Business of Furniture - August 10, 2022

 
  •   Designing for Neurodiversity Offers Balance and Safety in the Workplace - From a visual standpoint, designers look at creating seamless, clutter-free aesthetics while companies can adopt expectations such as a clean desk policy to help eliminate overexposure of visual stimuli.
  •   Building an Inspired Office Culture Through Sustainability and Creativity - Connection to nature is promoted throughout, with curated biophilic moments and sweeping views to the outdoors — with some windows featuring clever decals that articulate the air quality outside at that height.
  •   Stephen Says - "This MillerKnoll Thing Is Not Working Out for My Dealership: What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - In the future, I see two kinds of contract furniture dealers out there, the mega dealer and the mini-boutique dealer and each have a place.
  •   Solomon Coyle 2022-Q2 Market Outlook Report Now Available - Overall, distributors remain somewhat optimistic in the face of supply chain issues and uncertainty stemming from inflationary and interest rate moves.
  •   New Fabrics Launch from Carnegie and Creation Baumann - Création Baumann has been a fantastic, steadfast partner to Carnegie for almost half a century.
  •   ASID Recognizes Future Leaders in Ones to Watch Program - The Ones to Watch award winners receive leadership opportunities, access to industry leaders and peers for networking, and expanded participation at ASID events as invited guests.
  •   Kimball International Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Results - Demand remained strong in key Workplace and Health markets, where fourth quarter sales increased 33% year-on-year and represented 88% of fourth quarter revenues, led by the Commercial and Education verticals.
  •   Interface Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results - Second quarter net sales were $346.6 million, up 17.6% versus $294.8 million in the prior year period on broad-based growth.
  •   UPFRONT: AIS Continues its Commitment to Dealers with New Customer Experience Manager Reinforcing a Comprehensive Approach to Service - The position was specifically designed to support AIS dealers by providing a staffing resource dedicated to the strategic design, implementation, and optimization of customer experience programs and initiatives.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Leland Takes Gemma Collection to New Heights, Introduces Work-Height Tables - Created by Altherr Désile Park for Leland, the Gemma Collection was created from a broader desire to open a new path for Leland, keeping mid-century American values of optimism, expressiveness, and industrial experimentation as a foundation, while looking towards the future.
  •   JOINED: Memphis-based Office Interiors Joins with Haworth - It's no secret that the definition of an office has changed significantly in the last few years. With this Haworth partnership, Office Interiors has only just begun to share the great things in store for the future of our clients, our team and our community.
  •   PLACES - Deanshoes Offices – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | With the concept 'The new playground', 1,500sqm of the workplace creates a variety of spaces to enhance encourage interaction, stimulate creativity and boost productivity.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Milliken & Company Welcomes Karen Sawdy as Commercial Design Manager / Allsteel to Host Evolving Workplace Panel Discussion / Steelcase Named a Best Employer for Women by Forbes / Solomon Coyle Accepting Registrations for Fall Session of Project Management Training / Whitney Brothers Nature View Writing Center Earns Platinum Spaces4Learning 2022 New Product Award / Lauren Ross Launches Trade Program For Design Professionals
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Lesro Industries Introduces Waterfall / Luminator by Flos: A Beloved Lamp Returns With New Tech and Colors / Reduce, Reuse & Recycle with nanimarquina / USAI Lighting Introduces New TrueZero360 Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 3, 2022

 
  •   Introducing KOVA — Reframing the Values of the Built Environment - KOVA provides an extensive collection of high-performance solutions through three distinct categories: Construct, Components, and Connect.
  •   New Research Reveals What Matters Most to Dealer Designers - Digital access to the product information alone isn’t enough. Cross-functional training on the sales and design process, product specification, and the technology involved is critical for success.
  •   Integra Celebrating 40 Years in Business - Like any company that can celebrate four decades in business, Integra has experienced ups and downs. But the core characteristics that set it apart from the beginning remain in place today.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Believe I am Not Getting A Job Offer Because of my Age!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Keep yourself marketable by keeping your current relationships fresh and by continuing to make new relationships.
  •   Boston Business Journal Names AIS Among the Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts - Bruce Platzman, co-founder and vice chair of AIS – along with Arthur Maxwell, co-founder and chairman of AIS – have been passionate and intentional about giving back to the community from the very beginning.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 - Consolidated net sales increased 21.8 percent from the prior-year quarter to $621.7 million.
  •   DIRTT Releases Q2 2022 Financial Results - Revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 were $44.7 million, an increase of 16.8% and 8.8% over the first quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2021, respectively.
  •   Allsteel Introduces Three New Products For the Office - Mural, a new modular furnishings system designed by MASHstudios transforms the static office into an adaptive office.
  •   UPFRONT: Corporate Interior Systems Announces the Acquisition of digg by The Berg Group - CIS will continue to work with The Berg Group to make sure all existing clients are taken care of for the next year.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: HLW Welcomes New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in New York - Mathai will oversee the convergence of the firm’s various existing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and culture-based programs under a single umbrella, including HLW’s recent alignment with the International Living Future Institute and Just certification.
  •   AWARDED: Trendway awarded Indoor Air Quality agreement with Premier, Inc. - AeraMax Pro air purifiers offered by Trendway are commercial-grade air purification systems that remove at least 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, including allergens, such as pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke from indoor spaces.
  •   PLACES - C&W Services Offices – Singapore | C&W Services Singapore reimagines the future of work with the transformation of its workplace at Chai Chee.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - //3877 Welcomes Kate Janik to Growing Team / MHTN Architects Registers as a JUST 2.0 Organization / Ware Malcomb Promotes Dawn Riegel to Principal / Holly Holton Named Bentley’s Global Director of Sustainability
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Versteel Introduces Troupe, Setting the Standard for Gathering Tables / Arper Presents: The Ghia Table By Studio Altherr Deslie Park
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 27, 2022

 
  •   Kimball International's Alternative Design Podcast Releases Limited Edition Soundtrack Vinyl Record - Kimball International's Alternative Design Podcast has had great success by offering monthly episodes dedicated to empowering and engaging designers, architects, creatives, and design enthusiasts.
  •   Steelcase Health Provides Healthcare Solutions Through Expanded West Elm Collaboration and New ModuForm Partnership - The collection includes Slope, Sterling, Mesa and Lucas, various seating products that will add a welcoming aesthetic to many healthcare applications such as lobbies, reception areas, waiting spaces, transition spaces, cafes, clinician respite, physician offices, consultation, outpatient centers and virtual care spaces.
  •   DZ Bank's New One Vanderbilt Office Marries Traditional and Futurist Design - In place of a formal reception, off the elevator lobby there is a lounge and accompanying coffee bar with floor to ceiling views of the adjacent Chrysler Building.
  •   G2 Esports Partners With Herman Miller to Deliver the Ultimate Gaming Experience - The partnership agreement extends over multiple years, a testament to the shared strategic collaboration and ambition to bring activities to new heights.
  •   Tayco Enters into a new Product Category with the Launch of their Receptions Collection - This Reception Collection, available in 22 laminate colours, enriches Tayco's current range of office furniture products, making Tayco the source for all office furniture needs.
  •   NDI Office Furniture Expands Up the Mid-Atlantic with Growing Representation - NDI Office Furniture was founded in 1980 and started with one location Nashville.
  •   Stephen Says - "New Boss You Think You Don't Like? Well, Think Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Your boss should have more important priorities than being your friend, and you should have better standards in choosing a job than whether or not you and your boss will hang out on the weekend.
  •   Design Pool Collaborates with Museum of Printing in new Moveable Type Collection - All the patterns in Moveable Type reference typography and the history of printing. Motifs in these patterns are based on old typewriter keys, a collection of wingding icons, and letterforms in general.
  •   UPFRONT: Allsteel Announces Partnership with Wilsonbauhaus - "Our relationship with wilsonbauhaus provides a great opportunity for us to enhance our capabilities and coverage in the Southcentral market and to create even more business value for customers", said Jason Hagedorn, president of Allsteel.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Carnegie Fabrics Launches New Indoor/Outdoor Upholstery and Drapery Collection - The newest Skylight window fabrics — made by Création Baumann — are both functional and innovative: woven with inherently flame-retardant yarns that have been engineered to withstand prolonged exposure to high levels of UV light.
  •   SOLD: HNI Corporation Sells Lamex Office Furniture Business - HNI Corporation announced it has completed the sale of its China and Hong Kong–based Lamex office furniture business. The business was acquired by Kokuyo Co., Ltd. for 75 million US dollars, subject to standard post-closing adjustments.
  •   PLACES - 2U Offices – Cape Town | The client wanted a new workspace ecosystem which promotes culture and collaboration, focus and fun by providing a diverse collection of spaces.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Navigating Our Way Towards a World Without Greenwashing - Watch It Online Now / Cabinet Manufacturer American Woodmark Spends $15.8 Million to Expand Manufacturing Footprint in Toccoa, Ga. / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MyWhiteBoards.com Launches Newest Innovative Product, Custom-Printed Glass Dry Erase Boards / SnapCap Launches New Conferencing Pod / 3form Elements Introduces Five Linear Profile Patterns Inspired by Ancient Architecture / Stylex Umo Tables Infuse Hygge Serenity into the Workplace
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 20, 2022

 
  •   Reseat Aims to Solve the Office Furniture Waste Problem with New Online Platform - In its inaugural year, Reseat saved more than 3 million pounds of furniture from the landfill by working with companies such as Oracle, Yelp, Benchling, Square, Twitch and others.
  •   Ted Moudis Associates Wins CoreNet 2022 Corporate Real Estate Award for Excellence - New Manhattan office for Ducera Partners earns Project of the Year from CoreNet Global's NYC Chapter.
  •   Stephen Says - "We Had a Sales Rep Who Was Working for Us and Another Company at the Same Time!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Guess what, if some of you reading this wonder if your own employee may be working elsewhere, like this guy, chances are they are barely working at all.
  •   The Future of the A&D Firm Library - How do we take knowledge and document it so it is easily grabbable?
  •   ORGATEC 2022 - Preparations are In Full Swing and Interest is Immense - It goes without saying that the trade fair has a first class, richly varied event program ready for trade visitors from all over the world.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces Two New Sales Agreements - "This partnership provides Integra with yet another inroad to the design community," said Integra Specification Sales Manager Ron Bataller.
  •   Inscape Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results - Total sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 were $11.0 million, compared to $8.1 million for the same period of fiscal 2021.
  •   Tangram Partners With Once Upon A Room To Customize Children's Hospital Rooms - The five week partnership included collaborations with many clients and A+E partners that participated in decorating patient rooms at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) while the children were inpatient.
  •   Mark Richey Woodworking Earns National Minority Certification - This certification, awarded last month, means the company has met the National Minority Supplier Development Council criteria for MBEs.
  •   UPFRONT: J.D. Ewing Spearheads IOPFDA Educational Programming for Mid-Market Dealers - A team of industry experts is filling a void in training and education programs to equip smaller furniture dealers for success in today's challenging economic environment.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Avalon Tables by DeskMakers - Ideal for common areas, design libraries, touchdown spaces and more, Avalon Tables are available in a variety of configurations and finish options to suit a wide range of personal aesthetic preferences and interior design schemes.
  •   LAUNCHED: Shelby Williams Launches New Website - The new website combines a broad grouping of product designs, easy-to-order finish and fabric samples, advanced search functionality, and more.
  •   PLACES - Turim MFO Offices – São Paulo | Studio L Arquitetura completed the Turim MFO offices to allow focus on integration, collaboration and transparency in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ultrafabrics Announces Jeff Smith As New Head Of Residential, North America / Nearly Half of LA Workforce Wants Flexibility / BIFMA CEU July 28: "Attributes of Contract Furniture" / Martin Brattrud Goes Solar / Patricia Urquiola Shares the Cassina Perspective at Milan Design Week / Lesro is On CET Designer
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from Arc-Com: Wallcovering Pattern Prismatic / Formica Introduces 20 New Commercial Designs with SurfaceSet 2022 / BuzziChip is BuzziSpace's Newest Acoustic Lighting Solution
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 13, 2022

 
  •   Senior Care Can Feel Like Home with Some Meaningful Design Choices - Healthcare design has taken some miraculous turns in recent years, but there's one problems Chernoff would like to see solved.
  •   APAC Workplace Furniture Maker Schiavello Sets Sights on North American Market - Schiavello, a top 100 Australian private company built on quality, service excellence and innovation, has been creating and servicing world-class work and living environments for over 50 years.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Let Your Top Salespeople Leave, Give Them a Track to Promotion!" - by Stephen Viscusi - These days, manufacturers, dealers and their respective HR departments explain to us that when they are hiring for any type of sales manager position (and I mean whether the manager is local, regional or national), they are looking for sales leaders who have relationships equal to their best salespeople. To which I usually respond: "So why not promote and train your best salespeople?"
  •   CFI Merges with Spectrum - The combined furniture dealer is the largest minority and women-owned MillerKnoll dealer in the country.
  •   Four Ways the Metaverse will Change Design for the Better - No one knows exactly what the future holds, but some positive opportunities are emerging and expanding what's possible.
  •   DIRTT Announces Rebrand and Launches New Digital Experience - The rebrand is the culmination of an 18-month research-based project, consisting of internal and external interviews, focus groups, workshops and user testing that delivered actionable insights.
  •   Hip Hop Architecture Camp Aims to Reach Underrepresented Youth - Created in 2016 by licensed architect Michael Ford, The Hip Hop Architecture Camp positions hip hop culture as a catalyst to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning, and design.
  •   ABI May 2022: Business Conditions at Architecture Firms Remain Strong Despite Economic Headwinds - Firms report that approximately 17% of their projects are designed to meet a rating system.
  •   Coming Soon - Webinar: Navigating Our Way Toward a World Without Greenwashing - In this webinar, Roddy Clarke, Design Writer for The Financial Times and Forbes, and Jane Abernethy, CSO at Humanscale, will take a deep dive into the art of navigating through a world of greenwashing, the power of transparent communication, and the steps to take in understanding a company's true impact.
  •   UPFRONT: all33 Hopes to Set a New Trend in Motion by Moving Manufacturing to the US - The shift to manufacturing in the United States has allowed the team to keep a close eye on every step of the manufacturing process. The Axion is produced in a completely vertically-integrated factory streamlined to reduce environmental impact.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Luxxbox Upgrades its Linea Slimline Acoustic LED System - The linear lighting system features a new unique plug and play power connector allowing for install of canopy and power before lighting fixtures. As a result, only one power feed is needed per run.
  •   AWARDED: Tayco Named a Best Workplace in Manufacturing - Tayco's phenomenal culture and engaged Team stems from innovative workplace policies, opportunities for growth, and a diverse workforce. They work diligently to ensure their core values of ownership, progressive, efficient, and enjoyable experiences are drivers for everything from large scale projects to individual tasks.
  •   PLACES - Novo Nordisk Offices – Ho Chi Minh City | AK Interiors designed an on-trend, fluid and future-proofed work hub for the company's young and energetic employees.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Gibson Welcomes New Hires / CNY Group Promotes Joanna Hung to Project Executive / Bright Spaces Launches a New Product, and Avison Young Romania is the First to Adopt It / Confidentiality and Comfortability Within The Cancer Foundation Finland / Davis Furniture Joins CET for Commercial Interiors / Georgia Public Service Commission Recognizes Shaw Industries with Energy Matters Award in the "Best Sustainability by a Manufacturing Company" Category / IIDA NY Chapter Inaugurates New President
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from Arc-Com: Pattern Rio / Hollman Introduces Glass Lockers for Workspace / New from Maharam: Method
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 6, 2022

 
  •   Economic Activity in Manufacturing Sector Sees Continued Growth - All of the six biggest manufacturing industries — Computer & Electronic Products; Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Petroleum & Coal Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; and Chemical Products — registered moderate-to-strong growth in June.
  •   Nemo Tile + Stone Acquires Tile Market of Delaware - The company's second brand acquisition deepens their footprint in the northeast and mid-atlantic markets.
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm Not Getting a Second Interview! Why?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Preparing for a job interview these days is much more complicated than reading a company's website and viewing the LinkedIn profile of the people you're going to interview with. These are important steps but it's much more than that.
  •   ASID Honors Distinguished Interior Designers with 2022 National Awards and College Of Fellows - The National Awards recognize four design companies or individuals for their work and careers dedicated to furthering the interior design practice and changing the world in one of four distinct categories.
  •   Spotted! Top 10 Commercial Design Trends at NeoCon 2022 - ThinkLab Trendspotters were at it again this year — for the second time, they were scoping the show, helping those on-site prioritize what to see, and bringing the "hallway conversations" to the virtual attendees.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results - According to the company, the formal launch of the contract dealer network in North America positions MillerKnoll for future growth.
  •   SANDOW Design Group Launches New Podcast Network for A+D Industry - SURROUND is the second content platform launched by SANDOW Design Group since 2020, following DesignTV by SANDOW, a streaming video platform featuring hundreds of hours of design content available on all major mobile and OTT devices.
  •   FCA Appoints McCarthy as The Firm's 6th President - The presidential transition will usher in a new era for FCA as John, a master of corporate interiors and workplace strategy, makes his exit, Aran McCarthy, will step in, bringing decades of experience with healthcare environments to the leadership role.
  •   Fresh Yet Classic: Supreen's New Menswear-Inspired Patterns - Revolutionary stain-resistant sustainable Supreen expands textile offering with three new timeless textures.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 + Compusoft Announce Winners of Inspiration Contest - "We are so proud of all of our talented designers who entered the Global Inspiration Contest this year," said Karen Curtis, director of marketing & communications at 2020.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Ghent Introduces Preserve - The first product meant for creating meaningful meeting space outdoors, Preserve pushes the boundaries of what a meeting space should be, creating a "fourth space," giving outdoor space a more purposeful use.
  •   NEW OFFERINGS: Ultrafabrics Bleach Cleanable Textiles - 9to5 Seating - The four new patterns and 66 colorways were designed to complement the popular Ultrafabrics Brisa and Ultraleather Pro that appear on the "Impress the Senses" fabric card from 9to5 Seating.
  •   PLACES - TENTiE Offices – Nagoya, Japan | The energy generated by the contrast between the symbolic furniture and elements made of brick and inorganic materials such as galvanized steel panels, glass, and mirrors is a powerful force.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - BIFMA International Announces New Technical Director of Safety & Performance - Anthony Serge / 3form SVP of Sales Jennifer Ruckel Joins IIDA's International Board of Directors / New York Welcomes Mike McElderry as Design Director of the New York Studio / Landscape Forms Celebrates Great Place to Work Certification Again for 2022-2023 / Bounty Inc. Launch of Modullis
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carl Hansen & Son Presents the VLA26 Vega chair by Vilhelm Lauritzen / Belt by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Flos Architectural Wins the Compasso D'Oro Adi / Color, Pattern, and Style ... Oh My!
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 29, 2022

 
  •   Teknion Opens Showroom in Chicago - Located in Fulton Market, the new showroom exemplifies a flexible and engaging workplace that supports variety and choice.
  •   Knoll Announces Newson Task Chair by Marc Newson - The back of the chair is made of an elastomeric material molded over a rigid frame, giving it both the strength and flexibility to comfortably support users as they enjoy various positions within the 19 degrees of recline.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Now a Good Time to Ask for A Raise, Before The Bubble Bursts?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Yes, it has been a candidates' market in many fields, and it still is right now, but as the stock market dips, and talk of recession ramps-up, employees and candidates have only a limited time left to dictate their income and future.
  •   Material Bank Acquires Architizer and Continues its Strategic Expansion into the Architecture Space - This latest acquisition reinforces Material Bank's mission to expand on innovative solutions for the design community.
  •   DIRTT Welcomes Benjamin Urban as Chief Executive Officer - Urban, 46, joins DIRTT from Agile Interiors, where he previously served as a business development executive for fifteen years. Agile is one of DIRTT's largest Partners, delivering innovative interiors for global clients such as HPE, MD Anderson, and ConocoPhillips.
  •   Officescapes and Floorz Merge with Elements to Become Region's most Comprehensive Interior Solutions Partner - The Combined company will offer placemaking expertise and the latest in human-centric design thinking alongside an unmatched product portfolio.
  •   Landscape Forms Celebrates Its 2022 Landscape Architecture Foundation Scholarship Winners - Since 2007, Landscape Forms has partnered with the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) to offer annual scholarships for distinguished undergraduate landscape architecture students.
  •   Arnold Contract Celebrates 60 Years of Engineered Solutions - "Arnold Contract has experienced exceptional growth and development over the past 60 years," said partner Glenn Arnold.
  •   Relogix's New Pricing Model Brings Simplicity and Flexibility for Organizations Adapting to a Hybrid Workplace - The leader in occupancy analytics rolls out new features and capabilities that give companies the truest picture of the evolving working styles and preferences, necessary to creating great hybrid workplace experiences.
  •   Steelcase Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - The company completed the acquisition of Halcon Furniture LLC on June 10, 2022.
  •   Keilhauer Products Bring in the Awards at NeoCon - Forsi and Melete product lines receive prestigious recognition at NeoCon 2022.
  •   UPFRONT: American Office sells to MOI after 90 Years in Business - MOI, the Mid-Atlantic region's largest office furniture dealer, has acquired one of its main competitors, American Office. This acquisition was driven by the recent merger of Herman Miller and Knoll.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: LightArt Introduces Coil Pendants Made from 100% Reclaimed Ocean Plastic - LightArt joined forces with Oceanworks, a plastic action platform that provides brands a clear path to reduce their carbon footprint by retrieving plastic from the world's oceans for their shared values in sustainability and transparency.
  •   AWARDED: Amobi Wins NeoCons First Innovation Award - Companies today demand more from their office investments, requiring multi-modal, adaptable spaces that allow for quick transitions between individual, focused spaces and collaborative, iterative ones.
  •   PLACES - Alumina Elit Offices – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria | Designed to showcase the high-quality glass partitions Alumina Elit manufactures, their new office in Veliko Tarnovo gives imagination and creativity when it comes to the diverse application of their products.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Promotes Jeffrey Cortinas And Douglas Fu To Studio Managers In Pleasanton, California Office / Kostow Greenwood Architects Builds Leadership Team / Pulp Studio Announces Sales Force Partnership with Bodkins & Associates / Sales Leader Shelley Rosetta Joins Solomon Coyle / Buro Happold Selects Jennifer Price for Top Role, US Managing Director / Architecture and Interior Design Firm SGA Announces Internal Ownership Transition and Expansion of Leadership Team / Keilhauer Partners With IIDA as Exclusive Sponsor of Newly-Developed Sustainable Design Education Fund / //3877 Expands Presence in New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Geiger Elevates Work with New Geiger Leatherwrap Sit-to-Stand Desk and the Expanded Award-Winning Geiger One Casegoods Collection / Carl Hansen & Son Launches the Foyer Series by Vilhelm Lauritzen
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 22, 2022

 
  •   People, Place and Planet — ASID Pitches a Comprehensive Approach Design - Good design goes beyond beauty. It responds to physical and emotional needs and it's about balancing that against creating environmentally responsible outcome.
  •   Mau Calls for Fact-Based Optimism and Emotional Connections to Guide Design Moving Forward - "Most of the problems we now face is because we succeeded in solving so many problems," Mau said. "Sanitation, hunger, communication, all these things allowed us to become 8 million people. And now we have a new higher order complexity problem. The good news is that we won't have to deal with those problems with the tools of the past."
  •   Stephen Says - "A Delightful NeoCon in Every Way" - by Stephen Viscusi - People told me that for those few days last week the City of Chicago opened up and everyone was free to conduct business like it was 2019. Attendees did not just come for the products and programs, they came to be with one another. To eat and drink with clients and friends and colleagues.
  •   Neocon 2022 Illuminated the Power Of Design - Vibrant show energized community with ground-breaking innovations, enlightening programming, engaging installations, & meaningful connections.
  •   Okamura Hits Market with New Chairs and Marker Boards - Cynara is a multi-purpose chair that is stylish, comfortable, and light in many ways; and Sprint is a mobile collaboration support tool to boost team creativity.
  •   Flokk Annual Report 2021: Record Performance - Flokk, the leading European manufacturer of office seating products, reported record financial results for 2021 and sees a strong start to 2022.
  •   Herman Miller and Studio 7.5 Introduce a New Eames-Inspired Office Chair - Zeph Offers a Colorful, Customizable and Ergonomic Solution Fit for Any Space - With its slim profile and an easy-to-adjust design, users will find Zeph a colorful companion capable of supporting a variety of needs while seamlessly incorporating itself into the scenery of any room.
  •   UPFRONT: Innovating Together: Jiecang & LOGICDATA Combined Showroom Reveals Unique Blend of Cultures and Design Thinking - This unique blend of cultures, design thinking and resource diversity strengthens the partners' continuum of capabilities and innovation in adjustable furniture solutions for today's fluid work environment, affording greater capacity and expanded product offerings in the growing global adjustables sector.
  •   BRAND SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms Introduces the Air Collection - The Air Collection is inspired by the concept of "lightness," both as a physical characteristic and as an aesthetic captured in the playful and colorful presence the collection brings to outdoor settings.
  •   NOW REPPING: Yellowbox Collective Living Up to Promise - Melanie Tantillo is the owner of Yellowbox Collective. Her life and career has been international, having lived in seven countries, on four continents and as such Yellowbox Collective mission is to partner with companies wishing to establish a wider audience in the U.S. Contract Furnishings Market.
  •   PLACES - Arçelik Offices – Istanbul | The high and open ceiling setup that dominates the entire office creates a feeling of spaciousness, while at the same time creating a rich, dynamic and industrial office perception with project-specific acoustic elements.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Interface Launches New Website / Stephen Alton Joins S9 Architecture as Director of Interior Architecture / Frontline Workers Say Management Feels Out of Touch with Their Roles
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Hightower Launches Gimbal Jr., Wins First Best of NeoCon Award / AHF Products Showcases Extensive Commercial Flooring Portfolio / An Astronomical Idea / 'Chairs' To Your Health
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 15, 2022

 
  •   A Civic Approach to Art and Design - Design Makes a Statement. That is this year's theme for NeoCon. What that means exactly is wide open for interpretation.
  •   Stephen Says - "So You Never Needed a Resume to Get a Job Until Now? Welcome to the Real World!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I haven't had a ton of different jobs, but over the course of a couple of changes, not one person asked me for a resume.
  •   NeoCon 2022 in Photos: It's Good to be Back! - Even severe thunderstorms couldn't keep the crowds away. Here is a peak of what has been going on this week, with a full wrap-up in next week's issue.
  •   Best of NeoCon Award Winners Practice Forward Thinking in Sustainability and Innovation - A total of 99 awards in 52 categories were announced during a lively breakfast celebration Monday morning.
  •   Beyond Expectations: Salone del Mobile.Milano an International Success - Attendance of over 262,000 at the 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, smashing all expectations in terms of turnout, revitalizing the city and a whole system internationally, so confirming the event's catalytic power.
  •   Illinois Bill Passage Continues Momentum for Nationwide Wave of Interior Design Legislation - "Interior designers bring an extensive body of knowledge, experience, and care to their profession, and this legislation reaffirms their impressive qualifications," said ASID CEO Gary Wheeler, FASID.
  •   IIDA to Inaugurate Angie Lee as 2022-2023 International Board President and Additional New Board Members at the IIDA Annual Meeting - "Angie has been integral to IIDA's mission and advocacy of the design profession, with a commendable leadership style that especially pays attention to and supports the women of our industry," said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst.
  •   Fellowes Brands Announces New Design and Experience Center at the Entrance to Chicago's Energetic Fulton Market District, Opening in Early 2023 - Fellowes Brands will be located on the 9th floor of a building that features training and conference spaces, a fitness center, coffee shop, restaurant and social spaces throughout, as well as at the penthouse and rooftop.
  •   Virco Reports 13% Increase in First Quarter Revenue - Competitive advantages of domestic factories and U.S. school furniture market lead to record orders and backlog.
  •   A New Hybrid Home in Paris - With the new WorkLife in Paris, Steelcase has created a future-proof space.
  •   UPFRONT: HAT Collective Introduces E2 Connex Monitor Arm - Users can choose between static or dynamic arms or add sliders for fine-tuned monitor adjustment to further enhance the experience.
  •   BRAND SPOTLIGHT: Allseating's Showroom Unveils New Collections During NeoCon 2022 - Allseating is showcasing its newest products, Eighty Two, Rühe, Innate, Res, and Attune, during NeoCon.
  •   JUST RELEASED: Divide Your Space on Demand With Telaio From Peter Pepper Products - Dividing space on-demand for individual user groups allow you to create an efficient environment for collaboration with the right amount of utility, ancillary supporting tools as well as providing panels for privacy and visual and acoustic comfort.
  •   PLACES - Exotic Food Offices – Bangkok | The colors red and black, and other elements that convey XO's identity are utilized to create a strong, unified image, discernible to both the company's personnel, including visitors who have a chance to visit the actual office or see it online.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Steelcase Recognized for Outstanding Environmental Sustainability Practices / KFI Studios Announces Rebrand / Humanscale Immersive Pop-Up in Chicago's Fulton Market / Teknion Announces the Promotion of Doug Meyer to Vice President of Sales
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Integra Introduces New Lounge Seating Designs / Innovations Presents SU22 Collection, Natura / Aquafil Group Presents New Eco-Conscious Carpet Collections / Plot Twist Takes Us in Unexpected Directions / Polyvision to Debuts ICS Wall Systems at NeoCon / Crossville Launches Stone Fiction Porcelain Tile Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 8, 2022

 
  •   Spotlight on Via Seating: Innovation and Sustainability for The Win - Via brings to the table intentional ergonomic design focused on health and wellness. Sustainability is top of mind for Via as well.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Don't Recruiters Call Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi - You may be a great salesperson, a hard worker, your customers love you and you are the top producer in your region, but if I cannot easily contact you, if I have to dig too far into social media, I may call someone else.
  •   Introducing Avro — The Seating Ecosystem Built for the Future - Avro fuses decades of Arconas' expertise in sector-leading terminal furniture with the ergonomic knowledge and user-focused product experience of Pearson Lloyd.
  •   MillerKnoll Announces New Head of Design for Knoll - Jonathan Olivares, a leading voice in contemporary design, joins to foster Knoll's design legacy and future.
  •   Steven Bramson Named CEO of Innovative Ergonomic Solutions - New leadership will strengthen brands to service diverse customer base.
  •   How to Stay in the Know at NeoCon with ThinkLab Trendspotters - We've invited some of the industry's finest architecture and design professionals to share what they are seeing, hearing, thinking, and loving about NeoCon 2022 — unfiltered.
  •   Cayke: Will Everyone in the Industry be on this Platform in 2 Years? - Cayke announced this week the launch and development of "Cayke Shops" for brands like 9to5 Seating, Loftwall, Skyline Design, and DeskMakers. On the dealer side, trailblazers like Interiors for Business, Interior Investments, and other dealerships are working on their own Cayke shops.
  •   Humanscale Becomes the First Furniture Manufacturer To Be Awarded TRUE Gold and TRUE Silver by Green Business Certification for Zero Waste Efforts - Humanscale continues to lead the industry on sustainability and transparency by achieving the highest levels of TRUE® certifications across all global factories.
  •   Andreu World Opens First West Coast Flagship Showroom - Located in the heart of the financial district it is the company's point of reference for its West Coast division as a complete space that showcases the brand's products and services.
  •   Steelcase and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Announce New Creative Collaboration - Drawing on a connection that began over 80 years ago, the two organizations will look to the past to inspire furniture collections for a new generation.
  •   SGA Designs Speculative Office Suite For Oxford Properties - An Inspiring Case Study for the Office of the Future - At the center of the space, an elevator bank and restrooms are enveloped by a supply amenity zone — providing opportunities for locker storage, pantries, sanitizing stations, and office equipment — as well as the main circulation path.
  •   UPFRONT: DIRTT Announces Leadership Changes - DIRTT announced the departure of Jennifer Warawa as Chief Commercial Officer, and Jeffrey Calkins as Chief Operating Officer and Interim Co-CEO.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Ghent, VividBoard, and Waddell to Merge into One Brand - After four decades of producing industry-leading visual communications and space solutions, parent company GMi is excited to announce the merging of Waddell display solutions and VividBoard patient care boards under its flagship brand Ghent.
  •   JOINED: Global Furniture Group, USA Adds to its Growing Team in the Southeast - With his 20-plus years in furniture and industrial sales, Chris Watson is a proven leader in strategic sales and has been consistently recognized for his year-over-year territory growth.
  •   PLACES - GPD Agency Offices – Poznań, Poland | BIDERMANN+WIDE utilized bold colors and distinct spaces for a dynamic work environment. The challenge: to create a space that is a platform for the exchange of ideas and collaboration between many creative people.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Carl Hansen & Søn Adds Sales Manager / Resource Furniture Hires Solution Specialist Trish Steen / Ware Malcomb Promotes Matt Chaiken To Vice President / Nevers Industry Mobile Showroom to Visit Chicago June 13 and 14 / IIDA NY Announces 2022 Leadership Award of Excellence Recipient / Formaspace Contract Welcomes NeoCon 2022 Attendees to New Merchandise Mart Showroom / Mats Inc. Announces 50th Anniversary Rebrand
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Erin Seating to Debut at NeoCon / Cabot Wrenn Emphasizes Life's Spaces in Collaboration with 11 Ravens at NeoCon / New at NeoCon: Stylex Launches Six Seating and Table Collections / Unika Vaev Introduces Five New Acoustic Products from UV Studios
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 1, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: In the Future, Robots Might Deliver Coffee and Packages to Your Desk - Robot filled offices are quite a ways away from being practical, but we are going to begin seeing them roll past our desks more in the near future. I like how Naver is using robots as tools to do menial tasks, not as the brains of the operation.
  •   Let's Talk About Toilets — The Other Task Seating - Duravit weighs in on bathroom design in the workplace. Wellness was certainly a topic of conversation in commercial design prior to the COVID-19 pandemic however post pandemic, it has never been regarded as more important — especially when it comes to bathrooms.
  •   Salone del Mobile 60th Edition, June 7-12, Fiera Rho Milano - The 60th edition of Salone will focus on the key values of quality, innovation, beauty and, now more than ever, sustainability.
  •   Teknion Opens London Showroom - On display, Teknion's latest products, current workplace trends, and thoughtful furniture predictions illustrate the strategic steps taken to further enrich the brand's social, environmental, and economic impact.
  •   Studio Other Partners With Inside Evolutions in South Texas - Inside Evolutions offers architectural and engineering furniture, office space, laminates, home furnishings, architectural walls, bamboo products, acoustical control materials, and screen care products.
  •   3form to Exit theMART for Virtual Showroom - Among many features, designers will be able to understand the dynamic nature of the products virtually through videos that demonstrate how the products interact with light and translucency.
  •   ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2022 Concludes - The Show is characterized by robust attendance, a strong exhibitor roster, and enthusiasm across the board.
  •   2020 Hosting In-Person VIP Event + Virtual Event at NeoCon 2022 - 2020 expert speakers Vanessa DeKoekkoek, Renee Cooper, Bruce Allum and Jeff Morrow will be presenting at booth 7-5122 June 13-14 from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., covering a vast range of topics including what's new in 2020 Office, 2020 Visual Impression tips and tricks, the future impact of evolving technologies on the commercial office industry, and more.
  •   Kimball International Announces New Chicago Showroom Location in Fulton Market District for 2023 - Located in the heart of the Fulton Market District, Kimball International's new space is in close proximity to tech and design firms, local eateries, trendy galleries and boutiques, and residential spaces.
  •   Louis Poulsen Hosts BIG NYC Keglen Event - Francesca Portesine, director of Interiors at BIG, explained how their product design is often born from furnishings and lighting needed for the firm's architecture projects.
  •   Ware Malcomb Opens New Office in Nashville - Ware Malcomb has completed over 100 projects in the area, including retail, office and industrial projects. The new Nashville office builds upon Ware Malcomb's rapidly growing Southeast region with offices in Atlanta and Miami.
  •   Hushoffice to Debut New Acoustic Pod Solutions for Agile and Hybrid Work at NeoCon - A refreshed offering with new innovations of Hushoffice acoustics pods and new products will be launched in the U.S. during NeoCon.
  •   Stephen Says - "Retreads: The New Normal?" - by Stephen Viscusi - My question is, what's your deal? Are you jealous of your friends? The interiors industry tends not to care about sexual orientation, race, age or gender when hiring. We were way ahead of the curve and today's political correctness.
  •   UPFRONT: Industry Icon Gary L. Seaman Passes Away - In 1984, Seaman and two partners founded GL Seaman & Company. An accomplished golfer and musician, Seaman is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Carolyn Hunt Seaman, a younger brother and sister, and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA of Texas and Vogel Alcove.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: NeoCon 2022: LINAK U.S. Focuses on Employee Experience and the Return to the Office - At NeoCon, LINAK is introducing the next generation of desk leg with the addition of the DL PLUS High-Speed series of legs. The DL Plus High-Speed desk legs add speed without compromising on sound, load or self-lock.
  •   PROMOTED: Steelcase Appoints VP of Global Design - Steelcase announced it promoted Michael Held to vice president of global design from his previous role as global furniture design director. Held succeeds James Ludwig, who retired in late 2021 after 22 years with the organization.
  •   PLACES - Birkenstock Group Headquarters – Cologne | Within the framework of the historical warehouse halls, brandherm + krumrey developed a customised interior design for Birkenstock's diverse requirements.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Sam Clar Office Furniture Welcomes Education Environment Specialist Debby Cappadona / //3877 Continues to Grow Team, Hires Interior Designer Noelani Brannon / Landscape Forms Announces Sales Agreement with Spectrum Lighting of San Antonio, Inc. / Steelcase Named a Best Employer for New Graduates by Forbes / Italian Style Design Firm Pininfarina Announces Opening of New York City Office / Artaic Welcomes Damian Di Maio as Commercial Sales Manager / Kettal Opens Showroom in London / IIDA Announces Collaboration with UK-Based Recruitment Specialist Urban to Bring Inclusivity-Driven Hiring Strategies to the U.S.
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Sam Clar Welcomes Debby Cappadona / //3877 Grows Team / Landscape Forms Agreement / Steelcase Named a Best Employer / Pininfarina NYC Office / Artaic Welcomes Damian Di Maio / Kettal Opens Showroom in London / IIDA Announces Collaboration
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 25, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Your NeoCon Questions Answered - I've returned from Chicago after my scouting trip (and a White Sox vs. Yankees game) and as promised, I back with answers to your questions.
  •   ICFF Back at Full Scale in NYC - Post-pandemic, one of the hot topics impacting the future of office design is a subject most of the world is fixated on right now: wellness, which ties into sustainability.
  •   NeoCon Coming Back Stronger Than Ever Post-Pandemic - In the last few years, theMART secured more than 400,000 square feet of showroom leasing in the building. They've renewed a number of key anchors in that period across all industries. They've also brought several new brands to the building.
  •   Three Ways to Entice Architects and Designers Back to Your Showroom Post-Pandemic - There are a variety of benefits to digitizing your showroom experience: from reaching more people to tracking the most popular areas of your space to more seamless post-event follow-up. One of our favorite ways to wow your target audience with tech is by creating an online virtual tour.
  •   MillerKnoll Makes Sustainable Product Sourcing Easier - Led by Herman Miller and Knoll, the new shared platform on ecomedes helps customers access environmental product information and easily identify furniture solutions across the MillerKnoll collective that help achieve sustainability goals.
  •   NeoCon Exhibitors Are Expanding, Growing, & Innovating - 2022 Attendees Can Expect Cutting-Edge Products, Installations, All-Star Designer Collaborations, & More From NeoCon Exhibitors.
  •   IIDA Celebrates Industry Changemakers at 2022 NeoCon Conference in Chicago - Commercial Interior Design Organization Ignites Conversation and Acknowledgement of Those Impacting Industry through Curated Programming.
  •   Cambria and Room & Board Announce Expansion of Artisan Furnishings for Residential and Commercial Environments - Leading Minnesota brands partner to offer six stunning Cambria solid surface options on Room & Board's series of bath vanities and Amherst storage cabinets.
  •   Samuelson Furniture Partners with Independent Living Community in New Jersey - Samuelson Furniture made its debut into the assisted living industry in April 2021; the brand is dedicated to making positive impacts through the built environment with beautiful, highly functional products that improve the everyday lives of residents.
  •   Interface Announces $100 Million Share Repurchase Authorization and Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend - Laurel Hurd, Chief Executive Officer, said, "The Board's authorization of the new share repurchase program underscores their confidence in the long-term value creation opportunities for Interface."
  •   Kimball International Launches New Product Solutions for Workplace, Health, and Education Markets - As Makers of Possibilities, Kimball International is dedicated to creating product solutions that are meaningful and relevant.
  •   AIS Introduces New Products with a Focus on the Evolving Workplace Providing Dealers and Customers Options for a More Personalized and Responsive Environment - AIS' showroom, located in space 1086 on the building's 10th floor, will feature new products including: Chatham Cove Work Lounge, PowerBench, PET Wire Managers and Enclosures, and the Desktop Organizer + Suspended Caddy, further expanding its broad breadth of product solutions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Be the Ted Lasso of NeoCon" - by Stephen Viscusi - Salespeople: When you are in the showroom you are there to meet customers from all across the country, not chat away with your colleagues that you haven't seen in a year and for goodness sake stay off your phone unless you are on Instagram with photo's of the happenings in your showroom.
  •   UPFRONT: Falkbuilt Ltd and Its Co-founders Sue DIRTT Environmental Solutions for $22 Million - "We truly regret the need for taking this action against our former company but this mean-spirited personal vendetta, with absolutely no legal merit, has created extensive damages for Falkbuilt and our Falkbuilt Factory Direct Branches," said Mogens Smed, CEO of Falkbuilt.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: HAT Collective to Debut New Seating Product, Iku, at NeoCon - Japanese for "to go," Iku is an interactive, intuitive mid-back task chair that propels professionals into a healthy, productive workday. Like all HAT Collective products, Iku features innovative design, integrated ergonomics and easy user functionality. Expertly engineered to support the back and spine while providing high-end comfort, Iku comes with an intuitive synchro-control to promote natural body movement.
  •   MOURNING: HAT Collective Mourns the Passing of Contract Furniture Industry Veteran Tom Koidis - HAT Collective is mourning the unexpected passing of Tom Koidis, vice president of sales for Canada. Koidis, who joined HAT Collective in November of 2021, was a 20-year veteran of the contract furniture industry.
  •   PLACES - AfterShip Offices – Shenzhen | As a technology company, AfterShip has their unique corporate culture. In this project, we challenge not only the interior planning and design, but also the development planning project of a planet.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Shaw Named a 2022 Halo Award Winner for St. Jude Cushion Program / Tarkett Celebrates Grand Opening of New Chicago Showroom / Trendway Releases CET Extensions / Ethnicraft's Objects Awarded Top Marks at ICFF
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The Masterful Craft of Jueki Debuts / Design Pool Returns to NeoCon with New Collection Invisible Threads / BiSemA Corporation to Present Cloud-based Contract Furniture Product Specification Services at NeoCon 2022
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 18, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Mental Health Impacts of Work from Home on the Rise - Sometimes what people say they want and what they actually need are two different things and I believe that's what we are seeing with work from home.
  •   Design Begins with Wonder for London-based Yorgo Lykouria and his Design Firm, Rainlight - Like many architects, Lykouria was drawn to modernism, but for different reasons than most. He was enthralled by the poetry of it; the feeling you get from it. The whole idea of modernism to Lykouria was not taking away everything you can from a product.
  •   Poly Research Reveals Rewards Outweigh the Risks for Employers and Employees Willing to Adapt to Long-Term Hybrid Work Strategy - Two-thirds (66%) of workers surveyed agreed they would rather present to a large audience on a video conference rather than in person.
  •   Sedia Systems JumpSeat Celebrates its 10th Anniversary, Still as Relevant Today as Ever - The design of JumpSeat is simple and elegant. Plywood and steel create the backbone of the JumpSeat's cantilevered structure. Folding to less than four inches thick when not in use, the compact seat allows for the maximum amount of people in the minimum amount of space.
  •   Rimadesio New York Flagship Opens Its Doors During NYCxDESIGN - The new flagship store is designed to offer customers and professionals accurate consulting and design services in the residential, contract and hospitality sectors.
  •   AIS Opens New and Expanded DC Showroom in Award Winning Location - The product applications within the space reflect the wide range of color, material, and finish offerings on standard products which are beautiful and easily accessible.​ A small number of special products are showcased to initiate conversation, garner feedback, and to highlight the specials capabilities of AIS.
  •   Allsteel Introduces O6 Task Chair: A New Choice-Inspired Seating Line To Enhance the Workday - The O6 Task Chair enhances heads-down work in a variety of work settings, with options to add attractive lumbar support and adjustable arms.
  •   Keilhauer Joins Material Bank – Hundreds of Samples Now Available for Overnight Delivery - This new partnership supports Keilhauer's commitment to sustainability by significantly reducing the impact of packaging and shipping samples.
  •   IIDA Celebrates EVP and CEO Cheryl S. Durst As She Marks 25 Years As a Leader in the Interior Design Industry - During Durst's tenure at IIDA, the organization has grown to include more than 15,000 members across 58 countries.
  •   Marvel Opens Office In Richmond, VA - The Marvel office is located in Richmond's Historic Monroe Ward. With a local staff of eight employees, the firm is actively hiring.
  •   Live May 20 - 2022 Wege Prize Awards - The free event is open to anyone in the world via livestream starting at 10 a.m. ET.
  •   Stephen Says - "Take a Hint from Your Children: Changing Jobs Is Easier Than Ever" - by Stephen Viscusi - Millennials, in particular, have proven unafraid to change jobs quickly and frequently — something earlier generations were scared to do.
  •   UPFRONT: NDI Announces Addition of Stan Idzi as COO - "My experience has provided a tremendous framework for my career development thus far and positioned me for this excellent opportunity to work with a fantastic team," Idzi said.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Dash Expands Multi-Purpose Stacking Offering from 9to5 Seating - Collaborative workspaces demand a different kind of seating beyond the traditional multi-purpose model. The new Dash answers that need because it is engineered to support exactly that. It is a single solution for the growing change-over needs of today's work environment.
  •   ACQUIRED: Carnegie Welcomes Kirei to the Family - The acquisition of Kirei enhances and expands Carnegie's range of acoustic design solutions, delivering a comprehensive assortment of solutions for all acoustic space management needs.
  •   PLACES - Gartner Offices – Gurugram | While collaboration and social spaces are all given due importance, focused work and quiet contemplation are a huge part of how employees actually work at Gartner.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Fantini Announces New Managing Director for North America / Tarkett North America Appoints New Senior Leadership for Commercial Business / Pavilion Furniture Announces Jay Chapman as President / Bentley Mills Announces New Senior Leadership / Perkins&Will Welcomes New Health Principal in Dallas / Ware Malcomb Promotes Kevin Evernham to Regional Vice President and Eric Zitny to Director, Regional Operations in Phoenix Office / Polyvision Partners with Voka under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Program / Tarkett North America Verified to Vinyl Industry Sustainability Initiative / IIDA Announces Winners of Two Prominent Design Competitions
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from Arc-Com: Pattern Samsara / SnapCab Launches New Office Pod / Rush Movement by HBF Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 11, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: A Hodgepodge Including: NeoCon Preview, Strong Earnings and an Innovative Mobile Laptop Desk from a Maker? - Let's start with the fact that a month from the time you are reading this, we will all be gathering in Chicago for NeoCon. Yes, one month. I will be in Chicago next week meeting with the folks at theMART for my annual pre-NeoCon walkthrough.
  •   Panel Discussion Dives into How Culture Affects Engagement in the Workplace - People are returning to the office for a number of different reasons, but for the vast majority, the main reasons are almost evenly split between connecting with colleagues and getting work done.
  •   Environments Turns It's Own Headquarters Into Test Lab For New Smart Building Software - Elevated Environments includes functions for everything from lighting and air quality to security, desk reservations, community calendars, and connections for employees working hybrid or remote.
  •   IIDA NY's Annual Leaders' Breakfast Tomorrow Focuses on Global Sustainability - After years of exploring creative change making, Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method for activating positive social and environmental change combining systems thinking, sustainability sciences and design thinking for positive impact on the planet.
  •   Design Evolution: What Gen Z Wants in the Workplace - At ThinkLab, we believe these experiences, coupled with native relationships to digital tools, will likely greatly alter how Gen Z designers communicate at work, what they look for in an employer, and how they specify.
  •   Steelcase to Acquire HALCON - Steelcase sees many opportunities for growth between the two companies going forward, including geographic expansion, portfolio enhancement and continued revenue gains in HALCON's existing core markets.
  •   Material Bank Raises $175M in Series D Funding Led by Brookfield - Material Bank has experienced extraordinary industry adoption and growth since its 2019 launch.
  •   Tangram Announces Eric Lockwood Promoted To Managing Director - Eric Lockwood has 28 years of experience in technology consulting, design and integration for the built environment and has worked extensively in North America, Europe and Asia.
  •   Herman Miller Continues to Expand Retail Presence Nationwide, Opening First Brick-and-Mortar Locations in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta this Spring - Expertly designed to assist customers to make informed and confident purchasing decisions, the 1,560 square-foot store has dedicated performance specialists on-hand to help shoppers discover the right solutions for their individual needs.
  •   Mayer Fabrics Celebrates Milestone 125th Anniversary - Beginning in 1897, George L. Paetz started the Paetz Company to fill a need for a local product supplier to manufacturers of custom designed buggies and repair.
  •   Svigals + Partners Advances Director of Interiors, Announces New Team Members - A highly experienced designer, Katherine Berger was promoted to Director of Interior Design in July 2020 upon the retirement of Lynn Brotman, NCIDQ, IIDA, and has served as the lead interior designer and project manager for acclaimed works across several market sectors, including healthcare, education, and corporate workplace.
  •   Results - DIRTT Q1 2022; Kimball Q3 2022; Interface Q1 2022
  •   Stephen Says - "NeoCon: Your Own Private Job Fair" - by Stephen Viscusi - Sales managers wonder why they can't find good salespeople on LinkedIn. It's because proven performers have a selling mindset — they're busy out selling — and do not have time to read Help Wanted postings on LinkedIn.
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Breakfast and Annual Business Meeting - While BIFMA has hosted conversations in dealing with specific changes in the industry, today we will take a pause to explore how these external drivers influence internal organizational change, practical methods for making those changes and helping teams transition through them.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: LX Hausys Announces Declare Label Status for its HIMACS and Viatera Products - Declare labels provide an important level of transparency by disclosing all product ingredients, enabling customers to see the "nutritional" information of a product in order to make informed purchasing decisions.
  •   SIGNED: Landscape Forms Announces Sales Agreement with Spectrum Lighting of Austin, Texas - In its nearly 50 years, Spectrum Lighting has built an impressive offering of indoor and outdoor lighting manufacturers and services.
  •   PLACES - Hyperscience Offices – Sofia | The office space had a distinct industrial character with visible ceilings and installations, softened with wood finishes and textiles in accent colours to match the fresh and young spirit of the company.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Announces This Year's Roadshow Showcasing Lighting Solutions / Carl Hansen & Søn Presents a Collaborative Exhibition with Female Design Council Focused on Craftsmanship / Herman Miller to Open Three New Stores in Japan This Spring / Two AIA Georgia Awards Go To Hapeville Library in Fulton County / Mancini Duffy Acquires Gertler & Wente Architects / AIA San Francisco Announces 2022 Design Awards Recipients / Teknion Awarded the Gold Award at the 2022 Indigo Design Awards / Haworth Opens New Showroom in Atlanta / IIDA Expands Design Your World Program Nationally with Miami Launch and Return of Chicago Session
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Herman Miller Unveils Latest Addition to Collection of Color-Dipped Chairs / Hightower Announces the First of its Product Declare Labels / KFI Studios Announces New Umage Color and Upholstery / Mannington Commercial Introduces Revealed Collection / Rottet Collection Previews Exciting New Range at ICFF / Mohawk Group Announces Two Spring Featured Collections in Collaboration with ArtLifting
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 4, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: If Your Company was Drafted, Would it be a First Rounder or Mr. Irrelevant? - As a Detroit Lions fan, one of the best weekends of the year arrives with the NFL Draft. Hope springs eternal and it is a good chance to chug down a lot of Honolulu blue Kool-Aid while dreaming of Super Bowls that will never come.
  •   Listen, Connect and Serve: Dan Binford & Associates Outlines the Values of a Successful Rep Group - Connecting with the A&D community is key. And Binford said the connections start early. The company has sponsored student events and programs for decades. It is a bit like planting seeds.
  •   Arper Caps Busy Month Stateside with Basquiat Exhibition and New CEO of Americas - Joining Arper with more than 25 years of experience in the design and manufacturing industry, Amy Storek has worked in various positions for global companies such as Herman Miller, Vitra, and Haworth.
  •   Framery Investing Heavily in Digital Services to Further Revolutionize the Industry - Arto Vahvanen Joins the Team to Expand the Brand's Technology Expertise and Develop New Digital Experiences.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 - HNI generated revenue growth of more than 18 percent driven by pricing actions, volume improvement, and the benefits of acquisitions completed in the prior year.
  •   Ware Malcomb Promotes Three Female Leaders in Irvine Office - Ware Malcomb announced that Jinger Tapia has been promoted to Vice President, Design; Maureen Bissonnette has been promoted to Principal, Marketing; and Maria Rodgers has been promoted to PR & Communications Manager.
  •   Indiana Furniture's Perfect Safety Score Leads to INSHARP Recertification - "We first received INSHARP certification in 2017 and to be recognized again is a testament to the focus and dedication of our employees," said Greg Hildenbrand, Safety and Environmental Engineer for Indiana Furniture.
  •   Solomon Coyle's 2022-Q1 Market Outlook Report Captures Distributors' Optimism - The Q1'22 3.8% increase in Bookings over Q4'21 beat the 2.9% increase dealers previously forecasted.
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q1 Results - "Mohawk's results exceeded our expectations as first quarter sales rose to an all-time record, reflecting higher pricing, growth in our ceramic businesses, an improving commercial sector and benefit from our small acquisitions," said Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum.
  •   Survey Offers New Insights for Neurodiverse Workplaces - HOK and Tarkett survey of neurodiverse employees in the U.S., UK and Canada identified key sensory issues in office environments and how they can be addressed through workplace design and strategy.
  •   Boston Studio of Perkins&Will Expands Its Leadership Group - Matthew Pierce has been promoted to principal; and Jeffrey Keilman, Jennifer McGrory, James Levin, and Steve Webster to associate principal.
  •   Michigan Campus Becomes Massive Public Gallery in May — Students Debut Best Work in Year-End Exhibitions at Kendall College of Art and Design - After two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, KCAD presents a wide-ranging showcase of noted work by 2022 graduates; Record attendance expected at Grand Rapids magnet for emerging leaders in design and visual arts, representing the depth and breadth of student experience in KCAD studios, labs and classrooms.
  •   Stephen Says - "Get a Good Night's Sleep" - by Stephen Viscusi - Salespeople are excited about returning to real work and even the many who are not getting to go this year to Chicago may be having an event in their local market. People are excited.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 Announces Newest Release of 2020 Office Softwares - The new features in v2022 simplify the interface and highlight the basic commands needed to complete an office furniture project.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: DEKKO Launches Layer Designed by IDA Design - "The inspiration behind Layer was to create a multi-user power solution that can go anywhere," IDA Design Principal Mitch Bakker said. The product is so-named for its versatile layers of application in all kinds of environments.
  •   REPORTED: Shaw Industries Releases 14th Annual Sustainability Report - As the company continues its commitment to Cradle to Cradle design principles, it has set new goals for net zero operations and diversity and inclusion as part of its sustain[HUMAN]ability strategy.
  •   PLACES - MAM Competence Center Offices – Grosshöflein | Each building's cell nucleus creates a two-story atrium with a greenhouse-like roof and plantation that offers the employees a hybrid between inside and outside. Despite the building's depth, this weather-protected area allows natural light access from within and acts as a spatial link between floors.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Empire Office Adds to Executive Management Team Based in the Atlanta Market / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative / HLW Hires Science and Technology Market Sector Leader to Strengthen Firm's Laboratory Design and Planning Portfolio / Sponsorships Open for the BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference / Forbes and Statista name Shaw Industries a Best Employer for Diversity 2022 / IIDA Announces Winners of 25th Annual IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards / New Hot Desking Features Introduced from Envoy
  •   FIRST LOOKS - nanimarquina Wins Top Honors at HD Expo 2022 / Design with Purpose, Every Day is Earth Day / HBF Textiles: Immerse Yourself in Dusted Fleck / Ethnicraft Wins Top Honors at HD Expo 2022 / New Modern Window Covering Offers Solar Protection for Office Spaces
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Business of Furniture - April 27, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Time to Reduce the Number of Links in Our Supply Chain - It is past time that the office furniture industry rethink its supply chain. Over the past few weeks, it has become painfully clear that we can't rely on the system that we have in place today. U.S. office furniture makers need to reshore at least some of the production that is currently taking place at far-flung places around the globe.
  •   With Determination and Innovation, Regency Grew a Dream into a Legacy - Regency grew and gained notoriety in the ecommerce community, but the dealership community wanted something that was still their own, so Regency launched a third brand — Regency Global Sourcing, which included commercial grade products and customizable pieces.
  •   Adam Sandow's Vision for the Future of Design - Sandow compared the current Material Bank to a Cessna, a small, personal aircraft. "A fighter jet is coming," he said of the new Material Bank.
  •   Carie Scott Johnson Joins The Viscusi Group as Executive Recruiter - Johnson brings more than 20 years of senior sales expertise to The Viscusi Group team. Johnson has held senior sales positions with industry leaders. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in history.
  •   Four Ways the Metaverse will Impact the Interiors Industry - Virtual and augmented reality have the potential to create more accessible spaces for exploration. But they could also create barriers.
  •   NYCxDESIGN Announces New Programming and Events for Festival's 10th Anniversary Edition - Initiatives across all five boroughs Celebrate the city's cultural community through design talks, shows, open studios, installations, exhibits, pop-ups, and more.
  •   Why You Should Use Biodegradable Textiles on Your Next Project - Synthetic textiles in commercial interiors today are widespread, with most woven from plastic-based acrylic, nylon or polyester yarns that are cut and sewn in factories. Almost all are chemically produced and nonbiodegradable. And nearly everything is ending up in the landfill.
  •   Keilhauer Shares 2022 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - "At Keilhauer, we have always believed that a responsible business must prioritize sustainability," said Mike Keilhauer, president.
  •   MillerKnoll Announces 2030 Sustainability Goals: Doing More for Our Planet - Throughout its sustainability history, the company has tapped into the power and passion of its people to drive change.
  •   Perkins&Will Unveils First-of-its-kind Net-Zero Operational Carbon Community Centre in Toronto - The North East Scarborough Community and Child Care Centre will achieve net zero status through energy efficient design and renewable energy systems, while adding much-needed facilities that celebrate local community.
  •   Virco Releases Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2022 Results - Order rates and demand for school furniture remain strong. In the fourth quarter, typically a slow time for orders in the seasonal cycle for school furniture, orders were up 65% compared to the same period of the prior year.
  •   Stephen Says - "References Today Are the Price of a Ticket to the 'Hall of Fame' Dinner, So Don't Get Fooled" - by Stephen Viscusi - Here is the Viscusi hiring advice: Slow down when making a hire today. Think of a hire like your lead time for making a product. A rule of thumb is your hire should never take shorter than your lead time. Sixteen weeks for a wood conference table, but you want to hire a person to sell it in a month?
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 + Compusoft Launch Global Inspiration Contest for Kitchen, Bathroom and Office Designers - 2020 + Compusoft announced the return of their Global Inspiration Contest for kitchen, bathroom and office designers. The contest provides a platform for 2020 Design Live, 2020 Fusion Live, 2020 Office, Winner and Innoplus users to be recognized among their peers for their creative, functional and aesthetic design skills.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Allsteel Introduces a New Workplace Solution – the FIT Panel System - The versatility of FIT components creates integrated worksettings that efficiently manage technology and adapt to a variety of workstyles.
  •   TRAINING: Solomon Coyle Now Accepting Registrations for Summer Session of Project Management Training - Classes to be held for Allsteel, Kimball International, Knoll and Teknion Dealers.
  •   PLACES - Riseup Offices – Tel Aviv | Riseup's kitchen and large informal meeting space is an introduction to the bright yellows and blues and bold geometric shapes that will comprise the design elements throughout the office.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Hires Rei Takata as Studio Manager, Architecture in Washington, D.C. Office / OFGO STUDIO Announces Alex Sisk as new Vice President of Sales / Keilhauer Named as one of Canada's Greenest Employers 2022 / ZAS Architects + Interiors Promotes Interior Design Practice Leader of Vancouver Studio to Principal / Dattner Architects Promotes Shefali Sanghvi to Director of Sustainability / Crossville Partners With MindClick; All Products Receive Leader Rating / Henricksen Hires Kevin Kennedy as Vice President of Sales for New York Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New from KFI Studios: Arbor Guest Chair / LightArt Introduces Four Acoustic Lights to Create Custom, Connected Shapes / Mohawk Group Bolsters their Beyond Carbon-Neutral Portfolio with the Release of New 2022 EPDs and Launch of the Innovative EcoFlex ONE Flooring Solution / DEKKO Launches Layer Designed by IDA Design
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Business of Furniture - April 20, 2022

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Evolution of the Once-Lowly Dorm - When you think of college life, your mind probably conjures images of the movie "Animal House" mixed with memories of late night cram sessions and disgusting dorm rooms. I certainly remember my time at Michigan State University and Hubbard Hall, a drab set of two 12-story towers on the East Lansing campus.
  •   AIS Co-Founder Bruce Platzman Transitions Focus to Philanthropic and Regional Economic Growth - Nick Haritos to become CEO on June 1 as AIS poises itself for continued growth and increased market share.
  •   OFS Takes Forest Stewardship Seriously - Nearly everything OFS sells utilizes wood in some way. Some pieces celebrate wood front and center while other furniture lines use wood at their core. Wood remains a hallmark of the company's design heritage.
  •   Humanscale Debuts Path - Each chair is climate positive, and composed of over 20 lbs of recycled content, including almost 10 lbs of ocean plastic.
  •   ecomedes Acquires Leading Commercial Design Discovery Platform Mortarr - Mortarr fits nicely in the industry as a "top of the funnel" resource for designers. It provides the inspiration much more easily than wading through billions of images on Pinterest.
  •   Leading Hospitality Furniture Manufacturer Beaufurn Announces Major Rebranding - The new brand identity, including a new logo, visual elements, and a streamlined user interface, comes as the company prepares to display at the annual Hospitality Design Expo + Conference in Las Vegas.
  •   Humanscale's Earth Week Programming Will Educate and Inspire Action on Climate Year-Round - Humanscale leadership will speak on two panels about the sustainable impact of design at "Design U – The Future of Eco-Conscious Living."
  •   Monthly Learning Series: LEVEL by BIFMA Program Overview - Speaker Steve Kooy has more than 15 years of experience as a sustainability professional in the furniture industry. He oversees the e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard and LEVEL Certification Program, including revisions and interpretations.
  •   Privately Held Formaspace Announces 33% Growth, New Leadership and Major Capital Investments to Support Ongoing Growth - The Austin-based furniture manufacturer promoted three team members to President, VP & Business Development Manager to sustain momentum as orders are on the rise.
  •   Landscape Forms Becomes a Member of the Lighting Industry Resource Council and Brand Partner with International Dark-Sky Association - IDA and Landscape Forms share common values of protecting the nighttime environment through appropriate lighting and avoiding the negative impacts of over lighting.
  •   Office Gallery International Names Susan Marshall as Vice President of Sales - In this newly created role, Marshall oversees the sales team as well as manages her own book of business.
  •   3form's New Graphic Patterns Collection Brings the Forest to the Built Environment - When 3form sought inspiration for this collection, they didn't need to look further than their own backyard. Located less than 200 miles away from the brand's Salt Lake City headquarters is Pando the Tree, a colony of Aspen trees connected by a single root structure planted 2.6 million years ago.
  •   Trendway Awarded LEVEL 2 Certification for Its Top-Selling Products - Trendwall and Volo Wall and systems products Capture, Choices, Instrinsic, Pack Storage and Desking and Trig have earned LEVEL 2 sustainability certification by BIFMA.
  •   Stephen Says - "April Surprise at MillerKnoll Made This Salesperson Happy" - by Stephen Viscusi - Yes, I received many letters over the past couple of months and I suggested to people they wait out this big "April Surprise" on the new MillerKnoll compensation.
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Introduces Home Office and Occasional-Use Desk, Table and Storage Products Standard - Several multi-stakeholder lab workshops were held in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 and 2021 the draft proposals were reviewed by the BIFMA Association and approved.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Reduced Cable Clutter and get Better Power Access – the Desk2Device USB Charger - Power access and cable management are important features for both productivity and aesthetics in the workspace. The last thing many desk workers want, whether in the corporate or home office, is another power cable cluttering their workspace.
  •   INTRODUCED: New from HBF Textiles: Crumpled Paper - 91% Biodegradable Polyester - Designed by Mary Jo Miller, VP of Design and Development at HBF Textiles, Crumpled Paper was inspired by the creasing of different paper thicknesses to reach the optimum combination of shadow and light.
  •   SUSTAINABILITY: Steelcase - Steelcase announced progress towards its sustainability goals with a significant increase to its Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturer's Association LEVEL certified products. A total of 281 of its products now meet new LEVEL standards, including 114 at LEVEL 3, the highest and most rigorous certification.
  •   PLACES - Motional Offices – Singapore | Graphite Studio designed a flexible and connected environment in which the ability to engage in focussed work, impromptu problem solving, digital connectivity and social bonding are prioritized.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Announces Lighting Agency Partnerships with Lighting Systems of Columbus and Hitech of Montreal and Quebec City / Announcing The 2023 BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference Future First / IIDA Announces Finalists of Two Prestigious Design Competitions / Jung Kim Joins MKDA as Studio Director in its New York Studio / Antonello Musumeci Joins MKDA as Design Principal, Law Firm Practice Area Leader / Kimball International Named One of America's Most Trustworthy Companies
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luum Graded In Fabrics Program / KFI Studio's Eveleen Collection Now Available in New Color / Artaic Expands Award-Winning Flourish Collection with Three New Designs / Arper Partners with Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure Exhibition to Outfit Michael Todd VIP Room / Taking Care of Business - Bentley
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