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Business of Furniture - July 26, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: NYC Market Gets First Look - Held last Wednesday at the New York Design Center, the 13th annual First Look event successfully blended a hopping social affair with some of the latest introductions from the office furniture industry.
  •   Furnishings Key to Creating Doctor's Office of the Future - West Michigan's biggest health provider enlisted Haworth to create a new doctor's office concept to change the dynamics of its relationship with patients.
  •   Custom Designs Growing in Value as Trend Shifts Toward Authenticity - Companies in all industries are shifting toward a more authentic and comfortable workplace, and makers are zeroing in on the window of opportunity.
  •   Steelcase Acquires Tech Behind Stir Height-Adjustable Desk - Details of the deal were not released, but Stir will continue to operate as an independent company, unaffiliated with Steelcase, according to company founder J.P. Labrosse.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Will Bringing Science to Customer Conversations Happen in our Industry?"
  •   Stephen Says - "New Boss You Think You Don't Like? Well, Think Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Insight - Scott Lesizza - Bridging the Gap Between Furniture and Technology: IT directors and facility managers are taking a more active role in specifying furniture
  •   PLACES - Cojecom Offices – Lyon
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - ASID Earns Both LEED and WELL Platinum Certs / Arconas Selected as Finalist / Kimball and 76ers Innovation Lab / ILFI Honors Stephen R. Kellert / Koleksiyon Continues its Expansion / In2design Representative / Landscape Forms Represntative / Rick Hansen IIDEXCanada Speaker / Camira Appoints Abigail Bomford / ICF Personal Changes
  •   Whiteboard - The Secret to a Great Workplace? Think of it as a People-Place / Does Sit-to-Stand Working Improve Health and Wellness at Work? / Sustainable Design Should Mimic the Outdoors
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Hon, ICF, HBF and Wolf-Gordon
  •   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 - July, 2017

  •   WORKPLACE RESEARCH: KEANE: 'YOU HAVE TO BE VULNERABLE TO LEARN' - For a guy who can have any workstation in Steelcase's catalog, Keane has chosen this, a prototype his design team is working on that may or may not ever be a real product.
  •   PARK PARTY: BRING THE OUTDOORS IN - With summer in the air, we want to be outside as much as possible. We smell the flowers, mow the grass, we go barefoot and to the beach. But for those living in urban areas, green space may be in short supply or far away. There are many benefits to parks and greenery that go beyond looks and clean air.
  •   CAPITAL ONE PROVES FINANCE DOESN'T EQUAL FRUMPY - Imagine a workplace with height-adjustable desks, the latest technology, a creativity workshop to tinker with new ideas, freedom to work at a desk or a comfortable lounge seat overlooking the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan and a culture of collaboration. To keep employees spread across the country connected, Capital One built digital worm holes on each end of the building — on the west side connecting employees in Chicago to the San Francisco office and on the east side connecting employees in Chicago to colleagues in Washington, D.C.
  •   PEARL PICKS OFFICE THAT REFLECTS MODERN, FORWARD THINKING ATTITUDE - The design was based on the Pearl Properties brand image and design vocabulary. Because Pearl is one of the premier real estate investment, development and management firms in Philadelphia, DAS was tasked with making sure the office design reflected a modern and forward-thinking sensibility without feeling stuffy or formal.
  •   PRODUCTIVITY PROBLEMS LINKED TO MULTITASKING: MOVING FROM MULTI- TO MONO-TASKING FOR BETTER RESULTS - There are some situations where multitasking works, like doing the laundry and watching TV, driving the kids home from school and thinking about what to make for dinner, or exercising and listening to music. And, there are some obvious situations where multitasking should not be implemented and could be deadly, such as texting and driving.
  •   NEOCON TRENDS WILL SHAPE OFFICE OF THE FUTURE - NeoCon 2017 was more of a dog's dinner than a show that provided a clear design directive. From a trend perspective, it was messy, disjointed and downright delightful. Never has the industry gone in so many different directions, and I would argue that is a very, very good thing. It means designers have even more choices and offices will begin to see that diversity of thought found at NeoCon in their workplaces very soon. A photo portfolio.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at the Edge Desk, HOVR and the Tagus Lap Chill Mat.
  •   ENDMATTER - We all know wellness is becoming an increasingly important topic, but few could drive this point home to the contract interiors industry better than Arianna Huffington. Well known as the founder of The Huffington Post, author of 15 books and self-proclaimed sleep evangelist, she started her 2017 keynote with this: "You thought you were doing furniture, but you are actually doing much more than that.

Business of Furniture - CIFF Special Edition - July 24, 2017

  •   40th CIFF (China International Furniture Fair) - National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) in Hongqiao!

  •   September 11–14, 2017 - The 40th edition of CIFF, the world's largest furniture exhibition and the most important business platform in Asia, is held in Shanghai Hongqiao showcasing leading brands of home furniture, home decor, home textiles, outdoor furniture, office furniture, furniture machinery & raw materials.

    CIFF has meticulously planned to create a furniture event for "Better Life, Better Work" to host 2,000 brands and 90,000 professional visitors, with the aim clearly set on enhancing the exhibition quality and providing excellent service and furniture. Perfect products for every lifestyle, even for the most demanding markets.

    The 400,000 square-meter exhibition covers the themes of the entire industry chain under the concept of the Whole Home Decor, which are integrated together and show their own features.

  •   Shanghai, the city where everything is possible - The Office Show will have Halls 7.2 and 8.2 and bring together the excellent businesses operating in the office and hotel furniture industry, making the layout of the specialized themes more simple and coherent, while also enhancing the impact.

    In addition to the U-shaped layout with three aisles running throughout the entire venue and the second half of the exhibition area, the 40th CIFF Shanghai will optimize exhibition circulation and introduce innovative kinked aisles allowing clear views of the booth facades and offering 360-degree views of the venue, thus further enhancing the exhibition experience.


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