Business of Furniture - May 12, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: What do Jazz and the Workplace Have in Common? - For most of us, work is our biggest daily performance. We want to nail it, and we feel bad when we fail. We also need skilled conductors — good leadership — to guide our flow and help us play our best, both as solo artists and as part of the band.
  •   Okamura Finora is Culmination of Decades of Design Harmony and Innovation - With Finora, Okamura had design help from a familiar group of friends. The chair was designed in collaboration with ITALDESIGN, an Italian design firm that has helped create some of the most beautiful and iconic high performance automotive designs.
  •   We Aren't There Yet - A 1985 article suggested mobility would be better supported if workers had technology that was the size of a cigarette pack and could fit in a shirt pocket.
  •   The Industry is Back! Spring Breakout Kicks Off in Dallas - There is an exuberance in getting back out in front of dealers, reps and customers that is palpable.
  •   Art Gensler, World-Renowned Architect, Dies At 85 - An architect and astute businessman who propelled a small practice into the largest and most admired firm in the industry, Art Gensler is widely credited with creating the blueprint for how many professional services firms organize and manage themselves today.
  •   AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, to retire in December 2021 - A vocal advocate for architects, and an architect himself, Robert also served as a convener and contributing board member, bringing together allied and related groups to address central questions facing the design and construction industry, globally and domestically.
  •   BIFMA Hosts Final 180° Navigating Now Webinar Series Focused on Hospitality - The hospitality panel was the final webinar in the BIFMA 180° series that also looked at health care, education and workplace trends over the last several months.
  •   Kimball International Office Sales Begin to Rebound; Strong Outlook for Coming Quarter - Consolidated net sales were $138.7 million, compared to $178.2 million in the prior year third quarter.
  •   DIRTT Posts Loss in Latest Financial Report - Revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $29.5 million, a decline of $11.5 million or 28% from $41 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Hired Them to Sell, Not to Smell! Why You Should Go Back to Your Pre-Pandemic Persona" - by Stephen Viscusi - Believe it or not, I'm a big believer in uniforms. They're usually very convenient for employees in terms of deciding how to dress, but I know it's not practical or reasonable in a creative industry like interior furnishings where our individuality is a reflection of our creativity.
  •   Training & Development - "A New Business Development Strategy" - by Sid Meadows - Yes, your customers are on Clubhouse — at least some of them. This emerging platform is still in beta and only available to iPhone users at the moment, but every day, more and more people are joining the conversation.
  •   Upfront: Okamura creates WORK MILL magazine in collaboration with Forbes Japan - WORK MILL provides insights into new work styles and workplaces from around the globe to help create new values from a business strategy perspective.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allermuir Introduces CROP by Benjamin Hubert - A family of outdoor chairs and stools designed for Allermuir by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER, CROP takes its name from the enigmatic rolling fields of crops in the British countryside, which are represented in the flowing parallel wires of the seating forms.
  •   PLACES - Garmin Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luxxbox, Flos, Icon Modern, Hightower
  •   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 5, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Vaccine Passports Coming to an Office Near You? - As society tires of the pandemic, the pressure to create vaccine passports is certainly going to rise and will affect all aspects of our lives.
  •   British Furniture Maker Looks for Connection in North America - Connection uses its insights into the needs of modern commercial, educational and public-sector environments, which gives the company an understanding of the evolution of work.
  •   4 Ways Design May Reinvent Itself - As we rethink how design has been done in the past and move toward informed and experiential design, the success hinges on creating interaction.
  •   INDEAL Launches Pinpoint VIP Along With 3 Month Free Trial for Dealer Members - Pinpoint VIP, a Virtual Inspiration Platform and enhancement to INDEAL's Pinpoint Search tool, launched May 1 and is available to all INDEAL Dealer Members.
  •   Sedia Systems Opens Consolidated Manufacturing Operations in Asheboro, North Carolina - Asheboro Mayor David Smith said he's excited to welcome Sedia Systems to the town of 26,000 residents and noted the community has a long legacy of furniture and textile manufacturers.
  •   Predictions for Workplace and Lifestyle Habits in Summer 2021 - As vaccine roll-outs continue and scores of Americans are inoculated daily, life is slowly returning to normal.
  •   The Salone del Mobile 2021 Will Go Ahead - The 59th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano will be an innovative, iconic and unique edition. Scheduled for Sept. 5-10, the event will focus on promoting companies' latest products, technologies and projects.
  •   NeoCon Presents Designing in a Digital World - The four online sessions will address the innovations and challenges within the rapidly expanding digital sphere of design.
  •   Stephen Says - "Your Dog Died and Your Boss is Supposed to Care?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Losing a pet is a great reason to use PTO. Your friend happened to be a bachelor, and his life was his pet, but it's just as bad for families with children.
  •   Training & Development - "Lessons in Leadership from Ted Lasso" - by Sid Meadows - One of the most overlooked and underused aspects of leadership is simply kindness.
  •   Upfront: 2020 Announces Release of 2020 Office Software v2021 - This new release provides support for AutoCAD 2022 and an updated CAD engine for 2020 Cap Complete. 2020 Visual Impression v2021 brings new furniture movement capabilities, and all 2020 Office applications are updated to support these new capabilities.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating's First All Mesh Chair Onda Launches - Onda is the Italian word for wave, and a wave is just what the chair from Via Seating's looks like with its striking back that curves up and crests into an arch. The all-mesh seat curves down to ensure efficient circulation and optimal support and comfort.
  •   PLACES - Qin Group Offices – Chengdu, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Tarkett, Versteel, Nevins, BodyBilt, Narbutas
  •   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 28, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Fulton Market: Furniture's Future Chicago Home or Flash in the Pan? - It makes a lot more sense at this point for the small- and mid-size manufacturers at theMART to stay put.
  •   Herman Miller's New Chicago Flagship Seamlessly Blends Contract, Residential in Spectacular New Fulton Market Space - Though the Chicago showroom has only been open for a few weeks, the company is already noticing some surprising (and hopeful) patterns.
  •   De Vorm Introduces Soft Distancing With PET Felt Panels - All products within the AK series are fully customizable and can be easily incorporated into any existing interior.
  •   Teknion Plans Move to Chicago's Fulton Market - Until now, defectors to Fulton Market were limited to Knoll and Herman Miller, companies with strong retail segments. Teknion is the first purely commercial office furniture maker to head there.
  •   Byrne Believes Earth Day Should be Celebrated Every Day - The company's products are designed with materials that are 100% recyclable, and it works to reduce its waste stream by using plastic regrind and other recycled materials in its designs.
  •   Bill Wittland: The Survey Is Not The Solution - Designers with a passion for the power of place will always overpower a simplistic notion of survey-driven outcomes.
  •   The Pandemic did not Stop the Plans – Narbutas is Building a New Factory, Investing 25 million Euro - The new building will be equipped with technologies to make the production process more efficient, will secure higher production quality and allow the company to offer new office furniture, expanding the categories of seating, acoustic and non-standard furniture.
  •   IIDA Releases 2021 Interior Design Compensation Report - The average design professional reported an annual base salary of between $60,000 and $99,000, with higher reported salaries in the West and Northeast.
  •   Survey Finds 41.5% of Executives Planning a Full-Time Return to the Office - Fewer than one out of five businesses (18.3%) have already reconfigured their spaces, and 21% are planning to make either modest or substantial adjustments to their spaces.
  •   Luxor Workspaces Donates Hand Sanitizer to Local Schools, Police, Fire and Nonprofit Organizations - Now that supply has caught up with demand, Luxor decided to donate its inventory to where it can do the most good.
  •   Stephen Says - "If Herman Miller, Knoll and Haworth Expand Their Retail Subsidiaries, They'll be Having RH for Lunch!" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's fun to talk about exciting developments in our industry. But let's focus on getting everyone to NeoCon in October and getting employees that are still afraid to come back to work, back in the office.
  •   Upfront: Indiana Furniture's Plywood Facility Recognized for Ongoing Workplace Safety - In living up to one of its core values — Create a Safe and Healthy Work Environment — Indiana Furniture has again achieved Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Program (INSHARP) certification for its plywood manufacturing facility in Jasper, Indiana.
  •   Product Spotlight: Keilhauer Introduces the Epix Collection - Keilhauer's new Epix collection is rational, refined and modern. Its highly functional pieces seamlessly transition across various work, group and meeting tasks.
  •   PLACES - Gazprom Neft Offices – Saint Petersburg
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Samuelson, Turf Design, Nowy Styl
  •   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 21, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Effort Behind the Pages - When an acquisition happens at a publicly traded company, it is a bit different than "normal" breaking news. Since both Herman Miller and Knoll are public companies, scoops almost never happen unless a journalist happens to hear about it early.
  •   Herman Miller is Acquiring Knoll in a Blockbuster $1.8 Billion Deal that Creates the Largest Office Furniture Company in the World - This transaction brings together two pioneering icons of design with strong businesses, attractive portfolios and long histories of innovation.
  •   Steelcase Taps Armbruster, the Company's First Woman CEO, as Keane Announces Retirement - Since joining the company in 2007, Armbruster, 50, has led corporate strategy and acquisition activities. She has additionally led multiple businesses at Steelcase, including Steelcase Education, Steelcase Health and PolyVision.
  •   Monumental Announcement of Herman Miller's Acquisition of Knoll Causes Stir Among Dealers - "I'm both a Herman Miller and Knoll dealer, for more than 15 years," said Larry Keller, owner of Design Warehouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "To have Knoll under the Herman Miller umbrella would just bring more products, more pleasure and more efficiency. I'm delighted in every way."
  •   Why I'm Obsessed with Clubhouse (And You Should be Too) - Even though residential designers are flocking to Clubhouse, adoption is not as fast just yet for the commercial side of the industry.
  •   The Craft of Installation - Installers today are often the eyes and the ears of project sites and are key players in the on-site massaging of product to meet space expectations with a pre-determined kit-of-parts from the manufacturer.
  •   Best of NeoCon Returns with Fresh Approach, Expanded Categories & New Content - Product submissions will open June 1 and close on Sept. 9. Exhibitors may enter any new products introduced to the U.S. market since NeoCon 2019.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's the BASE SALARY, Stupid" - by Stephen Viscusi - To get a highly qualified candidate to take a job — ANY job — sales, operations, design, you need to start with an attractive, higher than usual, base salary.
  •   Upfront: 2020 Global Inspiration Contest for Kitchen, Bathroom and Office Designers - 2020 has announced the first-ever 2020 Global Inspiration contest for kitchen, bathroom and office designers. The contest provides a platform for 2020 users across North America, the United Kingdom and France to be recognized among their peers for their functional and aesthetic design skills.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Seating Introduces Iconic HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls to US Market - 9to5 Seating's HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls feature versatility and unparalleled ergonomics that are right in step with the active seating movement popular in the U.S. market.
  •   PLACES - ManpowerGroup Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms, Maharam
  •   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 14, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: We Need to Rediscover Inspiration - If you are lacking inspiration, look around you. It's still there. And coming out of the pandemic, it needs to be cultivated and encouraged. After all, the world is counting on us to show it the way back to normal.
  •   Indoor Air Quality One Key to Return to Office - Poor indoor air quality can cause acute immediate effects and long-term chronic effects as well — everything from respiratory illness to issues around ability to focus.
  •   Reducing Anxiety and Creating Comfort in the Home — Experts in Corporate Design Share Tips - With all the challenges COVID has dolled out over the past year, it's a bitter Catch 22 that in order to handle the stress of doing everything at home now — living, working, parenting, schooling — we need stress-free homes.
  •   Latest BIFMA 180° Webinar Focuses on Healthcare - Digital wellness solutions are taking hold, much more so on the heels of the pandemic. Health care spaces in the future might not be physical health care spaces at all.
  •   CIFF in China Sees More Than 357,000 Visitors - During the Office Show, the leading brands of the sector showed countless innovative solutions for work environments capable of responding to the demands of companies in constant evolution with the objective of increasing performance and productivity, improving well-being and security and inspiring new ideas.
  •   Tarkett's New Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Report Shows Shift to Second Chapter in its Sustainability Strategy - Tarkett has partnered with Carbonfund to create the industry's broadest portfolio of third-party verified carbon neutral flooring solutions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Designer Says: RH = Real Headache! " - by Stephen Viscusi - OK, here is why I decided to write. I have seen you mention Restoration Hardware many times in your column, and they are all over the news with their stock value growth, surpassed only by Tesla. It's OK if Warren Buffet keeps getting richer, but my problem is RH is affecting my business.
  •   Training & Development - "What Did I Learn Today?" - by Sid Meadows - If you follow me, you know I'm an avid learner. I'm always exploring new ideas, ways to improve, new processes, new tools and resources. I learn in a variety of ways, including listening to podcasts, reading, taking online courses, attending seminars and joining in the conversations on Clubhouse.
  •   Upfront: Keilhauer Receives Four Awards for GOOD DESIGN - "This is the sixth consecutive year we have received the esteem of GOOD DESIGN," said President Mike Keilhauer. "We are very proud to see our contract designs be so well received."
  •   Product Spotlight: Trendway Introduces Elea - Trendway has launched Elea, an innovative task chair designed to kinetically move you. Its distinct aesthetic originates from a suspended seat pan that promotes micromovements and energetic motion, allowing users to continuously move while seated.
  •   PLACES - BMI Offices – Quito
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Concertex, Aracdia, Palmer Hamilton, Turf Design, Carnegie
  •   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 7, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Of Super Deductions and 'Poisson D'Avril' - I recently came across an article from the U.K. about its new Super Deduction tax break, a program designed to spur on investment following low levels of business since the start of the pandemic. As part of the program, companies can claim 130% capital allowances on new office furniture purchases.
  •   A Guide to Post-COVID-19 Hybrid Work Policies - Two of the most overlooked factors of a hybrid work policy are its tax and legal ramifications. With remote work comes the benefit of being able to relocate.
  •   Speed and Space—Clear Design Launches New Product Sensitive to Both - To ensure BOOST Pro is at or above quality levels of other known brands, Clear Design uses industry-leading steel thicknesses in its steel products. Its power systems are developed and made in the U.S.
  •   NeoCon Presents Designing Well April 21-22 - All of the programs are complementary and have been submitted for accreditation.
  •   Furniture On Demand by Lectra: A Sought-after Solution for a Changing Market - Furniture on Demand by Lectra is a solution designed specifically to meet the needs of furniture manufacturers, regardless of their geographic location and business model.
  •   More Than 100,000 Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers Are Now In U.S. Schools - Beyond the classroom, schools are installing Fellowes air purifiers in other shared spaces, such as resource rooms, libraries, locker rooms, nurse's offices, conference spaces and media centers.
  •   Kimball International Announces Changes to its Board of Directors - Kimball International has appointed Valerie R. Love as an independent member of its board of directors. Love will also serve on the compensation and governance committee and stand for election at the company's 2021 annual meeting of shareholders.
  •   MC Office Furniture Partners with Office Furniture Heaven - The addition of MC Office Furniture will expand the market reach of OFH, which focuses on small and medium-size businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
  •   Stephen Says - "Internet Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Upfront: Woolpert Announces Strategic Investment by MSD Partners - Woolpert fits seamlessly with MSD Partners' strategy of partnering with talented management teams and investing in companies which are stable, well-positioned in attractive markets and poised for growth, said Kevin Brown, co-head of MSD Partners' Private Capital Group.
  •   Product Spotlight: Japanese Culture and Modern Design - Kiyumi is a Japanese word meaning "arch" and more specifically "arch of wood," the emblem of the indomitable force of the warrior, the assertion of the power of concentration and determination and one of the symbols of Japanese civilization.
  •   PLACES - More.tv Offices – Moscow
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Howe, BuzziSpace, Flos, 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 - March 31, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Glass is Half Full (and Filling Up More by the Day) - As many of your customers return to their offices, they are going to find them lacking. They will need your products and your services to get back up and running.
  •   theMART is 'Ready to Get Back to It'; Preparing for Your Return in October - NeoCon 2021 will have a new no-contact registration system, a modified seventh floor exhibit hall layout with more room in the main aisles and one-way direction in the smaller aisles, encouraged use of the stairs and more use of the building's outdoor space.
  •   New Challenges Take Root as Working From Home Continues Into Another Year - Studies reveal anxiety, depression, substance misuse and muscle tension are the greatest of problems associated with WFH.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Establishes Workplace Innovation Sessions - The looming concept of "returning to work" provides organizations the opportunity to reexamine and reimagine who they are, how they work, and how they can evolve.
  •   Stephen Says - "What is CLUBHOUSE - and Does it Have Anything to Do With the Office Furniture Industry -- and Should I Be There?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Don't be part of the 80% — Stay the course" - by Sid Meadows
  •   Battered by COVID, Steelcase Reports Difficult Year; Better Days Ahead as Pandemic Eases - Beyond the first quarter, the company is targeting seasonally higher revenue in the second quarter, but a decline compared to the prior year, which benefited from a strong beginning backlog as a result of the government mandated shutdowns in the first quarter of fiscal 2021
  •   Upfront: ezoBord and Quiet Earth Moss Become INDEAL's Newest Brand Partners - Providing product to support biophilia and workplace wellness, Quiet Earth Moss are experts at bringing the outside in. The company offers organically preserved live moss wall frames, mosaics, custom designs and planters that feature natural sound dampening and absorption.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allsteel Announces Jetty:Mod - Allsteel's Jetty:Mod is a modular sofa with the flexibility to solve for the needs of today's modern spaces and the adaptability to accommodate new workplace, education, hospitality and health care considerations in the future.
  •   PLACES - Sarana Penida Offices – Jakarta
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Gunlocke, Samuelson, Acoufelt, Pophouse, Andreu World
  •   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 24, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Work to Live, Not Live to Work - There are many aspects of the office and work that have changed because of the pandemic. Of course, we are rightly focused on how to help customers safely return to the office and the products and services that will help with that.
  •   Nassimi 'Believes in Better' and Continues to Innovate in World of Textiles with Supreen - Supreen has been several years in the making and was just recently launched. It is a total liquid barrier, but it has a lot of other benefits. It's bleach cleanable and stain repellent. It is also a soft, supple fabric.
  •   The Fallacy of Work-Life Balance - Many of us have realized a balanced and integrated life must include a more intense focus on the many other components that make life feel whole and meaningful and satisfying.
  •   Are You Well in Your Workplace? Pros Discuss the Health Cons of Inadequate Work-From-Home Setups - Studies show health problems have occurred because of the effects of working conditions in the home environment — including inadequate height of working surfaces, chairs reinforcing poor posture, computer screens too close or too high or too low, poor lighting or no natural light, and conditions creating sedentary behaviors.
  •   Materiality in a Post-COVID-19 World - Attention to detail in material selection is such an important part of the health and safety of a space.
  •   Better than Expected in a Particularly Bad Year: Haworth Sales Drop 19% in 2020 - Every Haworth region and business sector made prompt decisions and shared best practices across the entire organization to keep members safe while meeting customer needs.
  •   Herman Miller Retail Shows Strength; Contract Sees Positive Signs Emerging - "We plan to continue investing in diversifying our business and product portfolios, building a high-performing retail business, strengthening our omni-channel distribution network and growing our digital capabilities."
  •   Upfront: SKG Climbs Ranking of Fastest Growing Private Companies - SKG jumped nine spots on the Inc. 5000 Series: Texas list of the 250 fastest-growing private companies in the state, climbing to 147. It's the second straight appearance for the largest commercial furniture dealership in Central Texas. It ranked No. 156 on last year's inaugural list.
  •   Product Spotlight: Studio by Dekko Introduces Ashley Freestand - An addition to Studio by Dekko's Ashley 210 Series, Ashley Freestand is a personal charging device that sits on a surface and provides flexibility for the user to relocate where power is needed. This sleek power unit is available with a standard cord or a braided cord for added style, with two AC outlets and two USB-A ports providing 2.4 amps each.
  •   Stephen Says - "Be Smart On Your Social Media. It's Not Cancel Culture or Woke. It's Common Sense!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Locusview Offices – Herzliya
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carnegie, Falcon, Luum
  •   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 17, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Furniture is Important for Return to Normal, Along with a Heavy Dose of Compassion and Inclusive Management - Returning to work after the pandemic is going to take more than plastic screens and social distancing. The process also includes serious management planning.
  •   With New Products and Designs, Versteel Wants You to Head Outside - The outdoor work revolution began before the pandemic as high-tech companies in sunny Silicon Valley started using outdoor space in courtyards, on roofs and between buildings as workspaces.
  •   At Byrne, St. Patrick's Day Reminds Employees that Surviving — and Thriving — is Sometimes About Making Your Own Luck - All Byrne employees, as well as many vendors and customers, are treated to a breakfast feast of authentic Celtic favorites like bangers and mash.
  •   A Place to Sit for Generations to Come - The recycled aluminum — Emeco's signature material — is light, strong, non-corrosive, fireproof, has a low carbon footprint and is impervious to today's disinfectants and anti-microbial cleaners, and all Za stools come with a lifetime guarantee.
  •   Employers In Many Markets Report Continued Improvements In Hiring Outlooks For Q2 - In the next six to 12 months, organizations expect 51% of employees to be back in the workplace most of the time.
  •   NeatCharge and NeatHub Join Humanscale's Suite of Organizational Desktop Solutions - NeatHub works on its own or in tandem with NeatTech, Humanscale's discreet, lightweight mesh basket that safely stores power strips and wayward cables securely underneath the desk.
  •   University Health Teams With Vari To Build Out New San Antonio Office Space - This was the largest commercial real estate transaction of the year in the San Antonio area, so we needed a highly customized plan for University Health," said Kevin Wierenga, senior vice president of sales at Vari.
  •   Cayke Selects 2020 Online Engagement Solutions to Provide a Seamless Shopping Experience - Thanks to 2020, Cayke is able to engage customers who are interested not only in the customization but the visualization of their space before they order — making them more confident in their furniture investment.
  •   Upfront: Commercial Furniture Dealer Empire Office Grows Sales Leadership in New York and South Florida - Based in Miami, Elizabeth Irizarry will be focused on forming close relationships throughout the local business, design, real estate and construction industries in South Florida. Based in New York, Erica Cain will be focused on leading new business efforts within the NYC-Metro area, leveraging her wealth of knowledge servicing the commercial furniture industry for over 13 years.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Introduces Bonds, a Series of Modular Seating Solutions - Seeking a solution for balance between free form modularity and prescribed arrangements in collaborative workspaces, Bonds offers a degree of freedom for the end user to design various layouts with ease.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Glass of Wine the Night before an Interview? Don't do it!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Best Practices to Successfully Manage Remote Employees" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - BETA Investment Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Patcraft, Studio TK, Spacestor, Artaic
  •   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 10, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Spring Breakout is Breaking Out; Warm Weather Brings Opportunity to Work Outdoors - As the weather warms, take a few moments to get outside to work. It is my favorite office.
  •   AIS Reinforces Commitment to Dealers through Challenging Pandemic Year with Agile Programs and Products - AIS has relevantly expanded it's portfolio and now includes panel systems, beam and benching/desking systems, laminate casegoods and reception, tables and conferencing, storage, seating, screens, worktools and accessories.
  •   Latest Installment of BIFMA Virtual 180° Event Focuses on Education - The webinar panel dug into some of the emerging and long-term trends in educational design — design trends in education that will remain post-pandemic and ones that will be quickly abandoned after it.
  •   The Biggest Opportunity to Create Brand Loyalty with Young Designers - Young professionals are craving an opportunity to learn by example, especially in today's digital world.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 - Workplace Furnishings net sales decreased 18.6 percent from the prior-year quarter to $365.9 millio, however a Double-digit revenue and profit growth in Residential Building Products was reported.
  •   ASID Tackles Changing Industry Landscape with 2021 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report - The report finds that health and wellness, long pillars of the ASID mission, have become top priorities for individuals and institutions.
  •   Unispace Acquired by Multinational Private Equity Firm PAG, Reaffirms Commitment to Successful Growth Strategy - Unispace is primed for expansion into U.S. markets — including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Boston — and new business areas, and this move is designed to accelerate growth domestically and abroad as owners and tenants continue to transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Andreu World Furnishes Spanish Pavilion at World Exposition Dubai with Sustainable Design - Andreu World will provide more than 300 pieces of furniture for indoor and outdoor areas of the Spanish Pavilion at the Expo.
  •   Inscape Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results - Total sales for the nine months ended January 31, 2021 were $30.2 million, compared to $61.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2020.
  •   Upfront: theMART Announces 11 New Permanent Tenants and 19 Lease Renewals or Expansions Ahead of NeoCon 2021 - Byron Morton, vice president of showroom leasing at theMART, said, "Even with the setbacks of COVID-19, a showroom at theMART continues to play a pivotal role in the overall marketing and sales strategies of top brands."
  •   Product Spotlight: New RACKUP Seating Collection by United Chair - The collection features nesting models with a folding seat offering compact and quick storage for all types of reconfigurable workspaces. It also offers light task models and stools with a five-prong nylon base.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Telephone Interview: Common Courtesy vs. Multi-Tasking, You Decide" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Crowe Horwath First Trust Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms, Emeco and Naoto Fukasawa, ECA by Dekko, Buckley Redner, H Contract
  •   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 3, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Announcing Spring Breakout: We are Bringing the Show to You - Spring Breakout is an office interiors roadshow that will travel the country with your new products, making stops to show them off to interior designers and decision makers in major cities in May 2021.
  •   Custer Celebrates 40 Successful Years Through Diversification - Custer has maintained strong connections to the communities it serves — partnering with architecture and design firms regionally to deliver the products that fit the vision of the client.
  •   Herman Miller Teams with Nissan on Work From Anywhere Vehicle - The Office Pod Concept is part of Nissan’s continuing work on concept vehicles, mostly using its NV350 van as a base for other activities such as fishing or camping.
  •   Sid Meadows: The Power of Intention - When setting intentions, leave any fears you have behind and hold yourself accountable for your planned intention. These are not like goals, they are simply used to help you change your mindset and switch from negative thinking to positive.
  •   NeoCon Announces New Spring Virtual Programming to Compliment Show Set for October - The programming will take a deep dive into the future of the office and of work itself — from exploring the new office ecosystem to examining how other design sectors might influence workplace design.
  •   The Secret to a Healthier 2021 May Be in How We Sit - While people certainly knew the difference between a dining chair and an office chair prior to the pandemic, they underestimated the value of ergonomic office furniture.
  •   Upfront: BIFMA Compliant Launches - BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products conforming to BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant provides clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards.
  •   Product Spotlight: Loftwall Launches Tempo: The Simplest Baffle System - Tempo addresses the largest complaint in modern workspaces and classrooms — noise — in an approachable way for designers, dealers and end users. With limitless combinations of shapes, sizes and colors, it can re-define a space without bankrupting a project.
  •   Stephen Says - "How to Avoid Poaching?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Power of Intention" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Asharq News Offices – Dubai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK, Andreu World, Extremis, Integra, Fräsch, SIXINCH
  •   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 - February 24, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Fall NeoCon is Full Steam Ahead - NeoCon may even extend the hours and the length of the show if there is a need to balance attendee capacity and traffic flow. Show dates for NeoCon 2022 will revert to June (June 13-15, 2022). Fingers crossed, if everything continues to improve, we should have a very busy fall to look forward to.
  •   Three Ways Companies Have Shifted to Survive the Pandemic - When the entire world is facing the same challenge, any petty industry rivalries really do go out the window. It's about humanity now, and that is being reflected in the way many brands across many industries are working.
  •   Creating Safe Places — Designers Look to Younger Generations for Inspired Diversity - Intersectionality is key when building a diversity program in the company — not only in recruiting efforts but in tenet as well. A certain foundation needs to be laid before genuine diversity is achieved.
  •   A Digital Revolution — Mortarr + INDEAL - 2021 will be a big year for expanding INDEAL dealership and brand representation on Mortarr. At the beginning of the year, Mortarr and INDEAL announced a partnership to help digitally strengthen the connection between the commercial interiors industry and the A&D world.
  •   How to Hybrid: Steelcase Global Report Reveals New Employee Needs For the Future Work Experience - Leaders want people to be together, but their old office won't work for the new reality.
  •   HOLLY HUNT Recommits to Long-Term Leases at Vornado Realty Trust Properties - This year also marks the brand's 20th anniversary at the A&D Building in New York.
  •   USGBC Top 10 States for LEED in 2020 - While offices, education and health care projects accounted for a majority of certifications, warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily and retail projects represented almost 20%.
  •   Upfront: Emerald Acquires EDspaces - "It is increasingly clear that effective design of education spaces will be more important than ever post-COVID-19, and it is gratifying and exciting to play a role in developing next-generation solutions for the industry," said Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, senior vice president, the Design Group, Emerald.
  •   Product Spotlight: Legrand Introduces C2G Performance Series HDMI Line and HDBaseT - The C2G HDBaseT extenders support up to 4K video resolution at a 60Hz frame rate for up to 130 feet over a single Cat6a.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Pandemic Is A Lazy Salesperson's Dream -- an Excuse for Not Coming In To Work, And I Have Had It!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Aon Offices – Milan
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MLI, Teknion, Framery, Landscape Forms, Kirei
  •   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 - February 17, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: It's Time to Focus on Diversity — Both Markets and People - Many of you run manufacturing companies, dealerships or design firms that might be too small to have a dedicated, executive-level position focused on diversity and inclusion, but that doesn't mean you can't learn from larger competitors how focusing on these topics can make a better company more attractive to potential employees and customers.
  •   Cheryl Kern, Herman Miller's New Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Reflects on 'Energizing, Exciting, Exhausting' Year and How Grassroots Initiatives Work Best - Diversity and inclusivity work best when it comes from the grassroots level, not the leadership level. Where the best companies get it right is that they have engagement that starts from the grassroots level, that everybody in the organization knows that their voice matters equally to everyone else's voices.
  •   Start the Year with a Resolution That Keeps — Home Office Upgrades Equate Better Health - While people understood the difference between a dining chair and an office chair prior to the pandemic, they underestimated the value of ergonomic office furniture.
  •   Knoll Sales Sank Last Year Despite Boost from Residential, Brighter Days Appear Ahead - Fourth quarter net Sales decreased 15.8% to $312.9 million, but work from home and residential sales growth continues.
  •   New ergoIQ HOME Optimizes Work-from-Home Employee Experience for Agile Businesses - Following the ergoIQ HOME assessment, ergoIQ FIT offers users a quick tune-up, demonstrating how professionals can configure their workstations for optimal health and comfort.
  •   Power A Whole Work From Home Set-Up...With Just One Plug - Byrne's new Branching Kits are super-powered 2-in-1 (or 3-in-1) solutions that put access with smart accessories above the surface or utility power below — or both.
  •   SIXINCH USA Partners with Populous to Bolster Portfolio - Populous approaches projects from the macro scale — site selection, architecture, urban planning — all the way down to the micro scale of materials, finishes and furnishings, providing a unified experience and an interwoven story.
  •   Upfront: BIFMA Revises Desk and Table Products Standard - The BIFMA subcommittee for desk and table standards worked on revising this ANSI standard for three years. Several multi-stakeholder lab workshops were held in 2018 and 2019.
  •   Product Spotlight: Patcraft Introduces Linocut - The visual was inspired by artful experiments with block printing, a process that led to a distinctive geometric aesthetic. Combining artistic inspiration and market insights, the Linocut collection supports the use of shape and color to create emotive spaces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturers and Dealers Ask: I Keep Offering Candidates Great Jobs and They Keep Turning me Down! Why?!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Everyday Decisions, BIG Impact" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - CapitaLand "The Galen" Lobby – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Flos, Maharam, MojoDesk, OMT-Veyhl, Mannington
  •   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 - February 10, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: A Growing Confidence in the Economy is Great News for the Industry - Though we might have a few more rough months as the COVID bubble works its way through the system, there are brighter days on the horizon.
  •   Lectra Enters into a Memorandum of Understanding to Acquire Gerber Technology - By uniting, the two companies would become the ultimate Industry 4.0 for their customers.
  •   While Most of the World Remains Locked Down, China Prepares for CIFF Showtime - CIFF has always combined business with the culture of good design.
  •   Kimball Sales Strong in Healthcare; Workplace Shows Sequential Improvement - Second Quarter FY 2021 Highlights include: Net sales of $136.2 million, Gross margin of 33.4% with a Net loss of $0.8 million including $4.1 million of acquisition and restructuring charges.
  •   BIFMA Goes Virtual with 180° Event Focused on Workplace - The conference covered many topics, including technology, trends that are staying and those that are going, home office design, sustainability, returning to the office, ergonomics and keeping corporate culture intact.
  •   Introducing Supreen: A Revolutionary Performance Upholstery Fabric - Along with its performance capabilities, what sets Supreen apart is its plush hand for such a high-duty material, while retaining the softness of a woven fabric.
  •   How The Interiors Industry Can Transition Diversity and Equity from Words to Actions - An example of this education can be seen through programs like Design Museum Everywhere's Diversity in Action, where participants learn why diversity, equity and inclusion creates better design.
  •   Upfront: Solomon Coyle Releases 2020-Q4 Market Outlook Report — Pipeline Activity Positive in All Regions for First Time - For the first time since the launch of the Market Outlook Survey (2020-Q2), pipeline activity in all regions is positive. Expected bookings is up significantly for Q2, at 3.49%. This is very encouraging and may be an indication that things are starting to turn around for the industry.
  •   Product Spotlight: The HON Company Introduces Cliq Collaborative Task Seating - Light-scaled for a clean and modern look, Cliq is a stylish seating solution that fits the way you move, the way you sit and the way you stay productive. The design allows exceptional comfort, easy maneuvering and reliable support.
  •   Stephen Says - "When I Am Wrong, I Am Wrong!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Havas Group Offices – Sydney
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Frövi, Turf Design, Smith & Fong, Carl Hansen & Son
  •   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 - February 3, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Feast on This Smorgasbord - This week I'm going to try something a little different. Instead of filling your plate with one dish, I'm going to give you the smorgasbord, a whole heaping of bite-sized bits of news. I'm also going to give you a few sneak peaks at what we are working on for coming issues.
  •   Clear Office Connects Used Office Furniture Sellers to Buyers - Commercial furniture isn't like a Bic lighter that is purchased and thrown away. It is a valuable asset if the seller and buyer can connect. That's what Clear Office is designed to do.
  •   Feeling Slumpy with the Remote-Working Blues? Try These Tips. - Most companies have staff with young families and are balancing their jobs, homeschooling and daycare with their spouses, leaving even less free time. Things are different right now. Time management needs to adjust to accommodate the disruptions.
  •   Carnegie Announces Exclusive US Partnership with WOOD-SKIN - Carnegie continues to expand its finished product portfolio with new additions.
  •   Steelcase Earns Top Designation as Best Place to Work For LGBTQ Equality - Launched in 2002, the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index has become a roadmap and benchmarking tool for U.S. businesses.
  •   Desk Tips from Room & Board - Room & Board Business Interiors is launching new desks in February. Nicole Gaynor with Room & Board Business Interiors offers tips for finding the perfect desk below.
  •   The Future of Sales - For the past week I've been involved in a conversation on LinkedIn and Clubhouse about the future of sales. It's been really interesting to hear the different perspectives from salespeople and sales leaders in a variety of industries, looking in on the current status of things from different vantage points.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Releases Volume 6 of Inspiration at Work - The bi-annual publication can help dealers develop new client relationships by appealing to creative sensibilities, with each volume featuring a unique expression of art outside the commercial furniture industry.
  •   Product Spotlight: UF Chair by Sunon Released with a Clever Innovative Feature - Developed in cooperation with ITO Design, UF has a vertically movable backrest that is also sound-absorbing. If one moves the backrest upwards, the chair offers a high degree of privacy; if one leaves it down, it conveys a communicative openness.
  •   Stephen Says - "Au Courant or Ancient History: When Searching for a Job, How Long Should Companies be Held Responsible for Ethical Lapses -- Both Real and Perceived?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Future of Sales" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Vizor Interactive Offices – Minsk, Belarus
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, DuraCare Seating, KFI Studio, Scandinavian Spaces, GlasPro, Bosse, Camira
  •   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 - January 27, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: Our Environmental Responsibility for Furniture does not End with the Sale - We've done a great job sourcing recycled plastics and paints, using alternative veneers and staying away from poisonous chemicals but drop the ball when it comes to what happens to our furniture after it is no longer wanted or needed. As an industry, we need to redouble our efforts to keep our products from entering the landfill.
  •   Meet Arik Levy: Designer of Marien152 - The idea for Marien152 came from thinking about every time I bought a chair since I was born — there's always something added to it — a little cushion on top that makes it a little bit more comfortable or something that adapts (to) the person who bought it and so on. This makes sense in an environment where everybody does their own thing, but in the working environment it doesn't. So I thought, "How can we design a single product that fits the needs of many different people?"
  •   Chris Binnendyk Becomes the Majority Shareholder and CEO of Three H - Binnendyk will assume several key executive functions as CEO.
  •   How CEUs will Evolve in 2021 and Beyond - Architects and designers have always needed CEUs to keep their accreditations. But in today's world of digital prevalence, where information can be sourced from everywhere, it's elevating the expectations of CEUs from a content and a delivery perspective.
  •   Introducing Ark, New Strategic Consultancy Guiding Organizations through Uncertain Times - The company is excited to bring a new level of analytical rigor to the strategic level conversations about the future of work and organizational performance.
  •   Allsteel Partners with Swedish Acoustic Solutions Brand Zilenzio Building on a Comprehensive Workspace Portfolio - All Zilenzio products are influenced by Scandinavian design principles, and its portfolio includes designs from Norm Architects and Note Design studio.
  •   Sweeping Research Shows Workers Want Freedom Within a Framework Rather Than a Rigid Formal Policy - Working from home and working at the office doesn't work for everyone all the time. Regardless, research shows management is beginning to have its say as well.
  •   Upfront: Kimball International Launches Groundbreaking Health Furnishings Brand Interwoven - Interwoven provides purposeful solutions to the health care marketplace, enabling its clients to safely care for patients, families, staff and community.
  •   Product Spotlight: Jax, Sol and Mila Recognized with Good Design Awards - Jax, Sol and Mila from 9to5 Seating creatively address needs in the market while delivering on style.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MediaWorks Offices – Auckland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Allseating, Global, Designtex, Studio TK, 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 - January 20, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: The Shows Must Go On - Our industry needs live, in-person events, and they must restart as soon as is safely possible. If we lose the fall season of industry events, I'm not sure if they will ever recover. That's why it is so important to support them.
  •   Creating Spaces for Neurodiversity, HOK Aims for Seamless Solutions - Ways to support neurodiverse people with design include lighting, materiality, color and natural elements to make these spaces more humanized. Alternatively, designers need to create spaces where people can go and get that energy out of their body in an acceptable way.
  •   Introducing HAT Collective - HAT Collective will build upon the "easy-to-do-business-with" philosophy, a hallmark carried over from its legacy product line brands. The collection offers a "one-stop" simplified purchasing and ordering process for dealers.
  •   2021 Reset: Is Your Office Ready? - Hand-washing stations will probably be a permanent fixture in offices; plexiglas probably won't. Hands-free plumbing fixtures and better air handling and clean are permanent; temperature taking probably isn't.
  •   Leland Refocuses Brand on "The Good Life" - The new focus will be on human comfort and wellness and how the Leland story intersects with its customers.
  •   Brand New Design Event Workspace Show Launches in London - The show, which will offer free entry for trade visitors, will presentmore than 100 exhibitors and more than 70 product launches across the office, education and health care sectors from the world's leading brands.
  •   Upfront: Steelcase Named One of America's Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek - This year Steelcase announced it has achieved carbon neutrality for its own operations and set ambitious carbon goals validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Seating Launches Nautilus Card to Address Challenges of High-traffic Spaces - Aimed at filling a demand in the market for reliable textiles designed for high-traffic spaces, the Nautilus patterns all have 100,000 or more double-rub abrasion ratings.
  •   Product Spotlight: ESI Introduces Sena Monitor Arm Series and PowerHub Desktop Charging Station - The Sena series comes with a patent-pending, double-track slider with 11 inches of adjustability on an eight-inch slider, allowing the monitor to precisely fit the optimal ergonomic placement of each user.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Am I Paying A Car Allowance if My Employees Are Not Driving for Sales Calls?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Your Greatest Gift: Staying Present, Choosing Focus & Where to Start" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - BE Meliorism Offices – Dubai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Global
  •   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 - January 13, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: The World Needs a Personal Work Pod and We Should Design It - A semi-private, personal booth, smartly designed (that doesn't look like a cube) is sorely needed. I hope to see some examples of this when we all meet for NeoCon in October.
  •   A Workplace that Works for Everyone? Innovation Summit Explores the Future of Workplace Design - Health care is highly personal, of course, and what's true for one is not true for another, even if the diagnosis is the same.
  •   LOGICDATA, Herman Miller Team Up on DC-Powered Height-Adjustable Desk - The work between Herman Miller, LOGICDATA and VoltServer is leading the furniture maker into conversations about how to take the innovation and move it from a single customer to other projects.
  •   Experts Weigh In on Commercial Furniture M&A During COVID-19 - 2021 is expected to be a boom year for mergers and acquisitions.
  •   Manufacturer's Question: How Is BIFMA Helping my Company Workers Get the Vaccine? Maybe It's Time To Fire More People? - This, of course, is a state-by-state issue.
  •   Four Remote-Work Elements Employees Will Crave in an In-Person Office - There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but it's important to have a sufficient amount of space to enable de-densification, and therefore, providing a safe working environment is a key consideration.
  •   Upfront: Landscape Forms Named 2020 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year - From electronic assembly, to powdercoating and welding, all manufacturing roles at Landscape Forms are supported by robust internal training programs.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allseating's Levo and Innate Win 2020 GOOD DESIGN Awards - Levo is a task chair designed for optimal vertebrae support that suits the needs and aesthetics of the modern office.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturer's Question: How Is BIFMA Helping my Company Workers Get the Vaccine? Maybe It's Time To Fire More People?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - BECI Offices – Brussels
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Chief, Fräsch
  •   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 - January 6, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: 2021 Rings in a Welcome Reconnection and Celebration that will be as Fantastic as the Darkest Days of 2020 were Bleak - It has been a crippling year on so many levels. And yet we persist and survive.
  •   BREAKING NEWS: Claridge Products Announces New Partnership With Skylark Private Equity - Claridge has been owned by the Clavey family of Harrison, AR since its founding.
  •   Be Extraordinary: Incorporating Focus, Kindness, Imperfection, Connection and Joyfulness into Your Life - A lot of extraordinary people in the world don't realize they are extraordinary or living an extraordinary life, impacting people with their words, outlook, smile and encouragement.
  •   Exclusive Look at FCA's Research into the Future of Law Office Design - Moving forward, the survey shows the future of law office design will see reduced standardized footprints, efficient in purpose and appointments.
  •   Work From Home Safety Act Passes Congress Establishes National Flammability Standard - The new law instructs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish conformance with California TB-117-2013 as a national standard in the United States.
  •   Naturally Occurring Colors Provide the Groundwork for Diverse Interiors - Captivating and pleasing to the eye, these six distinct and tactile colors offer a usable palette for any interior.
  •   Furniture Maker Uhuru Introduces High-Design, Affordable Work-from-Home Office Brand—Propr - Propr is representative of Uhuru's distinguished designs, while incorporating a lighter, brighter and more colorful element that stays true to ITS New American Design roots.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Announces Partnership With Mortarr - INDEAL has partnered with Mortarr, a marketing platform for the commercial furniture industry, providing program members with an opportunity to increase online visibility. The relationship expands INDEAL's offering of digital tools that help members connect with clients virtually.
  •   Product Spotlight: ESI Introduces the LotusRT Sit-Stand Workstation and Hana Work from Home Product Series - Designed to support the way people work wherever they work, the LotusRT comes with single and dual monitor options, and the Hana series offers a monitor riser, laptop support and foot support. All products are available in black and white with a designer wood veneer finish.
  •   Stephen Says - "Residential Is the New Contract and It's As Hot As Gender Neutral Restrooms" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Be Extraordinary: Incorporating Focus, Kindness, Imperfection, Connection and Joyfulness in Your Life" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - CBRE Offices – Helsinki
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Narbutas, AIS
  •   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 - December 23 & 30, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Quarterly Financial Reports Lack Context...Until Now - The problem is, these reports are written in a way that makes them tough to read if you aren't a financial wonk. And even if you are, you have to read between the lines to suss out what is really being said.
  •   Versteel History as Told by its Employees - In the early 1990s, Versteel patented a folding table mechanism that provided reliability and flexibility for customers and helped to launch the brand to the next level.
  •   Byrne Helps Make Employees' Dreams of US Citizenship a Reality - In 2020, six Byrne employees have celebrated their newly minted U.S. citizenship.
  •   Sourcing for Commercial-Grade Home Office Setups - If nothing else, COVID-19 has shown us future attraction and retention policies must now incorporate details surrounding home office stipends and the quantification of remote work.
  •   Steelcase Ekes Out a Small Profit Through Serious Belt-Tightening - "I'm proud of the dedication and agility of our employees, who helped us deliver a profit this quarter despite the challenges our business faced from the second wave of COVID cases and the temporary shutdown of our operations."
  •   Herman Miller Retail Skyrockets to Partially Buoy Slumping Contract Sales - The almost overnight shift to work from home caused by the pandemic has validated the notion not all work needs to be done in the office, and people can be productive working from a network of locations as long as they have the proper tools.
  •   Experts Discuss the Future of Design for Academia - Some of the fundamental questions being asked now is who really needs to be on campus to perform their job tasks.
  •   Upfront: Tampa Dealer Workscapes Signs Warehouse Deal near Ybor City, Plans to Leave WeWork Place in Downtown Tampa - Workscapes will lease 31,820 square feet in Tampa Fulfillment Center, a newly built warehouse at 101 S. 34th St. It will vacate its 7,700-square-foot storefront in WeWork Place at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd.
  •   Product Spotlight: BuzziSpace's New Workstations Erases Distractive Noise from Workplace - Designed to act as a freestanding room within a room, BuzziNest comes in two models: BuzziNest Booth and BuzziNest Pod.
  •   Stephen Says - "New Haworth Strategy? Instead of Poaching Individual Sales People, Poach the Whole Dealership!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Thank You, 2020!" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Sela Logistics Offices – Ashdod, Israel
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Martin Brattrud, Bentley, Turf Design, 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 - December 16, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Would You Pay to Work in a Hotel Room? Me Neither - Though I miss spending a few nights in a hotel, I don't miss trying to work in my room. I think most business travelers feel the same way.
  •   AIS Defeats Desk Spaghetti — Calibrate Community for the Win - With a simple kit of parts, Community can be scaled from open plan environments to work walls creating naturally defined user spaces.
  •   Landscape Forms Acquires Loll Designs - The two companies focus on great design, are located in the Midwest and make all their products in the U.S. The partnership formed over the last few years and culminated in the announcement of the acquisition.
  •   LightCorp Enters Power Distribution Market with Introduction of Nik - LightCorp developed Nik in-house and is already in discussions with some of its OEM partners on adapting it for future use.
  •   Vari to Open Third VariSpace Location in Dallas-Ft. Worth - VariSpace Coppell, Leasing in 2021, will be the next Vari headquarters.
  •   US Hiring Outlooks Continue To Improve For Q1 - However, pre-pandemic hiring levels will take longer to return.
  •   'Energy, Clarity and Hope' Mixed with 'Solid and Dependable,' Pantone Reveals Color(s) of the Year 2021 - Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination to set the mood in any room in the home, adding a dose of sunshine and positivity.
  •   Inscape Sees Steep Sales Drop in Fiscal Q2 - Total sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 were $7.2 million, compared To $23.3 million for the same period of fiscal 2020.
  •   Virco Q3 Sales Fall 15.3% - Through summer, the Company noted a meaningful shift in demand toward individual student desks and chairs that could be more easily distanced within existing facilities.
  •   Upfront: Kimball International Announces Closing of Poppin Acquisition - This was a strategically compelling combination for both companies that has positioned us to gain share and successfully navigate a dynamic marketplace.
  •   Product Spotlight: Kebony Rolls Out Inaugural Line of Commercial Outdoor Furniture - Named after the northernmost region of Norway, North Cape features modern design and steel-framed construction with Kebony Clear grade slats.
  •   Stephen Says - "HR Director Asks: Why Does it Take Us So Long to Make a Hire?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Anteus Constructora Offices – Zapopan, Mexico
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Concertex, G&S Acoustics, Versteel
  •   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 - December 9, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Happy Weary Willie Day (and all the Other Holidays We Celebrate) - Weary Willie Day was named for the character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898. Weary Willie Day celebrates the art of clowning and the impact it has had on our lives.
  •   Productivity, Less Stress, Better Health — It Starts with Sleep - Sleep is the body's most powerful way to restore, regenerate and reorganize itself.
  •   Uhuru Strengthens its Work from Home Offering - Though no one would hope for or could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic, Uhuru's strategy is playing into the current work trends.
  •   Mentoring the Next Generation of Designers ... Remotely - To help bridge this interim gap, management must recognize some obvious limitations. For starters, millennials cannot learn if they don't have access to mentors.
  •   Workplace 2030 Launches World's First Epidemiologically-Guided Office of the Future - Prototype People are expecting to go back to a workplace that is more restrictive, but what about one that's more collaborative, welcoming, comfortable, while also advancing employee health and safety significantly?
  •   CBRE's Office Ready Simplifies Office Fit-Outs - By compressing the upfront planning process with pre-built design and materials options, Office Ready provides significant cost-savings and speed-to-market while also managing risk and suppliers for the client.
  •   Upfront: COVID-19 and the Built Environment Industry Impact Report - The 2020 impact report is the latest addition in a series of environmental scans undertaken by CIDA to forecast changes influencing interior design practice.
  •   Product Spotlight: LG Hausys Floors Introduces Atmosphere - Atmosphere is a new homogeneous sheet solution created to meet the rigorous health, safety and design requirements for health care environments. Featuring LG Hausys’s new, innovative chip design, Atmosphere combines best-in-class durability, anti-bacterial properties and ease-of-maintenance.
  •   Stephen Says - "I left Steelcase for RH and Never Looked Back; Is RH the Trader Joe's of Furniture?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Leaps and Bounds" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Autodesk Offices – Krakow, Poland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - KFI Studios, Ultrafabrics, Arconas, Dekko, Poltrona Frau and Directa Plus
  •   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 - December 2, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Emerge from Your Tryptophan-Induced Stupor with a New Focus on 2021 - Start making appointments with customers so you are ready when the shift happens. In the meantime, use the time between now and spring to whip your business into shape.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Legrand is the Power Behind Reconfigurable Offices - There are many brands under the Legrand umbrella, but the company operates four brands that work specifically in the contract interiors realm. Connectrac, Middle Atlantic Products, Chief and Wiremold Products. And all can help companies get facilities back on track following the pandemic with options from The Power to Change program.
  •   DeVorm's Signature Chair Debuts New Coat of Colors - Designed by Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER, Pod Privacy Chair was the first PET felt chair Dutch furniture brand De Vorm created — 600 PET bottles are recycled to produce one Pod, and the chair remains the biggest shape ever produced using this material.
  •   Salone del Mobile.Milano 2021 will be Held in September - President of the Salone del Mobile, Claudio Luti, had this to say: "Being able to hold the Salone next year is an absolute priority for all those of us whose lives revolve around design."
  •   JANUS et Cie Announces Interactive VR Experience for Beverly Boulevard Showroom - A destination in its own right, the new flagship's features mirror the company's service-driven culture. JANUS et Cie Beverly Boulevard is not only a source of visual inspiration and reference, but a place to meet with clients, grab a coffee and get to work with a dedicated team of specialists.
  •   Don't Leave Ergonomics at the Office - Knowing we can be just as productive and move just as little while working from home, it makes sense a lot of companies are planning on keeping some form of work from home flexibility moving forward, even after COVID-19 is gone.
  •   Product Spotlight: Wilsonart Launches Nine New Woodgrain Designs to Bring Unique Style to Commercial Spaces - Wilsonart has announced the release of nine new woodgrain styles that combine the best of nature with exceptional engineering. The collection of dimensional wood-textured laminate surfaces help cultivate an aesthetic appeal in commercial spaces. Matching Edgeband and TFL Panels are available.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Goals Are Too High? It's Groundhog's Day for Reps" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MLT Aikins Offices – Saskatoon, Canada
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Hightower, Frövi, Flos
  •   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 - November 25, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Hold on a Little While Longer: Offices Will Emerge from Pandemic More Important Than Ever - One way or another, COVID-19 cases are going to drop, either through herd immunity or the successful rollout of one of the very promising vaccines, which should be available to the general public by spring.
  •   USGBC Readies the Green Building Industry for a LEED Positive Future During Greenbuild and Announces the 2020 Leadership Award Recipients - During education sessions and keynote addresses, USGBC outlined commitments and actions to help support a healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable recovery.
  •   Yorgo Lykouria: From the Agile Office to the Resilient Workplace: Why the Post-Pandemic World Needs High-Level Thinking - The spaces we inhabit should be reinvented on every level to support progress and accommodate our needs.
  •   Season of Thanksgiving - What is a Season of Thanksgiving? Well, for me and my family, it's being actively committed to looking at all the things each of us are thankful for, day by day and all the things going well in our lives.
  •   Replace Design Assumptions with Fact in Today's Uncertain Environment - Sampling remains one of the most prominent concerns for designers across the board. With limited access (in many cases) to showrooms or their firm's personal libraries, designers struggle to get their hands on physical samples.
  •   KWK Architects Supports School of Medicine Mission Through Planning and Project Activities at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis - Gaining a thorough understanding of just how the school of medicine utilized its existing space was an important step in the process.
  •   Product Spotlight: National Office Furniture Launches Dynamic Products and Surface Material Solutions - The Tarver collection of tables, storage and mobile ancillary pieces unifies bold design, industrial beauty and the natural characteristics of wood and steel.
  •   Upfront: Lauren Rottet's New Introductions for Haworth Collections - Suitable for high-impression and social spaces in commercial and hospitality environments, the Lyda is available in a range of styles and a choice of sizes and forms.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can Scruff Get a Man Fired?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Season of Thanksgiving" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Schneider Electric Offices – Izmir, Turkey
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Wilsonart, Arcadia
  •   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 - November 18, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: No Vacation in Sight? Forget Work from Home. Try Work from Holiday Instead - All of us are working from home. So I reasoned, since we are all working virtually, why not work from somewhere a little more pleasant than the gray, rainy and dreary weather found in Grand Rapids in the late fall?
  •   What does the Rep Group of the Future Look Like? Check out CSG in Southeast Michigan - CSG is a good example of a rep group that hasn't stood still, even during a pandemic. Business does not have to stop if you have good ideas and are willing to innovate.
  •   Remote Working Means Making Homes Work - Work life balance has shifted, and many like working from home now. Could this be a negotiating factor in the future of recruiting, hiring and employee retention?
  •   Herman Miller Unveils Experiential Retail Locations in Los Angeles and New York City - Designed in-house by Herman Miller's creative design team, each 1,500 square-foot store features immersive vignettes that highlight the iconic products and innovative solutions for the home office.
  •   WB Wood Becomes a Haworth Dealer in the New York Metro Region - "Our new partnership with Haworth is a perfect strategic and cultural fit for our clients and employees alike," said Richard Mines, owner of WB Wood.
  •   Spotlight on Seating: Home Office Chairs — Ergonomic Options are Plentiful, But Experts Say Not All Are Necessary - A proper office chair is the foundation of a healthy ergonomic work environment.
  •   Solomon Coyle Q3 Dealer Report Reflects Cautiously Positive Outlook on Industry's Recovery - While the major manufacturers reported a decrease in sales against the quarter year-to-date, there was still an improvement over Q2.
  •   Product Spotlight: Medley Introduces Hank Monitor Desk Handcrafted from FSC-Certified Wood - As with all of Medley's products, the Hank Monitor Desk is made-to-order and handcrafted in the brand's Los Angeles workshop using old school techniques. In contrast to mass production, each piece can be customized to meet the client's exact needs.
  •   Upfront: Sedus Mourns Holger Jahnke - Holger Jahnke, supervisory board spokesperson and member of the management board responsible for marketing and sales of Sedus Stoll, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 10 at the age of 55.
  •   Cyberattack Shut Down Steelcase Order Management, Manufacturing and Distribution Systems and Operations for Nearly Two Weeks - Steelcase also has incurred modest incremental costs relating to remediating, restoring and reinforcing its systems.
  •   CDC Study Shows Employees Working in the Office Almost Double Their COVID-19 Risk - Adults who received positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 infection were more likely to report exclusively going to an office or school setting in the 2 weeks before illness onset, compared with those who tested negative, even among those working in a profession outside of the critical infrastructure.
  •   Stephen Says - "Spurned Job Candidate Asks: Should I Expect a Look from Company I Previously Interviewed With?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "15-Minutes of Fame?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Olka Offices and Showroom – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Scandinavian Spaces, Encore, 3form, Unika Vaev, Duvaltex
  •   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 - November 11, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Introducing Midpoint, a New Publication that will Serve the Dealer/Rep Community - Midpoint will be filled with information for and about dealers and reps. Think of best practices that can be shared, innovative projects and dealer involvement in them, charity and community work and columns on things like installation, succession planning, technology and more.
  •   What Are You Doing to Get People Back to Work? - Corporate America today is looking for a solution that will create a safe workplace now and into the future, regardless of what virus, bacteria or other airborne pollutants might be out there and no other industry is better positioned to provide that solution than we are.
  •   Falkbuilt Bolstered by Round of Financing - "This financing is validation of our vision and our revolutionary approach to interior construction," said Mogens Smed, CEO of Falkbuilt.
  •   Kimball International Acquires Poppin — "It Checks All the Boxes" - Poppin brings Kimball new products and new categories that Kimball can offer through its existing channels.
  •   Strategic Elements of Post-Pandemic Workplace Design - By recognizing that we must accommodate changes in terms of technology, and even future social distancing–related protocols, we can design a future that's promising and full of collaboration.
  •   Luxxbox Launches New Line of Patterned Acoustic Material - With remote working shaping up to be the new normal indefinitely for most office workers, Motif was designed for small spaces as well — with its clean, geometric angles and curves and small, repeating patterns.
  •   Kimball Navigates Market Softness; Business Remains Challenging - Consolidated net sales were $147.9 million, down 27% from $201.5 million in the year ago quarter. Gross margin expanded by 50 basis points to 35.4% driven by cost savings from the 2021 transformation program.
  •   Solutions Spotlight: Safe-T Workplace Products Announces Exciting New Partnerships with Surgically Clean Air, Air Purification Experts, and Clear2, Facility Entry and Access Control Solutions Provider - The partnerships are intended to support the mission of the Safe-T Workplace Products offering, a new line of solutions that brings people working in commercial and institutional spaces a new level of safety and security.
  •   Upfront: DIRTT Q3 2020 Sales Decline from Last Year - Revenue for the third quarter of 2020 was $46.2 million compared to $65.4 million reported in the third quarter of 2019.
  •   Stephen Says - "So You Have an Employee Telling You They Received a Call from a Headhunter? No Need To Give Then a Raise!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Game Freak Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Artopex, LDI Interiors, FluidStance, Shev Chair, LINAK, Springboard
  •   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 - November 4, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: 'Let's Design with Plexiglas!' Said No Interior Designer. Ever. - The idea of screens and even panels between workers is something worth discussing. Panels are making a comeback, for good reason. It is unclear whether this is a temporary trend or if the cubicle will make a long-term return to the office.
  •   Fancher Chair Co. has Served the Furniture Industry Since Thomas Jefferson was President (You Read that Right) - Fancher Chair has succeeded because the company has always been willing to do what the customer wants and needs of them.
  •   Who is Right in DIRTT Squabble with Falkbuilt? Depends on Who You Ask - Smed denies the allegations lodged against him by DIRTT, which he said is simply hassling him for being a strong competitor. Smed said DIRTT has used $6.5 million "of shareholder money trying to harass us."
  •   The Changing Dynamics of the Workplace — What's Really Going to Matter in the Future? - In addition to obvious COVID-related safety measures that need to be in place, other aesthetics like acoustics, lighting, colors and biophilia are a priority in office design to institute a feeling of safety and good health.
  •   Solutions Spotlight: HON Education Solutions Support The Learning Renaissance - Substantial changes in education trends in recent years show every space has the potential to become a learning space. There is no longer the expectation that students sit in symmetrical rows day after day while facing the teacher writing on the chalkboard at the front of the room.
  •   Upfront: IIDA Announce Colorado Business and Community Leader Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp as Legislator of the Year - Rep. Kraft-Tharp worked with IIDA and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) to advance interior design practice with the passage of Colorado HB1165, which went into effect on September 14. This critical piece of legislation acknowledges the impact of interior designers on life safety in the interior built environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "Pre-Pandemic Resume and LinkedIn Versus Now: What HR Professionals and Recruiters Really Care About" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Boon Rawd Brewery Headquarters – Bangkok
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: HON, Dauphin, Allseating, Patcraft, Concertex, Arcadia, Luna
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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