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

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.

Business of Furniture - July 19, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Coworking Grows in 2017 - This year we're seeing flexible options from landlords and private businesses grow faster than anyone expected.
  •   COVER: BW in London Focuses on Customer Experience - BW is a firm that is comfortable shaking up the industry. The company is 17 years old and specializes in workplace fit out and refurbishment.
  •   A NeoCon Showroom as Sweet as Honey - A month after the hustle and bustle and excitement of Neocon 2017 has worn off, there remains in my mind a showroom as vibrant and exciting in my imagination as it was on the first day of Neocon: Nightingale.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Some is Good... More is Better"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Prodigious Offices – Brooklyn
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Rebecca Boenigk Testifies / BIFMA Board Announced / Groupe Lacasse Certification / Custer Acquires Contractor / Texas A&M Study / ASID Releases Design Sector Briefs / INDEAL 2017 Idea Book / Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibit / Flooring Group Builds Momentum / MW International / The Scranton Group, Now Representing AIS
  •   Whiteboard - Data-Driven Design for the Modern Workplace / Top Performing Organizations Build Six Elements into their Design / Workplace of the Future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from Carvart and 3Form
  •   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 12, 2017

  •   Arper Partners with DEWG, Workspaces Division of the Studio Lombardini 22 - Arper has taken an active part in the Ernst & Young Milan headquarters project, designed by DEGW, the workspaces division of the Studio Lombardini 22.
  •   Artopex Adds Five New Collections to Portfolio - With the addition of the high-level Italian designs, the company expects to compete and increase brand awareness among its distribution channels, designers and architects.
  •   UPFRONT: Classic and Simple: m.a.d. Furniture Company disrupting Asian Furniture Industry - "It's a social kind of mission that were on here."
  •   Liberate Your Lobby - Lobbies are a tricky balance between the latest designs and your corporate aesthetic. Jump on the bandwagon of a short-lived trend, and the look will age out after a few years. Go too formal, and you might send the message your firm is stodgy.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "3 Easy Steps to Get Your Customer Ready for Your Next Call"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is an Uber Racist! What Do I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Sales Dip, Orders Flat, Consumer Up in Herman Miller's Latest Quarter
  •   BoF NEWS - Losing the Power Cord with TesLink: The Science of Product Design
  •   Projects - Custer Wraps Up Finishing Touches on Sustainable, Creative Office Space for Green Giftz
  •   PLACES - CA Technologies Offices – São Paulo
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Scott Cameron Knoll Senior VP / Boss Design President joins BIFMA Board / CIDA's Summit Report / National Office Furniture Donates to Local Community / ASID Releases Design Sector Briefs / HBF + HBF Textiles Welcomes Elaine Holub / Boss Design New Illinois Sales Appointment
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Sitcoms Reflecting the Faulty Modern American Work Culture / Long commutes are major source of poor health and low productivity / The workplace of the future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest from Maharam, HBF Textiles and Arc-Com
  •   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 5, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Formaspace Moves from Industrial to Office - Formaspace is off to a good start. It launched its office furniture collection at NeoCon to great acclaim and a mobbed seventh floor stand. It helped that the company's products looked like nothing else at the show.
  •   Sycamore plans to buy Staples for $6.9 billion - This buyout is definitely a consolation prize compared to Staples' previous plan to buy its main rival, Office Depot.
  •   theMART Gets Staring Role at NeoCon 2017 - From the beginning, there was a clear intent to encourage visitors to gather more comfortably, frequently and intentionally at theMART's Marshall's Landing.
  •   Problems with Noise at Work? A Lot of it is in Our Heads - While open-plan offices are designed to encourage collaboration, research published last year by Oxford Economics found more than half of employees say poor office acoustic design reduces their productivity and makes them unhappy.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Where is the Customer in your Org Chart?"
  •   INSIGHT: Michael Dunlap - "NeoCon at 49: Crossroads or Epiphany?"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Husband is Unemployed and I'm Beginning to Resent it" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Phoenix HSL Offices - Sidney, Australia
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Wolf-Gordan Exclusive Scuffmaster Distributor / AIS Hires Rep Firm / Koelnmesse CEO Gerald Böse: New Contract
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Strategies Are Shifting Towards More Flexibility / Dear Office Worker, The Future Is Free-Address / Your office desk and chair are about to become Big Brother
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Teknion, Bretford, Integra, Darran, Magnuson and Carvart
  •   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 - June 28, 2017

  •   COVER: From Walls to Wheels to Workstations - The Clarus team devised a way to use the existing infrastructure of the workstations, whether they were Haworth, Steelcase, Herman Miller, or any number of other manufacturers, so the glass could hang without using a single tool.
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon 2017 - What We Liked (and didn't) - The Business of Furniture staff covered a lot of ground during NeoCon in Chicago. Innovative products and spectacular showrooms were everywhere.
  •   LOGICDATA Celebrates its Anniversary Austrian-Style - LOGICDATA makes components for height-adjustable desks. While some in the industry have moved toward cheap, low-priced components, LOGICDATA believes its success stems from its innovative, inclusive culture, now exemplified in its headquarters.
  •   Todd's Post NeoCon Story - Another NeoCon has come and gone, and with it we saw practically too many products to count.
  •   Steelcase Sales Increase just 2% in the Latest Quarter
  •   Inscape 4Q sales climb 2.7%, 19.3% higher for the Year
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "WARNING! Performance Reviews are a Silent Revenue Drain (Especially in our Industry)"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Viscusi Guide For What To Do If Your Company is Sold: Ask For a Stay Bonus or Leave" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - M Booth Offices – New York City
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Boenigk and Neville named Sales Managers / ASID Partnership with Sherwin-Williams / Trendway Names Jim Ford Director of Market Development / Kimball Office Personnel Addition / Meadows Office Interiors Director of Customer Experience / AIS Addition of Northern New England Territory Manager, Jackie DesLauriers
  •   Whiteboard - Accommodating a Liquid Workforce / Office Furniture Dealers Embrace Coworking / The Rise of the Residential 'Innovation Space'
  •   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 - June 21, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Breakfast Serves Up Economic, Organization Update - BIFMA speaker Mitch Stapley, an economist at ClearArc Capital, said the economy has grown more slowly than past patterns, but there is no economic data that suggests a recession.
  •   NeoCon 2017 Keynote Speaker Arianna Huffington Delivers a Promising Message About Wellness - Huffington entertained the audience with multiple lighthearted moments, including our modern-day addiction to electronics.
  •   IIDA Unveils New Headquarters - The IIDA had very specific things it wanted in the space.
  •   Stelter Out at Inscape - Jim Stelter was the architect of the West Elm Workplace deal, which has fundamentally changed the market as competitors scrambled to recreate the residential look of the low priced, high design products.
  •   NeoCon Trends: A Delightful Dog's Dinner - The way people work continues to change at a rapid pace. The choices for how we work have never been greater. So the ideas being brought to the table at NeoCon should reflect that diversity.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "7 Sales Management Strategy Ideas that You Can Steal"
  •   Stephen Says - "He Who Smelt It Dealt It: Farting Etiquette in the Workplace" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sprout Social – Chicago
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Dealers Choice Survey Award Winners / Use of Standing Desks in Workplace Linked to Increased Productivity, Improved Health / Falcon and Thonet Mark Successful NeoCon / KI Wins Best of NeoCon Gold
  •   Whiteboard - The Five Elements of a Happy Workplace / How Furniture can affect Productivity and Wellness in Workers / The Dynamic Work Environment
  •   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 - June 14, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: NEOCON OFF TO SMOLDERING START - The industry put its best foot forward, from the newest companies in theMart to the veteran firms that have pushed the workplace forward for years.
  •   WORRIED ABOUT A BOT TAKING YOUR JOB? BE A CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER - Microsoft reached out to Steelcase, a company that has been in workspace industry for more than a century.
  •   'YOU HAVE TO BE VULNERABLE TO LEARN' - At no other time in the industry's history have its three main players pursued such different strategies
  •   INDEAL Hosts Champion Training and Conference - The conference balanced interactive instructional sessions on the INDEAL program with manufacturer-focused segments and unique networking opportunities.
  •   Haworth Acquires Design Retailer Luminaire - Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, the married couple who launched Luminaire in 1974, said they will remain in charge of the Doral-based retailer.
  •   SCIENCE OF PRODUCT DESIGN - Industry 4.0 (Sponsored by LOGICDATA) - We are in the middle of a revolution of how the industrialized world functions and works.
  •   Stephen Says - Are You A Superstitious Salesperson? I Sure Hope So (Knock on Wood) - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Laddawn Inc. Offices – Devens
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - OFM Introduces Foresee Chair / 2017 ASID Foundation Transform Grant Recipients / Bretford introduces CUBE Cart Mini / Framery is Expanding in the US / My Resource Library (MRL) Connects To The level Data Platform / Ottlite Launches Workwell / PS Furniture Introduces WALS / Studio TK Names Eric Stroud as Vice President, U.S. Sales
  •   Whiteboard - The Impact of Office Design in Talking Brand Impact / Steelcase and Microsoft’s Partnership aims to raise Worker Productivity / Seismic Structural Shift about to hit the Office Market
  •   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 - NeoCon 2017 SPECIAL EDITION

  •   COME BELLOW WITH US - Meet with the team behind The Business of Furniture and Workplaces Magazine. NeoCon 2017 - Seventh Floor; Booth: 7-5113
  •   THE FUTURE OF WORK: 4 MAJOR TRENDS AT NEOCON 2017 - As always, the future of the office will play a major role at the 2017 edition of NeoCon.
  •   NEOCON 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Arianna Huffington, Jessica Green, John Ronan
  •   SPECIAL EVENTS - NeoCon is three days of nonstop special events and parties.
  •   FLOOR PLANS - Don't get lost in theMART. Also don't forget about theMART's neighborhood showrooms.
  •   THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PRODUCTS DEBUTING DURING NEOCON - Hundreds of the latest products to stop by and see.
  •   THE COMPANIES - The Latest Products and Introductions at The Show: - 3form, 9to5 Seating, AIS, Allsteel, Arcadia, Arc-Com, Arper, Artopex, Barbican, Bentley, Boss Design, Brentano, Bush Business Furniture, BuzziSpace, Camira, Carnegie, CF Stinson, Chilewich, Clarus Glassboards, Coalesse, Concertex, Configura, Dauphin, Davis, DesignTex, Dyson, Egan, Encore, Enwork, ESI, Falcon, Flexsteel, Formaspace, Frem, Garrett Leather, Geiger, Ghent, Global, Great Openings, Groupe Lacasse, Gunlocke, HBF, Herman Miller, HON, HPFI, Humanscale, ICF, Indiana Furniture, Inscape, Integra, izzy+, J+J Flooring, Jabbrrbox, JRB Studio, JSI, Keilhauer, KFI, KI, Kimball Office, KnollTextiles, Koleksiyon, Loctek, LOFTWall, LOGICDATA, LightCorp, Luum, Maars Living Walls, Mayline, Mohawk Group, Momentum, Muzo, National Office Furniture, Nemschoff, Nienkamper, Nightingale, Nucraft, Nxtwall, Okamura, OM, Pallas, SitOnIt, Sixinch, Spec Furniture, Steelcase, Steelcase Health, Studio TK, Stylex, Symbiote, Teknion, Thonet, Trendway, Tuohy, unika vaev, Versteel, Via Seating, Vitra, Waddell, West Elm, Wilkhahn, Wolf-Gordon, Workrite - AND MORE!

Business of Furniture - June 7, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Sneak Peek: What NeoCon 2017 Tells us About the Industry - As one of the most pivotal annual tradeshows, one could look at NeoCon as a measure of overall health of the industry, and indicators are overall positive.
  •   Clarus Creates Projection Glass - Clarus Glassboards will be unveiling its new Projection Glass at NeoCon next week.
  •   IdeaPaint launches Mobile Dry Erase Collection - IdeaPaint first previewed its mobile furniture line at NeoCon in 2016, winning Best of Neocon Silver for Office Accessories, followed by the GOOD DESIGN award.
  •   Coalesse to Become Exclusive Distributor of Viccarbe in the Americas - Beginning this summer, Coalesse will offer the entire Viccarbe portfolio to the contract market throughout the Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, and the countries of Latin America) – as the Viccarbe Imports Collection.
  •   KI Shifts to Address Changes at Work - NeoCon's no small task for a company that competes in a variety of markets, ranging from corporate to education. Instead of focusing on each of those markets individually, KI is drilling down on workstyles and behaviors that transcend all of them.
  •   The Toyification of the Office - Companies are trying to create spaces that produce genuine moments for employees to come together and have conversations.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "The Touchstone"
  •   Stephen Says - You Want A Day Off Because Your Dog Died? Good Luck - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Civis Analytics Offices – Chicago
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - 2020 Inspiration Awards for Office Designers Winners Announced / Nightingale Presents the Urban Beehive Project at NeoCon / Bisley Showing at Netherlands' Design District / Special - T Promotes Dale Nutter / Maars Living Walls announces two new hires in United States
  •   Thonet Reconnects to Legacy Collection - The history of Thonet's innovation began more than 170 years ago when Michael Thonet registered a patent for bending solid wood.
  •   Whiteboard - Why residential influences are just part of the story in the evolution of the workplace. A Q&A with Pair / Yesterday's Urban Factory could be tomorrow's tech HQ / A Health Minded Approach to Workplace Design
  •   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 - May 31, 2017

  •   UPFRONT : Clerkenwell Design Week Informs Interiors Decisions in Europe and Beyond - The three-day event, held last week in one of London's most important architecture and design hubs, packed in nearly 40,000 visitors.
  •   CDW Roundtable Explores Simplicity in Design - Simple looking designs, panelists agreed, are a good first step, but buildings and the products inside them need to be simple to use as well.
  •   LightArt Launches New Collection at ICFF - LightArt launched its new Acoustic lighting collection at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during NYCxDesign.
  •   Bendheim's New Houdini Unlocked Glass Collection Takes Workplace Privacy Needs To The Next Level - Houdini Unlocked was developed as an answer to customer inquiries and has evolved to expand design potential while simultaneously serving workplace surroundings.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Why Sales People Win...and Lose"
  •   Stephen Says - Retreads: The New Normal? - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Squarespace Portland, OR
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Allsteel Workplace Expert to Present at NeoCon 2017 / SurfaceWorks Launches Major Rebrand / Furniture Marketing Group Completes Migration to Khameleon Business Intelligence / Dirtt Gets Delivery By Air / New LOGICDATA Leadership Team Structure
  •   Whiteboard - An overdue attempt to connect smart buildings with smart people / The Office Of The Future May Not Be In Silicon Valley / Tech Firms Seeking Alternatives To Open Offices
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in projects from DAS Architects
  •   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 - May 24, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Clerkenwell Design Week Gets Underway in London - Though the opening day was subdued because of the terrorist bombing in Manchester the night before, CDW managing director Daren Newton said the show must go on while offering thoughts and prayers to the victims.
  •   Mission Impossible? Hackett is Right for Ford, but Task Might be Too Big for Anyone - Many in the office furniture industry are stunned by the news, but don't doubt that he can make the tough decisions needed to jumpstart Ford.
  •   Contract Furniture's Tectonic SHIFT - As we look at the change that will likely come in this industry, we have to look at those who have the most appetite to embrace change. Today, that's the dealer.
  •   NeoCon Guide to Special Events & Features
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The One Magic Question That will Change Client Conversations
  •   Stephen Says - The Do's and Don't's of Interviewing at NeoCon - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PetSure, Sydney, Australia
  •   Holistics to Aid the Workplace Community - The design of the workplace can act as a conduit in bringing people together or the opposite — it can unintentionally keep people apart. Clearly we have to remain realistic and be mindful of the impact of management frameworks and organizational culture.
  •   Components Shine at Interzum in Cologne - Unless you hail from Europe, chances are that you missed attending this amazing event. Chances are good you have never even heard much about it. And, that ought to change.
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Accessible furniture innovators Muzo announce NeoCon showcase events / Danker Named Steelcase 2017 Premier Partner / Indiana Furniture Facility Certified for Workplace Safety and Health Programs / National Office Furniture's Essay, Fold, and Whimsy Products Earn the GEI Seal of Endorsement
  •   Whiteboard - Mapping Presence in Virtual Reality Environments / Stan Stands Out From the Standing Desk Crowd / Home Workers More Likely to Sustain Work-Related Injuries than People based in Offices
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from izzy+ and Via
  •   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 - May 17, 2017

  •   Survey Shows Mixed Results for Industry; Strength Continues - Mike Dunlap believes 2017 will exceed the solid growth the industry experienced last year.
  •   Steelcase Explores Radical New 3D Printing Method with MIT - MIT and Steelcase first tested this by 3-D printing a top for one of the turnstone Bassline tables — part of a collection of tables that promotes personality and personalization by allowing the expression of one's unique design choices.
  •   UPFRONT : Clerkenwell Design Week is Not Your Typical Event - If NeoCon is the giant office furniture blitz to start the summer, consider Clerkenwell Design Week the calm before the NeoStorm. CDW, which runs next week in London, May 23-25, has grown to become one of the most important office furniture events, a major exhibition that blends permanent office furniture showrooms and nearly every available temporary space.
  •   New and Notable Exhibitors for NeoCon - Here is a preview of new and notable brands and products at the show, by floor.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - So...What Makes You So Different?
  •   Observations - Dina Sorensen - 'Moving' for Wellbeing in Schools as the Third Teacher and Beyond
  •   Observations - Scott Lesizza - The New Way of Thinking About Office Furniture Solutions
  •   PLACES - L'Oreal Offices in Paris
  •   Is the Edge Desk All You Need to Work? - Edge Desk is a portable, easily movable product that acts as both the desk and the chair.
  •   Global Design Spotlight - Italian Pavilion at ICFF NYC / Scandinavian Pavilion at ICFF NYC
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Associates Purchasing Intends to Merge with Western Office, Los Angeles / Haworth Honors Workwell Partners with 2017 Best in Class Distinction / The Design Museum Foundation Named 2017 ASID Design Innovation Award Winner / Kimball Office Unveils Flagship Urban Design Hub in New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Bringing Privacy to Open Plan Offices / Virtual and augmented reality: The future of the workplace / When Work has Meaning, the Workplace becomes a Cultural Hub
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from Clarus Glassboards, Boss Design and Innovations
  •   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 - May 10, 2017

  •   UPFRONT Worktech NYC is Like TED for the Office - Attending Worktech 17 New York is a bit like going to a series of TED talks, assuming all the presentations were related to the way work is changing.
  •   NYCxDesign 'Swirls' Open - NYCxDESIGN is a becoming a bit like Milan's Fuorisalone: A series of smaller events that when combined, overshadow the show that they grew up around.
  •   FEATURE: Designing Workspaces for Engagement and Productivity with lauckgroup - There are several elements of design that contribute to supporting productivity in workplace design, and the designers at lauckgroup have noticed numerous changes to achieve it over the past few years.
  •   Science of Product Design - Puddle – The Technology of Collaboration
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - What Teams Need Also Makes Them Fail
  •   Observations - Randy Storch - Where's the Tech Strategy?
  •   Stephen Says - Residential Is the New Contract and It's As Hot As Gender Neutral Restrooms - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Uniqlo Headquarters - Tokyo
  •   DIRTT Posts Record First Quarter 2017 Sales - "We delivered solid topline growth in excess of 16%, despite the fact our first quarter is traditionally our weakest."
  •   More DIRTT from Mogens - On the conference call last week Mogens had plenty to talk about.
  •   BoF TOP NEWS - Kimball International Reports Third Quarter Sales and Income Climbed
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - CIFF Guangzhou 2017 Everybody is racing toward the future / Interphase Interiors Receives National Award for Excellence / TriMega - Board of Director Changes / Kimball Health Announces Personnel Addition / JRB Studio selects Contourlines Northwest as its representative / BSI Promotes Lori Torrison / Boss Design USA announces new Global Accounts Manager
  •   Whiteboard - The Workplace is the New Corporate Communications Platform / Inspirational office design: A way to retain millennials / Trends In Workplace Design Focus On Productivity, Occupant Satisfaction
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from unika vaev and Invision
  •   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 - May 3, 2017

  •   An Early Peek at NeoCon: theMART is Preparing for Your Arrival - "In the last three years, we have renewed all five of our anchor tenants (those with spaces of 15,000 square feet or larger). All the majors are locked in into the '20s."
  •   FEATURE: Wolf-Gordon Celebrates Anniversary with Return to Manhattan - This year marks the 50th anniversary of American design company Wolf-Gordon.
  •   FEATURE: Companies Need to Dig Deep When it Comes to Rebranding - No longer strictly a furniture manufacturer, the company changed and grew based on customer needs over time. In thinking about rebranding, you have to ask yourself if the need that you are filling is something that customers actually still require.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Digitize or Die
  •   Stephen Says - Getting Offers Out of The Blue? What You Need to Know Before You Commit to an Interview - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - eBay Headquarters Remodeling by Gensler
  •   BoF TOP NEWS - Interface Reports Flat First Quarter 2017 Results
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Artopex donates $150,000 to the Granby Hospital Center Foundation / National Office Furniture Partners with Configura to Release CET Designer Extension / Kimball Office Celebrates Earth Day with Company-wide Initiatives / Custer's annual technology showcase unveils the latest in workplace solutions and products
  •   Whiteboard - This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office / Designing Offices That Increase Productivity / Smart Offices: The Future Arriving at a Workplace Near You
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Integra, Carnegie, Groupe Lacasse, Pallas, Brentano and Innovations
  •   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 - April 26, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: CBRE Hosts Furniture Forum to Unravel Furniture Frustrations - The stakeholders gathered last week to expose pain points in the furniture specifying process in front of an invite-only crowd of their peers during "CBRE Furniture Forum: Unraveling Furniture Frustrations."
  •   JLL's Future of Work Enables Workplace Transformation - Real estate was once about acquiring and managing buildings. Now, real estate has become a strategic lever for transformation, enabling organizations to achieve broader business agendas and create new levels of value.
  •   FEATURE: USM Haller E Adds Power to Structure - The structure of the furniture becomes a conduit for transferring power throughout the system.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Executing the Big Arrow
  •   Stephen Says - References Today Are the Price of a Ticket to the 'Hall of Fame' Dinner, So Don't Get Fooled - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Saatchi + Saatchi, Chancery Lane HQ, London
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - HNI Reports Sales Decline for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 / Architecture Billings Index Growth Continues in March / Former HON Leader Howe Helped Grow Company / Knoll Reports First Quarter Sales Slide 9.8% / Tomorrow's Office Furniture will be Rapidly 3D-Printed in Pools of Goo
  •   Whiteboard - Now WeWork Wants to Build Out Your Office and Run it for You / Are Businesses Taking 'Collaborative' Workspaces Too Far? / Re-examining the sit-stand workstation
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Groupe Lacasse, Encore, LightCorp, Kinestral Tech and Arc-Com
  •   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 - April 19, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: From Custom to Construction, OFGO Goes the Extra Mile - Though many office furniture makers claim to customize, OFGO's ability to do it has helped the company grow.
  •   Bending the Boundaries of the Timeclock - The workplace we are familiar with was designed in the 30s and doesn't come from any strategy for productivity.
  •   FEATURE: GMi Evolves - Though its brands reach back decades, GMi Companies acts a lot younger. Its hunger to innovate is palpable.
  •   Humanscale Announces Five Sustainable Initiatives - Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy transforms Humanscale's sustainability program into a globally recognized model of excellence.
  •   Teknion Opens New Showroom in Downtown Los Angeles - Situated on the 41st floor of the Ernst & Young Plaza, the showroom provides clients with an accessible location in the city's burgeoning downtown.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Just What are You Going to Do?
  •   Stephen Says - How to Deal With a New Type of Coworker: The Noisy Guy From a Different Company Who Shares Your Coworking Office - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Hollands Kroon Municipality Offices
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Meadows Office Interiors Opens New 20,000-SF Showhouse Facility / Teknion 2017 International Dealer Award / Charter Capital Partners Named in Axial's Top 100 Most Referred Middle-Market Advisors
  •   Whiteboard - Green Offices May Be the Key to Productivity—and Employee Health / Lighting the Work Environment / Beware the Great Apex Fallacy of Workplace Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Poltrona Frau, Arcadia, BDI, ChargeSpot and HBF Textiles
  •   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 - April 12, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Fuorisalone: Not Part of Salone Internazionale del Mobile, but Perhaps More Important - Fuorisalone is the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan on the same days the Salone Internazionale del Mobile takes place in the stands of Rho Fiera.
  •   Science of Product Design: It's Time for E-Textiles - E-textiles is an emerging technology helping tradition-bound industries move beyond the ideas of yesterday and into the e-world.
  •   FEATURE: Workplace 3.0 LOOK BOOK - There was lots to see and take in during our visit to Milan. Here's a look at what was going on. Workplace3.0/SaloneUfficio, the International Biennial Workspace Exhibition focussed on a new, all-encompassing approach to workspace design.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - You are Being 'Disrupted'
  •   Stephen Says - Sexual Harassment in The Furniture Industry? More Common Than a Dealer Asking for a Discount - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Twilio Offices – San Francisco
  •   BoF NEWS - 2020 Contest Searches for Inspiring Office Designs
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Gunlocke Announces Changes, Growth at Wayland HQ / E&I Member Purchases Exceed $2.7 Billion in 2016 / The American Society of Interior Designers Introduces Ones to Watch Program / BSI Wins American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Award
  •   Whiteboard - If an AI Doesn't Take Your Job, It Will Design Your Office / Designing Space for Virtual Collaboration in an Untethered World / Why your Office needs Unassigned Workstations
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Nevers, Knape & Vogt, Maharam, ICF and Innovations
  •   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 - April 5, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Workplace3.0 Defines Office at iSalone in Milan - Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Love it or hate it, iSalone, kicked off yesterday in Milan, with a mix of innovation, beautiful design and a dash of just plain weird.
  •   CBRE Furniture Forum Panelists Seek a Vuja-De View of the Furniture Buying Process - In continuation of a multi-month-long discussion about frustrations with the furniture buying process, panelists reconvened at CBRE Chicago.
  •   FEATURE: 9to5 Will Change Your Notion on Made in America - Here's an American manufacturer making parts in Union City, Tenn and shipping them to China to be used in chairs assembled and sold there.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Where are the Thought Leaders?
  •   Stephen Says - "Last Year I Made More Money Than Ever, This Year They Are Dividing My Territory!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Zalando, Helsinki, Finland
  •   BoF NEWS - A First-Timer's View of CIFF & 'Getting Old' at CIFF Guangzhou
  •   BoF NEWS - BSI Wins American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Award
  •   BoF NEWS - Innovative's Evo Articulating Monitor Arm Named 2017 Red Dot Award: Product Design Winner
  •   BoF NEWS - New Sales Group Joins Symbiote, Lab Furniture Manufacturer
  •   Whiteboard - Coworking's Continuing Evolution and Challenges / 5 Influences on Design for the Modern Workplace / Wearable tech: The new tool for the modern construction workforce
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Arcadia, Safco, Arc-Com, Unika Vaev, Bretano and Ultrafabrics
  •   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 - March 29, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Fashion Meets Future of Office at Workplace 3.0 in Milan - For European office furniture makers and the rest of the world that sells into the European market, iSalone is a place where business opportunities arise.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Sales Slowed - Net sales in the quarter decreased 2.2% from the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   FEATURE: CIFF Smashes Preconceived Notions of Asian Office Furniture Market - The industry here, like CIFF itself, continues to mature and develop, becoming a major force not only in the Asian market, but around the world. Trends helping turn the Asian office furniture market into a true superpower include an increasing focus on design rather than knockoffs, exponential improvements in quality and the ability to quickly follow trends.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Why Research Should Make Your Firm Question Everything
  •   Stephen Says - "The New Rules: When to Talk Money When Interviewing" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Deskopolitan Co-Working Offices – Paris
  •   BoF NEWS - Architecture Billings Index in February climbs back into positive terrain
  •   BoF NEWS - February nonresidential starts edge down 2%
  •   BoF NEWS - Jeff Osborne, former Knoll VP of Design, Dies at 72
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball International Named 2016 Recipient of Indiana Governor's Half Century Award
  •   Whiteboard - Staying Connected at Work: 1900's to Now / Environmental Ergonomics in an Office Workplace / The Evolution of the Office: Cubicles, Open Offices, & the Next Generation
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Teknion, LightArt, T-Concepts 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

Business of Furniture - March 22, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Studio Wise Expands Product Line; Streamlines Sales - Known for surface products inspired by its designs for some of West Michigan's most iconic restaurants, breweries, clubs and offices, the design and fabrication studio based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, saw its revenues double last year.
  •   DIRTT Leaf Falls into Place - Leaf is a simple concept: Give objects designed to be put into place until moved hinges and bearing systems and guides so they can move easily.
  •   COVER: BuzziSpace Refined - BuzziSpace has always been known for its innovative acoustic products. Now it is moving further into the office with new lounge seating products that follow the Belgian company's belief that every workplace should be happy and healthy.
  •   Steelcase Results - Steelcase Inc. reported fourth quarter revenue of $769.1 million and net income of $25.8 million.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Maybe it's About Time to Abandon Ship
  •   Stephen Says - "Lost Your Job, But Afraid to Advertise That on Your Resume?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From the Editor-in-Chief - Providing You a Broader View
  •   Research - The Effect of Individualized Work Settings on Productivity and Well-Being
  •   PLACES - LAYER London offices
  •   BoF NEWS - IF Design Award: Gold Award for LessThanFive by Coalesse / Industry-First Bullet and Blast-Resistant Technology Unveiled for Airport Seating
  •   Whiteboard - Defining Privacy for The Future of Workspace Design / Six Design Principles to Support Wellbeing / America's Coming Workplace: Home Alone
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Clarus, Landscape Forms, Knoll, Luna Textiles, HON, Arconas, Wilkhahn, 3Form, Carnegie, Arc-Com, Luum Textiles, and more!
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 15, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Jamboard — the Whiteboard, Reimagined for Collaboration in the Cloud - Jamboard raises the bar on collaborative creativity, bringing the same real-time collaboration found in G Suite, combined with the best of the web, to your team's brainstorms and meetings.
  •   Nancy Willemstein: The Smile Behind Steelcase for More Than 30 Years - When asked about more than three decades as the receptionist at Steelcase's Global Headquarters in Grand Rapids, it wasn't surprising that Nancy Willemstein responded humbly, though not entirely accurately.
  •   Science of Product Design -- CAD Goes Cloud - Virtually every product you interact with, from the fork you use to eat your lunch, to the office chair you sit in, to the car you drive to work and back, begins its life in CAD.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Beyond Just Playing Nice
  •   Perspective - Scott Lesizza - A Fresh Perspective on Office Seating Plans
  •   Stephen Says - "Will Snoring Get You Fired, or Just Divorced?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Research - 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey
  •   PLACES - TQ Offices – Amsterdam
  •   BoF NEWS - DIRTT Reports Record Q4 and 2016 Annual Results / Inscape Reports Third Quarter Sales Inched Up 2% / Configura Holds Partner Meeting in Grand Rapids / Everything is ready for the 39th edition of CIFF / Allsteel Announces Partnership with Carnegie
  •   Whiteboard - How IdeaPaint is fostering Frictionless Collaboration through Design / How to Design Your Office for Authenticity + Comfort / The Shifting Demands Of The Modern (And Future) Workspace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New Products from Magis, Lacasse, Falcon and Frem Group
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 8, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase and Microsoft Announce Development of Technology - Enabled Spaces to Boost Creative Work - Companies joined forces to develop a range of technology-enabled spaces designed to help organizations foster creative thinking and better collaboration.
  •   COVER: Boss Builds Brand in North America - Boss Design is the latest to build its furniture in the U.S. And after just six months of seriously focusing on making its products here, the move is paying dividends.
  •   Road Trippin': Loctek Lands in Livermore to Help You Get Moving - The company, founded 20 years ago in China, has made a name for itself by building low-cost options to get people moving in the office.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Branding Guts = Business Glory
  •   Stephen Says - "Posting From the Oscars: What If That Guy Worked For You?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Next Gen - OM Studio Collaborates with CSULB Industrial Design
  •   PLACES - Sysrepublic Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - Prep Continues for the CBRE Furniture Forum: Unraveling Furniture Frustrations
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura signs Sunon
  •   BoF NEWS - Antimicrobial Products? Just say NO!
  •   Whiteboard - Apple's Spaceship Campus will lead to more Innovative Workplace Design / Holistically Rethinking the Workplace / The Digital Nomad's Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from LightArt, EKO, Innovations, Shelby Williams, Brentano, Camira, & Creation Baumann
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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