Business of Furniture - April 25, 2018

 
  •   HNI Corporation Announces Retirement of Stan A. Askren - Stan A. Askren will retire as HNI Corporation's CEO and chairman of the board by the end of the year, and Jeffrey D. Lorenger will take over as president.
  •   Neutral Posture Sues Knoll Over Equity Deal - A lawsuit filed by Neutral Posture against Knoll is based on Equity — both figuratively and literally.
  •   COVER: The Balancing Act of Flexibility in the Workplace - Employees are the most important asset to these organizations and providing them the amenities and services they need to be productive and engaged are key parts of an effective workplace strategy.
  •   Once an Industry Darling, izzy+ Closing its Doors - The company will stop taking orders and end production after fulfilling its supplier and contractual obligations. Dealers are being told not to sell the brand any longer.
  •   Free-Standing Rooms Go Mainstream - The vision for Zonez is as much about community as anything else. One of the user-experience principles of these spaces beyond the desk is creating organic experiences that foster community.
  •   CASE STUDY: Mayline-Safco and Seattle City Light - By using products from Mayline-Safco's Active Collection, Seattle City Light was able to save its Safe Habit Safe Worker program $1.5 million and improve worker safety by 60 percent.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Temporarily Short on Creativity? How to Get Your Swagger Back"
  •   Stephen Says - "Reading My Co-Workers' Facebook Feed Make Me Hate Them" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Enthought Offices – Austin
  •   Whiteboard - Remote working may be doing some people more harm than good / Here's how working at your desk job while standing may trigger lower back pain / Lighting in 2018: Diversity is Key
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Scandinavian Spaces and Ligne Roset
  •   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 18, 2018

 
  •   Essendant and S.P. Richards Business To Combine - Essendant and Genuine Parts Company announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement to combine Essendant and Genuine Parts Company's S.P. Richards business.
  •   The Wait is Over - Cosm Unveiled in Milan - Cosm is a radically new family of mesh chairs and the first by Herman Miller that adjusts to users instantly through high-tech materials and a unique shape.
  •   Dealer Proves Tech Belongs with Furniture - The ever-changing technology landscape is why Custer, the Steelcase dealer in Big Dark Blue's backyard, has changed its approach to designing workspaces.
  •   2018 Workplace Trends That Will Influence How We Design - Work no longer is a place we go from 9 to 5. Instead, it's a compilation of the many things that make up our identity. We go to work to do a job. But we also go to work to be inspired, socialize, work out, eat, learn and even sleep.
  •   With Coworking Running Rampant, will Regus be Left Behind? - Regus has been around for 30 years leasing office space to solopreneurs and others looking to have a professional office without the hassle of long leases and too much space.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Creating Big Ideas is not the Same Thing as Bringing Them to Life"
  •   Stephen Says - "A Free Business Plan on an Interview? Yes or No?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Bustle Offices – New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Move Over Millennials - The Future is Inclusive Office Design / Q+A: The Psychology of Workplace / Office Design Trends Are Causing A Privacy Crisis
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from KI, Davis, Sedia Systems, SitOnIt, Poppin, HBF, Claridge, Pallas, Concertex 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 11, 2018

 
  •   EY wavespace Sets Up Shop at Steelcase Asia HQ in Hong Kong - Steelcase is helping EY in Hong Kong by loaning wavespace part of its office and introducing it to the latest Microsoft products.
  •   Humanscale Launches First-Ever Task Chair Made with Recycled Fishing Nets - Humanscale has come out with the Smart Ocean chair, an adaption of the legendary Diffrient Smart chair.
  •   Herman Miller Connects Workers to Furniture, the Future - Together, the Live app, desk and Aeron Chair create a new suite of responsive furnishings and tools that offer a more intuitive and active experience of work.
  •   NeoCon 50: The Mart Marks the Milestone with 10 New Showrooms, Legacy Showroom Expansions & Continued Building Enhancements - This year NeoCon keeps on growing with 10 new permanent showrooms making their debut.
  •   Nienkämper Celebrates 50 Years - For the last 50 years, Klaus Nienkämper has been in the right place at the right time. The founder and namesake of the Nienkämper furniture brand first benefitted from the infatuation with European furniture in the late 1960s.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "You Say That Your Products are Unique...How About the Way You Operate Behind the Scenes?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Do I Really Have to Write That I Got Fired on My Resume?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Carvana Offices – Tempe
  •   Whiteboard - Interview With Steelcase's Christine Congdon / How your Workplace can help Win the Talent War / There will be little privacy in the workplace of the future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Boss Design, Arcadia, Juniper, Concertex
  •   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 4, 2018

 
  •   Teknion Enters New Venture with Gus* Design Group - Teknion Corporation has entered into an alliance with Gus* Design Group, a Toronto-based designer and maker of Gus* Modern contemporary residential furnishings suited to contract settings.
  •   Bigger, Better, Broader: CIFF Continues to Evolve, Improve - If there are three takeaways from the 2018 Guangzhou version of the China International Furniture Fair, those would be good words to describe them. The spring version of CIFF just finished up half way around the world.
  •   Business Furniture in Indy On a Journey, Yet to Reach Destination - The success of Business Furniture relies on its adaptation; its ability to change and improve over decades. That commitment to adaptation stems from its customers.
  •   Configura expands "ecosystem," looks to the long-term - Even as Configura expands into diverse markets, the 28-year-old company is looking beyond just "products" specification.
  •   MRL, Project Matrix, Configura Meet with Manufacturers, Dealers to Streamline Technology - The meeting earlier this month included representatives from Haworth, Herman Miller, Steelcase, OFS and friends from APG Office Furniture, a Herman Miller dealer in Ohio and Tennessee.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Design Firms, Dealers and Manufacturers...and the Challenges of Digital Marketing"
  •   Stephen Says - "Wear Your Tie, Stupid!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Hyatt Headquarters – Chicago
  •   Whiteboard - Wellness in 2018: Community and Inclusion Drive Well-being / If These Walls Could Talk: Reinvigorate Your Workplace Culture Through Your Branded Environment / With 5 Generations at Work Together, Flexible Workspaces could be a Blessing to Companies
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from BDI, Arper, Arconas and 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 - March 28, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Mamava Collaborates with Steelcase - Mamava and Steelcase have come together to create a compact lactation suite that provides an affordable, easy-install option for office settings.
  •   Aruba to Tie Together IoT with Industry Help - Smart Digital Workplace's goal is to help organizations create highly efficient Internet of Things-enabled smart buildings that deliver a personalized user experience to improve productivity, collaboration, creativity and flexibility.
  •   LeanRite Elite Addresses Risks of Standing - A recent study about the health risks of standing desks is gaining buzz just as Chicago-based Ergo Impact prepares to launch its first product.
  •   CIFF Kicks Off Today in Guangzhou - Most think of CIFF as a true trade fair where deals get inked and furniture orders sealed. It is that, to be sure, but it is also becoming a show where ideas are discussed.
  •   How the Definition of Flexible Work is Expanding from Where We Work to How We Work - Driven largely by today's millennials who are demanding flexibility in their work schedules, the trend truly applies to all generations of work as society looks to achieve a more fulfilling balance.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "When Leadership Changes, does it Really Make a Difference?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Trade Show Etiquette 101 for Reps and Execs" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Substantial Offices – Seattle
  •   Whiteboard - HOK's Tom Polucci on the Forces Reshaping Workplace Design / Are Technology Advances Affecting the Headquarters Location Decision? / SheWorking: Female-Driven Co-Working
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from AIS, OFM, Wolf-Gordon, FLOS 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 - March 21, 2018

 
  •   Sedia Systems Collaborates with Aircharge for Wireless Tabletop Charging - Sedia Systems and Aircharge are embarking on a landmark partnership that will enable wireless charging of mobile phones and tablets as an optional feature in all of Sedia Systems' fixed table lines.
  •   Vaaka Partners Invest More in Booming Framery - Private equity investor Vaaka Partners is investing in Framery, the Finnish manufacturer of sound-insulated office phone booths and meeting pods.
  •   Scale 1:1 is the Right Size to Attract Market - "Contract is a business model full of rules."
  •   Trump Talks Tariffs, Industry Fears Costs - A few industry leaders are speaking out on the tariff plan, urging President Trump to reconsider his actions. BIFMA acted quickly by sending A letter to President Trump, authored by Executive Director Tom Reardon.
  •   How Interior Define Has Turned to Custom for a Simplified Take on Furniture Buying - Working within the parameters of an exclusive factory partnership, Interior Define offers entirely custom pieces. In fact, the company uses its exclusive custom model as its premier core competencies.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Just Like 'Cheers' Where Everybody Knows Your Name"
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's New Guide for Hiring and Retaining the Best Talent" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Editorial - "Tariffs Won't Help Our Industry" - by Rob Kirkbride
  •   PLACES - Bumble Offices – Austin
  •   Whiteboard - 3 Ways University And Office Design Are Converging / 5 Essential Design Trends for Every Creative Workplace / The Eight Zones Of The Ideal Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from BuzziSpace, Kimball, Gunlocke, Boss Design, and Encore
  •   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 19, 2018 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   41st CIFF Guangzhou - The second phase of CIFF (28-31 March 2018), is dedicated to office furniture and seating, hotel furnishing, metal furniture, furniture for public spaces and waiting areas, accessories, materials and machinery for the furniture industry, inaugurating the sector dedicated to furniture for the elderly and tackling the Smart Office topic in depth.
  •   People work! - They work a lot, they work hard, particularly if their bodies are comfortable. In fact, it has been clearly demonstrated that efficiency requires comfortable spaces that create a sense of wellbeing. The office furniture sector is therefore becoming increasingly successful at CIFF, which is focussing evermore on this area.
  •   At CIFF the intelligent office is on show - To expert eyes it is clear that the growth in the office sector has been accompanied by a great deal of research into the internet of things; objects that can interact directly with people. In effect, with life becoming increasingly fast-paced, and with very little time available, there is an increasing need for objects that are intelligent, programmable and able to ensure high-level office-people interaction. We are therefore seeing major new brands that can design and manufacture high-performance furniture. For example: Loctek, Jiechang, OMT, Aoke, CONSET, Chuangqi.
  •   Great comfort in public spaces, waiting rooms and schools - Furniture providing high-level comfort is of the greatest importance for waiting areas. In fact, waiting for planes or trains for extensive periods of time in precarious conditions causes considerable stress. This timeless topic is addressed by the range of items proposed for the school sector. Furniture that is perfect, sturdy and comfortable, able to cope with heavy use by students. So together with major brands like Lijiang, Hongji, Oshujian, a platform will be provided for those dedicated to the school sector, such as Hongsheng, Jubao, Hongyu.
  •   Furniture made from metal … but intelligent! - CIFF has always given space to the metal furniture sector; high-performance cupboards and safes. This year, as part of the “Steel Boutique Pavilion”, there will be full ranges of high-technology intelligent lock furniture that can ensure usability and unparalleled security levels.

Business of Furniture - March 14, 2018

 
  •   When it Comes to Manufacturing, 9to5 Rivals its Innovative Neighbors - 9to5 is literally surrounded by Elon Musk's SpaceX, the billionaire's idea for a private rocket company and other high tech ideas. Most importantly, the neighbors are friendly.
  •   Steelcase says Steel Tariffs will Impact Them - The company says it does purchase most of its raw steel domestically but some material they need is not available in the US. As a result, the company is likely to experience negative financial impact.
  •   Rainlight Spawns from HOK Product Design Success - Grossinger and Lykouria met in 2014 and founded Rainlight that year to create an integrated studio spanning London and Los Angeles.
  •   Sustainable Wood Products Helps Abcor Grow Strong Roots - The company began as a subsidiary of Herman Miller. Its technology first was launched in 1999 as Formcoat, part of Herman Miller's Resolve furniture system.
  •   The Battle for Benz - The Hülsta Group decided to sell the subsidiary to the Jason Group. With the acquisition, this large furniture producer in China takes one of its first steps in Europe.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Meeting Project Goals: Why Does This Have to be So Hard?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Struggling to Get an Interview? Maybe it's Your Job Title" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Woods Bagot Offices – New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Another new survey underscores that skilled workers can pretty much live wherever they want / Data and Design: Finding: The Strategic Needle in an Overwhelming Haystack / Well Living Lab launches extensive study on how indoor environments affect people's lives
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Scale1:1, Frem, Camira, HBF, Concertex and Brentano
  •   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 7, 2018

 
  •   Varidesk Launches Height Adjustable Desk Line at Shark Tank Investor's New York Coworking Site - The Dallas-based company has made a name for itself as a retailer of desktop ergonomic products that turn stationary desks into sit-stand models, with more than 1 million of them already sold.
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale Names New Chief Marketing Officer - Leena Jain has joined Humanscale as its first ever chief marketing officer.
  •   West Elm to Terminate Relationship with Inscape - It is unclear what impact, if any, the decision will have on West Elm's work in the contract furniture world.
  •   Herman Miller Works with Mercy Health to Create Doctor's Office of the Future - Herman Miller turned out to be the right fit because of the company's broad range of products and extensive research on design. The Mercy Health space was designed with the staff in mind. Their workstations are next to oversize windows so they could work in natural light. Each station has a small light that can change to one of five colors to communicate schedules.
  •   Restauranteur, Former City Commissioner Buy West Michigan Haworth Dealership - Interphase operates a showroom in downtown Grand Rapids along with sales and design offices in Grand Rapids and Traverse City.
  •   Meadows Office Interiors Creates West Side Showhouse in NYC; Redefines the Office Furniture Dealership - Bursting with technology, fresh ideas and a relentless drive to service nearly every aspect of a customer's office needs, Meadows is redefining what it means to be an office furniture dealer today and in the future.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Your Project Teams (and When too Many Cooks won't Spoil the Soup)"
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm a Young Mom Thinking About Quitting My Job to Stay at Home With My Kids. Anything Wrong With That?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - CDC Designs Offices – Costa Mesa
  •   Whiteboard - Remote work is "the new normal" / 3 ways the 'smart office' will change the future of work
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Molteni&C and Groupe Lacasse
  •   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 28, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: ASID Releases Interior Design Billings Index 4th Quarter 2017 Report - According to the ASID survey the fourth quarter declined, but otherwise, 2017 showed solid billings growth for the design industry.
  •   Raised Flooring Companies Combined to Create Global IFS - The TecCrete product line is a recognized industry standard in the raised access floor market for its performance and flexibility.
  •   COVER: Resimerical Design's Role in A Happier and More Productive Workplace - Common areas are expanding their definition to include fully stocked kitchens, relaxation areas, onsite exercise facilities and more.
  •   theMART is Planning a Big NeoCon for its 50th Edition - Unlike many other industry events, NeoCon is thriving, arguably stronger than ever having secured its spot as the world's most important interiors industry event.
  •   Designers Explain How Industry can 'Do it Better' - The important stories behind products like ergonomic chairs and height adjustable tables might be getting lost because of coworking.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "You Can't Buy This on Amazon"
  •   Stephen Says - "Is It Legal For a Prospective Employer to Ask Me What I Make Now?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Results
  •   PLACES - Bombas Offices – New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Sound Advice on Workplace Design / What's in Store for the Flexible Office Space Trend? / Step into your New Virtual Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Special-T, Carnegie 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 - February 21, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Dick Resch Pledges $5 Million for University of Wisconsin – Green Bay School of Engineering - Resch says his experience in the paper industry and more than 35 years of leadership at KI showed him the importance of a regional engineering program and higher education in general.
  •   Bianchi Reflects on Haworth Past, Present, Future - Franco Bianchi says he believes the company is in the right position to capitalize on these changes in the market.
  •   Nuova Contessa Improves on a Classic - Teknion's Nuova Contessa will come with a number of new features to help designers find a place for it, such as the ability to select conference versions with fixed arms.
  •   Clarus Moving Beyond Visual Communications - The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has built a business with more than 200 employees and has moved five times in the last eight years.
  •   CoreNet Chicago Shares a Preview of Rex Miller's New Book - The insightful findings will be found in The Healthy Workplace Nudge, a book that will be released in May.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Good News: The Internet has Changed the Built Environment Forever"
  •   Stephen Says - "Shake Hands, Don’t Kiss!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Haworth has a Very Good Year / Bene and Neudörfler acquire Hali and Svoboda / NeoCon 50 Announces Marquee Presentations
  •   PLACES - Gensler Basecamp Offices – London
  •   Whiteboard - Five Ways to Make Office Spaces Appealing to Millennials / How Holograms Will Disrupt Visual Collaboration in the Workplace / Ending The Myth Of Collaboration
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Allseating, Springboard, Emeco, Frem and Keilhauer
  •   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 14, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Bean Counter or Guru: How will Walker be Remembered at Herman Miller? - It is hard to imagine in the history of the office furniture industry a period — the 14 years of Walker's tenure — that was so turbulent and disruptive.
  •   CIFF Set for Guangzhou - Show organizers say the countless new products on display reflect "the face of a China that is changing rapidly; a China that is increasingly looking to quality, design and innovation" to attract buyers instead of simply providing low-cost commodity products.
  •   OM Helps VA in California - The VA in Long Beach has been a long-time customer of OM, with thousands of chairs of all kinds installed over many years.
  •   As You Move More Toward Residential, Residential Moves More Toward Commercial - Copeland Furniture is best described as transitional, neither strictly contemporary nor traditional but rather a combination of elements that incorporate classic proportion with modern simplicity.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Coach Wants to See You...Bring Your Playbook"
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes, Your Valentine Can Sit in the Next Workstation" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Knoll Sales Drop Nearly 3 Percent for Year Despite Strong Fourth Quarter / HNI Sales Drop Slightly for Year, Askren 'Excited' and 'Optimistic' about 2018 / American Society of Interior Designers Releases 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry Report
  •   PLACES - Fjord Offices – Helsinki
  •   Whiteboard - Transforming Your Office into a Desired Destination / Innovating the Office: Technology Trends Changing the Workplace / Top 8 Predictions for the Workplace Experience 2018
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Kartell, JSI, unika vaev
  •   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 7, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA 360° Brought Together Top Slate of Speakers - The main draw of the 360° is the slate of speakers and this year's group was exceptional and fit the event's theme of YOU — leadership, reputation and creativity.
  •   COVER: Commercial Furniture Transport Moves the Industry Forward in the Big Apple - There are other busy cities in the U.S. where traffic is a problem, but none that approach the logistical challenge that New York poses.
  •   OE Electrics 'Charges' Forward - We live in a power hungry world. Our phones, laptops and tablets always need charging, whether at our desk or on the go. And an emerging British company, OE Electrics, is there to feed our hunger with some unique products and a desire to move beyond the U.K. market.
  •   The Future of Buildings is More Change - There is a transition happening from the knowledge work era to the beginning of the knowledge work in the social era.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Did You Get an Invitation to the Wedding?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes, These Letters Are Real!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Brian Walker Plans Retirement as CEO at Herman Miller - Herman Miller, Inc. announced that Brian C. Walker plans to retire as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors by August 31, 2018.
  •   Varidesk Acquires Stand2Learn; Enters Educational Furniture Market - Varidesk said the acquisition is an important step in its mission to transform the way people of all ages work and interact every day.
  •   Kimball CEO Schneider: 'Office-Related Verticals were Generally Challenged' in Latest Quarter - The increase in net sales was driven by an increase in the hospitality, government and education vertical markets, partially offset by declines in the health care and other commercial verticals.
  •   PLACES - Enlisted Design Offices – Oakland
  •   Whiteboard - The World's Best Companies Offer Workplace Flexibility and Yours Should Too / Caring for The Self – The Hottest UK Workplace Trend / I've Worked Remotely For 5 Years, And It's Stressing Me Out
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Artopex, National, Alea, Maharam and Brentano
  •   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 31, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Gathers Industry Leaders in Miami - BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon opened the first day's session welcoming those gathered to "an event that is like no other in the industry."
  •   COVER: With Steelcase's new SILQ, Your Body is Part of the Chair Design - The company's materials science breakthrough led to an all-new chair design that intuitively responds to human movement without the use of mechanisms.
  •   AJK Design Studio: Putting Design in Unexpected Places - For Annie Kantor, when it comes to design, it's all in the details.
  •   Knoll Debuts Home Design Shop in LA - The Shop features contemporary ideas and palettes for living influenced by Modernist ideas -– background pieces that create a sub-architecture in a dynamic total space foiled against exuberant expressions of classic and new Knoll designs.
  •   'It is Core to our Culture' Kinsler Discusses Trendway Give 50 Challenge - Throughout the year, Trendway will feature various company-sponsored volunteer opportunities in the community.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Have You Earned the Right to Tell Your Business Story?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Just Pick Up the Phone!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Harden CEO Hopes for Rescue from Investor's Crushing Debt Before Sale - After 52 straight years of profitability, Harden saw its revenues cut in half during the Great Recession of 2008 and began losing money
  •   PLACES - Brixton Capital Offices – Solana Beach
  •   Whiteboard - Financial companies learning to better utilize office space to attract right talent / How Tech Giants Are Keeping Employees Happy Through Innovative Workspaces / Choice Is The Most Crucial Amenity In The Office Market
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Allseating, izzy+, Luum Textiles, Kimball and Gordon International
  •   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 24, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon Celebrates 50 Years of Tomorrow's Design - Registration is open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, which will take place June 11-13 at The Mart in Chicago.
  •   COVER: Smed Speaks: 'If You Think I am Going to be Mellow and Docile Now, it ain't Going to Happen' - The company has been quiet about the sudden change in leadership, which not only included moving Smed to the new executive chair position, but also included the ouster of Scott Jenkins.
  •   Finding Your Way - Understanding there is value to installing smart technology to help people get around enormous corporate structures.
  •   Smart Workplace Buildings: How to Break Away from Designing in a Vacuum - As part of JLL's Smart Building Program, Yann Palmore helps clients prepare and implement technology platforms driving the next generation of buildings and data-driven facilities management.
  •   What Were the Popular Office Design Trends of 2017 - Corporate office design trends in 2017 led to greener, more sustainable office environments while accelerating the move toward healthier, more mobile-friendly, open workspaces.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Business is Booming. Now What?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Hiring: Try Training for a Change" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - UOOYAA Offices – Shanghai
  •   Projects - Koleksiyon Furnishes Lounge Zones for Church's Transformation to Co-Working Space
  •   Whiteboard - People who work in an open plan office feel worse and are less satisfied / Meet The Architect Shining A Light On The Benefits Of Windowed Workspaces / US workers increasingly prioritize flexible working and personal development over status
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from JSI, Arper, Carnegie, Kirei, Maharam, Nevers, and Pallas 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 - January 17, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: What the Industry Can Learn from CES - Walking around CES, it was obvious and, at times, scary where the future of everyday life is headed.
  •   2018 Workplace Design Trends that Increase Comfort and Boost Attraction and Retention - Wouldn't it be great if we had a crystal ball that could predict the hot workplace design products of 2018?
  •   Helping Business Find the Right Person at the Right Times - How do you craft the perfect team? Nexus A.I., a Chicago-based technology company is working on the answer with artificial intelligence and organizational behavioral science.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "When the Teams Get Lost"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Furniture Industry's #MeToo Reckoning is Coming" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Edelman's Office Expansion – London
  •   New Trucking Regulations a Mixed Blessing for Industry - The office furniture industry uses a lot of long-haul, multistop carriers — the group the ELD mandate is expected to hit the hardest.
  •   Creating a 'Nook' in the Open Office - To say David O'Coimin is excited about the Nook is an understatement, though it doesn't come as a surprise since he is the designer, inventor and "parent" of the product that makes working in the open plan a lot more enjoyable.
  •   Whiteboard - The Complex Relationship Between Productivity, Technology and Working Anywhere / Twitter Real Estate Chief on the Future of Offices / The Design Whisperers: Decoding Authenticity and Culture in Workplaces
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Teknion
  •   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 10, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale No Stranger to Massive CES in Vegas - The focal points of Humanscale's booth are the new QuickStand Eco platforms, the newest generation of sit/stand furniture using counter-balance weights, rather than electronic motors.
  •   Montisa Thinks of Itself as a 111-Year-Old Startup - The company was born in 1906 to make steel and wood milking stools. More than 100 years later, it is still trying to solve practical workplace challenges.
  •   COVER: The Automated Future of Offices - Workplace automation can sound alarming but it's far from a new trend.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Your Secret Sauce for Sales and Project Success in 2018?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Be a Helicopter Parent, Especially in This Job Market" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Capcom Offices – Vancouver
  •   Do These Chairs Look the Same? Knoll Sues Allsteel for Alleged Patent Violation - According to the lawsuit, the Lyric Multi-Purpose chair has an "ornamental appearance" almost identical to the ornamental appearance of the MultiGeneration.
  •   Tech Firm Researches Future of Work through Data - Every company is becoming a technology company, no matter what industry they are in. That is even more true for the office furniture industry because of the close physical connections between the technology equipment in the office and the user.
  •   Whiteboard - Building on Workplace-Wellbeing / Why C-Suite Office Space Is Being Pared Down / Goodbye Dark, Hello Open, Well-Lit Law Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Boss 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 - January 3, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Workplace Design Positively Influences Health, Wellness, Employee Satisfaction, and Work Performance - ASID researched the impact of innovative workplace design on behavior and performance, how spatial design supports organizational goals and the impact of design.
  •   COVER: Gasser Gambles on Gaming Seats - In the 1960s, one of the world's largest gaming chair manufacturers got its start. Gasser Chair made bar stools during a time slot machines were played standing up. Eventually, players would pull the bar stools up to the slot machines to keep those streaks going.
  •   How a Simple Rejection Gave Way to a Million-Dollar Idea - The trio of friends, now accidental entrepreneurs, played around with existing equipment, repurposing parts and modifying the machines for the work environment.
  •   Sudden Executive Changes at DIRTT Causes Major Stock Selloff - The announcement of a sudden executive shuffle at DIRTT, one of the industry's promising growth companies, stunned investors early Tuesday, leading to a major selloff of its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Don't Forget Those Who Brought You to the Dance"
  •   Stephen Says - "New Year, New Job? Well, Maybe" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - CMG Offices – Los Angeles
  •   BoF NEWS - Jasper Group to take over Paoli Plant, Pick Up Workers Paoli LLC will likely wind down operations by the end of February, and during that time Jasper Group will begin bringing in raw materials and finalizing equipment purchases that can be used immediately in its new operation.
  •   Whiteboard - Activating The Workplace: How Active Workstations Impact How You Think, Perform, And Feel At Work / How The Internet Of Things is Impacting Workspace and Building Design / DLR Group: Trends in Tech-Office Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Indiana Furniture
  •   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 20 & 27, 2017

 
  •   Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Bellow Press - Wishing you the gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, Hope. May the joy of the holiday be with you in the new year.
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Domestic Sales Drop, Dragged Down by Reduced Demand from Small and Large Customers - Orders in the Americas declined approximately 6 percent in the third quarter compared to the prior year.
  •   COVER: Rising Demand for Custom Furniture - As the move toward resimercial design — or adding the residential look to a commercial space — becomes the new normal, customization requests are taking on unique new angles.
  •   Workframe and Outfit Want to Change the Industry - The company was launched in 2015 when the founders took note of the densely populated commercial interiors industry and realized while the industry has focused on product innovation, it has neglected process innovation.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Your Team Will Never Walk Alone When You Model Behavior for Them"
  •   Stephen Says - "Two Week's Notice is an Old Wives' Tale! It Does Not Exist and Never Has" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - One Legacy West's Communal Space – Dallas
  •   BoF NEWS - Safco Moving Mayline Production to Iowa When the sale is complete, the company will transfer manufacturing from the leased facility in Sheboygan to the newly purchased Iowa facility during 2018.
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Reports Second Quarter Orders at Record Levels Strong demand levels were a clear highlight of the quarter, as orders reflected an all-time record level for the company and grew 10% organically compared to the same quarter last year.
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Sales Up, Resumes Dividend / AIA: Architecture Billings Post Strong Growth in November
  •   Whiteboard - The Future of Workplace Design: The FETCH Model / Hospitality Comes to the Office / Anticipating the Workplace Needs of Generation Z
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Keilhauer
  •   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 13, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: From Science to Style, Geiger Taper Chair Redefines New High Performance Executive Category - Because of how it was designed, Geiger's Taper chair is different from any other executive chair and any other task chair.
  •   BREAKING: Knoll Announces Plan to Acquire Muuto - Knoll will pay $300 million in cash for the Scandinavian brand. Muuto products pair seamlessly with the range of modern Knoll designs.
  •   Science of Product Design: Innovation in Commercial Furnishings - In this month's article — the final one in this series — the sponsor would like to share what it is doing to leverage new technologies, science and data to drive product design.
  •   HNI to Close Paoli After 91 Years in Business - The plant will begin phasing out operations in January with the process expected to take about a year to complete. "We want to be very transparent in this process to help our people transition."
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "A Christmas Gift That Keeps On Giving"
  •   Stephen Says - "Bosses Who Refuse to Embrace Technology Lose Talent -- Especially Millennials. It’s that Simple." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - naked Hub Coworking – Hong Kong
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Sales Sink 15.7%, Posts Loss for Second Quarter / Steelcase Provides Bleak Preview of Upcoming Quarterly Report; Confident Sales Will Turn Around in Quarter Ahead / lauckgroup Designs a New Office with an Emphasis on Company Culture / dancker Unveils Engaging Experience Center
  •   Whiteboard - What Is Ergonomics and Why Does It Matter? / Shifts in occupier behavior and attitudes to real estate / Agile Working
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Egan, HBF, ICF Group and Designtex
  •   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 6, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Teknion Leads the Way Downtown in LA - From the 41st floor of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper, visitors to Teknion's showroom can see the Hollywood sign, and on a clear day, all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
  •   The Thinking Behind Steelcase's New Munich Hub - Steelcase's new Learning + Innovation Center is just under 40 kilometers from Munich International Airport and is an eight- to 10-minute walk to the main train station. It is near the Königsplatz and the Siegestor gate.
  •   X-Chair Marks the Spot - The X-Chair is a nice looking chair, but not spectacular in its design. It is a fairly typical looking mesh chair. It is comfortable, works well and is sturdy, but it won't win any design awards; an attractive seat, but not a darling of the design community.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Six Trends for 2018 that Could Provide You with More Sales and Marketing Success Stories"
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Canceling Your Holiday Party Because Matt Lauer Was Fired? You Have a Bigger Problem" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Glassdoor Offices – Chicago
  •   BoF NEWS - Boss Design sets the scene at Wates HQ
  •   Whiteboard - Using the Nuances of Collaboration to Drive Innovation / Providing and Encouraging Purpose at Work / How Technology Can Transform Workplace Humanity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Arper, Arc-Com, Innovations, Carnegie, Maharam 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 - November 29, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Healthcare Design Stitches Up Market in Orlando - The Healthcare Design Expo and Conference continues to be a favorite among its attendees, from architects to educators to furniture dealers and more.
  •   Bisley Creates Bespoke Storage Facilities for Historic School - Bisley manufactured and installed brightly colored bespoke fitted furniture for every room in the new school.
  •   Special-T Launches LINK - The LINK promises to be the answer for those looking for a smartly design, affordable conference/learning, education flip-top table.
  •   Steelcase to Acquire AMQ Solutions - The acquisition is expected to help Steelcase provide a broader range of price points to meet existing customer needs and serve additional customers globally.
  •   Stylish and Speedy, MASHstudios Unveils New Furniture Line to Help Companies Express Their Brands - READYMADE was inspired by the clients that came to MASHstudios wanting the commercially produced aesthetic but didn't have the time or budget to invest in furniture from a giant.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "So You Decided to Pull on Superman's Cape"
  •   Stephen Says - "Hiring Managers Really Do Check References: My Tips" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Education Credit Management Corp. – Oakdale
  •   BoF NEWS - BIFMA 360° Planned for Miami / Allsteel's Los Angeles Showroom awarded Gold Certification by the international WELL Building Institute / Teknion Honored With a Pair of 2017 Green Good Design Awards
  •   Whiteboard - Well-Designed Workspaces have a Direct Effect on Productivity / What will my office look like in the future of work? / Why Open-Plan Offices Don't Work (And Some Alternatives That Do)
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Coalesse and TK Studio
  •   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 22, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Creates New Spaces for Gerald R. Ford International Airport - Designing across generations and traveler types provided an innovative challenge for the Steelcase team as it aimed to create a positive experience tailored to each traveler.
  •   NeoCon East is Dead, but theMART is Already Planning its Replacement - Show organizers from theMART announced to exhibitors the 2017 edition of NeoCon East would be the last, though they are going to revive it in some way, shape or form in 2019 after collecting input from the industry.
  •   Lectra's New Virga a Cut Above the Rest - Lectra hosted its 4th annual VIP event, "Industry 4.0 Furniture Goes Digital." This year's attendance was the largest, and not everyone who wanted to attend could.
  •   Real Estate Trends Spark Analysis of Furniture Trends - The ability to create well thought out spaces that adjust to current and future needs of clients is an art and one that requires a vast understanding of the changing atmosphere and foresight into future needs.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Bet on Your Jockeys, Not Your Horses"
  •   Stephen Says - "Juliet Has a Job, Will Romeo Understand?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MobilityWare Offices – Irvine
  •   Whiteboard - Rethink Office Layouts to Improve Workers' Health / Workspace and Productivity / Should Millennials Prepare for Generation Z In The Workplace?
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Poppin, BuzziSpace and Davis
  •   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 15, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CBRE Furniture Forum Wraps Up a Year-Long Study - In a post-event survey 80 percent of respondents said they learned something new, while 87 percent said they would try something new in their own furniture process as a result of the discussion.
  •   Variety in the Workplace - With a workforce that includes all generations from baby boomers and Gen X workers to millennials and Gen Z employees, offices should incorporate a range of spaces that accommodate the diverse preferences and working habits found across generations.
  •   BREAKING NEWS: Fellowes Acquires ESi - The combination of Fellowes Brands and ESi advances Fellowes Brands' strategic expansion toward broad business solutions that help professionals be at their best through organization, productivity and wellness.
  •   Configura Conference Held in Las Vegas - Configura takes its conferences seriously by taking what it learns from users at the event and making its product better.
  •   NeoCon East Opens Today: What Kind of Show Will We See - As NeoCon East opens today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, many in the industry are watching and waiting to see what this event becomes.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Give Your Clients Recipes and They Will Invite You to Dinner"
  •   Stephen Says - "A Headhunter's Secret Tip List for Electronic Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - AMC Networks Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - Walker, Hackett Featured Speakers at Michigan CEO Summit in Detroit / DIRTT launches multi-user virtual reality app for construction; explore and modify before you build / Highlights from SuperDesign at the Architecture & Design Film Festival
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from SpecialT, Kimball, Camira and Byrne
  •   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 8, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: October: Furniture Industry Remains Solid - The survey measures the business activity of the commercial (office, education, health care and hospitality) furniture industry and its suppliers. It was completed during October 2017.
  •   Steelcase's Keane Leads Panel About how to Employ Design Thinking - Keane and his colleagues have used in design thinking, highlighting design thinking as part of a thought process to create change and movement within an organization.
  •   EDspaces Continues to Grow - EDspaces was a 3-day show filled with educational sessions, a very lively exhibit floor, facility tours and networking events, like the "Nothing But Net(working)" at EDfest.
  •   Science of Product Design: Innovation in Commercial Furnishings - The innovation process is necessarily an iterative process. An innovative idea is sparked. Blood, sweat and tears are the work required for it to become reality. At some point, it reaches the market.
  •   Mind Into Matter: How the Psychology of Color Impacts Allseating's Design Process and Products - Based on extensive research, color and its intensity have proven to influence employee mood — a finding important to both employers and designers.
  •   Connectrac Connects Pittsburgh Airport - Airports are going through a revolution similar to offices. Instead of simply installing banks of seats at gates, airports are beginning to think about different uses for different areas, depending on how long the traveler will be in that space.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "And You Thought You Were Finished"
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Leave So Quickly! Find Your Place in Interiors!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - AdGear Offices – Montreal
  •   BoF NEWS - DIRTT Announces Record Q3 Revenue / Kimball International Reports First Quarter Sales Decline / 'Severely Constrained' Economy can be Fixed by Millennial Productivity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Boss Design, Bretford and ERG International
  •   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 1, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: The HON Company New York City Showroom Relocates to Tin Pan Alley - The new facility is full of a variety of furniture vignettes and spirited color palettes, including a fabric and finish display that takes inspiration from the landscape of HON's hometown in Muscatine, Iowa.
  •   Workplace Analytics as a Powerful Tool for Innovation - Work hasn't changed much since the post-industrial World War II revolution, with many of today's workplaces still operating similar to assembly lines.
  •   Zoom.ai Hits Ground Running with New Personal Assistant Platform - Does having a personal assistant seem like a dream? There's one company making it a reality for all employees in the contemporary workplace.
  •   Configura User Conference Begins Next Week - The event will be held once again in Las Vegas, the site of the original CET Designer User & Developer Conference (it was held in Grand Rapids and Orlando in the years in between).
  •   BoF News - Market-Ready Solutions Awaits NeoCon East Attendees
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Are Your Customers Making You Better?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Have You Ever Seen a CEO in Sweatpants? Me Neither!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Retail Design Collaborative Offices – Long Beach
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Custer Expansion / Koleksiyon's Design Award / Allsteel's Jan Johnson Speaker at Corenet Summit / Khameleon New Cloud Solution / National names Allan Klotsche as its New President / Premier Office Solutions adds to Team / Spellman Brady Promotes Jen Sheehan / Puccini Group Names Three New Studio Directors / IDSA Members Elected to WDO Board / Mike Tucker Named President of Association / Sruthi Srinivasan / Daniel F. Pepersack
  •   Whiteboard - Three Rules For Creating Workplace Rituals To Improve Company Culture / Research Says Companies That Do This One Thing Increase Worker Productivity by 25 Percent / 2018 Workspace Trends
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from National and ERG
  •   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 - October 25, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Karton: Is the World Ready for Furniture Made Out of Cardboard? - The design firm behind Karton is responsible for some of the most original and imitated pieces of cardboard furniture.
  •   Configura Opens New Grand Rapids Headquarters - The new office is triple the size, giving Configura room to grow even more. And it is much better suited to the collaborative nature of software design.
  •   How One Company is Driving Innovation in the Furniture-Buying Process - Swivelfly works on a subscription model, with payment based on the number of employees in an office.
  •   Emagispace: It's Like Legos for the Office - EmagiBlocks work perfectly for creating space on movie sets and in the office, but they also work well for trade show booths and disaster relief — really interior construction of all kinds.
  •   Saloni WorldWide Moscow 2017 Ends on High Note After Squaring Up to Russian Market - This year marked the 13th edition of the Salone Satellite WorldWide Moscow, involving 37 young designers from Russia and the former Soviet Republics.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Focus On What Matters. Leave the Rest"
  •   Stephen Says - "You Really Love Your Job? For Some People That Might Be Hard to Believe" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Knoll Reports Flat Third Quarter Results / HNI Corporation Sales Grew 2% in the Third Quarter
  •   PLACES - Kpler Offices – Le Sentier - Paris, France
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Allseating Fundraising Initiative / ICF New Dallas Showroom / Ultrafabrics Earns Certification / WIPP Awards Recognize Sen. Joni Ernst & Exceptional Women Leaders / Allsteel at Greenbuild 2017 / KAI Design & Build Hires Kennedy Yanko / Camira Adds to Sales Team / Luxor Announces Paul Roche as President / Usman Tariq HDR's LA Studio / KAI Design & Build Hires Three
  •   Whiteboard - Suburban Offices Are Cool Again / Building a Culture of Creativity that Unites the Physical and Digital Workplaces / Psychology in the Workplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Humanscale, Waddell, Chief, Wolf-Gordon, Brentano and 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 - October 18, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Workrite 'Family' Devastated by California Fires - Several Workrite employees lost their homes. Luckily, none of those employees lost their lives.
  •   A BOLD Move in New York City - Crye Precision was looking for a height-adjustable desk for its offices but didn't want one that would look the same as everyone else's.
  •   Inspired by an Illustrious Past, COCO Adapts to Serve a New Generation - Built in 1903 and spanning an entire city block, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange was a marketplace to promote fair trade of wheat, oats and corn.
  •   BoF Top News - Goodmans Acquires WORKspaces in Phoenix / Inscape and West Elm Workspace Renew Partnership
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Create Compelling Messages Your Clients Can't Ignore"
  •   Stephen Says - "Changing Your Career? It's Easier Than You Think" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Airbnb HQ Expansion – San Francisco
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - OMT-Veyhl USA Hosts Three Schools / Workwell Partners Hope For The Warriors / National Office Donates Benches / Versa Wallcovering Taps Metro to Distribute / Inscape Vice President of Marketing / Spellman Brady Hires Samantha Golden / Richard M. Miller Joins Hoefer Wysocki / IDSA Executive Director to Retire
  •   Whiteboard - Make Your Workplace Data Work for You: Keys for Data-Informed Strategies / How the WELL Building Standard Is Changing HOK's Approach to Design / Office Design Could be Affecting Staff Performance
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from LightArt, Kirei and Keilhauer
  •   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 - October 11, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CBRE Furniture Forum Seeks to Solve Client Pain Points with Explorations in Multiple Cities - What started as an industry-wide discussion in one market has extended, and the conversation is getting deeper and increasingly thought-provoking.
  •   Bisley Opens Expanded Big Apple Showroom - Over the last three years, Bisley has secured clients like Unilever, L'Oreal, Verizon and Uber, and is currently working on projects across North America.
  •   Havenly Makes Design Accessible to All - Technology offers new opportunities through innovation, and the furniture industry is tapping in. While technological advances seem more apparent, the contract furniture segment demonstrates both sides of the market can learn from each other.
  •   THE SCIENCE OF PRODUCT DESIGN - Product Design for the Circular Economy - The office furniture industry has a long track record of leading the way in learning how to care for this little round ball we call "home." A MONTHLY SERIES SPONSORED BY LOGICDATA
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Making Your Pitch a Conversation"
  •   Stephen Says - "Are Your Employees Trying to Extort You for More Money? Fire Them!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Guest Opinion - "Why I Cringe at the 'Dealer Label'" - by Scott Lesizza
  •   BoF News - Dancker Acquires Office Furniture Partnership / Flexsteel Breaks Ground on Dubuque Manufacturing Facility
  •   PLACES - The Points Guy Offices – New York City
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Peopledesign 20 Years / CIFF Shanghai 2017 Dynamism / Allsteel and Henricksen Host Event / National Receives Navy Purchasing Agreement / U.S. Green Building Council Climate Leadership Awards / in2design Announces New Rep / Two Join Kentwood Office
  •   Whiteboard - When Working From Home Doesn't Works / The Office Gets Remade, Again / The True Cost of Noise
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Boss Design, Lux Lighting, HBF, Poppin, Obex, Smith & Fong, Arc-Com, Wolf-Gordon, Pallas Textiles, Unika Vaev and Magnuson Group
  •   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 - October 4, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: London Design Festival Stretches Across City - With more than 400 events stretching across the capital from Decorex in Syon Park in the west to the edgier Shoreditch Design Triangle in the city's east end, it is only possible for a person to scratch this nine-day event's surface.
  •   Event Focuses on Empathy in Design - Empathy is an important component of the design thinking process used to solve complex problems in the world.
  •   Lacing Things Up at Zappos: A Look Inside One of the Most Innovative Offices and How it Works - From the entrance of the Zappos headquarters, the culture is immediately felt and seen. To enter any part of the office, employees and guests must go through doors in a semicircular courtyard, encouraging interaction among those entering and leaving the office.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "What are Your Customers' Unanswered Questions?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Be Embarrassed of Your Retail Job, and Definitely Don't Leave it Off Your Resume" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Trend Micro Offices – Austin, Texas
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Interior Workplace Solutions Acquires Creative Business Interiors / 109 Brands in Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai / Miller Named for Leadership in Family Benefits / Artopex Launches New Website / Poppin Signs Lease / "Last call" to enter CET Designer Awards / in2design New Rep Group / KAI Assembles New Interior Design Team / KI Names Bryan Ballegeer as Regional Education Leader / Indiana Furniture New VP Chad Nord / Kimball Personnel Addition / The Buildings Show
  •   Whiteboard - Moving Beyond Open Plan Spaces / Why we need to Design Work to feel like an Experience and not like a Transaction / The Benefits of Ancillary Spaces in the Modern Workplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Buzzispace, Carnegie 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 - September 27, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: KI Outfits Sports Med Facility in Titletown - If Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twists an ankle at Lambeau Field, he doesn't have to hobble very far to find one of the most state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities in the world — and it's outfitted almost completely with KI furniture.
  •   Coworking Gains Footing in Shanghai at Naked Hub - Naked Hub is part of the Naked Group, which was established in 2007 and is focused on lifestyle and hospitality products, from unique eco-friendly resorts to immersive learning to creative workspaces.
  •   Will Contract Furniture Embrace eCommerce? - In a recent conversation with a young specifier over coffee, she shared her frustrations with contract furniture manufacturers' selling process.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "That All You Got?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Love Me or Hate Me, You're Gonna Need Me" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Playster Offices – Montreal
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Sales Decline
    Reported net sales in the quarter totaled $580.3 million, a decrease of 3.1% from the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Allsteel Named Winner / Nation Receives Award / NeoCon East / ASID Board / GVSU Design / Zeftron Nylon Website / Schroeder Solutions Expands
  •   Whiteboard - Outdoor Space? Yes, please! / People who work in coworking spaces believe they are more productive / Office Makeovers may be Needed; Millennials want Flexible Spaces
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from HBF and LUUM 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 - September 20, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: What We Learned: CIFF Shanghai - What you think you know about the Chinese office furniture industry is almost certainly wrong or at least changing. The Chinese furniture market of the past was focused on serving the North American and European manufacturers. Now it is heading to market with ideas of its own and has turned toward serving the end user.
  •   Steelcase to Partner with FLOS; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams - The relationships with the two companies will give Steelcase dealers easier access to the ancillary products becoming more and more important in the industry.
  •   Out of Darkness Came Light: Sensitile Interactive Lighting Surfaces Designed to Engage and Delight - For Abhinand Lath, out of the darkness came light. To which he added shadow and created a sense of movement.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "I'll be your CAD Monkey .... Just Keep the Checks Coming"
  •   Stephen Says - "Your President Can't Commute By Plane! If They Won't Move Their Lives, They Shouldn't Get the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Echo Global Logistics Offices – Chicago
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Reports Flat Second Quarter Results
    The current quarter reflected increased discounting and incentives, higher commodity costs, investments in support of product development and manufacturing agility, and unfavorable shifts in business mix.
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Reports Improved Results
    Strong order rates in spring and early summer translated into profitable revenue growth for the second quarter and first six months.
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Trendway Employees Support Hurricane Survivors / Karndean Designflooring Hurricane Relief / SurfaceWorks Awarded Purchasing Group Contract / Knú Contract | La-Z-Boy Meets BIFMA Certification / National Office Furniture Recognized / Level Reps & Flipside Join ESI / Kimball Personnel Addition / MRL New President
  •   Whiteboard - Approachable Technology in the Workplace / It's the Workplace, but not as We Know It / What Workplaces Can Learn From College Campuses
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Okamura 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 - September 13, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CIFF Off to Strong Start in Shanghai - CIFF started its four-day run Monday with larger crowds and smarter office furniture offerings than the first three years after organizers moved it to China's largest and most cosmopolitan city.
  •   CIFF Gala Celebrates Two Decades and Two Cities - The Chinese International Furniture Fair, CIFF, kicked off Sunday night with an opening gala commemorating 20 years of CIFF and its 40th session.
  •   LinkedIn's Innovative Approach to Health and Wellness - As a direct result of these wellness initiatives, LinkedIn has found 75 percent of its employees feel more loyal to their company.
  •   Putting Technology Into Our Furniture, or... The Science of Product Design - There have been two opposing camps in the argument concerning whether or not commercial furniture manufacturers should integrate technology into their products.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "What About Your Project and Design Feedback Loop?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Hurricane Distracting You At Work? Help However You Can!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Pageant Media Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Announces Fiscal Year 2018 First Quarter Sales Fell / Landscape Forms Acquires Kornegay Design
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Wilsonart to Acquire KML / NeoCon 2018 Call For Presentation / Los Angeles Building Expo / La-Z-Boy Healthcare - Knú Contract Awarded GPO Contract / 3form Names VP / Megan Winters Joins Kentwood / Michael Wildermuth Joins Vocon
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Designers Embrace Technology and Data to Benefit Workers / No Need To Worry About Robots Replacing Human Workers? Look At History / When Less is More and Less is a Bore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Kimball
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