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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

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: BELLOW PRESS GRAND RAPIDS EDITORIAL OFFICE - Dartboard. Small golf putting green. Mini basketball hoop. Jukebox. Classic arcade game. While this might sound like the contents of a local Chuck E. Cheese, it is just a few of the "necessary amenities" at the Bellow Press Grand Rapids Editorial Office.
  •   EXECUTIVES FEEL EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT, BUT COMMITMENT TO STRATEGY IS LACKING - Quantum Workplace has released a survey report, A Winning Approach to Employee Success, produced by Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services.
  •   BUSINESS CREATIVITY DURING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS - Humans are known for their ability to adapt. Will-power and mindset are powerful tools and, if used correctly, can make the most terrible situations tolerable or even enjoyable.
  •   HOW WE FEEL ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK - Whether you're ready or not, your employer may soon ask you to return to the office as the nation attempts to resume business amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
  •   SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY SPUTTERS - Amid growing concerns about a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the small business recovery sputtered in recent weeks, according to a new poll of small business owners.
  •   AMENITIES ARE STILL A PRIORITY, BUT THE FOCUS HAS SHIFTED - When it comes to workplace amenities, things have certainly come a long way over the years.
  •   SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE – IT'S STILL IMPORTANT - The conversation about sustainability hasn't been diminished by world events in 2020.
  •   WHAT WORKERS WANT: THE DOS AND DON'TS OF NON-SALARY NEGOTIATION - Whether it's for a new job or a potential upgrade on your current position, negotiating salary is rarely an enjoyable experience.
  •   DESKMAKERS RESPONDS TO COVID CRISIS WITH NEW COLLECTION - Designed by the DeskMakers Rapid Response Team, ReFit is comprised of three categories: Above Surface Solutions, Mobile Space Division and Adaptable Division.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - There are very few office products that put a smile on our face when we use them.

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

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