Business of Furniture - September 23, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Focus on Work from Home Package and International Business to Better Ride Out COVID Crisis - If you are a small or growing office furniture maker, there are some things that can be learned from Herman Miller's relative success in the pandemic. It is not too late for you to get in on the work-from-home trend. In fact, it is critical that you do.
  •   UX Principles at Work - As we better understand user behavior and experience, the fields of UX and interaction design offer a new foundation for the built environment — both physical and virtual. There are many lists of UX principles which can offer new insights for traditional built environments and help build an emerging design vocabulary — the UX of Work.
  •   Photography Organization Incorporates Pixel Theme in HQ Renovation - Some of the larger goals for the project included the addition of alternative workspaces and communal gathering areas. Corner office real estate was reallocated to these shared staff spaces to ensure a companywide focus was always at the forefront.
  •   Herman Miller North American Contract Sales Tumble as International, Retail Soars - Strong retail performance and improving global trends helped offset near-term demand pressures in North America. Also, the quarterly cash dividend program was re-established at $0.1875 per share.
  •   Back to the Future: Hiring Intentions Begin to Recover for Q4 Yet Employers Plan to Shift to New Work Models for the Long-Term - However, Employers believe labor market recovery will take longer than anticipated.
  •   EDspaces Goes Digital - Complete with virtual meeting rooms to demo new products.
  •   NCARB Launches New Campaign to Encourage Student Designers - The resource is designed for anyone considering a career in architecture or guiding students through the college application process.
  •   UPFRONT: Miller to Retire from BIFMA After Decades of Service to Industry - Miller is looking forward to spending time with his family and will remain active on community boards and advisory groups in his many areas of interests, including consulting for BIFMA.
  •   Product Spotlight: Tayco Reimagines Casegoods with Halifax Launch - The line, designed in collaboration with Toronto industrial design studio Fig40, achieves industry-leading ergonomics.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Customers Are Starting to Come Back into the Showroom; Getting My Salespeople Back in is Another Story" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Crocs Offices – Broomfield, Colorado
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: LG Hausys, Artopex, Hightower, Falcon, Arc-Com, Studio TK
  •   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 16, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Actions Speak Louder than Words - Since we are disconnected due to the COVID crisis, it is more important than ever to be clear in our language.
  •   ootBox Launches a Shareable, Use-It-As-You-Need-It Workspace in a Box - OotBox has been used as development leasing offices, private and reservable spaces for restaurant dining, construction site offices, a neighborhood co-op, mini drive-up medical labs and coffee shops for patrons to take business calls or client meetings.
  •   Working in a Changed World: Understanding Health and Well-being in the Commercial Furniture Industry - The focus of the INDEAL Cares Employee Survey was to provide an evaluation of the self-reported health and well-being of individuals working in a variety of roles within our industry.
  •   The Pandemic-Driven Workplace Shifts That Are Here to Stay - We have a unique opportunity to swiftly shift our workplace culture at a time when change is the new norm.
  •   Haworth and Interphase to Open Design Center in Grand Rapids - The new building will help Interphase collaborate closely with its customers on designing the most creative spaces possible.
  •   Dauphin Announces Retirement of Gary Chin and Appointment of New President Matthew Negron - Thanks to Chin’s vision and leadership, Dauphin North America continues to grow and is now Dauphin Americas, serving the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.
  •   Pininfarina Aims to Launch Customizable Kit for Remote Office Portability - Simply named Smart Working Kit, the product consists of modular elements that, combined, form a piece of furniture able to decorate the house but at the same time compact enough to be taken on business trips.
  •   UPFRONT: INDEAL Leadership Conference To Provide Essential Resources for Dealer Management - Attendees can expect keynotes from nationally recognized speakers, the latest industry insight, virtual networking and strategy sessions.
  •   Product Spotlight: Trendway Introduces Line of Air Purifiers as Indoor Air Quality becomes Critical Issue for Businesses - AeraMax Pro is being expanded into Fellowes Contract Interiors division, through Trendway, to address the need for improved indoor air quality in the contract market.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Just Started a New Job: How Do I Get to Meet My Coworkers" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Understanding and Preventing Burnout" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Avito Offices – Saint Petersburg, Russia
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Howe, Shelby Williams, 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 - September 9, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Time for the Industry to Ease Up on the Virtual Seminar Schedule - After nearly 30 years in the news gathering business, I've learned a bit about content.
  •   The Difference of a Decade - While dealers and manufacturers have made the most visible adjustments, installation teams have exercised great agility and are now partners at the decision-making roundtable.
  •   Kimball International Launches New Brand Etc. - Released in fashion-inspired collections, Etc. allows you to crush on evolving trends and update your space as quickly as styles change.
  •   AIS Continues to Strengthen Its Product Portfolio - Auburn Conference and Executive Chair, LB Lounge Backless Seating and PET Screens are now available.
  •   Allsteel Launches New Partnership with Corral - One of the things that attracted Allsteel to Corral was the notion two companies can come together and listen to clients together.
  •   New Series of Special Edition Herman Miller Gaming Chairs Launching - This is the first time Aeron has been sold with an all matte black finish, including the Pellicle material that supports the sitter's body.
  •   Blaming COVID Slowdown, Steelcase Cutting Salaried Workforce - Order patterns in the Americas continued to reflect significant year-over-year declines, averaging approximately 35% during the second quarter, while order declines in EMEA and Asia Pacific moderated to approximately 20%.
  •   Work, Reimagined: Research Reveals What Workers Want Post COVID-19 - When economic outlooks are uncertain, employability matters most to workers, with 9 in 10 workers saying simply keeping their job is most important.
  •   Power for Everything and Everyone: Byrne has the Power to Work from Home - Byrne's Twine and Hydra plug-and-play kits are two of the easiest ways to solve big power needs.
  •   Product Spotlight - 3form's Newest Design, Veil, Introduces Airy Linen and Color to Cleanable Surfaces - Veil was developed for designers looking to add color and texture to a space simultaneously, while leveraging the advantages of Varia.
  •   Stephen Says - "Seeing Through Glassdoors" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - College Futures Foundation Offices – Oakland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: ErgoGenesis / BodyBilt, G&S Acoustics, Nowy Styl, 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 - September 2, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Virginia First to Legislate Safe Return to Office (They won't be the Last) - Virginia's new safety requirements are based on an employee's risk of exposure to the coronavirus while on the job. Employers will have to take different steps depending on the employee's risk. While it is the first state to outline what should and shouldn't be done to reopen offices, it certainly won't be the last. Not much has come out of Washington, D.C., regarding the safe return to the office, and federal law has been silent on safety standards concerning the coronavirus in the employment setting.
  •   Raiders New Las Vegas Stadium Features Sensory Nooks - For those with special needs, a place like Allegiant Stadium can be overwhelming on game day, causing sensory overload, anxiety, personal crisis situations and ultimately meltdown. The Ford Sensory Nooks are mobile, acoustically quiet huddle pods — similar in shape and size to their office cousins — that provide a haven of tranquility and relaxation for neurodiverse individuals.
  •   Why Planning for Workforce, Not Workplace, Is the Wave of the Future - "When we look at a space and try to just move around a few desks and put up some plexiglass partitions, we're not going to see real change for our workforce. We have a unique opportunity to fix what was broken before COVID-19." Perhaps the pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to take the time to look at our workplace with a fresh lens, understanding what has worked and what hasn't worked for so long.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: New Products Available from HAY - From a lounge chair that swivels to a task chair that can double for dining, there's always something from HAY for the home and office.
  •   Survey Finds Work from Home does not Solve Employee Burnout Problem - 56% went so far as to say their HR departments did not encourage conversations about burnout.
  •   My Employee Went Directly From a Company Zoom Call to a Zoom Interview Call - Because employees are working from home, it is easier than ever to work and interview at the same time.
  •   The Biggest Hiring Mistake - I've spent countless hours over the past several months working with and coaching a lot of people who have been displaced due to the economic environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Employee Went Directly From a Company Zoom Call to a Zoom Interview Call" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Biggest Hiring Mistake" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Foody Offices – Ho Chi Minh City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Global, Versteel, KFI Studios, AGATI, Kirei, MergeWorks
  •   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 - August 26, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   Kirkbride: There's Room for Your Furniture in the $138 Billion Gaming Market - Gaming furniture is a segment of the market that still has plenty of room for growth. If you aren't in it yet, it is worth looking at.
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: SnapCab Keeps Focus on Flexibility - That is precisely why SnapCab is a company more and more customers are turning to for spaces providing connection, communication, collaboration and comfort. Its products make spaces more flexible, especially during a time when changes to an office, health care setting or school need to happen quickly and easily.
  •   Premium Coverings for the Contract Furnishings Industry - CGT is currently working on a new surface innovation targeted towards the furnishing industry, including their CleanTec premium cover stock antimicrobial treated surface technology.
  •   Designtex Partners with West Elm and Crypton to Launch an Easy to Clean Woven Textile Line - The new styles feature Crypton chemistry, a bonded fabric system that renders the textiles durable and easy to clean and disinfect while maintaining the fabric's feel and beauty.
  •   Special-T Preps for Post-COVID Workplace and Learning Environments, Launches New Safe-T Screens and Barriers Product Line - The new product line features an array of screens and barriers with a variety of applications that provide increased protection as people return to work.
  •   Converted Hotel Rooms Are Emerging as New Opportunities for Quiet Workspaces - Hotels are looking to make up for lost revenue by providing spaces that can fit one or multiple employees for a day, all while following CDC guidelines.
  •   Stephen Says - "Boomerang Employees: The People You Re-Rehire May Be Fooling Yous" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Agoda International Offices – Kuala Lumpur
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from 9to5 Seating, Wolf-Gordon, Concertex, Humanscale, Bendheim, Móz.
  •   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 - August 19, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Take a Moment to Enjoy Some Good News - Despite the problems happening around the world, there is still much to celebrate. I believe the world is essentially a good place with good people, though the bad stuff often clogs up the news sites.
  •   Upfront: Announcing 2020 Connect: A Virtual Event - This free, three-day online event will feature more than 60 sessions on a vast array of topics.
  •   Selling the Value of Professional A&D Services in a Pandemic-Driven Economy - As a result of the current pandemic, public and private spaces — including hospitality, workplace, residential, education and health care — are experiencing extreme scrutiny regarding their health and safety practices.
  •   Katz Architecture Imagines a New Concept for Live/Work Lifestyle - Katz Architecture in New York explored what a prototype for a new live/work unit could look like, designing a building that includes ground floor storefronts, apartments and separate offices for residents.
  •   More than Designing a Chair: An Interview with Konstantin Grcic - Affordable, versatile and responsible: with Bell Chair, Konstantin Grcic and Magis have developed a contemporary monobloc chair made entirely from recycled polypropylene.
  •   Groupe Lacasse Introduces New LUTI Freestanding Screens - LUTI will be part of the quick delivery program.
  •   Product Spotlight: Okamura Introduces Finora - A statement of style and identity. Introducing Finora: dreamed by Italdesign, a company that excels in mastering the complexity of automotive design, and engineered by Okamura.
  •   Herman Miller Goes After Websites it Accuses of Selling Fakes - Online retailers are knocking off its products.
  •   Kirei Announces Partnership With Akuart - Acoustic art pairs with Kirei's EchoPanel.
  •   60% of Companies Will Require Masks in the Office - Companies are actively creating guidelines.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Keep Hiring the Wrong People, Look for These Red Flags (Even with Candidates that Look Great) During Your Next Hiring Process" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - " P.I.V.O.T: A Different Perspective" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Vanco Offices – Bloomington, Minnesota
  •   FIRST LOOKS - OLEV, HPFi, OMT-Veyhl, Frovi, Poltrona Frau, LDI Interiors, AMQ, Wolf-Gordon, Patcraft, Fil Doux 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 - August 12, 2020 - 75 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: SitOnIt Goes Beyond Seating to Help Customers in COVID-Confused World - SitOnIt Seating has built a strong reputation in task seating, but has added lounge products, screens and tables. The company has found a formula for producing high-quality products at a pace no one can match, and the office furniture industry has taken note.
  •   Kirkbride: Our Columnists Help All of Us Navigate this Oft-Crazy Industry - We are committed to providing a platform for everyone in the industry, especially those who have been marginalized in the past.
  •   Black Interior Designers are Not Mythical Creatures Like Unicorns by Nicole Rivers Moore - Organizations such as the Black Artists Guild and the Black Interior Designers Network are proof there are hundreds, if not thousands of Black designers and makers in our industry who are ignored and overlooked.
  •   Via Seating Hosts ViaCon, Adding to Growing Number of Companies and Organizations Holding Virtual Programs - Held on Zoom, ViaCon felt the most like a tour of Via's showroom and new products that we've seen.
  •   The Workplace of the Future: A New Address and Approach for Perkins Eastman's Pittsburgh Studio - Perkins Eastman is one of many companies adapting offices to new working environments, and Young believes the Pittsburgh studio can serve as a testing ground to inform future designs.
  •   Rieke Office Interiors Helps Schools Re-Open With SafeSpace PPE Line - Companies such as Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) in Elgin, Illinois, believe businesses and schools across the country should provide safe and healthy environments to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
  •   Home Office Furniture Rentals Increase 300% for Next-Gen Brand, Fernish - Founded in 2017 by Barlow and Lucas Dickey, Fernish was born out of frustration. The two had collectively moved every other year and were fed up with the hassle that came with buying, moving, selling, storing and generally owning furniture.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Teams with Momentum Textiles on Performance 3.0 Card - The selection features a range of bleach-cleanable performance textiles in 10 patterns and 70 colors, including EPU polyurethanes, silicones and recycled polyesters with Crypton finishes
  •   Mohawk Industries and Interface Both Report Q2 Results - Both companies experienced sales decreases due to COVID-19.
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's Rules to Interview Follow-ups: They Must Be Sent Within 24 Hours" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - New Silk Road Offices – Xi'an, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Rainlight, Nevins, Unika Vaev, Spacestor, Fritz Hansen
  •   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 - August 5, 2020

 
  •   When We Look Back, Will You Be the Blockbuster or the Netflix of the Office Furniture Industry? - We are living through a time that will reward the bold and innovative and severely punish those who remain stagnant.
  •   Kimball International Announces New Organizational Structure - The new organization will be comprised of four market-centric business units: Workplace, Health, Hospitality and eBusiness.
  •   Is 6 Feet Really Enough Distance to Keep Offices Safe? Not Even Close, According to Expert - There is no way to pandemic-proof the office, but scientists know office design can help slow the spread.
  •   Trends Point to More Focus on Natural Light as an Architectural Element - New design trends are using lighting as a tool to create ambiance in built experiential environments and, it is key in supporting new brands and concepts.
  •   Leveraging Data & Design to Drive Confidence in Returning to the Workplace - Without a doubt, returning to a physical workspace — for those fortunate enough to enjoy the benefit of working from home — will remain a personal decision and one that must be aided by a hybrid team of HR and design members.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Arc-Com Releases Paragon - The Arc-Com Design Studio's latest pattern Paragon was inspired by classic architectural form. Its angular geometry is the perfect vehicle for extensive color exploration and play.
  •   Ford Announces Jim Hackett to Retire as President and CEO - Hackett was CEO of Steelcase from 1994-2014.
  •   Kimball Reports Fourth Quarter Net Sales Decrease of 20% - Consolidated net sales were $156.1 million.
  •   Landscape Forms Expands Collaborations with Loll Designs, Introduces Three New Products - Landscape Forms is introducing two new products — the Americana chair and Glide bench — and is expanding the Harvest line to include a standing-height bench in its collaboration with Duluth, Minnesota-based Loll Designs.
  •   Room & Board Business Interiors Debuts Fall 2020 Collection - "Fall 2020 is a counterpoint to the clean and masculine look and celebrates the feminine, softer side of design, without being fussy," explained Jenon Bailie, Room & Board's merchandising and design director.
  •   Stephen Says - "Some Manufacturers Make it Easy for 'Do-it-Yourself' Recruiting" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Zone Are You In?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Kiva Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Hightower, 3form, Quinette Gallay, BuzziSpace, Stylex, Scandinavian Spaces, HBF Textiles, Source International, 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 - July 29, 2020 - 89 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Bush Business Furniture: The Work from Home Experts™ - Bush Business Furniture can safely claim the title of the work-from-home experts. For nearly 20 years, the company has helped people work from home with products built to contract specifications, scaled properly for the home office and designed with a blend of functionality and style.
  •   NeoCon PPP: ERGOBOND Focuses on Movement with its Innovative Furniture - ERGOBOND was all set to show off its innovative products designed to help workers move at this year's NeoCon. The annual show was supposed to be a launchpad for the company's new brand, and then the virus hit, and the company's plans were put on hold.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Okamura Introduces Drape - Drape is a new, privacy and acoustic solution by Okamura. It creates quiet, private work pods perfect for touchdown work or making phone calls.
  •   The Best Laptop Stand? An Overbed Hospital Table (and Other Unusual Office Products to Help You Work from Home) - This week, I want to chat a bit about a few products that make it much easier for me to work from my sofa or favorite recliner.
  •   Against All Odds - As the last line of defense in the furniture chain of custody, installation teams are trying to save the day while protecting their bottom line. How are they handling the pressure to perform despite a worldwide pandemic?
  •   New High-Performance Office Products Offer Solutions for Safer Workplaces - As a result of COVID-19, consumers and businesses alike are searching for solutions to help protect against the rapid spread of viruses. Below are 13 new, high-performance products that cater to the growing need for hygienic, protective and easy-to-clean solutions, especially in high-traffic areas like restaurants, hotels, offices, health care facilities and public bathrooms.
  •   HNI Posts Profit Workplace Segment Profit Despite 25% Dip in Sales - The Corporation delivered solid profits and increased second quarter operating cash flows by $20 million or 49% versus the prior year, despite pandemic related top-line pressures.
  •   Boston Business Journal Names Leominster's AIS Among the Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts - The Business Journal annually publishes this list to showcase companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities.
  •   What types of jobs will experience a large permanent increase in remote working? - Interestingly, office and administrative jobs were rarely done primarily from home. Even in 2018, work-from-home rates in these occupations were well below those in professional office-related jobs.
  •   Stephen Says - "Guilty of Being Judgmental of your Co-workers Home on Zoom?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MHA MacIntyre Hudson Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Hy-Lite, LightArt, Studio TK, BDI, Gunlocke, KFI Studios, Camria, Ultrafabrics, Stylex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 22, 2020 - 95 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: OE Electrics is Ready to Jolt Industry with Plug-and-Play Products - OE Electrics wants to make powering your office, airport, health care facility or school easy. If you can plug it into a wall at home, why not have the same simplicity in the office? It is a world OE Electrics is working toward.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Claridge Products Continues Evolution While Keeping its Roots Firmly Planted - Claridge Products was set to have its best NeoCon ever in 2020. It lined up a lot of cool new products to show, and it was ready to unveil its new state-of-the-art website, full of new features. And then the virus hit.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Introduces Hatch an Elegant Soft Textile - The upholstery option features an embossed, cross hatch pattern. It complements the clean lines and forms that are a signature of Keilhauer and modern design.
  •   Since We're Working from Home, Why Not Work Outdoors? - A lot has been made of the importance of the home office recently and for good reason. Most of us are working from them. But there is nothing in the Home Office Rulebook that says you must work inside.
  •   Just 4% of Employees Want to Return To The Office Full Time, Down From 33% in April - The results are based on responses from more than 100 global enterprises representing every major industry.
  •   Residence Hall Design Trends to Change in Response to COVID-19 - Social spaces, such as floor lounges and studies, will be sized and organized to allow for social distancing with distinct stations at appropriate intervals.
  •   Pandemic and BLM Protests Negatively Impacting Corporate Workplace Culture, According to Newly Released Data - This is one of the number-one indicators of overall workplace health, and to see that drop is a red flag.
  •   4 Design Trends of a Post-COVID Workplace - To contextualize some of these uplifting actions, we sat down with leading experts from both the manufacturing and design communities to get a better understanding of what our world will look like as we begin to transition back to the office.
  •   During the Workweek, 69% of Employees Spend More Than an Hour in Meetings - Structured agendas can help keep people accountable. Before any meeting, employees and managers should figure out the true purpose of the meeting and the results they are targeting.
  •   Stephen Says - "Drive-Through Interviewing and Other Alternatives Take Root to Foster Meaningful Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Esprit Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Artaic, Encore, Unika Vaev, BodyBilt, Raydoor, Fritz Hansen, Maharam, Artopex, Morbern, DARRAN, Landscape Forms
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 15, 2020 - 65 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Listening Leads to Success at Via Seating - Via Seating believes its key to success and creating long-term partnerships with its customers comes from being a solutions-driven company. Its seating products are not a commodity, and the company refuses to be pulled into the race for the bottom in the category.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Allseating Launches the L1 Task Chair - L1 lives up to its namesake by providing the end user with back support and comfort for the entire day.
  •   Want to End the Race to the Bottom? Focus on Branding - The race to the bottom, if it actually IS going on, is a direct result of a general lack of branding and brand recognition in our industry.
  •   Returning to Work Comes with Challenges, But Also Opportunities - Employees might be facing issues with childcare availability, reduced public transportation services, the need to care for others, or increased risk due to health conditions, for instance.
  •   Networking the New Way: How Professional Relationships have Changed and How to Make them Work for You - When you research statistics about job searching, you find a whopping 85% of jobs are filled through networking.
  •   The Workplace Redefined; Preparing For The New Normal - The way you work is changing every day, and you're most likely still figuring out your perfect set up.
  •   Steelcase Recognized as One of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the United States - Steelcase's social innovation efforts prioritize furthering inclusive and equitable quality education, reducing inequalities and creating sustainable communities and cities.
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm Over Used and Under Appreciated" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Networking the New Way: How Professional Relationships have Changed and How to Make them Work for You" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Sony DADC Offices – Mumbai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace, Spacestor, Source International, Maharam, Pair, Unika Vaev, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Narbutas, Smith & Fong
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 8, 2020 - 67 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: SurfaceWorks Launches Dax and Grows in Education - Dax, is one of those products that exemplifies SurfaceWorks — it is well-designed, well-built and does exactly what it promises. In the case of Dax, that means it is an exceptionally good training table.
  •   The Death of the Office is Greatly Exaggerated - Instead of thinking of work from home as a negative, it is time for the industry to think of it as net positive.
  •   ORGATEC 2020 Cancelled - In recent weeks, a large majority of exhibitors and trade visitors decided not to attend ORGATEC. In light of this, Koelnmesse reassessed the overall situation.
  •   Diversity & Inclusion in the Interiors Industry: The Most Important Issue We'll Ever Tackle - We sat down with Malene Barnett, and discussed some of the most pressing issues our industry faces in order to hear the perspective of those who have been silenced for far too long.
  •   From Ocean to Office: A New Path for Plastic - Research shows about eight to 10 million tons of plastic enter the planet's oceans every year. That equates to about a garbage truck of plastic being dumped in the ocean every minute.
  •   Product Spotlight - Dauphin Introduces Bosse Series 2 Acoustic Pods and Bosse Series 4 Room-in-Room Systems
  •   Neurodiversity and Workplace Inclusivity - Neurodivergent conditions include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Tourette's, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and Parkinson's.
  •   Female Leaders Show the Power of Kindness Through Donation - Two women — Melissa Kehl of Rieke Office Interiors of Elgin and Neli Vazquez Rowland of A Safe Haven — came together to show how the power of kindness can even defeat, in a small way, the brunt of a virus.
  •   Just 30% of Workers Are More Productive Working From Home Than in an Office, Even as Remote Work Continues During the Coronavirus Pandemic - Working from home has become the new norm for employees around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been remote for several months already, and some, such as Twitter, have decided to let employees work remotely permanently, even after the pandemic passes.
  •   Stephen Says - "How to Lose a Job in Ten Days" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Innovation is HERE: How to Embrace Innovation in Your Business" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Riccó Offices – São Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Maharam, 9to5 Seating, Indiana Furniture, Teknion, Coalesse
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 1, 2020 - 79 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Maars Living Walls Evolve to Meet Needs of Changing Market - Since entering the North American market, Maars has made a name for itself by creating demountable walls of the highest quality and design.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Keilhauer Swurve is a New Chair that Puts the Environment First - The company and its president have taken the environment seriously for a long time, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Keilhauer recently launched Swurve, its first carbon neutral chair.
  •   Deirdre Jimenez Wants to Elevate Design in Her New Role at BIFMA - Jimenez was attracted to the job by the work that is being done solely for the benefit of the industry and its members — not just trade members, but suppliers and specifiers as well.
  •   Celebrating Freedom is Impossible When Others are Oppressed: An Industry Call to Action - Events of recent weeks deserve to be looked at through the lens of our industry.
  •   Women-led Design is More Crucial Than Ever - As the panel discussion kicked off, Gabrielle Bullock, director of Global Diversity at Perkins & Will, believes this particular time presents an opportunity for everyone to help in dismantling systemic racism.
  •   KI Goes Beyond With Owens Corning in Future-Proofing Workspaces With Infinity From KI - KI and Owens Corning designed the marquee conference room in the Hub with 33 feet of glass storefront featuring KI's Lightline architectural wall, providing beautiful views of the river.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Fell 21.1%. Posts Loss. - Herman Miller reported a net loss per share of $2.95 in the fourth quarter compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.78 in the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   Inscape Announces Fourth Quarter Sales Fall 22.5% - The decline in the quarter was primarily due to COVID-19 which resulted in both shipment delays and customer order pushouts in some of their major markets.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Overlook This Way to Find a New Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Alternative Technology Client Offices – Austin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF, Nevers, Keilhauer, 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 - June 24, 2020 - 91 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Returning to Work and School—KI Leads With Empathy, Insight and Innovation - KI is in the process of bringing about half of its organization of 500 or so workers back, while helping other companies come alive as well.
  •   NeoCon PPP: It's Time to Take a Fresh Look at Indiana Furniture - Indiana Furniture is inviting the industry to take a new look and experience the changes it has worked on for the last few years.
  •   Time for Us to Exemplify the Spirit of Gambaru - The shock of COVID is over. Now the hard part begins. It is time to rebuild and renew the market. While that may be a bit out of our hands, there are some things we can do to turn the corner.
  •   IIDA to Furlough Staff - IIDA will return to normal business operations July 20 at full strength and with a robust slate of programming.
  •   Fellowes Brands Announces New Contract Interiors Division - Fellowes Brands strategic expansion into contract furniture began with the acquisition of ESI and Trendway.
  •   BIFMA Names New Leader at Virtual Annual Meeting - In her new role, Jimenez will be responsible for leading BIFMA and partnering with its board of directors, membership (regular, supplier, service and international) and staff by connecting and advancing the industry's common interests.
  •   Creativity Goes Digital: Harnessing the Power of Virtual Design - How do we design for a digital workplace that fulfills our need for human interaction?
  •   Maars Understands Now is the Time for Space Division, More Than Ever - No one wants to waste money on an unsightly plexiglass pane that a customer will throw up and then throw away in a couple of months.
  •   Place Matters — Designers Weigh in on Physical Barriers in Design and Starting with Empathy - When families suddenly found themselves needing to keep busy while quarantined at home, many turned to digital access to museums and cultural institutions online.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do Dealers Manage the Expense of Social Distancing?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "2020 Cancelled? One of the Toughest Years could be Your Best Year" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - NAACP Legal Defense Fund Offices – Washington DC
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Woven Image, Source International, Woodstock Marketing, Kimball
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 17, 2020 - 69 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Never Stop Moving, Pushing or Striving | OM Digs Deep for Meaningful Change - Since its beginnings in 1986, Southern California-based OM has believed continual evolution creates a living company.
  •   NeoCon PPP: 2020 | Industry Mainstay Keeps Ahead of Technology (and Always has for its Customers) - The company has focused most of its innovation around building experiences that it believes will speak to the future designer as well as connecting the end user.
  •   I don't Know About You, but I'll Never Take the Fun and Friendship of NeoCon for Granted Again - By Wednesday during NeoCon week, I'm sick of restaurant food, sick of talking to people and sick of Chicago.
  •   Steelcase CEO Jim Keane Speaks to Grand Rapids Economic Club about COVID and the Company - Disaster preparation is important for any business, but leaders also have to adjust course as needed since there is no way to account for everything that might go wrong.
  •   When Nothing is Guaranteed: Practical Ways to Reset your Career Trajectory - With industry insiders optimistic about a rebound and a revamping of the office, there is still real fear about the now weekly announcements of furloughs, layoffs and "creative re-structuring" that's going on in the world of contract furniture.
  •   Industry News - Designing a Better Chicago Announces Grant Program Recipients / Humanscale Launches Online Platform / Nook Announces the Winning Super Nook Design
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "In These Unusual Times I am So Glad We Go To Market with Independent Reps!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Innovid Offices – Ramat Gan
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Ghent, OMT-Veyhl, 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 - June 10, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program you are beginning to see today. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: LOGICDATA - When considering innovative shifts in the office furniture industry, one immediately thinks of high-tech devices like connectivity of smart phones and tablets or powerful laptops. Yet there is a mechanical revolution happening in height adjustability that is being led by LOGICDATA.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Spec Furniture Design Makes Us Wonder, 'Why Didn't I Think of That?' - The Toronto-based company always seems to come up with a new wrinkle for furniture that leaves its customers pleased and competitors wondering why they didn't come up with something like that.
  •   The Making of an Industry-Wide Charity - From tragedy, INDEAL Cares was born and it is poised to make a huge difference not only in North America, but globally. INDEAL Cares was designed to be more than a "house" charity for INDEAL, its dealer partners and manufacturers.
  •   "Wisdumb" Mentality Is Blocking Innovation in Building - Last week NeoCon launched NeoConnect, a series of online resources programming designed to virtually connect the NeoCon community in the month of June.
  •   Uniting the Commercial Furniture Industry in Health: Introducing INDEAL Cares - INDEAL Cares was launched in honor of my daughter, Dr. Shannon Bloch.
  •   Blurring the Line Between the Home and Corporate Offices - Many people consider a separate home office to be a real luxury. In lieu of a true dedicated space, individuals choose to convert an extra bedroom or perhaps an unused corner in the living room into a semi functional home office.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is a Micromanager! What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Product Madness Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Scandinavian Spaces, Source International, Okamura, Integra Seating, Tayco, ESI, Sedia Systems, Encore, 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 - June 3, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program you are beginning to see today. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Groupe Lacasse Shifts to Address Changing Office - The Quebec-based manufacturer has done a masterful job of shifting gears to address the crisis, first by coming out with a package of furniture for the home office and by creating products that make office work safer as well.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Nook Takes Pod Life to a New Level with a Focus on Agility and Wellbeing - Nook, by Do Company, a Bristol, England-based design startup, creates semi-private spaces critical for productivity, focus, confidentiality or simple respite from the noise and traffic on the floor.
  •   From The Editor - Instead of Wringing Our Hands About What We can't Control, We Need to Start Worrying About What We Can
  •   Gensler says Reports of the Death of the Workplace Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - In part of its ongoing exploration on how design is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gensler finds the future workplace may be entering its Golden Age, not of sudden death.
  •   Knoll Design Days are Around the Corner - Hosted this year as a free virtual event for industry insiders and design enthusiasts alike, Knoll Design Days will take place June 9-10, 2020, bringing the Company's unparalleled expertise on design and the workplace to audiences in a digital-first format.
  •   Designer Outlines How Hospitality, Social Spaces will Change post-COVID During Haworth Webinar - Rottet said social spaces may just be the design that is needed to keep workers at a safe distance from each other while fostering a comforting, residential feel many will crave in the crazy new world of work.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "What to Put on LinkedIn When You Are Unemployed" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "HOPE: Another Meaning to One of the Most Overused Words in the World" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - One Workplace Offices – Santa Clara
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Frövi, BuzziSpace, Haworth, Davis, Arper
  •   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 27, 2020

 
  •   Here's What it's Like in our Neck of the Woods - Whenever I speak to folks in the industry from around the country and across the globe, we always seem to have the same question for each other: How is it where you are?
  •   Why Soft Leadership Skills Will Rise to the Top During Times of Crisis - ThinkLab research indicated 60% of West Coast survey respondents' (comprised of both A&D and manufacturers/dealers) bid activity has slowed or stopped.
  •   Workplace Reimagined: COVID-19 to Reshape the Modern Office Experience - The wholesale move to remote working in response to the crisis has quickly changed habits, exposed weaknesses and opened new opportunities for the work environment.
  •   A Sign of Hope: Orgatec is On for October - To be sure, the 2020 version of Orgatec will be more lightly attended and with fewer exhibitors, according to organizers who held a virtual town hall meeting last week.
  •   Knoll, Herman Miller Cut Jobs to Cope with COVID Crisis - As part of a restructuring, Knoll expects to reduce its workforce by approximately 275 positions. Meanwhile, Herman Miller eliminated approximately 300 full-time positions throughout the company as of May 14.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   3form Creates Line of Desk Partitions - The translucent desk partition uses Varia, a durable, architectural-grade resin.
  •   Stephen Says - "Any Suggestions for My Designer Clients and Friends that have Recently Lost Their Jobs?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Stop Playing Small: Do You Have What it Takes to Make it Happen?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Obscura Digital Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HAT Contract and SiS Ergo, Boss, KFI Studios, 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 20, 2020

 
  •   COVID Crisis Causes Shift in Way We Talk about the Office - Offices across the country are preparing to reopen. How that will look remains to be seen, but offices will be less dense and workers more separate.
  •   Killing "The Way We've Always Done It" - With less face-to-face meetings, accessibility and ease of scheduling will become an X-factor.
  •   All Hands on Deck, USGBC Says Green Building Ratings Still Relevant - Under the new strategy, the USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials and risk management.
  •   AIS Launches Sew the Masks Campaign to Support First Responders and Others at High Risk from COVID-19 - AIS masks are already helping protect health care workers at UMass Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as first responders around Massachusetts and others.
  •   Nearly Half of Employees Now Working from Home Want to Stay Remote, Study Finds - Clearly, employee work preferences still differ and working from home is not for everyone — either because employees simply cannot do their jobs remotely or would prefer not to.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Knoll Announces June 2020 Free Virtual Knoll Design Days Lineup - "We're here to help organizations adjust to a new normal and give people confidence in their work environments."
  •   Humanscale Chief Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy Recognized as Living Hero - The Living Future Institute developed the Hero award to acknowledge exceptional work of individuals who are going above and beyond in their approach to creating a Living Future.
  •   Stephen Says - "Help! My WFH Salespeople are Becoming Unfocused" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Max Barney Estate Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, H Contract, R-Go, Bisley
  •   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 13, 2020

 
  •   Office Design Post-COVID: Have We Gone Through a Weird Time Warp Back to the '80s? - Trying to conform to guidelines about office safety is like trying to hit a moving target.
  •   Be Certain, Things Will Change, but One Group Will be Loyal Through and Through - "From a transportation standpoint, you have to ensure driver safety coming in and out of facilities, that you're not spreading any diseases."
  •   Three Predictions on How Remote Work Will Shift the Product Specification Process - ThinkLab research suggests that specification takes between 20–39% of a designer's time.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Architects Work with Manufacturers to Help People WFH Effectively - A huge amount of speculation in workplace architecture and design about the future of the office, return to work protocols and the new norm is occurring.
  •   Kimball Posts Strong Quarter, Despite Impact of Virus - "It is difficult to predict the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our customers, our suppliers and our business."
  •   DIRTT Releases Q1 2020 Financial Results - Revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were $41 million compared to $65.1 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.
  •   Could Copper Help Reopen Offices? - Many scientific studies are demonstrating copper kills bacteria, and De Castelli has set up an experiment to develop working methods that ensure this property is preserved.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Worry. College Grads Still Have Great Prospects." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "We're All In This Together" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Milkman Offices – Verona
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luxxbox, Falcon, Nowy Styl Group, JSI
  •   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 6, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Allseating Stays the Course With Updated LEVO and a New Collection of Chairs for Remote Workers - Levo builds on the methodology of the award-winning, proprietary design of the You family, providing a more affordable ergonomic option that adapts to users movements.
  •   Question: How to Safely Return to Work? - Whether you are a manufacturer, dealer or designer, you are fielding calls from customers about how they can safely return to work.
  •   Designing for Overcapacity Presents Opportunities to Prepare for the Future - With a lack of beds at the forefront of the pandemic's impact on health care, CRTKL is exploring ideas like repositioning hotels from luxury to healing spaces designed to accommodate more infected patients at once.
  •   Economist Predicts 'Short, Sharp' Recession During BIFMA Virtual Presentation - Just what the long term effects on the office are remains to be seen.
  •   Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Design Industry - Best case scenario for recovery is a "V" recovery (think sharp decline, quick bounce back), however, it's important for the design industry to remember our category lags, and especially in this case with phased "back-to-work" scenarios.
  •   Twilight Zone or the Jetsons: What Will Going Back to Work Really Look Like? - Never before have you been able to buy so many room dividers, desk partitions and iterations of acrylic space division. It seems that overnight, the industry has made two fairly seismic declarations.
  •   Herman Miller Sues Website but can't Find 'DOE 1' Behind It - Herman Miller and DWR contend that Interior Icons is engaged in a dramatic and brazen scheme to undermine Herman Miller's intellectual property rights and trade on the goodwill of Herman Miller.
  •   Best of British: Bisley and Deadgood Announce Exclusive Partnership in North America - In a move that celebrates the "Best of British," both Bisley and Deadgood fly the flag for the "designed in Britain, made in Britain" model.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is This a Bad Time To Change Jobs? Am I Crazy?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Krispy Kreme Offices – Charlotte
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF, Designtex, Focal Point
  •   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 29, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   What I'm Hearing from the Industry - Employment is a cause for concern as the industry continues to implement layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts at a growing rate.
  •   What's the Future of Height Adjustable Tables? SiS Ergo, the Company Credited with the First-Ever Product, Has Some Answers - For the company that pioneered the first height-adjustable table 50 years ago, the future looks just as promising today as it did then.
  •   Bringing Elements of Home into the Workplace - Like it or not, says the folks at Coalesse, this is the time of the mandatory, if temporary, home office.
  •   As the Design Industry Faces the Pandemic, Learnings from Previous Recessions Still Apply - In terms of the physical work we do both now and in the future, adaptation and flexibility will be key.
  •   HNI Posts Loss in Latest Quarter as Virus Cuts into Finances - HNI Corp. announced sales for the first quarter ending March 28 of $468.7 million and a net loss of $23.9 million.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "High Performance Hacks" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - PhotoShelter Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Zonez, MASHstudios
  •   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 22, 2020

 
  •   Have Faith, the Industry will Emerge Stronger Than Ever - We can't control a virus, and it is frustrating. I always feel better when I'm active; doing something to improve myself. There are things I can control.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   FUNC Hits the Market with Fresh Products Because "Blah Is So Tiresome" - FUNC makes privacy screens, desking screens, space dividers, mobile marker surfaces, integrated lighting and other ancillary products — taking a simplistic, "almost Japanese approach."
  •   Byrne Creates 'Powerful Connections' to Help People Hospitalized, Loved Ones Stay Connected - The virtual visits, made possible through donated iPads and technical assistance from Byrne, have lifted the spirits of family members separated by illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Industry Shifts to Support COVID-19 Efforts - The automotive and apparel industries aren't alone in these efforts. The contract furniture industry has rallied together to come up with innovative ways to contribute, keep their people at work and push us to be hopeful for a world beyond the virus.
  •   Innovative Office Products is 3D Printing PPEs - Through the use of one of its two 3D printers, the company is producing the headband component for face shields.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Emoji's Have a Place in a Business Email?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Power of Conversations" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Zogenix Offices – Emeryville
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Welltek, 9to5, EKO, VIA Seating, 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 - April 15, 2020

 
  •   How VariDesk Became Vari: An Interview with CEO Jason McCann - Varidesk started working with experts that worked with other companies on transitioning their branding, including one which helped Federal Express go to FedEx.
  •   Loftwall Is Thriving on Incredible Ideas and American Grit - Loftwall provides privacy — specializing in space division with products like room dividers, counter shields and sound control panels.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Whatever it Takes - As an industry, when facing the prospect of annihilation, the only adequate response is to do whatever it takes to prevent it.
  •   The Interiors Industry Leans on One Another to Connect Amidst C-19 Chaos - People in the interiors industry today seem to fall into two categories: Those who remember the downturn of 2008 and those who don't.
  •   Arper's Farewell to its Founder Luigi Feltrin - Feltrin founded Arper in Monastier di Treviso in 1989, together with his sons Claudio, Arper president, and Mauro.
  •   Stephen Says - "The 35th Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame Gala was Held in December 2019 at the River Pavilion, Javits Center NYC, and Now it is a COVID-19 Hospital. That is Surreal!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "April 2020: How Will This Month Define You?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - SAP Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK, OM, 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 8, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   You Take Care of Sales, Design, Avanto Streamlines the Process - Avanto helps streamline your back office processes through accounting, order management and merchant processing.
  •   Two Ways to Keep You Connected - Bellow Press is not immune to the business upheaval. So, we have spent weeks trying to figure out a plan for how to help our readers and advertisers stay connected through this unprecedented time.
  •   Orgatec is On for October ... at Least for Now - Koelnmesse, which stages the fair, said it is keeping a close eye on developments as it presses ahead with preparations for ORGATEC 2020 in seven months.
  •   Utility Company Connects its Brand to New HQ Architecture - Corix chose a 22,000-square-foot space on the 36th floor in a downtown Chicago high-rise as its new headquarters and brought on Nelson Worldwide to complete the build out.
  •   Dauphin Takes up 100 Million Mask Challenge - Inspired by the 100 Million Mask Challenge, office furniture manufacturer Dauphin quickly pivoted to the production of face masks for health care facilities close to its Northern New Jersey factory.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Own a Business: Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Here is how!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "5X Connection: Developing and Increasing Meaningful Connections in a Time of Crisis" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Publicis Sapient Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Encore, 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

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