Business of Furniture - October 5, 2022

 
  •   Making Things Better — A Spotlight on The Designers Group - While there is an incredible array of products for interior design, across all sectors, there are still ideas Ehrentreu would like to see come to fruition.
  •   ASID Hosts GATHER, an Inspirational and Inclusive Design Conference - GATHER, the national conference by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), was held in Miami Sept. 21-24.
  •   Stephen Says - "Working From Home with My Spouse — What Could Go Wrong?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I've received many, many letters from people in your identical situation, all expressed to me the frustration of having to work from home and getting sick and tired of being around their husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate, partner, dog, cat, landlord, whatever.
  •   Tayco: Kevin Philips Retires; Bill Melnik Announced as the New CEO and Owner - New ownership marks ample growth opportunity for progressive systems and casegoods manufacturer.
  •   Mute Launches New Innovative and Sustainable Office Pod - Jetson is a family of universal acoustic pods designed to make everyone's work joyful and fruitful.
  •   Inscape Announces New Partnership With Connection - Harp is distinctively designed with bungee cords to construct 'walls' that offer visual privacy.
  •   Michael Graves Architecture & Design Acquires Jose Carballo Architectural Group - Merger continues to strengthen firm's legacy of innovative design and deep sector expertise and enhances client collaboration while expanding on future acquisition strategy.
  •   Tangram Transforms RBC Wealth Management's New U.S. Headquarters - Tangram collaborated with both RBC and Perkins+Will for furniture scope on all 11 floors and used design tools to outfit the space with budget and overall employee experience in mind.
  •   Clear Design Launches Resimercial Sub Brand Willow Park - Rich, warm, and comfortable furniture to create flexible workspaces.
  •   Plural Studios to Launch Avila Healthcare Furniture Collection by Brian Graham at HCD Expo in San Antonio - New modular seating collection enhances design and comfort with a wide array of chair, sofa, table, arm, and leg options.
  •   Carl Hansen & Son Relaunches the Asserbo Series by Børge Mogensen - The designer behind the series, Børge Mogensen, is renowned as one of the most significant furniture designers of the Danish Modern movement. He reputedly never designed his furniture based on preconceived artistic ideas.
  •   Architectural Metals Reimagined: A Pattern Exploration - The striking new offerings speak to Móz's unique development and fabrication capabilities in the metals industry—the patterns offer a diverse metal material suitable for columns, walls, ceilings, and partitions for interior and exterior solutions alike.
  •   UPFRONT: 2022-Q3 Market Outlook Survey Will Be Most Important Since Start of Pandemic - Understanding what's actually happening in the market allows a business to remain competitive and for dealer principals to make smart decisions, more timely decisions, and to identify or predict trends more easily.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KFI Studios Launches Vaux Table - Vaux is distinctive in its use of advanced steel forming techniques to create a sculpted form that is not common in steel frame construction.
  •   SPOTTED: 110M+ Views in One Week: Transformer Table Is Breaking the Internet - Transformer Table, a modular furniture company based in Montreal, makes home furnishings that are more than meets the eye.
  •   PLACES - Amazon Offices – Singapore | Collaboration hubs and touchdown spaces are scattered throughout the floorplate to empower employees to choose where they want to work depending on their task on hand.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Global Furniture Group, USA Appoints Director of Seating / Abby Scott Promoted to Interior Design Principal in HDR's Omaha Studio / Ware Malcomb Promotes Catalina Rocha to Studio Manager in Vaughan, Ontario Office / Shaw Recognized as a Best Employer in the 2022 Chattanooga Best of the Best Awards / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of North & South Carolina / Landscape Forms Named as a 2022 Best Workplace in Manufacturing & Production / Mashika Gallo to Receive Samuelson Furniture Ageless Living Collaborative Senior Living Design Scholarship
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Allseating Introduces L1 Upholstered Back / Stylex Debuts Verve Bucket / 3form Teams Up with Gensler for Globally Inspired Pattern Collection / Carnegie Fabrics Announces new Equilibrium Collection
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Business of Furniture - September 28, 2022

 
  •   Emphasizing Ergonomics in Office Seating Design - The way we work is constantly evolving, whether in an office, at home, on the go, or somewhere in between.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why You Should Use a Recruiter Even When You Know Who You Want to Hire" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's no secret that the candidates are controlling the market today. Fear of recession or a drop in the stock market, even inflation, has had zero impact on the difficulties that companies still have trying to find, hire, and attract good people.
  •   Biophilic Skyscraper Completes in Singapore - The overall vertical softscape of the Green Oasis mimics the plant hierarchy of tropical rainforests; the hierarchical leaf growth of the plants is in direct proportional relationship to light availability within the vegetation layers.
  •   Smarter Strategic Planning for 2023: 5 Helpful Tips to Improve Your Process - Thoughtful planning, data-driven decision-making, and continuous alignment equal organizational success.
  •   Interior Investments Merges with Paric Holdings - This strategic collaboration will leverage the strengths and expertise of each organization to deliver a comprehensive suite of turnkey services to best support their customers.
  •   COE Distributing Honored For Third Consecutive Year with Pittsburgh Top Workplaces Award - "The Top Workplaces award is incredibly important to our leadership team because the engagement and satisfaction of our most vital asset—our people—is what drives our actions and our culture every day," said COE Distributing Chairman and CEO J.D. Ewing.
  •   Billings Continue to Grow at Architecture Firms - "While a strengthening billings score is encouraging, the flat scoring across regions and sectors is indicative of a nationwide deceleration over the next several months, said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.
  •   Nearly Two-thirds of Americans Experience Post-Pandemic Shift in Work Habits - More screen-time and less physical activity are taking a toll, new study finds.
  •   Herman Miller and HAY Unveil Fresh Take on Classic Eames Collection - The collection celebrates the design talent of yesterday and today, bringing together longtime Eames fans, Rolf and Mette Hay, and the designs that inspired them.
  •   The Search for the Most Useless Office Perk in the World — by Framery and Reaktor Creative - A mailroom punching bag. Tuna cans with no can opener. A folded-up exercise machine. New marketing campaign seeks 'the most useless office perk ever' and draws in hilarious submissions.
  •   Steelcase Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results; Will Eliminate 180 Salaried Positions - Company announced additional reductions in planned spending and lower quarterly dividend due to uncertain demand environment.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - Strong sales growth of 37% over the prior year, up 12% organically; Ended the quarter with a robust backlog of $868.6 million.
  •   UPFRONT: SnapCab Looks Toward Expansion - SnapCab announced a plan to expand its Kingston, Ontario manufacturing facility, prompting a visit from Bryan Paterson, the mayor of Kingston.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Expands Epix Line With New Feature - The new seat pad is sleek and subtle while still adding extra comfort to the chair's PET felt seat shell. The seat pad can be upholstered in any Keilhauer textile, and features a recycled plastic insert that can be installed and then easily removed when the time comes for product disassembly and recycling.
  •   PARTNERSHIP: Solomon Coyle Announces Partnership with ITR Economics - Through this partnership, Solomon Coyle will be providing a subscription-based Market Index Report, to be delivered quarterly along with analysis provided by ITR economists.
  •   PLACES - Cimet Arquitectos Offices – Mexico City | The connection to the exterior is given special emphasis due to the spectacular 360° views, framing them & relying heavily on natural light throughout the day.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Designer & Architectural Associate Julia Tingle Joins //3877 / Blitz Taps Hospitality Ace Tim Haggerty as San Francisco Studio Director / LiquidSpace and OfficeRnD Offer the First Total Hybrid Workplace Management Solution. One Platform. Any Workplace. / Mancini Continues Expansion into Leading Sector / Bluebeam Introduces Bluebeam Cloud: Designed for the Business of Building / Teknion Wins Gold at the 2022 International Design Excellence Awards
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Scandinavian Spaces Offers Spino: The Modular Sofa System that is Fluid in Form and Artful in Function / Experience Hue: Ultrafabrics' New Brand Campaign Embraces Aura Photography as Color Inspiration / Protection Meets Beauty as FireKing Expands Designer Collection
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Business of Furniture - September 21, 2022

 
  •   Shared Spaces and Flexibility are Vital for the New Hybrid Workplace - Furniture has taken a massive leap in recent years, with manufacturers creating flexible systems to support a hybrid workspace.
  •   Here Now - A New Boutique Contract Furniture Brand Designed and Manufactured in North Carolina for Creatives by Creatives - A close-to-home footprint—and an intentional way of doing things—bring the founders and team close to the product offering unparalleled agility with client-friendly inventory and lead times.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss Keeps Hiring People from His Former Employer. Is It Lazy? Political? Where is the Diversity?!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Just because a boss hires somebody that he knows doesn't necessarily mean that he's taking the lazy way out or that all these new hires are his "best friends."
  •   Kimball International Releases 2021 ESG Report Detailing Efforts to Build a More Sustainable Future - Kimball has a long history as an environmentally conscious company. From the company's inception as a wood furniture manufacturer, relying on nature's resources to create their products, the ideas of conservation, sustainability, and sensitivity toward the environment have been deeply ingrained in their corporate culture.
  •   Compusoft + 2020 Unveils Company Rebrand as Cyncly - New brand builds the ultimate connected platform to bring spaces to life.
  •   Inscape Announces Partnerships with Four New Rep Groups - KB & CO., MRG Southeast, Dynko Contract, and Dino + Associates Will Represent Inscape and Office Specialty in the United States.
  •   Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly Program Now Recognizes and Promotes LEVEL by BIFMA - Manufacturers with LEVEL certified furniture products will now be able to promote this achievement when placing products on Amazon.
  •   Material Bank Signs The Climate Pledge - Material Bank Commits to Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040.
  •   New Interface Flooring Collection: Desert Scapes - Desert Scapes features three carpet tile planks – Just Deserts, Cactus Grooves and Prickly as a Pear – in six fresh and soothing colorways.
  •   Formica Opens Sixth Annual FORM Student Competition - Now extending to Mexico, competition expands to more design and architecture students than ever before, inviting them to share interpretations of maximalism in furniture designs.
  •   Global Office Furniture Market to Reach $99.6 Billion by 2030 - An increase in the number of corporate offices, owing to the rapid construction of Information Technology (IT) Parks and commercial zones is creating a demand for modernized office furniture across the globe.
  •   Kimmerle Completes Office, Showroom Renovation Project for Global Apparel Maker - Kimmerle Group spearheaded a redesign and renovation of SPARC Group LLC's Manhattan headquarters, allowing it to consolidate the homes of several apparel brands.
  •   Virco Reports $0.60 EPS for Second Quarter Driven by 40% Increase in Revenue as U.S. Factories Provide Timely Support for School Reopenings - Net sales were $82.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2023, a $23.8 million or 40.3% increase from $59.0 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.
  •   New Education-Focused Flooring Collection From Tarkett Designed For Discovery - For the development of Discovery, Tarkett explored how interior environments impact thinking, behavior, engagement, social awareness, and interactive experiences.
  •   UPFRONT: 2020 Hires New Office Product Manager - Backed by a degree in Interior Design, Amy Edington has spent 15 years in the commercial furniture industry.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kirei's Air Baffle Named Honoree of Fast Company's 2022 Innovation by Design Award - The Air Baffle is an innovative acoustic ceiling baffle that combines the acoustic performance of recycled PET felt with a soft filling made of recycled textile fluff from Nike Grind, a global sustainability program that helps transform manufacturing scrap and end-of-life shoes into recycled Nike Grind Materials.
  •   ELECTED: HNI Corporation Elects New Director - Patrick D. Hallinan is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands Home & Security.
  •   PLACES - ZGB Investment Offices – Beijing | Designed to showcase the elegance of the financial firm, ZGB Investment's Beijing office conveys a sense of calmness and meditation to provide an ease for both clients and employees.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Kim Sexton Accepts Territorial Sales Position for Nevers / Carnegie: Proud to be a B Corp - Again! / Kimball International is Preparing to Open a Pop-up Location in the Heart of Manhattan / IOPFDA Welcomes New 2023 Board Members / Welcome Michelle Gibson! New Representation for Northern TX and LA Territories / Resource Furniture Unveils Direct-To-Consumer E-Commerce Platform / Steelcase Nears 52-week Low Price after Sidoti Downgrades Rating to Neutral
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Expanded Color Options from Kirei / Daltile Launches New Scrapbook Collection / Athena Wireless: New Capabilities to Help Guide for an Unknown Future
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Business of Furniture - September 14, 2022

 
  •   How to Create a 360 Workspace to Support Worker Health and Job Satisfaction - Instinctive, easy-to-use workplace products are essential to creating the 360 Workspace.
  •   Business Environments Acquired by Atmosphere Commercial Interiors - Atmosphere joins forces with southwest dealer to expand territory to six states.
  •   Stephen Says - "When Deciding on A Job Offer, Remember, Never Leave Money on The Table!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Don't be afraid to talk about money early on, don't wait until you get an offer.
  •   ASID Announces Longtime Member and Design Leader Khoi Vo as Chief Executive Officer - Vo began his career at California State University as an assistant professor for the interior design program.
  •   8 Clever Work from Home Tips from a Successful Remote Team - Having a dedicated space for work is essential for separating work and home life, but working from home means that when it comes to your individual workspace, you get to set the vibes.
  •   HBF Launches New Additions to the Mod Collection - Designed by Architect Henrik Schulz, the new Mod Highback joins the best-selling lounge collection alongside Mod Work offering new height options.
  •   Patrick Fejér Appointed CEO of B+H - With a new design-led CEO, B+H charts an ambitious course for future growth.
  •   Only 36% of American Workers Describe the Indoor Air at their Workplace as Very Clean - "The results of our survey are clear — most American workers understand the health risks of poor IAQ and the benefits of working in very clean air," said John Fellowes, fourth-generation CEO of Fellowes Brands.
  •   Inscape Announces First Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Sales of $8.9 million, an improvement of 12.7%.
  •   Graham & Brown Announces its Design and Color of the Year 2023 - This year's design, Florenzia Dusk, features a variety of traditional florals trailing through the artwork.
  •   UPFRONT: Allsteel Announces New VP of Sales - "We are thrilled to welcome Carla Galli into her new role as VP of Sales," said Jason Hagedorn, President of Allsteel.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Haworth Launches Zody II and Zody LX - Zody II and Zody LX use premium materials, including aluminum trim options, digital knits and a range of upholstery options, including performance upholstery for health care applications.
  •   APPOINTED: eSolutions Furniture Appoints Luc Mongeau as President and CEO - The arrival of Luc Mongeau at eSolutions Furniture is an important step in achieving the company's vision of becoming the leading e-commerce solution for residential and commercial furniture in North America.
  •   PLACES - Barry Callebaut Offices – Singapore | Visitors are greeted by a rich palette of chocolate hues, textures and fine detailing as they step into the reception and Chocolate Studio, a multi-sensory brand experience that tells the Barry Callebaut story, from bean to bar.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Design Public Group Announces New President for All Divisions / Andreu World Presents the Book Work Well Seated: Good Design is Good Business, Published by Lunwerg / Introducing: bde&co.
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carnegie Fabrics Expands Xorel Collection / Carl Hansen & Son Introduces Wegner Design in Teak / New for September, the Roller Max Sideboard from Ethnicraft / Whitney Brothers Introduces Nature View Mobile Book Browser
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Business of Furniture - September 7, 2022

 
  •   HAT Collective Undergoes a Brand Evolution - Contract furniture maker embracing Human Active Technology (HAT) for its mission of creating product solutions that drive healthier interactions between people and technology.
  •   Spaces That Tell Stories - Featuring: Studio O+A's Tehama office and more from Claridge, DIRTT, KFI Studios, Knot & Company Interiors, Mancini Duffy, Meteor Lighting, Spark Design, Trendway, and Zgo Technologies.
  •   Showcasing the Best in Modern Design, Westedge Design Fair Will Make its Dallas Debut September 16-18, at Dallas Market Hall - The design fair will include a variety of feature areas for patrons to visit and learn about the latest trends in modern design.
  •   Herman Miller Reintroduces Iconic Eames Molded Plastic Chair, Now Made with 100% Recycled Plastic - New materials and color options mark a sustainable milestone for Ray and Charles Eames' mid-century staple.
  •   Landscape Forms Sees Great Success in Summer Lighting Road Show, Announces Part II of the Tour - Met with an overwhelmingly positive response from lighting specifiers and architecture, design, and electrical contractor firms in the Midwest, Landscape Forms has decided to extend their 2022 Lighting Road Show throughout the rest of this year.
  •   Versteel Announces the Addition of Oxford & Associates to Its Outside Sales Force - With a shared customer-first vision, Oxford & Associates now represents the Versteel brand and product portfolio in the Colorado territory.
  •   Stephen Says - "Not Getting Interviews? It's Your Resume, Stupid!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I am always very clear with candidates that including any sort of executive summary on a resume is the death knell of any job search. Employers, without exception, want to see a simple objective communicated at the top of your resume.
  •   Shaw Opens Its Third Employee Healthcare Center in Cartersville, Georgia - New facility now serving Shaw associates and dependents with virtual and in-person visits.
  •   User-Friendly Tech Tools Improve Customer Service, Boost Sales for Mid-Market Dealers - COE Distributing launched its virtual assistant, OLIVIA, in 2021 to make it easier for customers to track orders and expected shipping dates on the company's website.
  •   Corporate Environments Announces Merger with Office Services - Corporate Environments will expand its capacity to develop customized interior solutions with the help of Office Services sales and installation teams, office, and showroom space.
  •   Announcing the 2022 People's Choice Awards, Presented by Fantini USA - North American architects and designers are encouraged to submit projects featuring Fantini products.
  •   Califia Farms Together with Tangram Interiors and Studio Other Create New Office Environment at their Los Angeles, CA Headquarters - The 2022 project encompassed 30,000 square feet of office space for their 50 plus in-office employees.
  •   Configura Unveils the Expansion and Rebranding of CET Ecosystem Elevating User Experience - Configura invites users to upgrade to the latest version of each product so they can experience the improved technology.
  •   UPFRONT: Even More Earth Approved: Division Twelve Becomes Carbon Neutral - To achieve this carbon-neutral status, Division Twelve reduced carbon emissions at every stage of their processes – from design and the materials they used in production, distribution, and end-of-life.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Clear Design Announces EDGE Casegoods Line - EDGE includes more than 20 carefully curated modular pieces in different finishes and sizes, including a transaction counter, three-drawer wardrobe, open- and closed-storage solutions, credenzas, height-adjustable desk options, and more.
  •   PROMOTED: Polyvision Corporation Names Wout Van de Broek Vice President of Global Operations - In his new role, Van de Broek will continue to lead Polyvision's Belgian operations and will also assume responsibility for the company's U.S. operations in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and New Philadelphia, Ohio.
  •   PLACES - BMW Offices – Tokyo | Connected Works comprises the totality of modern and efficient forms of work at the BMW Group which offers the opportunity to organize everyday work even better, even more efficiently utilizing a hybrid environment.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Studio Other Named Among "Best Places to Work in Los Angeles" by LA Business Journal / Canon Wins Prestigious Award for the Second Time, Placing in the Top 3 for the Past Five Years / Maharam Supports Barbara Kruger and Louise Lawler at the Venice Biennale / Interior Design Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees / Non-Profit Dedicated to AEC Marketing Professional Welcomes New Leadership
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Versteel Introduces a Perfectly Paired Modern Seating Option to the Thea Series / Introducing Hushoffice Acoustic Pods / Batik + Ikat + Patchwork / PI Wall Shelves from Ethnicraft
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Business of Furniture - August 31, 2022

 
  •   Desire for Flexibility Intensifies Among Knowledge Workers - Knowledge workers who believe their employer communicates transparently show markedly higher scores for employee experience and engagement.
  •   Stephen Says - "Has Your Showroom Team "Quiet-Quit" (Yes That's a Thing Now!)" - by Stephen Viscusi - The irony is that everyone reading this column in Business of Furniture manufactures or sells office furniture, therefore it should be simply understood that if you're selling a product like office furniture, you need to be in the office.
  •   Benefits of Green Prescriptions - We have long known the benefits of time outdoors, but the added stresses of COVID have made it crucial to well-being. For the last two years, it has been our only place to escape and relax during lockdowns, travel bans, and infection threats.
  •   ThinkLab Explains 3 Essential Market Research Types for the Interior Design Industry - By combining these research methodologies and using the "right tool for the right problem," you can overcome potential drawbacks and arm your team not only with insights, but with actionable tactics to grow your business, faster, and avoid costly or embarrassing pitfalls.
  •   In-Office Comfort for the XYZ Generations and Beyond - Throughout the "Future of the Workplace" conversation, many employers have directed their attention to Generation Z, and are intent on developing in-office perks that would draw younger employees into the workplace.
  •   Architecture Billings Index Slows but Remains Healthy - Despite architecture services employment recently surpassing pre-pandemic levels, the ABI score this month reflects the slowest growth since January, and marks the fourth straight month with a lower score than the previous month, indicating a slowing trajectory in billings activity.
  •   Maharam Remembers Donald Maharam - Donald Maharam (1931–2022) was a textile engineer who pioneered performance-measured textiles for commercial interiors. He served as Maharam's third-generation CEO, working with the company from 1952 until 2000.
  •   DIRTT Shutters Operations at Rock Hill, SC Facility - "DIRTT's approach to industrialized construction ensures quality and project lead times will not be impacted as we shift production to our other facilities."
  •   Architecture & Design Film Festival Announces Compelling Film Lineup for 14th Season - Now in its fourteenth edition, the event, which is popular with all design lovers, will showcase a diverse program of films that investigate design's impact, environmentally and culturally, on the worlds of fashion, real estate, art, architecture, urban planning, and housing.
  •   Indiana Furniture Announces Expanded Possibilities with the Popular Isla Lounge - "We're continuing to push our products to another level of design and expand our portfolio to provide options that support todays working needs."
  •   UPFRONT: Liberty Diversified Names Greg Theis President and CEO - Greg's wide-ranging experience has enabled him to develop expertise in various disciplines, including Strategic Planning, Operational Management, Merchandising Solutions, Supply Chain Solutions and Pricing.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Humanscale Levels Up the Gaming Experience - A natural extension of Humanscale's presence in the commercial office and residential design industries, gamers and live streamers, including Gothalion, Darkness429, and Professorbroman, have been seeking out the brand's product line for several years, building a solid foundation for this next step.
  •   SUSTAINABILITY: 9to5 Seating Embraces Environmental Responsibility - 9to5 Seating is committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices. This global perspective informs every aspect of its corporate culture, from warehousing to manufacturing to its office facilities to its community.
  •   PLACES - CCA Law Firm Offices – Lisbon | Recently, CCA decided to change the location of its headquarters in Lisbon and create a modern and appealing office.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Luck Rep Group Joins Nevins in CO / Fantini Continues to Strengthen Team in North America / Minneapolis Architecture Firm Alliiance Welcomes Dan Boivin In Business Development Role / Icon Modern Names AK Design As Furniture Rep Group Partner for Illinois and Wisconsin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Take a Trip to Palm Springs with WIP's New Rug Collection / Best of Ligne Roset Contract / Aeeri from Arper / JSI Enhances Vision Casegood Series / Maharam Introduces Oxbow
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Business of Furniture - August 24, 2022

 
  •   Spotlight on Henricksen — 60 Years and Counting - Though Henricksen started as an office supplies store, it quickly evolved into a furniture dealership.
  •   Say No to the Disposable Furniture Economy - Our responsibility is to make reusing our products the most effortless process so our customers do not stress their environmental or financial impact.
  •   Surprise and Delight: How Hospitality Principles are Impacting Office Design - In a post-pandemic world, employees don't have to be at the office, and employers are wrestling with the question, "how do we make them want to be?" - from IDA Design
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Salespeople: Farmers and Hunters — New Thinking About Old Roles" - by Stephen Viscusi - Tenant improvement money is flowing and it is what many dealerships, and in turn contract manufacturers, are cashing in on. Tenants have more money for bigger build outs and more furnishings and it's not costing them a dime.
  •   Prioritizing Cleanability in Furniture Design - The healthcare industry has historically taken this to heart, but now we're seeing the inclusion of highly-cleanable materials across the workplace, hospitality, education, and other industries.
  •   MillerKnoll Selects 3D Cloud by Marxent for Scalable 3D Product Configuration - Configure, visualize, and quote: 3D Cloud delivers code-free 3D product configuration at scale for the world's largest modern design company.
  •   Oliver Space Announces $36M in New Funding to Redesign the Broken Cycle of Buying and Discarding Furniture - Launching refurbished products and trade-in, Oliver Space brings the full cycle of furniture under one roof.
  •   Cushing Terrell Seattle Unveils its New Downtown Office - In response to the adoption of a flexible work policy, Cushing Terrell's new workspace emphasizes agency through a variety of spaces and amenities.
  •   Scandinavian Spaces Offers Yarn - The functional beauty of Yarn continues to elevate the conversation about furniture design's impact on the environment.
  •   UPFRONT: Memphis-based Office Interiors Joins with Haworth to Embrace a Shared Vision for the Future of the Workplace - Founded in 2001, Office Interiors is a commercial office furniture dealership providing comprehensive solutions to clients in the Mid-South and across the U.S.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Path by Humanscale: The World's Most Sustainable Task Chair - Each Path contains almost ten pounds of ocean plastic, a majority of which are reclaimed fishing nets, the most harmful of all ocean plastic.
  •   HIRED: DIRTT Welcomes Richard Hunter as COO - Rich brings nearly 40 years of manufacturing leadership and experience to DIRTT following a tenured career with large manufacturing companies, including Forterra, Trinity Industries, Terex Corporation, Danaher Corporation, Delphi Corporation, and General Motors Corporation.
  •   PLACES - Spyke Games Offices – Istanbul | We tried to reflect the joyous and colorful worlds of the game characters, especially in social spaces, meeting rooms, cafes and relaxing areas.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Emerging Material Solutions Brand KOVA Welcomes Matthew White / DIRTT Welcomes Brad Little as Chief Financial Officer / Ware Malcomb Promotes Ilbret Adeh and Melani Dannenberg to Studio Managers in Los Angeles Office / New Nevins Representative in North New Jersey / Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Upstate New York / //3877 Welcomes Architectural Associate Kate Janik to Growing Team / Shaw Industries Vice President of Global Sustainability & Innovation Kellie Ballew Named Finalist for Reuters Events Responsible Business Awards 2022 / Shaw Industries Sponsors Bright Spark 2022 Invention Challenge / New Flooring Classification Distinguishes PURLINE Flooring as Uniquely Sustainable Choice / ARC Acrylic Opens U.S. Facility to Address the Needs of Hospitality, Retail and Restaurant Industries
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MyWhiteBoards.com Introduces Opti-MagPrime Magnetic Receptive Primer / Polyvision Introduces its New Interior CeramicSteel Wall Systems for Commercial Spaces / Versteel Introduces a Perfectly Paired Modern Seating Option to the Thea Series / Newly Refreshed and Expanded iQ Granit and iQ Eminent Collections from Tarkett Combine Restorative Design with Proven Performance / Source International Introduces Nordic Lounge / Foscarini: Preview 2022 / Designtex Drop 16 - Designtex + West Elm 5.0
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Business of Furniture - August 17, 2022

 
  •   Believe in Better — Nassimi Leads with Environmental Stewardship - Nassimi's entire product line is free of flame-retardant chemicals and free of biocides (antibacterial and antimicrobial chemicals).
  •   Top Seven Office Rooms of the Future - With competition for talent high, 61% of companies are investing in the design of the office. Creating a space that truly supports all types of workers and cultivates a sense of community, creativity, focus, and well-being is paramount to employee happiness and retention.
  •   The Symbolic Olive Branch and Its Role in Remote Equity - Hybrid and remote work, once thought to be temporary safety precautions, have cemented their place as permanent workplace options for the foreseeable future.
  •   NeoKEN Returns to Gibson Interior Products; Draws Huge Crowds - Hundreds of attendees enjoyed Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice-cream with Jerry Garcia art overhead, snacked on NY PIZZA and Hot Dogs as well as the catered delicacies from Elegant Affairs.
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's Rules to Interview Follow-ups: They Must Be Sent Within 24 Hours" - by Stephen Viscusi - My clients have told me interviewers for every position at every level expect notes. Many will pass on a candidate if they do not receive one, and most will pass if they get a letter with a typo in it.
  •   Kimball International Hosts "Ignite Your Senses" Event in Their Atlanta Collaboration Hub - Guests were greeted with a "rose kiss" (a vodka and lychee filled sphere taken as a shot from a rose bud) and then were taken on "sensory stroll" through a wide variety of interactive, multisensory activities.
  •   ASID Announces Retirement of CEO Gary Wheeler - Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheeler brought together experts in the profession to form four core committees, tasked to create resources to guide the profession: Impact (Return to Work); Adaptive Living; Diversity Equity and Inclusion; and Climate Health and Equity.
  •   LCH Developments Debuts Merge Spaces Modern Office Experience in Scarborough - Merge Spaces is two floors of communal spaces, private offices, collaborative workstations, and meeting rooms – all knit together with a series of bright and vibrant murals that incorporate uniquely Scarborough motifs.
  •   49th CIFF Guangzhou 2022 In Review - The Office Show featured leading companies in the sector presenting intelligent and sustainable workspace design solutions that improve productivity, well-being, and safety.
  •   The Lumina Desk Includes an Embedded 24-Inch OLED Display - The workstation is designed to accommodate your other tech as well, with six powered USB-C sockets, six power outlets hidden inside a generous storage compartment that can be used to keep cables out of sight, and two wireless charging pads that are also hidden and integrated into the surface of the desk.
  •   UPFRONT: Furniture Re-use Leader Wins IIDA NorCal Award - "My team and I are honored to be recognized by IIDA for our work, as we help address the significant problem of global furniture waste in landfill materials," said Kriss Kokoefer.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New Ellie from 9to5 Seating a Designer's Dream that Delivers Ergonomics - Ellie's precision upholstery work means designers can easily create personalized two-tone design, combining colors, textures and patterns everywhere—front, back and seat with optional coated textile armrests, making Ellie more durable for every day use.
  •   AWARDED: James+James Represents Furniture Industry in Inc. 5000 - "We're proud to be one of the fastest-growing privately owned furniture companies in the country," said James Smith, co-founder of James+James.
  •   PLACES - MAKU Offices – Shanghai | In the past, there were ancestors as Inheritors, and now the MAKU team as builders and we as designers met in the continuation and inheritance of history.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Independent Suppliers Group Announces Q1 2022 Rebate Distribution & 2021 Patronage Dividend / Perkins Eastman Names Emily Pierson-Brown as PEople Culture Manager / Ware Malcomb Hires New Director, Interior Architecture and Design in Firm's Chicago Office / Perkins Eastman Welcome Michael Hess
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Vitra Reissues Jean Prouvé's Kangourou Chair in a New Blue Hue / Ethnicraft Launches Sustainable Upholstery / Performance Meets Versatility in Landscape Forms' New Gunnar Outdoor Lighting System from Urbidermis Santa & Cole / USAI Lighting Introduces PANCAKE / Archetype is an Architecturally-Influenced Collection That's Truly Worthy of a Second Glance / BuzziSpace Launches BuzziPleat Edel Long
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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

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Business of Furniture, Midpoint Magazine and Workplaces Magazine are the go-to sources for keeping you informed about everything that is happening in the industry.

From trends that affect your bottom line, to new products that will help your customers work better, to stories that will help you run a better, more informed company.