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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

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).


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