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Business of Furniture - February 29, 2024

 
  •   DARRAN Furniture Unveils "Plus" – A Modular Lounge Collection Where Design Meets Comfort - The Plus Modular Collection is now available for purchase through Dealers and Sales Representatives.
  •   Shaw Contract Launches Creative Zone Carpet Tile Collection - New Collection from Global Flooring Leader Introduced to Enhance Learning Spaces
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Does My Company's CEO Keep Disappearing?" - by Stephen Viscusi - As far as your question and your position – if it were me, I would stay put. Chaos in the company makes every steady employee more valuable to the owners.
  •   CIFM/interzum Guangzhou 2024: The Leading Trade Fair for Machinery, Materials, and Components for the Furniture Industry - The largest exhibition platform dedicated to the furniture manufacturing industry will return to the stage revamped and further expanded during the second phase of the 53rd CIFF Guangzhou, from March 28 to 31, in conjunction with Office Furniture and Commercial Spaces.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Kimball International's Dallas Showroom Earns WELL Certified Platinum Distinction - Kimball International's corporate headquarters, located in Jasper, Indiana, is also WELL Platinum certified and they are pursuing certification for other showroom locations nationwide.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Enhancing Workspaces with Humanscale's Monitor Arms and Docking Technology - These products from Humanscale offer a comprehensive approach to creating efficient, comfortable, and sustainable work environments.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: BOS Orlando Promotes Angel Shawver To Executive Vice President - With over 16 years of experience, Angel's expertise in corporate accounts has earned her the reputation of being one of the best in the business.
  •   UPFRONT: Landscape Forms Enters a Partnership with the International Downtown Association - Landscape Forms has long recognized the vital role downtowns play in the health of a region and the importance of enhancing the human experience through placemaking.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Vitra Announces Spring Events in NY; Launch with Smart Design on March 12th - Hosted by Vitra and partners at venues across the city as Vitra gears up to launch a new showroom, the events bring together experts to illuminate core facets of the design industry today, including common issues facing emerging professionals growing their practices.
  •   Davis Revitalizes its New York Showroom with a Stunning Renovation - Meticulously detailed, the showroom mirrors the allure of boutique hotels, offering a sensory journey through sumptuous materials and captivating displays.
  •   Carnegie Unveils The Go-To Collection: A Sustainable Revolution In Performance Fabrics - Innovative Collection Celebrates Biobased Xorel's 10-Year Milestone and Introduces Evolved Strie Line as Part of a Curated Selection of Performance Textiles.
  •   Tarkett Announces New Johnsonite Color of the Year Program - "When we look back into our past, we see a world that feels dependable, familiar. We find comfort in memories and a sense of connection—the same feelings we crave in our present day," said Janette Murray, Tarkett senior design manager.
  •   Hightower Releases 2023 Impact Report to Highlight Progress, Best Practices - Much like the rest of the world, Hightower has changed greatly over the years.
  •   LRS Architects Promotes Six Designers to Associate and Senior Associate Levels - "Some of these individuals have been with the firm for a decade or more, and all of them have demonstrated a deep commitment to the success of their clients, projects, and teams."
  •   Keilhauer Introduces the Toile Partner Card - The Toile textile family is the sixth partner card between the North American furniture manufacturer and LDI Interiors.
  •   Jennie Tatum Joins Henricksen as Vice President, Business Development - Jennie will help grow Henricksen's business in the Tennessee market.
  •   Fräsch Expands its Award-Winning STRATAWOOD Collection - Combine the high-performing acoustical capabilities of PET felt with the natural and pleasing aesthetic of wood. Create a linear design that can carry from ceiling to wall. Installation is a snap – glue or screw directly to any existing ceiling or wall.
  •   Stance Healthcare Launches Lotus Casegoods Collection - A Fusion of Design, Functionality, and Safety
  •   Herman Miller Expands Offering of Archival Posters with Five New Designs - Each graphic was visionary and bold for its time, representing the design values Herman Miller leaned into when planning its new brand identity.
  •   Momentum Launches Cutting-Edge AI Text & Image Search Tool - In a world where AI often sparks concerns about its impact on creativity, Momentum is rewriting the narrative. They're not just embracing AI; they're harnessing its potential to amplify the creative process, turning it from a potential threat into a designer's ultimate ally.
  •   DARRAN Furniture Unveils "Six" – A Collection of Thoughtful and Considered Occasional Tables that are Unexpected and Delightful - This collection incorporates a wide range of materials and finishes.
  •   Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results - "Strong fourth quarter performance rounded out a solid year, reinforcing our confidence that our strategy is working."
  •   Architecture/Arts Leader and Activist to Lead Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation - BWAF names Tizziana Baldenebro new executive director — high-profile curator of U.S. Pavilion and national arts nonprofit leader takes critical role elevating women in AEC field.
  •   New In Classifieds - Regional Sales Manager - MergeWorks | MergeWorks is an ancillary furniture manufacturer seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Regional Sales Manager to work with our Independent Rep organization in the eastern half of the US. Read more on page 122.
  •   PLACES - L'Oréal Offices – Bogota | The operational area was developed across the 8th, 9th and 10th floors, while the academy took up a store space on the first level.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Room & Board Hires Jackie Schneider as the Room & Board for Business Manager / Dante Ercoli Joins Independent Suppliers Group as EPIC Business Essentials Managing Director / 2024 ECLPS Registration Now Open / Aceray Introduces Prosa — a New Collection of Chairs / Jamie Stern Announces Call for Entries to 2nd Annual Furniture Design Contest / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet, Leather & Fabric Announces New Sales Representatives / Introducing Carousel: an Outdoor/Indoor Furniture Collection that Reinterprets Woven Textures / IFDAEF Scholarship Program Deadline is March 30
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 22, 2024

 
  •   Designtex Launches New Collection in Partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation - Material innovation giant, Designtex, partners with the iconic educational and community foundation to release Elemental Wright, a materials collection inspired by continual learning, iteration and nature.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Was Bamboozled By a Smooth-Talking Boss, and Now I Have a Horrible Job!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Whenever you are interviewing or approached about a job, and it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
  •   HON SoCo: Rounding Out Comfort and Connection - Designed to inspire harmonious connections and cultivate focused work environments, HON SoCo sparks creativity and engagement.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Haworth Group Reaches New Milestone in 2023 - The Haworth Group reported 2023 sales of $2.57 billion, an approximate 3% increase compared to 2022. The company has grown 16% since 2019.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Three H Enters an Exciting New Phase of Growth With Three Strategic Hires - These new hires bring a collective wealth of expertise that will help to accelerate the company's growth trajectory.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KI Introduces the Tributaire Collection - Tributaire reflects KI's commitment to sustainability through its eco-friendly design, manufacturing, and material selection.
  •   UPFRONT: Configura Elevates Commercial Interiors Design with CET 14.5 Minor Release Update - With seamless collaboration central to the functionality of CET, the new features included in 14.5 Minor support greater tracking of design iterations and cross-team functionality.
  •   ULTRAFABRICS Announces a Color Refresh of its Classic Ultraleather Collection - Additionally, by next year, all Ultrafabrics collections will include rapidly renewable and/or recycled ingredients.
  •   UPCOMING EVENT: Crafting the Future of Workspaces: Workspace Design Show London - The UK's leading workspace interiors exhibition is set to take place from February 27 – 28 at the Business Design Centre in London.
  •   FilzFelt Launches Mosaik, a Custom Acoustic Wall Tile, With Five Designs by Kelly Harris Smith - All five designs are completely customizable using any of the more than ninety colors of 100% pure wool felt available from FilzFelt.
  •   Humanscale Highlights New and Hero Products at Stockholm Furniture Fair - The fair served as a platform for Humanscale to highlight its broader range of ergonomic solutions.
  •   Artcobell Names Kevin Smith as President - Rick Parker, immediate past president of Artcobell, will continue to serve as an advisor to the company.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023 - The company made outstanding progress in 2023 and finished the year on a strong note, delivering greater than 50% earnings growth in Q4.
  •   Fellowes Reveals Alarming Disparities in Air Quality Prioritization Across American K-12 Schools - Survey Unveils Urgent Need for Enhanced Air Quality Solutions.
  •   The Good Plastic Company Expands Into North America With Revolutionary Polygood Material - Polygood is a range of 100% recycled and recyclable plastic panels that can be used to create modern-looking and environmentally-conscious furniture and interior or exterior design elements.
  •   Most Modest Launches New Accessory Collection Designed for Hybrid Work Environments - Acquired by Grand Haven-based LightCorp in 2019, Most Modest accessories specialize in craft-inspired technology goods that pull from a deep interest in behavior and a passion for making things that bring us closer to each other and our physical environments.
  •   Carl Hansen Introduces Studio CHS: Elevating Custom Furniture in the US - With roots in danish design and craftsmanship, Carl Hansen & Son now presents Studio CHS; a new business unit established to produce customized furniture for hotels, restaurants, and offices. In close partnership, customers all over the world now have the opportunity to create truly unique furniture.
  •   Eileen Jones, Award-Winning Designer of Branded Environments, Announces Retirement - Keith Curtis to take on firmwide branded environments practice leader role; Yvette Fevurly to lead the practice for the Chicago studio.
  •   DIRTT Reports Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Revenue of $50.9 million, up 20% compared to the prior year period, representing the Company's highest revenue quarter since 2019.
  •   New In Classifieds - Regional Sales Manager - MergeWorks | MergeWorks is an ancillary furniture manufacturer seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Regional Sales Manager to work with our Independent Rep organization in the eastern half of the US. Read more on page 112.
  •   PLACES - Zchwantech Offices – Petaling Jaya | Dedicated to creating a state-of-the-art office space, this project seeks to harmonize contemporary aesthetics with technological innovation.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Groupe Lacasse Canadian Sales Team Appointment of Julia Rosen - New Business Development Director – Healthcare Canada / Steelcase Earns Top Score in Industry for Climate Change Disclosure From CDP / Humanscale Welcomes Justin Alejandro Lladoc as the New Head of APAC Marketing / EDmarket Introduces Bold Women Collective to Support Female Leadership/Networking / Enrique Vela Joins V Starr as its New Firm Principal / JCJ Architecture Announces Appointment of Director of Sustainability / Submissions Now Open for ASID's Awards
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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