Business of Furniture - January 20, 2021

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

Business of Furniture - January 13, 2021

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

Business of Furniture - January 6, 2021

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

Business of Furniture - December 23 & 30, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - December 16, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - December 9, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - December 2, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - November 25, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - November 18, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - November 11, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - November 4, 2020

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

Business of Furniture - October 28, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Finding the Right Balance is Key in the World of Publishing - Though we are digital, we do have space limitations and make decisions every week about what news to push ahead and what news to hold — or not run at all.
  •   NeoCon 2021 Moved to October - Registration for the delayed event will open in a few months, during which time show organizers will continue to meet with its key constituents and monitor the situation with the virus.
  •   Virtual CET Experience Brings Together More Than 900 Attendees - Held annually in the fall, CET Experience brings together those who use, create and invest in CET Designer, including dealers, developers, manufacturers, Configura employees and Implementation Partners in the commercial interiors, material handling and kitchen and bath industries.
  •   HNI Adjusts to Hit Solid Quarterly Financial Results - "Our members delivered another solid quarter in an environment that remains uniquely challenging," said Jeff Lorenger, chairman, president and CEO.
  •   Why COVID-19 Provides a Unique Opportunity to Elevate Women in the Workplace - Some of the leading factors that indicate Women may consider downshifting or leaving their job include lack of flexibility at work, the "always on" mentality and household burdens due to COVID-19.
  •   Longing for Connection — Vitra Summit Explores Workspace Challenges and Ideas for the Future - One way to ease back into the office would be to implement a hybrid model, where employees split their work hours between a remote location and the company's physical office.
  •   High Point Fall Market Review: Residential Furniture Continues Blistering Pace - Despite all the changes and oddities of this market cycle, the furniture industry has found a way to return to some semblance of normalcy and indeed prosperity.
  •   Knoll Plans to Cut 200 Positions; Shutter 5 Showrooms - Knoll did not outline which North American office showrooms would be closed.
  •   Product Spotlight: Visionect Introduces Hot-Desking Tech to Schedule and Manage Workplace Desk Spaces - The Joan Desk Booking app is a smart, hot-desking solution for the flexible workspace to help book, manage and streamline desk use through a slickly designed mobile phone and desktop app.
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Hit with Cyberattack - At this time, Steelcase is not aware of any data loss from its systems or any other loss of assets as a result of the attack.
  •   Stephen Says - "My New VP of Sales Wanted To Quit After 3 Months for Another Job! Why?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Selling on Social Media: Using The Power of 10 to Drive Engagement" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Kesko Headquarters – Helsinki
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: DuraCare, Allsteel, Gunlocke, Quinette Gallay, Magnuson Group, Smith & Fong, FluidStance, Acoufelt, Arper, 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 - October 21, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: It's Not Time to Give Up. It's Time to Get Busy - It is well beyond time for our industry to act and lead. Snap out of the funk. Get out of your office, and help the world get back to work — when the time comes to safely do so.
  •   Hospitality Feel Plays Key Role in Interior Amenity Spaces at New Chicago Tower - NELSON Worldwide was tasked with infusing five-star hospitality elements throughout the Class A tower's amenity spaces, which feature a conference center for tenant use, a two-story, state-of-the art fitness center, a tenant lounge and multi-tenant floor elevator lobbies and circulation corridors.
  •   DIRTT Sues North Carolina Dealer that Switched to Falkbuilt - DIRTT contends it transfers confidential information to its dealers, and the contract with CBI and all its dealers outlines that confidentiality shall continue until the confidential information enters the public domain.
  •   A Year in the Making, Loftwall Launches Parallel - With highly recyclable materials, intuitive (and patent-pending) use of magnetics and its trademark obsession with flexibility, Loftwall is confident Parallel will mark a clear shift in how desks, tables and training rooms are utilized.
  •   Color Takes on a New Role in the Workplace, With Safety and Comfort at the Forefront - When the world experiences events that cause unrest, anxiety and grief, we tend to naturally gravitate toward compassionate colors.
  •   Bisley Introduces Belong, Flexible Furniture Collection - The Belong range comprises multiple collections to create a sanctuary wherever you are so you can focus and stay on top of your workload in comfort.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Launches Kupp Café-Inspired Nesting Chairs - A fresh approach to nesting chair design, Kupp's horizontal nesting capability solves constraints and ensures employee safety, as chairs can be stored with minimal physical effort.
  •   UPFRONT: Wilsonart Expands TFL Capacity - Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces will increase its thermally fused laminate (TFL) capacity and footprint in North America with a new facility in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Construction has begun, and the plant is scheduled to open by July 2021.
  •   Stephen Says - "Social Media is No Replacement for Outside Sales" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Symantec Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Landscape Forms, ErgoGenesis, Bentley, 3form, BuzziSpace, Akouo Acoustics, Designtex, Global
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 14, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Five Years and Counting with Bellow Press - It is hard to believe, but at Bellow Press we are celebrating our fifth anniversary. I believe anniversaries are a time for thanksgiving and reflection.
  •   Consulting, Customizing, Caring: Steelcase's studio b Helps Customers go Deeper - It is hard to describe studio b, because it is more than just an arm of Steelcase's product design department.
  •   AIS To Supply Facemasks for Every Poll Worker in Massachusetts - The effort was first initiated following an appeal to AIS from Leominster City Clerk Katelyn Huffman, who noted that financial hardships the city has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
  •   Debunking Common Cleanability Myths Surrounding Materiality - It's also important to do it right - First you clean, then you disinfect, then flush with water to remove the disinfectant.
  •   Groundbreaking Online Exhibit Dives Deep into Diversity - Now a part of the museum's permanent collection, We Design is available solely online and free to the public, especially aspiring designers. Seventeen new designer profiles are scheduled to launch in October.
  •   A Perfect Storm — Factors Are Piling up on Companies Trying to Balance the Right to Free Speech and Appropriate Workplace Conduct - Employers need to do what they can to understand the needs of their employees.
  •   Herman Miller Introduces Special Gaming Edition Sayl Chair - The Sayl frameless back uses less material in more inventive ways than classic gaming chairs.
  •   Product Spotlight: Arc-Com Launches Ensemble Collection - Composed of three patterns — two high performance polyurethanes (Arabesque and Cadence), and one privacy curtain (Harmony), the Ensemble collection offers designers a beautifully coordinated grouping of organic pattern and texture.
  •   UPFRONT: Narbutas Opens New York Showroom - The recent opening of first NARBUTAS showroom in New York has definitively consolidated the company's presence in the USA.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Lost My Job as a Designer and Changed Careers to Sales. I Landed a Job Fast...and Love It!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Frustrated? How to Change Your Perspective When You're Ready to Give Up" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Ovation Travel Group Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: DARRAN, Teknion, Boss, H Contract, Dekko, Peter Pepper
  •   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 7, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Hello, I'm Rob and I have a Furniture Flipping Fetish - Furniture flipping is a disease, to be sure, but one that I know others in the industry suffer from. I am not alone in my furniture flipping fetish. I know this because I've gone to dinner with friends in the industry I've caught flipping furniture, which always results in a good laugh.
  •   From Storage to Sensimilla, Spacesaver's Market is Sky High - Everything is made in the company's Wisconsin plant, which is a hands-on operation because a good portion of what the company does is customized products.
  •   Between Panic and Pandemic - When workers return to their places of work they will be asking themselves - can we trust the companies we work for and the environments they provide to be safe places?
  •   DARRAN Introduces Honey for Your Work Hive - Honey allows for open and closed collaborative zones, meeting spaces, lounge or desking in sitting, standing or height-adjustable positions.
  •   The Three Pillars of Workplace Health and Safety - Our opportunity as an industry — and more importantly, our responsibility — is to re-engineer ourselves, rapidly and comprehensively, to become a critical resource for the organizations we serve.
  •   CIFF Shanghai Held in China - Undoubtedly an unusual edition, the 46th CIFF Shanghai 2020 maintained safety thanks to the absolute commitment and strict pandemic prevention protocols adopted, the scrupulous services dedicated to visitors, and the digitization of some exhibitions.
  •   Knoll Takes Actions to Support More Inclusive and Diverse Communities - Knoll's policies and practices will evolve as they continue to focus on creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
  •   Product Spotlight: Special-T Launches Safe-T Workplace Products, to Provide New Levels of Safety and Security in a Post-Pandemic Environment - Initial products in the line include specially designed screens, space dividers and workplace barriers that support social distancing efforts in the workplace.
  •   UPFRONT: ORIOR Introduces First Rug Collection - Comprised of three vivid, geometric styles, the offering combines patterns from Katie McGuigan’s latest womenswear collection inspired by the Irish countryside with the luxurious, handcrafted aesthetic found in Orior’s furniture pieces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Millennial Mayhem" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Lufthansa Offices – São Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Coalesse, Mohawk, Luxxbox, Concertex, Luum, Spacestor, Artopex, Steelcase
  •   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 30, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Business Travel in the COVID World is Definitely Weird - If you haven't been on the road yet for a business trip, let me describe it with one word: Weird. Everything about it is strange. My first stop took me to Chicago, and since all of you have been there for NeoCon, I'll use my time in the city to describe how working on the road has changed.
  •   Committed to Craftsmanship — Ethnicraft Launches Fall Collection, Aims for Timelessness - Ethnicraft's fall launch features a range of solutions for offices either at work or at home — a collection of desks, meeting tables and drawer units, inspired by the company's popular Bok chair designed by Alain van Havre.
  •   Why Planning for Generic Collaboration No Longer Works - While collaboration will be a core focal point for workplace design in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, it cannot be the only reason people come to work.
  •   It's Time to Start Acting Like Your People Really Are Your Most Important Resource - In the company of the future, employee wellness must become the new focus and the key driver of office design and work styles.
  •   Steelcase Reports Better than Expected Second Quarter Profitability - Significant cost reductions drove strong EPS of $0.47 despite 18% drop in revenue and $15.6 million of restructuring costs.
  •   The Workplace Productivity Report 2020: Battling Digital Overload, Over Half of U.S. Remote Workers Report Increased Reliance on Analog Tools - The report contributes to research on the long-term impact of remote work and helps companies understand their workers' evolving needs.
  •   UPFRONT: Indiana Furniture's Rockstar Task Seating Brings Standout Comfort to a Diverse Range of Users - Rockstar features clean lines, ergonomic contours with lumbar support, well-balanced proportions and options to create all-day, standout comfort.
  •   Product Spotlight: Modular Lighting Instruments — Launches Pista Extensions in North America - New to the North American market, the Minude spotlight features a small, cylindrical form, with high-quality, low-glare illumination.
  •   Stephen Says - "Social Media, Politics and Work" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Building a Dynamic Leadership Team" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Asta Parking Offices – Fort Lauderdale
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Framery, Ligne Roset, Arc-Com, Scandinavian Spaces, 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 - 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

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