Business of Furniture - September 20, 2017

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

Business of Furniture - September 13, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CIFF Off to Strong Start in Shanghai - CIFF started its four-day run Monday with larger crowds and smarter office furniture offerings than the first three years after organizers moved it to China's largest and most cosmopolitan city.
  •   CIFF Gala Celebrates Two Decades and Two Cities - The Chinese International Furniture Fair, CIFF, kicked off Sunday night with an opening gala commemorating 20 years of CIFF and its 40th session.
  •   LinkedIn's Innovative Approach to Health and Wellness - As a direct result of these wellness initiatives, LinkedIn has found 75 percent of its employees feel more loyal to their company.
  •   Putting Technology Into Our Furniture, or... The Science of Product Design - There have been two opposing camps in the argument concerning whether or not commercial furniture manufacturers should integrate technology into their products.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "What About Your Project and Design Feedback Loop?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Hurricane Distracting You At Work? Help However You Can!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Pageant Media Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Announces Fiscal Year 2018 First Quarter Sales Fell / Landscape Forms Acquires Kornegay Design
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Wilsonart to Acquire KML / NeoCon 2018 Call For Presentation / Los Angeles Building Expo / La-Z-Boy Healthcare - Knú Contract Awarded GPO Contract / 3form Names VP / Megan Winters Joins Kentwood / Michael Wildermuth Joins Vocon
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Designers Embrace Technology and Data to Benefit Workers / No Need To Worry About Robots Replacing Human Workers? Look At History / When Less is More and Less is a Bore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Kimball
  •   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 6, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Clarus Glassboards Spearheads Effort to Help Houston Hurricane Victims - For a company like Clarus Glassboards that is based in Texas, the catastrophic hurricane truly hits home. Clarus is challenging the industry to step up and help those suffering in Houston with a call to action. The company is "putting our money where our mouth is," matching every dollar donated until it reaches its $250,000 goal.
  •   AIS Settles Into Renovated Facility in Leominster, Massachusetts - The recently renovated factory and office space is headquarters to the $175 million office furniture company that proudly calls New England its home.
  •   CIFF Returns to Shanghai - CIFF is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the theme "Better Life, Better Work." "Create a Lively Workspace" is the name of the pavilions dedicated to office furniture, which is proving to be one of the largest and most important showcases in eastern China.
  •   ErgoExpo Educates: Proper Ergonomics can Increase Bottom Line - At this year's National Ergonomics Conference, ergonomists from around the globe learned how ergonomics also means an increase in employee productivity which can add to the company's bottom line.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "A Transparent Culture Changes Everything"
  •   Stephen Says - "Not Getting Interviews? It's Your Resume, Stupid!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Northland Controls Offices – Milpitas
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Spec Planting Trees / J+J Certified as Zero Waste / IDEC Awarded Chilewich Education Award / Washington, DC Named First LEED Platinum City / Solomon Coyle Dealer Training / New Sales Director Joins NeoCon / Baresque USA hires Douglas Shantz
  •   Whiteboard - Five Smart Building Features Transforming Today's Workplace / Confirmed: Good Workplace Design Fosters Innovation / That was then - This is now
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from eko
  •   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 30, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: MyResourceLibrary Releases Latest Version; Continues to Gain Momentum - The new version is a massive reboot of the online catalog that has gained serious traction in the industry in recent years.
  •   ErgoExpo 2017 - The conference and expo, held last week in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center, was sparsely attended despite a larger venue.
  •   Kickoff of the CBRE Washington D.C. Furniture Forum Uncovers Consistent Challenges - Participation on this panel was extended to key individuals recommended by industry peers as well-respected, knowledgeable in the furniture process and most importantly: open-minded.
  •   Capital One Work Environment Survey Finds Professionals Want Choices to Inspire Creativity - The Capital One survey asked 2,500 full-time office professionals to share their preferences and priorities when it comes to workplace design, environment and benefits.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Is Being Remarkable Still Possible?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Lazy Boss Phoning It In? Here's What to Do" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Jellyfish Offices – London
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Haworth Awarded / Kimball Welcomes New Dealer / Contemporary Office Interiors Acquires Workplace Resource / LearnLaunch and EDmarket Collaborate / Powder Coat Line Will Increase Efficiency at OMT-Veyhl USA / Designtex Events During New York Textile Month / Landscape Forms New Hires / AIS Announces Additions / New Sales Rep for Cortina Leathers / MAC Contract Joins izzy+ / NIHD Selects HDR for Research Grant
  •   Whiteboard - Millennials Opening the Doors to Communal Modern Workspaces / Barclays using Sensors in Workplace as Cost-Cutting Measure / What Douglas Adams can Teach us about Workplace Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from HBF & Space Copenhagen, Quartertwenty, Brentano and 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 - August 23, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: North American Innovation Design Series Ready to Expand in 2018 - The first North American Innovation Exhibition is prompting the organizers to gather the best and brightest companies in London again in May 2018 — and expand the initiative to other important global markets.
  •   Eclipse 2017 Watching - Work everywhere took a back seat to eclipse watching on Monday. It was a beautiful day to get out of the office, breathe some fresh air and watch the sun disappear for a few minutes.
  •   Enwork sees more Competition as Opportunity to Improve - Though Enwork was one of the first to really push height-adjustable tables in North America, it certainly isn't alone today.
  •   Cycle of Life: Why Using Recyclable Materials is No Longer Enough to Protect the Environment - The world is clogging up with its own discarded plastic. This is despite the fact some of the most common sources of this waste are made from ostensibly recyclable materials.
  •   Materiality Just as Important as Design in the Office - Coalesse, Steelcase's high-design brand, has evolved into a mindset — they build the products but leave it up to the designer and customer to really put their stamp on it.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Buckle Up: You will Soon be Designing to Accommodate Something You Can't See"
  •   Stephen Says - "Can Getting Drunk One Night Follow You Forever?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) June 2017 Report
  •   PLACES - Dealer Tire Offices – Cleveland
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Teknion Partners with DFurniture / Humanscale Net-Positive Future / Kimball Welcomes Dealer / Industry West HQ Expansion / Teknion Showrooms LEED Certified / Obex Binder Goes To The Cloud / IOA Representation Changes / HPFi New Representation / Inscape Additions / Kimball Addition / Film highlights of ADFF:NY
  •   Whiteboard - How Workplace Design Shapes and Reflects Organizational Hierarchies / Secure Rooms: Taking Privacy to a Whole New Level in the Office / Mobilizing the Workplace to Attract and Retain Employees
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from HON, Maharam and Boss Design
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 16, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: OMT Veyhl Continues West Michigan Expansion - Advanced machinery helps OMT Veyhl keep costs competitive with the flood of overseas manufacturers coming into North America with height-adjustable products.
  •   In Memoriam: Max De Pree 1924-2017 - During his tenure as the chief executive, Herman Miller nearly tripled its sales, erected architecturally striking new buildings and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and beyond.
  •   How Young is Too Young for Sit-Stand? - Because of the ergonomic and health benefits they deliver, standing desks are now ubiquitous in office environments, higher education and right on down to elementary schools.
  •   ErgoExpo Moves from Ancient Rome to Paris (Las Vegas) - The National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo has increased in size so much since it started in 1994, this year it will have to move to a new home. Held annually in Las Vegas, the event will start Tuesday and run through Aug. 25.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "What Industry Experts are Saying About Who Could be Your Best Sales Guides"
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's Rules to Interview Follow-ups: They Must Be Sent Within 24 Hours" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - NeoCon East Builds on NeoCon Momentum with 4 Powerful Keynotes
  •   PLACES - Wearable tech company in San Francisco
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Kimball Certified / ASID Business Conditions Webinar / China's Sinolinear Launches HumanMotion / National Receives REACH Award / Systems Inventory of Steelcase Sit Stand Desks / Staffelbach Merges into Minneapolis-based DLR Group
  •   Whiteboard - Meaningful Workplace Decisions Require Accurate Data / Seven ways in which Flexible Working is making our Lives more Rigid / The latest RAND survey paints a disturbing portrait of the American workplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from Innovations Design Studio, Marcel Wanders, Unika Vaev and Lux
  •   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 9, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Vioski Breaking into Contract Soft Seating Market - Vioski didn't enter the contract market as much as they were pulled into it. The company has a unique style that fits well in the contract market — what Vioski calls "new century modern," a contemporary twist on mid-century modern styling.
  •   Symmetry Office Balances Price with Performance for Success - Symmetry is just seven years old, but has succeeded by creating niche products dealers can blend into their offers — products with more margin and products more focused on the changing office.
  •   brightspot Helps Create Engaging Workplaces - A bright spot has arrived. It is a New York-based firm that fits somewhere in the middle of the industry by finding ways to increase productivity and engagement at some of the country's top companies.
  •   The Science of Product Design (A Monthly Series Sponsored by LOGICDATA) - AI and EI Taking the Product Design Process to Another Level - Being an industrial designer in the office furniture industry has never been easy. And while it is not going to get any easier, it is moving to a higher plane.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "How Do We Turn What We Know into What We Do?"
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Asking If It's Okay to Hook Up Online During the Work Day? Are You Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - July Furniture Industry Index Is Up Again! / Kimball sees Sales Climb 5% Year-over-Year / DIRTT Announces Q2 Revenue Growth and Value Increase on Major Contract
  •   PLACES - Irish bank AIB in Dublin, Ireland
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Configura Announces Details of 10th Annual CET Conference / DARRAN Furniture Participates in White House Small Business Event / OFM Website Launched / National Office Furniture Receives ISO Certification / American Society of Interior Designers Announces Awardees / Chris Latham joins Carnegie
  •   Whiteboard - Can't Stand Your Obnoxiously Noisy Office? 4 Architects Share Their Quiet Hacks / New Workplace Design Trends Promote Well-Being, Collaboration And Flexibility / The state of the workplace right now? Everywhere and nowhere, baby
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from HBF, Magnuson Group
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 2, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Egan Has New Owners; New Focus on the Future - Longtime Egan executive Sean Brown and a small group of investors purchased Egan and have big plans for the Toronto-area company. Even though Egan is celebrating its 50 year anniversary with its "Egan 50" tag, inside the company another motto is circulating: "50 Forward," a call to action for its employees and promise to its customers that Egan isn't resting on its past.
  •   Officeworks Acquires Workplace Environments - Officeworks purchased Workplace Environments from Sherri Krensel and Jean Harper. They started the dealership 20 years ago and grew it into a $20 million business.
  •   Alur Walls Building on Success - ALUR is relatively new to the market — it was founded five years ago — but it has already made a mark, especially in the highly competitive New York market.
  •   Boss Design Brings Comfort and Style to Historic Library in Reading, Mass - Boss Design — in conjunction with Total Office Interiors, Boston, Massachusetts — supplied soft seating solutions for quiet zones and group environments throughout a library in Reading, MA.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Facts About the Changing Customer Journey that Should Keep You Up at Night"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Co-Worker Screams At His Wife on His Work Phone! No, I am Not Kidding." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Insight - Michael A. Dunlap - A New Approach
  •   BoF News - Knoll Second Quarter Sales Fall 8.8% / Interface Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results / 9to5 Seating Launches New Brand Campaign / 5 Firms Selected to Design EDspaces 2017 Classrooms
  •   PLACES - Kimball showroom New York City
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Byrne Team Member Award / ASID A Retreat for Visionaries / LeanRite wins Award / Arcadis Acquires E2 ManageTech / Sound Reduction Technology In Tables / Camira Adds Bobbie Swaney / Kimball Office Addition / Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bartelsmeyer / WPF Hires Scott Augustine / Staci Thompson Joins Kentwood Office / Office Environments New President / Spellman Brady Welcomes Monica Stefek / Wallcoverings Industry Free Sample Book / World Architecture Festival 2017
  •   Whiteboard - The Line between Office and Home Design is increasingly Blurred / Design Connects: The Smart Revolution / Workplace Dress Codes changing from Collared to the 'Cool'-ered
  •   FIRST LOOKS - A look at Flock by Hon
  •   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 26, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: NYC Market Gets First Look - Held last Wednesday at the New York Design Center, the 13th annual First Look event successfully blended a hopping social affair with some of the latest introductions from the office furniture industry.
  •   Furnishings Key to Creating Doctor's Office of the Future - West Michigan's biggest health provider enlisted Haworth to create a new doctor's office concept to change the dynamics of its relationship with patients.
  •   Custom Designs Growing in Value as Trend Shifts Toward Authenticity - Companies in all industries are shifting toward a more authentic and comfortable workplace, and makers are zeroing in on the window of opportunity.
  •   Steelcase Acquires Tech Behind Stir Height-Adjustable Desk - Details of the deal were not released, but Stir will continue to operate as an independent company, unaffiliated with Steelcase, according to company founder J.P. Labrosse.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Will Bringing Science to Customer Conversations Happen in our Industry?"
  •   Stephen Says - "New Boss You Think You Don't Like? Well, Think Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Insight - Scott Lesizza - Bridging the Gap Between Furniture and Technology: IT directors and facility managers are taking a more active role in specifying furniture
  •   PLACES - Cojecom Offices – Lyon
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - ASID Earns Both LEED and WELL Platinum Certs / Arconas Selected as Finalist / Kimball and 76ers Innovation Lab / ILFI Honors Stephen R. Kellert / Koleksiyon Continues its Expansion / In2design Representative / Landscape Forms Represntative / Rick Hansen IIDEXCanada Speaker / Camira Appoints Abigail Bomford / ICF Personal Changes
  •   Whiteboard - The Secret to a Great Workplace? Think of it as a People-Place / Does Sit-to-Stand Working Improve Health and Wellness at Work? / Sustainable Design Should Mimic the Outdoors
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Hon, ICF, HBF and Wolf-Gordon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - CIFF Special Edition - July 24, 2017

 
  •   40th CIFF (China International Furniture Fair) - National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) in Hongqiao!

  •   September 11–14, 2017 - The 40th edition of CIFF, the world's largest furniture exhibition and the most important business platform in Asia, is held in Shanghai Hongqiao showcasing leading brands of home furniture, home decor, home textiles, outdoor furniture, office furniture, furniture machinery & raw materials.

    CIFF has meticulously planned to create a furniture event for "Better Life, Better Work" to host 2,000 brands and 90,000 professional visitors, with the aim clearly set on enhancing the exhibition quality and providing excellent service and furniture. Perfect products for every lifestyle, even for the most demanding markets.

    The 400,000 square-meter exhibition covers the themes of the entire industry chain under the concept of the Whole Home Decor, which are integrated together and show their own features.

  •   Shanghai, the city where everything is possible - The Office Show will have Halls 7.2 and 8.2 and bring together the excellent businesses operating in the office and hotel furniture industry, making the layout of the specialized themes more simple and coherent, while also enhancing the impact.

    In addition to the U-shaped layout with three aisles running throughout the entire venue and the second half of the exhibition area, the 40th CIFF Shanghai will optimize exhibition circulation and introduce innovative kinked aisles allowing clear views of the booth facades and offering 360-degree views of the venue, thus further enhancing the exhibition experience.

Business of Furniture - July 19, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Coworking Grows in 2017 - This year we're seeing flexible options from landlords and private businesses grow faster than anyone expected.
  •   COVER: BW in London Focuses on Customer Experience - BW is a firm that is comfortable shaking up the industry. The company is 17 years old and specializes in workplace fit out and refurbishment.
  •   A NeoCon Showroom as Sweet as Honey - A month after the hustle and bustle and excitement of Neocon 2017 has worn off, there remains in my mind a showroom as vibrant and exciting in my imagination as it was on the first day of Neocon: Nightingale.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Some is Good... More is Better"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Prodigious Offices – Brooklyn
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Rebecca Boenigk Testifies / BIFMA Board Announced / Groupe Lacasse Certification / Custer Acquires Contractor / Texas A&M Study / ASID Releases Design Sector Briefs / INDEAL 2017 Idea Book / Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibit / Flooring Group Builds Momentum / MW International / The Scranton Group, Now Representing AIS
  •   Whiteboard - Data-Driven Design for the Modern Workplace / Top Performing Organizations Build Six Elements into their Design / Workplace of the Future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from Carvart and 3Form
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 12, 2017

 
  •   Arper Partners with DEWG, Workspaces Division of the Studio Lombardini 22 - Arper has taken an active part in the Ernst & Young Milan headquarters project, designed by DEGW, the workspaces division of the Studio Lombardini 22.
  •   Artopex Adds Five New Collections to Portfolio - With the addition of the high-level Italian designs, the company expects to compete and increase brand awareness among its distribution channels, designers and architects.
  •   UPFRONT: Classic and Simple: m.a.d. Furniture Company disrupting Asian Furniture Industry - "It's a social kind of mission that were on here."
  •   Liberate Your Lobby - Lobbies are a tricky balance between the latest designs and your corporate aesthetic. Jump on the bandwagon of a short-lived trend, and the look will age out after a few years. Go too formal, and you might send the message your firm is stodgy.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "3 Easy Steps to Get Your Customer Ready for Your Next Call"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is an Uber Racist! What Do I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Sales Dip, Orders Flat, Consumer Up in Herman Miller's Latest Quarter
  •   BoF NEWS - Losing the Power Cord with TesLink: The Science of Product Design
  •   Projects - Custer Wraps Up Finishing Touches on Sustainable, Creative Office Space for Green Giftz
  •   PLACES - CA Technologies Offices – São Paulo
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Scott Cameron Knoll Senior VP / Boss Design President joins BIFMA Board / CIDA's Summit Report / National Office Furniture Donates to Local Community / ASID Releases Design Sector Briefs / HBF + HBF Textiles Welcomes Elaine Holub / Boss Design New Illinois Sales Appointment
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Sitcoms Reflecting the Faulty Modern American Work Culture / Long commutes are major source of poor health and low productivity / The workplace of the future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest from Maharam, HBF Textiles and 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 - July 5, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Formaspace Moves from Industrial to Office - Formaspace is off to a good start. It launched its office furniture collection at NeoCon to great acclaim and a mobbed seventh floor stand. It helped that the company's products looked like nothing else at the show.
  •   Sycamore plans to buy Staples for $6.9 billion - This buyout is definitely a consolation prize compared to Staples' previous plan to buy its main rival, Office Depot.
  •   theMART Gets Staring Role at NeoCon 2017 - From the beginning, there was a clear intent to encourage visitors to gather more comfortably, frequently and intentionally at theMART's Marshall's Landing.
  •   Problems with Noise at Work? A Lot of it is in Our Heads - While open-plan offices are designed to encourage collaboration, research published last year by Oxford Economics found more than half of employees say poor office acoustic design reduces their productivity and makes them unhappy.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Where is the Customer in your Org Chart?"
  •   INSIGHT: Michael Dunlap - "NeoCon at 49: Crossroads or Epiphany?"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Husband is Unemployed and I'm Beginning to Resent it" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Phoenix HSL Offices - Sidney, Australia
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Wolf-Gordan Exclusive Scuffmaster Distributor / AIS Hires Rep Firm / Koelnmesse CEO Gerald Böse: New Contract
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Strategies Are Shifting Towards More Flexibility / Dear Office Worker, The Future Is Free-Address / Your office desk and chair are about to become Big Brother
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Teknion, Bretford, Integra, Darran, Magnuson and Carvart
  •   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 28, 2017

 
  •   COVER: From Walls to Wheels to Workstations - The Clarus team devised a way to use the existing infrastructure of the workstations, whether they were Haworth, Steelcase, Herman Miller, or any number of other manufacturers, so the glass could hang without using a single tool.
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon 2017 - What We Liked (and didn't) - The Business of Furniture staff covered a lot of ground during NeoCon in Chicago. Innovative products and spectacular showrooms were everywhere.
  •   LOGICDATA Celebrates its Anniversary Austrian-Style - LOGICDATA makes components for height-adjustable desks. While some in the industry have moved toward cheap, low-priced components, LOGICDATA believes its success stems from its innovative, inclusive culture, now exemplified in its headquarters.
  •   Todd's Post NeoCon Story - Another NeoCon has come and gone, and with it we saw practically too many products to count.
  •   Steelcase Sales Increase just 2% in the Latest Quarter
  •   Inscape 4Q sales climb 2.7%, 19.3% higher for the Year
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "WARNING! Performance Reviews are a Silent Revenue Drain (Especially in our Industry)"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Viscusi Guide For What To Do If Your Company is Sold: Ask For a Stay Bonus or Leave" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - M Booth Offices – New York City
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Boenigk and Neville named Sales Managers / ASID Partnership with Sherwin-Williams / Trendway Names Jim Ford Director of Market Development / Kimball Office Personnel Addition / Meadows Office Interiors Director of Customer Experience / AIS Addition of Northern New England Territory Manager, Jackie DesLauriers
  •   Whiteboard - Accommodating a Liquid Workforce / Office Furniture Dealers Embrace Coworking / The Rise of the Residential 'Innovation Space'
  •   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 21, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Breakfast Serves Up Economic, Organization Update - BIFMA speaker Mitch Stapley, an economist at ClearArc Capital, said the economy has grown more slowly than past patterns, but there is no economic data that suggests a recession.
  •   NeoCon 2017 Keynote Speaker Arianna Huffington Delivers a Promising Message About Wellness - Huffington entertained the audience with multiple lighthearted moments, including our modern-day addiction to electronics.
  •   IIDA Unveils New Headquarters - The IIDA had very specific things it wanted in the space.
  •   Stelter Out at Inscape - Jim Stelter was the architect of the West Elm Workplace deal, which has fundamentally changed the market as competitors scrambled to recreate the residential look of the low priced, high design products.
  •   NeoCon Trends: A Delightful Dog's Dinner - The way people work continues to change at a rapid pace. The choices for how we work have never been greater. So the ideas being brought to the table at NeoCon should reflect that diversity.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "7 Sales Management Strategy Ideas that You Can Steal"
  •   Stephen Says - "He Who Smelt It Dealt It: Farting Etiquette in the Workplace" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sprout Social – Chicago
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Dealers Choice Survey Award Winners / Use of Standing Desks in Workplace Linked to Increased Productivity, Improved Health / Falcon and Thonet Mark Successful NeoCon / KI Wins Best of NeoCon Gold
  •   Whiteboard - The Five Elements of a Happy Workplace / How Furniture can affect Productivity and Wellness in Workers / The Dynamic Work Environment
  •   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 14, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: NEOCON OFF TO SMOLDERING START - The industry put its best foot forward, from the newest companies in theMart to the veteran firms that have pushed the workplace forward for years.
  •   WORRIED ABOUT A BOT TAKING YOUR JOB? BE A CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER - Microsoft reached out to Steelcase, a company that has been in workspace industry for more than a century.
  •   'YOU HAVE TO BE VULNERABLE TO LEARN' - At no other time in the industry's history have its three main players pursued such different strategies
  •   INDEAL Hosts Champion Training and Conference - The conference balanced interactive instructional sessions on the INDEAL program with manufacturer-focused segments and unique networking opportunities.
  •   Haworth Acquires Design Retailer Luminaire - Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, the married couple who launched Luminaire in 1974, said they will remain in charge of the Doral-based retailer.
  •   SCIENCE OF PRODUCT DESIGN - Industry 4.0 (Sponsored by LOGICDATA) - We are in the middle of a revolution of how the industrialized world functions and works.
  •   Stephen Says - Are You A Superstitious Salesperson? I Sure Hope So (Knock on Wood) - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Laddawn Inc. Offices – Devens
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - OFM Introduces Foresee Chair / 2017 ASID Foundation Transform Grant Recipients / Bretford introduces CUBE Cart Mini / Framery is Expanding in the US / My Resource Library (MRL) Connects To The level Data Platform / Ottlite Launches Workwell / PS Furniture Introduces WALS / Studio TK Names Eric Stroud as Vice President, U.S. Sales
  •   Whiteboard - The Impact of Office Design in Talking Brand Impact / Steelcase and Microsoft’s Partnership aims to raise Worker Productivity / Seismic Structural Shift about to hit the Office Market
  •   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 - NeoCon 2017 SPECIAL EDITION

 
  •   COME BELLOW WITH US - Meet with the team behind The Business of Furniture and Workplaces Magazine. NeoCon 2017 - Seventh Floor; Booth: 7-5113
  •   THE FUTURE OF WORK: 4 MAJOR TRENDS AT NEOCON 2017 - As always, the future of the office will play a major role at the 2017 edition of NeoCon.
  •   NEOCON 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Arianna Huffington, Jessica Green, John Ronan
  •   SPECIAL EVENTS - NeoCon is three days of nonstop special events and parties.
  •   FLOOR PLANS - Don't get lost in theMART. Also don't forget about theMART's neighborhood showrooms.
  •   THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PRODUCTS DEBUTING DURING NEOCON - Hundreds of the latest products to stop by and see.
  •   THE COMPANIES - The Latest Products and Introductions at The Show: - 3form, 9to5 Seating, AIS, Allsteel, Arcadia, Arc-Com, Arper, Artopex, Barbican, Bentley, Boss Design, Brentano, Bush Business Furniture, BuzziSpace, Camira, Carnegie, CF Stinson, Chilewich, Clarus Glassboards, Coalesse, Concertex, Configura, Dauphin, Davis, DesignTex, Dyson, Egan, Encore, Enwork, ESI, Falcon, Flexsteel, Formaspace, Frem, Garrett Leather, Geiger, Ghent, Global, Great Openings, Groupe Lacasse, Gunlocke, HBF, Herman Miller, HON, HPFI, Humanscale, ICF, Indiana Furniture, Inscape, Integra, izzy+, J+J Flooring, Jabbrrbox, JRB Studio, JSI, Keilhauer, KFI, KI, Kimball Office, KnollTextiles, Koleksiyon, Loctek, LOFTWall, LOGICDATA, LightCorp, Luum, Maars Living Walls, Mayline, Mohawk Group, Momentum, Muzo, National Office Furniture, Nemschoff, Nienkamper, Nightingale, Nucraft, Nxtwall, Okamura, OM, Pallas, SitOnIt, Sixinch, Spec Furniture, Steelcase, Steelcase Health, Studio TK, Stylex, Symbiote, Teknion, Thonet, Trendway, Tuohy, unika vaev, Versteel, Via Seating, Vitra, Waddell, West Elm, Wilkhahn, Wolf-Gordon, Workrite - AND MORE!

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