Business of Furniture - February 22, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Spring CIFF Promises to be Bigger, Better - As organizers of the 39th CIFF in Guangzhou prepare for the massive furniture fair, they are making an increasingly compelling case for attending the show.
  •   Office Big Box Realspace Competes with Cool, Casual Furniture - Customers want to express their personal style in their workspaces and are seeking functional areas in their homes that are more flexible than the traditional home office and still complement their existing home décor.
  •   3M Window Film Moves Light Farther Into Office - The 3M Daylight Redirecting Film is an alternative for light shelves or redirecting blinds.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Why Only 64 Percent of Projects Meet Their Goals: Promises, Promises...
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Eat Dealer Recruiting: How to Hit Your Competitor Where it Hurts All on Your Own" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   NOTED - Design Futures Council event in the UK last week hosted by Steelcase.
  •   PLACES - SapientRazorfish Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - ASID Index Shows Continued Strength; Outlook Bright
  •   BoF NEWS - Dancker, Sellew & Douglas Changes Name to Dancker
  •   BoF NEWS - BIFMA Approves New Office Chair Standard
  •   Whiteboard - How to Design a Creative Brainstorming Space in the Office / Digital Workplace is Ineffective Without Workers' Technical Empowerment / Dystopian Office Tech uses Sensors to Track Workers' Every Move
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Pallas Textiles, ERG, Nightingale, Spec, Designtex & Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 15, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Knoll Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Slump - Net sales were $292.9 million for the fourth quarter, a decrease of 4.2%, from the fourth quarter of 2015.
  •   The Science of Product Design: Solving Acoustics Beautifully with Burgeree - With the decline of systems installations, acoustics has not surprisingly reared its ugly head again as a key design challenge.
  •   UnWork helps BCG create an office of the future in Hudson Yards, New York - The idea of space that is a destination and provides an exciting place to be were two of the guiding principles behind the new BCG workplace at 10 Hudson Yards on Manhattan's far west side.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Next Big Thing for Design Marketing ... Get Ready cause "You're Gonna need a Bigger Boat"
  •   Stephen Says - "Conundrum: What If You Received This Email?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   NOTED - Herman Miller team showing off the remastered Aeron chair at the Stockholm Design Fair last week.
  •   PLACES - McCann Offices – Toronto
  •   BoF NEWS - Haworth Sales Grew 6.4% in 2016
  •   BoF NEWS - HNI Corporation Reports Increased Earnings For Fiscal Year 2016 as Sales Fell
  •   BoF NEWS - CBRE to Host Upcoming Event Examining 'Pressure Points' in the Industry
  •   Whiteboard - The See-Through Office: Why Interior Glass Is All The Rage In Workplace Design / The Open Office: What's Working And What's Not? / Workplace Design Is Failing Knowledge Workers, Says Study
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Nightingale, Versteel, Magis, Maharam & BuzziSpace
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - CIFF Special Edition - February 13, 2017

 
  •   39th CIFF (China International Furniture Fair) - The world’s largest furniture exhibition and the most important business platform in Asia, is opening soon in Guangzhou!
  •   The Fair is Held in 2 Phases - The second phase from March 28-31 is dedicated to the office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture and furniture machinery & raw materials industries.

    Under the theme of Smart Office, Smart Work, with a total scale of 210,000 square meters, the Office Show is the world’s largest office furniture trade fair. It will bring together famous brands from countries and regions including China, Denmark, Australia, Korea, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Chinese and foreign professional visitors, designer teams, medical & healthcare industry insiders and industry experts will gather to seize unlimited opportunities. A pleasant office environment and humanized office furniture have become one of the important factors to increase work efficiency and enhance cohesion among workmates.

    With the theme of "Better Life, Better Work", CIFF 2017 will spare no effort to enhance exhibition quality and provide excellent service, bringing closer connection among industry stakeholders. CIFF is the must-attend furniture industry event in Asia that provides all-round solutions for every attendee from afar.

  •   Guangzhou, China - Canton, or Guangzhou in Chinese, is the largest coastal city in South China, and the third largest city in the country, after Beijing and Shanghai, at all times a flourishing commercial centre, it is definitely one of the most prosperous cities in the country. Chaotic and lively, it unquestionably provides numerous opportunities for you to enjoy yourself and relax after the fair, and to return home with a full stock of memories and photographs.

Business of Furniture - February 8, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Kimball Sales, Profits Continue to Increase in Latest Quarter - Net sales in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 increased 4 percent from the prior year second quarter.
  •   Paperworld Outlines Office of the Future - As part of The Office of the Future exhibit, there were unique spaces designed to show how modern offices must cater to a new generation of employees.
  •   Cover: Symbiote Counts on Quality Over Quantity - Symbiote is good at "turning the knob" a little and adjusting its products for its customer's specific needs.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Your Future Lies in Customer Success
  •   Stephen Says - "Tired of Saying Sorry When You're Not? Me Too!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Whiteboard Offices – Chattanooga
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Announces Restructuring to Implement 'Overdrive' Strategy
  •   BoF NEWS - Retiring Custer Founder and CEO Reflects on 36 Years of Business
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura Exhibits Virtual Reality Technologies at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair
  •   BoF NEWS - The Aram Gallery, in Association with Humanscale Present No Randomness
  •   BoF NEWS - Coalesse Expands Federal Business Opportunities Through Updated GSA Contract
  •   BoF NEWS - HNI Corporation Announces the Retirement of Kevin Stark, Vice President of Design
  •   Whiteboard - Whiteboard Is An Open Office Plan Healthy For Your Staff? / The Well Living Lab Attempts to Connect Human Health With Buildings
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from HBF, Nightingale, Source International, Magnuson, Arper & Brentano
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 1, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Aftershock Speaker Lineup Best in Years - The office furniture industry was gathering for BIFMA's Leadership Conference, dubbed The 360°, just as President Donald Trump was beginning his first week in office.
  •   Economist: Globalism Making Way For Nationalism - The peak of globalization, she believes, happened in 2001 when Europe adopted a single currency. It has been on the decline since then.
  •   Trade Wars: How Sanctions Might Hurt Office Furniture - Trump has complained that China has prospered over the last few decades by focusing its economy on low-cost manufacturing for foreign markets at the expense of the American worker.
  •   COVER - Luxo's L-1, which heralded the modern era in lighting, turns 80
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Unconventional Guide to Wasting Sales Dollars
  •   Stephen Says - "I Know When You Don't Wash Your Hands, and I'm Not the Only One" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Eclectic IQ Offices – Amsterdam
  •   BoF NEWS - Möbel360, Independently Owned Herman Miller Dealer, Opens in Montreal, Quebec
  •   BoF NEWS - Teknion Wins a Pair of 2017 Green Good Design Awards
  •   BoF NEWS - National Office Furniture Launches SpecStudio Online Visualization Tool
  •   Whiteboard - Cisco's Affordable Spark Board Wants To Change How You Conduct Meetings / Six Tips To Update Your Workspace For The Office Renaissance / 5 Essential Elements of Office Space Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Carnegie and KFI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 25, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Leadership Conference Examines Aftershock - The BIFMA Leadership Conference, now simply called The 360°, kicked off Monday evening in St. Petersburg, Fla. with a powerful keynote address and some speedy dining.
  •   COVER: LDI Grows its Brands and Reach Through Acquisition - Prior to last year, few in the office furniture industry gave much thought to Safco and its parent company, Liberty Diversified International.
  •   Everyone Needs an Oasis in the Office - The company was started by Chief Executive Officer Bryan Daisy and his wife, Claire, in 1989. It started as an importer of Danish furniture, but Daisy realized the limitations of the business model. He wanted to do things differently and provide businesses with ready-designed standard solutions, or tailor-made answers to their storage and office.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Check Out the Tech
  •   CoLaboration - Scott Lesizza - Proceed with Caution: Signs that an Employee is Considering Leaving
  •   CoLaboration - Steven L. Blue - Why Incentive Programs Fail
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Slack HQ - New York City
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura announces partnership with Open Systems Technologies - the two global firms expand capabilities
  •   BoF NEWS - Trial Date Set for Baker Trademark Lawsuit
  •   BoF NEWS - OFM Expands Into Everyday Furniture / Keilhauer Wins Two 2016 GOOD DESIGN Awards / New Manufacturer Representative Group in Midwest / Melissa Morris Joins CBRE / AIS Announces the Return of Mark Facciani / Dani Leather Hires North America Sales Manager / AIS Hires Tracy Reed / Much More...
  •   Whiteboard - What Uber Can Tell Us About the Future Workplace / After Two Years Of Trying 6-Hour Workdays, These Companies Say It Worked / A Futuristic Office Is Less Important Than An Office That's Good For Workers
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Okamura, ICF, Keilhauer & Luum
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 18, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Leadership Conference to Convene in St. Pete - The conference always has a top-notch lineup of speakers, almost all of whom have nothing to do with the office furniture industry.
  •   Office Furniture from Amazon? Online Retailer is Threat or Boon to Industry, Depending on Who You Ask - Amazon is a danger and a darling to the traditional office furniture industry. For some, it opens up the market to low price, cut-rate office furniture makers from Asia who previously had a hard time breaking into the North American market.
  •   Upcoming: 39th edition of CIFF in Guangzhou - The Made in China label connotation is less and less that of poor quality and low price, and instead is now able to provide appropriate and tangible solutions even for a medium-high client sector target.
  •   FEATURE - Experts in Design, Ergonomics, Technology and Sustainability Reveal Insights in a Changing Landscape
  •   COVER - Fully is a Retailer Focused on Ergonomics
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Cultivating Referrals
  •   Stephen Says - "Eighty-Year-Old Reps? Why Do People In This Industry Work Until the Grave?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   NOTED - The 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate Breakfast; MSNBC at Trendway
  •   PLACES - Wink Offices – Manhattan
  •   BoF NEWS - The Science of Product Design: Bill Marras Puts His Back into His Work
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Office awards Premier Partner Award
  •   Whiteboard - Why Open Offices are Bad for Us; The Way A Space Feels Is Just As Important As The Way It Looks; Open Plan Offices Ruin Our Productivity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Encore, FLOS, Poliform,Designtex, and Ultrafabrics
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 11, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Interface to Exit FLOR Retail Channel - Changes will include workforce reductions of approximately 70 FLOR team members and a number of other employees in the commercial business in the Americas and Europe regions, and write-downs of certain underutilized assets.
  •   Strikeout: Why American Seating Left Stadium Seating - The sale is the culmination of an ongoing effort by the company to optimize its operations and resources and pursue significant growth opportunities in the transportation seating market.
  •   Let it Snowsound, Let it Snowsound, Let it Snowsound! - Snowsound has found itself in the right time and the right place. Everyone is moving into the open plan, and the aesthetic in the office is, simply put, really loud.
  •   FEATURE - Humanscale and Tome's OfficeIQ is Getting People Active at Work
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Smoke and Mirrors - Part 2
  •   Stephen Says - "HR Director Asks: Why Does it Take Us So Long to Make a Hire?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - DES Architects + Engineers Offices – San Francisco
  •   BoF NEWS - Industry Vet Buys Philly Herman Miller Dealer
  •   BoF NEWS - Logicdata, Bellow Press to Launch Innovation Series
  •   Whiteboard - The workplaces of 2017 will see a revolution in design / Beyond Millennials: Meet the new Group Inspiring Workplace Innovation
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Allseating, Magnuson, HON, Arc|Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 4, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: American Seating Selling Architectural Fixed Seating Business to Irwin Seating - The transaction is expected to close in March 2017, pending due diligence.
  •   Autonomous Promises Tech for Less - Technology is part of everything, changing the way we communicate, learn, listen to music, drive our cars and, increasingly, design our office furniture. Autonomous is another new company that is part of a small, but growing number of office furniture makers that have roots in technology.
  •   Enwork Studio Collection Lures West Coast Techies - Silicon Valley technology companies understand the need for a healthy, happy workforce, but they also want furniture that speaks to the culture of the organization.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Clearing the Smoke
  •   Stephen Says - "Slow Start to the New Year" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Health Plan San Mateo – San Francisco
  •   BoF NEWS - Flat Results, Forecast for Herman Miller
  •   BoF NEWS - Making Sense of Manufacturer Certifications
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Trends That Will Boom in 2017 / Designing space for virtual collaboration in an untethered world
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from HON, Wolf Gordon & Arc|Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 21 & 28, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Low Cost VR Helps Designers Show Off Space - Yulio is a DIY virtual reality platform for those in the business of designing spaces.
  •   DIY Luxury Style: Emerging Custom Furniture Designer Finds His Niche - Design It Yourself designs and builds custom furniture for commercial and residential spaces and provides a wide selection of table tops, table legs and accessories for amateur and professional furniture builders.
  •   Byrne Partners with Shinola on New Consumer Product - While some in the industry might be surprised by Byrne's collaboration with such a hip consumer-facing brand, the company has steadily worked to position itself as a supplier capable of customization.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Sales Enablement for the Rest of Us
  •   Stephen Says - "Your Wife is on Your LinkedIn picture? Are You Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Threadless
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Reports Flat Quarterly Results
  •   BoF NEWS - Maars Living Walls celebrates Seventy Years
  •   BoF NEWS - EthoSource Celebrate its 15th Anniversary
  •   BoF NEWS - Rebecca and Bobby Boenigk named 2016 Community Builders of the Year
  •   BoF NEWS - ESI Ergonomic Solutions Promotes Robert Day
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from HON and HBF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 14, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Quarter Expected to be Slightly Below Guidance, but Better Than Previous Year - Revenue in the Americas was negatively impacted by lower than expected growth in day-to-day business.
  •   Wilkhahn Celebrates Success with Windy City Party - The company announced earlier this year it would manufacture some of its products sold in North America in the U.S.
  •   Matchmaking in the Workplace - PivotDesk space-sharing arrangements are month-to-month. Nobody is locked into a sublease or a long-term contract. Hosts can have their space back whenever they need it.
  •   FEATURE - Wolf-Gordon Continues to Excavate Office Ideas
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Transparency: The Power of Becoming Customer-Centered
  •   Stephen Says - "All Eyes on You at the Holiday Party, Even Unwanted Ones" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sky Central
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Reports Sales, Profits on the Rise
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Reports Third Quarter Sales Rose 3%
  •   BoF NEWS - Lift Mechanism Maker Linak plans $33M Expansion in Louisville
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Restructures Organization
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from RightAngle, Teknion, ICF & Global
  •   COLORS - Pantone's Color of the Year: Greenery
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 7, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Knoll Purchase of DatesWeiser Opens Door to Conference Room and Custom Furniture - The company continues to acquire complementary companies that compete in the contract furniture and furnishings world and add a different dimension to its core office furniture business.
  •   North American Exhibition Planned for London Event - The North American exhibition will be as unique as the event itself.
  •   The Next Evolution of the Humble Pedestal File - When a major West Coast tech firm asked Great Openings to create a custom mobile storage unit to be considered for a large project last year, the Ludington, Michigan-based company set to work.
  •   FEATURE - Proper Posture and Movement Decreases Stress and Injury
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Transparency: The Power of Removing Walls
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Goals Are Too High? It’s Groundhog’s Day for Reps" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MOBI
  •   BoF NEWS - National Ergonomics Conference Keynotes Provide Wide Range of Information
  •   BoF NEWS - Humanscale Partners with Thrive Global
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from J+J Flooring and LightArt
  •   SNAPSHOT - IIDEXCanada
  •   EVENT WRAP - Teknion at IIDEXCanada
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 30, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Herman Miller Flagship Influence Stretches Beyond Retail - The opening of the Flagship, as the company calls it, is an example of its branding strategy in action, says Ben Watson, executive creative director.
  •   What a Little Outfit from Zeeland has Brought to the Big Apple - Herman Miller's success always has been a study in contrasts. New York ideas and Michigan know-how, innovative expression and generations-deep craft, piety and play all form the essence of the output and appeal.
  •   Clarus Finds Its Products Popular at Home Too - Occasionally, an office product becomes a surprise home hit, even to the company that makes it. That's what happened to Clarus Glassboards and its go! Mobile product, a design-friendly portable whiteboard with an office pedigree and a growing number of residential fans.
  •   FEATURE - What Makes a Workplace Great for Women?
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Transparency: The Power of the Customer's Voice
  •   Stephen Says - "Keep Your Cold to Yourself" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   CoLaboration - "7 Small Workplace Changes that Make the Big Impact" - by Scott Lesizza
  •   PLACES - Karma
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura Releases Version 7.5 of CET Designer
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Office DC Showroom Achieves LEED-CI Gold
  •   BoF NEWS - Healthcare Leader Returns to HDR
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Fitterfirst, Arc-Com, Camira, Innovations
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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