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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

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-July, 2021

  •   FREIGHT AND SHIPPING ACCOUNTING - LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL - "Freight in" is defined in the IRS Tax Guide for Small Business as "freight-in, express-in, and cartage-in on raw materials, supplies you use in production, and merchandise you purchase for sale, are all part of cost of goods sold."
  •   DUET RESOURCE GROUP EXPERIENCE CENTER SELECTED AS 2021 MILWAUKEE MAYOR'S DESIGN AWARD RECIPIENT - The Duet Resource Group Experience Center sits at the borders of The Third Ward, Walker's Point and Harbor District neighborhoods. The building was originally built and occupied by the Pawling and Harnischfeger machine pattern making facility.
  •   IN QUIRKY, HUGE ATLANTA MARKET, CWC OFFICE FURNITURE HAS SHINED FOR MORE THAN 90 YEARS - CWC Office Furniture has come out on top as the largest office furniture dealer in the Atlanta market. CWC knows that being the biggest in the market comes with a big responsibility. Along with its own installation crews and fleet of trucks, the company maintains a 175,000 square foot warehouse and has additional locations in Macon and Columbus, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  •   TANGRAM NAMED AMONG 'BEST PLACES TO WORK IN ORANGE COUNTY' FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR BY OC BUSINESS JOURNAL - Organizations from across the county entered via a two-part process. The first consisted of evaluating each employer's workplace policies, practices and demographics. The second consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.
  •   RIEKE OFFICE INTERIORS HIRES BILL NICHOLSON AS DIRECTOR OF SALES - Nicholson, a Geneva resident, described his new role as providing continual process improvements to sales operations and business development. Additionally, he also provides training, development and support to the sales, design and project management teams.
  •   INDEAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SET FOR DECEMBER IN SAN DIEGO - Speakers at the invitation-only event include Kay Sargent, senior principal and director of workplace at HOK, who will talk about the future of the workplace, and Dan Negroni, a leadership coach and expert on how younger generations are affecting the workplace. A third keynote is in the works and will be announced in the next few weeks.
  •   ALFRED WILLIAMS & CO. FINALIZES ACQUISITION OF WORKPLACE RESOURCE - Alfred Williams & Co., based in Raleigh and with a Triad showroom in Colfax, has finalized its acquisition of Workplace Resource, headquartered in Austin, Texas. The deal comes as employers around the country consider bringing workers back to the office amid the pandemic.
  •   GIBSON INTERIOR PRODUCTS WELCOMES TWO HIRES - Both come from the Bill Gross Agency where they have more than 20 years of experience combined in the contract furniture industry building relationships with dealers and A&D firms serving the New York community.
  •   RHUBOTTOM JOINS ARBEE ASSOCIATES AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - Rhubottom's previous experience includes a background in interior design and manufacturer representation in flooring and furniture with DatesWeiser, Mosaic Tile Company and AECOM.
  •   THE SMART CITY SANDBOX - The IBI Smart City Sandbox in Toronto creates a new environment that encourages idea incubation, development and acceleration to be shared by external partners and in-house technology developers.
  •   ATMOSPHERE COMPLETES ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY HEALTH FUTURES CENTER - Atmosphere and Arizona, ASU and DFDG Architecture worked diligently to create a state-of-the-art facility designed to maximize the amount of interdepartmental shared spaces to generate ongoing opportunities across the Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care.

Workplaces Magazine - July 2021

  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: TANGERINE EATERY, PRICE, UTAH - Price is a small town, kind of in the middle of nowhere. Typically it is not a destination, but a place people pass through when going somewhere else. But if you ever find yourself in Eastern Utah and need to stop for a meal, the Tangerine Eatery is definitely a great choice.
  •   10 AMAZON ITEMS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED FOR YOUR HOME OFFICE THIS SUMMER - This summer is already a little different from last, so whether you are working from the office, home, or any combination of the two, there will be something on this list that should help you out.
  •   HOW BRANDED ENVIRONMENTS SPARK CONVERSATION AND FOSTER CONNECTION - Designing a space that has brand clarity and conviction around a company's values and vision, while allowing those values and that vision to evolve and grow, invites conversation with its users.
  •   BURNOUT CRISIS AT WORK THREATENS POST-PANDEMIC WORKPLACES - Burnout leads to turnover, but that can be mitigated by intentional remote work policies and inclusive, empathic leadership. Effectively implemented, remote and flexible work options for employees ultimately help organizations have access to more talent and less turnover as well as increased innovation and productivity.
  •   69% OF WORKING MOTHERS HAVE NO INTENTION OF RETURNING TO THE WORKPLACE - If employers want to reap the benefits that come with having a gender-balanced organization, then they will need to commit to providing benefits and implementing programs that better accommodate and support mothers in the workplace.
  •   SURVEY REVEALS COMPANIES ARE STRUGGLING TO ACT ON THEIR GOOD INTENTIONS TO BRING DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION TO THEIR ORGANIZATIONS - Many respondents indicated while their organization intends for their DE&I leader to have access to senior leadership and financial resources, they are not yet there.
  •   ALLYSHIP IS KEY TO CREATING INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES - Allyship is necessary for psychological safety. Teams where workers feel psychologically safe bringing their views to the table, and where their relationships with other team members are strong enough to allow them to do so in an assertive yet constructive way, will be well-positioned to engage in productive friction — the ability to draw out conflict and learn from disagreements to generate new insights.
  •   TWO22 IN MINNEAPOLIS FILLED WITH AMENITIES - NELSON Worldwide used its building repositioning experience to upgrade the main entry, first floor and second floor atrium, tenant amenity lounge, conference center, building management office, elevator lobbies, fitness center, coffee shop, full service restaurant and bar, retail spaces, and marketing suite.
  •   55 YONGE RISES IN THE HEART OF TORONTO'S FINANCIAL DISTRICT - The ten floors of office space are designed for the contemporary worker in a post-Covid world, supported by efficient layouts and full use of the building's indoor and outdoor amenities.
  •   REVIEWS: ROCKETBOOK FUSION SMART REUSABLE NOTEBOOK - Rocketbooks are like normal notebooks, but allow the user to capture the pages digitally, making them easy to store and share. The Rocketbook Fusion comes in two sizes — the slightly smaller executive size, which is 6-by-8.8 inches and the larger letter size that is 8.5-by-11 inches.
  •   REVIEWS: GIGA LOUNGER - Depending on how casual your company is, one answer might be the GIGA Lounger, an inflatable lounge chair that packs away in a bag when not in use. Billed as the "world's first one-key automatic inflatable lounger," the GIGA Lounger is a playful, well-built, mobile lounger that would be fun to have in the right office.


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