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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
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Midpoint Magazine - Mid-December, 2021

  •   JIM HEILBORN | INNOVATION WITH A SUSTAINABLE PURPOSE - Most dealers and manufacturers understand that today's office environment is continually in a state of flux.
  •   BRIAN ZUERCHER | 3 DATA-DRIVEN NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS TO DRIVE A RICHER CLIENT EXPERIENCE - As fast as the world has changed, it will continue to evolve.
  •   STEFANIE INCE | GIVING HEALTH, GETTING HEALTH - Start off 2022 by giving health — a gift that keeps on giving.
  •   JUSTIN LOEBER | DON'T CONFUSE INNOVATION WITH MODERNIZATION - Outside of the furniture industry, technology had for years been trending toward "APIs" and open architectures that easily connect systems.
  •   ALEXANDRA TSEFFOS | WORLD IS CHANGING, BUT COMMUNITY, KINDNESS, EMPATHY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE - When COVID struck, most families around me panicked about the health, education and stability of their kids.
  •   GEORGE LUCAS PFEIFFER | ALIGNING PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL SPACES - By offering workspace-focused digital marketing solutions, dealers can complement client teams, differentiate themselves and provide strategic direction and innovative ideas throughout the entire project process.
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING — BLUESTONE LANE COFFEE - Bluestone Lane is an OK option for short work stints, especially in a city where finding free space can be tricky. It has the typical coffee shop vibe — cool, relaxing music, good, strong coffee and a mix of people chatting and working.
  •   DESIGNTEX MOVES INTO BRIGHT TRIBECA HEADQUARTERS - When Designtex, one of the leading companies in designing and manufacturing applied materials for the built environment, decided to move into new headquarters in New York, it needed a space that works hard and still acts as a blank slate for its fabrics — the star of the show.
  •   BRINGING ALL THE PUZZLE PIECES TO THE TABLE - Figure out how to circle an opportunity before it ever hits the street. Or if it does hit the street, make sure to have a complete package with your dealer's solutions. By working in a variety of different markets and sectors, Tangram simply has more opportunities. Jones gave an example of how this works for the company: Say Tangram is called in by a general contractor to talk about flooring for a large-scale project. The salesperson on the project obviously sees an additional need for walls and furniture.
  •   EMPIRE OFFICE ACQUIRES DEKALB OFFICE - DeKalb Office has provided commercial interior solutions since 1952 and is a leader in the healthcare and education vertical markets. As the sole Steelcase dealership in Atlanta and Birmingham, the company has worked with approximately half of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Atlanta.
  •   DESKMAKERS EXPANDS WEST COAST PRESENCE WITH LINKED REP FIRM AND KEY PROMOTION - Linked's curated portfolio of products helps its team create innovative interiors within the corporate, technology, education, hospitality, healthcare and government sectors.
  •   EMPIRE OFFICE ADDS EXPERIENCED NEW BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS - Amy Rosen, who was previously director of sales for Inscape's Walls division, joins Empire as vice president of architectural solutions.
  •   TANGRAM ANNOUNCES JON LEACH HAS JOINED AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN DALLAS FORT-WORTH OFFICE - Jon Leach's knowledge of the A&D community in the Dallas region coupled with his design education and long withstanding relationships in the industry make Jon a triple threat.
  •   OFFICE RESOURCES ACQUIRES ARENSON OFFICE FURNISHINGS - OR Principals Kevin Barbary and Paul Fraser are excited about the company's continued growth in New York and what the acquisition will mean for the New York marketplace. Arenson has a tremendous history and brand in the Tri-State area.
  •   OFFICE FURNITURE HEAVEN APPOINTS KEVIN MCCARTHY AS DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING - McCarthy has had a successful career working to identify new business opportunities, foster key relationships and increase business on a global scale.
  •   THE SMARTBOX COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW REPRESENTATIVES - The experience and expertise these rep firms bring to the smartBOX Company sales team will result in the addition of strong office furniture dealer partners.
  •   NEW REPRESENTATION - ALLOR GROUP / GROUPE LACASSE U.S. SALES TEAM - Allor Group is a Michigan-based independent manufacturer's representative organization with a showroom in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, showcasing some of the best manufacturers of contract furniture in the industry.
  •   REVIEWS | APPLE IPAD PRO 12.9" (5TH GENERATION), PENCIL, MAGIC KEYBOARD - With an iPad like this, who needs a laptop? After working on the iPad Pro with the 12.9-inch screen, the answer is simple. No one. This iPad is so good, so powerful that unless you are a movie editor or use the most powerful design programs or need scads of device-based storage, the iPad can replace any computer you can carry.
  •   REVIEWS | SEGWAY NINEBOT MAX G30LP - If you are like us and live in the city, you can't help but notice the abundance of electric, rechargeable scooters hitting the road. And if you live in a larger city, many of those scooters are rentals — an Uber-type experience where riders can grab a scooter, scan in with an app like Lime and go.


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