case For and Against a Four-Day Work Week - As we head toward the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays and the four-day work weeks that result from the extra day off, it is worth taking a look at the increasingly popular call for a permanent four-day workweek. A few years ago, the idea of a four-day workweek would seem impossible, but the lingering COVID pandemic, employee burnout and work-from-home trends mean the idea is gaining some traction.
  •   Optimism and Confidence are Key Themes in 2022 Predictions from Industry Experts - After reaching out to companies for their 2022 predictions, the team here at Bellow Press was pleasantly surprised by the positive outlook and bright ideas their responses offered.
  •   The Power of Presence - The in-between moments in our lives will not be automatically productive and fertile, but they CAN be if we critically check our habits and deliberately seize the potential of these moments.
  •   theMART Continues to Add Value to Building, NeoCon with theMART 2.0 Upgrades - The building has already gone through a number of upgrades to the show floors, such as improvements to cellular phone service, carpet, lighting and finishes.
  •   Clear Office Becomes Reseat; Commitment to Get Used Furniture Back in Circulation Remains the Same - The company was founded by Brandi Susewicz, who has more than 20 years of experience at San Francisco Bay area office furniture dealerships, but like so many others, found her income battered by the pandemic.
  •   Steelcase CFO: Profits would have been 3x Higher Without Inflation, Supply Chain Issues - Orders grew 87% in the Other category driven by very strong growth across all regions in Asia Pacific, including more than 100% growth in India and China.
  •   Stephen Says - "Start the New Job Right Away! But What About the Bonus Owed Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Let's face it, dealers tend to get more upset and play more games with commissions than manufacturers. So if you're at a furniture dealer and going to another furniture dealer, my advice is to collect your dough before you go. If you're at a manufacturer, chances are you're going to get the money whether you're going to a competitor or not. But as the old saying goes, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
  •   UPFRONT: Office Environments & Services of Jacksonville Purchased by Atlanta based Office Images - Led by owner and President E. Zimmermann Boulos, OE&S has been a commercial furniture dealer in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida for more than six decades. "I have a lot of respect for Bryan Roberts, Jim Staiti and Office Images and believe our combined operations will mean even better days ahead for OE&S," Boulos said. He remains as president.
  •   Product Spotlight: Patcraft Introduces Deconstructed Form - Highlighting a unique approach to flooring design, the collections expose the product's primary backing to create pattern and color variation. Each new collection within the platform tells a different visual story and moves beyond traditional product design with thoughtful engineering. The design of Deconstructed Form explores textural structure through the use of shape.
  •   PLACES - Swire Properties Offices – Beijing | The design references its Beijing settings, reinterpreting traditional materials like bamboo and grey roof tiles into contemporary expressions. Diverse space formats maximize utilization while providing various work scenarios to meet a range of activities.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - AIS Earns LEVEL 3 BIFMA Certification for Seven of its Most Popular Products / JCJ Architecture Elevates Experienced and Well-rounded Leaders to New Roles / ADFF:DC Returns to the National Building Museum Jan 6-8, 2022
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Maharam Launches Spindle and Washi by Hella Jongerius
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 15, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: My Wait for Macaroni and Cheese May Soon be Over (and Your Wait for Furniture Parts too) - We are also facing inflation at a rate we haven’t seen in decades. Everything costs more than it did a few years ago. We should be in the doldrums, right? Yet just about everyone I speak to in the industry says it is strong right now. What gives?
  •   Mixing Photography, Film and Art, Steve Burns has Visually Documented the Industry for Decades - Burns was seven years old when he had his first darkroom, so suffice to say photography has always been a passion. But he started out as a graphic designer and founded a company with his brother which specialized in signage.
  •   3 Ways to Thrive in the New Hybrid Work Era - As we close out 2021 and look toward 2022, we encourage you to deeply consider this hybrid era, and how we can shift our mindsets from "return to normal" to "return to better."
  •   Pantone Color of the Year Announced - By Creating a new color for the first time in the history of the Color of the Year educational color program, Pantone is reflecting the global innovation and transformation taking place.
  •   M.a.d. Furniture Design Plants North American Roots in Minneapolis - M.a.d. and its customer base are growing quickly across the world, and their new headquarters will help them expand even faster while they continue to offer high quality products and customer service.
  •   Kirei Launches EchoTile Racetrack — Modular Acoustic Tiles that Seamlessly Align On Any Wall - Racetrack provides designers with all the tools needed to quickly and easily specify unique design elements to build dynamic spaces.
  •   AIS Named to Inc. Magazine's 2021 Best in Business List, Awarded a Silver Medal - AIS took the concept of "buy local" to a corporate level with ReNew England and is spearheading a campaign to encourage regional companies to join forces and help New England recover from the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic.
  •   Stephen Says - "You Should Get To Know A Recruiter Before You Need One" - by Stephen Viscusi - Here is a tip: Recruiters are people, too. We want to do the right thing by matching a person to a position so we wind up with a happy client and a happy candidate. Don't waste our time.
  •   UPFRONT: Allsteel Announces Executive Team Expansion - Allsteel's new vice president of sales is Mallory Polito. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in sales, national accounts, product and architectural products, Polito brings a well-rounded understanding of the industry to her new role.
  •   Product Spotlight: Arper Introduces Kata by Altherr Désile Park - Arper's first solid wood lounge chair, Kata, is lightweight in form and designed with circular sustainability at its core. It takes inspiration from artisan-made wood and woven straw chairs using contemporary solutions in a graphic and warm expression.
  •   PLACES - China Everbright Bank Offices – Hong Kong | The approximately 42,000 sqft project spans across four floors comprising commercial banking, wealth management, a trading floor and client executive suites.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - HLW Expands Leadership Team / Anna Grace Young Awarded the 2021 John L. Spalding Scholarship / Samuelson Furniture's President Lawrence Chalfin Named NEWH's 2021 Icon of Industry / BuzziSpace Holds Special Charity Auction Spotlighting Hand-dyed BuzziCee and BuzziShade XXL / New Representation - ALLOR GROUP / Groupe Lacasse US Sales Team / Tom Brennan Recognized as 2021 David McCurrach Distinguished Service Award Winner / IIDA Foundation Announces 2021 John J. Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship Recipients / Landscape Forms Named by Fortune and Great Place to Work as one of the 2021 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production / NeoCon Opens Call for 2022 Programming
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Designtex Introduces Three Collections / HÅG Tion by Flokk is the Sustainable, Customizable Task-seating Solution for Home and Office / Stylex Reveals Three New Future-Proof Seating Collections / Koroseal Partners with Stacy Garcia | New York to Launch an Exclusive, Urban-Inspired Wallcovering Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 8, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Tech Pushing Metaverse as Future Workplace - If you don't think the world is completely topsy turvy right now, let me present you with another example that might change your mind: As companies around the world shed office space to placate workers who want to work in their pajamas from home, others are spending millions to snap up Sim City-style virtual real estate, which some are saying could herald the start of a bizarre hybrid property market.
  •   Sustainable Composites Figures Out How to Make Recycled Leather Feel Like New - Recycled leather has a strong environmental story. The process of making leather can create a lot of waste. Producing raw leather takes a lot of water and toxic chemicals. And when leather is thrown away, it can contaminate the earth and create harmful gases.
  •   AIS Makes Strategic Move to Realign Sales Territories - "We believe this new structure will not only streamline the sales process for our dealers, but it will also create more opportunities. Ben and Doug will work in tandem to leverage our already robust presence in the industry, ensuring that we better meet the needs of our dealers and help them succeed."
  •   A Graveyard of Great Ideas - No matter how innovative and groundbreaking a new product may be, it can still become blocked in a business-to-business marketplace by a bottleneck in a distribution network that doesn't know how to best present and apply the product.
  •   Designtex Refreshes a Timeless Collection and Introduces New Products - Unwind wallcovering is especially versatile and can be used in hospitality and corporate spaces where visual texture and tactility calm a space such.
  •   Empire Office Acquires of DeKalb Office - Since 1984, DeKalb Office has been led by John Rasper, owner and CEO.
  •   Compusoft and 2020 Complete Merger - "We are excited about the possibilities this combination will give our customers," said David Tombre, Compusoft CEO.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss Is Pressuring Me to Make a Hire! These Candidates are Not Good Enough; Should I Settle?" - by Stephen Viscusi - There are some very basic rules all job seekers need to follow, and as a hiring manager you have every right to expect them.
  •   UPFRONT: KAI Design Hires Charles Keefer as Senior Project Manager in St. Louis - With more than 20 years of experience in architecture and project management, Keefer's career has included a wide range of projects, clients, environments and challenges. In his most recent role as director of architecture for Fisher Arnold in Memphis, Tennessee, he managed the design team on two Shelby County elementary schools, one of which won the 2021 Memphis Business Journal's Project of the Year.
  •   Product Spotlight: Indiana Furniture's New Product Introductions Bring Comfort and Style to Working Spaces - The new introductions include the Plush lounge, Polka modular seating and Cush pillows, plus enhancements to the Square One and Accessories lines.
  •   PLACES - PLMJ Offices – Porto, Portugal | Located on the top two floors of Tower A of Porto Office Park, PLMJ law firm's new office in Porto is a modern and future-oriented workspace. It was possible to create a comfortable and appealing environment through a timeless design language, where attention to detail and materiality play a key role.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - NELSON Worldwide Strengthens Retail Practice with the Addition of Bevan Bloemendaal / AIASF and Center for Architecture + Design Build Cultural Destination for the Bay Area
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Allermuir Introducing Folk Upholstered / Ultrafabrics Launches Coast Indoor/Outdoor Performance Fabric / Hightower Introduces Dry Shelving System
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Business of Furniture - December 1, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Best Work Happens in an Office, Not at Home - The industry can't just keep reacting to the whims of the workers. Part of our job is consultative in nature — we need to guide our customers toward the BEST results, not simply supply them with products they think they might want. The best place for workers is in the office, working together to solve problems.
  •   KI Makes Room for Wall Success - Genius Wall, in particular, is known for its speed of installation and reconfigurability. That's because it is a unitized product and built that way — when the wall panel arrives on site, it is fully built and ready to be put up into the ceiling track.
  •   Revisiting Our Bold Predictions for 2021: Where Are We Now? - At ThinkLab we strongly believe in the power of design and design thinking and that a degree of systemization can be accomplished without commoditizing the value of design. 2020–21 has shown us that an industry rooted in bespoke design can pivot to provide good design (even if it's not entirely unique to that client) for projects large or small, within tight budgets and timelines.
  •   China Plans for Spring CIFF Show (COVID Willing) - To meet the new demands and trends in international trade, a Cross-Border E-Commerce Zone will be created, providing product and material search services, discussion forums, matchmaking opportunities, and solutions and tools for globalizing the furniture trade.
  •   Going Beyond Net Zero: Humanscale's Legacy of Responsible Design and Manufacturing Continues - Humanscale's 2020 CSR report demonstrates measurable impact across energy, water, emissions, resource depletion, wildlife preservation, social responsibility and healthy materials.
  •   USGBC to Host Summit on Bridging Occupant & Community Health - The event will be fully virtual to support public health priorities.
  •   Dyer Brown Grows in Southeast, Expands into Behavioral Health Design - The firm is doing a ton of research into design for behavioral health, and they've learned that there's a significant amount of overlap with their other areas of expertise.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Goals Are Too High? It's Groundhog's Day for Reps" - by Stephen Viscusi - I remember at my first job selling for Haworth one year I had a sales goal I never thought I would make, but then I landed a huge job I was not counting on and made double my base salary. The nature of sales is that they are unpredictable, try as we might to build models to predict them.
  •   UPFRONT: Celebrating Growth, Architecture and Interiors Firm JZA+D Acquires, Designs New Headquarters - Even in Princeton, New Jersey, a community steeped in its own history, change is inevitable. Few know that better than the architects and designers of JZA+D, who regularly tackle local projects with innovative approaches that blend evolution and tradition.
  •   Product Spotlight: Lilly and Jax Collections Expands with Rocker Base - The new model is designed to deliver motion in the Lilly and Jax collections, making it appealing to new spaces that go beyond the office. The rocker base complements the both lines creating a casual, relaxed and inviting environment for guest, breakout and lounge spaces.
  •   PLACES - MONIN Offices – New Delhi | The studio is designed as a fluid and connected space with two open levels. A central "green spine" facing the different areas, widely opened to the mezzanine-floor, providing a fresh connection to nature.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - CIDA Publishes Future Vision 2020-21 Report / ASID Foundation Awards Research Grants to Projects Promoting Inclusivity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arcadia's Theme Collection Bridges the Gap Between Comfort and Style / Source Introduces Attune / Framery Introduces Video Conferencing Solutions for Seamless Office Collaboration / Designtex Introduces Several New Collections
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Business of Furniture - November 24, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Giving Thanks for What's Really Important - Hands down, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it embodies the ideas of family, warmth, reflection and, of course, taking a moment to be thankful for what we have. As a lifelong Detroit Lions fan, the annual football game is a painful part of the day, but one we are all used to here in Michigan.
  •   Staples Reportedly Closing Contract Furniture Division - Staples claimed it operated the largest commercial furniture dealer in North America through its contract furniture division.
  •   Allsteel Partners with Fritz Hansen, Adding to its Design Pedigree - The companies have surprisingly similar histories. Both Allsteel and Fritz Hansen started out in cabinet making and both are more than 100 years old.
  •   Andreu World Debuts New Book About Work, and its Message is Clear — No Suffering Allowed - Eight renowned designers representing eight distinct models of practicing the same profession. They are an example of how to manage talent that should be studied in schools, not only in design schools but also in business schools as success stories.
  •   Legrand Introduces Sit Stand Desk Solution - The Wiremold Sit Stand Desk Power makes adding power and charging easier than ever — all while maintaining a sleek aesthetic that simplifies cable management.
  •   Wellness In Action: Office Environments' New Workplace Initiative - "The workplace has changed. The future of work is to show that you truly care about your employees — not buying pingpong tables that no one uses." – Hanna Shelley, Office Environments' marketing manager and Wellness Committee chair.
  •   ICFF Finally Returns to NYC - The number of attendees was as good as previous years, but the hospitality industry hasn't recovered yet.
  •   Stephen Says - "Worth Repeating: If Your Employees are Hybrid Working in the Office M/W/F from the Office, On Tuesday and Thursday, They are Interviewing Behind Your Back. Capiche?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Let me put it in crystal clear terms for you: When you tell your employees to come on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and allow them to work remotely on Tuesday and Thursday, guess what? On Tuesday and Thursday, either I or someone like me is sending them on interviews.
  •   UPFRONT: Landscape Forms Appoints Jaipur Living President & CEO Asha Chaudhary to Board of Directors - Chaudhary began her career at Jaipur Living's Indian manufacturing facility, rising through the ranks to eventually become president and CEO of the growing textile company. Her leadership and expertise in design and home decor has brought rapid expansion to Jaipur Living, shaping the company into an innovator in the design world, establishing collaborative relationships with leading designers and also celebrating the culture and artistic integrity of local artisans.
  •   Product Spotlight: Introducing the Latest Innovation in Patient Care Communication Boards - VividBoard's newest product is the Swing Changeable Glassboards for patient communication. Swing Changeable was introduced at NeoCon and Healthcare Design to many accolades, winning both a Best of NeoCon Gold and an Innovation Award in the Nightingale Awards competition.
  •   PLACES - LINGXING Offices – Shenzhen | Onexn Architects used designated work zones marked by pops of color on a neutral backdrop to design the LINGXING offices in Shenzhen, China.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Independent Suppliers Group Hosts Successful Industry Week '21 in Orlando, Florida / Going Beyond Net Zero: Humanscale's Legacy of Responsible Design and Manufacturing / Studio TK Expands Graded In Fabrics Program / COE Distributing's J.D. Ewing Captures 8th Consecutive Pittsburgh Smart 50 Honor
  •   FIRST LOOKS - eko's neos - Where Comfort Meets Elegance / Turf Design Releases Versatile Intersect Wall Tile / Scandinavian Spaces Celebrates New Strategic Partnership / Kettal Releases Terrain Elements Fabrics, Fire Retardant Acrylic by Doshi Levien / Springboard's DOURO Collection Debuts First Horizontal Working Surfaces
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 17, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: A Conversation Worth Having with Your Customers - Not all the conversations with your customers will be easy. For many years, much of the hiring and firing power has been with the business owners. That has evaporated for a lot of companies. Like it or not, people are going to have to pay their employees more or they risk losing them.
  •   Embracing the New Frontier — Design Firm Cactus Weighs in on Fears and Opportunities with the Metaverse - While technology isn't necessary for every work task or environment, it does play a role in easing stress in the workplace. Another issue to consider is the role of architects and designers of physical space. Should there be a metaverse takeover, will these roles become obsolete?
  •   Eight Resources to Prepare for the Future of the Design Industry - Constant reframing is our new normal. In the future, we must reevaluate our tool kit by adopting new tools and using old tools in new ways.
  •   The Future of Office Spaces: Design Innovation Leverages the Best of Both Worlds of Remote and In-Person Work - Technology facilitated the sudden pivot to remote work and can provide insights for design as employees return to the office. Companies can benefit from emerging AI-based platforms that track employee movement in the office.
  •   Kimball International Reports Solid Quarter - Consolidated net sales increased 6% to $156.6 million, compared to the prior year first quarter. Organic net sales were $141.4 million.
  •   Configura Holds Largest CET Experience Yet - "From incredible keynote speakers to awesome breakout sessions led by talented CET users to a great CET Awards competition, this was our best conference yet," said Kelsey DeBruin, global head of user community and events.
  •   Supporting Active Living at Work: The New Living Well at Work Guide is Available Now - In addition to lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer's, enhanced active living can also impact better sleep, improved cognition, fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and provide a better quality of life and sense of overall well-being.
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer for Sale: NOT SO FAST!" - by Stephen Viscusi - A handful of people leaving one major dealer for another is not analogous to rats leaving a sinking ship. My experience is that these are just senior executives who are focused on their own careers, not a richy-rich owner like you.
  •   UPFRONT: Kimball International Receives Women in Healthcare's Outstanding Organization Award - The award was received by Jill Joseph, manager, Health A&D Strategy, for Kimball International at the Summit in Baltimore, Maryland.
  •   Product Spotlight: Arc-Com Releases Athena - The sophisticated detail and delicate nature of the motif in the pattern can be deceiving, as it has all of the high-performance features necessary for heavy duty end use.
  •   PLACES - Sinoz Cosmetics Offices – Istanbul; Fabric-covered glass wool was applied on the ceilings together with the carpet to help acoustically in the office areas.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Nick Hayes Joins Kentwood Office Furniture as Product Marketing Manager / Nevers Names Kim Lettorale to Territorial Sales Position / Perkins&Will's Austin Studio Appoints New Managing Director / Workplace Strategist Amy Clark Joins SmithGroup's Denver Office / Perkins&Will Promotes John Strasius to Corporate, Commercial, Civic (CCC) Practice Leader / Nemo Tile + Stone Expands Sales Team with New Vice President of Sales and Sales Support Manager / Marin Architects Strengthens Leadership Team, Promotes Neka Highland to Partner / FXCollaborative Announces Firmwide Promotions, Including Directors of Interiors and a Chief Operating Officer / Configura Announces Winners of 2021 CET Awards / HKS Architects Named Best of Competition Winner at 10th annual IIDA Healthcare Design Awards / Allseating's Prata Wins 2021 GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Platinum Award / Narbutus' SOFT ROCK Wins German Design Award 2022
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Nevins Introduces Fuse Stool / Kirei Launches Echotile Racetrack / A New Workplace Solution by NARBUTAS Fosters People Collaboration in the Office / Andreu World Releases Siesta / Mannington Commercial Introduces The Case for Silence Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 10, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Learning Looks a lot Different - I spent part of last week in Pittsburgh attending EDspaces, the education conference that has a strong expo and tons of seminars and presentations. Like every place people come together, the educational market is shifting, perhaps more than any other vertical market our industry serves.
  •   National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo — Reunited. in Person. Moving the Ergo Industry Back to Better. - Ergonomics goes beyond body postures and musculoskeletal issues to whole quality of life and needs to address workplace issues in a post-pandemic world.
  •   EDspaces Provides Window to How Classrooms and Schools will Look in the Future - EDspaces included the giants in educational furniture like KI, Virco, Artco Bell, Smith System and HON, but it also gave attendees a chance to catch up with some of the smaller, specialized educational furniture companies.
  •   What if the Workplace Was No Longer a Workplace? - Much like trending Google searches and the emergence of grassroots innovations across societies, there are numerous workplace-related trends that have been fast-tracked by the pandemic. IA has been analyzing these and exploring innovative new ways to reimagine the role of the workplace at a time when its very purpose is called into question. by Jordan Jones, Matthew LoPresto and Rosie Pawsey
  •   Straight Out of Science Fiction, the Metaverse is Becoming a Reality and Promising for the Workplace - Experts believe the metaverse can encourage and support inclusive socialization and a seamless interactive experience that includes all employees equally.
  •   Transforming Work: Enabling the Experience of Flow - As designers of products, product configurations and the larger workplaces they form, the challenge is to look beyond the formulaic categories of workstations, conference areas, informal adjacent spaces and the like.
  •   MillerKnoll's New Global Headquarters for its Retail Brands Moving to New Development in Stamford, Connecticut - "We are looking forward to relocating to a space that will provide us with opportunities for continued growth and collaboration," said Debbie Propst, president of Global Retail for MillerKnoll.
  •   Celebrate the Reopening of the Groupe Lacasse New-York Showroom - The newly renovated New-York showroom features recently awarded Best of NeoCon 2021 products from both Groupe Lacasse and Via Seating in more than 6,000 square feet of display space.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Hiring Tap is Dry, but Only in the Off-Season" - by Stephen Viscusi - Believe me, there are people. They might not be so easy to find, but they exist. Explain to candidates the you are recruiting now for your next year hires. Paint a picture for candidates at all levels, tell them that you assume they may be getting a commission or bonus at the end of the year.
  •   UPFRONT: INDEAL's Workstyle Booklets Now Available in Digital and Print Format - The Workstyle booklets are part of INDEAL's Pinpoint Platform, a digital resource designed to quickly connect dealers with brands, with enhancements to help them inform and present to clients. The platform's VIP level layers in visual results and inspiration along with features like downloadable design files, virtual reality experiences and digital versions of the Workstyle booklets.
  •   Product Spotlight: Vaddio Introduces Ultra-wide-angle Intelligent Camera for Videoconferencing - The camera comes with a wall mount that allows it to tilt up and down to ensure proper framing of the conference table. It has a USB 3.0 Type C port, HDMI and audio I/O to easily integrate with existing room audio systems. The camera also has built-in RTSP and RTMP streaming capabilities for one-button streaming to popular services like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Vimeo and more.
  •   PLACES - Well Group Offices – Xi'an; The one-of-a-kind office for Well Group was designed to suit the needs of the real estate company's rapid growth, evolving structure, and ambitious goals for the future.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Premier Announces Two Promotions, Debbie Lennick New Owner of Creative, Andreu World Nuez Lounge BIO Awarded for Excellence in Design at Good Design Australia, KI's C-Table Max Wins Best in Show at EDspaces 2021, Eames Office To Unveil 80 Years of Design Exhibition At Design Gallery Isetan The Space in Tokyo, Independent Suppliers Group and the Education Market Association Form Innovative Purchasing Consortium and Platform Partnership, Nemo Tile + Stone Acquires Modern Stone Consulting Corp, ASID Sees Strong Recovery in the Design Industry in Second Installment of Resiliency Report
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Introducing SightLines Boardroom Tables from WallGoldfinger, Arper Introduces Kinesit Met, Hightower's Proto Tables, A Collection that's Ahead of the Curve, Arconas Release emBARq
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Business of Furniture - November 3, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: There is Opportunity in Chaos - Workers right now have a lot of power. They are rejecting offices that look like they were designed in the 1990s (some of them were — or earlier). They want — demand — an office that is comfortable, safe and cool. We can help.
  •   GMi Companies Opens New Plant Addition at Ohio Headquarters - The addition at GMi could not have happened without the pandemic. GMi received a grant of $450,000 for helping produce personal protective equipment during the pandemic.
  •   Last Call: NeoCon HUB Offers Opportunity to Catch What You Missed - Good news! There are three more days to "go back" to the show.
  •   Three Insights about the Future of Product Specification in the Phygital Era - "Participating in this Hackathon was incredibly informative and inspiring," said Meghan Sherwin, chief marketing officer at Keilhauer.
  •   Getting the Focus Right: The Work Itself Should Matter Most - The concept of flow is understood as that state in which people are so involved in an activity and/or experience that nothing else matters as much as what they are doing at that moment, they are so deeply engaged that they realize a profound degree of insight, clarity and gratification.
  •   AIS Celebrates Manufacturing Month - AIS has created more jobs in Central Massachusetts over the past five years than any other company..
  •   Steelcase Acquires Spanish Design Company Viccarbe - Viccarbe has been a leader in designing ancillary spaces for more than 20 years, partnering with leading global talent to elevate performance in hospitality, learning, corporate, and now, outdoor spaces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Herman Miller Dealer Stealer" - by Stephen Viscusi - I am told by dealer owners and managers they see more vulnerability with recruiting from the Herman Miller dealers (now MillerKnoll dealers) than with the Knoll dealers (also now MillerKnoll dealers). Yes, I get that Miller bought Knoll, but the dealer world is different, when it comes to dealer salespeople.
  •   UPFRONT: Groupe Lacasse Halloween Party in Chicago - The successful event was organized by Sheridan Contract for the Chicago-area A&D firms and dealers. Other participants included Via Seating, Wolf-Gordon Fabrics, Falcon Contract, 3-Form, Carvart and Krug.
  •   Product Spotlight: TURF's Arbor Canopy Shows Smart Acoustics with Custom Style - Turf Design has released its newest collection — the Arbor canopy baffle system — to turn ceilings into vehicles of creativity. Arbor's continuous connections between baffles allow for a clean and smooth appearance to accompany the system's impressive sound absorption.
  •   PLACES - Thndr Offices – Cairo; Studio Teal transformed a dark and unused basement into the offices for Thndr, a digital investment platform located in Cairo, Egypt. Studio Teal was able to utilize the space of this basement to transform it into a calm working space for Thndr, a digital investment platform.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - NYCxDESIGN Returns with Annual Design Festival Nov. 11-18 and Special 10th Anniversary Edition May 10-20, 2022 / CIDA Calls for Community Comment on Revisions to Professional Standards 2020 / MHTN Architects Advances 17 Members Company-Wide / Interwoven Receives Two Nightingale Awards for Embra and Ezzeri Collections at Healthcare Design Expo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Flos introduces Oblique Qi / Interwoven Announces New Product Introductions that Expand Their Portfolio / Introducing Maharam Edition Artek Stool 60 / Mohawk Group Introduces Urban Shores / The Reimagined Workspace: Amobi / Fresh for Fall: LightArt Releases Four New Configurations to the Popular Acoustic Collection / Tarkett Introduces VCT II, Company's First Collection Manufactured in Mexico City Facility
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 27, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Napa Cabbage and Pepperwood Candles Never Improved an Office (but You can) - Since the pandemic began and the idea of work changed, I have hammered home the point in this column that the industry must act as workplace consultants to the world. We have the knowledge, backed by research, that is needed as companies return to the workplace — whether that's hybrid, full time or completely remote.
  •   Texture, Color and Special Inspiration Command Attention with New Collections in Textile Niche - The latest from the Concertex 2021 Accord collection, The Delos Company Technicolor Collection, The HBF Textiles Fall 2021 Collection, and Wolf-Gordon.
  •   Inaugural Workspace Design Show Starts Next Week in London - Live workshops at the show include a color, material and finish forecast for autumn/winter with Hannah Malein, creative director at Color Hive and head of trends for MIX Magazine, and Kaye Preston conducting a session on mental health and well-being.
  •   Mercato Place Aims to be Lower-Priced Hub for Material Samples - As an online platform, Mercato Place is designed to be an elegant, enjoyable and easy-to-use solution for exploring by material or brand, with additional filters to further refine selections.
  •   Moving the Needle on Well-Being in the Workplace: A Call to Action for Ergonomics Practitioners - WELL is an evidence-based tool for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being.
  •   Tarkett North America Expands its Manufacturing Footprint with Acquisition of Vinylasa - With this acquisition, Tarkett will transition VCT manufacturing from its Florence, Alabama, location to the Vinylasa location in Mexico.
  •   Scorecard Highlights Wood Furniture Industry's Continuous Improvement Toward Responsible Sourcing - 2021 featured more dramatic improvements in scores than in any of the previous years.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Louder Mouth, The Younger the Officemate" - by Stephen Viscusi - There are a couple of ways you can go about this process. Either you can raise the issue with the HR department directly, or you can go through a more senior employee at the firm.
  •   UPFRONT: AIS Adds Three New Team Members - AIS has announced new territory managers for Michigan and South Florida and a new manager for the company's New York City showroom.
  •   Product Spotlight: Etc. Makes Fresh Introductions for Fall. So.Many.Choices. - This extensive product drop includes seating that extends from sultry lounge (Behl, Bernadette) to "fun"ctional bar stools (Avey, Cowabunga) and zippy guest seating (Irma) to wobble stools (Marjo) for active spaces.
  •   PLACES - PepsiCo Offices – Ho Chi Minh City; The Suntory PepsiCo Viet Nam office is an agile workplace offering diverse choices as to where and how people work. With the focus on human development, ADP builds up space where all activities from staff are supported, from the cross-team collaboration, sharing knowledge, brainstorming to the private task that needs great concentration. Smart technologies are applied to the office such as the meeting room booking system that upgrades the employees' working experience.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Emily McGinnis and Marcus Batista Join KI as K-12 Educational Specialists / Sydney Watkins Joins Kentwood Office Furniture as Director of Design and Sales Enablement / Andreu World Toronto Showroom Opens its Doors / Significant Year-Over-Year Growth Across North America -- Pipeline Index Remains Robust, above 50% / Unispace Acquires Global Experiential Design Firm Downstream / Kaidi Introduces Intuitive Height Adjustable Base at ErgoExpo 2021
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HPFi Introduces Spencer Tables / OLLY HUNT Introduces Jean-Michel Frank into Portfolio / Teknion Introduced WithIn at NeoCon / Muzo Introduces Tall Trestle / Seating for Circularity: naughtone to Offer Sofa Designed With the End in Mind / Unika Vaev Introduces Four New Acoustic Products from Instyle
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 20, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Battle Price Increases with Better Communication - If you must raise prices, talk to your customers about it. Explain exactly why things are more expensive and why you need to pass along those costs to them.
  •   Togetherness, Inclusion and Diversity Were Strong Themes in NeoCon 2021 Keynotes - All new ideas are combinations of existing ideas. This rule has a caveat: Not all idea combinations are created equal.
  •   What Designers Need to Know about Supply Chain Disruption - This disruption has made MANY MANUFACTURERS rethink THEIR supply chain. For example, Prior to the pandemic it was $2,500 to get a container from China, but now it costs $30,000.
  •   Reuniting at NeoCon 2021: Buzzing Three Days Invigorate Industry - "Attending NeoCon is like diving headfirst into the gap between where our clients' spaces are and where they'd like them to be. There's a solution for every design problem, even the ones we don't know about yet." — Katie Titi
  •   Business Transformation Must Include Manufacturers - Delivering for the customer is the ultimate goal. I propose we attack the transformation of the commercial furniture industry from both sides. Let's have dealers AND manufacturers commit to digital transformation.
  •   Investing in Employees at Work: Physical Spaces Drive Culture and Talent Development - The office's role is already changing to a place of ideation — not just work. Nearly 87% of employees believe the office is important for collaborating and relationship building.
  •   AIS Wraps a Successful Show at NeoCon 2021 - For NeoCon this year, the company refreshed a number of spaces, vignettes and products within the 10,400-square-foot floorplate.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Let Your Top Salespeople Leave. Give Them a Track to Promotion" - by Stephen Viscusi - Gone are the days where a sales manager comes to town to work with a salesperson in the field, merely for the salesperson to introduce you, the manager, to the customer.
  •   UPFRONT: Office Furniture Liquidations Clears Hotel and Partners with VetStrong for Greater Good of Community - Rising material costs and skilled labor shortages have caused extreme production delays for in-demand consumer products. Obtaining used furniture through transactions like this allows people to get the products they need immediately. It also saves the environment.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating Launches Rise, a Superior Ergonomic Task and Meeting Seating Series - RISE is contemporary, streamlined and uncomplicated. It embodies soft curves that flow in any space or place. With a variety of ergonomic features, including the latest technology in body balance synchro movement, six-way adjustable arms, a molded foam seat with seat depth adjustment and four-way stretch elastomeric mesh with lumbar option, RISE fits a wide range variety of body types with ease.
  •   PLACES - iiLabs Offices – Mexico City; The ground floor houses the laboratory area, which also serves as a showcase area for what the company does.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Tarkett Announces Partnership with Tingle Flooring, IIDA Advances Diversity and Mentorship at NeoCon, COE Distributing Returns for Eighth Appearance on Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies List, Vertical Interior Design Honored at the ASID Illinois Celebration of Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - National Office Furniture Releases New Product Enhancements Tailored to Add Comfort to the Workplace, Mobile Green Wall Helps Prepare the Workplace for the New Expectation of Employees, Kimball Introduces EverySpace – A Creative Framework for the Future, Mannington Commercial Introduces Amtico Active Lines Collection, Pair Introduces Benching System Fade With a Waterfall Edge
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 13, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: What We Can Learn from NeoCon 2021 - Crowds were definitely down, but I didn't hear many complaints. In fact, NeoCon-lite was refreshing — the perfect prequel for NeoCon 2022 in June. If this NeoCon was any indication, held during an active pandemic, the June event should be fantastic as the world (fingers crossed) moves beyond the worst of the virus.
  •   Arconas Introduces its Luxury Residential Furniture Brand, Atelier Keaton, with Launch of Amelia Sofa Collection - While Atelier Keaton and the Amelia sofa collection are a new focus for Arconas, in many ways the launch of the brand is a return to the company's roots. Arconas began manufacturing European residential furniture such as the iconic Bouloum chaise in the 1970s.
  •   BoF's Brightest Products at NeoCon 2021 - This publication isn't about formal award programs. Commercial furnishings is too subjective for all but a select few to properly judge with any accuracy, in our opinion.
  •   A Visual Difference: Colors and Patterns Shift to Accommodate Wellbeing of People and the Earth - Colorful doesn't have to be bold and sharp - It can be as simple as redefining earth tones and bringing the outdoors in.
  •   NeoCon and Casual Show Recap - We felt traffic was certainly dampened compared to pre-pandemic levels, but overall, it was upbeat and fairly well attended.
  •   ASID Announces 2022 Board of Directors — Climate, Health and Equity at Forefront for the Board - With an eye on the interior design industry's role in the health of the planet and its occupants, the National Board of Directors of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its first-ever position statement on climate, health and equity.
  •   To the Parents of Camper Rob Kirkbride - Our first Camp NeoCon, Fall Session, was a bit of a change from past years, but campers adapted well—loving the chance to spend more meaningful time doing activities with each other and seizing the opportunity to have dedicated and purposeful conversations with counselors about all of the new crafts introduced at camp..
  •   Stephen Says - "NeoCon in October! But the Event is Still the Job-Change Marker" - by Stephen Viscusi - Trade shows are milestones in any industry. For contract furniture it's NeoCon. For residential manufacturers it is Highpoint, and in hospitality it can be spread among shows from Las Vegas to Boutique Design New York coming up in November. Trade shows are a logical and exciting way of getting the word out fast while showcasing your new talent.
  •   UPFRONT: INDEAL Reschedules Upcoming Leadership Conference - INDEAL's 2021 Leadership Conference, originally scheduled to take place in December, has been postponed until Nov. 6-9, 2022. The decision to move the conference to a later date was based on the organization's commitment to the health and safety of those attending.
  •   PLACES - Watsons Offices – Singapore; Watsons is Asia's leading health and beauty retailer that operates nearly 8,000 stores in numerous Asian and European markets. Through the relocation of their offices to The Concourse, Watsons had the intention of reflecting their newly updated brand expression into the space as well as adopting a new way of working for employees.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - NELSON Worldwide Welcomes Balmiki Bhattacharya as Industrial Practice Leader, Shaw Industries' EcoWorx Carpet Tile is Among the First in the World to Be Cradle to Cradle Certified Under the Version 4.0 Standard, Gabriel Opens its Largest Showroom in Chicago, The Architecture and Design Film Announces a Captivating Roster of Films and Events 2021 and 2022
  •   FIRST LOOKS - SmartBOX Unveils a Full Line of Personal Work Pods, Luxxbox Introduces TESSELL Acoustic Pendant to the North American Market, Graypants Introduces Dash; Beautiful, High-Performance Lighting for Brighter Workplaces, Springboard Introducing the CURVO Collection: Three Collaboration Tools for Flexible Workspaces
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 6, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Greetings from Camp NeoCon - I was struck today as I walked around NeoCon that going to the annual event in Chicago feels a bit like going to camp as a kid so I decided to write today's column in the form of a letter home from our industry's most important "camp."
  •   Sara Armbruster Takes Reins at Steelcase at Critical Time for Industry, Company - Armbruster is from Milwaukee, a lifelong Midwesterner who spent time on the East Coast for college. She was recruited for a position as a corporate strategist 14 years ago, when her children were toddlers. Armbruster considers Grand Rapids home.
  •   NeoCon 2021 Off to a Strong, Strange Start - The biggest difference was on the seventh floor. The aisles are much wider and large swaths of the floor were blocked off or empty. Companies like Claridge, OM and Formaspace, which were anchors on the temporary floors are in permanent showrooms.
  •   Designing for Wellbeing — Incorporate Neuro-architecture for External Beauty and Inner Peace - The best advice for a designer working on a project, whether residential or commercial, is to find out what personal things already exist in a client's life that really resonates with them.
  •   Nook Wellness Pods provide Shelter, Comfort and Calm for Neocon Attendees - Grab a NOOK during the show to recharge, make a call, meet or just take a breath without missing any of the excitement of Neocon.
  •   New Interiors Industry Benchmarking Data Available: ThinkLab Launches New 2021 U.S. Design Industry Benchmark Report - Overall, there's good news if you are an architect or designer — 82% of companies are planning to hire in 2022, so be sure to check out the section about top skills architects and designers will need to be successful in 2022 and beyond.
  •   Digital Tools Open Opportunities for Innovation in the Custom Furniture Industry - The use of technology has given freedom to model and build very complex, detailed and unique designs.
  •   Configura Announces Acquisition of ProjectMatrix - Together, Configura and ProjectMatrix will deliver a complete space planning solution for the entire sales and design process, from content creation to specification to installation.
  •   Stephen Says - "Supply Chain Issues Creates Salesperson Burnout; Is It Time For A New Career?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I recently heard from a number of my clients that they are telling customers this problem has a minimum of six more months to go. That was a guess on their part. Realistically, some have told me off the record at NeoCon this week that this disturbance in the supply chain will be longer than six months, and maybe go through the middle of next year.
  •   Upfront: Haworth Collection Adds Emeco Partnership - A new partnership between Emeco and Haworth will add Emeco products to the Haworth Collection in early 2022. This will be a curated product selection, including iconic designs like the Navy chair, Broom and Alfi. Emeco will continue to serve the market as an open line and collaborate with existing and new partnerships independently.
  •   NeoCon Spotlight: QUORUM Multiconference Wins a Best of NeoCon Silver Award! - It is with great pleasure that Groupe Lacasse announced Monday the launch of the highly anticipated new version of the QUORUM MULTICONFERENCE collection.
  •   PLACES - Flexera Offices – Warrington; Bluesky Design Interiors was tasked with creating the expansive Flexera offices with a neutral palette and pops of color for functional work in Warrington, England.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - CNY Group Promotes AnaTracey Hawkins to Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth, CP Group, Formerly Crocker Partners, Hires In-house Senior Designer, Ethosource Celebrates 20 Years, GMi's New Facility Allows for Efficiencies and Consolidation of Production Operations, Nemo Tile + Stone Unveils Southampton Showroom, CIDA Calls for Community Comment on Professional Standards 2020, KAI Named Recipient of AIA Dallas Firm Award
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Leolux LX Introduces R18 Armchair, Artopex Introduces its Fall Releases, Kirei Launches Simple Baffle +, A Twist on Acoustic Ceiling Design, DARRAN Releases Honey Mobile and Accessories, KEM STUDIO's Noise-canceling Panel System, Tempo, Honored with Awards
  •   NeoCon 2021 News - Camira and Luna Launch Combined Showroom at NeoCon, Hightower Welcomes NeoCon with Transformed Chicago Showroom
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - NeoCon Preview Special Edition | October 2, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: NeoCon 2021: Weird or Wonderful, I'm a Glass-Half-Full Kinda Guy - There has been a lot of negativity surrounding NeoCon 2021, which is not a surprise since we are gathering during an active pandemic. But I'm a glass-half-full kinda guy. I'm confident that NeoCon can and will be an amazing event for the industry, even though there is very little normal about this show. The naysayer says, "It is a strange time of year. We are used to the summer heat and occasional monsoon rainstorms in Chicago in June. Here we are in October with cool weather forecast for the show." Glass half full guy says, "At least we get to buy new fall fashions for the show!"
  •   OE Electrics will launch ANIMATE at NeoCon 2021 - Furniture can never be truly mobile if it has to be continuously plugged in to receive power. OE's ANIMATE range combines a flexible and powerful battery system with OE's innovative range of modular, high-power USB charging solutions to power furniture without the cord.
  •   LOGICDATA Announces Historic Move to "One- Stop-Shop" for Customized Adjustable Legs, Frames - A suite of height-adjustable legs and height-adjustable table frames are the new products it is introducing.
  •   Meet Supreen: Nassimi's Newest Revolutionary Performance Fabric - Prioritizing material innovation, sustainability, cleanability and stain-resistant technology, Supreen marries cutting-edge woven and coated technology with a proprietary silicone blend to create a liquid-barrier textile.
  •   HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls Now Available - 9to5 Seating is excited to announce the US arrival of the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls — movement task seating solutions timed perfectly with the active seating movement.
  •   Connectrac, a Brand of Legrand Introduces New Products - Connectrac products provide invisible, movable power connections throughout a space via a floor-based raceway system. Unlike core drills and power poles, Connectrac can go anywhere in a space.
  •   HAT Collective Introduces the Elle Collection - Designed and manufactured in Denmark, the collection offers well-designed, price-accessible, commercial-grade workplace solutions with European flare, and it allows employers and workers to choose workspace solutions that best meet their needs.
  •   SitOnIt Seating Introduces Cora and Much More - With expert insights from Certified Healthcare Interior Designers (CHID), SitOnIt's Cora was designed to withstand the high demands of modern spaces.
  •   AIS Heads to NeoCon 2021 - "We've been on a mission to meaningfully broaden our product portfolio, giving our dealers more choices and options to best serve their customers around the country," said Nick Haritos, president of AIS.
  •   LINAK U.S. Keeps You Moving No Matter Where You Work - The new designs at NeoCon will bridge the gap between the corporate office and those working from home and change how people work together for years to come.
  •   OM5 Active Supports a Versatile and Creative Future - OM Seating wows with OM5 Active Nest, a nesting and stacking chair with a subtle, articulating chair top.
  •   Lacasse PARADIGM Panel System by Lacasse - The Paradigm panel system by Lacasse conveys a sophisticated feel thanks to a combination of high performance materials and components.
  •   Wolf-Gordon Announces New Collections and Collaborations - Wolf-Gordon's Laguna is the newest addition to its Origins collection of patterns inspired by artifacts housed in the Museum of New Mexico.
  •   OM's New Tibidi Plays with all the Kids - A riff on TBD, Tibidi is an daptable problem solver with unexpected panache. It announces its presence with a stackability index of 45 chairs — more than the 40 that fit under a door, but a handy storage-saving superpower that can solve many facility manager's needs.
  •   HAT Collective Introduces the M-Series Quad Workstation - Featuring an innovative design that enables it to take up less space than traditional work tables, the four-person workstation is ideal for small-group and collaborative work. Manually height-adjustable to each user's desired sit-or-stand preference, Quad supports ergonomics and gives workers individual control of their workspace.
  •   NEOCON FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from: 3form, Allseating, Allsteel, Andreu World, Arcadia, Arc-Com, Brentano, Camira, Coalesse, Concertex, Davis, Designtex, Division Twelve, Encore, Falcon, Global, and many more!

Business of Furniture - September 29, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Issues with Raw Materials, Components, Logistics, Staffing are Strangling the Industry - Simply put, the office furniture industry is struggling to make furniture because of shortages in just about everything that goes into making it. First wood was in short supply, now steel and foam.
  •   Davis Furniture's New North Carolina Headquarters a Turning Point for the Design-Focused Company - The modern building reflects Davis' modern furniture. That starts at the front of the building with its 12-foot high windows.
  •   ThinkLab Trendspotters: Who You Need to Follow at NeoCon 2021 - For those on site, our Trendspotters will aid in digesting what they've seen and identify as must-sees. For those not on site, we'll bring you the "hallway conversations" and help you discover the products, brands and trends you shouldn't miss.
  •   Ideas for the New Steelcase CEO - Advocating for a strong Steelcase does not necessarily reflect a bias, nor does it represent any desire that other manufacturers in the industry shouldn't also be wildly successful in the years to come.
  •   Nook Wellness Pods provide Shelter, Comfort and Calm for Neocon Attendees - Grab a NOOK during the show to recharge, make a call, meet or just take a breath without missing any of the excitement of Neocon.
  •   Organizers Going 'All Out' for NeoCon Next Week - Walking the showroom floors a few weeks prior to the show, it almost felt like a typical year for NeoCon preparation at theMART.
  •   New Design Center Opens in Chicago to Assist Specifiers with a Holistic Approach - The Chicago ARC held a grand opening Sept. 16, which was attended by more than 100 visitors. The showroom at 404 North May St. is open by appointment and during its Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour open house events on Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.
  •   Steelcase Rides Out Tough Quarter, Sees Promise in Incoming Orders - "The extraordinary inflation in steel, logistics and many other commodities impacted our gross margins more significantly than we expected in the second quarter, and we now project inflation will have a more significant impact on our results over the remainder of this fiscal year than we had previously expected," said Dave Sylvester, senior vice president and CFO.
  •   Herman Miller Exclusive Manufacturer of the National Museum of Norway's Competition Chair Design Winner 'Portrait' - The origins of the Portrait Chair began four years ago, as part of an open competition sponsored by Statsbygg (the National Property Board), and co-organized with the National Museum of Norway.
  •   Stephen Says - "Heads are Rolling! What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Do not let the static and gossip of the marketplace guide you to your next job. Take a deep breath and get back to work! Then on weekends update your resume and have some faith this will work.
  •   Upfront: OM Seating Writes its Next Chapter - Coinciding with its 35th anniversary, OM Seating has inked a lease for a permanent showroom at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The 3,300-square-foot space was designed by Principal Jane Kobayashi and Senior Associate Maggie van Oppen of 5D.2D Studio, with whom OM has had a 12-year relationship.
  •   NeoCon Spotlight: Is the Office Pergola the New Cubicle? The Future of Work is at NeoCon 2021 - "For more than 50 years, NeoCon has helped launch product solutions that meet, and even anticipate, needs and trends in the workplace and other shared spaces," said Byron Morton, vice president of NeoCon.
  •   PLACES - Covestro Headquarters – Leverkusen; Arriving at the atrium, both the atmosphere and the interior composition project innovation.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Nemo Tile + Stone Hires Frank Kimmerling as Chief Financial Officer, Scott Nichols Joins COE Distributing Executive Team as Vice President of Sales, JSI Announces New Partnerships in Two Markets, KI is Excited to be Back Together at NeoCon 2021, 3form and LightArt to Introduce Align Sustainability Initiative and Recycled Products at NeoCon 2021, NARBUTAS Opens a New Chicago Showroom During Neocon 2021, HBF Celebrates Four Decades of Design Milestones and Presents a Compelling Vision for a New Workplace Design Language at NeoCon 2021
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Shev Chair Introduces The Verona Series
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 22, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Where Do I Hang My Coat at NeoCon? And Why Did Humanscale Decide to 'Pass' on an Event it was Never Going to be a Part of? - For the first time, NeoCon will be held in the fall. As a Midwesterner, I would love to tell you how you should dress for a fall event in Chicago. But that's nearly impossible as the weather in early October could literally be 80 degrees and sunny or 40 degrees with cold rain.
  •   Understanding a Behavior-based Approach to Workplace Design — Emotions are Playing a Bigger Role - It's about getting away from the idea that if an office is designed for the masses, it will work for everybody, that it's the best that can be done.
  •   Design Trade Shows in the New Normal: Vibrant, Curated, Purposeful: Reactions from an Industry Getting Back Together in Celebration of Product - There really is nothing like being able to experience a product in person, and while technology is phenomenal and at times underused in augmenting those experiences, memories are tied to our senses.
  •   OM Looks Forward with New Collections - OM's story and those of its customers will be on full display at NeoCon, where books and words will play a central theme in the showroom's design.
  •   Reviving Work at the Office: In-person Connections Combat Burnout and Spark Collaboration - It's very difficult to create social capital in remote settings. The ability to collaborate in-person, to build meaningful work relationships through informal interactions contributes to a thriving work environment.
  •   supersalone: A Bet Won Thanks to Courage, Vision and Cohesion - The presence of many government and institutional figures was also testament to the importance of the Salone del Mobile.Milano as a financial driver of Italy.
  •   Mannington Commercial Completes Purchase of AtlasMasland Assets - Mannington Commercial will continue to offer a wide array of the products from AtlasMasland. While some products will not be carried over, a large portion will be.
  •   Virco Reports 5.8% Increase in Net Income for Second Quarter and Record Backlog - Net sales were $59.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2022, a slight decline from $59.5 million for same period of the prior fiscal year.
  •   Environments' Elevated APP Unlocks Healthy, Intuitive Spaces Through IoT - The app is driven by proprietary software that leverages Environments' nearly five-decade design and lighting solutions expertise, smart systems knowledge and IoT product capabilities.
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes! I Am Going To NeoCon! Stop Asking!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Yes of course I am going: I wish people would stop asking me! I would not miss it for the world, and I hope everyone goes. I think NeoCon, transcends theMART show alone, and yes, I get it, It is not NeoCon per se, but lots of people will be in the West Loop at Fulton Market.
  •   Upfront: New Representation - DAN BINFORD & ASSOCIATES Joins Groupe Lacasse U.S. Sales Team - 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 Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.
  •   NeoCon Spotlight: 2020 to Set Up In-Person and Virtual Booths at NeoCon 2021 - Visitors can meet the team in person, discover what's new with their products and leave with 2020 goodie bags. They will also be hosting a special VIP customer event at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on the second floor of the Merchandise Mart at Marshall's Landing.
  •   Fresh New Energy from 9to5 Seating - 9to5 Seating's new showroom was created by acclaimed Chicago design firm Kuchar Design Studio with the goal of creating a clean, gallery feel that can be embellished and modified over time. With curved platforms and rugs in natural shapes, the space aims to be both modern and inviting, in synch with the brand's seating.
  •   HAT Collective Offering "Happiness at Work" Continuing Education Unit Course at NeoCon 2021 - With the modern workplace continuing to evolve in complexity, the course offers a timely perspective on the essential role designers play in creating happy work environments. Participants will learn, among other topics, the science and psychology of happy workplaces and how product choice and control contributes to worker happiness.
  •   PLACES - Premico Offices – Helsinki; Mint & More Creative designed Premico Group's new office located in the heart of Helsinki.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - //3877, NELSON, One Workplace New Hires, INDEAL Cares Survey, ISG Rebate, OM Seating Level 2, OFL Overcomes Challenges, Tangram Donates, J.D. Ewing Lauded, Hightower Showroom
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New Creative Designs from Carl Hansen & Son, Morbern New Vinyl, Lighting from Landscape Forms, Blå Station Plybord, Allora from Cortina Leathers
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 15, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Study Shows Rude Employees, Like Bad Apples, Spoil the Bunch - Although 70% of employees experienced rudeness at work, only 16 percent of workplace relationships were characterized by rude behavior.
  •   'After the Long Hard Winter of the Epidemic, There's Finally a Ray of Hope for the Future': Supersalone Proves Why Milan Remains Center of Design - The design of the show was the brainchild of the Supersalone curator, Stefano Boeri and an international group of co-planners — Andrea Caputo, Maria Cristina Didero, Anniina Koivu, Lukas Wegwerth, Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual of Studio Folder and Giorgio Donà, co-founder and director of Stefano Boeri Interiors.
  •   Watson Furniture: Passionate about Furniture, its Employees and the Environment - Watson is an insource manufacturer. More than 90% of the product is produced in house. The only exception being hardware items, such as drawer pulls and slide rails.
  •   An Easy Escape — IDYLL Collective Makes Transforming a Space Simple and Inspiring - Art can change the ambiance in a corporate office.
  •   A Look Ahead: Learning from the Past to Anticipate the Future - The office furniture industry, as anyone who has experienced it knows, has an uncanny potential to become embedded in one's bone marrow.
  •   Your Processes Will Get You Out of the Daily Grind - This whole area of process definition, implementation and tracking is probably one of the biggest weaknesses I've seen in the dealership business.
  •   Inscape Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results - Total sales revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $7.9 million, compared to $11.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2021.
  •   Stephen Says - "Email Slander Is Forever Slander" - by Stephen Viscusi - Just because you no longer work somewhere, it doesn't mean that they wave a magic wand and make all that correspondence disappear.
  •   Training & Development - "How Block Timing Can Help You Get More Done" - by Sid Meadows - It's no surprise time management is a hot topic right now. Most of us feel we don't have enough hours in the day to get everything done, and it seems like there will never be enough hours to complete our daily to-do's again.
  •   Upfront: Exemplis Acquires Future Seating, Parent Company to X-Chair, Mavix Gaming and Healthy Back - Both Future Seating and SitOnIt Seating will continue to operate independently. All products will continue to be ordered from, fulfilled by and serviced by their respective sales teams, factories and customer service teams. It will be business as usual for both companies.
  •   Product Spotlight: Tarkett Introduces Corollary and Spin-Off in Collaboration with Designer Jhane Barnes - Following her signature process of translating mathematical formulas into striking patterns, Barnes used the geometric concept of space-filling fractals to create her latest carpet styles: Corollary and Spin-Off.
  •   PLACES - Parimatch Tech Offices – Kyiv
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - New Careers at BIFMA, Humanscale, KAI, IIDA NY Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council / COE Distributing Honored / Tarkett Online Tool / U.S. GBC LEED Fellows
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Mohawk Introduces the Rheo Morph Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 8, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Recent Events Prove They can be Held Safely and Effectively - Following the success of the Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas recently and the success of Salone, it is clear that NeoCon can happen this year as long as we tolerate a few minor inconveniences.
  •   Supersalone Off to Strong Start in Milan - Exhibitors are happy to be back in front of potential customers as well. Edoardo Carisi with Italian furniture maker Slide said he was surprised to see as many attendees during the first two days of the event.
  •   The Future of Design: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond - The problems our professions solve aren't going away, but the technology is transforming the way in which we solve those problems.
  •   Humanscale's Liberty Ocean Chair Joins Smart Ocean as the First Task Chairs Made from Recycled Fishing Nets - The Liberty Ocean chair joins 25 other Humanscale pieces, about 60% of sales, recognized by the International Living Future Institute's Living Product Challenge (LPC) as certified climate, water and energy positive.
  •   Evolving Enhancements. Marketplace Mediocrity. Incremental Changes Prove Underwhelming - The early focus of workplace ergonomics was on properly aligning the typing posture and providing healthful seating support for office workers. There was no shortage of seating introductions during this period, each reflecting some progress and improvement in either design or materials or their convergence to create optimal seated health and comfort.
  •   Logan Gatherum Joins INDEAL Cares - INDEAL Cares is focused on empowering our networks to create a sustainable, healthy workplace environment for employees within the commercial furniture industry.
  •   Gensler Research Shows Office is not Going Anywhere - Employees at top-performing companies also prioritize in-person work over virtual work, in particular for giving and receiving feedback.
  •   Stump & Company Outlines Opportunities at Recent Vegas Markets - 2021 will be a record M&A year globally and at Stump.
  •   Carrying on Tradition with a 21st Century Vision - Paula Kopischkie and Michael Isaac have purchased Jack Smith & Associates following Greg Smith's retirement.
  •   Not a Manager? 4 Ways to Apply Emotional Intelligence at Work - Whether you work in a virtual or IRL or hybrid arrangement, emotional and social intelligence can help us in being a good colleague.
  •   Stephen Says - "Seeing Through Glassdoors" - by Stephen Viscusi - All of us know about the major furniture manufacturers that are so proud when they make that famous Fortune Magazine's "Best Companies to Work For" list. Many of those same companies have some pretty mixed Glassdoor reviews.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Opens Leadership Conference Registration To Its Dealer Members - Themed, "The Future Is Bright," the conference is scheduled to take place at San Diego's Pendry Hotel, Dec. 5–8, and will feature three sessions: The Future of the Workplace, The Future of the Worker and The Future of Work.
  •   Product Spotlight: Wolf-Gordon Collaborates with Museum of New Mexico For Origins Collection Update New Pattern Inspired by Traditional Weaving - Laguna explores the allure of New Mexico's dramatic, weathered landscape. Its large-scale striations and natural hues are reminiscent of Southwestern rock formations, but also pay homage to the region's rich craft heritage.
  •   PLACES - Cloud Spaces Coworking Offices – Abu Dhabi
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - New Careers at S.P. Richards, Samuelson, Landscape Forms, Jasper Group, CallisonRTKL / New Threekit Features / Spellman Brady Certification / SPR Golf Tournament
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New Lighting from Lodes / Serge Ferrari Outdoor Upholstery / Arc-Com Wallcoverings / Designtex Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 1, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Where's Workplaces? And an Update on Our NeoCon Coverage (Including Where to Send Your Product Press Releases to Make it into Our NeoCon New Product Guide) - I'm going to write about the general tone of the show and the larger trends we see. Every year, folks reach out asking to set up appointments to visit their showrooms.
  •   CBRE, Sterling Bay Makes Major Push to Attract Furniture Showrooms to New Fulton Market Buildings; Fulton Market Design Days - Fulton Market has become one of the premiere neighborhoods in Chicago in recent years, led by Sterling Bay and its developments.
  •   Herman Miller Increases Use of Ocean-bound Plastic with Aeron Chair - Ocean-bound plastic is plastic material that has not yet found its way into the ocean and is classified as "mismanaged waste." That is, plastic that is not being collected, is unlikely to be collected and found within 31 miles of a coastline.
  •   What You Need to Know to Prepare for Neocon 2021 - Safety is top priority and event organizers know it's their responsibility to make people feel safe and comfortable.
  •   Fil Doux Textiles Breaks into Outdoor Market, but Sustainability is the Real Story - All of Fil Doux Textiles' products, including its new outdoor line, are produced using sustainable practices. Its mills are fully operable on solar and wind power and dye waters for fabrics are reclaimed and reused.
  •   Innovation Strikes Again: Big Thinking Finds a Smaller Audience - The leading thinkers in the office furniture industry recognized the workplaces they were furnishing were largely filled with and propelled by these knowledge workers and paying close attention to knowledge worker needs, behaviors, attitudes and preferences would be a key to their future success.
  •   More Putting a Greater Organizational Focus on Employee Experience - 72% of those surveyed are planning to implement end-to-end employee experience solutions in the next 24 months or are evaluating them.
  •   Rising Costs, Turnover and Greater Emphasis on DEI Force Dealers to Rethink their Approach to Compensation - As the industry continues to shift, Solomon Coyle continues to evolve the Compensation Survey.
  •   Stephen Says - "Eat, Pray, Love is Fine. Eat, Crunch and Work is Awful" - by Stephen Viscusi - Chewing on carrots, or eating anything, will always diminish your interactions over the phone and then your reputation. When you're speaking to a professional colleague, and especially a client, not being in the same room gives you no excuse to be unprofessional.
  •   Training & Development - "Relationship Selling: Developing New Business and Engaging Prospects" - by Sid Meadows - Most industries, including ours, are relationship based — but if you're a relationship-driven salesperson, you understand the challenges that exist in building new relationships, especially over the past 15-plus months. You also know how important relationships are for your success.
  •   Upfront: 9to5 Seating Products Re-Certified BIFMA LEVEL 1 - This latest BIFMA assessment once again confirms 9to5 Seating's commitment to transparency and sustainability in manufacturing its products.
  •   Product Spotlight: Graypants Introduces Dash; Beautiful, High-Performance Lighting for Brighter Workplaces - Dash represents the studio's first entry into technical lighting, with a striking fixture that extends Graypants' signature Scraplight series into a modern and minimalist high-performance piece. The new fixture was created using environmentally low-impact manufacturing processes — handmade in the Seattle studio and limiting material waste — and assembled with zero-VOC adhesive.
  •   PLACES - Unity Offices – Seoul
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Loll Welcomes Plumstead / SPR Awards / IIDA Winners / HD Expo Awards / COE Distributing / NeoCon Jury
  •   FIRST LOOKS - narbutas' Acoustic Artwork / Patcraft Reverse / Brentano Wallcoverings
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 25, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Celebrating the Industry in Life and Death - A couple of industry friends left us recently, and their lives should be celebrated. We ran an obituary last week for Alan Heller, one of the true characters in the office furniture industry. The industry also lost Jorge Lagueruela, the president and founder of Trinity Furniture.
  •   SPR: Not just Wholesale, the Whole Package - The largest category SPR serves is office products, but the two fastest growing are its jan-san (janitorial and sanitation) and furniture. Furniture, however, is the company's fastest growing category. SPR has invested heavily in furniture with its Lorell brand leading the way.
  •   What Can Nap Pods and Bicycles Teach Us about the Future Showroom Experience? - Think about the "compelling why" a customer would want to come to your showroom in the first place. Showrooms should move from an internal push — 'Come and see our new product!' — to an external pull — what actually draws a client in?
  •   Material Bank Acquires Global Design Procurement Platform Clippings - Material Bank, an innovator in the design sector, expands its presence into the European market with this strategic acquisition.
  •   Survey Finds Hybrid Work Will Vary By City, Company Size And Job Type Post-Pandemic - When it comes to hybrid work, there's a disconnect between what managers prefer and what employees expect.
  •   Explosive Growth. Co-Opted Innovation. The Economics of Square Footage Prevailed. - Systems furniture enabled manufacturers' salespeople, office furniture dealers and facilities professionals to convince corporate customers that density of cubicles — workstations as they were more positively referenced — was an advantageous use of office space.
  •   Spacestor Hits Market with Verandas — Massive Design Choice, Flexibility, and Sustainability in a Pod - Verandas features a patented acoustic seal and a user-adjustable patent-pending ventilation system. The pods are tech ready, which includes a network to bring in third-party devices. Any kind of electrical need can be placed anywhere in the pod.
  •   AIS Named by Boston Business Journal as One of the Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts - AIS's stewardship extended throughout Massachusetts and beyond, with the company giving back more than $3.5 million in cash, in-kind and service contributions locally and across the country.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Better Option to Outside Sales?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Before I tell you some of my favorite places to work, I want to remind you that in inside sales (retail or trade), you're definitely inside, meaning, working in close proximity to your co-workers, your boss, the assistants, everyone.
  •   Training & Development - "Why having a Mentor is Essential to your Career" - by Sid Meadows - The benefits of having a mentor are tremendous and ongoing, because they provide advice, connections and support when you need it the most. Mentors help with career planning, teach you how to network effectively or negotiate work conditions and provide timely emotional support when business (and life, in general) gets difficult.
  •   Upfront: Jorge Antonio Lagueruela, President and Founder of Trinity Furniture October 6, 1956 ~ August 11, 2021 - In 1984 he co-founded Trinity Furniture, where he has been the president for 37 years.
  •   Product Spotlight: DeskMakers Puts a New Twist on Casegoods with Ribbon - Inspired by the simplicity of a ribbon, the collection features a light appearance that maximizes the smaller footprints in today's office environments.
  •   PLACES - Bolloré Logistics Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - ErgoCentric, Arcadia, H Contract, nanimarquina
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 18, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Empire State of Mind - New York is an extremely important market for the office furniture industry for a variety of reasons. Because of its size and the huge number of important corporate headquarters there, a lot of office furniture is sold in the Big Apple. It is home to some of the world's largest dealers and design firms. Many furniture designers call New York home as well.
  •   Aiming to Revolutionize the Dealer Experience, SKG Broadens its Breadth Through Technology - SKG's geographical reach is coast-to-coast now, and it solves one-desk orders for home offices all the way up to helping universities receive back entire student bodies.
  •   ROOM Counts on Flexibility of its Products to Continue to Drive Growth in Phone Booth Segment - Need a ZOOM room? ROOM can help create it. Need a small meeting space for up to four people? You can create it with ROOM.
  •   Legrand | AV Brings Connected Spaces and Exceptional AV Experiences to CEDIA Expo 2021 - "We couldn't be more excited for the return of live events and are pulling out all the stops to mark the occasion," said Megan Knedler, director of marketing at Legrand | AV.
  •   Herman Miller Opens Experiential Retail Concept in Boston - Miller expands to Massachusetts, introducing a new way for Bostonians to experience performance seating and home office solutions.
  •   Nanimarquina Launches Contract Division and the FORMULA CONTRACT Collection - On the heels of its 35th anniversary, nanimarquina launched the Contract Division with the company's high-quality and locally sourced rugs to address the needs of the market with an enhanced focus on sustainability, durability and cleanability.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Employee's Market: Now is the Best Time to Get a Raise" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's an employee's market, whether you're at a dealer or a manufacturer. Ask for a minimum of 10% increase in your base but tell your employer that if you left you probably could get 20%.
  •   Upfront: Alan Jay Heller (1940 - 2021) - Alan founded Heller 50 years ago and all his life remained true to his vision of "Good design at affordable prices." With his rare combination of creativity and business acumen, he worked with some of the world's leading designers, including Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Vico Magistretti, Frank Gehry, and Philippe Starck, to make great design accessible through industrial production and technology.
  •   Exclaim Your Pointe: Introducing Pointe Mobile Glassboard Partition from Ghent - Pointe Mobile Glassboard Partition marries both collaboration and space division in a simple rolling partition. Featuring a powder-coated frame in a variety of colors, a curated palette of paint colors and introducing a variety of patterned glass, Pointe will fit into any space. With a glass writing surface and integrated connection system, the glassboard works equally on its own as a communication tool or as a divider by connecting multiple units together.
  •   PLACES - Taylor Wessing Offices – Liverpool
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Wolf-Gordon, Tarkett, Andreu World, Spacestor
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 4, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Office Space Counts in Large Amounts During the Great Resignation - If the office you work in stinks, chances are you won't want to return. That means companies must create compelling spaces for its workers, or they will simply walk away and find a new job, one where the office design inspires their work and prompts them to come into the space everyday.
  •   Transform Your Business by Putting People First - I highly recommend a people-first review of your internal and external interactions. Identify how you can remove barriers, find the best tools for the job and automate repetitive work and processes.
  •   Looking Back to Look Ahead: What We Can Learn About the Industry Today by Examining the Past - The early iterations of the office, in its various forms, were furnished with furniture made primarily from wood. Areas like West Michigan capitalized on the juxtaposition of plentiful timber and sufficiently sizeable rivers conducive to logging to become centers for the design and production of wood furniture, for both residential and business application.
  •   HNI Reports Earnings for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 - Second quarter 2021 revenue was up approximately nine percent from the second quarter of 2020, on an organic basis.
  •   Design, Sharing and Sustainability Awaits at Supersalone - The mix of digital and in-person presence will allow those unable to be physically present to observe the products on exhibit, visit the exhibitions virtually and attend the talks and lectures.
  •   CNN Looks at Workplace Revolution During 'Foreseeable Future' Event - The consensus was clear: The office moving forward will be changed forever by the pandemic. How that will look moving forward remains unclear, even to the tech industry leaders called together for the roundtable.
  •   Arden Studio Aims to Elevate Shared Environments New Design-Focused Custom Glass Solutions - Combining innovation, meticulous attention to quality, and a commitment to artful and sustainable design, Arden Studio incorporates environmental mindfulness into every design decision.
  •   Moroso at Casa Italia for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics - Moroso is participating as a technical partner in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with the Impossible Wood chairs designed by the Anglo-Indian duo Doshi Levien.
  •   Stephen Says - "Working on Planes, Trains, and in Automobiles" - by Stephen Viscusi - On planes, trains or in automobiles, you really need to be aware of your surroundings and what you are working on. I've noticed the exact same behavior on planes and trains, and in NYC I do not even understand how people can think talking business in elevators of office buildings is an acceptable practice.
  •   Training & Development - "Habits To Propel You To The Success You Want" - by Sid Meadows - As a high performance coach, I talk about habits with my clients each and every coaching session. We discuss the importance of habits, how to build them and which ones are important for them personally.
  •   Upfront: Special-T Awarded Group Purchasing Agreement with Premier - The new agreement allows Premier members to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for all Special-T products. It became effective July 1.
  •   Product Spotlight: Indiana Furniture Converges Traditional Styling and Modern Sensibility with Jefferson Enhancements - The enhancements broaden the line's ability to outfit more areas and applications across entire facilities and include options to better support personalization and overall productivity.
  •   PLACES - Maserati Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Via Seating, Integra, Hushoffice
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 28, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: MillerKnoll Branding Must Earn its own Legacy - We were introduced this past week to a "new" company in our industry, MillerKnoll. Of course, it is not a new company, but the renamed brand of the combined Herman Miller and Knoll.
  •   Yes, CIFF is Happening in Shanghai in September (but you still can't attend) - More than 2,000 exhibitors will be at CIFF Shanghai this year, occupying an area of 400,000 square meters, and more than 150,000 buyers, mainly from China due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Chinese government.
  •   Registration Opens for Orgatec 2022 - ORGATEC, which is hosted biannually in Cologne, has a strong focus on topical issues, it serves as a creative hotspot for networking, collaboration and new trends in interior design.
  •   12 Design Industry Podcasts You Should Be Listening To - Perhaps you haven't been listening to podcasts about design because you just didn't know where to find them.
  •   A New Design-Focused Manufacturer Specializing in Custom Glass Solutions to Elevate Shared Environments - With an initial soft launch in 2020, Arden Studio was established to create elegant and safer spaces in shared settings and workplaces.
  •   Versteel Introduces New Adjustable Height Option for the Maker Project - The electronic, height-adjustable table arrived mainly from customer demand. Versteel was quick to respond as it could easily accommodate that from its onsite manufacturing site in Jasper, Indiana.
  •   Jump in Bookings and Backlogs, Continued Optimism Evident in the Quarter's Market Outlook Report - Bookings are up 15.4%, surpassing dealer expectations of 6.1% from last quarter's survey.
  •   Stephen Says - "You Named Your Child What? MillerKnoll is Born!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I have friends and customers who seem to resent the new conglomerate's name. To be honest with you Stephen, I can't believe I'm even taking the time to write a letter to you about this, but it's all anyone can talk about this week. Like every new development in this epic merger, the industry is having to take the time to process each new change and react to the news.
  •   Upfront: IIDA NY Chapter Elects President for 2021-2022 Term - St. Léger boasts almost a decade of experience in health care design, having worked for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Tobin | Parnes Design and NYU Langone Health. Her previous leadership in IIDA NY includes that of residential forum co-chair and health care forum co-chair.
  •   Product Spotlight: Kimball Announces the Newest Addition to their Diverse Seating Portfolio and Additional Product Enhancements - Kimball's newest seating offering, Melora, is flexible enough to handle today's active work environment and accommodate the future needs as workspaces change over time. Its fully coordinated offering includes task, half-back task, side chair and stools.
  •   PLACES - Vanke Offices – Guangzhou
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace, HAT Collective, Carnegie, Keilhauer
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 21, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Catching Some Rays: The Case for Creating Office Furniture for the Great Outdoors - Outdoor furniture products can (and are) being used by people working outside — both at home and at the increasing number of corporate campuses adding outdoor work areas.
  •   Former Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker Joins ROOM's Board of Directors - During his tenure, Walker positioned Herman Miller as a premium lifestyle brand, serving consumers and contract customers across multiple channels.
  •   Herman Miller and Knoll Announce New Name for Combined Company: MillerKnoll - Guided by a shared vision, common values, and a steadfast commitment to design, MillerKnoll innovates and designs the future for all the places where life happens while contributing to a more equitable and sustainable future for all.
  •   IIDA Announces 2021 Leaders Virtual Event - The event will be Friday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Central time via the Socio platform and feature regional programming from seven cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
  •   Aura Seating Creates First Furniture Designed for Yoga Lifestyle - The ideals behind yoga are key to Aura Seating. Instead of forcing the user to adapt to a product, Aura believes the product should adapt to the users.
  •   Established & Sons at Maharam - Maharam and Established & Sons share a commitment to delivering new perspectives via material and technical innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  •   North Carolina Takes Bold Action Adopting Nation's Most Holistic Design Practice Law - Prior to Bill S188, interior designers were not recognized as a distinct profession by the state of North Carolina. By codifying the rights and abilities of interior designers, North Carolina is also bolstering the safety of the built environment for its citizens.
  •   Inscape Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results - Sales in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2021 were 44.3% and 49.6% lower than the same periods of the previous year primarily related to the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Company Has Been Bought By A Private Equity Firm: Do I Stay Or Do I Go?" - by Stephen Viscusi - So far, I feel my job is safe, and they've kept the bones of the original company, but I'm just not sure I feel comfortable with the direction we're going in.
  •   Training & Development - "The Most Powerful Sales Tool You Need to Start Using Today " - by Sid Meadows - Cold calling is ineffective, if not dead completely. The success rate of true cold calls is less than 2%, and the success rate of cold emails is less than 3% — so simply put, only two to three people out of 100 will actually respond to these methods.
  •   Upfront: ergoCentric Opens showroom&store in the Square One Shopping Centre - Items available for sale include ergoCentric's industry-leading tCentric Hybrid high-performance task chair, electric, height-adjustable tables and ergonomic office accessories.
  •   Product Spotlight: HAT Collective Introduces the Elle Collection - As the workplace changes and continues to evolve, HAT Collection has introduced its new Elle collection, which offers flexibility to employers and workers to choose workspace solutions that best meet their needs.
  •   PLACES - Rosbank Headquarters – Moscow
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Designtex, National Office, Unika Vaev, Teknion, DuraCare
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 14, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Most Iconic Office Furniture of All Time: What’s on Your List? - I recently read an article at vogue.com outlining the most iconic furniture of all time. Not surprisingly, more than a few pieces born of the office furniture industry made the list.
  •   Framery Responds to Shifting Office Vibes — Announcing a New Color Palette and Pod Enhancements - The new palette joins Framery's existing color options, including the highly sought-after Piglet Pink, 50s Blue and Lemon.
  •   Hackathons Aren't Just for Tech Companies: Accelerating Positive Disruption in the Interiors Industry - The SANDOW Design Group (SDG) Hackathon, led by ThinkLab, tackled a crucial topic for driving economic success: exploring business development in this increasingly digital era.
  •   Introducing Wildwood House: A Curated, Multifaceted Shop With Purposeful Solutions that Elevate Everyday Life at Work, Home & Play - People's home offices need to be designed with intention to ensure they can do their best work and be their best selves when they are working from home.
  •   Coworking Pioneer Venture X Partners with Vari to Elevate New U.S. Properties - "Venture X is a visionary, high-growth company, and we can't wait to watch them scale. We're excited to be there throughout the journey," said Jason McCann, chief executive officer and co-founder of Vari.
  •   Kimball International Launches Simplified, Multi-Branded Customer Experience - The company's sales and service organizational structure has migrated from branded selling teams to a more collaborative organization designed around a broad portfolio of brands and solutions.
  •   Encore's Latest Collection Puts a New Spin on Seating - Encore introduces Loupe, a spirited collection of rotating stools and accompanying tables that cultivate togetherness, foster creativity and add a level of whimsy wherever they go.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is an Uber Racist! What Do I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - What a story. So you now know your boss selects her Uber car not by XL, pool or SUV, but by the race and gender of the driver. Wow.
  •   Upfront: Lesro Industries Launches LesroCreate - Users are able to configure product attributes such as upholstery and frame finish. Options such as casters, arm pads and swivel tablets are also configurable. Many of Lesro's most popular product lines are available on LesroCreate with more lines to follow soon.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Elevates the Affordable Work Chair with Two Distinct New Offerings - Visio features everything required in a work chair with a level of refinement and comfort that's not typical of chairs at value price points under $350.
  •   PLACES - Yinson Offices – Kuala Lumpur
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Fräsch, Encore
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 7, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Get Back to the Office Now: Workers Who Refuse to Return to the Office Should be Fired - As companies dust off the cobwebs and return to the office, they are looking for guidance, experience and expertise from the office furniture industry. Our advice should begin with this: The only way for your workforce to be fully efficient is to bring all of your employees back to the office.
  •   NARBUTAS Celebrates its 30th Anniversary: Pandemic didn't Stop Business Growth - Since the start of 2020, NARBUTAS has launched or unveiled additions to 13 office furniture collections which reflect changes in office spaces.
  •   Perkins Eastman's New Downtown Studio Demonstrates New Ways of Working in a Hybrid World - Open workshop spaces lined with felt panels, magnetic whiteboards, and display monitors, provide ample opportunities for teams to scrum together with the design process on full display.
  •   Herman Miller Posts Strong Quarter; Adds Color to Knoll Acquisition in Letter to Investors - Consolidated net sales for the quarter of $621.5 million were up by 30.6% compared to last year and up 27.9% organically, which excludes the impact of foreign currency translation.
  •   WorkBetter Lab Reimagines the Workplace of the Future - The five distinct zones of the WorkBetter Lab offer employers the chance to explore and adapt environments that bring new thinking to life.
  •   Tech Helping Tech: Construction and Real Estate Trends Driving Firms to Different Workspaces and Locations - By leveraging quantitative and qualitative data to create a workplace that maximizes space utilization and balances every individual, their personality, workstyle and role, tech firms can create their own competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining top talent.
  •   The First Step Toward an Effective IT Strategy - IT accountability should sit with the leaders who are in the thick of it, who understand your people and processes and can evaluate technology from a business perspective rather than financial.
  •   Byrne Celebrates 50th Anniversary; Cements Future with New Batch of Interns - For Byrne students and employees alike, it's a culture of goodwill that often extends far beyond the length of the internship itself.
  •   Compusoft and 2020 to Combine in Merger of Equals - The merger of Compusoft and 2020 positions the combined company as a trusted provider whose suite of solutions supports designers, manufacturers and retailers.
  •   Mannington Commercial Acquiring AtlasMasland Assets - During the transition phase, AtlasMasland will continue to manufacture products for Mannington Commercial until the equipment assets are fully operational at rhe Calhoun facility.
  •   Priveq Becomes Growth Partner to ROL - The Hjelm family has been the driving force behind ROL's development since 1985 when the entrepreneur Kaj Hjelm took over the company, at that time a project management business.
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Salesperson Woes: I Haven't Made My Draw in Months!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Business is coming back again, but it's a slow process. The tone of your letter seems to let me know that you're committed to the industry, and I don't think you're ready to throw in the towel. But I do have some solid suggestions for you.
  •   Upfront: Legrand Announces Leadership Change - Legrand has moved Scott Bausch to vice president and general manager of the Pass & Seymour product line and welcomed Pung Chan to the electrical division as the vice president and general manager of Wiremold product line.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating releases Moon Tables - The rhythm of the moon's phases has guided humanity for millennia. Moon Tables, the latest design by Diemmebi R&D, lets you match the same pairs of legs to the tabletop you prefer. They use a polyester powder finish, perfect for outdoor use and stack three high.
  •   PLACES - Sigdo Koppers Offices – Santiago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Mohawk, Extremis, DuraCare, Carnegie
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 30, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: How BoF Mines Normally Bland SEC Filings for Gold - In the past two weeks, Business of Furniture has presented two compelling stories about the Herman Miller acquisition of Knoll.
  •   Lorell Helps Dealers with Wide Range of Smartly Designed, Affordable Products - Lorell is owned by SP Richards but operates as an independent brand under its furniture category. It is open to the company's entire customer base and focuses on products that are affordably priced, high quality and readily available for next day delivery.
  •   Do Generations Matter in Workplace Strategy? The Answer May Surprise You - Perhaps generational preferences have a place in marketing, advertising and politics, but in workplace strategy, tvsdesign suggests they should be taken with a grain of salt.
  •   Turf Design Paints A Bigger Picture: New Scanlines Innovation Operates at the Intersection of Art, Architecture and Technology - Scanlines is a truly custom product for every customer, beginning with a conversation with the designer.
  •   Steelcase Posts Better Than Expected First Quarter Results - At the end of the first quarter, the company's backlog of customer orders was approximately $624 million, which was 20% lower than the prior year, but approximately $175 million, or 39% higher than at the end of the fourth quarter.
  •   Learning By Doing. Or NOT Doing - If we're not directly interacting with each other in the workplace, even and especially informally, we may not be as effective as we thought.
  •   HAT Collective Announces Happiness at Work CEU - The CEU is part of several new resources HAT Collective is making available to the design community.
  •   IIDA NY Chapter Announces Partnership with Equity Council - To assist organizations open to conversations about racial equity, Equity Council has established a cross-sector pledge tailored specifically to the architecture and design community.
  •   Stephen Says - "Desperate HR Manager: 'Tell Me The Secret! How Do We Attract the Best Candidates?'" - by Stephen Viscusi - I am happy to share some tips for manufacturers and dealers to recruit employees themselves, because the better we all do, the better the industry does. However, keep in mind recruiters are able to use different tips and secrets that can never be duplicated by a company which recruits directly.
  •   Training & Development - "In-Person Events Are Back, Now What? " - by Sid Meadows - The return of these events means the return of networking, and while not everyone is a fan of networking, it's a critical activity to grow your business, find a new job and develop meaningful relationships in business.
  •   Upfront: Prevolv and Inscape to Move to Fulton Market - The 12,000-square-foot showroom will display Inscape and Prevolv's extensive product portfolios for their growing clientele in Chicago and its surrounding areas. Designed to be a one-stop shop for contract furniture solutions, the space features an educational product lab to help clients complete the design and fulfillment process all under one roof.
  •   Product Spotlight: Indiana Furniture Takes Canvas and Gesso Casegoods To A New Level of Design - Indiana Furniture is beginning to take orders for new additions to the popular Canvas Laminate and Gesso Veneer casegoods. The enhancements expand the lines' design flexibility and amplify functionality within a broad range of working environments to better support personalization and overall productivity.
  •   PLACES - NIB Offices – Sao Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Source International, Moroso, BDI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 23, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: We are Living in a Hybrid World. Time to Embrace it. - The future of work is definitely hybrid. Sometimes people are going to work from home. Other times, they're going to exercise the choice to go into the office. And sometimes it's going to be somewhere in between.
  •   Internally Called NewCo, Deal to Combine Herman Miller and Knoll Coming Together Quicker Than Expected, Though Not Every Executive will be Around When Dust Settles - Several members of the Knoll team will leave the organization, including Andrew Cogan.
  •   AmTab Makes School More Fun, Colorful and Comfortable - AmTab has products that use vibrant colors, graphics with school mascots and inspirational words, wall decor and signage that brings lunch rooms alive and turns them into places where students enjoy going.
  •   Designing With Empathy — Handholding is a Meaningful Part of the Process - As the industry strives for human-centered design, empathy is emerging as one of the most important pillars to consider.
  •   Haworth Hotel Shows Versatility of Company's Portfolio of Products - With 48 guestrooms, including a brand-new suite and 14 conference spaces, the Haworth Hotel is a blend of residential and commercial products — durable enough to withstand years of accommodating guests and with a vibe that feels like home.
  •   Rescheduled High Point Market Makes Strong Showing - The high-end furniture sector has regained momentum in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 period, with decorators enjoying huge new business with remodeling and second (or third) home purchases by more affluent customers.
  •   Teknion Introduces Future Smart, an Optimistic Path Forward - Envisioning a future of informed optimism, Teknion shares ways to design for uncertainty.
  •   Stephen Says - "2021 is The Year of The Quit" - by Stephen Viscusi - People are leaving their jobs, and more than half say it has nothing to do with being required to come back to work but "it's just time for a change."
  •   Upfront: 2020 Global Inspiration Contest Winners Announced - There were nine categories designers were encouraged to submit to, and more than 445 submissions were received this year.
  •   Product Spotlight: Arc-Com Launches Angle and Hove - The palette for pattern Angle captures the colors of the rainbow and groups them into visually pleasing combinations. The newly released Hove wallcovering pattern is an organic woven netting textural design, highlighting the multi-dimensional layering of sheer netting woven fabric.
  •   PLACES - Scott.Weber Workspace Praga Office & Garden – Prague
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Via Seating, Carnegie, Allsteel, 3form, Leland
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 16, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: It'll Cost You 25 Bucks to Attend NeoCon. Don't be a Cheapskate. - NeoCon isn't charging $25 as a revenue stream. They are charging the fee so they know how many people will actually be at the fall event.
  •   The Great Rehiring is Beginning - Employers are ready to welcome their workers back as restrictions lift and America prepares for the New Next while in real life connections resume.
  •   The Deal that Nearly Never Happened: SEC Filing Shows Knoll Faced Issuance of 'Going Concern Warning' Prior to Herman Miller Acquisition; Courted Other Suitors - Companies' auditors are required to include in their annual report a "going concern" qualification if they have substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern over the next 12 months.
  •   Zgo Technologies Bridges the Gap Between Furniture and Technology - Zgo brands itself not as an ergonomic company, nor as a monitor arm company, but a workspace technology company that focuses on how people use technology in their workstations.
  •   How One A&D Firm Made the Most of the Lost Year - Throughout the past year, curiosity about how things can be done virtually, experimenting with various technologies and platforms to provide the best user experience, and evolving its own hybrid working model has helped Eastlake to prepare as a firm for its next chapter.
  •   Vitra Introduces Club Office Concept - The Club Office is characterized by an open and inviting atmosphere. At the same time, its furnishings are functionally conceived so every spot can be used as a productive workspace.
  •   After Donating More than 600,000 Facemasks to Over 500 Organizations Nationwide, AIS Wraps Up Philanthropic Program - AIS was recognized in September 2020 on the floor of the House of Representatives by Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern for the Sew the Masks initiative.
  •   Stephen Says - "Are You A Superstitious Salesperson? I Sure Hope So (Knock on Wood)" - by Stephen Viscusi - By this point you might have a sense of how I feel about superstitions. I started my career in sales, and I must admit I consider myself superstitious. I am willing to do anything that might offer me a slight edge.
  •   Training & Development - "Is the Lunch-N-Learn Dead?" - by Sid Meadows - One of the most coveted meetings to get with an A&D firm has always been a "lunch and learn." To get on the calendar with the major firms, you have to schedule these events way in advance — sometimes starting in January, to ensure you get your spot.
  •   Upfront: HÅG Capisco Giveaway - You can win a customized HÅG Capisco in a contest that runs through June 27. Three winners will be announced June 28 on 9to5's social media.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating Introduces Muir - Muir is Via Seating's newest lounge chair. It features a simple wire outer frame and comfortable, dense cushioning. With its deliberately low profile, Muir intuitively creates a casual sit with perfect seat and back angle positioning which work for a respite break from the workday or provide guests with an inviting, comfortable seat.
  •   PLACES - Saint-Gobain Offices – Hanoi
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arcadia, Air Innovations, Trendway, Wolf-Gordon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 9, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Lean into the Curves - Over the course of a lifetime of riding, I've learned a few lessons about motorcycling that can be used in the office furniture industry. First, if you don't know what you are doing, both are dangerous pastimes for participants.
  •   Spring Breakout Wraps in Chicago with the First Live Office Interiors Event Since the Start of the Pandemic - Jim Ford, vice president of dealer development for Fellowes Contract Interiors said, "It was great to get out and meet the customers in-person."
  •   Economy Booms Causing Spike in Raw Materials Critical to Office Furniture Industry Like Lumber, Steel - The office furniture industry uses myriad materials in the construction of its products, but wood and steel are two key components worth watching. Short-term, prices are expected to stay high at the same time the supply is squeezed by skyrocketing demand.
  •   Words About Work - The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an additional set of less-than-precise words and phrases. Early on, there arose references to virtual work, a virtual meeting or even virtual events.
  •   Support Our Work Toward a Healthy Life: Take the INDEAL Cares Employee Wellness Survey - The insights obtained from this year's IDEAL survey will build on its knowledge and provide a better understanding about employee wishes for returning to the workplace safely, identify new product needs and offer clarity on how to move forward productively and profitably as an industry.
  •   Supersalone – Work Now in Progress for the Special 2021 Salone del Mobile.Milano Event - Supersalone is a unique project in line with the exceptional times in which we live, geared not just to sectoral professionals and the international design community, but also to the general public, who will have access to the fairgrounds for the entire duration of the event.
  •   AIS Promotes Nick Haritos to President
  •   Meghan Sherwin Named Chief Marketing Officer at Keilhauer
  •   Kimball International Announces Achievement of the Well Health-Safety Rating for its Corporate Headquarters - Kimball International earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating by implementing processes and procedures such as cleaning and sanitization procedures, emergency preparedness programs, health and wellness programs and resources, air and water quality management and education.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Should My Resume Look Like These Days?" - by Stephen Viscusi - My first tip is the simplest, but people never seem to follow it: Put your complete home address on the resume. Yes — I mean your street address. If it's a sales job, the company wants to know exactly where you live in relation to the territory. Just putting your city or town is not good enough in our industry.
  •   Upfront: AIS Expands Quick Ship Offering with Calibrate Countdown - AIS has launched Calibrate Countdown, a quick-ship program for private offices. With a 15-day lead time, Calibrate Countdown offers one of the industry's fastest ways to furnish private offices.
  •   Product Spotlight: Okamura Introduces LW Pouf - LW Pouf is a rounded, soft stool that fits in various collaborative environments in the workplace. From reception to library and lounge, its casual style looks good in any work environment, serving as a spot for short meetings or to change the mood. The LW Pouf is available in four sizes, ranging from a single stool to a 47-inch diameter bench with different height options.
  •   PLACES - Dream Games Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Pallas, Arper, Camira, Narbutas, Concertex, 3form, Scandinavian Spaces
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 2, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: They're Just Suppliers, Right? Why the Jiecang/Logicdata Deal Rivals Herman Miller/Knoll in Importance - The Jiecang acquisition of Logicdata will rival Herman Miller's acquisition of Knoll in terms of long-term impact on the office furniture industry.
  •   The Long View on Work - When it comes to work and the workplace, there has been a rush to suggest how the pandemic will change arenas such as real estate planning and use, corporate organizational policies and procedures and space design configurations.
  •   Tips for Successfully Implementing a Hybrid Work Policy - Our industry does a great job of defining culture through physical space, but do we ever document our own business culture?
  •   Hopewell Takes the Guesswork Out of Office Occupancy and Data - Hopewell has big goals. Simply put, they want to be the leader in work experience data in the world.
  •   Join the Club — Going Into the Office Might Feel a Little More Exclusive - Ideally, thinking of work as a social club or hub, takes the guilt and dread out of going to the office.
  •   Jiecang Acquires Logicdata Creating $350 Million Powerhouse - The merger will create a leading, worldwide one-stop-shop linear motion components and systems supplier with about 2,500 employees worldwide and $350 million in annual revenues.
  •   2020 is Hosting a Virtual Event to Help Interior Designers, Retailers and Manufacturers Thrive - 2020 Connect is a free, four-day virtual event June 14-17 geared toward interior designers, retailers and manufacturers.
  •   Stephen Says - "Fit to be Tied: Business Is Back and So Are Ties for Men" - by Stephen Viscusi - My advice to those of you reading this is that men and women should have their own declaration in their business attire that they are back and ready to do business with their customers who are dressed up and ready to do the same.
  •   Upfront: Legrand Donates Vantage, QMotion, and Luxul Brand Solutions for R.I.S.E. Home Built by Wounded Warrior Project and Gary Sinise Foundation - "We are grateful for Legrand's support, which has been a tremendous gift for Sergeant Blank," said Blaine Christensen, co-owner of Advanced Integrated Systems. "The company's solutions have been instrumental in providing this American hero with a high-tech home that will forever change the trajectory of his life."
  •   Product Spotlight: Ghent Announces Reed Acoustic Panels - Constructed with a lightweight black wood base, black aluminum support frame, and an acoustic panel available in several colors, Reed can be effortlessly moved and adjusted. The crescent-shaped base allows the units to nest together to form an acoustic barrier.
  •   PLACES - Allnex Offices – Petaling Jaya
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, KFI Studios, Mannington, Freeform
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 26, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Why aren't More Designers Back in the Office? Will They Come to NeoCon? - As the Spring Breakout roadshow makes its way across the country, it has been interesting to see how different each community is in its return to some sense of normalcy. The event began in Dallas, and it was slightly shocking to be in a city where it seemed as if the pandemic never happened. No one was wearing masks, inside or outside.
  •   OFS Believes Biophilia Belongs in the Workplace - When people think of green wall systems, they often think of the massive installations that can take extensive plumbing and lots of upkeep. OFS went with GrowUp Greenwalls because they can be put in just about any part of the office — a green wall that doesn't have to be a project.
  •   CEOs of West Michigan Office Furniture Majors Weigh in at Econ Club Event - Office spaces are going to be more important than ever, Andi Owen said, but those spaces are going to have to be better going forward. Just because you have an office doesn't mean your employees are going to use it if it isn't a great place to work.
  •   Using Technology to Find the Best Way - Generally, technology should be as simple as possible. When things start sounding complicated it's time to ask yourself why.
  •   Teknion Introduces Routes - Designed in partnership with PearsonLloyd, the collection is made up of desks, tables, chairs, soft seating, screens and accessories given fresh yet familiar forms that are easy to understand, assemble and use.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Integrates Swivel's 3D Visualization Technology - The partnership streamlines the touring and leasing process through immersive virtual experiences.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Want A Paycheck, We Have a Very Reasonable Expectation...Come Back to Work!" - by Stephen Viscusi - My customers, manufacturers and dealers alike, tell me they want — no — they NEED their salespeople to be back in the office.
  •   Training & Development - "What I Learned Without Meaning To: Lessons From a 2021 Graduate's Dad" - by Sid Meadows - As I write this column, we are about halfway through Spring Breakout 2021. What a great event this roadshow has been for so many reasons. I've met amazing new people, developed meaningful relationships, eaten some great food, had some good laughs, interacted more than I have in the last 12 months combined, and had a bit of fun along the way.
  •   Upfront: Dauphin to host The Courage to Ask for Help Webinar - We all know our society values independence and admires that can-do attitude. This leaves many of us afraid we will appear weak or ignorant if we ask for help or admit we don't understand something.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Reinvents Stacking with Kip - Kip is a groundbreaking all-mesh stacking chair and stool collection from 9to5 Seating. The new line elevates the multipurpose space and combines style and convenience at an accessible price point. The collection's all-mesh construction comfortably relieves pressure points, while supporting up to 300 pounds. It's easy to clean and disinfect with a 10:1 water-to-bleach ratio.
  •   PLACES - Antik Dantel Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Jasper Morrison, Wolf-Gordon, Studio TK, Concertex, Stylex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 19, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Spring Breakout is First Post-COVID Event - Our timing couldn't have been better — down to the CDC's guidance that masks for people who have been vaccinated do not have to be worn inside or outside. The timing is good for exhibitors as well. The design communities of the cities where we have stopped so far are desperate to see new products, new ideas and new thinking.
  •   Carnegie Fabrics Announces New CEO - Gordon Boggis is eager to build upon the company's impressive track record to promote further growth.
  •   Not Another 'Future of the Workplace' Article - When it comes to rehumanizing the workplace, it has become clear simply designing for people isn't enough. We have to design for the individual.
  •   Colors are Changing the World, One Trend at a Time - When someone asks you the first color you think of when they say the words Coca-Cola, you instantly think of red. Businesses like Coca-Cola pay millions of dollars to create and protect the brands that are often built around a color.
  •   IIDA Announces Finalist of Two Prestigious Interior Design Competition - Finalists were chosen by a jury of design experts, including Katherine S. Ankerson, dean, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Barbara Bouza, president, Walt Disney Imagineering, business management, design and development; and Bill Grant, president and chief creative officer, Grant Design Collaborative.
  •   The Push - Furniture companies will need to create marketing systems that favor the long game while inspiring shoppers to act with retail incentives like seasonal promotions.
  •   Five Tips for Creating an Outdoor Office - Not only do we need to make sure we are standing and moving throughout our day, but we also need to stay organized for a productive work day.
  •   Announcing the Launch of the Living Well at Work Guide - INDEAL Cares is dedicated to improving wellness locally and globally, starting at work.
  •   Oklahoma House Bill 1147 Advances the Interior Design Profession - The bill improves practices for qualified interior designers by modifying several terms within the State Architectural and Registered Interior Designers Act related to agency name references, definitions and duties of the board.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting for Salespeople from Herman Miller or Knoll" - by Stephen Viscusi - As far as where you should be putting your energy, instead of worrying about the Herman Miller and Knoll salespeople, I wish people like you would spend more time and money recruiting and training a more diverse salesforce from outside of our industry and simply invest the time it takes for them to develop relationships.
  •   Upfront: ESI Enters Multi-year Partnership with Canadian Group Purchasing Organization Kinetic GPO - The contract provides exclusive pricing and access to ESI furniture, installation and related products and services to public entities in Canada and helps these organizations reduce costs by leveraging group purchasing power and simplifying the overall procurement process.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allseating Reveals Switzerland-Inspired Textile Collection by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson - Allseating has launched Engadin, a proprietary textile collection designed by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, a Milan-born architect and designer and president of EFM Design. Engadin features three patterns; Dots, Grid and Bauhaus, which are all based on geometric shapes, a linear grid, a loose dot pattern and rectilinear color fields.
  •   PLACES - Withersworldwide Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Division Twelve, Fräsch, 3form, Mohawk, Leland Furniture, Ergotech
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 12, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: What do Jazz and the Workplace Have in Common? - For most of us, work is our biggest daily performance. We want to nail it, and we feel bad when we fail. We also need skilled conductors — good leadership — to guide our flow and help us play our best, both as solo artists and as part of the band.
  •   Okamura Finora is Culmination of Decades of Design Harmony and Innovation - With Finora, Okamura had design help from a familiar group of friends. The chair was designed in collaboration with ITALDESIGN, an Italian design firm that has helped create some of the most beautiful and iconic high performance automotive designs.
  •   We Aren't There Yet - A 1985 article suggested mobility would be better supported if workers had technology that was the size of a cigarette pack and could fit in a shirt pocket.
  •   The Industry is Back! Spring Breakout Kicks Off in Dallas - There is an exuberance in getting back out in front of dealers, reps and customers that is palpable.
  •   Art Gensler, World-Renowned Architect, Dies At 85 - An architect and astute businessman who propelled a small practice into the largest and most admired firm in the industry, Art Gensler is widely credited with creating the blueprint for how many professional services firms organize and manage themselves today.
  •   AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, to retire in December 2021 - A vocal advocate for architects, and an architect himself, Robert also served as a convener and contributing board member, bringing together allied and related groups to address central questions facing the design and construction industry, globally and domestically.
  •   BIFMA Hosts Final 180° Navigating Now Webinar Series Focused on Hospitality - The hospitality panel was the final webinar in the BIFMA 180° series that also looked at health care, education and workplace trends over the last several months.
  •   Kimball International Office Sales Begin to Rebound; Strong Outlook for Coming Quarter - Consolidated net sales were $138.7 million, compared to $178.2 million in the prior year third quarter.
  •   DIRTT Posts Loss in Latest Financial Report - Revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $29.5 million, a decline of $11.5 million or 28% from $41 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Hired Them to Sell, Not to Smell! Why You Should Go Back to Your Pre-Pandemic Persona" - by Stephen Viscusi - Believe it or not, I'm a big believer in uniforms. They're usually very convenient for employees in terms of deciding how to dress, but I know it's not practical or reasonable in a creative industry like interior furnishings where our individuality is a reflection of our creativity.
  •   Training & Development - "A New Business Development Strategy" - by Sid Meadows - Yes, your customers are on Clubhouse — at least some of them. This emerging platform is still in beta and only available to iPhone users at the moment, but every day, more and more people are joining the conversation.
  •   Upfront: Okamura creates WORK MILL magazine in collaboration with Forbes Japan - WORK MILL provides insights into new work styles and workplaces from around the globe to help create new values from a business strategy perspective.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allermuir Introduces CROP by Benjamin Hubert - A family of outdoor chairs and stools designed for Allermuir by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER, CROP takes its name from the enigmatic rolling fields of crops in the British countryside, which are represented in the flowing parallel wires of the seating forms.
  •   PLACES - Garmin Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luxxbox, Flos, Icon Modern, Hightower
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 5, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Vaccine Passports Coming to an Office Near You? - As society tires of the pandemic, the pressure to create vaccine passports is certainly going to rise and will affect all aspects of our lives.
  •   British Furniture Maker Looks for Connection in North America - Connection uses its insights into the needs of modern commercial, educational and public-sector environments, which gives the company an understanding of the evolution of work.
  •   4 Ways Design May Reinvent Itself - As we rethink how design has been done in the past and move toward informed and experiential design, the success hinges on creating interaction.
  •   INDEAL Launches Pinpoint VIP Along With 3 Month Free Trial for Dealer Members - Pinpoint VIP, a Virtual Inspiration Platform and enhancement to INDEAL's Pinpoint Search tool, launched May 1 and is available to all INDEAL Dealer Members.
  •   Sedia Systems Opens Consolidated Manufacturing Operations in Asheboro, North Carolina - Asheboro Mayor David Smith said he's excited to welcome Sedia Systems to the town of 26,000 residents and noted the community has a long legacy of furniture and textile manufacturers.
  •   Predictions for Workplace and Lifestyle Habits in Summer 2021 - As vaccine roll-outs continue and scores of Americans are inoculated daily, life is slowly returning to normal.
  •   The Salone del Mobile 2021 Will Go Ahead - The 59th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano will be an innovative, iconic and unique edition. Scheduled for Sept. 5-10, the event will focus on promoting companies' latest products, technologies and projects.
  •   NeoCon Presents Designing in a Digital World - The four online sessions will address the innovations and challenges within the rapidly expanding digital sphere of design.
  •   Stephen Says - "Your Dog Died and Your Boss is Supposed to Care?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Losing a pet is a great reason to use PTO. Your friend happened to be a bachelor, and his life was his pet, but it's just as bad for families with children.
  •   Training & Development - "Lessons in Leadership from Ted Lasso" - by Sid Meadows - One of the most overlooked and underused aspects of leadership is simply kindness.
  •   Upfront: 2020 Announces Release of 2020 Office Software v2021 - This new release provides support for AutoCAD 2022 and an updated CAD engine for 2020 Cap Complete. 2020 Visual Impression v2021 brings new furniture movement capabilities, and all 2020 Office applications are updated to support these new capabilities.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating's First All Mesh Chair Onda Launches - Onda is the Italian word for wave, and a wave is just what the chair from Via Seating's looks like with its striking back that curves up and crests into an arch. The all-mesh seat curves down to ensure efficient circulation and optimal support and comfort.
  •   PLACES - Qin Group Offices – Chengdu, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Tarkett, Versteel, Nevins, BodyBilt, Narbutas
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 28, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Fulton Market: Furniture's Future Chicago Home or Flash in the Pan? - It makes a lot more sense at this point for the small- and mid-size manufacturers at theMART to stay put.
  •   Herman Miller's New Chicago Flagship Seamlessly Blends Contract, Residential in Spectacular New Fulton Market Space - Though the Chicago showroom has only been open for a few weeks, the company is already noticing some surprising (and hopeful) patterns.
  •   De Vorm Introduces Soft Distancing With PET Felt Panels - All products within the AK series are fully customizable and can be easily incorporated into any existing interior.
  •   Teknion Plans Move to Chicago's Fulton Market - Until now, defectors to Fulton Market were limited to Knoll and Herman Miller, companies with strong retail segments. Teknion is the first purely commercial office furniture maker to head there.
  •   Byrne Believes Earth Day Should be Celebrated Every Day - The company's products are designed with materials that are 100% recyclable, and it works to reduce its waste stream by using plastic regrind and other recycled materials in its designs.
  •   Bill Wittland: The Survey Is Not The Solution - Designers with a passion for the power of place will always overpower a simplistic notion of survey-driven outcomes.
  •   The Pandemic did not Stop the Plans – Narbutas is Building a New Factory, Investing 25 million Euro - The new building will be equipped with technologies to make the production process more efficient, will secure higher production quality and allow the company to offer new office furniture, expanding the categories of seating, acoustic and non-standard furniture.
  •   IIDA Releases 2021 Interior Design Compensation Report - The average design professional reported an annual base salary of between $60,000 and $99,000, with higher reported salaries in the West and Northeast.
  •   Survey Finds 41.5% of Executives Planning a Full-Time Return to the Office - Fewer than one out of five businesses (18.3%) have already reconfigured their spaces, and 21% are planning to make either modest or substantial adjustments to their spaces.
  •   Luxor Workspaces Donates Hand Sanitizer to Local Schools, Police, Fire and Nonprofit Organizations - Now that supply has caught up with demand, Luxor decided to donate its inventory to where it can do the most good.
  •   Stephen Says - "If Herman Miller, Knoll and Haworth Expand Their Retail Subsidiaries, They'll be Having RH for Lunch!" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's fun to talk about exciting developments in our industry. But let's focus on getting everyone to NeoCon in October and getting employees that are still afraid to come back to work, back in the office.
  •   Upfront: Indiana Furniture's Plywood Facility Recognized for Ongoing Workplace Safety - In living up to one of its core values — Create a Safe and Healthy Work Environment — Indiana Furniture has again achieved Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Program (INSHARP) certification for its plywood manufacturing facility in Jasper, Indiana.
  •   Product Spotlight: Keilhauer Introduces the Epix Collection - Keilhauer's new Epix collection is rational, refined and modern. Its highly functional pieces seamlessly transition across various work, group and meeting tasks.
  •   PLACES - Gazprom Neft Offices – Saint Petersburg
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Samuelson, Turf Design, Nowy Styl
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 21, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Effort Behind the Pages - When an acquisition happens at a publicly traded company, it is a bit different than "normal" breaking news. Since both Herman Miller and Knoll are public companies, scoops almost never happen unless a journalist happens to hear about it early.
  •   Herman Miller is Acquiring Knoll in a Blockbuster $1.8 Billion Deal that Creates the Largest Office Furniture Company in the World - This transaction brings together two pioneering icons of design with strong businesses, attractive portfolios and long histories of innovation.
  •   Steelcase Taps Armbruster, the Company's First Woman CEO, as Keane Announces Retirement - Since joining the company in 2007, Armbruster, 50, has led corporate strategy and acquisition activities. She has additionally led multiple businesses at Steelcase, including Steelcase Education, Steelcase Health and PolyVision.
  •   Monumental Announcement of Herman Miller's Acquisition of Knoll Causes Stir Among Dealers - "I'm both a Herman Miller and Knoll dealer, for more than 15 years," said Larry Keller, owner of Design Warehouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "To have Knoll under the Herman Miller umbrella would just bring more products, more pleasure and more efficiency. I'm delighted in every way."
  •   Why I'm Obsessed with Clubhouse (And You Should be Too) - Even though residential designers are flocking to Clubhouse, adoption is not as fast just yet for the commercial side of the industry.
  •   The Craft of Installation - Installers today are often the eyes and the ears of project sites and are key players in the on-site massaging of product to meet space expectations with a pre-determined kit-of-parts from the manufacturer.
  •   Best of NeoCon Returns with Fresh Approach, Expanded Categories & New Content - Product submissions will open June 1 and close on Sept. 9. Exhibitors may enter any new products introduced to the U.S. market since NeoCon 2019.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's the BASE SALARY, Stupid" - by Stephen Viscusi - To get a highly qualified candidate to take a job — ANY job — sales, operations, design, you need to start with an attractive, higher than usual, base salary.
  •   Upfront: 2020 Global Inspiration Contest for Kitchen, Bathroom and Office Designers - 2020 has announced the first-ever 2020 Global Inspiration contest for kitchen, bathroom and office designers. The contest provides a platform for 2020 users across North America, the United Kingdom and France to be recognized among their peers for their functional and aesthetic design skills.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Seating Introduces Iconic HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls to US Market - 9to5 Seating's HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls feature versatility and unparalleled ergonomics that are right in step with the active seating movement popular in the U.S. market.
  •   PLACES - ManpowerGroup Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms, Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 14, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: We Need to Rediscover Inspiration - If you are lacking inspiration, look around you. It's still there. And coming out of the pandemic, it needs to be cultivated and encouraged. After all, the world is counting on us to show it the way back to normal.
  •   Indoor Air Quality One Key to Return to Office - Poor indoor air quality can cause acute immediate effects and long-term chronic effects as well — everything from respiratory illness to issues around ability to focus.
  •   Reducing Anxiety and Creating Comfort in the Home — Experts in Corporate Design Share Tips - With all the challenges COVID has dolled out over the past year, it's a bitter Catch 22 that in order to handle the stress of doing everything at home now — living, working, parenting, schooling — we need stress-free homes.
  •   Latest BIFMA 180° Webinar Focuses on Healthcare - Digital wellness solutions are taking hold, much more so on the heels of the pandemic. Health care spaces in the future might not be physical health care spaces at all.
  •   CIFF in China Sees More Than 357,000 Visitors - During the Office Show, the leading brands of the sector showed countless innovative solutions for work environments capable of responding to the demands of companies in constant evolution with the objective of increasing performance and productivity, improving well-being and security and inspiring new ideas.
  •   Tarkett's New Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Report Shows Shift to Second Chapter in its Sustainability Strategy - Tarkett has partnered with Carbonfund to create the industry's broadest portfolio of third-party verified carbon neutral flooring solutions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Designer Says: RH = Real Headache! " - by Stephen Viscusi - OK, here is why I decided to write. I have seen you mention Restoration Hardware many times in your column, and they are all over the news with their stock value growth, surpassed only by Tesla. It's OK if Warren Buffet keeps getting richer, but my problem is RH is affecting my business.
  •   Training & Development - "What Did I Learn Today?" - by Sid Meadows - If you follow me, you know I'm an avid learner. I'm always exploring new ideas, ways to improve, new processes, new tools and resources. I learn in a variety of ways, including listening to podcasts, reading, taking online courses, attending seminars and joining in the conversations on Clubhouse.
  •   Upfront: Keilhauer Receives Four Awards for GOOD DESIGN - "This is the sixth consecutive year we have received the esteem of GOOD DESIGN," said President Mike Keilhauer. "We are very proud to see our contract designs be so well received."
  •   Product Spotlight: Trendway Introduces Elea - Trendway has launched Elea, an innovative task chair designed to kinetically move you. Its distinct aesthetic originates from a suspended seat pan that promotes micromovements and energetic motion, allowing users to continuously move while seated.
  •   PLACES - BMI Offices – Quito
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Concertex, Aracdia, Palmer Hamilton, Turf Design, Carnegie
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 7, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Of Super Deductions and 'Poisson D'Avril' - I recently came across an article from the U.K. about its new Super Deduction tax break, a program designed to spur on investment following low levels of business since the start of the pandemic. As part of the program, companies can claim 130% capital allowances on new office furniture purchases.
  •   A Guide to Post-COVID-19 Hybrid Work Policies - Two of the most overlooked factors of a hybrid work policy are its tax and legal ramifications. With remote work comes the benefit of being able to relocate.
  •   Speed and Space—Clear Design Launches New Product Sensitive to Both - To ensure BOOST Pro is at or above quality levels of other known brands, Clear Design uses industry-leading steel thicknesses in its steel products. Its power systems are developed and made in the U.S.
  •   NeoCon Presents Designing Well April 21-22 - All of the programs are complementary and have been submitted for accreditation.
  •   Furniture On Demand by Lectra: A Sought-after Solution for a Changing Market - Furniture on Demand by Lectra is a solution designed specifically to meet the needs of furniture manufacturers, regardless of their geographic location and business model.
  •   More Than 100,000 Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers Are Now In U.S. Schools - Beyond the classroom, schools are installing Fellowes air purifiers in other shared spaces, such as resource rooms, libraries, locker rooms, nurse's offices, conference spaces and media centers.
  •   Kimball International Announces Changes to its Board of Directors - Kimball International has appointed Valerie R. Love as an independent member of its board of directors. Love will also serve on the compensation and governance committee and stand for election at the company's 2021 annual meeting of shareholders.
  •   MC Office Furniture Partners with Office Furniture Heaven - The addition of MC Office Furniture will expand the market reach of OFH, which focuses on small and medium-size businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
  •   Stephen Says - "Internet Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Upfront: Woolpert Announces Strategic Investment by MSD Partners - Woolpert fits seamlessly with MSD Partners' strategy of partnering with talented management teams and investing in companies which are stable, well-positioned in attractive markets and poised for growth, said Kevin Brown, co-head of MSD Partners' Private Capital Group.
  •   Product Spotlight: Japanese Culture and Modern Design - Kiyumi is a Japanese word meaning "arch" and more specifically "arch of wood," the emblem of the indomitable force of the warrior, the assertion of the power of concentration and determination and one of the symbols of Japanese civilization.
  •   PLACES - More.tv Offices – Moscow
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Howe, BuzziSpace, Flos, Arc-Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 31, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Glass is Half Full (and Filling Up More by the Day) - As many of your customers return to their offices, they are going to find them lacking. They will need your products and your services to get back up and running.
  •   theMART is 'Ready to Get Back to It'; Preparing for Your Return in October - NeoCon 2021 will have a new no-contact registration system, a modified seventh floor exhibit hall layout with more room in the main aisles and one-way direction in the smaller aisles, encouraged use of the stairs and more use of the building's outdoor space.
  •   New Challenges Take Root as Working From Home Continues Into Another Year - Studies reveal anxiety, depression, substance misuse and muscle tension are the greatest of problems associated with WFH.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Establishes Workplace Innovation Sessions - The looming concept of "returning to work" provides organizations the opportunity to reexamine and reimagine who they are, how they work, and how they can evolve.
  •   Stephen Says - "What is CLUBHOUSE - and Does it Have Anything to Do With the Office Furniture Industry -- and Should I Be There?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Don't be part of the 80% — Stay the course" - by Sid Meadows
  •   Battered by COVID, Steelcase Reports Difficult Year; Better Days Ahead as Pandemic Eases - Beyond the first quarter, the company is targeting seasonally higher revenue in the second quarter, but a decline compared to the prior year, which benefited from a strong beginning backlog as a result of the government mandated shutdowns in the first quarter of fiscal 2021
  •   Upfront: ezoBord and Quiet Earth Moss Become INDEAL's Newest Brand Partners - Providing product to support biophilia and workplace wellness, Quiet Earth Moss are experts at bringing the outside in. The company offers organically preserved live moss wall frames, mosaics, custom designs and planters that feature natural sound dampening and absorption.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allsteel Announces Jetty:Mod - Allsteel's Jetty:Mod is a modular sofa with the flexibility to solve for the needs of today's modern spaces and the adaptability to accommodate new workplace, education, hospitality and health care considerations in the future.
  •   PLACES - Sarana Penida Offices – Jakarta
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Gunlocke, Samuelson, Acoufelt, Pophouse, Andreu World
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 24, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Work to Live, Not Live to Work - There are many aspects of the office and work that have changed because of the pandemic. Of course, we are rightly focused on how to help customers safely return to the office and the products and services that will help with that.
  •   Nassimi 'Believes in Better' and Continues to Innovate in World of Textiles with Supreen - Supreen has been several years in the making and was just recently launched. It is a total liquid barrier, but it has a lot of other benefits. It's bleach cleanable and stain repellent. It is also a soft, supple fabric.
  •   The Fallacy of Work-Life Balance - Many of us have realized a balanced and integrated life must include a more intense focus on the many other components that make life feel whole and meaningful and satisfying.
  •   Are You Well in Your Workplace? Pros Discuss the Health Cons of Inadequate Work-From-Home Setups - Studies show health problems have occurred because of the effects of working conditions in the home environment — including inadequate height of working surfaces, chairs reinforcing poor posture, computer screens too close or too high or too low, poor lighting or no natural light, and conditions creating sedentary behaviors.
  •   Materiality in a Post-COVID-19 World - Attention to detail in material selection is such an important part of the health and safety of a space.
  •   Better than Expected in a Particularly Bad Year: Haworth Sales Drop 19% in 2020 - Every Haworth region and business sector made prompt decisions and shared best practices across the entire organization to keep members safe while meeting customer needs.
  •   Herman Miller Retail Shows Strength; Contract Sees Positive Signs Emerging - "We plan to continue investing in diversifying our business and product portfolios, building a high-performing retail business, strengthening our omni-channel distribution network and growing our digital capabilities."
  •   Upfront: SKG Climbs Ranking of Fastest Growing Private Companies - SKG jumped nine spots on the Inc. 5000 Series: Texas list of the 250 fastest-growing private companies in the state, climbing to 147. It's the second straight appearance for the largest commercial furniture dealership in Central Texas. It ranked No. 156 on last year's inaugural list.
  •   Product Spotlight: Studio by Dekko Introduces Ashley Freestand - An addition to Studio by Dekko's Ashley 210 Series, Ashley Freestand is a personal charging device that sits on a surface and provides flexibility for the user to relocate where power is needed. This sleek power unit is available with a standard cord or a braided cord for added style, with two AC outlets and two USB-A ports providing 2.4 amps each.
  •   Stephen Says - "Be Smart On Your Social Media. It's Not Cancel Culture or Woke. It's Common Sense!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Locusview Offices – Herzliya
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carnegie, Falcon, Luum
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 17, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Furniture is Important for Return to Normal, Along with a Heavy Dose of Compassion and Inclusive Management - Returning to work after the pandemic is going to take more than plastic screens and social distancing. The process also includes serious management planning.
  •   With New Products and Designs, Versteel Wants You to Head Outside - The outdoor work revolution began before the pandemic as high-tech companies in sunny Silicon Valley started using outdoor space in courtyards, on roofs and between buildings as workspaces.
  •   At Byrne, St. Patrick's Day Reminds Employees that Surviving — and Thriving — is Sometimes About Making Your Own Luck - All Byrne employees, as well as many vendors and customers, are treated to a breakfast feast of authentic Celtic favorites like bangers and mash.
  •   A Place to Sit for Generations to Come - The recycled aluminum — Emeco's signature material — is light, strong, non-corrosive, fireproof, has a low carbon footprint and is impervious to today's disinfectants and anti-microbial cleaners, and all Za stools come with a lifetime guarantee.
  •   Employers In Many Markets Report Continued Improvements In Hiring Outlooks For Q2 - In the next six to 12 months, organizations expect 51% of employees to be back in the workplace most of the time.
  •   NeatCharge and NeatHub Join Humanscale's Suite of Organizational Desktop Solutions - NeatHub works on its own or in tandem with NeatTech, Humanscale's discreet, lightweight mesh basket that safely stores power strips and wayward cables securely underneath the desk.
  •   University Health Teams With Vari To Build Out New San Antonio Office Space - This was the largest commercial real estate transaction of the year in the San Antonio area, so we needed a highly customized plan for University Health," said Kevin Wierenga, senior vice president of sales at Vari.
  •   Cayke Selects 2020 Online Engagement Solutions to Provide a Seamless Shopping Experience - Thanks to 2020, Cayke is able to engage customers who are interested not only in the customization but the visualization of their space before they order — making them more confident in their furniture investment.
  •   Upfront: Commercial Furniture Dealer Empire Office Grows Sales Leadership in New York and South Florida - Based in Miami, Elizabeth Irizarry will be focused on forming close relationships throughout the local business, design, real estate and construction industries in South Florida. Based in New York, Erica Cain will be focused on leading new business efforts within the NYC-Metro area, leveraging her wealth of knowledge servicing the commercial furniture industry for over 13 years.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Introduces Bonds, a Series of Modular Seating Solutions - Seeking a solution for balance between free form modularity and prescribed arrangements in collaborative workspaces, Bonds offers a degree of freedom for the end user to design various layouts with ease.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Glass of Wine the Night before an Interview? Don't do it!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Best Practices to Successfully Manage Remote Employees" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - BETA Investment Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Patcraft, Studio TK, Spacestor, Artaic
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 10, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Spring Breakout is Breaking Out; Warm Weather Brings Opportunity to Work Outdoors - As the weather warms, take a few moments to get outside to work. It is my favorite office.
  •   AIS Reinforces Commitment to Dealers through Challenging Pandemic Year with Agile Programs and Products - AIS has relevantly expanded it's portfolio and now includes panel systems, beam and benching/desking systems, laminate casegoods and reception, tables and conferencing, storage, seating, screens, worktools and accessories.
  •   Latest Installment of BIFMA Virtual 180° Event Focuses on Education - The webinar panel dug into some of the emerging and long-term trends in educational design — design trends in education that will remain post-pandemic and ones that will be quickly abandoned after it.
  •   The Biggest Opportunity to Create Brand Loyalty with Young Designers - Young professionals are craving an opportunity to learn by example, especially in today's digital world.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 - Workplace Furnishings net sales decreased 18.6 percent from the prior-year quarter to $365.9 millio, however a Double-digit revenue and profit growth in Residential Building Products was reported.
  •   ASID Tackles Changing Industry Landscape with 2021 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report - The report finds that health and wellness, long pillars of the ASID mission, have become top priorities for individuals and institutions.
  •   Unispace Acquired by Multinational Private Equity Firm PAG, Reaffirms Commitment to Successful Growth Strategy - Unispace is primed for expansion into U.S. markets — including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Boston — and new business areas, and this move is designed to accelerate growth domestically and abroad as owners and tenants continue to transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Andreu World Furnishes Spanish Pavilion at World Exposition Dubai with Sustainable Design - Andreu World will provide more than 300 pieces of furniture for indoor and outdoor areas of the Spanish Pavilion at the Expo.
  •   Inscape Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results - Total sales for the nine months ended January 31, 2021 were $30.2 million, compared to $61.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2020.
  •   Upfront: theMART Announces 11 New Permanent Tenants and 19 Lease Renewals or Expansions Ahead of NeoCon 2021 - Byron Morton, vice president of showroom leasing at theMART, said, "Even with the setbacks of COVID-19, a showroom at theMART continues to play a pivotal role in the overall marketing and sales strategies of top brands."
  •   Product Spotlight: New RACKUP Seating Collection by United Chair - The collection features nesting models with a folding seat offering compact and quick storage for all types of reconfigurable workspaces. It also offers light task models and stools with a five-prong nylon base.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Telephone Interview: Common Courtesy vs. Multi-Tasking, You Decide" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Crowe Horwath First Trust Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms, Emeco and Naoto Fukasawa, ECA by Dekko, Buckley Redner, H Contract
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 3, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Announcing Spring Breakout: We are Bringing the Show to You - Spring Breakout is an office interiors roadshow that will travel the country with your new products, making stops to show them off to interior designers and decision makers in major cities in May 2021.
  •   Custer Celebrates 40 Successful Years Through Diversification - Custer has maintained strong connections to the communities it serves — partnering with architecture and design firms regionally to deliver the products that fit the vision of the client.
  •   Herman Miller Teams with Nissan on Work From Anywhere Vehicle - The Office Pod Concept is part of Nissan’s continuing work on concept vehicles, mostly using its NV350 van as a base for other activities such as fishing or camping.
  •   Sid Meadows: The Power of Intention - When setting intentions, leave any fears you have behind and hold yourself accountable for your planned intention. These are not like goals, they are simply used to help you change your mindset and switch from negative thinking to positive.
  •   NeoCon Announces New Spring Virtual Programming to Compliment Show Set for October - The programming will take a deep dive into the future of the office and of work itself — from exploring the new office ecosystem to examining how other design sectors might influence workplace design.
  •   The Secret to a Healthier 2021 May Be in How We Sit - While people certainly knew the difference between a dining chair and an office chair prior to the pandemic, they underestimated the value of ergonomic office furniture.
  •   Upfront: BIFMA Compliant Launches - BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products conforming to BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant provides clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards.
  •   Product Spotlight: Loftwall Launches Tempo: The Simplest Baffle System - Tempo addresses the largest complaint in modern workspaces and classrooms — noise — in an approachable way for designers, dealers and end users. With limitless combinations of shapes, sizes and colors, it can re-define a space without bankrupting a project.
  •   Stephen Says - "How to Avoid Poaching?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Power of Intention" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Asharq News Offices – Dubai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK, Andreu World, Extremis, Integra, Fräsch, SIXINCH
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 24, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Fall NeoCon is Full Steam Ahead - NeoCon may even extend the hours and the length of the show if there is a need to balance attendee capacity and traffic flow. Show dates for NeoCon 2022 will revert to June (June 13-15, 2022). Fingers crossed, if everything continues to improve, we should have a very busy fall to look forward to.
  •   Three Ways Companies Have Shifted to Survive the Pandemic - When the entire world is facing the same challenge, any petty industry rivalries really do go out the window. It's about humanity now, and that is being reflected in the way many brands across many industries are working.
  •   Creating Safe Places — Designers Look to Younger Generations for Inspired Diversity - Intersectionality is key when building a diversity program in the company — not only in recruiting efforts but in tenet as well. A certain foundation needs to be laid before genuine diversity is achieved.
  •   A Digital Revolution — Mortarr + INDEAL - 2021 will be a big year for expanding INDEAL dealership and brand representation on Mortarr. At the beginning of the year, Mortarr and INDEAL announced a partnership to help digitally strengthen the connection between the commercial interiors industry and the A&D world.
  •   How to Hybrid: Steelcase Global Report Reveals New Employee Needs For the Future Work Experience - Leaders want people to be together, but their old office won't work for the new reality.
  •   HOLLY HUNT Recommits to Long-Term Leases at Vornado Realty Trust Properties - This year also marks the brand's 20th anniversary at the A&D Building in New York.
  •   USGBC Top 10 States for LEED in 2020 - While offices, education and health care projects accounted for a majority of certifications, warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily and retail projects represented almost 20%.
  •   Upfront: Emerald Acquires EDspaces - "It is increasingly clear that effective design of education spaces will be more important than ever post-COVID-19, and it is gratifying and exciting to play a role in developing next-generation solutions for the industry," said Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, senior vice president, the Design Group, Emerald.
  •   Product Spotlight: Legrand Introduces C2G Performance Series HDMI Line and HDBaseT - The C2G HDBaseT extenders support up to 4K video resolution at a 60Hz frame rate for up to 130 feet over a single Cat6a.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Pandemic Is A Lazy Salesperson's Dream -- an Excuse for Not Coming In To Work, And I Have Had It!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Aon Offices – Milan
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MLI, Teknion, Framery, Landscape Forms, Kirei
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 17, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: It's Time to Focus on Diversity — Both Markets and People - Many of you run manufacturing companies, dealerships or design firms that might be too small to have a dedicated, executive-level position focused on diversity and inclusion, but that doesn't mean you can't learn from larger competitors how focusing on these topics can make a better company more attractive to potential employees and customers.
  •   Cheryl Kern, Herman Miller's New Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Reflects on 'Energizing, Exciting, Exhausting' Year and How Grassroots Initiatives Work Best - Diversity and inclusivity work best when it comes from the grassroots level, not the leadership level. Where the best companies get it right is that they have engagement that starts from the grassroots level, that everybody in the organization knows that their voice matters equally to everyone else's voices.
  •   Start the Year with a Resolution That Keeps — Home Office Upgrades Equate Better Health - While people understood the difference between a dining chair and an office chair prior to the pandemic, they underestimated the value of ergonomic office furniture.
  •   Knoll Sales Sank Last Year Despite Boost from Residential, Brighter Days Appear Ahead - Fourth quarter net Sales decreased 15.8% to $312.9 million, but work from home and residential sales growth continues.
  •   New ergoIQ HOME Optimizes Work-from-Home Employee Experience for Agile Businesses - Following the ergoIQ HOME assessment, ergoIQ FIT offers users a quick tune-up, demonstrating how professionals can configure their workstations for optimal health and comfort.
  •   Power A Whole Work From Home Set-Up...With Just One Plug - Byrne's new Branching Kits are super-powered 2-in-1 (or 3-in-1) solutions that put access with smart accessories above the surface or utility power below — or both.
  •   SIXINCH USA Partners with Populous to Bolster Portfolio - Populous approaches projects from the macro scale — site selection, architecture, urban planning — all the way down to the micro scale of materials, finishes and furnishings, providing a unified experience and an interwoven story.
  •   Upfront: BIFMA Revises Desk and Table Products Standard - The BIFMA subcommittee for desk and table standards worked on revising this ANSI standard for three years. Several multi-stakeholder lab workshops were held in 2018 and 2019.
  •   Product Spotlight: Patcraft Introduces Linocut - The visual was inspired by artful experiments with block printing, a process that led to a distinctive geometric aesthetic. Combining artistic inspiration and market insights, the Linocut collection supports the use of shape and color to create emotive spaces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturers and Dealers Ask: I Keep Offering Candidates Great Jobs and They Keep Turning me Down! Why?!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Everyday Decisions, BIG Impact" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - CapitaLand "The Galen" Lobby – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Flos, Maharam, MojoDesk, OMT-Veyhl, Mannington
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 10, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: A Growing Confidence in the Economy is Great News for the Industry - Though we might have a few more rough months as the COVID bubble works its way through the system, there are brighter days on the horizon.
  •   Lectra Enters into a Memorandum of Understanding to Acquire Gerber Technology - By uniting, the two companies would become the ultimate Industry 4.0 for their customers.
  •   While Most of the World Remains Locked Down, China Prepares for CIFF Showtime - CIFF has always combined business with the culture of good design.
  •   Kimball Sales Strong in Healthcare; Workplace Shows Sequential Improvement - Second Quarter FY 2021 Highlights include: Net sales of $136.2 million, Gross margin of 33.4% with a Net loss of $0.8 million including $4.1 million of acquisition and restructuring charges.
  •   BIFMA Goes Virtual with 180° Event Focused on Workplace - The conference covered many topics, including technology, trends that are staying and those that are going, home office design, sustainability, returning to the office, ergonomics and keeping corporate culture intact.
  •   Introducing Supreen: A Revolutionary Performance Upholstery Fabric - Along with its performance capabilities, what sets Supreen apart is its plush hand for such a high-duty material, while retaining the softness of a woven fabric.
  •   How The Interiors Industry Can Transition Diversity and Equity from Words to Actions - An example of this education can be seen through programs like Design Museum Everywhere's Diversity in Action, where participants learn why diversity, equity and inclusion creates better design.
  •   Upfront: Solomon Coyle Releases 2020-Q4 Market Outlook Report — Pipeline Activity Positive in All Regions for First Time - For the first time since the launch of the Market Outlook Survey (2020-Q2), pipeline activity in all regions is positive. Expected bookings is up significantly for Q2, at 3.49%. This is very encouraging and may be an indication that things are starting to turn around for the industry.
  •   Product Spotlight: The HON Company Introduces Cliq Collaborative Task Seating - Light-scaled for a clean and modern look, Cliq is a stylish seating solution that fits the way you move, the way you sit and the way you stay productive. The design allows exceptional comfort, easy maneuvering and reliable support.
  •   Stephen Says - "When I Am Wrong, I Am Wrong!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Havas Group Offices – Sydney
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Frövi, Turf Design, Smith & Fong, Carl Hansen & Son
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 3, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Feast on This Smorgasbord - This week I'm going to try something a little different. Instead of filling your plate with one dish, I'm going to give you the smorgasbord, a whole heaping of bite-sized bits of news. I'm also going to give you a few sneak peaks at what we are working on for coming issues.
  •   Clear Office Connects Used Office Furniture Sellers to Buyers - Commercial furniture isn't like a Bic lighter that is purchased and thrown away. It is a valuable asset if the seller and buyer can connect. That's what Clear Office is designed to do.
  •   Feeling Slumpy with the Remote-Working Blues? Try These Tips. - Most companies have staff with young families and are balancing their jobs, homeschooling and daycare with their spouses, leaving even less free time. Things are different right now. Time management needs to adjust to accommodate the disruptions.
  •   Carnegie Announces Exclusive US Partnership with WOOD-SKIN - Carnegie continues to expand its finished product portfolio with new additions.
  •   Steelcase Earns Top Designation as Best Place to Work For LGBTQ Equality - Launched in 2002, the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index has become a roadmap and benchmarking tool for U.S. businesses.
  •   Desk Tips from Room & Board - Room & Board Business Interiors is launching new desks in February. Nicole Gaynor with Room & Board Business Interiors offers tips for finding the perfect desk below.
  •   The Future of Sales - For the past week I've been involved in a conversation on LinkedIn and Clubhouse about the future of sales. It's been really interesting to hear the different perspectives from salespeople and sales leaders in a variety of industries, looking in on the current status of things from different vantage points.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Releases Volume 6 of Inspiration at Work - The bi-annual publication can help dealers develop new client relationships by appealing to creative sensibilities, with each volume featuring a unique expression of art outside the commercial furniture industry.
  •   Product Spotlight: UF Chair by Sunon Released with a Clever Innovative Feature - Developed in cooperation with ITO Design, UF has a vertically movable backrest that is also sound-absorbing. If one moves the backrest upwards, the chair offers a high degree of privacy; if one leaves it down, it conveys a communicative openness.
  •   Stephen Says - "Au Courant or Ancient History: When Searching for a Job, How Long Should Companies be Held Responsible for Ethical Lapses -- Both Real and Perceived?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Future of Sales" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Vizor Interactive Offices – Minsk, Belarus
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, DuraCare Seating, KFI Studio, Scandinavian Spaces, GlasPro, Bosse, Camira
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 27, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: Our Environmental Responsibility for Furniture does not End with the Sale - We've done a great job sourcing recycled plastics and paints, using alternative veneers and staying away from poisonous chemicals but drop the ball when it comes to what happens to our furniture after it is no longer wanted or needed. As an industry, we need to redouble our efforts to keep our products from entering the landfill.
  •   Meet Arik Levy: Designer of Marien152 - The idea for Marien152 came from thinking about every time I bought a chair since I was born — there's always something added to it — a little cushion on top that makes it a little bit more comfortable or something that adapts (to) the person who bought it and so on. This makes sense in an environment where everybody does their own thing, but in the working environment it doesn't. So I thought, "How can we design a single product that fits the needs of many different people?"
  •   Chris Binnendyk Becomes the Majority Shareholder and CEO of Three H - Binnendyk will assume several key executive functions as CEO.
  •   How CEUs will Evolve in 2021 and Beyond - Architects and designers have always needed CEUs to keep their accreditations. But in today's world of digital prevalence, where information can be sourced from everywhere, it's elevating the expectations of CEUs from a content and a delivery perspective.
  •   Introducing Ark, New Strategic Consultancy Guiding Organizations through Uncertain Times - The company is excited to bring a new level of analytical rigor to the strategic level conversations about the future of work and organizational performance.
  •   Allsteel Partners with Swedish Acoustic Solutions Brand Zilenzio Building on a Comprehensive Workspace Portfolio - All Zilenzio products are influenced by Scandinavian design principles, and its portfolio includes designs from Norm Architects and Note Design studio.
  •   Sweeping Research Shows Workers Want Freedom Within a Framework Rather Than a Rigid Formal Policy - Working from home and working at the office doesn't work for everyone all the time. Regardless, research shows management is beginning to have its say as well.
  •   Upfront: Kimball International Launches Groundbreaking Health Furnishings Brand Interwoven - Interwoven provides purposeful solutions to the health care marketplace, enabling its clients to safely care for patients, families, staff and community.
  •   Product Spotlight: Jax, Sol and Mila Recognized with Good Design Awards - Jax, Sol and Mila from 9to5 Seating creatively address needs in the market while delivering on style.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MediaWorks Offices – Auckland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Allseating, Global, Designtex, Studio TK, 3form
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 20, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: The Shows Must Go On - Our industry needs live, in-person events, and they must restart as soon as is safely possible. If we lose the fall season of industry events, I'm not sure if they will ever recover. That's why it is so important to support them.
  •   Creating Spaces for Neurodiversity, HOK Aims for Seamless Solutions - Ways to support neurodiverse people with design include lighting, materiality, color and natural elements to make these spaces more humanized. Alternatively, designers need to create spaces where people can go and get that energy out of their body in an acceptable way.
  •   Introducing HAT Collective - HAT Collective will build upon the "easy-to-do-business-with" philosophy, a hallmark carried over from its legacy product line brands. The collection offers a "one-stop" simplified purchasing and ordering process for dealers.
  •   2021 Reset: Is Your Office Ready? - Hand-washing stations will probably be a permanent fixture in offices; plexiglas probably won't. Hands-free plumbing fixtures and better air handling and clean are permanent; temperature taking probably isn't.
  •   Leland Refocuses Brand on "The Good Life" - The new focus will be on human comfort and wellness and how the Leland story intersects with its customers.
  •   Brand New Design Event Workspace Show Launches in London - The show, which will offer free entry for trade visitors, will presentmore than 100 exhibitors and more than 70 product launches across the office, education and health care sectors from the world's leading brands.
  •   Upfront: Steelcase Named One of America's Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek - This year Steelcase announced it has achieved carbon neutrality for its own operations and set ambitious carbon goals validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Seating Launches Nautilus Card to Address Challenges of High-traffic Spaces - Aimed at filling a demand in the market for reliable textiles designed for high-traffic spaces, the Nautilus patterns all have 100,000 or more double-rub abrasion ratings.
  •   Product Spotlight: ESI Introduces Sena Monitor Arm Series and PowerHub Desktop Charging Station - The Sena series comes with a patent-pending, double-track slider with 11 inches of adjustability on an eight-inch slider, allowing the monitor to precisely fit the optimal ergonomic placement of each user.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Am I Paying A Car Allowance if My Employees Are Not Driving for Sales Calls?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Your Greatest Gift: Staying Present, Choosing Focus & Where to Start" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - BE Meliorism Offices – Dubai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Global
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 13, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: The World Needs a Personal Work Pod and We Should Design It - A semi-private, personal booth, smartly designed (that doesn't look like a cube) is sorely needed. I hope to see some examples of this when we all meet for NeoCon in October.
  •   A Workplace that Works for Everyone? Innovation Summit Explores the Future of Workplace Design - Health care is highly personal, of course, and what's true for one is not true for another, even if the diagnosis is the same.
  •   LOGICDATA, Herman Miller Team Up on DC-Powered Height-Adjustable Desk - The work between Herman Miller, LOGICDATA and VoltServer is leading the furniture maker into conversations about how to take the innovation and move it from a single customer to other projects.
  •   Experts Weigh In on Commercial Furniture M&A During COVID-19 - 2021 is expected to be a boom year for mergers and acquisitions.
  •   Manufacturer's Question: How Is BIFMA Helping my Company Workers Get the Vaccine? Maybe It's Time To Fire More People? - This, of course, is a state-by-state issue.
  •   Four Remote-Work Elements Employees Will Crave in an In-Person Office - There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but it's important to have a sufficient amount of space to enable de-densification, and therefore, providing a safe working environment is a key consideration.
  •   Upfront: Landscape Forms Named 2020 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year - From electronic assembly, to powdercoating and welding, all manufacturing roles at Landscape Forms are supported by robust internal training programs.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allseating's Levo and Innate Win 2020 GOOD DESIGN Awards - Levo is a task chair designed for optimal vertebrae support that suits the needs and aesthetics of the modern office.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturer's Question: How Is BIFMA Helping my Company Workers Get the Vaccine? Maybe It's Time To Fire More People?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - BECI Offices – Brussels
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Chief, Fräsch
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 6, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: 2021 Rings in a Welcome Reconnection and Celebration that will be as Fantastic as the Darkest Days of 2020 were Bleak - It has been a crippling year on so many levels. And yet we persist and survive.
  •   BREAKING NEWS: Claridge Products Announces New Partnership With Skylark Private Equity - Claridge has been owned by the Clavey family of Harrison, AR since its founding.
  •   Be Extraordinary: Incorporating Focus, Kindness, Imperfection, Connection and Joyfulness into Your Life - A lot of extraordinary people in the world don't realize they are extraordinary or living an extraordinary life, impacting people with their words, outlook, smile and encouragement.
  •   Exclusive Look at FCA's Research into the Future of Law Office Design - Moving forward, the survey shows the future of law office design will see reduced standardized footprints, efficient in purpose and appointments.
  •   Work From Home Safety Act Passes Congress Establishes National Flammability Standard - The new law instructs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish conformance with California TB-117-2013 as a national standard in the United States.
  •   Naturally Occurring Colors Provide the Groundwork for Diverse Interiors - Captivating and pleasing to the eye, these six distinct and tactile colors offer a usable palette for any interior.
  •   Furniture Maker Uhuru Introduces High-Design, Affordable Work-from-Home Office Brand—Propr - Propr is representative of Uhuru's distinguished designs, while incorporating a lighter, brighter and more colorful element that stays true to ITS New American Design roots.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Announces Partnership With Mortarr - INDEAL has partnered with Mortarr, a marketing platform for the commercial furniture industry, providing program members with an opportunity to increase online visibility. The relationship expands INDEAL's offering of digital tools that help members connect with clients virtually.
  •   Product Spotlight: ESI Introduces the LotusRT Sit-Stand Workstation and Hana Work from Home Product Series - Designed to support the way people work wherever they work, the LotusRT comes with single and dual monitor options, and the Hana series offers a monitor riser, laptop support and foot support. All products are available in black and white with a designer wood veneer finish.
  •   Stephen Says - "Residential Is the New Contract and It's As Hot As Gender Neutral Restrooms" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Be Extraordinary: Incorporating Focus, Kindness, Imperfection, Connection and Joyfulness in Your Life" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - CBRE Offices – Helsinki
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Narbutas, AIS
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 23 & 30, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Quarterly Financial Reports Lack Context...Until Now - The problem is, these reports are written in a way that makes them tough to read if you aren't a financial wonk. And even if you are, you have to read between the lines to suss out what is really being said.
  •   Versteel History as Told by its Employees - In the early 1990s, Versteel patented a folding table mechanism that provided reliability and flexibility for customers and helped to launch the brand to the next level.
  •   Byrne Helps Make Employees' Dreams of US Citizenship a Reality - In 2020, six Byrne employees have celebrated their newly minted U.S. citizenship.
  •   Sourcing for Commercial-Grade Home Office Setups - If nothing else, COVID-19 has shown us future attraction and retention policies must now incorporate details surrounding home office stipends and the quantification of remote work.
  •   Steelcase Ekes Out a Small Profit Through Serious Belt-Tightening - "I'm proud of the dedication and agility of our employees, who helped us deliver a profit this quarter despite the challenges our business faced from the second wave of COVID cases and the temporary shutdown of our operations."
  •   Herman Miller Retail Skyrockets to Partially Buoy Slumping Contract Sales - The almost overnight shift to work from home caused by the pandemic has validated the notion not all work needs to be done in the office, and people can be productive working from a network of locations as long as they have the proper tools.
  •   Experts Discuss the Future of Design for Academia - Some of the fundamental questions being asked now is who really needs to be on campus to perform their job tasks.
  •   Upfront: Tampa Dealer Workscapes Signs Warehouse Deal near Ybor City, Plans to Leave WeWork Place in Downtown Tampa - Workscapes will lease 31,820 square feet in Tampa Fulfillment Center, a newly built warehouse at 101 S. 34th St. It will vacate its 7,700-square-foot storefront in WeWork Place at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd.
  •   Product Spotlight: BuzziSpace's New Workstations Erases Distractive Noise from Workplace - Designed to act as a freestanding room within a room, BuzziNest comes in two models: BuzziNest Booth and BuzziNest Pod.
  •   Stephen Says - "New Haworth Strategy? Instead of Poaching Individual Sales People, Poach the Whole Dealership!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Thank You, 2020!" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Sela Logistics Offices – Ashdod, Israel
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Martin Brattrud, Bentley, Turf Design, Arc-Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 16, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Would You Pay to Work in a Hotel Room? Me Neither - Though I miss spending a few nights in a hotel, I don't miss trying to work in my room. I think most business travelers feel the same way.
  •   AIS Defeats Desk Spaghetti — Calibrate Community for the Win - With a simple kit of parts, Community can be scaled from open plan environments to work walls creating naturally defined user spaces.
  •   Landscape Forms Acquires Loll Designs - The two companies focus on great design, are located in the Midwest and make all their products in the U.S. The partnership formed over the last few years and culminated in the announcement of the acquisition.
  •   LightCorp Enters Power Distribution Market with Introduction of Nik - LightCorp developed Nik in-house and is already in discussions with some of its OEM partners on adapting it for future use.
  •   Vari to Open Third VariSpace Location in Dallas-Ft. Worth - VariSpace Coppell, Leasing in 2021, will be the next Vari headquarters.
  •   US Hiring Outlooks Continue To Improve For Q1 - However, pre-pandemic hiring levels will take longer to return.
  •   'Energy, Clarity and Hope' Mixed with 'Solid and Dependable,' Pantone Reveals Color(s) of the Year 2021 - Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination to set the mood in any room in the home, adding a dose of sunshine and positivity.
  •   Inscape Sees Steep Sales Drop in Fiscal Q2 - Total sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 were $7.2 million, compared To $23.3 million for the same period of fiscal 2020.
  •   Virco Q3 Sales Fall 15.3% - Through summer, the Company noted a meaningful shift in demand toward individual student desks and chairs that could be more easily distanced within existing facilities.
  •   Upfront: Kimball International Announces Closing of Poppin Acquisition - This was a strategically compelling combination for both companies that has positioned us to gain share and successfully navigate a dynamic marketplace.
  •   Product Spotlight: Kebony Rolls Out Inaugural Line of Commercial Outdoor Furniture - Named after the northernmost region of Norway, North Cape features modern design and steel-framed construction with Kebony Clear grade slats.
  •   Stephen Says - "HR Director Asks: Why Does it Take Us So Long to Make a Hire?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Anteus Constructora Offices – Zapopan, Mexico
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Concertex, G&S Acoustics, Versteel
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 9, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Happy Weary Willie Day (and all the Other Holidays We Celebrate) - Weary Willie Day was named for the character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898. Weary Willie Day celebrates the art of clowning and the impact it has had on our lives.
  •   Productivity, Less Stress, Better Health — It Starts with Sleep - Sleep is the body's most powerful way to restore, regenerate and reorganize itself.
  •   Uhuru Strengthens its Work from Home Offering - Though no one would hope for or could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic, Uhuru's strategy is playing into the current work trends.
  •   Mentoring the Next Generation of Designers ... Remotely - To help bridge this interim gap, management must recognize some obvious limitations. For starters, millennials cannot learn if they don't have access to mentors.
  •   Workplace 2030 Launches World's First Epidemiologically-Guided Office of the Future - Prototype People are expecting to go back to a workplace that is more restrictive, but what about one that's more collaborative, welcoming, comfortable, while also advancing employee health and safety significantly?
  •   CBRE's Office Ready Simplifies Office Fit-Outs - By compressing the upfront planning process with pre-built design and materials options, Office Ready provides significant cost-savings and speed-to-market while also managing risk and suppliers for the client.
  •   Upfront: COVID-19 and the Built Environment Industry Impact Report - The 2020 impact report is the latest addition in a series of environmental scans undertaken by CIDA to forecast changes influencing interior design practice.
  •   Product Spotlight: LG Hausys Floors Introduces Atmosphere - Atmosphere is a new homogeneous sheet solution created to meet the rigorous health, safety and design requirements for health care environments. Featuring LG Hausys’s new, innovative chip design, Atmosphere combines best-in-class durability, anti-bacterial properties and ease-of-maintenance.
  •   Stephen Says - "I left Steelcase for RH and Never Looked Back; Is RH the Trader Joe's of Furniture?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Leaps and Bounds" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Autodesk Offices – Krakow, Poland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - KFI Studios, Ultrafabrics, Arconas, Dekko, Poltrona Frau and Directa Plus
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 2, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Emerge from Your Tryptophan-Induced Stupor with a New Focus on 2021 - Start making appointments with customers so you are ready when the shift happens. In the meantime, use the time between now and spring to whip your business into shape.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Legrand is the Power Behind Reconfigurable Offices - There are many brands under the Legrand umbrella, but the company operates four brands that work specifically in the contract interiors realm. Connectrac, Middle Atlantic Products, Chief and Wiremold Products. And all can help companies get facilities back on track following the pandemic with options from The Power to Change program.
  •   DeVorm's Signature Chair Debuts New Coat of Colors - Designed by Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER, Pod Privacy Chair was the first PET felt chair Dutch furniture brand De Vorm created — 600 PET bottles are recycled to produce one Pod, and the chair remains the biggest shape ever produced using this material.
  •   Salone del Mobile.Milano 2021 will be Held in September - President of the Salone del Mobile, Claudio Luti, had this to say: "Being able to hold the Salone next year is an absolute priority for all those of us whose lives revolve around design."
  •   JANUS et Cie Announces Interactive VR Experience for Beverly Boulevard Showroom - A destination in its own right, the new flagship's features mirror the company's service-driven culture. JANUS et Cie Beverly Boulevard is not only a source of visual inspiration and reference, but a place to meet with clients, grab a coffee and get to work with a dedicated team of specialists.
  •   Don't Leave Ergonomics at the Office - Knowing we can be just as productive and move just as little while working from home, it makes sense a lot of companies are planning on keeping some form of work from home flexibility moving forward, even after COVID-19 is gone.
  •   Product Spotlight: Wilsonart Launches Nine New Woodgrain Designs to Bring Unique Style to Commercial Spaces - Wilsonart has announced the release of nine new woodgrain styles that combine the best of nature with exceptional engineering. The collection of dimensional wood-textured laminate surfaces help cultivate an aesthetic appeal in commercial spaces. Matching Edgeband and TFL Panels are available.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Goals Are Too High? It's Groundhog's Day for Reps" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MLT Aikins Offices – Saskatoon, Canada
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Hightower, Frövi, Flos
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 25, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Hold on a Little While Longer: Offices Will Emerge from Pandemic More Important Than Ever - One way or another, COVID-19 cases are going to drop, either through herd immunity or the successful rollout of one of the very promising vaccines, which should be available to the general public by spring.
  •   USGBC Readies the Green Building Industry for a LEED Positive Future During Greenbuild and Announces the 2020 Leadership Award Recipients - During education sessions and keynote addresses, USGBC outlined commitments and actions to help support a healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable recovery.
  •   Yorgo Lykouria: From the Agile Office to the Resilient Workplace: Why the Post-Pandemic World Needs High-Level Thinking - The spaces we inhabit should be reinvented on every level to support progress and accommodate our needs.
  •   Season of Thanksgiving - What is a Season of Thanksgiving? Well, for me and my family, it's being actively committed to looking at all the things each of us are thankful for, day by day and all the things going well in our lives.
  •   Replace Design Assumptions with Fact in Today's Uncertain Environment - Sampling remains one of the most prominent concerns for designers across the board. With limited access (in many cases) to showrooms or their firm's personal libraries, designers struggle to get their hands on physical samples.
  •   KWK Architects Supports School of Medicine Mission Through Planning and Project Activities at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis - Gaining a thorough understanding of just how the school of medicine utilized its existing space was an important step in the process.
  •   Product Spotlight: National Office Furniture Launches Dynamic Products and Surface Material Solutions - The Tarver collection of tables, storage and mobile ancillary pieces unifies bold design, industrial beauty and the natural characteristics of wood and steel.
  •   Upfront: Lauren Rottet's New Introductions for Haworth Collections - Suitable for high-impression and social spaces in commercial and hospitality environments, the Lyda is available in a range of styles and a choice of sizes and forms.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can Scruff Get a Man Fired?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Season of Thanksgiving" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Schneider Electric Offices – Izmir, Turkey
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Wilsonart, Arcadia
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 18, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: No Vacation in Sight? Forget Work from Home. Try Work from Holiday Instead - All of us are working from home. So I reasoned, since we are all working virtually, why not work from somewhere a little more pleasant than the gray, rainy and dreary weather found in Grand Rapids in the late fall?
  •   What does the Rep Group of the Future Look Like? Check out CSG in Southeast Michigan - CSG is a good example of a rep group that hasn't stood still, even during a pandemic. Business does not have to stop if you have good ideas and are willing to innovate.
  •   Remote Working Means Making Homes Work - Work life balance has shifted, and many like working from home now. Could this be a negotiating factor in the future of recruiting, hiring and employee retention?
  •   Herman Miller Unveils Experiential Retail Locations in Los Angeles and New York City - Designed in-house by Herman Miller's creative design team, each 1,500 square-foot store features immersive vignettes that highlight the iconic products and innovative solutions for the home office.
  •   WB Wood Becomes a Haworth Dealer in the New York Metro Region - "Our new partnership with Haworth is a perfect strategic and cultural fit for our clients and employees alike," said Richard Mines, owner of WB Wood.
  •   Spotlight on Seating: Home Office Chairs — Ergonomic Options are Plentiful, But Experts Say Not All Are Necessary - A proper office chair is the foundation of a healthy ergonomic work environment.
  •   Solomon Coyle Q3 Dealer Report Reflects Cautiously Positive Outlook on Industry's Recovery - While the major manufacturers reported a decrease in sales against the quarter year-to-date, there was still an improvement over Q2.
  •   Product Spotlight: Medley Introduces Hank Monitor Desk Handcrafted from FSC-Certified Wood - As with all of Medley's products, the Hank Monitor Desk is made-to-order and handcrafted in the brand's Los Angeles workshop using old school techniques. In contrast to mass production, each piece can be customized to meet the client's exact needs.
  •   Upfront: Sedus Mourns Holger Jahnke - Holger Jahnke, supervisory board spokesperson and member of the management board responsible for marketing and sales of Sedus Stoll, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 10 at the age of 55.
  •   Cyberattack Shut Down Steelcase Order Management, Manufacturing and Distribution Systems and Operations for Nearly Two Weeks - Steelcase also has incurred modest incremental costs relating to remediating, restoring and reinforcing its systems.
  •   CDC Study Shows Employees Working in the Office Almost Double Their COVID-19 Risk - Adults who received positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 infection were more likely to report exclusively going to an office or school setting in the 2 weeks before illness onset, compared with those who tested negative, even among those working in a profession outside of the critical infrastructure.
  •   Stephen Says - "Spurned Job Candidate Asks: Should I Expect a Look from Company I Previously Interviewed With?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "15-Minutes of Fame?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Olka Offices and Showroom – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Scandinavian Spaces, Encore, 3form, Unika Vaev, Duvaltex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 11, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Introducing Midpoint, a New Publication that will Serve the Dealer/Rep Community - Midpoint will be filled with information for and about dealers and reps. Think of best practices that can be shared, innovative projects and dealer involvement in them, charity and community work and columns on things like installation, succession planning, technology and more.
  •   What Are You Doing to Get People Back to Work? - Corporate America today is looking for a solution that will create a safe workplace now and into the future, regardless of what virus, bacteria or other airborne pollutants might be out there and no other industry is better positioned to provide that solution than we are.
  •   Falkbuilt Bolstered by Round of Financing - "This financing is validation of our vision and our revolutionary approach to interior construction," said Mogens Smed, CEO of Falkbuilt.
  •   Kimball International Acquires Poppin — "It Checks All the Boxes" - Poppin brings Kimball new products and new categories that Kimball can offer through its existing channels.
  •   Strategic Elements of Post-Pandemic Workplace Design - By recognizing that we must accommodate changes in terms of technology, and even future social distancing–related protocols, we can design a future that's promising and full of collaboration.
  •   Luxxbox Launches New Line of Patterned Acoustic Material - With remote working shaping up to be the new normal indefinitely for most office workers, Motif was designed for small spaces as well — with its clean, geometric angles and curves and small, repeating patterns.
  •   Kimball Navigates Market Softness; Business Remains Challenging - Consolidated net sales were $147.9 million, down 27% from $201.5 million in the year ago quarter. Gross margin expanded by 50 basis points to 35.4% driven by cost savings from the 2021 transformation program.
  •   Solutions Spotlight: Safe-T Workplace Products Announces Exciting New Partnerships with Surgically Clean Air, Air Purification Experts, and Clear2, Facility Entry and Access Control Solutions Provider - The partnerships are intended to support the mission of the Safe-T Workplace Products offering, a new line of solutions that brings people working in commercial and institutional spaces a new level of safety and security.
  •   Upfront: DIRTT Q3 2020 Sales Decline from Last Year - Revenue for the third quarter of 2020 was $46.2 million compared to $65.4 million reported in the third quarter of 2019.
  •   Stephen Says - "So You Have an Employee Telling You They Received a Call from a Headhunter? No Need To Give Then a Raise!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Game Freak Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Artopex, LDI Interiors, FluidStance, Shev Chair, LINAK, Springboard
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 4, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: 'Let's Design with Plexiglas!' Said No Interior Designer. Ever. - The idea of screens and even panels between workers is something worth discussing. Panels are making a comeback, for good reason. It is unclear whether this is a temporary trend or if the cubicle will make a long-term return to the office.
  •   Fancher Chair Co. has Served the Furniture Industry Since Thomas Jefferson was President (You Read that Right) - Fancher Chair has succeeded because the company has always been willing to do what the customer wants and needs of them.
  •   Who is Right in DIRTT Squabble with Falkbuilt? Depends on Who You Ask - Smed denies the allegations lodged against him by DIRTT, which he said is simply hassling him for being a strong competitor. Smed said DIRTT has used $6.5 million "of shareholder money trying to harass us."
  •   The Changing Dynamics of the Workplace — What's Really Going to Matter in the Future? - In addition to obvious COVID-related safety measures that need to be in place, other aesthetics like acoustics, lighting, colors and biophilia are a priority in office design to institute a feeling of safety and good health.
  •   Solutions Spotlight: HON Education Solutions Support The Learning Renaissance - Substantial changes in education trends in recent years show every space has the potential to become a learning space. There is no longer the expectation that students sit in symmetrical rows day after day while facing the teacher writing on the chalkboard at the front of the room.
  •   Upfront: IIDA Announce Colorado Business and Community Leader Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp as Legislator of the Year - Rep. Kraft-Tharp worked with IIDA and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) to advance interior design practice with the passage of Colorado HB1165, which went into effect on September 14. This critical piece of legislation acknowledges the impact of interior designers on life safety in the interior built environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "Pre-Pandemic Resume and LinkedIn Versus Now: What HR Professionals and Recruiters Really Care About" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Boon Rawd Brewery Headquarters – Bangkok
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: HON, Dauphin, Allseating, Patcraft, Concertex, Arcadia, Luna
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - November, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: MERCY HEALTH ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL ORTHOPEDIC FLOOR, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - Business travel takes me to many far-flung places, but rarely has it left me with a more frustrating and frightening "souvenir" than it did after a recent trip to China.
  •   FLEXJOBS SURVEY FINDS WANTING TO TRAVEL A SURPRISINGLY POPULAR MOTIVATOR FOR WHY MILLENNIALS WORK - According to a July 2019 FlexJobs survey, which included more than 1,600 millennials, travel is a surprisingly popular motivator for why millennials work.
  •   SMART FURNITURE – THE FUTURE IS HERE - Internet-connected furnishings tackle two common challenges in the workplace: employee productivity and well-being.
  •   WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WORKPLACE? CREATE PLACES WHERE WORKERS CAN CONNECT FACE-TO-FACE - Gensler's recent research shows connecting face-to-face builds good relationships, speeds the flow of ideas, raises awareness between departments and bolsters information sharing.
  •   TEKNION'S HUB ALLOWS CLIENTS TO TEST DIFFERENT SETTINGS - The open office has led to many debates — and numerous studies which point out the strengths and weaknesses of it.
  •   GETTING COMFORTABLE -- COMPANIES COMBINE FORCES TO BRING NEXT GENERATION INTELLIGENCE INTO THE WORKPLACE - Comfy is a user-facing software platform that delivers enterprise-grade analytics on space utilization and building operations.
  •   VOCON COMPLETES DESIGN OF DROGA5'S NEW YORK HEADQUARTERS - Vocon has completed the design of three floors for Droga5, a New York City-based advertising agency.
  •   TO PROVE IT WORKS, ARCHITECT STUDIO MA BUILDS SUPER-GREEN HQ IN PHOENIX - "We believe in social equity, regenerative bioclimatic design and an ethos of architecture for everyone."
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   NEW GLOBAL WORKPLACE STUDY - Today's technology allows for space to be used more flexibly and for employees to work remotely.
  •   6 GUIDELINES FOR CREATING REAL CULTURE CHANGE - For many organizations, a cultural transformation is what they need to make the leap from good to great.
  •   HOW WOMEN CAN HELP CLOSE THE GENDER PAY GAP IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS - Even though women in professional fields make up the majority of the workforce, men occupy most of the leadership positions.

Workplaces Magazine - October, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: PUBLICUS LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is known for gambling, shows and the night life. It also is known for huge and elaborate casinos with convention centers that bring in countless business travelers to attend shows and conventions.
  •   PRODUCTIVITY LOWERED BY BAD BEHAVIOR AT WORK, STUDY FINDS - The study, which surveyed adults ages 18 and over who are employed full or part time, examined how many workplace do's and don'ts are not always followed and how this affects workers' attitudes, their connectivity with colleagues and their work environment.
  •   CIFF SHANGHAI AND THE EAST DESIGN SHOW ASK THE QUESTION, DO WE STILL NEED A NEW CHAIR? - It has been said that a designer must design a chair in his or her lifetime.
  •   SPACESMITH COMPLETES HEADQUARTERS FOR GLOBAL FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LEADER, MARKETAXESS, AT HUDSON YARDS - Reflecting the innovation and stature of MarketAxess, an international financial technology company, the 83,000-square-foot workplace in Manhattan supports a major rebranding for Spacesmith as it creates new, high performance workplaces designed for open communication, collaborative interaction and a launch pad for new product development.
  •   NEW REPORT FROM THE U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SHOWS THAT CLIMATE ACTION REQUIRES PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST - The research suggests the simplest way to connect with others on the importance of the environment is to frame the conversation around people and the health, safety and well-being of their friends and families.
  •   ARTAIC TAKES OVER THE MOSAIC ART MARKET WITH BREAKTHROUGH ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY - While travelling in Europe, Ted Acworth was charmed by ancient mosaic art he saw at museums and archaeological sites.
  •   PEACEFUL LIGHTING IMPROVES PATIENT OUTCOMES - New and old hospitals alike face the conundrum of providing equal access to light, observes David Navarrete, director of research initiatives for the manufacturer Sky Factory.
  •   SAMUELSON FURNITURE INTRODUCES FORWARD-THINKING HOSPITALITY PIECES - "We are focusing on fresh designs."
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN, LONDON - Getting work done on the road isn't easy, especially in an extremely busy London train station. On a recent business trip between London and Amsterdam, I needed to work while waiting for my Eurostar train. Sometimes you have to grab work time when and where you can. In this instance, it was Le Pain Quotidien, a bakery-restaurant group founded in Brussels in 1990 that has grown worldwide.
  •   JUST PROGRAM MEASURES SOCIAL EQUITY - Corporate social responsibility has always been a slippery term. It looks great on a mission statement, but companies often lack a way to measure the impact of this belief. Enter JUST, a disclosure tool offered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The voluntary transparency program helps businesses disclose and optimize policies that improve social equity and enhance employee engagement.
  •   A NEW COWORKING SPACE IN MINNEAPOLIS IS PROVIDING A SAFE AND INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN, NON-BINARY AND TRANS PEOPLE - When people walk into The Coven, whether it's for the first time or every morning when they come to work, they finally feel like they can be themselves. "Whether you're dressed to the nines, you're in your workout clothes, you're experimenting with your personality, this is a safe and welcoming space," said Erinn Farrell, chief creative officer at The Coven. "We welcome all versions of yourselves."
  •   PRIVACY UNDONE: MY REVOLT AGAINST THE 'OPEN OFFICE ENLIGHTENMENT' - The open office project was doomed from the start, beginning with the misguided assumptions being made about the generic office worker.
  •   HAPPINESS IS IN THE HUDDLE — EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON WHAT PRIVACY MEANS IN THE OFFICE THESE DAYS - Is there a privacy crisis in the office? Not necessarily, according to some experts. And is privacy even the right word? Maybe not. "Just like the phrase open layout, and its variations, it's an old term," said Samu Hällfors, cofounder of Framery in Finland. "It doesn't necessarily encompass exactly what we mean all the time. Same with work privacy — yes, we need spaces to speak in private, but it's more about the need to concentrate or the need for personal space. So, privacy is sort of a narrow term."
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: DINER BETWEEN THE DAMS, CROTON, MICHIGAN - We used to talk about working vacations if that was somehow an anomaly; the rare occasion when we took a few days off and brought our laptops with us to work. Today, working vacations are the norm.
  •   WORKPLACE LIFE - A survey from CareerBuilder, a pioneer in talent acquisition media, technology and services, shows employees are split on how they feel about their current job.
  •   THE NEXT LEVEL OF EXECUTIVE OFFICES - Picture a stereotypical corner office. Especially in the movies, executive offices come in two flavors — traditional with wood paneling and dark leather or ultra-modern with chrome and glass. Both are always in a skyscraper with a million-dollar city view.
  •   HOW COWORKING CRACKED THE INDIAN MARKET - It began when Umang Sood decided he needed a nice place to work. As an investment banker, he'd been to some of the most dismal workplaces in India, where efficiency took precedence over employee well-being.
  •   CAPITAL ONE WORKPLACE SURVEY RESULTS - Work is hard and takes a toll on employees. That's why Capital One's Work Environment Survey shows that 87 percent of employees agree it's important that employers create spaces and programs to support mental health & wellbeing.
  •   COLOR TRENDS HAVE A COMPLEX LIFECYCLE AND THEIR ORIGIN MIGHT SURPRISE YOU - Color plays a huge role in the workplace. It influences our moods, our inspiration and our productivity.
  •   MUSIC AND THE WORKPLACE: HOW MUZAK, HEADPHONES AND NEUROSCIENTISTS AFFECT HOW YOU WORK - Despite Muzak Holding's convictions, Muzak lost its market momentum in the 1980s, and the unscientific methodology of its research was heavily criticized.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   THE LINK HOTEL & HUB CATERS TO MODERN BUSINESS TRAVELLER; REDEFINES THE FUTURE OF HOSPITALITY - The LINK Hotel caters to the future of hospitality with the introduction of self-service technology and a dedicated hub offering coworking spaces, a kitchen, a bar and entertainment.

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2019

 
  •   MORE PEOPLE ARE WORKING REMOTELY, AND IT'S TRANSFORMING OFFICE DESIGN - Working remotely is the new normal — and the increasing numbers of employees who work from home are, paradoxically, changing the nature of office design.
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: HOLIDAY INN PARIS - NOTRE DAME IN THE LATIN QUARTER - I have been to France a few times for business, but never for pleasure. Although I have flown through Charles de Gaulle Airport on the way to somewhere else, I have never been able to spend any time visiting the City of Light. If you ever find yourself in Paris, or if you are close enough to jump on a train and spend a day or two there, do it and stay at the Holiday Inn at Notre Dame. You may just get a little work done while taking in the sights.
  •   CBRE PLANTS DEEP ROOTS IN THE CORE, ITS NEW AMSTERDAM HUB - Plants are everywhere, more than 900 of them throughout the space to give the open building a natural feel and to make the work-life connection for the staff, which is mostly young (the average age of a CBRE Amsterdam employee is 32 years old). The Core is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification for its sustainability efforts. Insights from CBRE's Healthy Offices research, which was conducted in collaboration with the University of Twente, were applied to create a healthy working environment.
  •   HIT THE ROOF - Need more space for employees but don't have room to expand? Head to the roof. Working outdoors allows employees to refresh and recharge without having to go offsite. But adding a relaxing patio or picnic area isn't always feasible, especially if your property is in a dense urban area or historic downtown. The only option is to go up. Here's a look at how some companies are transforming their roofs into an al fresco workspace.
  •   DESIGNING IN COMPLICATED TIMES: LIZ OGBU CALLS ON DESIGNERS TO CONSIDER CIVIC PROJECTS - A designer, urbanist, and social innovator, Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. She is founder and principal of Studio O, in San Francisco — a multidisciplinary innovation practice that uses the power of design to catalyze sustained social impact.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   CIFF SHANGHAI BRINGS RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DESIGN TOGETHER - CIFF happens twice a year with the fall edition combining both commercial and residential in one massive show. As we have seen in recent years, and as was evident at the latest NeoCon, the lines between the office and home furnishings are continuing to blur. Combining both of these markets in one show helps us see what is offered and how these markets can work together.

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: PASSENGER SEAT, 2019 MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN - There's working "while" on the road and then there is working "on" the road — literally working while you are a passenger in a car. I found myself in that situation recently after attending a funeral in Port Huron, Michigan, a city about three hours from my home in Grand Rapids.
  •   STUDY SHOWS CULTURE MATTERS AT WORK - Speakap's latest study, "The Culture Factor: Improving Employee Loyalty & Relationships," found nearly 60 percent of the employees it surveyed would take a job at another company in exchange for a better company culture. The objective of the study was to understand elements impacting perception of culture within organizations, how companies communicate culture and change, and the impacts on employee satisfaction and retention.
  •   NOURISH EMPLOYEE INTERACTION WITH SNACK STATIONS - Looking for new ways to encourage your employees to mingle? Food-based amenities that go beyond free coffee and vending machines may be the answer. The resimercial trend of adding homey touches around the office is also placing new emphasis on kitchens and break rooms. You don't have to provide full catering to satisfy your workforce — a dedicated snack station can boost employee morale and spark new connections.
  •   HLW CREATES 'THE WORKSHOP' AS ITS LONDON HUB - Global architecture, interiors and design firm HLW has built a different kind of workshop in the heart of London that holds onto the historical vision of a space where work, collaboration and "tools" are used, but without all the grease and grime. Its London hub, The Workshop at Lonsdale Square between Angel and Islington, is a marvel of adaptive space reuse and a hive of energy and creativity.
  •   PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS FOR NEOCON 2019 - A first look at some of the major new products that will be introduced during NeoCon 2019 in Chicago this month. When you hear the word "NeoCon," it might not mean anything to you other than a shortened version of "neoconservative." But to those in the office interiors industry, it has a whole different meaning. It is the industry's major event, held in Chicago each June at the Merchandise Mart, and it is a place where many new products that will change the way you work are introduced.
  •   THE COMMERCIAL DESIGN INDUSTRY IS CHANGING. WHY CAN'T THE STAFFING PROCESS TOO? - Job posting is an outdated process. The resume needs improving. Interviews must be more efficient. Whether you're searching for a job or recruiting talent, the process is changing at every level. Traditional strategies are evolving with technology, and brand building — among job seekers and employers — is more important than ever. These insights are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to staffing these days, according to Bryan Lake, associate partner with Sales Consultants of Grand Rapids in West Michigan.

Workplaces Magazine - May, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: SPENDID HOTEL & SPA, HOAN KIEM DISTRICT, HANOI, VIETNAM - My computer was open in the small breakfast room of the Splendid Hotel & Spa in Hanoi, Vietnam, but I was distracted by the warm breeze coming through the open window and the views of Hoàn Kiem Lake in the heart of the city.
  •   NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT FLEXIBLE WORKING IS NOW A TOP CONSIDERATION IN THE WAR FOR TALENT - Research conducted by IWG, a flexible workspace provider, shows 80 percent of workers in the U.S. would choose a job offering flexible working over a job that didn't offer it, and 30 percent of people value being able to choose their work location over an increase in vacation time.
  •   STAYING ACTIVE IN THE WORKPLACE: A LOOK AT HOW IT HAPPENS - Staying active in the workplace depends a lot on the workplace itself. If you happen to be an NBA referee, for example, staying active probably isn’t that difficult. Activity depends a lot on the job you do and the “office” you work in, no matter how non-traditional.
  •   THE THREE COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFULLY USING HUMOR IN THE WORKPLACE - Fifty-two percent of Americans are unsatisfied with their jobs and more than three-quarters say they would relocate if it meant better vibes at work. What most people don’t realize is using humor in workplace is an individual choice you make every single day. You are responsible for your own job satisfaction. And if you choose humor, you will be more productive, less stressed and happier.
  •   REIMAGINE YOUR LOBBY - Lobby design goes beyond specific furniture or lighting. It is the cumulative effect conveyed by finishes, colors, branded elements and even art. First impression and last impression — lobbies are the gatekeeper of your company image.
  •   A WHIMSICAL AND HEALTHY RENOVATION AT SIGHTBOX HEADQUARTERS - A design with a more holistic integrated approach, with the end-user experience in mind, was what inspired her to move her career into designing healthy and sustainable facilities.
  •   SHAW CREATE CENTRE SETS NEW STANDARD FOR WORKPLACE DESIGN - With a focus on current and future employees, plus clients and industry partners, the Create Centre boasts a concept strategically designed with productivity and well-being in mind.
  •   DEALING WITH ANGER IN THE WORKPLACE - We've all had bad days in the workplace. After all, we're only human. Whether it's frustration on a project with fellow team members, a client or career advancement, feelings of anger can emerge. How each employee and management handles these emotions is critical to every individual's and organization's long-term success.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   CIFF CONTINUES TO INCREASE IN SIZE AND RELEVANCE - In the contract furniture industry a few shows stand out in scope and importance. Each requires the industry to take notice, each fits in its own niche, and each is important for the industry, albeit for different reasons. Manufacturers such as Merryfair, UE Chairs, USENA and Sunon are only a few of the manufacturers showing at CIFF who produce comfortable, high quality, originally designed and affordable task chairs. These chairs would be welcomed into any office around the globe. (By the way, Merryfair is showing at NeoCon this year).

Workplaces Magazine - April, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: J.CO DONUTS & COFFEE, HONG KONG - Space is at a premium in Hong Kong, to say the least. I've stayed in hotel rooms in the city where there literally is enough room for a single suitcase and the queen-sized bed. That's it. So when you get a little room here to spread out and work, it is welcome, to say the least.
  •   STUDY FINDS TEXTING REPLACES VOICEMAILS IN THE OFFICE - Much like the telephone transformed the way people communicated, texting is rewriting rules and creating its own etiquette as the communication method of choice for the modern age.
  •   WHAT DOES 'ACTIVE' REALLY MEAN IN THE WORKPLACE - Defining what makes a workplace "active" is nearly as difficult as defining work itself. The squishy concept means different things to different people. We can begin to get to a definition if we start by outlining the term "active workplace" in general terms and figuring out what it is not.
  •   STRESS AND ANXIETY LEAD TO BAD DECISIONS, AVOID THIS BY RELYING ON YOUR TEAM - The symptoms of burnout include medically diagnosed stress, anxiety, bad decisions, isolation and self-reported fatigue that have been studied extensively.
  •   CREATE QUIET ZONES WITH FURNITURE - The open office has become both a symbol of workplace progressivism and scornful disdain.
  •   AGEISM IS PREVALENT IN THE WORKPLACE, BUT ONE GROUP HAS A SURPRISING ADVANTAGE - According to a recent analysis conducted by ProPublica and the Urban Institute, employment becomes increasingly precarious as workers age.
  •   HEALTHY INTERNAL CULTURE: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL AND MORAL INCENTIVES - The idea of integrating fitness into the workplace is not a new concept. The image of the cubicle-oriented office is shifting, and what we're seeing is likely just the beginning of systemic change.
  •   UPDATING OUR WORK ENVIRONMENTS MEANS OUR SAFETY TRAINING TECHNIQUES - As we see the infusion of residential living spaces into the workplace, it seems the lessons learned regarding ergonomics from years past are being ignored.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   WHO WAS MILTON MOSKOWITZ AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? - Moskowitz is the co-creator of the list "Best Places to Work." According to his obituary in the New York Times, he and his colleague, Robert Levering, spent more than a year traveling the country and interviewing hundreds of workers in dozens of cities to compile their results in the 1984 bestselling book "The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America."

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: THE TEA LOUNGE, BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL - Most hotels don't make it easy for you to work. It's their job to give you a comfortable room, not a comfortable work environment. So when you find one that actually seems to care about the business traveler, it is worth noting and celebrating.
  •   NEARLY 15 PERCENT OF JOB SEEKERS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO LAND A NEW JOB - Some social media platforms, including Facebook, are launching their own recruiting platforms for businesses. Recruiters can gather job applications, conduct interviews and even extend offers without leaving the platform. Online job boards have effectively replaced traditional job postings in newspapers.
  •   HOW THE RIGHT PRODUCTS AND SIMPLE ROUTINES CAN KEEP US ACTIVE IN OUR WORKSPACE - The modern workplace is a study in tensions. The majority of white collar workplaces require employees to be indoors, seated, and engaging with a laptop, desktop, or tablet for much of the day. The result is arguably an era of unprecedented “productivity,” but one that denies or diminishes the attendant health costs of a sedentary and all but immobile workforce.
  •   GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR DESIGNING INNOVATION SPACE - The contemporary manifestation of the quintessential “garage” spaces of early Silicon Valley lore means some early stage businesses or project divisions of larger organizations need to work in flexible and cost-effective settings where work activities are heavily focused on early stage development, proof-of-concept testing or prototyping. Organizational innovation doesn't always happen at breakthrough scale. It can often happen in small, incremental steps embedded in everyday workflow. A growing number of organizations adopt agile workflow methodologies in which tasks are divided into smaller work sprints and where teams are sometimes reorganized to align with workflow changes.
  •   EISNERAMPER AND FRANCIS CAUFFMAN ARCHITECTS TRANSFORM A HEADS-DOWN OFFICE INTO A COLLABORATIVE ONE - The FCA team kept its focus on an overall design to enable success in EisnerAmper's culture shift, with collaboration at the forefront. In an industry where most heads are down and focused on their screens, EisnerAmper — a full-service advisory and accounting firm — wanted a culture shift in its San Francisco headquarters office, so it hired Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) to design a new office to facilitate rigorous collaboration within the company.
  •   6 TIPS FOR COWORKING FURNITURE - Coworking spaces shouldn't copy the same design as corporate settings. Uncomfortable furniture is a creativity killer in coworking spaces. Members are looking for a work environment that will spark their productivity. No one wants to tolerate furniture that causes aches and pains. Here are six tips to specify furnishings that are ergonomic and functional.
  •   THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY TURNS 90 AND IS CELEBRATING BY APPEALING FOR A COLLECTION OF WORDS AND PHRASES USED AT WORK - The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is celebrating 90 years since the completion of its first edition. As part of this celebration, it has put out an appeal for various words related to things such as regions in the U.S., youth slang, hobbies and words at work.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: WORKSHOP 17, CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA - Think coworking is just for the expected major markets? Think again. Today I'm working in a hip coworking space in a less-than-expected location: Cape Town, South Africa.
  •   FLEXJOBS SURVEY FINDS OLDER WORKERS MORE LIKELY TO FREELANCE THAN MILLENNIALS - Based on this survey, the profile of the average worker who freelances as their sole source of income is a female Gen Xer working in the writing, marketing, editing and creative career fields, primarily for small companies and individuals, juggling two to three gigs at a time.
  •   THE FUTURE OF COWORKING - Blueprint Collaborative is an industry specific coworking space for construction, real estate, and design professionals. We sat down and talked with the founder and president, Brent Gibson, to get the inside scoop on the history of Blueprint and future of workspace design.
  •   BRITISH ENERGY COMPANY TURNS TO NOOK TO REDUCE FORMAL MEETING SPACES - When one of the largest energy companies in the world contacted Nook founder David O'Coimin to install some of his products in the company's massive campus outside of London, O'Coimin jumped at the chance.
  •   COWORKING FINDS NEW NICHE HOMES - Coworking is projected to grow globally to 5.1 million members in 2022, according to studies conducted by Small Business Labs.
  •   CO-CREATING WITH CUSTOMERS - Companies that operate in B2C markets have adopted a variety of spatial typologies to engage with customers and end users to develop products and a range of value chain solutions.
  •   NOISE PERSISTS AS TOP COWORKING DISTRACTION - Coworking spaces come in all sizes and types, but there's one common thread among them all: etiquette offenses. One would assume that adults — especially entrepreneurial adults, independent and responsible enough to work unsupervised and remotely — would know how to behave in a shared working environment. Yet, certain unruly behaviors persist in coworking spaces.
  •   A SPOTLIGHT ON ACOUSTIC LIGHTING - Noise and poor lighting are two of the most pervasive problems in the workplace. Both issues can drive workers to distraction on a daily basis.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   PAWTERNITY, NAP ROOMS, INTERNATIONAL RETREATS...THESE ARE THE EXOTIC NEW PERKS COMPANIES WILL BE OFFERING TO LURE CANDIDATES - Businesses are realizing if they want to keep employees, they have to offer people something they can use right now.
  •   FENG SHUI TIPS TO IMPROVE WORKPLACE - We spend so much time at our desk and in our office, it's important it is optimized for productivity and creativity.

Workplaces Magazine - December, 2018 & January, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: CHOO CHOO GRILL, GRAND RAPIDS - The Choo Choo Grill definitely bucks the trend found in major metro areas around the country where some restaurants are doing double duty as coworking spaces during the day before switching to serve diners at night.
  •   WORKSPACE OF THE FUTURE - The way business gets done is changing — the pace of technological innovation coupled with societal change is redefining enterprise technologies, architecture and processes. By 2020, 50 percent of the total Global workforce will be millennials; 40 percent of information will be stored or processed by cloud computing; and IoT will lead to more than 20 billion connected devices globally.
  •   WHY YOUR WORKPLACE NEEDS A WALKING PATH - One of most accessible and cost-effective forms of exercise to incorporate into the workplace is walking. Inactivity spanning our professional and personal lives is a leading culprit of many preventable health conditions. Embracing workplace wellness has benefits beyond lower insurance premiums though, such as fostering collaboration, creativity, and productivity.
  •   AGILE WORKFLOW INNOVATION AND THE SPACE THAT SUPPORTS IT - The word "agile" is heavily used in the practice of workplace design. Sometimes it's interchangeably used with terms like "flexible" and "mobile." Architects and designers use these words in their discussions around how to create workspace that responds to continuously shifting business needs.
  •   A GUIDE TO WORKING FROM HOME - If it seems like more people are working from home, it's because they are. Thanks to telecommuting technology and research from experts like Cornell University's Nicholas Bloom, companies are becoming more lax about location requirements. One of the best parts about working from home is the opportunity to create a comfortable and motivational workspace. But with great power comes great responsibility.
  •   CANCER DOESN'T MEAN THE END OF EMPLOYMENT - Working after a cancer diagnosis has a wide range of challenges. From choosing whether or not to disclose it to working out accommodations with an employer or experiencing discrimination, the fear of being treated differently is real and causes a lot of stress. According to statistics Cancer + Careers compiled through its research, 1.68 million people in the U.S are diagnosed with cancer each year. There are 15.5 million survivors currently, and with the advancement of technology and medicine, that number will continue to grow.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   CIFF RE-INVENTED FOR 2019 - Once primarily for Chinese professionals, the platform has come to include a growing number of international attendees and buyers. Out of CIFF's 200,000 visitors and professionals, 30,000 come from outside of China, which is more than any other Chinese fair or show. The very best in Chinese design and quality and the most sought after products will be on display.

Workplaces Magazine - November, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: HILTON COLOGNE, GERMANY - It was a horrible stay. Overpriced and with spotty service and amenities, the Hilton Cologne has a lot to work on when it comes to business travelers. Since I'm not loyal to any hotel chain, I can chose to stay at a different property next time I'm in Cologne. I feel sorry for the business traveler who is tied to the Hilton brand and has to stay there.
  •   NEW AI TECHNOLOGY AMPLIFIES THE INTELLIGENCE OF BUSINESS TEAMS - A new study by California Polytechnic State University and Unanimous AI shows business teams, when connected by AI algorithms that enable them to make decisions together as a "hive mind," achieved significantly higher accuracy on a standard intelligence test than individuals alone.
  •   SOFT LAUNCH - As we dream up big ideas, we get stymied by one very important reality: software developments move quickly.
  •   FORGE ACHIEVES THE (NEAR) IMPOSSIBLE: DESIGNING FOR EVOLVING TECHNOLOGY - Much is made of office design in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've all seen stories about amenities that would make a five-star hotel blush, the pingpong tables and offices that get from floor to floor seemingly using chutes and ladders.
  •   NAVIGATING THE BIG D - How one company believes it's getting diversity right. Business buzzwords come and go, but there's one word that really means something to tech company Scalable Press: Diversity. It's not because it's popular, though, it's because it's right for workplace teams and right for a company's bottom line.
  •   AI SET TO PROFOUNDLY AFFECT THE WORKPLACE - This kind of change is already evident in warehouses and distribution centers, where robots handle much of the work us mere mortals did, with human assistance only used to oversee and intervene in the rare instance when something goes wrong.
  •   AUGMENTED REALITY UNLOCKS VISUALIZATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONTRACT FURNITURE - Designers use AR to take their clients into a space and feel what it's like.
  •   COWORKING AS INNOVATION SPACE - Many of today's most progressive workplace designs resemble the coworking typology of amenity-rich space with a mix of settings and vice versa.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   FURNITURE, AUGMENTED REALITY IS A MATCH MADE IN DESIGN HEAVEN - The smartphone app allows consumers to transport the SIXINCH products directly into their physical world, making the buying experience more convenient.

Workplaces Magazine - October, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT, TRAIN G1, BEIJING TO SHANGHAI - Let's face it: Most of us can't afford to fly business class. It is triple the price on domestic legs and can be 10 times as expensive on international flights. Sure, if we travel a lot, we might get bumped up to business class, but very few can actually afford to pay for it out of pocket. But when traveling on China's high-speed train system, riding in a business class seat is an affordable option, and one that will dramatically increase your productivity if you are trying to work.
  •   APA ANNOUNCES EMPLOYERS FOR 2018 PSYCHOLOGICALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE HONORS - Nonprofit, for-profit and governmental institutions of all sizes received the designation for implementing workplace practices that psychological research has shown promotes employee well-being and positive organizational outcomes.
  •   HOW A PRODUCTIVE SIDE HUSTLE CAN INCREASE SELF-AWARENESS (AND INCOME) - According to CNBC, more than half of millennials have a side hustle. Nearly 40% of Americans as a whole have side hustles, while 11% have a side hustle that they work every week; most work it less frequently.
  •   WHEN YOUR OFFICE IS A KITCHEN: THE HATCHERY PROVIDES FOOD AND BEVERAGE ENTREPRENEURS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED - The Hatchery Chicago, located in the neighborhood of Garfield Park, is one example of a nonprofit venture that enables local entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses in an affordable space to incubate their ideas which will help generate additional economic growth and new job opportunities.
  •   INVESTING IN THE WORKPLACE: WHY PLACE MATTERS MORE THAN YOU THINK - Attraction and retention: 18-25 year-olds view the office as an extension of their home life. For millennials, the ratings of a company's attraction/retention capability are almost three times higher when the workplace is efficient. Additionally, 64 percent of business owners report flexible, mobile and remote work options have assisted them in hiring or retaining key employees.
  •   SIX IDEAS TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE WAYFINDING - Airports, transit hubs, college campuses and convention centers all require effective wayfinding yet don't typically cause the same levels of consternation as a hospital.
  •   SPACES FOR INNOVATION - A PRIMER FOR ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS - History is full of stories about great ideas emerging from garages, labs, "skunkworks" and other out-of-the-way places.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for the workplace.
  •   CIFF SHANGHAI: CHINESE FURNITURE TURNS THE CORNER TOWARD ORIGINAL DESIGNS - The Chinese are realizing they need to take the next step and create original designs.

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: BELLAGIO'S PATTISSERIE - I had heard good things about the Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens, so with a renewed determination I decided to check it out since it was only across the street. The gardens are beautiful, and I would recommend a visit but it definitely is not a place to get any work done — there is no place to sit. Undeterred, I decided I would check out the rest of the Bellagio to see if I could find a quiet corner.
  •   THE NEW AGE OF CALL CENTERS: SO FUN, WORKERS CONSIDER IT A CAREER - Bryce Maddock and Jasper Weir did not grow up "dying to revolutionize the call center industry," said Jarrod Johnson, chief customer officer of TaskUs. Yet, the pair inadvertently did just that, and the Santa Monica, California-based TaskUs has become the ultimate millennial office space, catapulting call center work out of dark, dingy cubicles into the hot jobs market.
  •   OFFICE PLANTS ARE MORE THAN DECORATION - Studies show plants can reduce absenteeism, make workplaces more attractive to potential hires, boost creativity and improve indoor air quality. Another benefit is adding a touch of coziness to an otherwise professional setting.
  •   LUXOR QUIETS THE OPEN PLAN OFFICE WITH HOST OF PRODUCTS - Open offices can help creativity, but workers also need space to get away from it all. That's where Luxor and the RECLAIM product come in. "Historically, there has been nothing in this (product) category at all," said Paul Roche, president. "There are a lot of stories in the media about the open office — whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. RECLAIM is the solution for the open office. With the open office, you get that communication and collaboration.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and test products for the workplace this month include the Charge Dock which is capable of charging six devices at once. Four cables on the front of the dock can be extended two feet from the station. A slight pull on the cord retracts it back into the dock's housing. Each of these four cables provide 2.4 amps for rapid charging. The G-Hold is a circular attachment approximately four-and-a-half inches in diameter that attaches to the back of the tablet. When folded flat it only protrudes about a quarter of an inch. When used, it allowed us to comfortably hold the tablet. Sensel Morph is a pressure-sensitive touchpad that gives users a choice of overlays so you can swap between video editing, painting, music creation, gaming, coding and other tasks. These are job-specific overlays — sold separately — designed to reduce keystrokes and other input hassles. We found they work very well for the specific tasks associated with them. The Todoist app takes you from overwhelmed to on top of it. Everything's organized and accounted for so you can make progress on the things important to you. Best of all, Todoist helps you easily prioritize your tasks and projects so you'll always know exactly what to work on next.
  •   SURVEY FINDS WORKING PARENTS RANK WORK-LIFE BALANCE AHEAD OF SALARY WHEN EVALUATING JOB PROSPECTS - Work-life balance rates are more important than salary when people are considering whether or not to take a job, according to a recent FlexJobs survey.

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK - Trade shows are designed to get people talking, not working. Yet there are times when work needs to get done, even in the most chaotic places. So, I was thankful to find the NookBar at Clerkenwell Design Week, a show organized to celebrate the best in design from around the world. It is a busy show with tens of thousands of visitors. That makes trying to find a quiet place to work or take a phone call a challenge. Luckily, I found the NookBar, a collection of Nooks being displayed at CDW.
  •   THE FUTURE OF WORK: INSIGHTS FROM THE FUTURE USERS OF WORKSPACE - The report focuses on interviews with 50 school children who were asked to share their ideas about the future of work. It's a bit of fun, but is also a fascinating and uncompromising (kids don't hold back) exploration into the future workplace, with all its possibilities.
  •   HOW HOSPITALITY VENUES ARE ADDING CO-WORKING TO THE MENU - As the benefits provided in co-working spaces continue to increase and be enhanced, the gourmet aspect — whether it's food or beverage — has always been one of the most socially engaging amenities to offer.
  •   FURNITURE THAT BURNS CALORIES - Sitting for long periods of time is an ingrained behavior at the office. Everywhere you look, desks, conference tables, lounge furniture and café booths invite users into a seated position. But the conversation around sitting has shifted, fueled by alarming headlines that claim sitting is on par with smoking.
  •   INVESTING IN WORKPLACE DESIGN - Building a space that is intentionally designed to bring people together, both physically and virtually, while enhancing the ability to share ideas and think creatively, is a source of continued innovation.
  •   LIGHT, WORK, SLEEP - FUTURE Designs explored the effects that light and sleep have on our wellness with a sleep experiment carried out over 24 hours during the week of the longest day of the year.
  •   WAKE-UP CALL: SLEEP DEFICIENCY COMES AT A GREAT COST TO BUSINESS - When it comes to work productivity, the significance of a good night's sleep is no joke. Insomnia costs U.S businesses more than $63 billion annually in absenteeism and reduced workplace productivity, according to a report by the National Safety Council, "Calculating the Cost of Poor Sleep." Approximately 70 percent of Americans report they routinely get insufficient sleep each night — less than six hours on average. It is estimated 50–70 million people in the U.S. are living with a sleep disorder.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and test products for the workplace this month include Amazon's Echo, CLEAR security system, KI's Impress Ultra and ESI's Lotus DX Sit to Stand desk riser.
  •   CIFF SHANGHAI 2018 BRINGS RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TOGETHER - This edition will explore the topic "An Example of Global Home Life," which is fitting for what is taking place in the office and with more employees working from home.

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - Last month I traveled to Bordeaux, France, a beautiful part of the world. I choose to arrive a couple of days early, giving me some time to recover from jet lag and do a little exploring over the weekend. I had also hoped to get some work done.
  •   5 ADVANTAGES OF A DIVERSE WORKPLACE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT - When an organization embraces diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the fabric of the company, incredible cultural transformations take place.
  •   ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL - When designing physical spaces and products, we often think of ADA guidelines, which have greatly helped to make buildings accessible to those who use mobility devices.
  •   L.L. BEAN WANTS YOU TO BE AN 'OUTSIDER' AT WORK - It is the first-ever, outdoor co-working space, complete with individual workspaces, collaborative conference areas, cycling desks and outdoor team-building activities.
  •   WHY WORKING OUTSIDE IS COMPLETELY NATURAL - Businesses are starting to treat patios and courtyards as more than a landscaping area. These spots can be converted into a pleasant workspace for individuals, meetings and group collaboration. A natural setting can be a refreshing change of scenery that sparks a renewed sense of energy and drive.
  •   THE END OF THE TRADITIONAL 9-5? NEW STUDY FINDS 70 PERCENT OF US SKIP THE OFFICE TO WORK ELSEWHERE - More than two-thirds of global employees work remotely every week, and more than 50 percent do so for at least half of the week, heralding a major reassessment of corporate real estate, according to a comprehensive new global study.
  •   EUROPEANS VS NORTH AMERICANS, WHO HAS THE BEST WORK LIFE BALANCE? - How many hours a week do most people work? Who stays the longest with their employer? The French, Italians, Americans, Turkish?
  •   ICONIC OFFICES: MAXIMIZED DESIGN. MAJOR BRAND IMPACT. - Maximalism has been defined as modern design's expressive side, a style that allows greater freedom and opportunity for personal expression.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and test products for the workplace.
  •   WHAT NEOCON TAUGHT US ABOUT THE FUTURE WORKPLACE - NeoCon is formed around core showrooms, where individual companies selling office furniture, textiles and wallcoverings display their wares.

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: AMTRAK METROPOLITAN LOUNGE, CHICAGO - The Metropolitan Lounge was built with the business traveler in mind. The lounge has several areas of casual seating and plenty of outlets, plus Internet access is free and fast. Snacks and soft drinks are also free, and you can buy alcoholic drinks. Televisions show local news and newspapers and magazines are available.
  •   THE FLEXIBLE UNIVERSITY WORKPLACE - Colleges and universities are the next in line to recognize the spaces they provide often don't support the work to be done, are not financially feasible in the long-term, are not environmentally sustainable and can inhibit the core activities for which a campus exists — interaction among students, faculty and staff.
  •   CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD - SPACE MATTERS - In the face of the tightest labor market in approximately 18 years, corporate occupiers are highly focused on talent acquisition and retention. Results of a recent research survey conducted by Cushman & Wakefield and CoreNet Global, entitled What Occupiers Want, reveal that finding and keeping top talent is the number one challenge for global organizations.
  •   CATCHING A FEW Zs IN THE OFFICE - Catching a few zzz's while on the clock may no longer be a fireable offense. The stigma of napping during work hours is starting to take a back seat to science. Companies striving for a workplace that promotes happiness and health are beginning to realize sleep is just as essential to well-being as nutrition or fitness.
  •   HOW A NEIGHBORHOOD IN LONDON SETS THE TONE FOR THE WAY WE WORK - The thought that goes into office design spans the knowledge of any industry. What surrounds you in the office is an amalgamation of furniture, lighting, paint, carpet, fabric and supplies that creates a space, but also includes a huge helping of creativity. That's what makes Clerkenwell Design Week so important and unlike any furniture-related event in the world.
  •   THE ART OF BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS AND HOW TO CULTIVATE GOOD CHEMISTRY - When it comes to teamwork in the office, sometimes, with personality conflicts and varying work styles hindering company morale and disrupting productivity, little work actually gets done. Don't you wish there was a magic remedy for improving team potential in the office?
  •   REMOTE.CO DELIVERS INSIGHT INTO HOW TO OPTIMIZE REMOTE WORK - Is remote work from the home office changing our perspective on work for the better or challenging traditional office norms?
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we take a look at a few products that will be hits at the upcoming NeoCon show in Chicago.
  •   AGGRESSION AT WORK CAN LEAD TO 'VICIOUS CIRCLE' OF MISCONDUCT - Workplace aggression is a significant issue, particularly in the health-care sector where nurses can be targeted by their colleagues and co-workers through bullying and by patients and their relatives through third-party aggression. While workplace aggression has been examined in relation to the health-related consequences for victims, less is known about the possible negative impact it may have on their behavior at work.

Workplaces Magazine - May, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - How do you rate a working experience in a space not really meant for it? On a recent business trip to Charleston I stayed in room 439 at the Charleston Harbor Resort, a mostly pleasant experience in a relatively nice room. If you are anything like me, no matter where you are traveling for business, you have to get some work done.
  •   FLEXIBLE SERVICES - Who cares about workplace services? Well, at a minimum, the 10,877 people who have it in their job title on LinkedIn right now. Or perhaps any employer who's motivated by Glassdoor's recent finding that 79 percent of employees would choose engaging benefits over a pay raise. Or perhaps any member or provider of co-working space, which now makes up 37 percent of office space in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, according to the Instant Group.
  •   GRAPHENE: A MATERIAL FOR THE FUTURE - Graphene is a very thin layer of carbon. Graphene is transparent, incredibly thin, and is the strongest material known to science and we are just now starting to tap in to its seemingly unending list of capabilities.
  •   TWO NEW CHAIRS THAT COULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - Sculptural, sleek, sexy. Not words often associated with office furniture. But two of the largest furniture makers in the world recently introduced new chairs that fit the bill. They also will change the way you work, adding some much needed comfort to the office. In the last few weeks, both Steelcase and Herman Miller launched new chairs that will sit in an office near you very soon. Both Steelcase's new SILQ chair and Herman Miller's Cosm are getting solid initial reviews.
  •   HOW CIRCADIAN LIGHTING BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY - The average workplace is awash in illumination from overhead fixtures, wall sconces, task lamps and computer and device screens. But with respect to Mr. Edison, there's a growing field of evidence that shows exposure to electric light at all hours of the day has far-reaching consequences that interfere with health, productivity and creativity.
  •   WORKPLACE SEATING: IT'S ALL ABOUT 'HABITATS' - When it comes to specifying seating for the workplace, Boss Design offers a strong collection of options suitable for the six workplace "habitats" identified by the company.
  •   LECTRA CHANGES THE WAY MACHINES WORK TO IMPROVE HOW YOU WORK - Many observers believe we are on the cusp of a new industrial revolution, commonly referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - The latest and greatest, and not so great products reviewed.
  •   WHY ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO WORK REMOTELY FACILITATES ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH - Technology offers the benefit of allowing your employees to work remotely, either on a regular basis or whenever the need arises. But did you know working remotely can actually make your employees happier and more productive?
  •   CIFF FOCUSED ON INTELLIGENT OFFICE, THE ELDERLY AND BETTERING WORKERS - Attendees continued to see higher quality products, particularly with the task chair.

Workplaces Magazine - April, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - What I found: Is there a more welcome oasis in the world than an airline lounge after a grueling 14 hour flight? I don't think so. So excuse me if this review is a bit skewed by jet lag. Travel is no excuse for not working, so it is nice to have a well organized, comfortable space to crack open a laptop and get plugged in after a half a day of being disconnected. The Korean Air Lounge is a great place to do just that if you are facing a layover at this busy airport that feels more like a high end shopping center than a transfer point for travelers.
  •   FLEXIBLE ORGANIZATIONS - At a time when there is so much change and so many competing needs, everyone is seeking the ability to adapt to and accommodate change. That's why today, every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace.
  •   REDEFINING DESIGN - Absolute 47 Aims to Turn Traditional Meeting Spaces into Something Inspiring: Forgoing drab cubicles and hotel conference rooms, Absolute 47's new namesake meeting space is all-inclusive with amenities and immersive experiences that seamlessly infuse state-of-the-art office and ultra-modern collaborative technology.
  •   BLUEPRINT + CO. BRINGS CLASS TO COWORKING IN NYC - Step inside the Midtown Manhattan space, and you can feel this is a different co-working experience.
  •   COVER: THE SPARK THAT LIFTS VARIDESK - With the ProDesk 60 Electric, you can go from sitting to standing with the touch of a button.
  •   A PEEK INSIDE HERMAN MILLER'S NYC FLAGSHIP - The store occupies 6,000 square feet on the first and second floors of Herman Miller's multilevel presence at 251 Park Avenue South in Manhattan.
  •   WOMEN AT MEADOWS RESHAPE WORKPLACE IN NYC - It is a stunning transformation at the dealership, which has been around for 50 years and has grown into one of Haworth's largest aligned dealers. It's also a testament to the all-female leadership team that is, to put it mildly, tenaciously driven.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - The latest and greatest, and not so great products reviewed.
  •   JLL'S JUST RELEASED U.S. AND CANADA FIT OUT GUIDE - A reference guide that provides average costs to build out three different office layouts in the United States and Canada.
  •   HOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN GREAT EMPLOYEES - Small businesses face a common challenge. According to the 2018 Goldman Sachs "10,000 Small Businesses Summit report," 70 percent of small businesses struggle to find and retain skilled talent. At that rate, this issue is nearly a pandemic among small businesses.

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - The West Side of Grand Rapids is this hot city's hottest neighborhood right now, turning a working class section of Furniture City into a hipster heaven. When people talked about work on the West Side of Grand Rapids, it historically meant building things in factories along the west bank of the Grand River. Today, the neighborhood is increasingly attracting a new, young, high-tech group of residents and workers, some of them nomads who need a place to work. Enter Corridor Coffee, a new space in one of the neighborhood's historic buildings. As some coffee shops try to dissuade mobile workers from planting themselves in a space for hours at a time (while only spending $5 on a cup of coffee), Corridor Coffee provides a welcome and (mostly) well-equipped space to work.
  •   HOW CAN YOU MAKE SPACE TRULY FLEXIBLE? - Every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace. So much is changing, and there are so many competing needs, the ability to adapt to and accommodate change has become foremost. Space needs to be flexible for a variety of reasons. The workforce is more mobile, with 43 percent of U.S. workers working remotely at least part of the week, according to Gallup. Change and choice go together, and people want choices.
  •   BLOCKCHAIN: A LEDGER FOR BUSINESS - Concerned consumers want to understand the chain of custody that brings bananas to the store year-round. With an honest ledger, everyone would have access to the information they need.
  •   FLEXIBLE FUTURES: WORKSPACES OF 2030 - The world of work is undergoing a number of fundamental shifts that will have huge implications for every industry, market, region and working adult. We're seeing previously distinct aspects of life begin to overlap, with the boundaries between work, home, leisure, travel and family becoming increasingly blurred.
  •   RETHINK THE OFFICE KITCHEN - Kitchens with plentiful tables can be a space that hums with concentration and collaboration. Less formal than a conference room and more inviting than a work desk, cafe areas offer an alternative ambiance that has a homey feel.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - When it comes to an office chair, you don't want the kind that falls apart after a year or sends you on multiple visits to the chiropractor. You want a useful, comfortable, ergonomic chair. You can go to a big box office retailer and hope for the best. Or maybe you should consider the X-Chair.
  •   DRESSING FOR WORK MEANS UNDERSTANDING NEW NORMS - Dressing for work in the office looks much different today from 10 or 20 years ago. From business suits and high heels to hoodies and flip-flops, and everything in between, it can be challenging to know what's expected or allowed at work these days.

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - Who wants to work in a mall? It could be easily argued a mall may be the least productive potential workplace. At a traditional mall, that would certainly be true, especially during the Christmas shopping rush. But when you are in downtown Los Angeles on a gloriously sunny day, and the mall is outdoors, there are worse places to set up your laptop prior to a meeting.
  •   FURNITURE SHOW IN CHINA OUTLINES FUTURE OF THE OFFICE - In a little less than two months, a furniture show in China will change your workplace and the way you work. It may not happen overnight, but the chairs, desks, ergonomic products and other furnishings shown there will reshape the way you work, improve your productivity, make you healthier and create a new look at your office.
  •   HOW WEWORK WILL DRIVE WORKPLACE INDUSTRY CHANGE IN 2018 - The most dramatic future innovation in this industry will likely come from process innovation, and no single company is defining the process innovation concept better than WeWork.
  •   COVER: THE RIVETER FOCUSES ON WOMEN AND WORK - While the rise of women-only workplaces has been a trend on the upswing in recent years (proliferated by spaces such as The Wing in NYC and Paper Dolls in Los Angeles), The Riveter is not only providing a supportive and inspiring place for women, it is also inviting men to the table — so to speak.
  •   HOW ARTS, CULTURE TURNED TO CUTTING EDGE FURNITURE: A CONVERSATION WITH KORAY MALHAN - Koray's own designs for Koleksiyon have gained wide notice for both the aesthetic and philosophical qualities undergirding them, as he has championed a dynamic and non-hierarchical design approach to the work environment.
  •   BOSS DESIGN HELPS WATES GROUP CONSOLIDATE LONDON OFFICE - When one of the UK's largest, privately owned construction, development and property services companies, the Wates Group, embarked on the refurbishment of its head office, it called upon Boss Design's expertise in workplace design solutions.
  •   UNDERSTANDING THE DECLINE OF WORKPLACE PROFESSIONALISM: IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT, IT'S EVERYONE'S FAULT - More and more, openly texting during meetings is considered OK. It has become common to see workers stroll in late to meetings with no apology. The office dress code seems to have gone from business casual to resort casual.
  •   EVERYONE NEEDS A FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE - Flexible work has been on a steady rise. Working remotely has risen from 9% to 37% over the last 20 years according to a 2016 University of Minnesota study.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Marcelo by National Office Furniture / Samsonite EzScan Computer Case / FITUEYES Clear Computer Monitor Riser / BUBM Travel Gadget Organizer Bag

Business of Furniture - October 28, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Finding the Right Balance is Key in the World of Publishing - Though we are digital, we do have space limitations and make decisions every week about what news to push ahead and what news to hold — or not run at all.
  •   NeoCon 2021 Moved to October - Registration for the delayed event will open in a few months, during which time show organizers will continue to meet with its key constituents and monitor the situation with the virus.
  •   Virtual CET Experience Brings Together More Than 900 Attendees - Held annually in the fall, CET Experience brings together those who use, create and invest in CET Designer, including dealers, developers, manufacturers, Configura employees and Implementation Partners in the commercial interiors, material handling and kitchen and bath industries.
  •   HNI Adjusts to Hit Solid Quarterly Financial Results - "Our members delivered another solid quarter in an environment that remains uniquely challenging," said Jeff Lorenger, chairman, president and CEO.
  •   Why COVID-19 Provides a Unique Opportunity to Elevate Women in the Workplace - Some of the leading factors that indicate Women may consider downshifting or leaving their job include lack of flexibility at work, the "always on" mentality and household burdens due to COVID-19.
  •   Longing for Connection — Vitra Summit Explores Workspace Challenges and Ideas for the Future - One way to ease back into the office would be to implement a hybrid model, where employees split their work hours between a remote location and the company's physical office.
  •   High Point Fall Market Review: Residential Furniture Continues Blistering Pace - Despite all the changes and oddities of this market cycle, the furniture industry has found a way to return to some semblance of normalcy and indeed prosperity.
  •   Knoll Plans to Cut 200 Positions; Shutter 5 Showrooms - Knoll did not outline which North American office showrooms would be closed.
  •   Product Spotlight: Visionect Introduces Hot-Desking Tech to Schedule and Manage Workplace Desk Spaces - The Joan Desk Booking app is a smart, hot-desking solution for the flexible workspace to help book, manage and streamline desk use through a slickly designed mobile phone and desktop app.
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Hit with Cyberattack - At this time, Steelcase is not aware of any data loss from its systems or any other loss of assets as a result of the attack.
  •   Stephen Says - "My New VP of Sales Wanted To Quit After 3 Months for Another Job! Why?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Selling on Social Media: Using The Power of 10 to Drive Engagement" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Kesko Headquarters – Helsinki
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: DuraCare, Allsteel, Gunlocke, Quinette Gallay, Magnuson Group, Smith & Fong, FluidStance, Acoufelt, Arper, Wolf-Gordon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 21, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: It's Not Time to Give Up. It's Time to Get Busy - It is well beyond time for our industry to act and lead. Snap out of the funk. Get out of your office, and help the world get back to work — when the time comes to safely do so.
  •   Hospitality Feel Plays Key Role in Interior Amenity Spaces at New Chicago Tower - NELSON Worldwide was tasked with infusing five-star hospitality elements throughout the Class A tower's amenity spaces, which feature a conference center for tenant use, a two-story, state-of-the art fitness center, a tenant lounge and multi-tenant floor elevator lobbies and circulation corridors.
  •   DIRTT Sues North Carolina Dealer that Switched to Falkbuilt - DIRTT contends it transfers confidential information to its dealers, and the contract with CBI and all its dealers outlines that confidentiality shall continue until the confidential information enters the public domain.
  •   A Year in the Making, Loftwall Launches Parallel - With highly recyclable materials, intuitive (and patent-pending) use of magnetics and its trademark obsession with flexibility, Loftwall is confident Parallel will mark a clear shift in how desks, tables and training rooms are utilized.
  •   Color Takes on a New Role in the Workplace, With Safety and Comfort at the Forefront - When the world experiences events that cause unrest, anxiety and grief, we tend to naturally gravitate toward compassionate colors.
  •   Bisley Introduces Belong, Flexible Furniture Collection - The Belong range comprises multiple collections to create a sanctuary wherever you are so you can focus and stay on top of your workload in comfort.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Launches Kupp Café-Inspired Nesting Chairs - A fresh approach to nesting chair design, Kupp's horizontal nesting capability solves constraints and ensures employee safety, as chairs can be stored with minimal physical effort.
  •   UPFRONT: Wilsonart Expands TFL Capacity - Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces will increase its thermally fused laminate (TFL) capacity and footprint in North America with a new facility in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Construction has begun, and the plant is scheduled to open by July 2021.
  •   Stephen Says - "Social Media is No Replacement for Outside Sales" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Symantec Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Landscape Forms, ErgoGenesis, Bentley, 3form, BuzziSpace, Akouo Acoustics, Designtex, Global
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 14, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Five Years and Counting with Bellow Press - It is hard to believe, but at Bellow Press we are celebrating our fifth anniversary. I believe anniversaries are a time for thanksgiving and reflection.
  •   Consulting, Customizing, Caring: Steelcase's studio b Helps Customers go Deeper - It is hard to describe studio b, because it is more than just an arm of Steelcase's product design department.
  •   AIS To Supply Facemasks for Every Poll Worker in Massachusetts - The effort was first initiated following an appeal to AIS from Leominster City Clerk Katelyn Huffman, who noted that financial hardships the city has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
  •   Debunking Common Cleanability Myths Surrounding Materiality - It's also important to do it right - First you clean, then you disinfect, then flush with water to remove the disinfectant.
  •   Groundbreaking Online Exhibit Dives Deep into Diversity - Now a part of the museum's permanent collection, We Design is available solely online and free to the public, especially aspiring designers. Seventeen new designer profiles are scheduled to launch in October.
  •   A Perfect Storm — Factors Are Piling up on Companies Trying to Balance the Right to Free Speech and Appropriate Workplace Conduct - Employers need to do what they can to understand the needs of their employees.
  •   Herman Miller Introduces Special Gaming Edition Sayl Chair - The Sayl frameless back uses less material in more inventive ways than classic gaming chairs.
  •   Product Spotlight: Arc-Com Launches Ensemble Collection - Composed of three patterns — two high performance polyurethanes (Arabesque and Cadence), and one privacy curtain (Harmony), the Ensemble collection offers designers a beautifully coordinated grouping of organic pattern and texture.
  •   UPFRONT: Narbutas Opens New York Showroom - The recent opening of first NARBUTAS showroom in New York has definitively consolidated the company's presence in the USA.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Lost My Job as a Designer and Changed Careers to Sales. I Landed a Job Fast...and Love It!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Frustrated? How to Change Your Perspective When You're Ready to Give Up" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Ovation Travel Group Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: DARRAN, Teknion, Boss, H Contract, Dekko, Peter Pepper
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 7, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Hello, I'm Rob and I have a Furniture Flipping Fetish - Furniture flipping is a disease, to be sure, but one that I know others in the industry suffer from. I am not alone in my furniture flipping fetish. I know this because I've gone to dinner with friends in the industry I've caught flipping furniture, which always results in a good laugh.
  •   From Storage to Sensimilla, Spacesaver's Market is Sky High - Everything is made in the company's Wisconsin plant, which is a hands-on operation because a good portion of what the company does is customized products.
  •   Between Panic and Pandemic - When workers return to their places of work they will be asking themselves - can we trust the companies we work for and the environments they provide to be safe places?
  •   DARRAN Introduces Honey for Your Work Hive - Honey allows for open and closed collaborative zones, meeting spaces, lounge or desking in sitting, standing or height-adjustable positions.
  •   The Three Pillars of Workplace Health and Safety - Our opportunity as an industry — and more importantly, our responsibility — is to re-engineer ourselves, rapidly and comprehensively, to become a critical resource for the organizations we serve.
  •   CIFF Shanghai Held in China - Undoubtedly an unusual edition, the 46th CIFF Shanghai 2020 maintained safety thanks to the absolute commitment and strict pandemic prevention protocols adopted, the scrupulous services dedicated to visitors, and the digitization of some exhibitions.
  •   Knoll Takes Actions to Support More Inclusive and Diverse Communities - Knoll's policies and practices will evolve as they continue to focus on creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
  •   Product Spotlight: Special-T Launches Safe-T Workplace Products, to Provide New Levels of Safety and Security in a Post-Pandemic Environment - Initial products in the line include specially designed screens, space dividers and workplace barriers that support social distancing efforts in the workplace.
  •   UPFRONT: ORIOR Introduces First Rug Collection - Comprised of three vivid, geometric styles, the offering combines patterns from Katie McGuigan’s latest womenswear collection inspired by the Irish countryside with the luxurious, handcrafted aesthetic found in Orior’s furniture pieces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Millennial Mayhem" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Lufthansa Offices – São Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Coalesse, Mohawk, Luxxbox, Concertex, Luum, Spacestor, Artopex, Steelcase
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 30, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Business Travel in the COVID World is Definitely Weird - If you haven't been on the road yet for a business trip, let me describe it with one word: Weird. Everything about it is strange. My first stop took me to Chicago, and since all of you have been there for NeoCon, I'll use my time in the city to describe how working on the road has changed.
  •   Committed to Craftsmanship — Ethnicraft Launches Fall Collection, Aims for Timelessness - Ethnicraft's fall launch features a range of solutions for offices either at work or at home — a collection of desks, meeting tables and drawer units, inspired by the company's popular Bok chair designed by Alain van Havre.
  •   Why Planning for Generic Collaboration No Longer Works - While collaboration will be a core focal point for workplace design in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, it cannot be the only reason people come to work.
  •   It's Time to Start Acting Like Your People Really Are Your Most Important Resource - In the company of the future, employee wellness must become the new focus and the key driver of office design and work styles.
  •   Steelcase Reports Better than Expected Second Quarter Profitability - Significant cost reductions drove strong EPS of $0.47 despite 18% drop in revenue and $15.6 million of restructuring costs.
  •   The Workplace Productivity Report 2020: Battling Digital Overload, Over Half of U.S. Remote Workers Report Increased Reliance on Analog Tools - The report contributes to research on the long-term impact of remote work and helps companies understand their workers' evolving needs.
  •   UPFRONT: Indiana Furniture's Rockstar Task Seating Brings Standout Comfort to a Diverse Range of Users - Rockstar features clean lines, ergonomic contours with lumbar support, well-balanced proportions and options to create all-day, standout comfort.
  •   Product Spotlight: Modular Lighting Instruments — Launches Pista Extensions in North America - New to the North American market, the Minude spotlight features a small, cylindrical form, with high-quality, low-glare illumination.
  •   Stephen Says - "Social Media, Politics and Work" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Building a Dynamic Leadership Team" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Asta Parking Offices – Fort Lauderdale
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Framery, Ligne Roset, Arc-Com, Scandinavian Spaces, Kimball
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 23, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Focus on Work from Home Package and International Business to Better Ride Out COVID Crisis - If you are a small or growing office furniture maker, there are some things that can be learned from Herman Miller's relative success in the pandemic. It is not too late for you to get in on the work-from-home trend. In fact, it is critical that you do.
  •   UX Principles at Work - As we better understand user behavior and experience, the fields of UX and interaction design offer a new foundation for the built environment — both physical and virtual. There are many lists of UX principles which can offer new insights for traditional built environments and help build an emerging design vocabulary — the UX of Work.
  •   Photography Organization Incorporates Pixel Theme in HQ Renovation - Some of the larger goals for the project included the addition of alternative workspaces and communal gathering areas. Corner office real estate was reallocated to these shared staff spaces to ensure a companywide focus was always at the forefront.
  •   Herman Miller North American Contract Sales Tumble as International, Retail Soars - Strong retail performance and improving global trends helped offset near-term demand pressures in North America. Also, the quarterly cash dividend program was re-established at $0.1875 per share.
  •   Back to the Future: Hiring Intentions Begin to Recover for Q4 Yet Employers Plan to Shift to New Work Models for the Long-Term - However, Employers believe labor market recovery will take longer than anticipated.
  •   EDspaces Goes Digital - Complete with virtual meeting rooms to demo new products.
  •   NCARB Launches New Campaign to Encourage Student Designers - The resource is designed for anyone considering a career in architecture or guiding students through the college application process.
  •   UPFRONT: Miller to Retire from BIFMA After Decades of Service to Industry - Miller is looking forward to spending time with his family and will remain active on community boards and advisory groups in his many areas of interests, including consulting for BIFMA.
  •   Product Spotlight: Tayco Reimagines Casegoods with Halifax Launch - The line, designed in collaboration with Toronto industrial design studio Fig40, achieves industry-leading ergonomics.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Customers Are Starting to Come Back into the Showroom; Getting My Salespeople Back in is Another Story" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Crocs Offices – Broomfield, Colorado
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: LG Hausys, Artopex, Hightower, Falcon, Arc-Com, Studio TK
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 16, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Actions Speak Louder than Words - Since we are disconnected due to the COVID crisis, it is more important than ever to be clear in our language.
  •   ootBox Launches a Shareable, Use-It-As-You-Need-It Workspace in a Box - OotBox has been used as development leasing offices, private and reservable spaces for restaurant dining, construction site offices, a neighborhood co-op, mini drive-up medical labs and coffee shops for patrons to take business calls or client meetings.
  •   Working in a Changed World: Understanding Health and Well-being in the Commercial Furniture Industry - The focus of the INDEAL Cares Employee Survey was to provide an evaluation of the self-reported health and well-being of individuals working in a variety of roles within our industry.
  •   The Pandemic-Driven Workplace Shifts That Are Here to Stay - We have a unique opportunity to swiftly shift our workplace culture at a time when change is the new norm.
  •   Haworth and Interphase to Open Design Center in Grand Rapids - The new building will help Interphase collaborate closely with its customers on designing the most creative spaces possible.
  •   Dauphin Announces Retirement of Gary Chin and Appointment of New President Matthew Negron - Thanks to Chin’s vision and leadership, Dauphin North America continues to grow and is now Dauphin Americas, serving the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.
  •   Pininfarina Aims to Launch Customizable Kit for Remote Office Portability - Simply named Smart Working Kit, the product consists of modular elements that, combined, form a piece of furniture able to decorate the house but at the same time compact enough to be taken on business trips.
  •   UPFRONT: INDEAL Leadership Conference To Provide Essential Resources for Dealer Management - Attendees can expect keynotes from nationally recognized speakers, the latest industry insight, virtual networking and strategy sessions.
  •   Product Spotlight: Trendway Introduces Line of Air Purifiers as Indoor Air Quality becomes Critical Issue for Businesses - AeraMax Pro is being expanded into Fellowes Contract Interiors division, through Trendway, to address the need for improved indoor air quality in the contract market.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Just Started a New Job: How Do I Get to Meet My Coworkers" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Understanding and Preventing Burnout" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Avito Offices – Saint Petersburg, Russia
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Howe, Shelby Williams, Versteel
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 9, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Time for the Industry to Ease Up on the Virtual Seminar Schedule - After nearly 30 years in the news gathering business, I've learned a bit about content.
  •   The Difference of a Decade - While dealers and manufacturers have made the most visible adjustments, installation teams have exercised great agility and are now partners at the decision-making roundtable.
  •   Kimball International Launches New Brand Etc. - Released in fashion-inspired collections, Etc. allows you to crush on evolving trends and update your space as quickly as styles change.
  •   AIS Continues to Strengthen Its Product Portfolio - Auburn Conference and Executive Chair, LB Lounge Backless Seating and PET Screens are now available.
  •   Allsteel Launches New Partnership with Corral - One of the things that attracted Allsteel to Corral was the notion two companies can come together and listen to clients together.
  •   New Series of Special Edition Herman Miller Gaming Chairs Launching - This is the first time Aeron has been sold with an all matte black finish, including the Pellicle material that supports the sitter's body.
  •   Blaming COVID Slowdown, Steelcase Cutting Salaried Workforce - Order patterns in the Americas continued to reflect significant year-over-year declines, averaging approximately 35% during the second quarter, while order declines in EMEA and Asia Pacific moderated to approximately 20%.
  •   Work, Reimagined: Research Reveals What Workers Want Post COVID-19 - When economic outlooks are uncertain, employability matters most to workers, with 9 in 10 workers saying simply keeping their job is most important.
  •   Power for Everything and Everyone: Byrne has the Power to Work from Home - Byrne's Twine and Hydra plug-and-play kits are two of the easiest ways to solve big power needs.
  •   Product Spotlight - 3form's Newest Design, Veil, Introduces Airy Linen and Color to Cleanable Surfaces - Veil was developed for designers looking to add color and texture to a space simultaneously, while leveraging the advantages of Varia.
  •   Stephen Says - "Seeing Through Glassdoors" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - College Futures Foundation Offices – Oakland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: ErgoGenesis / BodyBilt, G&S Acoustics, Nowy Styl, Arcadia
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 2, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Virginia First to Legislate Safe Return to Office (They won't be the Last) - Virginia's new safety requirements are based on an employee's risk of exposure to the coronavirus while on the job. Employers will have to take different steps depending on the employee's risk. While it is the first state to outline what should and shouldn't be done to reopen offices, it certainly won't be the last. Not much has come out of Washington, D.C., regarding the safe return to the office, and federal law has been silent on safety standards concerning the coronavirus in the employment setting.
  •   Raiders New Las Vegas Stadium Features Sensory Nooks - For those with special needs, a place like Allegiant Stadium can be overwhelming on game day, causing sensory overload, anxiety, personal crisis situations and ultimately meltdown. The Ford Sensory Nooks are mobile, acoustically quiet huddle pods — similar in shape and size to their office cousins — that provide a haven of tranquility and relaxation for neurodiverse individuals.
  •   Why Planning for Workforce, Not Workplace, Is the Wave of the Future - "When we look at a space and try to just move around a few desks and put up some plexiglass partitions, we're not going to see real change for our workforce. We have a unique opportunity to fix what was broken before COVID-19." Perhaps the pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to take the time to look at our workplace with a fresh lens, understanding what has worked and what hasn't worked for so long.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: New Products Available from HAY - From a lounge chair that swivels to a task chair that can double for dining, there's always something from HAY for the home and office.
  •   Survey Finds Work from Home does not Solve Employee Burnout Problem - 56% went so far as to say their HR departments did not encourage conversations about burnout.
  •   My Employee Went Directly From a Company Zoom Call to a Zoom Interview Call - Because employees are working from home, it is easier than ever to work and interview at the same time.
  •   The Biggest Hiring Mistake - I've spent countless hours over the past several months working with and coaching a lot of people who have been displaced due to the economic environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Employee Went Directly From a Company Zoom Call to a Zoom Interview Call" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Biggest Hiring Mistake" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Foody Offices – Ho Chi Minh City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Global, Versteel, KFI Studios, AGATI, Kirei, MergeWorks
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 26, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   Kirkbride: There's Room for Your Furniture in the $138 Billion Gaming Market - Gaming furniture is a segment of the market that still has plenty of room for growth. If you aren't in it yet, it is worth looking at.
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: SnapCab Keeps Focus on Flexibility - That is precisely why SnapCab is a company more and more customers are turning to for spaces providing connection, communication, collaboration and comfort. Its products make spaces more flexible, especially during a time when changes to an office, health care setting or school need to happen quickly and easily.
  •   Premium Coverings for the Contract Furnishings Industry - CGT is currently working on a new surface innovation targeted towards the furnishing industry, including their CleanTec premium cover stock antimicrobial treated surface technology.
  •   Designtex Partners with West Elm and Crypton to Launch an Easy to Clean Woven Textile Line - The new styles feature Crypton chemistry, a bonded fabric system that renders the textiles durable and easy to clean and disinfect while maintaining the fabric's feel and beauty.
  •   Special-T Preps for Post-COVID Workplace and Learning Environments, Launches New Safe-T Screens and Barriers Product Line - The new product line features an array of screens and barriers with a variety of applications that provide increased protection as people return to work.
  •   Converted Hotel Rooms Are Emerging as New Opportunities for Quiet Workspaces - Hotels are looking to make up for lost revenue by providing spaces that can fit one or multiple employees for a day, all while following CDC guidelines.
  •   Stephen Says - "Boomerang Employees: The People You Re-Rehire May Be Fooling Yous" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Agoda International Offices – Kuala Lumpur
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from 9to5 Seating, Wolf-Gordon, Concertex, Humanscale, Bendheim, Móz.
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 19, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Take a Moment to Enjoy Some Good News - Despite the problems happening around the world, there is still much to celebrate. I believe the world is essentially a good place with good people, though the bad stuff often clogs up the news sites.
  •   Upfront: Announcing 2020 Connect: A Virtual Event - This free, three-day online event will feature more than 60 sessions on a vast array of topics.
  •   Selling the Value of Professional A&D Services in a Pandemic-Driven Economy - As a result of the current pandemic, public and private spaces — including hospitality, workplace, residential, education and health care — are experiencing extreme scrutiny regarding their health and safety practices.
  •   Katz Architecture Imagines a New Concept for Live/Work Lifestyle - Katz Architecture in New York explored what a prototype for a new live/work unit could look like, designing a building that includes ground floor storefronts, apartments and separate offices for residents.
  •   More than Designing a Chair: An Interview with Konstantin Grcic - Affordable, versatile and responsible: with Bell Chair, Konstantin Grcic and Magis have developed a contemporary monobloc chair made entirely from recycled polypropylene.
  •   Groupe Lacasse Introduces New LUTI Freestanding Screens - LUTI will be part of the quick delivery program.
  •   Product Spotlight: Okamura Introduces Finora - A statement of style and identity. Introducing Finora: dreamed by Italdesign, a company that excels in mastering the complexity of automotive design, and engineered by Okamura.
  •   Herman Miller Goes After Websites it Accuses of Selling Fakes - Online retailers are knocking off its products.
  •   Kirei Announces Partnership With Akuart - Acoustic art pairs with Kirei's EchoPanel.
  •   60% of Companies Will Require Masks in the Office - Companies are actively creating guidelines.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Keep Hiring the Wrong People, Look for These Red Flags (Even with Candidates that Look Great) During Your Next Hiring Process" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - " P.I.V.O.T: A Different Perspective" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Vanco Offices – Bloomington, Minnesota
  •   FIRST LOOKS - OLEV, HPFi, OMT-Veyhl, Frovi, Poltrona Frau, LDI Interiors, AMQ, Wolf-Gordon, Patcraft, Fil Doux Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 12, 2020 - 75 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: SitOnIt Goes Beyond Seating to Help Customers in COVID-Confused World - SitOnIt Seating has built a strong reputation in task seating, but has added lounge products, screens and tables. The company has found a formula for producing high-quality products at a pace no one can match, and the office furniture industry has taken note.
  •   Kirkbride: Our Columnists Help All of Us Navigate this Oft-Crazy Industry - We are committed to providing a platform for everyone in the industry, especially those who have been marginalized in the past.
  •   Black Interior Designers are Not Mythical Creatures Like Unicorns by Nicole Rivers Moore - Organizations such as the Black Artists Guild and the Black Interior Designers Network are proof there are hundreds, if not thousands of Black designers and makers in our industry who are ignored and overlooked.
  •   Via Seating Hosts ViaCon, Adding to Growing Number of Companies and Organizations Holding Virtual Programs - Held on Zoom, ViaCon felt the most like a tour of Via's showroom and new products that we've seen.
  •   The Workplace of the Future: A New Address and Approach for Perkins Eastman's Pittsburgh Studio - Perkins Eastman is one of many companies adapting offices to new working environments, and Young believes the Pittsburgh studio can serve as a testing ground to inform future designs.
  •   Rieke Office Interiors Helps Schools Re-Open With SafeSpace PPE Line - Companies such as Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) in Elgin, Illinois, believe businesses and schools across the country should provide safe and healthy environments to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
  •   Home Office Furniture Rentals Increase 300% for Next-Gen Brand, Fernish - Founded in 2017 by Barlow and Lucas Dickey, Fernish was born out of frustration. The two had collectively moved every other year and were fed up with the hassle that came with buying, moving, selling, storing and generally owning furniture.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Teams with Momentum Textiles on Performance 3.0 Card - The selection features a range of bleach-cleanable performance textiles in 10 patterns and 70 colors, including EPU polyurethanes, silicones and recycled polyesters with Crypton finishes
  •   Mohawk Industries and Interface Both Report Q2 Results - Both companies experienced sales decreases due to COVID-19.
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's Rules to Interview Follow-ups: They Must Be Sent Within 24 Hours" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - New Silk Road Offices – Xi'an, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Rainlight, Nevins, Unika Vaev, Spacestor, Fritz Hansen
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 5, 2020

 
  •   When We Look Back, Will You Be the Blockbuster or the Netflix of the Office Furniture Industry? - We are living through a time that will reward the bold and innovative and severely punish those who remain stagnant.
  •   Kimball International Announces New Organizational Structure - The new organization will be comprised of four market-centric business units: Workplace, Health, Hospitality and eBusiness.
  •   Is 6 Feet Really Enough Distance to Keep Offices Safe? Not Even Close, According to Expert - There is no way to pandemic-proof the office, but scientists know office design can help slow the spread.
  •   Trends Point to More Focus on Natural Light as an Architectural Element - New design trends are using lighting as a tool to create ambiance in built experiential environments and, it is key in supporting new brands and concepts.
  •   Leveraging Data & Design to Drive Confidence in Returning to the Workplace - Without a doubt, returning to a physical workspace — for those fortunate enough to enjoy the benefit of working from home — will remain a personal decision and one that must be aided by a hybrid team of HR and design members.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Arc-Com Releases Paragon - The Arc-Com Design Studio's latest pattern Paragon was inspired by classic architectural form. Its angular geometry is the perfect vehicle for extensive color exploration and play.
  •   Ford Announces Jim Hackett to Retire as President and CEO - Hackett was CEO of Steelcase from 1994-2014.
  •   Kimball Reports Fourth Quarter Net Sales Decrease of 20% - Consolidated net sales were $156.1 million.
  •   Landscape Forms Expands Collaborations with Loll Designs, Introduces Three New Products - Landscape Forms is introducing two new products — the Americana chair and Glide bench — and is expanding the Harvest line to include a standing-height bench in its collaboration with Duluth, Minnesota-based Loll Designs.
  •   Room & Board Business Interiors Debuts Fall 2020 Collection - "Fall 2020 is a counterpoint to the clean and masculine look and celebrates the feminine, softer side of design, without being fussy," explained Jenon Bailie, Room & Board's merchandising and design director.
  •   Stephen Says - "Some Manufacturers Make it Easy for 'Do-it-Yourself' Recruiting" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Zone Are You In?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Kiva Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Hightower, 3form, Quinette Gallay, BuzziSpace, Stylex, Scandinavian Spaces, HBF Textiles, Source International, Narbutas
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 29, 2020 - 89 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Bush Business Furniture: The Work from Home Experts™ - Bush Business Furniture can safely claim the title of the work-from-home experts. For nearly 20 years, the company has helped people work from home with products built to contract specifications, scaled properly for the home office and designed with a blend of functionality and style.
  •   NeoCon PPP: ERGOBOND Focuses on Movement with its Innovative Furniture - ERGOBOND was all set to show off its innovative products designed to help workers move at this year's NeoCon. The annual show was supposed to be a launchpad for the company's new brand, and then the virus hit, and the company's plans were put on hold.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Okamura Introduces Drape - Drape is a new, privacy and acoustic solution by Okamura. It creates quiet, private work pods perfect for touchdown work or making phone calls.
  •   The Best Laptop Stand? An Overbed Hospital Table (and Other Unusual Office Products to Help You Work from Home) - This week, I want to chat a bit about a few products that make it much easier for me to work from my sofa or favorite recliner.
  •   Against All Odds - As the last line of defense in the furniture chain of custody, installation teams are trying to save the day while protecting their bottom line. How are they handling the pressure to perform despite a worldwide pandemic?
  •   New High-Performance Office Products Offer Solutions for Safer Workplaces - As a result of COVID-19, consumers and businesses alike are searching for solutions to help protect against the rapid spread of viruses. Below are 13 new, high-performance products that cater to the growing need for hygienic, protective and easy-to-clean solutions, especially in high-traffic areas like restaurants, hotels, offices, health care facilities and public bathrooms.
  •   HNI Posts Profit Workplace Segment Profit Despite 25% Dip in Sales - The Corporation delivered solid profits and increased second quarter operating cash flows by $20 million or 49% versus the prior year, despite pandemic related top-line pressures.
  •   Boston Business Journal Names Leominster's AIS Among the Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts - The Business Journal annually publishes this list to showcase companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities.
  •   What types of jobs will experience a large permanent increase in remote working? - Interestingly, office and administrative jobs were rarely done primarily from home. Even in 2018, work-from-home rates in these occupations were well below those in professional office-related jobs.
  •   Stephen Says - "Guilty of Being Judgmental of your Co-workers Home on Zoom?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MHA MacIntyre Hudson Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Hy-Lite, LightArt, Studio TK, BDI, Gunlocke, KFI Studios, Camria, Ultrafabrics, Stylex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 22, 2020 - 95 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: OE Electrics is Ready to Jolt Industry with Plug-and-Play Products - OE Electrics wants to make powering your office, airport, health care facility or school easy. If you can plug it into a wall at home, why not have the same simplicity in the office? It is a world OE Electrics is working toward.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Claridge Products Continues Evolution While Keeping its Roots Firmly Planted - Claridge Products was set to have its best NeoCon ever in 2020. It lined up a lot of cool new products to show, and it was ready to unveil its new state-of-the-art website, full of new features. And then the virus hit.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Introduces Hatch an Elegant Soft Textile - The upholstery option features an embossed, cross hatch pattern. It complements the clean lines and forms that are a signature of Keilhauer and modern design.
  •   Since We're Working from Home, Why Not Work Outdoors? - A lot has been made of the importance of the home office recently and for good reason. Most of us are working from them. But there is nothing in the Home Office Rulebook that says you must work inside.
  •   Just 4% of Employees Want to Return To The Office Full Time, Down From 33% in April - The results are based on responses from more than 100 global enterprises representing every major industry.
  •   Residence Hall Design Trends to Change in Response to COVID-19 - Social spaces, such as floor lounges and studies, will be sized and organized to allow for social distancing with distinct stations at appropriate intervals.
  •   Pandemic and BLM Protests Negatively Impacting Corporate Workplace Culture, According to Newly Released Data - This is one of the number-one indicators of overall workplace health, and to see that drop is a red flag.
  •   4 Design Trends of a Post-COVID Workplace - To contextualize some of these uplifting actions, we sat down with leading experts from both the manufacturing and design communities to get a better understanding of what our world will look like as we begin to transition back to the office.
  •   During the Workweek, 69% of Employees Spend More Than an Hour in Meetings - Structured agendas can help keep people accountable. Before any meeting, employees and managers should figure out the true purpose of the meeting and the results they are targeting.
  •   Stephen Says - "Drive-Through Interviewing and Other Alternatives Take Root to Foster Meaningful Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Esprit Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Artaic, Encore, Unika Vaev, BodyBilt, Raydoor, Fritz Hansen, Maharam, Artopex, Morbern, DARRAN, Landscape Forms
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 15, 2020 - 65 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Listening Leads to Success at Via Seating - Via Seating believes its key to success and creating long-term partnerships with its customers comes from being a solutions-driven company. Its seating products are not a commodity, and the company refuses to be pulled into the race for the bottom in the category.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Allseating Launches the L1 Task Chair - L1 lives up to its namesake by providing the end user with back support and comfort for the entire day.
  •   Want to End the Race to the Bottom? Focus on Branding - The race to the bottom, if it actually IS going on, is a direct result of a general lack of branding and brand recognition in our industry.
  •   Returning to Work Comes with Challenges, But Also Opportunities - Employees might be facing issues with childcare availability, reduced public transportation services, the need to care for others, or increased risk due to health conditions, for instance.
  •   Networking the New Way: How Professional Relationships have Changed and How to Make them Work for You - When you research statistics about job searching, you find a whopping 85% of jobs are filled through networking.
  •   The Workplace Redefined; Preparing For The New Normal - The way you work is changing every day, and you're most likely still figuring out your perfect set up.
  •   Steelcase Recognized as One of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the United States - Steelcase's social innovation efforts prioritize furthering inclusive and equitable quality education, reducing inequalities and creating sustainable communities and cities.
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm Over Used and Under Appreciated" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Networking the New Way: How Professional Relationships have Changed and How to Make them Work for You" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Sony DADC Offices – Mumbai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace, Spacestor, Source International, Maharam, Pair, Unika Vaev, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Narbutas, Smith & Fong
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 8, 2020 - 67 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: SurfaceWorks Launches Dax and Grows in Education - Dax, is one of those products that exemplifies SurfaceWorks — it is well-designed, well-built and does exactly what it promises. In the case of Dax, that means it is an exceptionally good training table.
  •   The Death of the Office is Greatly Exaggerated - Instead of thinking of work from home as a negative, it is time for the industry to think of it as net positive.
  •   ORGATEC 2020 Cancelled - In recent weeks, a large majority of exhibitors and trade visitors decided not to attend ORGATEC. In light of this, Koelnmesse reassessed the overall situation.
  •   Diversity & Inclusion in the Interiors Industry: The Most Important Issue We'll Ever Tackle - We sat down with Malene Barnett, and discussed some of the most pressing issues our industry faces in order to hear the perspective of those who have been silenced for far too long.
  •   From Ocean to Office: A New Path for Plastic - Research shows about eight to 10 million tons of plastic enter the planet's oceans every year. That equates to about a garbage truck of plastic being dumped in the ocean every minute.
  •   Product Spotlight - Dauphin Introduces Bosse Series 2 Acoustic Pods and Bosse Series 4 Room-in-Room Systems
  •   Neurodiversity and Workplace Inclusivity - Neurodivergent conditions include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Tourette's, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and Parkinson's.
  •   Female Leaders Show the Power of Kindness Through Donation - Two women — Melissa Kehl of Rieke Office Interiors of Elgin and Neli Vazquez Rowland of A Safe Haven — came together to show how the power of kindness can even defeat, in a small way, the brunt of a virus.
  •   Just 30% of Workers Are More Productive Working From Home Than in an Office, Even as Remote Work Continues During the Coronavirus Pandemic - Working from home has become the new norm for employees around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been remote for several months already, and some, such as Twitter, have decided to let employees work remotely permanently, even after the pandemic passes.
  •   Stephen Says - "How to Lose a Job in Ten Days" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Innovation is HERE: How to Embrace Innovation in Your Business" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Riccó Offices – São Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Maharam, 9to5 Seating, Indiana Furniture, Teknion, Coalesse
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 1, 2020 - 79 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Maars Living Walls Evolve to Meet Needs of Changing Market - Since entering the North American market, Maars has made a name for itself by creating demountable walls of the highest quality and design.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Keilhauer Swurve is a New Chair that Puts the Environment First - The company and its president have taken the environment seriously for a long time, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Keilhauer recently launched Swurve, its first carbon neutral chair.
  •   Deirdre Jimenez Wants to Elevate Design in Her New Role at BIFMA - Jimenez was attracted to the job by the work that is being done solely for the benefit of the industry and its members — not just trade members, but suppliers and specifiers as well.
  •   Celebrating Freedom is Impossible When Others are Oppressed: An Industry Call to Action - Events of recent weeks deserve to be looked at through the lens of our industry.
  •   Women-led Design is More Crucial Than Ever - As the panel discussion kicked off, Gabrielle Bullock, director of Global Diversity at Perkins & Will, believes this particular time presents an opportunity for everyone to help in dismantling systemic racism.
  •   KI Goes Beyond With Owens Corning in Future-Proofing Workspaces With Infinity From KI - KI and Owens Corning designed the marquee conference room in the Hub with 33 feet of glass storefront featuring KI's Lightline architectural wall, providing beautiful views of the river.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Fell 21.1%. Posts Loss. - Herman Miller reported a net loss per share of $2.95 in the fourth quarter compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.78 in the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   Inscape Announces Fourth Quarter Sales Fall 22.5% - The decline in the quarter was primarily due to COVID-19 which resulted in both shipment delays and customer order pushouts in some of their major markets.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Overlook This Way to Find a New Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Alternative Technology Client Offices – Austin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF, Nevers, Keilhauer, Concertex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 24, 2020 - 91 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Returning to Work and School—KI Leads With Empathy, Insight and Innovation - KI is in the process of bringing about half of its organization of 500 or so workers back, while helping other companies come alive as well.
  •   NeoCon PPP: It's Time to Take a Fresh Look at Indiana Furniture - Indiana Furniture is inviting the industry to take a new look and experience the changes it has worked on for the last few years.
  •   Time for Us to Exemplify the Spirit of Gambaru - The shock of COVID is over. Now the hard part begins. It is time to rebuild and renew the market. While that may be a bit out of our hands, there are some things we can do to turn the corner.
  •   IIDA to Furlough Staff - IIDA will return to normal business operations July 20 at full strength and with a robust slate of programming.
  •   Fellowes Brands Announces New Contract Interiors Division - Fellowes Brands strategic expansion into contract furniture began with the acquisition of ESI and Trendway.
  •   BIFMA Names New Leader at Virtual Annual Meeting - In her new role, Jimenez will be responsible for leading BIFMA and partnering with its board of directors, membership (regular, supplier, service and international) and staff by connecting and advancing the industry's common interests.
  •   Creativity Goes Digital: Harnessing the Power of Virtual Design - How do we design for a digital workplace that fulfills our need for human interaction?
  •   Maars Understands Now is the Time for Space Division, More Than Ever - No one wants to waste money on an unsightly plexiglass pane that a customer will throw up and then throw away in a couple of months.
  •   Place Matters — Designers Weigh in on Physical Barriers in Design and Starting with Empathy - When families suddenly found themselves needing to keep busy while quarantined at home, many turned to digital access to museums and cultural institutions online.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do Dealers Manage the Expense of Social Distancing?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "2020 Cancelled? One of the Toughest Years could be Your Best Year" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - NAACP Legal Defense Fund Offices – Washington DC
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Woven Image, Source International, Woodstock Marketing, Kimball
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 17, 2020 - 69 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Never Stop Moving, Pushing or Striving | OM Digs Deep for Meaningful Change - Since its beginnings in 1986, Southern California-based OM has believed continual evolution creates a living company.
  •   NeoCon PPP: 2020 | Industry Mainstay Keeps Ahead of Technology (and Always has for its Customers) - The company has focused most of its innovation around building experiences that it believes will speak to the future designer as well as connecting the end user.
  •   I don't Know About You, but I'll Never Take the Fun and Friendship of NeoCon for Granted Again - By Wednesday during NeoCon week, I'm sick of restaurant food, sick of talking to people and sick of Chicago.
  •   Steelcase CEO Jim Keane Speaks to Grand Rapids Economic Club about COVID and the Company - Disaster preparation is important for any business, but leaders also have to adjust course as needed since there is no way to account for everything that might go wrong.
  •   When Nothing is Guaranteed: Practical Ways to Reset your Career Trajectory - With industry insiders optimistic about a rebound and a revamping of the office, there is still real fear about the now weekly announcements of furloughs, layoffs and "creative re-structuring" that's going on in the world of contract furniture.
  •   Industry News - Designing a Better Chicago Announces Grant Program Recipients / Humanscale Launches Online Platform / Nook Announces the Winning Super Nook Design
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "In These Unusual Times I am So Glad We Go To Market with Independent Reps!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Innovid Offices – Ramat Gan
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Ghent, OMT-Veyhl, Keilhauer
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 10, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program you are beginning to see today. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: LOGICDATA - When considering innovative shifts in the office furniture industry, one immediately thinks of high-tech devices like connectivity of smart phones and tablets or powerful laptops. Yet there is a mechanical revolution happening in height adjustability that is being led by LOGICDATA.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Spec Furniture Design Makes Us Wonder, 'Why Didn't I Think of That?' - The Toronto-based company always seems to come up with a new wrinkle for furniture that leaves its customers pleased and competitors wondering why they didn't come up with something like that.
  •   The Making of an Industry-Wide Charity - From tragedy, INDEAL Cares was born and it is poised to make a huge difference not only in North America, but globally. INDEAL Cares was designed to be more than a "house" charity for INDEAL, its dealer partners and manufacturers.
  •   "Wisdumb" Mentality Is Blocking Innovation in Building - Last week NeoCon launched NeoConnect, a series of online resources programming designed to virtually connect the NeoCon community in the month of June.
  •   Uniting the Commercial Furniture Industry in Health: Introducing INDEAL Cares - INDEAL Cares was launched in honor of my daughter, Dr. Shannon Bloch.
  •   Blurring the Line Between the Home and Corporate Offices - Many people consider a separate home office to be a real luxury. In lieu of a true dedicated space, individuals choose to convert an extra bedroom or perhaps an unused corner in the living room into a semi functional home office.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is a Micromanager! What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Product Madness Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Scandinavian Spaces, Source International, Okamura, Integra Seating, Tayco, ESI, Sedia Systems, Encore, Unika Vaev
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 3, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program you are beginning to see today. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Groupe Lacasse Shifts to Address Changing Office - The Quebec-based manufacturer has done a masterful job of shifting gears to address the crisis, first by coming out with a package of furniture for the home office and by creating products that make office work safer as well.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Nook Takes Pod Life to a New Level with a Focus on Agility and Wellbeing - Nook, by Do Company, a Bristol, England-based design startup, creates semi-private spaces critical for productivity, focus, confidentiality or simple respite from the noise and traffic on the floor.
  •   From The Editor - Instead of Wringing Our Hands About What We can't Control, We Need to Start Worrying About What We Can
  •   Gensler says Reports of the Death of the Workplace Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - In part of its ongoing exploration on how design is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gensler finds the future workplace may be entering its Golden Age, not of sudden death.
  •   Knoll Design Days are Around the Corner - Hosted this year as a free virtual event for industry insiders and design enthusiasts alike, Knoll Design Days will take place June 9-10, 2020, bringing the Company's unparalleled expertise on design and the workplace to audiences in a digital-first format.
  •   Designer Outlines How Hospitality, Social Spaces will Change post-COVID During Haworth Webinar - Rottet said social spaces may just be the design that is needed to keep workers at a safe distance from each other while fostering a comforting, residential feel many will crave in the crazy new world of work.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "What to Put on LinkedIn When You Are Unemployed" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "HOPE: Another Meaning to One of the Most Overused Words in the World" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - One Workplace Offices – Santa Clara
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Frövi, BuzziSpace, Haworth, Davis, Arper
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 27, 2020

 
  •   Here's What it's Like in our Neck of the Woods - Whenever I speak to folks in the industry from around the country and across the globe, we always seem to have the same question for each other: How is it where you are?
  •   Why Soft Leadership Skills Will Rise to the Top During Times of Crisis - ThinkLab research indicated 60% of West Coast survey respondents' (comprised of both A&D and manufacturers/dealers) bid activity has slowed or stopped.
  •   Workplace Reimagined: COVID-19 to Reshape the Modern Office Experience - The wholesale move to remote working in response to the crisis has quickly changed habits, exposed weaknesses and opened new opportunities for the work environment.
  •   A Sign of Hope: Orgatec is On for October - To be sure, the 2020 version of Orgatec will be more lightly attended and with fewer exhibitors, according to organizers who held a virtual town hall meeting last week.
  •   Knoll, Herman Miller Cut Jobs to Cope with COVID Crisis - As part of a restructuring, Knoll expects to reduce its workforce by approximately 275 positions. Meanwhile, Herman Miller eliminated approximately 300 full-time positions throughout the company as of May 14.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   3form Creates Line of Desk Partitions - The translucent desk partition uses Varia, a durable, architectural-grade resin.
  •   Stephen Says - "Any Suggestions for My Designer Clients and Friends that have Recently Lost Their Jobs?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Stop Playing Small: Do You Have What it Takes to Make it Happen?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Obscura Digital Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HAT Contract and SiS Ergo, Boss, KFI Studios, Hightower
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 20, 2020

 
  •   COVID Crisis Causes Shift in Way We Talk about the Office - Offices across the country are preparing to reopen. How that will look remains to be seen, but offices will be less dense and workers more separate.
  •   Killing "The Way We've Always Done It" - With less face-to-face meetings, accessibility and ease of scheduling will become an X-factor.
  •   All Hands on Deck, USGBC Says Green Building Ratings Still Relevant - Under the new strategy, the USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials and risk management.
  •   AIS Launches Sew the Masks Campaign to Support First Responders and Others at High Risk from COVID-19 - AIS masks are already helping protect health care workers at UMass Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as first responders around Massachusetts and others.
  •   Nearly Half of Employees Now Working from Home Want to Stay Remote, Study Finds - Clearly, employee work preferences still differ and working from home is not for everyone — either because employees simply cannot do their jobs remotely or would prefer not to.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Knoll Announces June 2020 Free Virtual Knoll Design Days Lineup - "We're here to help organizations adjust to a new normal and give people confidence in their work environments."
  •   Humanscale Chief Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy Recognized as Living Hero - The Living Future Institute developed the Hero award to acknowledge exceptional work of individuals who are going above and beyond in their approach to creating a Living Future.
  •   Stephen Says - "Help! My WFH Salespeople are Becoming Unfocused" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Max Barney Estate Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, H Contract, R-Go, Bisley
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 13, 2020

 
  •   Office Design Post-COVID: Have We Gone Through a Weird Time Warp Back to the '80s? - Trying to conform to guidelines about office safety is like trying to hit a moving target.
  •   Be Certain, Things Will Change, but One Group Will be Loyal Through and Through - "From a transportation standpoint, you have to ensure driver safety coming in and out of facilities, that you're not spreading any diseases."
  •   Three Predictions on How Remote Work Will Shift the Product Specification Process - ThinkLab research suggests that specification takes between 20–39% of a designer's time.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Architects Work with Manufacturers to Help People WFH Effectively - A huge amount of speculation in workplace architecture and design about the future of the office, return to work protocols and the new norm is occurring.
  •   Kimball Posts Strong Quarter, Despite Impact of Virus - "It is difficult to predict the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our customers, our suppliers and our business."
  •   DIRTT Releases Q1 2020 Financial Results - Revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were $41 million compared to $65.1 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.
  •   Could Copper Help Reopen Offices? - Many scientific studies are demonstrating copper kills bacteria, and De Castelli has set up an experiment to develop working methods that ensure this property is preserved.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Worry. College Grads Still Have Great Prospects." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "We're All In This Together" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Milkman Offices – Verona
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luxxbox, Falcon, Nowy Styl Group, JSI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 6, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Allseating Stays the Course With Updated LEVO and a New Collection of Chairs for Remote Workers - Levo builds on the methodology of the award-winning, proprietary design of the You family, providing a more affordable ergonomic option that adapts to users movements.
  •   Question: How to Safely Return to Work? - Whether you are a manufacturer, dealer or designer, you are fielding calls from customers about how they can safely return to work.
  •   Designing for Overcapacity Presents Opportunities to Prepare for the Future - With a lack of beds at the forefront of the pandemic's impact on health care, CRTKL is exploring ideas like repositioning hotels from luxury to healing spaces designed to accommodate more infected patients at once.
  •   Economist Predicts 'Short, Sharp' Recession During BIFMA Virtual Presentation - Just what the long term effects on the office are remains to be seen.
  •   Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Design Industry - Best case scenario for recovery is a "V" recovery (think sharp decline, quick bounce back), however, it's important for the design industry to remember our category lags, and especially in this case with phased "back-to-work" scenarios.
  •   Twilight Zone or the Jetsons: What Will Going Back to Work Really Look Like? - Never before have you been able to buy so many room dividers, desk partitions and iterations of acrylic space division. It seems that overnight, the industry has made two fairly seismic declarations.
  •   Herman Miller Sues Website but can't Find 'DOE 1' Behind It - Herman Miller and DWR contend that Interior Icons is engaged in a dramatic and brazen scheme to undermine Herman Miller's intellectual property rights and trade on the goodwill of Herman Miller.
  •   Best of British: Bisley and Deadgood Announce Exclusive Partnership in North America - In a move that celebrates the "Best of British," both Bisley and Deadgood fly the flag for the "designed in Britain, made in Britain" model.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is This a Bad Time To Change Jobs? Am I Crazy?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Krispy Kreme Offices – Charlotte
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF, Designtex, Focal Point
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 29, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   What I'm Hearing from the Industry - Employment is a cause for concern as the industry continues to implement layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts at a growing rate.
  •   What's the Future of Height Adjustable Tables? SiS Ergo, the Company Credited with the First-Ever Product, Has Some Answers - For the company that pioneered the first height-adjustable table 50 years ago, the future looks just as promising today as it did then.
  •   Bringing Elements of Home into the Workplace - Like it or not, says the folks at Coalesse, this is the time of the mandatory, if temporary, home office.
  •   As the Design Industry Faces the Pandemic, Learnings from Previous Recessions Still Apply - In terms of the physical work we do both now and in the future, adaptation and flexibility will be key.
  •   HNI Posts Loss in Latest Quarter as Virus Cuts into Finances - HNI Corp. announced sales for the first quarter ending March 28 of $468.7 million and a net loss of $23.9 million.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "High Performance Hacks" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - PhotoShelter Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Zonez, MASHstudios
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 22, 2020

 
  •   Have Faith, the Industry will Emerge Stronger Than Ever - We can't control a virus, and it is frustrating. I always feel better when I'm active; doing something to improve myself. There are things I can control.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   FUNC Hits the Market with Fresh Products Because "Blah Is So Tiresome" - FUNC makes privacy screens, desking screens, space dividers, mobile marker surfaces, integrated lighting and other ancillary products — taking a simplistic, "almost Japanese approach."
  •   Byrne Creates 'Powerful Connections' to Help People Hospitalized, Loved Ones Stay Connected - The virtual visits, made possible through donated iPads and technical assistance from Byrne, have lifted the spirits of family members separated by illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Industry Shifts to Support COVID-19 Efforts - The automotive and apparel industries aren't alone in these efforts. The contract furniture industry has rallied together to come up with innovative ways to contribute, keep their people at work and push us to be hopeful for a world beyond the virus.
  •   Innovative Office Products is 3D Printing PPEs - Through the use of one of its two 3D printers, the company is producing the headband component for face shields.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Emoji's Have a Place in a Business Email?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Power of Conversations" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Zogenix Offices – Emeryville
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Welltek, 9to5, EKO, VIA Seating, Arcadia
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 15, 2020

 
  •   How VariDesk Became Vari: An Interview with CEO Jason McCann - Varidesk started working with experts that worked with other companies on transitioning their branding, including one which helped Federal Express go to FedEx.
  •   Loftwall Is Thriving on Incredible Ideas and American Grit - Loftwall provides privacy — specializing in space division with products like room dividers, counter shields and sound control panels.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Whatever it Takes - As an industry, when facing the prospect of annihilation, the only adequate response is to do whatever it takes to prevent it.
  •   The Interiors Industry Leans on One Another to Connect Amidst C-19 Chaos - People in the interiors industry today seem to fall into two categories: Those who remember the downturn of 2008 and those who don't.
  •   Arper's Farewell to its Founder Luigi Feltrin - Feltrin founded Arper in Monastier di Treviso in 1989, together with his sons Claudio, Arper president, and Mauro.
  •   Stephen Says - "The 35th Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame Gala was Held in December 2019 at the River Pavilion, Javits Center NYC, and Now it is a COVID-19 Hospital. That is Surreal!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "April 2020: How Will This Month Define You?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - SAP Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK, OM, Concertex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 8, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   You Take Care of Sales, Design, Avanto Streamlines the Process - Avanto helps streamline your back office processes through accounting, order management and merchant processing.
  •   Two Ways to Keep You Connected - Bellow Press is not immune to the business upheaval. So, we have spent weeks trying to figure out a plan for how to help our readers and advertisers stay connected through this unprecedented time.
  •   Orgatec is On for October ... at Least for Now - Koelnmesse, which stages the fair, said it is keeping a close eye on developments as it presses ahead with preparations for ORGATEC 2020 in seven months.
  •   Utility Company Connects its Brand to New HQ Architecture - Corix chose a 22,000-square-foot space on the 36th floor in a downtown Chicago high-rise as its new headquarters and brought on Nelson Worldwide to complete the build out.
  •   Dauphin Takes up 100 Million Mask Challenge - Inspired by the 100 Million Mask Challenge, office furniture manufacturer Dauphin quickly pivoted to the production of face masks for health care facilities close to its Northern New Jersey factory.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Own a Business: Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Here is how!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "5X Connection: Developing and Increasing Meaningful Connections in a Time of Crisis" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Publicis Sapient Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Encore, Arc-Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 1, 2020

 
  •   Building a Dream — Gebesa Sets Sights on Growing Its US Market - The company specialized in kitchen cabinets at first, eventually adding more products and finishes to its offerings.
  •   COVID-19 Industry Bulletin Board - New on page 8 - Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   The Brandywine Experience - The Brandywine Experience (Bex) is a co-working and meeting space created exclusively for tenants within Brandywine Realty Trust's office buildings.
  •   Remote Work Tips for the A&D Industry - As an industry that thrives on creative inspiration and human interaction, we've been forced almost overnight to transition to a near-complete remote existence.
  •   "So the Company and its Employees can Come Through This Crisis Together" - A certain sense of helplessness comes from being quarantined.
  •   Steelcase Combats COVID-19 Global Pandemic; Commits to Supply Critical Medical PPE Equipment Needs - Steelcase Friday reported it has already started and continues to manufacture and deploy critical equipment supplies for healthcare providers on the frontlines of the battle against the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  •   Note from CIFF: The Show is Rescheduled for Late July - Salone del Mobile.Milano Now Cancelled; Event to Take Place Next April
  •   Stephen Says - "The Perfect On Line Job Interview (and How to Have Better Internet Meetings for Anything)" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Global Asset Management Company – Amsterdam
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Luna, SurfaceWorks, Source, Concertex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 25, 2020

 
  •   NeoCon 2020 Cancelled - For the first time in 52 years, there will be no NeoCon.
  •   Our Commitment to You: Providing the Most Useful and Up-to-Date Information - A lot is going on, and things are changing quickly.
  •   The Viscusi Group Now TVG Recruiters - The company's tag — "excellence in search" — remains. It is there to emphasize TVG's ongoing commitment to what it says will never change — a brand ethos which has been built on trust, credibility and industry knowledge.
  •   Career Builder Catches Up With Its Culture in New HQ - Career Builder's previous setup was compartmentalized over three floors, and the employees rarely interacted with each other.
  •   Kimball Announces Next Chapter of David Edward Brand - Kimball has announced the next chapter of David Edward, introducing a refreshed brand identity and product structure within the Kimball family.
  •   Corporate Real Estate Professionals Report Continuing Increase in Revised Workplace Strategies Based on Coronavirus - 78% of end users surveyed think expanded use of virtual meetings (e.g., versus face-to-face meetings) will last beyond the current crisis.
  •   Herman Miller 'Focused...On What We Could Control' in Latest Quarter - The company delivered adjusted earnings per share that exceeded the expectations that were established at the start of the quarter.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Is Going To Happen To My Job After the COVID-19 Pandemic?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Lead with Gratitude" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Artjail Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Encore, Global, Source International
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 18, 2020

 
  •   Breaking News: NeoCon 2020 Postponed - Due to the escalating Coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing, theMART, along with key industry stakeholders, have made the decision to postpone NeoCon 2020.
  •   Coronavirus Won't Crush Industry Optimism - In the short term, our industry — along with the world — is going to feel a lot of pain. Bellow Press, the publishers of this publication and "Workplaces" magazine, is working on a plan to help with alternative marketing opportunities now that NeoCon is postponed.
  •   TÜV Rheinland Furniture Test Lab Opens in West Michigan - The new testing facility comes at an important time for the industry.
  •   ROOM with A View - A Sustainable Solution Provider of Soundproofing Booths Aims to Solve Modern Workplace Challenges The concept of how ROOM came about was rooted in the personal experiences.
  •   The Future of Hackability Is Here: 5 Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Game - Flexible work is the top of every employee's bucket list as the lines between work and play continue to blur.
  •   The HON Company and Unika Vaev Announce Partnership Agreement - HON and its nationwide network of trade partners will market and sell some of Unika Vaev's decorative acoustic products.
  •   Versteel Debuts its Elly Chair - The Elly line features an integrated family of seats and small tables that can be configured in countless ways.
  •   Stephen Says - "More LinkedIn Advice To Create to Best Profile in the World" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "How to Become Recognized as a Leader in Your Company" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Zovio Headquarters – Chandler
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bisley + Vetrospace, Muzo, BrighterBooth
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 11, 2020

 
  •   NeoCon, High Point Market are a Go, but Mart Watching Spread of Coronavirus Carefully - The office furniture industry is bracing for the economic effects of the coronavirus on the North American economy.
  •   Teknion Weighs in on Neurodiversity, Taking its Cues From the Classroom - Teknion has taken neurodiversity into consideration by expanding its product portfolio to cater to a variety of workspace environments.
  •   Office Design Trends for 2020 & beyond - from Coalesse - With the large generational gap in today's workforce, it is important for offices to be designed for a multi-generational workforce, and diverse spaces support a diverse workforce.
  •   AIS Unveils Renovated and Expanded Headquarters Showroom - The 6,000-square-foot space within AIS's headquarters features the latest AIS products in a vibrant working environment surrounded by windows that overlook a forest.
  •   Haworth Sales Reach $2.25 Billion in 2019; Up 5% Over Last Year - "Haworth experienced a good year of profitable growth across our commercial interiors and lifestyle design businesses," said Franco Bianchi.
  •   New Trendway opens Los Angeles Showroom - Utilizing Trendway's full architectural wall line, the space is delineated into hospitality, private and open office zones.
  •   Spacestor Expands Global Presence with NY Flagship Designed by Gensler - The company tapped Gensler to design an inviting and versatile space for the brand.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Cool Company Was Bought By One of the Big Guys: Now What?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From Where I Sit - "The Office 2030 – A Few Things We Will Rarely See" - by Michael A. Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Lacoste Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira and Sonneman
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 4, 2020

 
  •   Compartment | A Launches Sustainable, Industrial-Inspired Furniture Brand - Compartment | A, founded by furniture entrepreneur John Keogh and designer Kurt Loubaton, has launched with industrial-inspired furniture and fixtures that emphasize sustainability in office, home and hospitality.
  •   Using Design to Express the Humanistic Elements of a Brand - As younger generations enter the workforce, expectations of the workplace have changed, including assumptions about remote work and the belief the workplace should be more than a place to do the physical job.
  •   A Letter from China: The Coronavirus and How it is (and Could) Affect the Office Furniture Industry - CIFF, the world's largest office furniture fair, is postponed until further notice.
  •   VARIDESK Undergoes Major Rebrand - The company that was formerly known worldwide as VariDesk announced it is now Vari – a workspace innovation company.
  •   Herman Miller and Logitech G Join Forces to Create High-Performance Furniture for Gamers - Herman Miller Heads into a new product and marketing lane where contract hasn't gone before.
  •   Costin Named CEO of Bisley - Bisley has strengthened its executive board team with the appointment of Richard Costin, its former commercial director, to the position of CEO following the departure of John Atkin in February.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Is the Best Time of Day to Ask My Boss for a Raise?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "3 Keys to being a Great Leader" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Full Node Coworking Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bisley and LEVEL 4 DESIGNS
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 26, 2020

 
  •   Special-T, the Fastest Growing Table Manufacturer in US, Rebuilds the Lives of Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts - For those trying to get clean and sober, past addiction to drugs or alcohol can prevent them from finding steady, meaningful work.
  •   Herman Miller Joins WELL Portfolio Program, the First Furniture Manufacturer on the List - We spend about 90% of our lives indoors, so our building management practices have a really big impact on people in our society.
  •   Surface Design Show 2020 Inspired with the Best in Surface Innovations - The 2020 edition of the Surface Design Show at London's Business Design Centre Feb. 11-13 featured its biggest showing ever of surface material and architectural lighting designs.
  •   Registration Now Open for NeoCon and Four Keynote Speakers Announced - Registration is open for NeoCon 2020. The show will celebrate its 52nd edition June 8-10 with the latest ideas, products and experiences in the furniture industry.
  •   Haworth Inn and Conference Center Undergoing Complete Renovation - Hope College's Haworth Inn and Conference Center near downtown Holland, is undergoing a complete renovation that will debut in a few months.
  •   Knoll Posts Record Year-end Results that Fall Short of Wall Street Expectations - Full year growth was driven by both Office and Lifestyle segments.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Strong Profitability for 2019 - Office furniture net sales decreased $8.9 million or 0.5% from the prior year to $1.697 billion.
  •   Stephen Says - "Love Me or Hate Me, You're Gonna Need Me" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Booking.com Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design, ESI, Kirei, Tayco, Louis Poulsen, Designtex, Pallas and Arcadia
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 19, 2020

 
  •   Students Need Flexibility and Ownership at School, which Begins With Furniture - Flexibility, comfort, posture support and fidgeting features are considered essential elements to be included in student furniture design for the updated classroom.
  •   Innovative Office Products Acquires SiS Ergo - Founded and headquartered in Denmark, SiS Ergo is a manufacturing pioneer of height-adjustable tables.
  •   Reps Learn Nook is More than a Typical Pod at UK Event - A group of top independent reps gathered in the U.K. last week to learn about Nook. Nook was designed by company founder David O'Coimin to create an oasis of calm in the din of the open office, classroom or other space where a bit of privacy is needed, but not the complete isolation found in other products.
  •   Industry Inspiration: An Assessment of Disruption in the Residential Real Estate Industry - Across the residential industry, real estate brokerage firms are looking for creative ways to continue to capture market share.
  •   Over 550 Dismissed in Wayfair Layoffs - Recently, the eCommerce retailer has entered the contract furnishings arena, offering an assortment of furniture from the likes of Turnstone and Steelcase along with several no-name Chinese sourced products.
  •   Stephen Says - "Stuck in the Sales Rep Rut: How Do I Get to be a Sales Manager?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Suhrkamp Verlag Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Room & Board, Workrite, Unika Vaev, Dekko, Davis, Hightower, Scandinavian Spaces
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 12, 2020

 
  •   INDEAL Holds Supplier Council in NOLA - INDEAL is the largest purchasing organization of its kind in North America and the only one focused exclusively on the needs of the aligned contract dealer.
  •   IMM Cologne: A Review - While outdoor furniture may typically be thought of as purely practical, launches in Cologne proved style and comfort could be factored in too.
  •   Plumen x Batchworks Lampshades Debut, Highlighting Sustainability - London-based design companies Batchworks and Plumen have partnered on a collection of five 3-D printed lampshades using plastic recycled from water bottles and other sources of plastic pollution.
  •   Designing for Icons: EQ Office Owns and Manages Some of the Most Renowned Buildings in the World - Today, the workplace is focused on the humans who use the space and the generation of ideas, which is a seismic shift.
  •   New Bill Proposed in New York is For the Birds, Really - Associate the word safety with a big city and one might be concerned about their own safety or human safety in general, but do you ever think about bird safety?
  •   Kimball Sales Decline on Brand Realignment - All verticals reported orders growth in the quarter with hospitality leading at 31%. The growth within the hospitality vertical was attributed to the robust Las Vegas market.
  •   USM Joins the Billionaire Boys Club - USM has been chosen to create the structure and provide furniture to display The Billionaires Boys Club (BBC) designs at a pop-up shop in the newly opened Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Outside Sales Rep I Hired Has Turned Into a Glorified Messenger Service" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Creating Massive Momentum: Three Simple Actions You can Take to Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Fontworks Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bendheim, Luum, Frövi, Bisley, Workrite, BDI, ErgoGenesis, Humanscale, DeskMakers and Waddell
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 5, 2020

 
  •   Organizers Postpone CIFF Guangzhou Over Coronavirus Outbreak - China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), the largest office furniture show in the world, is being postponed by organizers as the country continues to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.
  •   Do the Math: Wyatt is Confident its Seating Products Add Up - If you are an office furniture dealer, Wyatt Seating wants you to do a little math. Compare its seating with its competitors, figure out your margin and add in a little cost savings for your customers.
  •   The Perfect Workplace for Every Type of Worker - Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) recently designed the new Liberty Property Trust headquarters, an office geared to fit a variety of workstyles.
  •   Maximizing the Impact of Design in an Ecosystem of Shrinking Leases - Since 2015, the volume of commercial real estate transactions has been on a steady decline. Metrics suggest that, other than the pre–real estate bubble burst of 2006, 2015 marked the peak of commercial transactional spend.
  •   LightCorp Acquires California Design Brand Most Modest - LightCorp's acquisition of Most Modest provides a major growth opportunity to cross over from the contract office environment into residential and direct-to-consumer markets with lighting and technology solutions.
  •   West Coast's Largest Interior Solutions Firm Brings a Focus on Workplace as a Driver of Culture and Performance - One Workplace has relaunched the company as One Workplace Sacramento.
  •   Landscape Forms Honored with Two IDA Awards - Landscape Forms' Generation 50 and Upfit received top honors at this year's International Design Awards Awards Competition.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Your Employees Have EQ?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Home Base International Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MergeWorks, Kimball, Okamura
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 29, 2020

 
  •   Industry Leaders Examine Every Direction at BIFMA 360° Conference - The three-day leadership conference revolves around the speakers that each present for about an hour, followed by a question-and-answer session.
  •   KI Contributes to New School Building for Homeless Children - KI often works on projects that involve sensitive situations, such as children's hospitals or the Salvation Army, so it seemed a natural fit to get involved with the Positive Tomorrows project.
  •   Tom Reardon, the Industry 'Standard,' Reflects on Two Decades as BIFMA Executive Director Reardon is retiring from his full-time position as executive director. - For more than two decades, Reardon has been the steady rudder at BIFMA, the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers.
  •   No Phone Zone — The Offline Chair Provides a Quiet Space Without Screen Time - The key amenity to the chair — in addition to its soft seat cushion and cozy upholstery — is a special pocket for mobile phones that blocks mobile and Wi-Fi signals.
  •   Configura Expands into Japan with Launch of Kokuyo's CET Designer Extension - Kokuyo will call its CET Designer Extension "GRIP" — Graphically Integrated Platform.
  •   Stephen Says - "Furniture Folk Are Good Folk!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - JCJ Architecture Offices – Hartford
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kimball and Global
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 22, 2020

 
  •   Industry to Organize Around City of Hope in Major Charitable Push - The office products industry started small, raising about $50,000. Last year, the industry raised $15.5 million for City of Hope and the target for 2020 is $17.5 million.
  •   Framery Debuts a New Pod Relevant for the Future - The O VCR is a one-person booth featuring video call technology without the technology. Instead, the O VCR offers space in the booth for a 24-inch screen of the customer’s choice.
  •   How the Application of Neuroscience in Design Can Separate Us from Artificial Intelligence - Why do some spaces appeal to our senses better than others?
  •   Knoll Mothballs Grand Rapids Plant, 210 Jobs Affected - Under the restructuring plan, most of the Grand Rapids manufacturing operations are expected to be closed by the end of the second quarter of 2020.
  •   Novacap Portfolio Company Bestar Acquires Bush Industries - The two companies have more than 130 years of combined history in the RTA furniture industry and consolidated sales of approximately $200 million.
  •   Innovative Office Products Acquires CompuCaddy, Opens Up Healthcare Market - CompuCaddy is a manufacturer of medical computer carts, medical cart workstations and other complementary products for medical and health care facilities.
  •   Teknion Experience Centre Opens in Heart of Dubai Design District - The Teknion Experience Centre officially opened in the heart of the d3 Dubai Design District during the recent Dubai Design Week.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why is the Search to find the President of our Company Taking so Long?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From Where I Sit - "A Gender Revolution in Jasper, Indiana" - by Michael A. Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Flight Centre Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Ferco Seating and Coalesse
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 15, 2020

 
  •   Innovakote Creating 'Full Circle' Powder Coat Recycling Process - A new company, Innovakote, is cleaning, sorting and preparing industry waste for a new life. It is trying to close the loop on a major problem for the office furniture industry and others who use powder coating.
  •   Trend Marketing Announces Passing of Founder and Principal, Fred Goff - Fred was more than the boss or industry rep, he was a friend and mentor to those on his team and to those he worked with.
  •   There Are New Giant TV Screens on The Market — Make Some Room For Massive Marketing Technology - Colossal-sized screens might be the next big thing.
  •   The Future is Bright with LED Lighting Possibilities - Diode light is more efficient powerwise than incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. LED lights are not filament bulbs, but little semiconductors.
  •   BuzziSpace Opens New Showroom at Design Post Cologne - BuzziSpace, the global brand behind acoustic lighting and furniture solutions for healthy workspaces, opened its Cologne, Germany, showroom at Design Post during IMM 2020.
  •   Stephen Says - "Please Stop Forwarding Me Articles You Read Online, I Already Saw Them" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Importance of Reading: Every Book Gives You the Opportunity to Learn and Grow" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Urban Spaces Coworking Offices – Stuttgart
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ghent and National Office
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 8, 2020

 
  •   Steelcase Superdealer One Workplace Acquires OpenSquare - For One Workplace, the deal is another example of how it continues to evolve and transition the business. Last year, the company's sales were $500 million, a figure that dwarfs most office furniture manufacturers. It also accounts for nearly 14% of Steelcase's sales. And now it's even bigger.
  •   HAT Contract: The Future Is Certain, According To Its Latest Research - HAT Contract recently introduced "The Office of 2025, Six Trends Driving the Future of Office Design," a white paper on the future of office spaces.
  •   Experts Explain How User-Centric Design Will Play Out in 2020 - Expanding beyond meditation, many companies are making their definition of wellness more inclusive.
  •   Perkins&Will Transforms Former Austin Bar into HQ for Disruptive eCommerce Retailer Spreetail - Spanning three levels, the Spreetail office features bold and branded design highlights complemented by state-of-the-art amenities.
  •   Inscape's RockIt Bench Honored with GOOD DESIGN Award - The light scale bench is designed to utilize natural materials to create diverse environments, including resimercial, industrial chic and mid-century modern.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Sell My Furniture Through Independent Reps and I'm Worried About the Future" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Tech - "Technology's Role in Making Space Relevant" - by Steven Lang, President & CEO of dancker
  •   PLACES - Dimension Data Offices – Johannesburg
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Landscape Forms, Mohawk, Wolf-Gordon, Workrite and Mannington
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 1, 2020

 
  •   EDITS Promises to Sell Modern Design Direct for Less - Though the furniture industry has been slow to adapt to the internet model, it appears as if the digital age is rapidly taking shape in this industry.
  •   It Starts With Furniture — TPG Designer Weighs In On The Timing Of Project Elements - As more flexibility is needed in the workspace, it's less about needing the perfect space and more about creating an agile space that can be reconfigured at any point to accommodate growth and change.
  •   Ware Malcomb Announces Construction Complete on Sam Clar Corporate Office and Showroom - Construction began in 2018 on the renovation of the company's 18,922-square-foot facility, which was severely damaged in a warehouse fire on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.
  •   Steelcase Q3 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates - Revenue increased 6% in the third quarter compared to the prior year, reflecting strong growth in the Americas and the Other category. The growth in the Americas benefited from favorable timing of shipments compared to recent trends.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Decrease in New Orders for Latest Quarter - New orders in the second quarter of $674.9 million were 4.2% below the prior year level, causing Herman Miller shares to dive.
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Cursing At Work? Are you F&@#$ng Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - RigUp Offices – Austin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Landscape Forms, KFI Studios, Wilkhahn, Maharam and Mohawk
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 18 & 25, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL U Learning Platform Celebrates Major Milestone - INDEAL University, which offers a curriculum of learning modules for dealers, marked its first year in November.
  •   LogicData Holds Open House at New Grand Rapids HQ - The company's success brought with it growing pains — like getting too big for its Grand Rapids office, the hub of its North American operations.
  •   Coronado DC Designs Its New Headquarters - Known for its specialization in selecting, designing, procuring, ordering and installing furniture in commercial spaces, Coronado DC focuses mainly on government contracts.
  •   Service West Is Turning 40 and Ramping Up for Its Next Level - Founder and CEO Mark Vignoles said it's not necessarily a rebrand as it is an effort to enhance a brand that already exists with the company principles of H.E.A.R.T. — humility, execution, accountability, respect and trust.
  •   Simplify the Client Experience Through Furniture Price-Per-Square-Foot - CBRE Furniture Advisory Services has been quoting in cost-per-square-foot terms for furniture from the start.
  •   Herman Miller Appoints Debbie Propst as New President of Retail - Propst joined Herman Miller from Bed, Bath & Beyond, where she served most recently as president of One Kings Lane.
  •   Stephen Says - "Another Regional Manager Quit in NYC...Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "'I'm a Great Multitasker': Debunking the Myth that You Can Effectively do More Than One Thing at a Time" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Slack Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from National Office, Coalesse, H Contract, Versteel and Wolf-Gordon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 11, 2019

 
  •   ergoCentric Looks to Repeat Canadian Success in the US - Using a modular manufacturing system, ergoCentric claims it can fit virtually 100% of the population. A task chair is more than just a piece of furniture. If it's designed properly, workers will be more productive and more comfortable doing work without pain or physical stress.
  •   Whitney Architects and Qdesign has New Chicago Home - The office features a number of work styles — from small, flexible conference rooms to a welcoming lobby that also works as a touchdown space for its designers and guests. In short, it shows that work doesn't have to happen in any one style.
  •   Diversity and Design Panel Held: How We can Shape a More Inclusive Workplace - Inclusive design results in better experiences for everyone.
  •   Update on Ergonomics, The Industry is Catching Up - The options for amazing ergonomics furnishings are seemingly endless. Yet, ergonomics is still a confusing topic for many people.
  •   Color of the Year: Pantone 2020: Classic Blue - Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade that brings to mind the color of the sky at dusk.
  •   Stephen Says - "Holiday Party Etiquette for 2019: Just Show Up!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from AIS, Indiana Furniture, Poliform, Masland and Springboard
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 4, 2019

 
  •   Flokk Acquires 9to5: What it Means for the Industry - For customers, dealers and employees at 9to5, the fast-growing Los Angeles-based seating company, little will change. But what about the industry?
  •   Skyline Design Introduces CAMAflage Glass by Cama Collection - Dignity Glass was created on the principle that environmental aesthetics play a significant role in patient healing and provider wellbeing.
  •   Tom Dixon Explains TOUCHYSMELLYFEELYNOISYTASTY to NYC Designers - During his discussion, Dixon provided insight into the importance of sensory engagement, especially now when capturing an audience of consumers is more challenging than ever.
  •   Behind-the-Scenes Look at Residential Furniture's Transition to Commercial-Grade Standards - Using a contract-grade brand often results in missing out on the consumer-inspired, easy ordering process and the softer look and feel of the residential lines.
  •   BDG Wins UK Project of the Year at the Int'l FX Awards - BDG architecture + design has won Project of the Year by a U.K.-based studio for Amsteldok, a new Amsterdam campus for WPP.
  •   Trendway Names New Leadership - Rhoades will oversee all Trendway operations with a focus on growing sales, optimizing manufacturing and the ongoing integration into Fellowes Brands.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do I Need My Home Address on My Resume? I Am Getting Mixed Advice" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's go Masterminding" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - United Microelectronics Centre Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Special-T, Cubicall, Foscarini, Fil Doux, Pallas, Jean-Marie Massaud, KFI, Wilsonart, Frovi and Wilkhahn
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 27, 2019

 
  •   Breaking News: 9to5 Seating Joins Flokk - Flokk Group, A leading European manufacturer of office seating products, has entered into an agreement to acquire 9to5 Seating. Through this acquisition, Flokk expands its footprint in the US market, underpinning its international growth strategy.
  •   Memo Furniture Creates Caffeinated Buzz - This simple-to-use, hackable product is designed for workers to create their own privacy in open-office structures and personalize their own workplaces.
  •   On the Heels of Corporation of the Year Award, Herman Miller Aims to Broaden and Develop its Diversity Efforts - The company has been recognized 12 times over the last 14 years as Corporation of the Year by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.
  •   The Concierge Effect of Today’s Hottest Design Trend: Personalization Becomes King - "What really matters to this new generation of occupants is more about what you're doing for me. What does this offer me, or how does it make me better?" In the design industry, we talk a lot about pulling influences from other verticals.
  •   With a Sense of Obligation, Room & Board Launches Commercial Division - 20 years ago, when Room & Board's founder John Gabbert took on a project furnishing the new Le Méridien Chambers hotel in Minneapolis, he didn't realize it would be the beginning of the company's commercial division.
  •   20 Years After "Office Space", The Mondays Are No More - While the modern workplace might have evolved of its own accord, the film became something of a lightning rod for a revolution in office culture.
  •   Stephen Says - "What if My Showroom Manager is a Sourpuss?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Contentful Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from LINAK, Allsteel, ErgoGenesis, Integra, Kimball, Compel, Carnegie, Designtex, Morbern, Shaw, JSI, Versa and Tarkett
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 20, 2019

 
  •   Designing Flexible Office Spaces - Office spaces have evolved tremendously over the years. Both advancements in technology and the emphasis on work-life balance have given birth to a newer, more modern type of office.
  •   Branch, a New Office Furniture Company, Aims to Own the Middle Market - Branch's furniture is affordable because the company sells directly to its customers, with no dealers to stand between the two.
  •   Maars Launches New Wall Product to Create Privacy in Open Office - This simple-to-use, hackable product is designed for workers to create their own privacy in open-office structures and personalize their own workplaces.
  •   Humanscale Works with Corporate Giants to Recycle Ocean Plastic - For some companies, creating environmentally friendly products is more greenwashing than good for the globe.
  •   Export Furniture Exhibition Slated for March in Malaysia - EFE has taken a big step forward with the expansion made possible by KLCC's expanded venue space.
  •   Room & Board Introduces Business Interiors for Hospitality & Workplace Environments - Room & Board has launched Room & Board Business Interiors, a collection of contract-grade hospitality and workplace products.
  •   Stephen Says - "When A Beauty Mark is Not So Beautiful?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: The 4 Steps to Making a Decision" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Gensler Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Special-T, AIS, Humanscale, Arper, Hightower, Flos, Unika Vaev, Clarus, Narbutas, Milliken and OFGO
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 13, 2019

 
  •   AIS Celebrates 30 Years with Pride in the Past - The furniture manufacturing company Affordable Interior Systems (AIS) had an unlikely start, but it has become one of the most notable in the industry — and it's even governor approved.
  •   Union Wood Company Brings Commercial Options to the Table - When it comes to furniture manufacturing, Craig Pearce loves making tables the most.
  •   Build Some Visual, Acoustic Privacy with Brix by Luxxbox - It is easy to create an open, so-called agile office. Getting acoustical privacy is the hard part. The unique, modular, acoustic sound management system creates partitions, walls and cubicles for privacy while reducing unwanted noise in open spaces.
  •   Legrand Acquires Connectrac - Expanding opportunities for its customers and driving innovation. Those are the two main reasons Connectrac co-founder Clint Strong decided to sell his company to Legrand.
  •   DeskMakers Acquires Furniture Company Scale1:1 - The purchase of Scale1:1 represents an expansion for DeskMakers that opens the door to a new audience while increasing the variety of designs available to clients and dealers.
  •   DIRTT 2019 Third Quarter Sales Slip 12 percent - Revenue decreased in the three months ended September 30, 2019 by $8.5 million or 12% compared to the same period of 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's the End of the Year and My Employee's Always Quit in January! What Should I DO?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PwC Experience Center Offices – Paris
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Indiana Furniture, Okamura, Unika Vaev, Móz Designs, Coalesse + Nanimarquina, Kirei and Knoll
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 6, 2019

 
  •   OM Asks Important Question with New Product: How do You Werksy? - All great chair designs come from exploration: tapping into curiosity and seeing where it leads. For OM, that design exploration led to one of the most unique chairs the industry has seen in some time, Werksy.
  •   Shedding Light on Misconceptions About LED--Modular Lighting Instruments Morphing to Next Level - If done properly, LED lighting is just as good as any other light source ever made. If done improperly, it's one of the worst elements to be included in design.
  •   theMART Looks to 'Rewrite Playbook'; Quell Concerns Over NeoCon's Future - Though theMART's grip on NeoCon may be loosening, show organizers believe keeping critical mass in the building is important.
  •   Connecting with Designers in a Time-Crunched Era - While the topics covered opinions on product and process innovation, perhaps nothing enlightened the audience more than when the conversation shifted to the ways in which dealers and manufacturers could best support designers.
  •   Davis Furniture Adds New Office Building and Warehouse - The new building will house 35,000 square feet of warehouse space and 16,000 square feet of office space.
  •   New Survey Shows Workers Prefer Private Offices, Spaces Over Open Plan - Employees may not want to work in an office with an open floor plan, but they can succeed in this environment, especially at a company that encourages collaboration.
  •   Kimball Posts 3.8% Sales Gain - Sales growth benefited from new ancillary products within National, healthcare products within Kimball, and custom business within Kimball Hospitality.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's Taking Twice as Long for Someone to Find a New Job Today, It's Not You!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Work has come Full Circle - by Darlene Burns
  •   PLACES - Fosbury & Sons Boitsfort Offices – Brussels
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Elkus Manfredi Architects and Studio Other, Landscape Forms, LINAK, Wilkhahn, Versteel, ESI, Carnegie, Concertex, Bentley and Mohawk
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 30, 2019

 
  •   EDspaces Gathers Important Industry Segment in Milwaukee for Expo; Education - Split between top-notch educational sessions and a sizable expo showing off the latest furniture and educational products, EDspaces is not the kind of event where tens of thousands of attendees show up to kick tires.
  •   Why Face to Face Still Matters in the Workplace - Companies that provide a variety of opportunities for people to come together face-to-face have more engaged and effective workforces.
  •   Banker Wire Meshes With Design Community - The manufacturer of woven and welded wire mesh for architectural and industrial applications has been known since 1896 for its applications in the agriculture, transportation and food processing sectors.
  •   How has HAY Acquisition Changed Herman Miller? For Det Bedste. - HAY is cool, hits a price point rarely found in Herman Miller's portfolio and its founders — who will remain on with the brand — are on the cutting edge of design that goes well beyond the world of office furniture.
  •   MASHstudios Opens New York Showroom - The Los Angeles-based maker of custom contract furnishings for some of the world's most recognized brands, is expanding its footprint this fall with the opening of a showroom in New York City.
  •   The Latest Financials - Knoll, HNI and Interface all showed sales growth in their latest financial reports.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unblock Your Calls or Get Blocked from the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Digital Ergonomics - by Jake Himmelspach, principal and director of strategy at Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - FTI Consulting Offices – Century City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Scandinavian Spaces, Wilkhahn, AMQ, BuzziSpace, Fritz Hansen, Milliken, Maharam and Ghent
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 23, 2019

 
  •   CET Experience Connects Users of Configura Software in Orlando - The CET Experience wasn't about the company. It was about the companies and the people that use CET Designer.
  •   Successful Launch of OM Chats: Design Discussion for Thinking Professionals - The role of empathy in the design of space and products was explored at the inaugural OM Chats: Design Discussions for Thinking Professionals at the Helms Design Center in Culver City.
  •   Delivering Excellence — Winslow Spares No Details in New Office Design That Embodies Its Brand - Typically, a horseshoe symbolizes good luck, but in the case of Winslow Capital Management, that shape wasn't so lucky.
  •   Embracing Technology Can Unlock Process Innovation - It's been said again and again — the biggest change coming to the A&D industry will be in the form of process innovation, not product innovation.
  •   Steelcase Expanding Relationship with Furniture Design Firm Uhuru - This relationship complements the extensive Steelcase portfolio that gives customers easy access to more choices with delivery by the largest dealer network in the industry.
  •   Room & Board Launches Business Interiors and Claims it is Reimagining the Contract Furniture Model with a Consumer-Centric Approach - As the company's commercial arm, Business Interiors was launched to meet the demands of commercial interiors and businesses.
  •   Stephen Says - "What is a 'Back Door' Reference, and is it Ethical?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Rejuvenate, Reenergize Your Mind and Body Defeating Distraction & Increasing Productivity" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - The Martin Agency Offices – Richmond
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Allsteel Introduces Modular Seating for Modern Solutions / Multipurpose Squared / KFI Studio Introduces Voodoo Collection / ESI Introduces Enmo / Brentano Will Debut Indoor/Outdoor Velvet at BDNY / Captivating Design and Innovation from Concertex / HBF Textiles Fall 2019 Collection Pursues the Great Outdoors / Luum Textiles Launches Loom State Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 16, 2019

 
  •   Seriously Happy – Framery World Conference Guests Treated to Finnish Delights and Words of Wisdom - Framery is serious about happiness. So much, that the privacy booth manufacturing company is becoming known for its elaborate efforts to prove it.
  •   From Basic to Beautiful – Workrite Reframes the Adjustable Desk - Workrite Ergonomics has hit the market with its new Advent Collection featuring breakthrough engineering on its height-adjustable desk, and the challenge was immense, according to the company.
  •   Designer David Allan Pesso Sweats Every Detail (and it Shows) - Pesso's career has evolved from designing simple freestanding products to systems.
  •   Herman Miller Agrees to Acquire Majority Interest in HAY - Founded in Copenhagen in 2002 by Troels Holch Povlsen and Rolf and Mette Hay, HAY is a leader in ancillary furnishings in Europe and Asia and is active in the contract and residential furnishing markets.
  •   CIFF Shanghai 2019: New Records, Innovation Respond to Changes in the Sector - CIFF Shanghai 2019 represented the entire furniture supply chain.
  •   OFGO STUDIO Announces ReLaunch as Commercial Furnishings Manufacturer - The commercial furnishings manufacturer OFGO has relaunched its business operation under the moniker, OFGO Studio.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is the Pen Mightier Than the Interview Process?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Lemay Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Studio TK Introduces F500 Series to North America / HBF Introduces Sleek, Flexible Morgan Chair / Indiana Furniture Expands Joy with New Upholstered Options / KFI Studios' Swey Chair Has Options for Days / Global Introduces Sas / Rockin' Roka with KFI Studios / ESI Introduces FlexCharge3 / Work Comfortably – The Hut Lounge Collection from Scandinavian Spaces / Mute Box: Artopex's Newest Innovation for Open Spaces / 3form Releases Four New Products for Fall 2019
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 9, 2019

 
  •   California Cool: Arcadia, a Company on a Roll, Proves Design, Innovation Drive Sales - Arcadia isn't a new, upstart brand. It has been in business for 40 years. Yet in many ways, it is just hitting its stride.
  •   Knoll Sues Senator Over Alleged Patent Violations on Pixel Table - At issue is whether the Array tables by Senator, which Knoll said were on exhibit at Senator's showroom at NeoCon in June, infringe on the PIXEL patent.
  •   In a Co-Everything World, Standards Become King - One way clients can simplify the procurement of contract grade is through services like Curate from Level.
  •   Clear Design Sets Sights on Growth, Fueled by Simple, Effective Formula - The company, with a U.S. base in San Antonio, Texas, has made a name for itself not by being everything to everyone.
  •   International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign Manhattan to Co-locate from May 2020 - The ICFF-WantedDesign Manhattan co-location brings together two unique brands under one roof, creating a not-to-be-missed North American design industry event.
  •   Studio TK's Cesto Receives Bronze 2019 IDEA Awards - Studio TK's Cesto seating and table elements collection was honored in the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is a 'Brand Ambassador' Just a Glorified Sales Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The End is Just the Beginning: Kickstart Your 2020 Planning Now" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - AmorePacific F21 Offices – Seoul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: DeskMakers Introduces Catalina Open Plan Office Storage Solutions / Indiana Furniture Brings Biophilia Options, Barn Doors, and More to Square One / How Will You Design Your Revilution? / Camira Launches Yoredale, a Highly Anticipated British Wool Fabric / Source Introduces Tempt Stools
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 2, 2019

 
  •   Vitra Design Museum Debuts Atlas of Furniture Design - In November Vitra Design Museum will publish the Atlas of Furniture Design, a comprehensive overview on the history of modern furniture design.
  •   Futuristic Nap Pods Might Be the Right Investment For Your Tired Team - A sleep capsule is an enclosed pod where one can rest in privacy within a community environment.
  •   Nowy Styl Group Continues to Strengthen Hold on Europe - Today Nowy Styl is probably the most successful company of its sector in Europe. With the acquisitions of Kusch and Majencia and our double-digit internal growth rate, 2019 group sales should be close to half a billion euros.
  •   Coalesse + Partners: Bringing Something New to the Table - From its start more than 10 years ago, Coalesse has collaborated with a handful of select partners providing complementary products and capabilities.
  •   Why Flexible Office Space Is Leading to Commoditization in the Market - The standard relationship between third-party, flexible space operators and landlords typically has been traditional leases.
  •   Wayfair Professional Launches Turn-key Solution for Business Customers to Furnish Spaces - Each pre-designed space is built to suit the needs of industries with an emphasis on cohesive design and quick-ship products with high customer reviews.
  •   Stephen Says - "During an Interview, How Many Questions is too Many Questions?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Assemblage Coworking Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Clear Design Introduces KOZE / Arper Introduces Bowl Chair / Hightower Launches New Pieces to Popular Nest Collection / Ghent Expands Hex Collection, Creating Functional Artwork
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 25, 2019

 
  •   VividBoard Fills a Communication Gap in The Healthcare Industry, Prepares for Relaunch - VividBoard, founded in 2002 and now owned by GMi Companies, based in Lebanon, Ohio.
  •   CANOPY Opens its Third Shared Workspace Location in San Francisco - CANOPY Financial District houses 32 private offices that accommodate anywhere from one to 10 people within a five-story building.
  •   A 7.2-Million-Square-Foot Seating Plant Rises in China - Many factories in China are unfairly portrayed as being behind the times, instead of working on solving the production issues. This couldn't be farther from the truth at UE.
  •   Herman Miller Beats 1st Quarter Earnings and Revenues Estimates - On an organic basis net sales and orders in the first quarter increased by 7.7% and 7.3%, respectively, compared to the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   Steelcase Revenue Rose 14% in Latest Quarter - The first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended with a net loss of $0.7 million or 5 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Stephen Says - "High Turnover and a Long Open Position: What does that Mean?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - SAP Österreich Offices – Vienna
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Shaw Contract Introduces Joy Squared and Suited Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 18, 2019

 
  •   What We Learned from CIFF Shanghai 2019 - A growing part of CIFF Shanghai is the EAST Design Show. It features finely designed Asian products, mostly created by young designers. The design show was packed with young visitors, a hopeful sign for China's emerging design market.
  •   Boost Attraction and Retention Through Design Inspiration Catering to Gen Z - The workplace culture in the United States has shifted. While salary was the primary driver for past generations, today's workers want a workplace they enjoy.
  •   Configura Holds First CET Experience Conference in China - The event attracted 85 attendees — CET Designer users, Chinese manufacturers that have invested in the software and Configura leaders — to the Hangzhou Aocheng Kaihao Hotel in the city of Hangzhou.
  •   A Day in the Life of Office Designers Kara Treen and Jennifer Ballantyne - We interviewed two designers experienced in the field of office design. Designing an office requires a lot of planning, drawing and executing. We were interested in finding out what a typical day in the life of an office designer looks like.
  •   Inscape Posts Smaller Loss for Latest Quarter - The first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended with a net loss of $0.7 million or 5 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Salesperson Used Our Showroom As A Party Space For Their Birthday!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Keep Failing! Why failing is the best way to learn and grow" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Herman Miller Showroom – Hefei, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: HBF Introduces Sleek, Flexible Morgan Chair / Narbutas Launches BOXI / Concertex Includes Sunbrella Contract Textiles in Fall Collection / Unika Vaev Introduces Abstracta Acoustical Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 11, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Shanghai Opens Under Cloud of Tariffs and Talk of Trade Wars - No U.S. manufacturers tout a "Made in China" label on their office furniture products, but almost all of them have products and components that are made here. The office furniture industry in the U.S. and here in China are intimately tied together with Chinese suppliers and manufacturers connected to many of their counterparts across the Pacific.
  •   Designing for Designers: Dyer Brown Transforms its Own Headquarters - When not engaged in heads-down work, Dyer Brown's staff has choices for meetings, eating, relaxing and personal care.
  •   NeoCan't Event Provides Networking Opportunities and a Glimpse into the Future of Design - "The value of the event is the idea that you have limited space. Because of this, manufacturers whittle down their showcase to the best of the best."
  •   Herman Miller and Vitra Collaborate for the Limited-Run Eames Eucalyptus LTR Tables - The tables feature solid tops made from eucalyptus trees harvested from the Eames House property.
  •   Put A Smile On Your Feet – Floortex Solves Standing Desk Strain With New Line Of Tactile Mats - Two years ago, Floortex leveled up its offerings with a new line of AFS-TEX Active anti-fatigue mats. Today, the mats are the company's best sellers.
  •   Award-Winning Designer of Branded Environments Returns to Perkins and Will in Austin - A familiar face and known leader in the Branded Environments design discipline has returned to global architecture firm Perkins and Will to expand its services in the Southwest.
  •   Stephen Says - "There and Back Again: A Salesperson's Tale" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Edenred Offices – Barcelona, Spain
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: KI Launches New MyPlace Lounge Furniture Elements / Simplicity of Form: Roka from KFI Studios & Q Design
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 4, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Shanghai Starts Sunday - CIFF expects more than 150,000 visitors from 200 regions and countries worldwide. The theme of this year's show is "A Paradigm for Global Living."
  •   AMDG Architects Creates a Beautiful Mess With New School Design - Students at South Christian High School in West Michigan are enjoying a new state-of-the-art school. Funded mostly by cash gifts from the community.
  •   The Dirt on Smed's New Business, Falk Built Technologies - At a time when most executives would hang it up and relax on a warm beach, Smed is back at it, once again creating a brand that is sure to cause a buzz in the industry and has infuriated the leadership of his former company.
  •   KFI Studios: Speed, Prices, Quality... and Now Design - KFI was a brand that had a few things going for it: It had speed, competitive prices and quality products. But it didn't have the design chops to get noticed by the office furniture industry.
  •   Benchmark Is Set to Launch the Sage Collection by David Rockwell - During this year's London Design Festival, British furniture brand Benchmark will be launching a new collection of office furniture by American architect David Rockwell.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can I Really Get Fired Over the Background of My Phone?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's Have a Meeting" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Barry Callebaut Offices & Chocolate Academy – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: ASTRAL by Groupe Lacasse - Modernity Without Compromise / Kay Chesterfield Announces "Workplace Pillows"
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 28, 2019

 
  •   Navigating the Political Waters of an Industry Rocked by Tariffs - One of the major benefits of sourcing these materials from China is the country's low price tag.
  •   ErgoExpo Turns 25 and Looks To the Future - Not as many manufacturers of height-adjustable desks were present as in previous years. An increase was seen, though, in the basic height-adjustable desks from Chinese manufacturers.
  •   Knoll Acquires Ecommerce Start-up Fully for $35 million - The acquisition of Fully represents a digitally native platform for Knoll, allowing the company to reach a new audience principally outside of its current distribution while simultaneously leveraging Fully's product portfolio.
  •   SKG Jumps More Than 1,700 Spots on the Inc. 5000 List - SKG's revenue grew more than 213% from 2015 through 2018. SKG reported 70 employees for the Inc. 5000 list.
  •   obo Celebrates Sale of Three Million Zody chairs - Obo, creator of holistically designed workplaces, and Haworth are celebrating the worldwide sale of three million Zodies.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Sales Manager Asks: Should My Salespeople Be Able To Work From Home?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - OCAD U CO Incubator Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: The Lodger Collection from Scandinavian Spaces / TURF Refines Collection of Carved Wall Tiles / Fritz Hansen Reintroduces the Planner Series
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 21, 2019

 
  •   Fellowes Expands Reach into Contract Market with Acquisition of Trendway - Fellowes Brands first expanded into contract furniture through its acquisition of ESI in November 2017.
  •   Juster Takes Kimball International into the Future with an Eye on its Rich History - In June, Kimball's board approved a transition plan that dovetails with Kimball International Connect.
  •   Simple and Sustainable, De Vorm is Molding Its Niche in the Office Furniture Market - De Vorm specializes in simplicity. Founded in 2005 by Jeroen ter Hoeven, De Vorm creates furniture described as Northern European — minimalist, contemporary and sustainable.
  •   IIDA Releases Latest Industry Economic Data in 2019 Index Report - First launched in 2018, the index provides contract design and architecture firms information about the market and competitive positioning plus it analyzes opportunities for new business.
  •   Finally! Fun for Fidgeters — It's Back to School Time With SIXINCH - SIXINCH North America creates bold and whimsical furniture for third spaces of all kinds.
  •   Former President Barack Obama to Keynote the 2019 Greenbuild Int'l Conference and Expo - Former President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
  •   Stephen Says - "Make Sure LinkedIn Profile is an Asset not an Albatross Around Your Neck" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Art of the Follow-Up Question" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - OCAD U CO Incubator Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Union Wood Co. and ESI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 14, 2019

 
  •   Customers are Finding they can Set Up an Efficient, Flexible Office Space with VARIDESK - VARIDESK made a name for itself selling desk risers directly to its impressive list of customers, but the real idea behind the Texas-based company's success is flexibility.
  •   Nienkämper Purchases All Ownership Interest From ICF - "Over the years, our partnership with Nienkämper has benefitted both our ICF furniture and Unika Vaev textile businesses," said James Kasschau, ICF Group president.
  •   Why Design is More than Pretty Pictures - The value of design exists in its ability to support two of the clients' most valuable resources: people and place.
  •   Landscape Forms Celebrates 50th Anniversary - Far from coasting into its golden anniversary, Landscape Forms is on a roll. July was the best month in the company's history, and its sales last year reached $118 million.
  •   KEM Studio Designs New Office for Port KC With a Nod to the Shipping Industry - If ever there was a magical idea to incorporate the grit of an industrial shipping port with the artistry of urbane interior design, KEM Studio nailed it.
  •   IIDA and KI Six-City Tour Highlights Discussions and Practices Related to Designing for Community - Community as Strategy is the focus of a series of discussions that will be hosted by IIDA and KI in six cities.
  •   HDR Acquires Hurley Palmer Flatt Group - HPF Group is headquartered in London and is the U.K.'s leading independent engineering consultancy, providing solutions for the built environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is it Strange that My Boss Invites Me to Lunch Once a Week?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PayPal Offices – San Jose, California
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Encore, Brentano, Concertex, Indiana Furniture and Pallas Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 7, 2019

 
  •   July Furniture Survey Bounces Back - The July 2019 survey index of 58.90 is just slightly above the 58th survey average.
  •   Duracare Seating Strong in Senior Market - Furniture in the senior market needs to be sturdy, safe, stylish and easy to clean and move. Duracare Seating is all of those.
  •   Luum Textiles Collections Launched in Japan - Luum Textiles, in conjunction with Teknion Asia and dealer/partner Team Net, is going to make several of its collections available in the Japanese market.
  •   'A Well Designed Life' Panel Examines How Design Affects Your Wellbeing and the Psychology of Aesthetics - Have you ever walked into a room and felt anxious, depressed or wanted to run out of it?
  •   Luum Debuts Future Tense Collection With a Nod to Social Tension - Luum, a subsidiary incubation of Teknion, was originally called Teknion Textiles until a re-brand three years ago, with Tick at the helm.
  •   New Capital One Workplace Survey Shows Employees Want Flexibility; Mental Health Support - Connections to nature in the workplace can improve well-being, according to the survey, yet few offices have them.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Work for a Manufacturer and I Hate Dealers! Does That Make Me a Bad Sales Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "I Hate Sales! The One Phrase I Hear Most Often that Makes Me Smile" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Partners + Napier Offices – Rochester, New York
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Source International, Ghent, Narbutas, Foscarini, IOA, Whitney Brothers and Knightsbridge
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 31, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Welcomes Three New Supplier Partners to Program - INDEAL, which provides dealers with service to improve their sales process, is partnering with three new suppliers.
  •   Camira Group Acquires US Company Luna Textiles - The company's legacy comes from its founder, Anna Hernandez, who established Luna as an industry leader in the commercial textile field through her creative design portfolio, company credentials and memorable marketing techniques.
  •   HNI Office Furniture Sales Drop, but Reports 'Strong Momentum' Going Forward - The corporation expects full year organic sales to be up 1 to 4 percent.
  •   Knoll Reports Another Strong Quarter - The increase was driven primarily by investments the company made in expanding its range of height-adjustable tables and improved storage system offerings, as well as continued growth from DatesWeiser and Rockwell Unscripted.
  •   Video Games in the Office? 46 Percent of Creative Workers Want Them - New research from price comparison site MoneySuperMarket surveys the views of business owners and employees to find out what perks, facilities and styles are the most sought after in different industries.
  •   Humanscale Lays Off Workers; First Job Cuts at Company in a Decade - The company would not say exactly how many positions were cut, but the total is estimated to be somewhere between 60 and 100 workers.
  •   Blockchain in CRE: Expanding Beyond the Financial Applications - Cushman & Wakefield recently published a report on blockchain and bitcoin and their effects on real estate. In the report, the corporate real estate mogul shared that "global spending on blockchain technology totaled $945 million in 2017."
  •   Stephen Says - "Cursing in an Interview is Not OK" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Slack Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from 9to5 Seating, Arcadia, Poltrona Frau, JSI and Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 24, 2019

 
  •   Kinsler Out as Trendway CEO; Bundy Back In - The company gave no details about Kinsler's abrupt departure, other than to say Trendway is "focused on growth and profitability."
  •   NYC Gets first LOOK at NeoCon Introductions - For the first time in New York City, the group welcomed Los Angeles-based ERG International and Tokyo-based Okamura.
  •   Hightower Follows NeoCon with New Design Made for Gathering - Hightower introduced its latest space-making design: The FourReal A, a slim, yet sturdy framed table design for multiple types of gatherings.
  •   With Swiftness and Accessibility, Poppin Enters the Privacy Pod Market with PoppinPod - The company debuted its off-shoot brand last month and it hits the pod market at a middle-ground price point.
  •   RightAngle Creates App that Controls Height-Adjustable Desk Using Siri - The app is available with all RightAngle's New Heights desks.
  •   Stephen Says - "Succession Planning Is Not the Problem in My Family Business; It's the People My Dad Hired I Can't Get To Go Away!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Keep Reaching for Your Dreams: How setting goals and taking action make dreams possible" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Vetsource Offices – Portland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from National Office
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 17, 2019

 
  •   Concept Metals Group Acquires Freedom Manufacturing - The transaction will add 46 employees and one location to the veteran-owned Spring Lake, Michigan-based integrated metals group.
  •   Four Takeaways from the Residential Furniture Rent Model - As we look at the model of this residential furniture rental company, it becomes clear that many of its founding principles mirror the core recommendations presented by the Furniture Forum.
  •   Bentley Mills Came Clean at NeoCon Using Carpet and Laundry Machines to Deliver a Message About Design and Diversity - Los Angeles-based textile company Bentley Mills brings to NeoCon concepts that jolt visitors visually and philosophically — in a good way, of course.
  •   SONNEMAN—Officially Opens First NYC Showroom - A Way of Light has opened its new 7,000-square-foot showroom at the New York Design Center.
  •   Top US Architecture Firm Chooses Nureva Audio Conferencing Systems - The HDL300 system features full-room pickup and continuous autocalibration that automatically accommodates any room configuration.
  •   Building on LEED v4.1, USGBC Opens Call for Proposals to Solicit Input for the Future of LEED - Cities around the world are mitigating climate risks by pledging to raise the bar to reduce carbon emissions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Good Looking People Have It Easier in the Workplace: Yes of course they Do!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Wintrust Customer Contact Center – Rosemont, Illinois
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from SurfaceWorks, Quinette Gallay, OMT-Veyhl, iSiMAR, Unika Vaev and Waddell
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 10, 2019

 
  •   2019 Magis Puppy Design Challenge - Seventeen local firms in Boston used their creativity to reimagine the Magis Puppy by Eero Aarnio in the Magis Puppy Design Challenge at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).
  •   The Nowy Styl Group Opens New Office in Kraków - "We are an international company, we operate in many markets," said Adam Krzanowski, president of the Nowy Styl Group whose office is in the new space.
  •   Liz Ogbu Calls to Designers to Consider Civic Projects - Ogbu enjoys working on high-end commercial and private projects, but it's her passion for spatial justice that is the foundation of her most meaningful work.
  •   Tarkett Launches Interleave Modular Carpet — New Collection by Jhane Barnes Evokes the Peaceful Rhythms of Nature - With the gentle flow of sines in a variety of colors, Interleave takes a contemporary approach to incorporating natural, soothing visual elements.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed? Email Your Future Boss Directly, Not Me!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Seventh Heaven" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   The Biz - "Crossing the Collaboration Divide" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Mac Properties Offices – Kansas City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Safco, Nevers and TURF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 3, 2019

 
  •   Designing Outdoor Spaces with Form and Function - Designing an outdoor space conducive to collaboration and productivity is beneficial only if employees physically want to use it.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces New Corporate Structure and Executive Management Team - The new strategic plan is consistent with Landscape Forms' history of internal evaluation and evolution to meet changing markets and capture new opportunities.
  •   MBH Architecture Plans on Tapping Into Denver's Growth and Development with the Opening of a New Regional Office - Retail and commercial development are MBH's specialty offerings, but it's also looking to expand into residential development in the Denver area.
  •   AIS Receives Four 2019 OFDA Dealers' Choice Awards - AIS recently received four 2019 OFDA Dealers' Choice Awards in the workstation, casegoods, seating and table categories.
  •   Herman Miller Hits Record Sales in Latest Quarter, More Strength Ahead - Herman Miller set a record net sales in the fourth quarter ending June 1 of $671 million, an increase of 8.6 percent from the same quarter the last fiscal year.
  •   Inscape Reports Fiscal Year 2019 Fourth Quarter Results - "We believe we have the right initiatives in place to achieve strong profitable growth."
  •   Stephen Says - "I Found My Coworker's Resume in the Office Printer: What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sony Interactive Entertainment Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Nevers and Brentano
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 26, 2019

 
  •   Steelcase and Anker Join Forces to Bring Mobile Power to the Workplace - Flex Mobile Power, the vision of the future from Steelcase, brings mobility to power so teams can work anywhere.
  •   Lectra Lays Out the Future of Cutting Rooms - Earlier this month furniture upholstery experts from around the world came to France to see the latest in cutting room solutions from Lectra. Some of the largest changes and challenges facing the upholstery market and the furniture market as a whole are the shifts to a want-it-now mindset.
  •   Trendway Makes Buying from them a 'Snap' - At a recent meeting of the company's leadership team when the Express program was being discussed, the conversation led to Trendway's latest idea to improve Snap, the customer experience and dealer program.
  •   Steelcase Reports Stronger First Quarter Sales, Profits, but Misses Wall Street Targets - Steelcase sales increased 9 percent in the first quarter compared to the prior year, or 6 percent on an organic basis, reflecting growth across all segments.
  •   CIFF Shanghai Sets Stage for Blend of Residential, Office - CIFF Shanghai combines both office and residential furniture in a massive show with more than 1,500 exhibitors.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Kid Just Graduated From College. What's Next? Where is that First Job and What Will it Pay?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Increase Your Productivity" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   Industry Thinking - "Is The Swivel Office Chair an Endangered Species?" - by Mike Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Hayball Studio – Sydney
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, MergeWorks and HBF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 19, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Highlighted Different Strategies, New Ideas - A definite move toward simplicity was seen at NeoCon this year. Products that are easy to use, self adjust and forgo the usual design frippery were everywhere.
  •   What We Liked (and a Few Things We didn't) at NeoCon 2019 - Steelcase sure knows how to think about every little detail before launching a product. The company's Flex system is a good example.
  •   Ligne Roset Hosts a Design Dialogue with IIDA, HOK Leadership - Julia Monk and Tom Polucci, two HOK senior principals, discussed industry challenges and global design insights with an audience of more than 85 architects and designers.
  •   BIFMA Launches Conformance Program; Provides Year in Review at Annual Breakfast - The industry learned more details about a new conformance program to help specifiers separate true commercial furnishing from the imposters at the BIFMA annual meeting.
  •   NeoConfused? You Are Not Alone - Over the past few years, the rise in ancillary furniture forced new thinking, ranging from wildly different product offerings to new business and distribution models.
  •   Moving Beyond the Foundation of Furniture, NeoCon Showcases New Ideas and Products to Cover and Accessorize Commercial Furnishings and Design - Designtex previewed a selection of textiles from its new line, The Bauhaus Project.
  •   Industry Loses Rising Star: Shannon Bloch 1993-2019 - Dr. Shannon Bloch, who died far too early on June 4, was a columnist for this publication and wrote a wonderful collection of articles about how to help us keep healthy at work.
  •   Stephen Says - "Should a Dealer Sales Manager be Selling Accounts? No!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Eddyfi Offices – Quebec City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Inscape, OM, KI and FLOS
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 12, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Starts Strong, Despite Herman Miller's Decision to Leave theMART - Herman Miller is leaving theMART after 51 years as an anchor and about 80 years total in the building. The company is leaving for 1100 W. Fulton St. in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood, a year after Knoll did the same.
  •   Maars Headquarters, Factory is Out of This World - Since entering the North American market a few short years ago, Maars has made a name for itself by creating demountable walls of the highest quality and design.
  •   Bureau Enters Contract Furniture Category With Millennial-Focused Offering - Run by three millennials from varied real estate backgrounds, Bureau was developed to simplify the process of furnishing offices for small occupiers, from specification, to delivery and setup, to haul away.
  •   HLW's Los Angeles Studio Honored at SoCal IIDA Calibre Design Awards - HLW, has been honored with a 2019 Calibre Design Award by the International Interior Design Association Southern California Chapter (IIDA SoCal) for its work for Procore Technologies.
  •   Steelcase Announces New Relationship with Moooi in North America - Steelcase will offer designs from Moooi and Moooi Carpets to customers throughout North America.
  •   BIFMA to Launch Branded Conformance Program in 2020 - "This conformance program has been developed to respond to a market need for more clarity."
  •   Wilkhahn and Teknion to Collaborate on Seating - Wilkhahn will be able to target the ranges at more customers on the North American continent. Teknion also will be able to use them to strengthen its portfolio.
  •   Stephen Says - "NeoCon Is Almost Over: Fire Them, You Know You Want To" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - AstraZeneca Offices – Macclesfield
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Inscape, HON, Dekko, LINAK, KI, LOGICDATA, HPFi and KnollTextiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - NeoCon Special 2019

 
  •   COME BELLOW WITH US - Meet with the team behind The Business of Furniture and Workplaces Magazine. NeoCon 2019 - Seventh Floor; Booth: 7-5111
  •   FLOOR PLANS - Find your way around NeoCon this year.
  •   THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PRODUCTS DEBUTING DURING NEOCON - The editors of The Business of Furniture have looked high and low to bring you what we believe are the biggest introductions being presented this year at NeoCon.
  •   WELCOME TO NEOCON 2019 - The commercial interiors industry is a friendly fraternity and no where is that more clear than at NeoCon. Yes, we come to Chicago each year for new products, new ideas and new business, but we also come for the friendships we have cultivated over the years. If you agree with my premise, than you can't help but like NeoCon.
    If you don't like NeoCon, you're simply not doing it right.
    I get it. It is a lot of work. We are away from our families, our friends and our routines. We are living and working out of hotel rooms. We are eating food we don't normally eat and speaking with a lot more people than we normally interact with. It can be tiring.
    But NeoCon is our industry's chance to shine. It is the one show where we explain to the world why this industry matters. For many of you readers, Chicago is also the place where your ideas are presented to the world. You are giving rise to creativity and innovation. Let me be the first to thank you. Without you, there would be no NeoCon.
    Thanks to fine folks at theMART as well. The team of 14 people that work to fill the showrooms and temporary floor for NeoCon do a stellar job to help this industry shine. They often get the blame when elevator lines are long, but rarely get the praise they deserve for putting on a truly world-class event for 55,000 visitors.
  •   BELLOW PRESS WISHES YOU SAFE TRAVELS TO CHICAGO - We'll see you at the show - VISIT US - 7th Floor, Booth 5111

Business of Furniture - June 5, 2019

 
  •   Herman Miller Group Presents All Together Now - At NeoCon 2019, Herman Miller will present All Together Now, an exhibition exploring the expanding design possibilities of Herman Miller Group's global family of brands.
  •   Ready or Not, NeoCon is Next Week - There's going to be a lot for you to see. Try to look for innovation and ask specifically for it. Challenge manufacturers who tell you they have innovative new products. Business of Furniture will be at the show in force, covering every aspect of it for you, from keynotes to trends to new products.
  •   CBRE Furniture Forum Sparks Launch of Two Industry Disruptors - Nearly two years ago commercial real estate company CBRE embarked on a yearlong journey to uncomplicate the process behind furniture buying. The question was simple: What can we do better?
  •   PeopleSpace Might be Model for Dealer of the Future - PeopleSpace began changing the model by placing the customer experience at the center of its new operations. It also implemented a technology-based process and dedicated project teams to streamline and integrate short- and long-term planning, design and purchasing.
  •   BoF's Saturday NeoCon Preview Special - Look for it on Saturday, June 8, as we preview all of the new products and solutions you'll see at NeoCon this year!
  •   Stephen Says - "Stephen, Can You Clarify 'Glassdoor'?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Balyasny Asset Management Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Alea, Acoufelt and Kirei
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 4, 2019 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   THE 44TH CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR SHANGHAI - September 8-11, 2019 - Young, and with a strong desire to grow, able to provide large spaces: the National Exhibition & Convention Centre in Hongqiao is the world's largest exhibition complex. The opportunities provided by the availability of this enormous space has made it possible to host all the sectors for the furnishing industry and develop unique events which every year enchants visitors wishing to discover the potential of the quality Chinese product, the value of emerging designers and the new market trends. With the theme of "A Paradigm for Global Living", the next edition of CIFF Shanghai will attract over 1,500 exhibitors and more than 140,000 professional operators are expected from more than 200 countries and regions.
  •   WELCOME TO CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR! - Founded in 1998, CIFF (Guangzhou/Shanghai) has been successfully held for 43 sessions and creates the world's most preferred one-stop trading platform for product launch, domestic sales and export trade in the furnishing industry.
  •   CHINA IS DEFINITELY A CRUCIAL MARKET - China is increasingly more open to trade and to collaboration agreements, particularly with Europe and the United States. An unusual market, certainly complex, but fascinating and unique, where companies grow very quickly and where consumer taste and choices increase at the same rate as consumer purchasing power. Today more than ever before, CIFF and its exhibitors are ready for a new phase, no longer marked simply by price, but by factors related to the service.
  •   BETTER LIFE BETTER WORK - Better Life Better Work is not a slogan or a mantra, but rather a leitmotiv affirmed and pursued by CIFF. In effect, people, and people alone, are in the spotlight. People formed by needs, people who must be stimulated, but who are capable of great and fabulous things. This explains the attentiveness in terms of choosing decor that is high-performance and beautiful, but that can also furnish and allow people to live well. Quality furniture incorporating high-level ergonomics and comfort, together with colors and finishing details, and that therefore infuses life with style.

Business of Furniture - May 29, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Extends Outdoors: Unveils Experiential Outdoor Environment, The NeoCon Plaza - Designed by Gensler Chicago and brought to life in collaboration with Forward Fruit Branded Environments.
  •   Versati Debuts as Best Portable Bars' Newest Product - The bars are ideal for any place that hosts big or small events and need the aesthetics of a fresh, sleek, professional looking bar.
  •   ASID + DIFFA Join Forces on Design Impacts Life Fund - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has donated $375,000 to Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) to create the new Design Impacts Life Fund.
  •   Are Cubicles Coming Back? Design Trends from CDW in London - Privacy continues to be addressed by furniture makers around the world, and the onslaught of pods continues, some with smartly designed twists.
  •   ASID Releases 1st Quarter Interior Design Billings Index Report - The six month outlook shows stronger business conditions are expected. Survey results showed interior design firms ended the first quarter on a level not seen in the previous 12 months.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is NeoCon A Trade Show for New Product? Or Has It Turned Into a Job Fair For My Sales People?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Alternative technology client, Silicon Valley, California
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from BDI, Morbern and Creoworks
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 22, 2019

 
  •   ICFF, NYCxDesign Take Over the Most Important Furniture Market in the World - The show hosts 900 exhibitors from across the globe who showcase the newest frontier of "what's best and what's next for luxury interior design."
  •   BoF Exclusive: An Interview with Herman Miller President and CEO Andi Owen - Owen spent most of her first nine months meeting with employees and customers around the world. She became a student of the industry, immersing herself in research. She also resettled her family in Grand Rapids.
  •   Friend or Foe? Why the Future of Design Depends on Strengthened Relationships Between Designers and Dealers - The sheer number of manufacturers each dealer works with is growing.
  •   MADA / OFI Trends Survey for April 2019 - Across-the-board declines occurred in all 10 index values of the furniture industry measured by the April 2019 Quarterly MADA/OFI Trends Survey conducted by Michael A. Dunlap & Associates, LLC.
  •   Lockers Should Not Be An Afterthought: How One Company's Attention to Detail is Dominating the Industry - Travis Hollman has become an expert in transforming what's basically a box into a meaningful object people sometimes pay $10,000 or more for.
  •   Clerkenwell Opens - While few outside London knew Clerkenwell in its early years, it has grown to one of the most interesting events in Europe, with increasingly more visitors and exhibitors coming from North America.
  •   Steelcase's Dabbs Tells GVSU World Trade Conference that Design Thinking Can Transform a Company - Dabbs was the keynote speaker at the conference, which was held in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  •   Stephen Says - "Trade Show Etiquette 101 for Reps and Execs" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The One Thing You Can Count On" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Patreon Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HON, Luum Textiles, Quinette Gallay and Crossville
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 15, 2019

 
  •   5th Element Design Founded by Former KI Exec - Shawn Green has worked for some of the largest office furniture makers in marketing and design since 1991, most recently as vice president of design and product marketing for KI. Along the way he's learned a few things about what makes the industry tick. He also has learned what products sell.
  •   NeoCon Launch Planned for Hightower's New Showroom - Hightower has expanded its North American showrooms by 3,500 square feet at Chicago's theMART. An official opening is planned for June 10-12 during NeoCon.
  •   NeoCon News - Indiana Furniture has entered a new strategic partnership with Edge Design, a UK-based company.
  •   Munson Business Interiors Ushers in New Generation, From Mother to Daughter - MBI is primarily a Kimball dealer with about 30 employees and sits around $12 million. Munson is preparing to retire, ushering in her daughter Elly Faulkner to take over.
  •   ICFF, NYCxDesign Starts Next Week in the Big Apple - As contract has turned decidedly residential in recent years, ICFF has more than doubled in the past three editions and become more international in composition.
  •   DIRTT Announces First Quarter 2019 Results - 6.9 percent first quarter revenue growth was largely driven by increased penetration into the healthcare market.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Stephen Says - "First Impressions are Important: But What Criteria Should I Use to Judge?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From the Editor - Important Content Returning to Business of Furniture
  •   PLACES - Gensler Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from ergoCentric, Wilkhahn, Springboard, Arcadia, NanaWall, G&S Acoustics and Designtex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 8, 2019

 
  •   AIS Donates Nearly $700,000 in Furniture to Make-A-Wish - AIS hopes that having a newly furnished office space will enhance the organization's mission to provide life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.
  •   Technology and Information without Context is Nearly Useless - Teknion is not only working on the technology of today, but also gathering knowledge about the technology of tomorrow.
  •   Krenke Named KI CEO; Resch Remains as Executive Chairman and Chairmain of the Board - Krenke will take over for Dick Resch, who has served as KI CEO since 1983 and is a 55-year veteran of the company. Krenke joined KI in 1991 as a sales engineer and has held various senior leadership roles at the company, including serving as the company's president since 2010.
  •   Pre-NeoCon Walkthrough: Expect Expanded Show and More of "The Mart Shuffle" - If you expect NeoCon to experience a post-50th anniversary hangover, think again. The building is going through the annual "Merchandise Mart Shuffle" as old showrooms change hands, existing showrooms are expanded and nearly all of them are getting spruced up.
  •   Muzo's New Stash Line is Music to Students' Ears - Music inspires Muzo's team members. They take the emotion and passion from music and put it into their designs and the relationships they build with customers.
  •   Kimball Reports 3rd Quarter 2019 Results - Orders received during the quarter increased 16 percent from the prior year, including a 2 percent contribution from our David Edward acquisition in 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do I Hire the Best People for the New "Resimercial" Market?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "We All Have a Story" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Migraines Affecting Your Productivity at Work? You're Not Alone" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Shaw Create Centre Offices – Cartersville
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Boss Design, Dekko, Encore, OFGO and Narbutas
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 1, 2019

 
  •   Teknion Talks Technology - Companies have dabbled in creating tech forward products, but most tend to be agnostic toward computers, screens and apps, arguing it doesn't make sense to try to keep up with the breakneck pace of change.
  •   Pair Finds Balance Among the Extremes in the Complex World of Design - The company is a venture of premier Steelcase dealer One Workplace, and offers designers flexible and unique alternatives to standard office furnishings.
  •   ROOM Releases New Edition of Flagship Office Phone Booth - Among the product's new features is a motion sensor that automatically turns on and off the LED light and ventilation fans when someone enters or exits the booth.
  •   Gibson Celebrates Opening of New Big Apple Showroom - Gibson Interior Products raised the bar for reps last week in New York with the opening of its impressive 11,500-square-foot showroom in the NoMad neighborhood, named for being North of Madison Square Garden.
  •   Interface Reports First Quarter 2019 Results - First quarter net sales were $298 million, up 24 percent versus $241 million in the prior year period. Organic sales were up 2 percent year-over-year.
  •   Knoll Reports Strong Start to 2019 - Net sales for the Office segment were $202.2 million during the first quarter of 2019, an increase of $17.1 million, or 9.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Stephen Says - "What's the Deal with Co-Presidents?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Let's Make a Deal" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Narrative Science Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Arcadia, Audience Systems and Claridge
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 24, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Holds Champion Conference in San Antonio - INDEAL began as a purchasing organization that added value to both non-aligned and aligned office furniture dealers and suppliers in the office furniture industry. It has grown and morphed into the industry's premier, de facto dealer organization.
  •   Steelcase Roam, Flex Designed to let Workers Hack Space - Steelcase and Microsoft revealed their new products last week at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York City.
  •   Blackburn Furniture Moves Forward with New Generation Ownership and Forward Thinking Design - Located in Bellingham, Washington, Blackburn started out in 1945 as a typewriter and office machine store.
  •   Vitra Introduces New Chair by Antonio Citterio - Grand Relax is a luxurious reclining lounge chair from Vitra combining outstanding comfort with compact dimensions and a classic understated aesthetic.
  •   Salone Shines Spotlight on Innovative International Design - The 386,236 attendees over the six days from 181 different countries made for a 12 percent increase over the 2017 edition, which also featured Euroluce and Workplace3.0.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Sales Fell 5.1 Percent in First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 - First quarter office furniture net sales decreased $27.4 million or 7.2 percent from the prior year quarter to $353.5 million.
  •   Environments for Aging Expo & Conference Held in Salt Lake City - The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference offered the latest strategies and ideas for creating functional and attractive living environments for an aging population.
  •   Stephen Says - "Boss and Mentor Fired: Do I Follow Her to New Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Do You Sell?" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Bespokify Offices – Da Nang
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Global and Ghent
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 17, 2019

 
  •   Pack Up the Lat File, Pick Up a Pouf: Lessons from Salone that Apply to Our Industry - Salone isn't a single show held at the Rho fairgrounds, though that remains a big part of the design week in Milan. It also includes Fuorisalone, the "other" fair taking place throughout the city at the same time.
  •   Tangram Studio to Become Independent Entity Named Studio Other, as Nationwide Growth Continues - Since 1996, Studio Other has built a reputation as a premier creator of innovative custom furnishings for a wide range of commercial interiors.
  •   Cynthia Milota Joins Ware Malcomb and is Focusing on Moments that Matter - Milota, who is based out of Ware Malcomb's Oak Brook, Illinois, office, said face-to-face experiences are in high demand, even for an increasingly mobile workforce.
  •   From Toys to Task Chairs, Humanscale's David Wong Sees Similarities - David Wong, who spent 18 years at toy maker Fisher-Price, believes both industries need products where safety comes first, robust engineering is important and building in design features is critical.
  •   Design Holdings Makes Salone del Mobile Debut with Huge Stand - Last week Design Holding, the new furniture and lighting group made up of B&B Italia, Flos and Louis Poulsen, marked its first show at Salone del Mobile by presenting the biggest stand the Milan fair has seen in decades.
  •   Stephen Says - "Political Blues: Partisan Views Make Coworkers See Red" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Why Your Office Job Can Literally be a Pain in Your Back" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Hinshaw & Culbertson Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ultrafabrics, ICF and Artaic
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 10, 2019

 
  •   AIS Announces Sales Reach $200 Million in 2018 - The company in 2018 also added nearly 20 people to the sales department, including new vice presidents, territory managers and sales team members who work across North America.
  •   INDEAL Launches Expansive Training Program: INDEAL U - The spark for INDEAL U came a couple years ago when founders Dave Gatherum and Dave Bloch started to have a dialog with dealers in the network.
  •   KEM STUDIO and MASHstudios Debut New Furniture for Focus - What is it that really distracts people at work in an open environment? Is it the noise? The awkward close proximity to coworkers? The lack of privacy?
  •   Knoll Ready With its Own Not NeoCon - The new Chicago showroom will host "Knoll Design Days," June 10-12, the same time, but not the same place as NeoCon.
  •   Bene Achieved Major Growth in Sales and Earnings in 2018 - In a very competitive global environment, the Bene Group prevailed in the past financial year in numerous international deals and could increase its sales to 151.4 million euros.
  •   Are You Ready for the Cloud? - This year 2020 has deployed the 2020 Content Downloader, a solution that allows customers to acquire all available manufacturers in a single download.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Configura Chairman Sune Rydqvist Leaves Behind Legacy of Innovation - As co-founder and co-owner of Configura, Rydqvist had many different roles, but the company's development, culture and growth were always at the center.
  •   Stephen Says - "Stephen: What's Your Opinion on Employees Participating in the Interview Process?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "It's Time to Color Outside the Lines" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Novo Nordisk Offices – Mississauga
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Global, Boss Design, ICF and Arc-Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 3, 2019

 
  •   CIFF in Guangzhou Bigger, Better Than Ever - The Asian manufacturers are following Western trends in office design more rapidly. The four-day fair in Guangzhou, China, was expecting 200,000 visitors, including 30,000 foreign attendees. Based on the massive crowds the first day of the event, that might be an underestimation of the actual throng that arrived.
  •   Trend-Setting Salone Set to Start in Milan - Where NeoCon and Orgatec are about business and building relationships, Salone is the artist of the family, more focused on big picture concepts and ideas. Showing furniture that might actually sell? Who cares?
  •   WRK Lab Debuts as South Florida's Premiere Herman Miller Dealer - Garcia and his business partner Doug Fisher bought Workscapes' Miami office in January and rebranded it as WRK Lab. The new owners are aiming to create a different experience for clients when they walk into WRK Lab's showroom. Lots of touches and feels, with some VR technology experiences, too.
  •   Studio TK's Cesto Receives Green Good Design Award - Studio TK's Cesto collection of interactive seating and table elements have earned a 2019 Green Good Design Award.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed and Over 50? No Problem!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Designing the Ideal Home Office" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Mapbox Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, Kirei, JSI and 9to5 Seating
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 27, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Starts Tomorrow in Guangzhou - The show also has become a design event, which may come as a surprise to visitors who think China "borrows" designs and does not come up with its own.
  •   The Little Unicorn That Could - SpringHaus is Nudging Northern Colorado Toward a Little More Sparkle - The Northern Colorado commercial design market is interesting, leaning more toward function and being less focused on design trends.
  •   Brexit is (Could Be?) Days Away: How British Office Furniture Makers will be Affected - Markets hate uncertainty. And the fear of the unknown certainly has been hard on Britain's office furniture makers.
  •   Configura Holds Partner Meeting in Grand Rapids - Before the attendees gathered for breakout sessions on how to make Configura better, the company's leadership team outlined where the company is today and where it wants to be in the future.
  •   Magis is Proud to Be at the Table with STUDIOS Architecture and Herman Miller - Seating from Magis was selected by STUDIOS Architecture and Herman Miller Collection for its installation at Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids Dining By Design event.
  •   Financial News - Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Sales Rose 7 Percent / DIRTT Announces 2018 Annual Results
  •   Stephen Says - "Unblock Your Calls or Get Blocked from the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's Get Social" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - McDonald's Headquarters – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HBF Textiles, Narbutas, KFI and Brentano
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 20, 2019

 
  •   The Private Office is Not Dead, But it is Evolving - Is the private office on its way out? Who still wants and needs them?
  •   Dewey Collection Next to Hit Market - The Dewey product line, first introduced under Fixtures Furniture by izzy+, is back and now available through SurfaceWorks.
  •   The Gensler Institute Finds an Intersection of Factors Makes a Great Workplace - Mostly open environments deliver best on performance and experience, the rising scores driven by high levels of choice, variety and balance.
  •   NYC Rep Ken Gibson Leaves Design Center for New Showroom - Gibson specializes in smartly designed furniture and ancillary products.
  •   Meadows Workflow - Designed with the dealership in mind, Meadows Workflow makes it simple to access project files from anywhere, assign tasks and monitor completion status.
  •   Steelcase Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Results - Revenue increased 18 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year, or 15 percent on an organic basis, reflecting double-digit growth across all segments driven by strong project business from large customers.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Do You Do When a Top Producer Quits?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How to Identify the Warning Signs of a Workplace Injury" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Total Media Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from H Contract, Hightower, Unika Vaev, Keilhauer, Carnegie and LEVEL 4
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 14, 2019 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   THE 43RD CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR GUANGZHOU - Phase Two: March 28-31, 2019 - Without a doubt, excitement and innovation are the key words of the next edition of CIFF Guangzhou, whose constant commitment offers a global platform that best launches exhibitors' innovations, taking great care to welcome sector professionals, including the growing number of foreigners among them.
  •   THE OFFICE SHOW - The CIFF Office Show, that covers 220,000 sqm in Area A, Area B and Area E of the China Import & Export Fair Complex, is dedicated to office furniture and seating, hotel furnishings, metal furniture, furnishings for public spaces and waiting areas, as well as accessories, materials, and machinery for the furniture industry, comprehensively addressing the theme of the Smart Office and establishing the sector devoted to furniture for healthcare facilities and seniors.
  •   THE SMART OFFICE MAKES WORK MORE ENJOYABLE - In China, the constant expansion of work environments, the consequent growth of the internal market for office furniture, and the development of corporate culture by managers and employees are provoking profound reflection on what future work methods and environments should be like. How can work be made more enjoyable and engaging? What kind of environment can make workers more productive? Why are some company employees more likely to work overtime? What kind of company is appreciated and desirable? The CIFF Office Show 2019 intends to answer all of these questions, helping to outline environments where the possibility of working comfortably and happily is no longer just a dream.
  •   LEADING COMPANIES AND NEW BRANDS - The CIFF Office Show is the most prominent business platform and the largest office furniture fair in Asia, serving as the true benchmark in the sector in China, bringing together leading companies and new brands and attracting professionals from all the major world markets. The 43rd CIFF Guangzhou - Office Show will host leading office furniture manufacturers; companies such as Sunon, Victory, Haitian, Quama, Zhongrui, Jongtay, Tiantan, Saosen, Kinwai, Liming, Merryfair, Kuoching, UE, Bosen, Boyi, Allbest, Lijiang, Hongsheng, Hongji, Erqing, Huabao, and Dechang will present new concepts and systems for the workplace; other brands, like Merryfair, Kuoching, UE, Bosen, Boyi, and Allbest will offer ergonomic and comfortable seating with an attractive design.

Business of Furniture - March 13, 2019

 
  •   Poppin Debuts Redesigned Showroom - Poppin's newly redesigned New York City headquarters embodies the brands evolution, demonstrating its maturation from start-up office furnishings and solution purveyor to a dedicated one-stop-shop and resource for brand's of all sizes and scales.
  •   Furniture Advocates Takes Brand Agnostic Approach to Selling Furniture in NY - It is neither an office furniture dealership, nor an independent rep group.
  •   Mike Wagner Leaving Kimball to Pursue 'Entrepreneurial Adventure' - While Kimball searches to fill Wagner's position, Don Van Winkle, president and chief operating officer, will be the interim president of the Kimball brand.
  •   Varidesk Adds Two New Desks to its Education Line - The Sit-Stand SchoolDesk, equipped with a patent-pending air piston-assisted lift, lets students raise and lower their desks to fit their ideal height.
  •   Versteel Keeps Moving Forward Under Leadership of President Scott Schwinghammer - Before there was Versteel — which is located in Jasper, Indiana — there was Ditto Sales Incorporated, a furniture manufacturer rep company Schwinghammer and his father ran together until his father died in 1976.
  •   Q&A: Inside the Munich Coalesse Design Studio - Design is a democratic and empathic process with an ongoing exchange.
  •   Stephen Says - "Porn Has No Place in the Workplace" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Furniture as Technology" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Element AI Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HBF, ICF, Vioski, Encore and Wilkhahn
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 6, 2019

 
  •   Knoll Shift Toward Lifestyle Outlined in Investor Presentation, Annual Report - Maximizing the sales growth and profitability of its office segment — Knoll's largest segment — has been a continuing priority, the report noted.
  •   MG West Transitions to Preferred Haworth Dealer and Aims to Develop a New Global Vibe - MG West started out 110 years ago as a safe and bank vault company founded by Monroe George West.
  •   Smart Offices: Be Aware of the Risks - Today, it seems no complicated operations need to be planned to gain access to company-sensitive information.
  •   Steelcase Defends Connected Office from 20,000 Unsuccessful Attacks in Single Month - Does Steelcase communicate with customers about possible threats of IoT solutions in furniture?
  •   Inscape Unveils New Toronto Showroom - Inscape has opened its flagship showroom and Engagement Centre in the heart of Toronto's Financial district.
  •   Inscape Sales Climb 29% in Latest Quarter - Sales of the base business (excluding sales from an exited business unit) increased by 29% for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to the prior year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Interviewing While Pregnant? Why Not?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Ditch Your Pitch, Tell Your Story" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Willis Towers Watson Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Designtex, National Office, Global, Brentano and Coalesse
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 27, 2019

 
  •   Davis Furniture Celebrates 75 Years in Business - New ideas and innovative products have steadily propelled Davis Furniture forward for more than seven decades, and the same family has been behind that energy from its inception.
  •   Office Section of iSalone to be Spread Throughout Show - Workplace3.0 is a biennial celebration of the best office furniture from around the world. Where does work end and home begin? It is an important question for the office furniture industry, which is responding to more and more inquiries about how to make the workplace feel like home.
  •   ASID Releases 2019 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report - The report begins with an overview of key issues in the U.S. economy, including content necessary to navigate through uncertainties expected to impact both businesses and individuals from 2019 onward.
  •   Sedia Systems Expanding Global Reach - Sedia Systems is building on its success in North America by expanding its presence and distribution globally.
  •   BIFMA Sustainability Standard Strengthened - The standard was developed with NSF International and has been recognized for its vision and market penetration over the last decade.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturer Struggles Over Age-Old Question: Independent Reps or Direct Salesforce" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How To Create Healthy and Effective Habits in the Workplace" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - EarthCam Offices – Upper Saddle River
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Office Blueprint, Davis, Keilhauer, Unika Vaev and TURF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 20, 2019

 
  •   A Benchmark for Success: HON's New Height-Adjustable Element Brings its Empower Collection to a New Level - The height-adjustability is compatible with HON's unique wire management system that routes power neatly beneath the surface through troughs and vertebra casing.
  •   Bandon Boondoggle Anything But - Without getting into all the details, it is a three-day golf outing organized by Eaton and held at the beginning of February with 20 industry friends at one of the best golf resorts in the country, if not the world, Bandon Dunes.
  •   InsideSource Goal to Become Global Office Furniture Dealer - The furniture world is rapidly changing, and the world needs a dealership that can bring together an industry that is tightly structured domestically, but fragmented when it comes to dealing with international customers.
  •   BOS Holdings Announces Addition of Florida Business Interiors – Tampa Bay - The newest addition to BOS Holdings is Florida Business Interiors (FBI), in Tampa Bay, Florida.
  •   Workers Prioritize Work-Life Flexibility Over the Latest Office Design Trends — But Employers Aren't Keeping Up - Flexibility is not the only thing workers want their employers to offer when it comes to work-life integration.
  •   Captivating Conversations Underscore NeoCon's Role as a Thought Leader in Design - NeoCon has added an extra day of programming with presentations this year beginning on Sunday, June 9.
  •   Stephen Says - "SOMEONE WON'T CONNECT ON LinkedIn? YES, IT IS PERSONAL!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Your Clients Care About — In Case You've Forgotten" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Two Sigma Collision Lab Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allsteel, Designtex / Coalesse Design Studio, Maharam, Pallas Textiles and Regency
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 13, 2019

 
  •   Candace Nelson is Taking Intereum to a New Level, and There's no Reason to be Scared - Nelson studied interior design and has 23 years of experience in the contract furnishings industry, beginning her career as a Herman Miller dealer salesperson for facility systems.
  •   Interior Office Solutions Adds Haworth as an Investor, Rebrands as PeopleSpace - Amplified by its affiliation with Haworth, the new entity will encompass all of IOS' existing business lines.
  •   Camira Unveils New Partnership with Jens Risom Design - The original fabrics were designed and produced by Jens Risom in the 1960s to complement the pioneering modern furniture designs for which he is widely renowned.
  •   The ROOM One debuts as a high-quality, Low-priced Sound Booth – Make Room for Solutions and Happiness - As with any new invention, ROOM's flagship product, the ROOM One soundproof phone booth, had its initial challenges, but excellence was worth the wait.
  •   Knoll Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results - Net sales for the Office segment were $212.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of $1.9 million, or 0.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can I Really Get Fired Over the Background of My Phone?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Second Cities" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - BPX Energy Offices – Denver
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Fritz Hansen, HBF, ICF, Studio TK and Luum Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 6, 2019

 
  •   BIFMA 360˚ Leadership Conference Succeeds Because of its Mix of Speakers, Attendees - It continues to be one of the best industry events of the year.
  •   Economist Lays Out Forecast for BIFMA 360 Attendees - The economy is also experiencing quantitative tightening, a reversal of the quantitative easing that brought us out of the last recession.
  •   Kimball Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results - Revenue growth of 13%, or 11% on an organic basis, led by double-digit growth in commercial, healthcare, and hospitality verticals.
  •   10 Tips for Creating High-Quality Interior Renderings - Using some rendering best practices will ensure your renderings "wow" your clients and effectively communicate your vision.
  •   KiSP Launches KITS collaborator XRPro Edition - KiSP believes in a core product and services philosophy where customers should experience a significant innovation component in each of its products.
  •   Camira Inspires Fresh Wonder and New Insights with 2019/2020 Trend Report, 'Why not...' - Camira's Trend Report for 2019/2020 provides fresh insight into the colors, textures and aesthetics the company's product designers predict will hold sway in the coming year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes Topcat68@aol.com, Your Email Address is Making You Look Like an Idiot" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How To Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries At The Office" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Mintel Singapore Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Artopex, Fritz Hansen, Obex and Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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