Business of Furniture - November 13, 2019

 
  •   AIS Celebrates 30 Years with Pride in the Past - The furniture manufacturing company Affordable Interior Systems (AIS) had an unlikely start, but it has become one of the most notable in the industry — and it's even governor approved.
  •   Union Wood Company Brings Commercial Options to the Table - When it comes to furniture manufacturing, Craig Pearce loves making tables the most.
  •   Build Some Visual, Acoustic Privacy with Brix by Luxxbox - It is easy to create an open, so-called agile office. Getting acoustical privacy is the hard part. The unique, modular, acoustic sound management system creates partitions, walls and cubicles for privacy while reducing unwanted noise in open spaces.
  •   Legrand Acquires Connectrac - Expanding opportunities for its customers and driving innovation. Those are the two main reasons Connectrac co-founder Clint Strong decided to sell his company to Legrand.
  •   DeskMakers Acquires Furniture Company Scale1:1 - The purchase of Scale1:1 represents an expansion for DeskMakers that opens the door to a new audience while increasing the variety of designs available to clients and dealers.
  •   DIRTT 2019 Third Quarter Sales Slip 12 percent - Revenue decreased in the three months ended September 30, 2019 by $8.5 million or 12% compared to the same period of 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's the End of the Year and My Employee's Always Quit in January! What Should I DO?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PwC Experience Center Offices – Paris
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Indiana Furniture, Okamura, Unika Vaev, Móz Designs, Coalesse + Nanimarquina, Kirei and Knoll
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 6, 2019

 
  •   OM Asks Important Question with New Product: How do You Werksy? - All great chair designs come from exploration: tapping into curiosity and seeing where it leads. For OM, that design exploration led to one of the most unique chairs the industry has seen in some time, Werksy.
  •   Shedding Light on Misconceptions About LED--Modular Lighting Instruments Morphing to Next Level - If done properly, LED lighting is just as good as any other light source ever made. If done improperly, it's one of the worst elements to be included in design.
  •   theMART Looks to 'Rewrite Playbook'; Quell Concerns Over NeoCon's Future - Though theMART's grip on NeoCon may be loosening, show organizers believe keeping critical mass in the building is important.
  •   Connecting with Designers in a Time-Crunched Era - While the topics covered opinions on product and process innovation, perhaps nothing enlightened the audience more than when the conversation shifted to the ways in which dealers and manufacturers could best support designers.
  •   Davis Furniture Adds New Office Building and Warehouse - The new building will house 35,000 square feet of warehouse space and 16,000 square feet of office space.
  •   New Survey Shows Workers Prefer Private Offices, Spaces Over Open Plan - Employees may not want to work in an office with an open floor plan, but they can succeed in this environment, especially at a company that encourages collaboration.
  •   Kimball Posts 3.8% Sales Gain - Sales growth benefited from new ancillary products within National, healthcare products within Kimball, and custom business within Kimball Hospitality.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's Taking Twice as Long for Someone to Find a New Job Today, It's Not You!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Work has come Full Circle - by Darlene Burns
  •   PLACES - Fosbury & Sons Boitsfort Offices – Brussels
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Elkus Manfredi Architects and Studio Other, Landscape Forms, LINAK, Wilkhahn, Versteel, ESI, Carnegie, Concertex, Bentley and Mohawk
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 30, 2019

 
  •   EDspaces Gathers Important Industry Segment in Milwaukee for Expo; Education - Split between top-notch educational sessions and a sizable expo showing off the latest furniture and educational products, EDspaces is not the kind of event where tens of thousands of attendees show up to kick tires.
  •   Why Face to Face Still Matters in the Workplace - Companies that provide a variety of opportunities for people to come together face-to-face have more engaged and effective workforces.
  •   Banker Wire Meshes With Design Community - The manufacturer of woven and welded wire mesh for architectural and industrial applications has been known since 1896 for its applications in the agriculture, transportation and food processing sectors.
  •   How has HAY Acquisition Changed Herman Miller? For Det Bedste. - HAY is cool, hits a price point rarely found in Herman Miller's portfolio and its founders — who will remain on with the brand — are on the cutting edge of design that goes well beyond the world of office furniture.
  •   MASHstudios Opens New York Showroom - The Los Angeles-based maker of custom contract furnishings for some of the world's most recognized brands, is expanding its footprint this fall with the opening of a showroom in New York City.
  •   The Latest Financials - Knoll, HNI and Interface all showed sales growth in their latest financial reports.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unblock Your Calls or Get Blocked from the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Digital Ergonomics - by Jake Himmelspach, principal and director of strategy at Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - FTI Consulting Offices – Century City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Scandinavian Spaces, Wilkhahn, AMQ, BuzziSpace, Fritz Hansen, Milliken, Maharam and Ghent
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 23, 2019

 
  •   CET Experience Connects Users of Configura Software in Orlando - The CET Experience wasn't about the company. It was about the companies and the people that use CET Designer.
  •   Successful Launch of OM Chats: Design Discussion for Thinking Professionals - The role of empathy in the design of space and products was explored at the inaugural OM Chats: Design Discussions for Thinking Professionals at the Helms Design Center in Culver City.
  •   Delivering Excellence — Winslow Spares No Details in New Office Design That Embodies Its Brand - Typically, a horseshoe symbolizes good luck, but in the case of Winslow Capital Management, that shape wasn't so lucky.
  •   Embracing Technology Can Unlock Process Innovation - It's been said again and again — the biggest change coming to the A&D industry will be in the form of process innovation, not product innovation.
  •   Steelcase Expanding Relationship with Furniture Design Firm Uhuru - This relationship complements the extensive Steelcase portfolio that gives customers easy access to more choices with delivery by the largest dealer network in the industry.
  •   Room & Board Launches Business Interiors and Claims it is Reimagining the Contract Furniture Model with a Consumer-Centric Approach - As the company's commercial arm, Business Interiors was launched to meet the demands of commercial interiors and businesses.
  •   Stephen Says - "What is a 'Back Door' Reference, and is it Ethical?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Rejuvenate, Reenergize Your Mind and Body Defeating Distraction & Increasing Productivity" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - The Martin Agency Offices – Richmond
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Allsteel Introduces Modular Seating for Modern Solutions / Multipurpose Squared / KFI Studio Introduces Voodoo Collection / ESI Introduces Enmo / Brentano Will Debut Indoor/Outdoor Velvet at BDNY / Captivating Design and Innovation from Concertex / HBF Textiles Fall 2019 Collection Pursues the Great Outdoors / Luum Textiles Launches Loom State Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 16, 2019

 
  •   Seriously Happy – Framery World Conference Guests Treated to Finnish Delights and Words of Wisdom - Framery is serious about happiness. So much, that the privacy booth manufacturing company is becoming known for its elaborate efforts to prove it.
  •   From Basic to Beautiful – Workrite Reframes the Adjustable Desk - Workrite Ergonomics has hit the market with its new Advent Collection featuring breakthrough engineering on its height-adjustable desk, and the challenge was immense, according to the company.
  •   Designer David Allan Pesso Sweats Every Detail (and it Shows) - Pesso's career has evolved from designing simple freestanding products to systems.
  •   Herman Miller Agrees to Acquire Majority Interest in HAY - Founded in Copenhagen in 2002 by Troels Holch Povlsen and Rolf and Mette Hay, HAY is a leader in ancillary furnishings in Europe and Asia and is active in the contract and residential furnishing markets.
  •   CIFF Shanghai 2019: New Records, Innovation Respond to Changes in the Sector - CIFF Shanghai 2019 represented the entire furniture supply chain.
  •   OFGO STUDIO Announces ReLaunch as Commercial Furnishings Manufacturer - The commercial furnishings manufacturer OFGO has relaunched its business operation under the moniker, OFGO Studio.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is the Pen Mightier Than the Interview Process?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Lemay Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Studio TK Introduces F500 Series to North America / HBF Introduces Sleek, Flexible Morgan Chair / Indiana Furniture Expands Joy with New Upholstered Options / KFI Studios' Swey Chair Has Options for Days / Global Introduces Sas / Rockin' Roka with KFI Studios / ESI Introduces FlexCharge3 / Work Comfortably – The Hut Lounge Collection from Scandinavian Spaces / Mute Box: Artopex's Newest Innovation for Open Spaces / 3form Releases Four New Products for Fall 2019
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 9, 2019

 
  •   California Cool: Arcadia, a Company on a Roll, Proves Design, Innovation Drive Sales - Arcadia isn't a new, upstart brand. It has been in business for 40 years. Yet in many ways, it is just hitting its stride.
  •   Knoll Sues Senator Over Alleged Patent Violations on Pixel Table - At issue is whether the Array tables by Senator, which Knoll said were on exhibit at Senator's showroom at NeoCon in June, infringe on the PIXEL patent.
  •   In a Co-Everything World, Standards Become King - One way clients can simplify the procurement of contract grade is through services like Curate from Level.
  •   Clear Design Sets Sights on Growth, Fueled by Simple, Effective Formula - The company, with a U.S. base in San Antonio, Texas, has made a name for itself not by being everything to everyone.
  •   International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign Manhattan to Co-locate from May 2020 - The ICFF-WantedDesign Manhattan co-location brings together two unique brands under one roof, creating a not-to-be-missed North American design industry event.
  •   Studio TK's Cesto Receives Bronze 2019 IDEA Awards - Studio TK's Cesto seating and table elements collection was honored in the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is a 'Brand Ambassador' Just a Glorified Sales Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The End is Just the Beginning: Kickstart Your 2020 Planning Now" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - AmorePacific F21 Offices – Seoul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: DeskMakers Introduces Catalina Open Plan Office Storage Solutions / Indiana Furniture Brings Biophilia Options, Barn Doors, and More to Square One / How Will You Design Your Revilution? / Camira Launches Yoredale, a Highly Anticipated British Wool Fabric / Source Introduces Tempt Stools
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 2, 2019

 
  •   Vitra Design Museum Debuts Atlas of Furniture Design - In November Vitra Design Museum will publish the Atlas of Furniture Design, a comprehensive overview on the history of modern furniture design.
  •   Futuristic Nap Pods Might Be the Right Investment For Your Tired Team - A sleep capsule is an enclosed pod where one can rest in privacy within a community environment.
  •   Nowy Styl Group Continues to Strengthen Hold on Europe - Today Nowy Styl is probably the most successful company of its sector in Europe. With the acquisitions of Kusch and Majencia and our double-digit internal growth rate, 2019 group sales should be close to half a billion euros.
  •   Coalesse + Partners: Bringing Something New to the Table - From its start more than 10 years ago, Coalesse has collaborated with a handful of select partners providing complementary products and capabilities.
  •   Why Flexible Office Space Is Leading to Commoditization in the Market - The standard relationship between third-party, flexible space operators and landlords typically has been traditional leases.
  •   Wayfair Professional Launches Turn-key Solution for Business Customers to Furnish Spaces - Each pre-designed space is built to suit the needs of industries with an emphasis on cohesive design and quick-ship products with high customer reviews.
  •   Stephen Says - "During an Interview, How Many Questions is too Many Questions?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Assemblage Coworking Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Clear Design Introduces KOZE / Arper Introduces Bowl Chair / Hightower Launches New Pieces to Popular Nest Collection / Ghent Expands Hex Collection, Creating Functional Artwork
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 25, 2019

 
  •   VividBoard Fills a Communication Gap in The Healthcare Industry, Prepares for Relaunch - VividBoard, founded in 2002 and now owned by GMi Companies, based in Lebanon, Ohio.
  •   CANOPY Opens its Third Shared Workspace Location in San Francisco - CANOPY Financial District houses 32 private offices that accommodate anywhere from one to 10 people within a five-story building.
  •   A 7.2-Million-Square-Foot Seating Plant Rises in China - Many factories in China are unfairly portrayed as being behind the times, instead of working on solving the production issues. This couldn't be farther from the truth at UE.
  •   Herman Miller Beats 1st Quarter Earnings and Revenues Estimates - On an organic basis net sales and orders in the first quarter increased by 7.7% and 7.3%, respectively, compared to the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   Steelcase Revenue Rose 14% in Latest Quarter - The first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended with a net loss of $0.7 million or 5 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Stephen Says - "High Turnover and a Long Open Position: What does that Mean?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - SAP Österreich Offices – Vienna
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Shaw Contract Introduces Joy Squared and Suited Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 18, 2019

 
  •   What We Learned from CIFF Shanghai 2019 - A growing part of CIFF Shanghai is the EAST Design Show. It features finely designed Asian products, mostly created by young designers. The design show was packed with young visitors, a hopeful sign for China's emerging design market.
  •   Boost Attraction and Retention Through Design Inspiration Catering to Gen Z - The workplace culture in the United States has shifted. While salary was the primary driver for past generations, today's workers want a workplace they enjoy.
  •   Configura Holds First CET Experience Conference in China - The event attracted 85 attendees — CET Designer users, Chinese manufacturers that have invested in the software and Configura leaders — to the Hangzhou Aocheng Kaihao Hotel in the city of Hangzhou.
  •   A Day in the Life of Office Designers Kara Treen and Jennifer Ballantyne - We interviewed two designers experienced in the field of office design. Designing an office requires a lot of planning, drawing and executing. We were interested in finding out what a typical day in the life of an office designer looks like.
  •   Inscape Posts Smaller Loss for Latest Quarter - The first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended with a net loss of $0.7 million or 5 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Salesperson Used Our Showroom As A Party Space For Their Birthday!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Keep Failing! Why failing is the best way to learn and grow" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Herman Miller Showroom – Hefei, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: HBF Introduces Sleek, Flexible Morgan Chair / Narbutas Launches BOXI / Concertex Includes Sunbrella Contract Textiles in Fall Collection / Unika Vaev Introduces Abstracta Acoustical Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 11, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Shanghai Opens Under Cloud of Tariffs and Talk of Trade Wars - No U.S. manufacturers tout a "Made in China" label on their office furniture products, but almost all of them have products and components that are made here. The office furniture industry in the U.S. and here in China are intimately tied together with Chinese suppliers and manufacturers connected to many of their counterparts across the Pacific.
  •   Designing for Designers: Dyer Brown Transforms its Own Headquarters - When not engaged in heads-down work, Dyer Brown's staff has choices for meetings, eating, relaxing and personal care.
  •   NeoCan't Event Provides Networking Opportunities and a Glimpse into the Future of Design - "The value of the event is the idea that you have limited space. Because of this, manufacturers whittle down their showcase to the best of the best."
  •   Herman Miller and Vitra Collaborate for the Limited-Run Eames Eucalyptus LTR Tables - The tables feature solid tops made from eucalyptus trees harvested from the Eames House property.
  •   Put A Smile On Your Feet – Floortex Solves Standing Desk Strain With New Line Of Tactile Mats - Two years ago, Floortex leveled up its offerings with a new line of AFS-TEX Active anti-fatigue mats. Today, the mats are the company's best sellers.
  •   Award-Winning Designer of Branded Environments Returns to Perkins and Will in Austin - A familiar face and known leader in the Branded Environments design discipline has returned to global architecture firm Perkins and Will to expand its services in the Southwest.
  •   Stephen Says - "There and Back Again: A Salesperson's Tale" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Edenred Offices – Barcelona, Spain
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: KI Launches New MyPlace Lounge Furniture Elements / Simplicity of Form: Roka from KFI Studios & Q Design
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 4, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Shanghai Starts Sunday - CIFF expects more than 150,000 visitors from 200 regions and countries worldwide. The theme of this year's show is "A Paradigm for Global Living."
  •   AMDG Architects Creates a Beautiful Mess With New School Design - Students at South Christian High School in West Michigan are enjoying a new state-of-the-art school. Funded mostly by cash gifts from the community.
  •   The Dirt on Smed's New Business, Falk Built Technologies - At a time when most executives would hang it up and relax on a warm beach, Smed is back at it, once again creating a brand that is sure to cause a buzz in the industry and has infuriated the leadership of his former company.
  •   KFI Studios: Speed, Prices, Quality... and Now Design - KFI was a brand that had a few things going for it: It had speed, competitive prices and quality products. But it didn't have the design chops to get noticed by the office furniture industry.
  •   Benchmark Is Set to Launch the Sage Collection by David Rockwell - During this year's London Design Festival, British furniture brand Benchmark will be launching a new collection of office furniture by American architect David Rockwell.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can I Really Get Fired Over the Background of My Phone?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's Have a Meeting" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Barry Callebaut Offices & Chocolate Academy – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: ASTRAL by Groupe Lacasse - Modernity Without Compromise / Kay Chesterfield Announces "Workplace Pillows"
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 28, 2019

 
  •   Navigating the Political Waters of an Industry Rocked by Tariffs - One of the major benefits of sourcing these materials from China is the country's low price tag.
  •   ErgoExpo Turns 25 and Looks To the Future - Not as many manufacturers of height-adjustable desks were present as in previous years. An increase was seen, though, in the basic height-adjustable desks from Chinese manufacturers.
  •   Knoll Acquires Ecommerce Start-up Fully for $35 million - The acquisition of Fully represents a digitally native platform for Knoll, allowing the company to reach a new audience principally outside of its current distribution while simultaneously leveraging Fully's product portfolio.
  •   SKG Jumps More Than 1,700 Spots on the Inc. 5000 List - SKG's revenue grew more than 213% from 2015 through 2018. SKG reported 70 employees for the Inc. 5000 list.
  •   obo Celebrates Sale of Three Million Zody chairs - Obo, creator of holistically designed workplaces, and Haworth are celebrating the worldwide sale of three million Zodies.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Sales Manager Asks: Should My Salespeople Be Able To Work From Home?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - OCAD U CO Incubator Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: The Lodger Collection from Scandinavian Spaces / TURF Refines Collection of Carved Wall Tiles / Fritz Hansen Reintroduces the Planner Series
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 21, 2019

 
  •   Fellowes Expands Reach into Contract Market with Acquisition of Trendway - Fellowes Brands first expanded into contract furniture through its acquisition of ESI in November 2017.
  •   Juster Takes Kimball International into the Future with an Eye on its Rich History - In June, Kimball's board approved a transition plan that dovetails with Kimball International Connect.
  •   Simple and Sustainable, De Vorm is Molding Its Niche in the Office Furniture Market - De Vorm specializes in simplicity. Founded in 2005 by Jeroen ter Hoeven, De Vorm creates furniture described as Northern European — minimalist, contemporary and sustainable.
  •   IIDA Releases Latest Industry Economic Data in 2019 Index Report - First launched in 2018, the index provides contract design and architecture firms information about the market and competitive positioning plus it analyzes opportunities for new business.
  •   Finally! Fun for Fidgeters — It's Back to School Time With SIXINCH - SIXINCH North America creates bold and whimsical furniture for third spaces of all kinds.
  •   Former President Barack Obama to Keynote the 2019 Greenbuild Int'l Conference and Expo - Former President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
  •   Stephen Says - "Make Sure LinkedIn Profile is an Asset not an Albatross Around Your Neck" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Art of the Follow-Up Question" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - OCAD U CO Incubator Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Union Wood Co. and ESI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 14, 2019

 
  •   Customers are Finding they can Set Up an Efficient, Flexible Office Space with VARIDESK - VARIDESK made a name for itself selling desk risers directly to its impressive list of customers, but the real idea behind the Texas-based company's success is flexibility.
  •   Nienkämper Purchases All Ownership Interest From ICF - "Over the years, our partnership with Nienkämper has benefitted both our ICF furniture and Unika Vaev textile businesses," said James Kasschau, ICF Group president.
  •   Why Design is More than Pretty Pictures - The value of design exists in its ability to support two of the clients' most valuable resources: people and place.
  •   Landscape Forms Celebrates 50th Anniversary - Far from coasting into its golden anniversary, Landscape Forms is on a roll. July was the best month in the company's history, and its sales last year reached $118 million.
  •   KEM Studio Designs New Office for Port KC With a Nod to the Shipping Industry - If ever there was a magical idea to incorporate the grit of an industrial shipping port with the artistry of urbane interior design, KEM Studio nailed it.
  •   IIDA and KI Six-City Tour Highlights Discussions and Practices Related to Designing for Community - Community as Strategy is the focus of a series of discussions that will be hosted by IIDA and KI in six cities.
  •   HDR Acquires Hurley Palmer Flatt Group - HPF Group is headquartered in London and is the U.K.'s leading independent engineering consultancy, providing solutions for the built environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is it Strange that My Boss Invites Me to Lunch Once a Week?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PayPal Offices – San Jose, California
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Encore, Brentano, Concertex, Indiana Furniture and Pallas Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 7, 2019

 
  •   July Furniture Survey Bounces Back - The July 2019 survey index of 58.90 is just slightly above the 58th survey average.
  •   Duracare Seating Strong in Senior Market - Furniture in the senior market needs to be sturdy, safe, stylish and easy to clean and move. Duracare Seating is all of those.
  •   Luum Textiles Collections Launched in Japan - Luum Textiles, in conjunction with Teknion Asia and dealer/partner Team Net, is going to make several of its collections available in the Japanese market.
  •   'A Well Designed Life' Panel Examines How Design Affects Your Wellbeing and the Psychology of Aesthetics - Have you ever walked into a room and felt anxious, depressed or wanted to run out of it?
  •   Luum Debuts Future Tense Collection With a Nod to Social Tension - Luum, a subsidiary incubation of Teknion, was originally called Teknion Textiles until a re-brand three years ago, with Tick at the helm.
  •   New Capital One Workplace Survey Shows Employees Want Flexibility; Mental Health Support - Connections to nature in the workplace can improve well-being, according to the survey, yet few offices have them.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Work for a Manufacturer and I Hate Dealers! Does That Make Me a Bad Sales Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "I Hate Sales! The One Phrase I Hear Most Often that Makes Me Smile" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Partners + Napier Offices – Rochester, New York
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Source International, Ghent, Narbutas, Foscarini, IOA, Whitney Brothers and Knightsbridge
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 31, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Welcomes Three New Supplier Partners to Program - INDEAL, which provides dealers with service to improve their sales process, is partnering with three new suppliers.
  •   Camira Group Acquires US Company Luna Textiles - The company's legacy comes from its founder, Anna Hernandez, who established Luna as an industry leader in the commercial textile field through her creative design portfolio, company credentials and memorable marketing techniques.
  •   HNI Office Furniture Sales Drop, but Reports 'Strong Momentum' Going Forward - The corporation expects full year organic sales to be up 1 to 4 percent.
  •   Knoll Reports Another Strong Quarter - The increase was driven primarily by investments the company made in expanding its range of height-adjustable tables and improved storage system offerings, as well as continued growth from DatesWeiser and Rockwell Unscripted.
  •   Video Games in the Office? 46 Percent of Creative Workers Want Them - New research from price comparison site MoneySuperMarket surveys the views of business owners and employees to find out what perks, facilities and styles are the most sought after in different industries.
  •   Humanscale Lays Off Workers; First Job Cuts at Company in a Decade - The company would not say exactly how many positions were cut, but the total is estimated to be somewhere between 60 and 100 workers.
  •   Blockchain in CRE: Expanding Beyond the Financial Applications - Cushman & Wakefield recently published a report on blockchain and bitcoin and their effects on real estate. In the report, the corporate real estate mogul shared that "global spending on blockchain technology totaled $945 million in 2017."
  •   Stephen Says - "Cursing in an Interview is Not OK" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Slack Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from 9to5 Seating, Arcadia, Poltrona Frau, JSI and Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 24, 2019

 
  •   Kinsler Out as Trendway CEO; Bundy Back In - The company gave no details about Kinsler's abrupt departure, other than to say Trendway is "focused on growth and profitability."
  •   NYC Gets first LOOK at NeoCon Introductions - For the first time in New York City, the group welcomed Los Angeles-based ERG International and Tokyo-based Okamura.
  •   Hightower Follows NeoCon with New Design Made for Gathering - Hightower introduced its latest space-making design: The FourReal A, a slim, yet sturdy framed table design for multiple types of gatherings.
  •   With Swiftness and Accessibility, Poppin Enters the Privacy Pod Market with PoppinPod - The company debuted its off-shoot brand last month and it hits the pod market at a middle-ground price point.
  •   RightAngle Creates App that Controls Height-Adjustable Desk Using Siri - The app is available with all RightAngle's New Heights desks.
  •   Stephen Says - "Succession Planning Is Not the Problem in My Family Business; It's the People My Dad Hired I Can't Get To Go Away!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Keep Reaching for Your Dreams: How setting goals and taking action make dreams possible" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Vetsource Offices – Portland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from National Office
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 17, 2019

 
  •   Concept Metals Group Acquires Freedom Manufacturing - The transaction will add 46 employees and one location to the veteran-owned Spring Lake, Michigan-based integrated metals group.
  •   Four Takeaways from the Residential Furniture Rent Model - As we look at the model of this residential furniture rental company, it becomes clear that many of its founding principles mirror the core recommendations presented by the Furniture Forum.
  •   Bentley Mills Came Clean at NeoCon Using Carpet and Laundry Machines to Deliver a Message About Design and Diversity - Los Angeles-based textile company Bentley Mills brings to NeoCon concepts that jolt visitors visually and philosophically — in a good way, of course.
  •   SONNEMAN—Officially Opens First NYC Showroom - A Way of Light has opened its new 7,000-square-foot showroom at the New York Design Center.
  •   Top US Architecture Firm Chooses Nureva Audio Conferencing Systems - The HDL300 system features full-room pickup and continuous autocalibration that automatically accommodates any room configuration.
  •   Building on LEED v4.1, USGBC Opens Call for Proposals to Solicit Input for the Future of LEED - Cities around the world are mitigating climate risks by pledging to raise the bar to reduce carbon emissions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Good Looking People Have It Easier in the Workplace: Yes of course they Do!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Wintrust Customer Contact Center – Rosemont, Illinois
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from SurfaceWorks, Quinette Gallay, OMT-Veyhl, iSiMAR, Unika Vaev and Waddell
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 10, 2019

 
  •   2019 Magis Puppy Design Challenge - Seventeen local firms in Boston used their creativity to reimagine the Magis Puppy by Eero Aarnio in the Magis Puppy Design Challenge at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).
  •   The Nowy Styl Group Opens New Office in Kraków - "We are an international company, we operate in many markets," said Adam Krzanowski, president of the Nowy Styl Group whose office is in the new space.
  •   Liz Ogbu Calls to Designers to Consider Civic Projects - Ogbu enjoys working on high-end commercial and private projects, but it's her passion for spatial justice that is the foundation of her most meaningful work.
  •   Tarkett Launches Interleave Modular Carpet — New Collection by Jhane Barnes Evokes the Peaceful Rhythms of Nature - With the gentle flow of sines in a variety of colors, Interleave takes a contemporary approach to incorporating natural, soothing visual elements.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed? Email Your Future Boss Directly, Not Me!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Seventh Heaven" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   The Biz - "Crossing the Collaboration Divide" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Mac Properties Offices – Kansas City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Safco, Nevers and TURF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 3, 2019

 
  •   Designing Outdoor Spaces with Form and Function - Designing an outdoor space conducive to collaboration and productivity is beneficial only if employees physically want to use it.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces New Corporate Structure and Executive Management Team - The new strategic plan is consistent with Landscape Forms' history of internal evaluation and evolution to meet changing markets and capture new opportunities.
  •   MBH Architecture Plans on Tapping Into Denver's Growth and Development with the Opening of a New Regional Office - Retail and commercial development are MBH's specialty offerings, but it's also looking to expand into residential development in the Denver area.
  •   AIS Receives Four 2019 OFDA Dealers' Choice Awards - AIS recently received four 2019 OFDA Dealers' Choice Awards in the workstation, casegoods, seating and table categories.
  •   Herman Miller Hits Record Sales in Latest Quarter, More Strength Ahead - Herman Miller set a record net sales in the fourth quarter ending June 1 of $671 million, an increase of 8.6 percent from the same quarter the last fiscal year.
  •   Inscape Reports Fiscal Year 2019 Fourth Quarter Results - "We believe we have the right initiatives in place to achieve strong profitable growth."
  •   Stephen Says - "I Found My Coworker's Resume in the Office Printer: What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sony Interactive Entertainment Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Nevers and Brentano
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 26, 2019

 
  •   Steelcase and Anker Join Forces to Bring Mobile Power to the Workplace - Flex Mobile Power, the vision of the future from Steelcase, brings mobility to power so teams can work anywhere.
  •   Lectra Lays Out the Future of Cutting Rooms - Earlier this month furniture upholstery experts from around the world came to France to see the latest in cutting room solutions from Lectra. Some of the largest changes and challenges facing the upholstery market and the furniture market as a whole are the shifts to a want-it-now mindset.
  •   Trendway Makes Buying from them a 'Snap' - At a recent meeting of the company's leadership team when the Express program was being discussed, the conversation led to Trendway's latest idea to improve Snap, the customer experience and dealer program.
  •   Steelcase Reports Stronger First Quarter Sales, Profits, but Misses Wall Street Targets - Steelcase sales increased 9 percent in the first quarter compared to the prior year, or 6 percent on an organic basis, reflecting growth across all segments.
  •   CIFF Shanghai Sets Stage for Blend of Residential, Office - CIFF Shanghai combines both office and residential furniture in a massive show with more than 1,500 exhibitors.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Kid Just Graduated From College. What's Next? Where is that First Job and What Will it Pay?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Increase Your Productivity" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   Industry Thinking - "Is The Swivel Office Chair an Endangered Species?" - by Mike Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Hayball Studio – Sydney
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, MergeWorks and HBF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 19, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Highlighted Different Strategies, New Ideas - A definite move toward simplicity was seen at NeoCon this year. Products that are easy to use, self adjust and forgo the usual design frippery were everywhere.
  •   What We Liked (and a Few Things We didn't) at NeoCon 2019 - Steelcase sure knows how to think about every little detail before launching a product. The company's Flex system is a good example.
  •   Ligne Roset Hosts a Design Dialogue with IIDA, HOK Leadership - Julia Monk and Tom Polucci, two HOK senior principals, discussed industry challenges and global design insights with an audience of more than 85 architects and designers.
  •   BIFMA Launches Conformance Program; Provides Year in Review at Annual Breakfast - The industry learned more details about a new conformance program to help specifiers separate true commercial furnishing from the imposters at the BIFMA annual meeting.
  •   NeoConfused? You Are Not Alone - Over the past few years, the rise in ancillary furniture forced new thinking, ranging from wildly different product offerings to new business and distribution models.
  •   Moving Beyond the Foundation of Furniture, NeoCon Showcases New Ideas and Products to Cover and Accessorize Commercial Furnishings and Design - Designtex previewed a selection of textiles from its new line, The Bauhaus Project.
  •   Industry Loses Rising Star: Shannon Bloch 1993-2019 - Dr. Shannon Bloch, who died far too early on June 4, was a columnist for this publication and wrote a wonderful collection of articles about how to help us keep healthy at work.
  •   Stephen Says - "Should a Dealer Sales Manager be Selling Accounts? No!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Eddyfi Offices – Quebec City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Inscape, OM, KI and FLOS
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 12, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Starts Strong, Despite Herman Miller's Decision to Leave theMART - Herman Miller is leaving theMART after 51 years as an anchor and about 80 years total in the building. The company is leaving for 1100 W. Fulton St. in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood, a year after Knoll did the same.
  •   Maars Headquarters, Factory is Out of This World - Since entering the North American market a few short years ago, Maars has made a name for itself by creating demountable walls of the highest quality and design.
  •   Bureau Enters Contract Furniture Category With Millennial-Focused Offering - Run by three millennials from varied real estate backgrounds, Bureau was developed to simplify the process of furnishing offices for small occupiers, from specification, to delivery and setup, to haul away.
  •   HLW's Los Angeles Studio Honored at SoCal IIDA Calibre Design Awards - HLW, has been honored with a 2019 Calibre Design Award by the International Interior Design Association Southern California Chapter (IIDA SoCal) for its work for Procore Technologies.
  •   Steelcase Announces New Relationship with Moooi in North America - Steelcase will offer designs from Moooi and Moooi Carpets to customers throughout North America.
  •   BIFMA to Launch Branded Conformance Program in 2020 - "This conformance program has been developed to respond to a market need for more clarity."
  •   Wilkhahn and Teknion to Collaborate on Seating - Wilkhahn will be able to target the ranges at more customers on the North American continent. Teknion also will be able to use them to strengthen its portfolio.
  •   Stephen Says - "NeoCon Is Almost Over: Fire Them, You Know You Want To" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - AstraZeneca Offices – Macclesfield
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Inscape, HON, Dekko, LINAK, KI, LOGICDATA, HPFi and KnollTextiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - NeoCon Special 2019

 
  •   COME BELLOW WITH US - Meet with the team behind The Business of Furniture and Workplaces Magazine. NeoCon 2019 - Seventh Floor; Booth: 7-5111
  •   FLOOR PLANS - Find your way around NeoCon this year.
  •   THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PRODUCTS DEBUTING DURING NEOCON - The editors of The Business of Furniture have looked high and low to bring you what we believe are the biggest introductions being presented this year at NeoCon.
  •   WELCOME TO NEOCON 2019 - The commercial interiors industry is a friendly fraternity and no where is that more clear than at NeoCon. Yes, we come to Chicago each year for new products, new ideas and new business, but we also come for the friendships we have cultivated over the years. If you agree with my premise, than you can't help but like NeoCon.
    If you don't like NeoCon, you're simply not doing it right.
    I get it. It is a lot of work. We are away from our families, our friends and our routines. We are living and working out of hotel rooms. We are eating food we don't normally eat and speaking with a lot more people than we normally interact with. It can be tiring.
    But NeoCon is our industry's chance to shine. It is the one show where we explain to the world why this industry matters. For many of you readers, Chicago is also the place where your ideas are presented to the world. You are giving rise to creativity and innovation. Let me be the first to thank you. Without you, there would be no NeoCon.
    Thanks to fine folks at theMART as well. The team of 14 people that work to fill the showrooms and temporary floor for NeoCon do a stellar job to help this industry shine. They often get the blame when elevator lines are long, but rarely get the praise they deserve for putting on a truly world-class event for 55,000 visitors.
  •   BELLOW PRESS WISHES YOU SAFE TRAVELS TO CHICAGO - We'll see you at the show - VISIT US - 7th Floor, Booth 5111

Business of Furniture - June 5, 2019

 
  •   Herman Miller Group Presents All Together Now - At NeoCon 2019, Herman Miller will present All Together Now, an exhibition exploring the expanding design possibilities of Herman Miller Group's global family of brands.
  •   Ready or Not, NeoCon is Next Week - There's going to be a lot for you to see. Try to look for innovation and ask specifically for it. Challenge manufacturers who tell you they have innovative new products. Business of Furniture will be at the show in force, covering every aspect of it for you, from keynotes to trends to new products.
  •   CBRE Furniture Forum Sparks Launch of Two Industry Disruptors - Nearly two years ago commercial real estate company CBRE embarked on a yearlong journey to uncomplicate the process behind furniture buying. The question was simple: What can we do better?
  •   PeopleSpace Might be Model for Dealer of the Future - PeopleSpace began changing the model by placing the customer experience at the center of its new operations. It also implemented a technology-based process and dedicated project teams to streamline and integrate short- and long-term planning, design and purchasing.
  •   BoF's Saturday NeoCon Preview Special - Look for it on Saturday, June 8, as we preview all of the new products and solutions you'll see at NeoCon this year!
  •   Stephen Says - "Stephen, Can You Clarify 'Glassdoor'?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Balyasny Asset Management Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Alea, Acoufelt and Kirei
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 4, 2019 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   THE 44TH CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR SHANGHAI - September 8-11, 2019 - Young, and with a strong desire to grow, able to provide large spaces: the National Exhibition & Convention Centre in Hongqiao is the world's largest exhibition complex. The opportunities provided by the availability of this enormous space has made it possible to host all the sectors for the furnishing industry and develop unique events which every year enchants visitors wishing to discover the potential of the quality Chinese product, the value of emerging designers and the new market trends. With the theme of "A Paradigm for Global Living", the next edition of CIFF Shanghai will attract over 1,500 exhibitors and more than 140,000 professional operators are expected from more than 200 countries and regions.
  •   WELCOME TO CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR! - Founded in 1998, CIFF (Guangzhou/Shanghai) has been successfully held for 43 sessions and creates the world's most preferred one-stop trading platform for product launch, domestic sales and export trade in the furnishing industry.
  •   CHINA IS DEFINITELY A CRUCIAL MARKET - China is increasingly more open to trade and to collaboration agreements, particularly with Europe and the United States. An unusual market, certainly complex, but fascinating and unique, where companies grow very quickly and where consumer taste and choices increase at the same rate as consumer purchasing power. Today more than ever before, CIFF and its exhibitors are ready for a new phase, no longer marked simply by price, but by factors related to the service.
  •   BETTER LIFE BETTER WORK - Better Life Better Work is not a slogan or a mantra, but rather a leitmotiv affirmed and pursued by CIFF. In effect, people, and people alone, are in the spotlight. People formed by needs, people who must be stimulated, but who are capable of great and fabulous things. This explains the attentiveness in terms of choosing decor that is high-performance and beautiful, but that can also furnish and allow people to live well. Quality furniture incorporating high-level ergonomics and comfort, together with colors and finishing details, and that therefore infuses life with style.

Business of Furniture - May 29, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Extends Outdoors: Unveils Experiential Outdoor Environment, The NeoCon Plaza - Designed by Gensler Chicago and brought to life in collaboration with Forward Fruit Branded Environments.
  •   Versati Debuts as Best Portable Bars' Newest Product - The bars are ideal for any place that hosts big or small events and need the aesthetics of a fresh, sleek, professional looking bar.
  •   ASID + DIFFA Join Forces on Design Impacts Life Fund - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has donated $375,000 to Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) to create the new Design Impacts Life Fund.
  •   Are Cubicles Coming Back? Design Trends from CDW in London - Privacy continues to be addressed by furniture makers around the world, and the onslaught of pods continues, some with smartly designed twists.
  •   ASID Releases 1st Quarter Interior Design Billings Index Report - The six month outlook shows stronger business conditions are expected. Survey results showed interior design firms ended the first quarter on a level not seen in the previous 12 months.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is NeoCon A Trade Show for New Product? Or Has It Turned Into a Job Fair For My Sales People?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Alternative technology client, Silicon Valley, California
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from BDI, Morbern and Creoworks
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 22, 2019

 
  •   ICFF, NYCxDesign Take Over the Most Important Furniture Market in the World - The show hosts 900 exhibitors from across the globe who showcase the newest frontier of "what's best and what's next for luxury interior design."
  •   BoF Exclusive: An Interview with Herman Miller President and CEO Andi Owen - Owen spent most of her first nine months meeting with employees and customers around the world. She became a student of the industry, immersing herself in research. She also resettled her family in Grand Rapids.
  •   Friend or Foe? Why the Future of Design Depends on Strengthened Relationships Between Designers and Dealers - The sheer number of manufacturers each dealer works with is growing.
  •   MADA / OFI Trends Survey for April 2019 - Across-the-board declines occurred in all 10 index values of the furniture industry measured by the April 2019 Quarterly MADA/OFI Trends Survey conducted by Michael A. Dunlap & Associates, LLC.
  •   Lockers Should Not Be An Afterthought: How One Company's Attention to Detail is Dominating the Industry - Travis Hollman has become an expert in transforming what's basically a box into a meaningful object people sometimes pay $10,000 or more for.
  •   Clerkenwell Opens - While few outside London knew Clerkenwell in its early years, it has grown to one of the most interesting events in Europe, with increasingly more visitors and exhibitors coming from North America.
  •   Steelcase's Dabbs Tells GVSU World Trade Conference that Design Thinking Can Transform a Company - Dabbs was the keynote speaker at the conference, which was held in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  •   Stephen Says - "Trade Show Etiquette 101 for Reps and Execs" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The One Thing You Can Count On" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Patreon Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HON, Luum Textiles, Quinette Gallay and Crossville
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 15, 2019

 
  •   5th Element Design Founded by Former KI Exec - Shawn Green has worked for some of the largest office furniture makers in marketing and design since 1991, most recently as vice president of design and product marketing for KI. Along the way he's learned a few things about what makes the industry tick. He also has learned what products sell.
  •   NeoCon Launch Planned for Hightower's New Showroom - Hightower has expanded its North American showrooms by 3,500 square feet at Chicago's theMART. An official opening is planned for June 10-12 during NeoCon.
  •   NeoCon News - Indiana Furniture has entered a new strategic partnership with Edge Design, a UK-based company.
  •   Munson Business Interiors Ushers in New Generation, From Mother to Daughter - MBI is primarily a Kimball dealer with about 30 employees and sits around $12 million. Munson is preparing to retire, ushering in her daughter Elly Faulkner to take over.
  •   ICFF, NYCxDesign Starts Next Week in the Big Apple - As contract has turned decidedly residential in recent years, ICFF has more than doubled in the past three editions and become more international in composition.
  •   DIRTT Announces First Quarter 2019 Results - 6.9 percent first quarter revenue growth was largely driven by increased penetration into the healthcare market.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Stephen Says - "First Impressions are Important: But What Criteria Should I Use to Judge?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From the Editor - Important Content Returning to Business of Furniture
  •   PLACES - Gensler Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from ergoCentric, Wilkhahn, Springboard, Arcadia, NanaWall, G&S Acoustics and Designtex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 8, 2019

 
  •   AIS Donates Nearly $700,000 in Furniture to Make-A-Wish - AIS hopes that having a newly furnished office space will enhance the organization's mission to provide life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.
  •   Technology and Information without Context is Nearly Useless - Teknion is not only working on the technology of today, but also gathering knowledge about the technology of tomorrow.
  •   Krenke Named KI CEO; Resch Remains as Executive Chairman and Chairmain of the Board - Krenke will take over for Dick Resch, who has served as KI CEO since 1983 and is a 55-year veteran of the company. Krenke joined KI in 1991 as a sales engineer and has held various senior leadership roles at the company, including serving as the company's president since 2010.
  •   Pre-NeoCon Walkthrough: Expect Expanded Show and More of "The Mart Shuffle" - If you expect NeoCon to experience a post-50th anniversary hangover, think again. The building is going through the annual "Merchandise Mart Shuffle" as old showrooms change hands, existing showrooms are expanded and nearly all of them are getting spruced up.
  •   Muzo's New Stash Line is Music to Students' Ears - Music inspires Muzo's team members. They take the emotion and passion from music and put it into their designs and the relationships they build with customers.
  •   Kimball Reports 3rd Quarter 2019 Results - Orders received during the quarter increased 16 percent from the prior year, including a 2 percent contribution from our David Edward acquisition in 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do I Hire the Best People for the New "Resimercial" Market?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "We All Have a Story" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Migraines Affecting Your Productivity at Work? You're Not Alone" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Shaw Create Centre Offices – Cartersville
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Boss Design, Dekko, Encore, OFGO and Narbutas
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 1, 2019

 
  •   Teknion Talks Technology - Companies have dabbled in creating tech forward products, but most tend to be agnostic toward computers, screens and apps, arguing it doesn't make sense to try to keep up with the breakneck pace of change.
  •   Pair Finds Balance Among the Extremes in the Complex World of Design - The company is a venture of premier Steelcase dealer One Workplace, and offers designers flexible and unique alternatives to standard office furnishings.
  •   ROOM Releases New Edition of Flagship Office Phone Booth - Among the product's new features is a motion sensor that automatically turns on and off the LED light and ventilation fans when someone enters or exits the booth.
  •   Gibson Celebrates Opening of New Big Apple Showroom - Gibson Interior Products raised the bar for reps last week in New York with the opening of its impressive 11,500-square-foot showroom in the NoMad neighborhood, named for being North of Madison Square Garden.
  •   Interface Reports First Quarter 2019 Results - First quarter net sales were $298 million, up 24 percent versus $241 million in the prior year period. Organic sales were up 2 percent year-over-year.
  •   Knoll Reports Strong Start to 2019 - Net sales for the Office segment were $202.2 million during the first quarter of 2019, an increase of $17.1 million, or 9.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Stephen Says - "What's the Deal with Co-Presidents?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Let's Make a Deal" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Narrative Science Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Arcadia, Audience Systems and Claridge
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 24, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Holds Champion Conference in San Antonio - INDEAL began as a purchasing organization that added value to both non-aligned and aligned office furniture dealers and suppliers in the office furniture industry. It has grown and morphed into the industry's premier, de facto dealer organization.
  •   Steelcase Roam, Flex Designed to let Workers Hack Space - Steelcase and Microsoft revealed their new products last week at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York City.
  •   Blackburn Furniture Moves Forward with New Generation Ownership and Forward Thinking Design - Located in Bellingham, Washington, Blackburn started out in 1945 as a typewriter and office machine store.
  •   Vitra Introduces New Chair by Antonio Citterio - Grand Relax is a luxurious reclining lounge chair from Vitra combining outstanding comfort with compact dimensions and a classic understated aesthetic.
  •   Salone Shines Spotlight on Innovative International Design - The 386,236 attendees over the six days from 181 different countries made for a 12 percent increase over the 2017 edition, which also featured Euroluce and Workplace3.0.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Sales Fell 5.1 Percent in First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 - First quarter office furniture net sales decreased $27.4 million or 7.2 percent from the prior year quarter to $353.5 million.
  •   Environments for Aging Expo & Conference Held in Salt Lake City - The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference offered the latest strategies and ideas for creating functional and attractive living environments for an aging population.
  •   Stephen Says - "Boss and Mentor Fired: Do I Follow Her to New Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Do You Sell?" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Bespokify Offices – Da Nang
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Global and Ghent
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 17, 2019

 
  •   Pack Up the Lat File, Pick Up a Pouf: Lessons from Salone that Apply to Our Industry - Salone isn't a single show held at the Rho fairgrounds, though that remains a big part of the design week in Milan. It also includes Fuorisalone, the "other" fair taking place throughout the city at the same time.
  •   Tangram Studio to Become Independent Entity Named Studio Other, as Nationwide Growth Continues - Since 1996, Studio Other has built a reputation as a premier creator of innovative custom furnishings for a wide range of commercial interiors.
  •   Cynthia Milota Joins Ware Malcomb and is Focusing on Moments that Matter - Milota, who is based out of Ware Malcomb's Oak Brook, Illinois, office, said face-to-face experiences are in high demand, even for an increasingly mobile workforce.
  •   From Toys to Task Chairs, Humanscale's David Wong Sees Similarities - David Wong, who spent 18 years at toy maker Fisher-Price, believes both industries need products where safety comes first, robust engineering is important and building in design features is critical.
  •   Design Holdings Makes Salone del Mobile Debut with Huge Stand - Last week Design Holding, the new furniture and lighting group made up of B&B Italia, Flos and Louis Poulsen, marked its first show at Salone del Mobile by presenting the biggest stand the Milan fair has seen in decades.
  •   Stephen Says - "Political Blues: Partisan Views Make Coworkers See Red" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Why Your Office Job Can Literally be a Pain in Your Back" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Hinshaw & Culbertson Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ultrafabrics, ICF and Artaic
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 10, 2019

 
  •   AIS Announces Sales Reach $200 Million in 2018 - The company in 2018 also added nearly 20 people to the sales department, including new vice presidents, territory managers and sales team members who work across North America.
  •   INDEAL Launches Expansive Training Program: INDEAL U - The spark for INDEAL U came a couple years ago when founders Dave Gatherum and Dave Bloch started to have a dialog with dealers in the network.
  •   KEM STUDIO and MASHstudios Debut New Furniture for Focus - What is it that really distracts people at work in an open environment? Is it the noise? The awkward close proximity to coworkers? The lack of privacy?
  •   Knoll Ready With its Own Not NeoCon - The new Chicago showroom will host "Knoll Design Days," June 10-12, the same time, but not the same place as NeoCon.
  •   Bene Achieved Major Growth in Sales and Earnings in 2018 - In a very competitive global environment, the Bene Group prevailed in the past financial year in numerous international deals and could increase its sales to 151.4 million euros.
  •   Are You Ready for the Cloud? - This year 2020 has deployed the 2020 Content Downloader, a solution that allows customers to acquire all available manufacturers in a single download.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Configura Chairman Sune Rydqvist Leaves Behind Legacy of Innovation - As co-founder and co-owner of Configura, Rydqvist had many different roles, but the company's development, culture and growth were always at the center.
  •   Stephen Says - "Stephen: What's Your Opinion on Employees Participating in the Interview Process?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "It's Time to Color Outside the Lines" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Novo Nordisk Offices – Mississauga
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Global, Boss Design, ICF and Arc-Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 3, 2019

 
  •   CIFF in Guangzhou Bigger, Better Than Ever - The Asian manufacturers are following Western trends in office design more rapidly. The four-day fair in Guangzhou, China, was expecting 200,000 visitors, including 30,000 foreign attendees. Based on the massive crowds the first day of the event, that might be an underestimation of the actual throng that arrived.
  •   Trend-Setting Salone Set to Start in Milan - Where NeoCon and Orgatec are about business and building relationships, Salone is the artist of the family, more focused on big picture concepts and ideas. Showing furniture that might actually sell? Who cares?
  •   WRK Lab Debuts as South Florida's Premiere Herman Miller Dealer - Garcia and his business partner Doug Fisher bought Workscapes' Miami office in January and rebranded it as WRK Lab. The new owners are aiming to create a different experience for clients when they walk into WRK Lab's showroom. Lots of touches and feels, with some VR technology experiences, too.
  •   Studio TK's Cesto Receives Green Good Design Award - Studio TK's Cesto collection of interactive seating and table elements have earned a 2019 Green Good Design Award.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed and Over 50? No Problem!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Designing the Ideal Home Office" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Mapbox Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, Kirei, JSI and 9to5 Seating
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 27, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Starts Tomorrow in Guangzhou - The show also has become a design event, which may come as a surprise to visitors who think China "borrows" designs and does not come up with its own.
  •   The Little Unicorn That Could - SpringHaus is Nudging Northern Colorado Toward a Little More Sparkle - The Northern Colorado commercial design market is interesting, leaning more toward function and being less focused on design trends.
  •   Brexit is (Could Be?) Days Away: How British Office Furniture Makers will be Affected - Markets hate uncertainty. And the fear of the unknown certainly has been hard on Britain's office furniture makers.
  •   Configura Holds Partner Meeting in Grand Rapids - Before the attendees gathered for breakout sessions on how to make Configura better, the company's leadership team outlined where the company is today and where it wants to be in the future.
  •   Magis is Proud to Be at the Table with STUDIOS Architecture and Herman Miller - Seating from Magis was selected by STUDIOS Architecture and Herman Miller Collection for its installation at Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids Dining By Design event.
  •   Financial News - Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Sales Rose 7 Percent / DIRTT Announces 2018 Annual Results
  •   Stephen Says - "Unblock Your Calls or Get Blocked from the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's Get Social" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - McDonald's Headquarters – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HBF Textiles, Narbutas, KFI and Brentano
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 20, 2019

 
  •   The Private Office is Not Dead, But it is Evolving - Is the private office on its way out? Who still wants and needs them?
  •   Dewey Collection Next to Hit Market - The Dewey product line, first introduced under Fixtures Furniture by izzy+, is back and now available through SurfaceWorks.
  •   The Gensler Institute Finds an Intersection of Factors Makes a Great Workplace - Mostly open environments deliver best on performance and experience, the rising scores driven by high levels of choice, variety and balance.
  •   NYC Rep Ken Gibson Leaves Design Center for New Showroom - Gibson specializes in smartly designed furniture and ancillary products.
  •   Meadows Workflow - Designed with the dealership in mind, Meadows Workflow makes it simple to access project files from anywhere, assign tasks and monitor completion status.
  •   Steelcase Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Results - Revenue increased 18 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year, or 15 percent on an organic basis, reflecting double-digit growth across all segments driven by strong project business from large customers.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Do You Do When a Top Producer Quits?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How to Identify the Warning Signs of a Workplace Injury" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Total Media Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from H Contract, Hightower, Unika Vaev, Keilhauer, Carnegie and LEVEL 4
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 14, 2019 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   THE 43RD CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR GUANGZHOU - Phase Two: March 28-31, 2019 - Without a doubt, excitement and innovation are the key words of the next edition of CIFF Guangzhou, whose constant commitment offers a global platform that best launches exhibitors' innovations, taking great care to welcome sector professionals, including the growing number of foreigners among them.
  •   THE OFFICE SHOW - The CIFF Office Show, that covers 220,000 sqm in Area A, Area B and Area E of the China Import & Export Fair Complex, is dedicated to office furniture and seating, hotel furnishings, metal furniture, furnishings for public spaces and waiting areas, as well as accessories, materials, and machinery for the furniture industry, comprehensively addressing the theme of the Smart Office and establishing the sector devoted to furniture for healthcare facilities and seniors.
  •   THE SMART OFFICE MAKES WORK MORE ENJOYABLE - In China, the constant expansion of work environments, the consequent growth of the internal market for office furniture, and the development of corporate culture by managers and employees are provoking profound reflection on what future work methods and environments should be like. How can work be made more enjoyable and engaging? What kind of environment can make workers more productive? Why are some company employees more likely to work overtime? What kind of company is appreciated and desirable? The CIFF Office Show 2019 intends to answer all of these questions, helping to outline environments where the possibility of working comfortably and happily is no longer just a dream.
  •   LEADING COMPANIES AND NEW BRANDS - The CIFF Office Show is the most prominent business platform and the largest office furniture fair in Asia, serving as the true benchmark in the sector in China, bringing together leading companies and new brands and attracting professionals from all the major world markets. The 43rd CIFF Guangzhou - Office Show will host leading office furniture manufacturers; companies such as Sunon, Victory, Haitian, Quama, Zhongrui, Jongtay, Tiantan, Saosen, Kinwai, Liming, Merryfair, Kuoching, UE, Bosen, Boyi, Allbest, Lijiang, Hongsheng, Hongji, Erqing, Huabao, and Dechang will present new concepts and systems for the workplace; other brands, like Merryfair, Kuoching, UE, Bosen, Boyi, and Allbest will offer ergonomic and comfortable seating with an attractive design.

Business of Furniture - March 13, 2019

 
  •   Poppin Debuts Redesigned Showroom - Poppin's newly redesigned New York City headquarters embodies the brands evolution, demonstrating its maturation from start-up office furnishings and solution purveyor to a dedicated one-stop-shop and resource for brand's of all sizes and scales.
  •   Furniture Advocates Takes Brand Agnostic Approach to Selling Furniture in NY - It is neither an office furniture dealership, nor an independent rep group.
  •   Mike Wagner Leaving Kimball to Pursue 'Entrepreneurial Adventure' - While Kimball searches to fill Wagner's position, Don Van Winkle, president and chief operating officer, will be the interim president of the Kimball brand.
  •   Varidesk Adds Two New Desks to its Education Line - The Sit-Stand SchoolDesk, equipped with a patent-pending air piston-assisted lift, lets students raise and lower their desks to fit their ideal height.
  •   Versteel Keeps Moving Forward Under Leadership of President Scott Schwinghammer - Before there was Versteel — which is located in Jasper, Indiana — there was Ditto Sales Incorporated, a furniture manufacturer rep company Schwinghammer and his father ran together until his father died in 1976.
  •   Q&A: Inside the Munich Coalesse Design Studio - Design is a democratic and empathic process with an ongoing exchange.
  •   Stephen Says - "Porn Has No Place in the Workplace" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Furniture as Technology" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Element AI Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HBF, ICF, Vioski, Encore and Wilkhahn
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 6, 2019

 
  •   Knoll Shift Toward Lifestyle Outlined in Investor Presentation, Annual Report - Maximizing the sales growth and profitability of its office segment — Knoll's largest segment — has been a continuing priority, the report noted.
  •   MG West Transitions to Preferred Haworth Dealer and Aims to Develop a New Global Vibe - MG West started out 110 years ago as a safe and bank vault company founded by Monroe George West.
  •   Smart Offices: Be Aware of the Risks - Today, it seems no complicated operations need to be planned to gain access to company-sensitive information.
  •   Steelcase Defends Connected Office from 20,000 Unsuccessful Attacks in Single Month - Does Steelcase communicate with customers about possible threats of IoT solutions in furniture?
  •   Inscape Unveils New Toronto Showroom - Inscape has opened its flagship showroom and Engagement Centre in the heart of Toronto's Financial district.
  •   Inscape Sales Climb 29% in Latest Quarter - Sales of the base business (excluding sales from an exited business unit) increased by 29% for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to the prior year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Interviewing While Pregnant? Why Not?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Ditch Your Pitch, Tell Your Story" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Willis Towers Watson Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Designtex, National Office, Global, Brentano and Coalesse
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 27, 2019

 
  •   Davis Furniture Celebrates 75 Years in Business - New ideas and innovative products have steadily propelled Davis Furniture forward for more than seven decades, and the same family has been behind that energy from its inception.
  •   Office Section of iSalone to be Spread Throughout Show - Workplace3.0 is a biennial celebration of the best office furniture from around the world. Where does work end and home begin? It is an important question for the office furniture industry, which is responding to more and more inquiries about how to make the workplace feel like home.
  •   ASID Releases 2019 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report - The report begins with an overview of key issues in the U.S. economy, including content necessary to navigate through uncertainties expected to impact both businesses and individuals from 2019 onward.
  •   Sedia Systems Expanding Global Reach - Sedia Systems is building on its success in North America by expanding its presence and distribution globally.
  •   BIFMA Sustainability Standard Strengthened - The standard was developed with NSF International and has been recognized for its vision and market penetration over the last decade.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturer Struggles Over Age-Old Question: Independent Reps or Direct Salesforce" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How To Create Healthy and Effective Habits in the Workplace" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - EarthCam Offices – Upper Saddle River
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Office Blueprint, Davis, Keilhauer, Unika Vaev and TURF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 20, 2019

 
  •   A Benchmark for Success: HON's New Height-Adjustable Element Brings its Empower Collection to a New Level - The height-adjustability is compatible with HON's unique wire management system that routes power neatly beneath the surface through troughs and vertebra casing.
  •   Bandon Boondoggle Anything But - Without getting into all the details, it is a three-day golf outing organized by Eaton and held at the beginning of February with 20 industry friends at one of the best golf resorts in the country, if not the world, Bandon Dunes.
  •   InsideSource Goal to Become Global Office Furniture Dealer - The furniture world is rapidly changing, and the world needs a dealership that can bring together an industry that is tightly structured domestically, but fragmented when it comes to dealing with international customers.
  •   BOS Holdings Announces Addition of Florida Business Interiors – Tampa Bay - The newest addition to BOS Holdings is Florida Business Interiors (FBI), in Tampa Bay, Florida.
  •   Workers Prioritize Work-Life Flexibility Over the Latest Office Design Trends — But Employers Aren't Keeping Up - Flexibility is not the only thing workers want their employers to offer when it comes to work-life integration.
  •   Captivating Conversations Underscore NeoCon's Role as a Thought Leader in Design - NeoCon has added an extra day of programming with presentations this year beginning on Sunday, June 9.
  •   Stephen Says - "SOMEONE WON'T CONNECT ON LinkedIn? YES, IT IS PERSONAL!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Your Clients Care About — In Case You've Forgotten" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Two Sigma Collision Lab Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allsteel, Designtex / Coalesse Design Studio, Maharam, Pallas Textiles and Regency
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 13, 2019

 
  •   Candace Nelson is Taking Intereum to a New Level, and There's no Reason to be Scared - Nelson studied interior design and has 23 years of experience in the contract furnishings industry, beginning her career as a Herman Miller dealer salesperson for facility systems.
  •   Interior Office Solutions Adds Haworth as an Investor, Rebrands as PeopleSpace - Amplified by its affiliation with Haworth, the new entity will encompass all of IOS' existing business lines.
  •   Camira Unveils New Partnership with Jens Risom Design - The original fabrics were designed and produced by Jens Risom in the 1960s to complement the pioneering modern furniture designs for which he is widely renowned.
  •   The ROOM One debuts as a high-quality, Low-priced Sound Booth – Make Room for Solutions and Happiness - As with any new invention, ROOM's flagship product, the ROOM One soundproof phone booth, had its initial challenges, but excellence was worth the wait.
  •   Knoll Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results - Net sales for the Office segment were $212.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of $1.9 million, or 0.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can I Really Get Fired Over the Background of My Phone?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Second Cities" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - BPX Energy Offices – Denver
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Fritz Hansen, HBF, ICF, Studio TK and Luum Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 6, 2019

 
  •   BIFMA 360˚ Leadership Conference Succeeds Because of its Mix of Speakers, Attendees - It continues to be one of the best industry events of the year.
  •   Economist Lays Out Forecast for BIFMA 360 Attendees - The economy is also experiencing quantitative tightening, a reversal of the quantitative easing that brought us out of the last recession.
  •   Kimball Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results - Revenue growth of 13%, or 11% on an organic basis, led by double-digit growth in commercial, healthcare, and hospitality verticals.
  •   10 Tips for Creating High-Quality Interior Renderings - Using some rendering best practices will ensure your renderings "wow" your clients and effectively communicate your vision.
  •   KiSP Launches KITS collaborator XRPro Edition - KiSP believes in a core product and services philosophy where customers should experience a significant innovation component in each of its products.
  •   Camira Inspires Fresh Wonder and New Insights with 2019/2020 Trend Report, 'Why not...' - Camira's Trend Report for 2019/2020 provides fresh insight into the colors, textures and aesthetics the company's product designers predict will hold sway in the coming year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes Topcat68@aol.com, Your Email Address is Making You Look Like an Idiot" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How To Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries At The Office" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Mintel Singapore Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Artopex, Fritz Hansen, Obex and Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 30, 2019

 
  •   Enwork Introduces its Most Comprehensive Product Collection Yet - At Enwork, product development begins with a deep understanding of the customer and how their spaces are used.
  •   Florence Knoll Bassett, Design Pioneer and Guiding Light of Knoll, Dies at 101 - It is hard to imagine the office furniture industry without Florence Knoll Bassett.
  •   January Furniture Survey Improves Again - The survey showed the most frequently cited perceived threats to the industry's success are tariffs, travel, transportation and logistics costs.
  •   Integra Seating Expands Headquarters Which Includes New Showroom - Integra is a designer and manufacturer of high-quality lounge/soft seating and tables for the health care and education industries, specializing in high-volume use settings.
  •   2019 BIFMA Leadership Conference - The annual conference kicked off Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. with two fascinating keynote speakers and the annual "speed dining" event to get the group of 200 or so industry executives mingling.
  •   Egan Visual Acquires Exact Furniture - Exact will continue to serve customers through its nationwide network of Pro AV Integrators.
  •   Rainlight Storms Ahead in its First Year of Business - Led by Susan Grossinger and Yorgo Lykouria, Rainlight enters 2019 in a strong position by making products that enhance the way people live and work.
  •   Stephen Says - "When is it Time to Sell Your Company to a Private Equity Firm, and How do You go about doing it?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Experience Doesn't Matter" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - MatchesFashion.com Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Kimball, Maharam, Bush Business Furniture, HBF, Scandinavian Spaces, Unika Vaev and Claridge
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 23, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Launches Major Rebranding - INDEAL has launched a major rebranding initiative reflective of the company's evolution into an all-encompassing, full-service solutions provider for dealers in the commercial interiors industry.
  •   The Suddath Companies Acquires Perdue - "Clients can expect to experience the best of both companies – a total solution for all of the planning, furniture and moving needs a business has when contemplating re-engineering or relocating its workplace."
  •   Steelcase Bets Big on Hyderabad - The company is going to invest more in Hyderabad, putting more people and products in this market in the coming years.
  •   Loctek Debuts Smart Components - Marketed in the U.S. as FlexiSpot, the company offers various versions of standing desk converters, full standing desks, desk bikes and workstation accessories.
  •   The Making of a Nook: A Tour of the Company's Bristol Manufacturing - Nook creates an oasis for office workers increasingly besieged by noise and distraction and becomes a quick meeting destination for workers who don't want or need a formal conference room.
  •   Overcommunication Helps Create Head-Turning Office Space - The 127-year-old, fifth-generation-owned concrete company reached a milestone last year when it brought six departments together under one roof for the first time in its history.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Annual Review doesn't Get Me the Raise and Promotion I Want. WHY?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Steelhead Productions Offices – Playa Vista
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allsteel and Kartell
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 16, 2019

 
  •   ASID Sponsors Inaugural DesignWell Conference - The event theme is wellness architecture—how nature, materials, and design come together to benefit humans within the built environment.
  •   Unika Vaev Announces Partnership with De Ploeg - Unika Vaev has announced their new partnership as the exclusive North American Distributor of the upholstery collection of European Textile Manufacturer, De Ploeg.
  •   One Workplace Launches New Commercial Interior Construction Company - Vantis begins operation with about $33 million of business that has been assigned by the dealership.
  •   INDEAL Evolves Beyond Buying Group to Serve the Dealer Community - The growth of INDEAL comes from a vacuum in the industry. INDEAL has morphed from a buying group, which is all about return on investment, to an organization focused on the plight of the dealer, where the dealer is going to be and what the dealer needs to do.
  •   New Standing Desk Comes with a View - Using a glass surface did raise some questions about safety at first, but in the end it was the perfect view.
  •   5 Nightingale Products Win Prestigious Good Design Awards - 'Good Design' is the oldest and most prestigious design awards program in North America.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Do Manager's Over-Think Hiring Salespeople?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Stop Networking, Start Connecting" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   The Biz - "Next Wave Furniture Innovation" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   Workplace Wellness - 4 Stretches You Should Be Sharing with Customers Who Have Desk Jobs
  •   PLACES - Innovative Commercial Environments Offices and Showroom – San Diego
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating and HBF Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 9, 2019

 
  •   USM Reflects its Versatility and Personality with Showroom Relaunch - USM, renowned Swiss manufacturer of modular furniture, has totally revamped its Clerkenwell showroom to create a modern, natural and compelling space to reflect the company's beauty, versatility and history.
  •   'The Mother of All Demos' and Herman Miller's Role in Computing History Celebrated in Silicon Valley - The 50th anniversary of the event was celebrated recently in Silicon Valley, London and Tokyo. In the 1960s, Herman Miller was developing furniture for a new kind of office. Employing a cadre of psychologists, architects, designers and other specialists, the company had been closely examining the infrastructure and spaces needed by the modern office worker.
  •   How to Do Business in Turkey Amid Swirl of Politics; Crushing Economics - Navigating through the political and economic quicksand in Turkey isn't easy, and a quick scan of the news proves the point. The headlines coming out of Turkey, though better than a year ago, don't create confidence in the country's economic stability. Imagine being an office furniture maker operating in such an economy.
  •   Humanscale Showcases User-Centric IT Solutions at CES, Including New M/Connect 3 - So, how does an office furniture maker fit into the world of technology?
  •   Stephen Says - "A Free Business Plan on an Interview? Yes or No?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Design Theory - "Today's Library is Tomorrow's Workplace" - by Elliot Felix
  •   PLACES - Newmark Knight Frank Offices – Minneapolis
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ghent and Chief
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 2, 2019

 
  •   Herman Miller Posts Single Digit Revenue Increase for the Latest Quarter - "Strong demand was a clear highlight of our results as we finished the quarter setting all-time records for quarterly net sales and order levels for our Company."
  •   Mobile Car Care Debuts in the Workplace - Zippity's clients include about 50 large companies and hundreds of smaller ones, adding up to about 55,000 individual customers.
  •   Award-winning Attitude Lands Designer in the Spotlight - Gilbert Olds is an interior designer with Alfred Williams & Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was nominated for the award by his peers at work.
  •   CIFF Prepares for Your March Arrival in Guangzhou - This year CIFF will be promoted with a single image integrating the content of the entire furniture industry supply chain represented at CIFF. The trade in office furniture between the two countries is very much alive and growing as evidenced by the number of North American buyers who head half way around the world for the massive event that takes place in two phases.
  •   Nienkämper Honored with Four Prestigious 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards - Nienkämper has been recognized with the 2018 Good Design Award for four products from its table and seating collections.
  •   Stephen Says - "How To Deal With A Newly Unemployed Friend When You Are Still Working" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Developmentk - "New Year, New Heights" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Mitie Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from JSI and Indiana Furniture
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 19 & 26, 2018

 
  •   ICF Mood Tube Chair Wins Award - ICF's Mood Tube chair has won the German Design Award Special Mention for Excellence in Product Design.
  •   U.S. Hiring Intentions at 12 Year High as Demand for Workers is Set to Grow in 2019 - The competition for skilled talent is set to rise in the first quarter of 2019. All 13 industry sectors forecast optimistic hiring plans with the strongest hiring outlook in transportation and utilities as consumer expectations for on-demand delivery grows.
  •   Hurricane Topples School; KI Furniture Holds Up the Roof - In October, Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle, mostly destroyed Robert F. Munroe Day School, in the Panhandle city of Quincy.
  •   Coalesse Turns 10 and Continues to Turn Heads - Coalesse still lives by its founding belief it can be internationally relevant by creating great, live-work spaces and partnering with world-class designers.
  •   3form Gym and Clinic Reduce Healthcare Costs; Change Lives - As health care costs continue to be a major issue for Americans, many are left asking themselves how to improve the country's health care system and its economic toll on families.
  •   Steelcase Reports Double Digit Sales Gain for Third Quarter - The Americas posted 16 percent revenue growth, or 12 percent on an organic basis, driven by strong project business from both large and small customers.
  •   Stephen Says - "We Are a Medium Manufacture: How Do I Keep From Losing My Employees to the Big Guys?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Productivity - "What Time of Day Are We Most Productive At Work?" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - KCI Group Headquarters – Kaohsiung
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from ESI, Wilkhahn, Scandinavian Spaces, KFI and Poliform
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 12, 2018

 
  •   Groupe Lacasse Acquires Via Seating to Further Expand its Presence in the U.S. - This acquisition is of strategic importance for both companies to share expertise and manufacturing capability and supports Groupe Lacasse's growth strategy in the commercial seating market segment. Both parties will use their collective talents and knowledge on a larger scale to grow at a faster pace.
  •   Designtex and Crypton Team Up to Celebrate 25 years of Design and Innovation - In celebration of Crypton's 25th anniversary and its foundational partnership with Designtex, the two innovators have teamed up to introduce a special collection that pays homage to art, design, technology, performance and two pioneering leaders in the contract textile industry.
  •   Assmann Invests in Frem - Assmann is in the progress of expanding its product portfolio to keep up with the changes in the world of office furniture.
  •   'Help, I Broke My Space!' Kirei Keeps Things Quiet - Kirei is focused completely on architectural products and not interested in going in the furniture direction (i.e. BuzziSpace).
  •   BSE Global Scores with New Industry City Headquarters Designed by TPG Architecture - When you enter the new headquarters of BSE Global, formerly Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the energetic buzz of the space is practically tangible.
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's New Guide for Hiring and Retaining the Best Talent" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Developmentk - "Summon Your Courage! It's Time to Change Your Life" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - SHP Offices – Cincinnati
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Global and JSI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 5, 2018

 
  •   Baker Manufacturing Company to be Sold - Baker Manufacturing Company, which distributes and manufactures its height-adjustable furniture products under the JRB Studio brand, has announced its shareholders have decided to sell the company.
  •   Design Thinking Helps Make Sense of a Complex World - Design thinking has long been a major theme in the office furniture world because creating work environments is essentially about shaping experiences. After graduating from MIT, Ela Ben-Ur went to work for the renowned innovation firm IDEO, helping companies design products. These days, she is teaching the ways design thinking can apply to people's lives — whether planning a graduation, a conference or a curriculum.
  •   Claridge Adds to the 'MIX' - Over the last few years, while maintaining its reputation for quality and service, Claridge added beautiful design to its new products with the help of Qdesign. The embrace of design is a huge move for Claridge, which is a family owned business.
  •   ASID 3rd Quarter 2018 Interior Design Billings Index 'subpar'; Future Looks Brighter - Third quarter billings remain "sub-par," but inquiries are picking up, according to the index. The good news is the six-month outlook shows stronger business conditions are expected.
  •   Seattle Dealer Founder, Rep Craig Haskell Dies at 76 - Amy Haskell (daughter), Megan Gasperetti (granddaughter), along with Piper Dickens (longtime colleague and friend) are carrying on his legacy at The Haskell Group.
  •   ASID Shares Research Findings as Part of Impact of Design Series - Located on Alfred DuPont's 300-acre estate, the hospital is set amid a beautiful, parklike setting of oaks and green lawns.
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Cursing At Work? Are you F&@#$ng Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - JPMorgan Chase Regional Headquarters – Plano
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Teknion, BDI, Unika Vaev and Wolf-Gordon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 28, 2018

 
  •   Arconas Wins 2018 Mississauga Board of Trade International Trade Award - The award honors a business in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for its dedication in pursuing and exporting to global markets and providing diversification, revenues and jobs within the Mississauga economy.
  •   Wayfair Professional is Coming to a Bid Near You - It is a place Wayfair is happy to be and a segment of the business that is exploding with growth. Wayfair has grown from $380 million in sales in 2010 to $4.7 billion in 2017. Even though a relatively small portion of that comes from office furniture sales, it is growing.
  •   Newly Appointed Kimball International CEO Kristie Juster Speaks to Process Change in the Industry - Juster said her path to return from her professional break was a choice she didn’t take lightly. Juster served more than 23 years at Newell Brands, working in several business units and under the guidance of seven different CEOs during her tenure.
  •   PlasProtect Makes Sure Your Furniture Arrives in One Piece - PlasProtect has invested in the tooling for the plastic corner protectors, and since it is the company’s focus, it is able to spread the cost over the long term.
  •   Stephen Says - "Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook? Cut it Out. We are Sick of it." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Developmentk - "Start Your Goal Setting Process by Asking These 3 Questions" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   Ergonomics - "Ergonomic Considerations for Older vs. Younger Generations in the Workplace" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - The Center for Research Interdisciplinarity (CRI) Offices – Paris
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Designtex, Arc-Com, Carnegie and Ligne Roset
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 21, 2018

 
  •   Inscape Opens Washington, DC Showroom - Located on the eleventh floor at 1090 Vermont Avenue NW, the showroom is flooded with natural light offering views of the historic downtown.
  •   EDspaces Shows Off Latest in Educational Design - EDspaces, a conference about the future of learning environments, got bigger and better this year. More than 60 CEU sessions, interactive classroom designs, tours, new products and a number of informative presentations were featured at the conference.
  •   Steelcase Educates Greenbuild Attendees on Emotional Wellbeing at Work - Workplace stress costs the economy a staggering $300 billion a year. Just 11 percent of workers are engaged in their jobs. Both are reasons why creating a physically healthy workplace is incredibly important.
  •   BDNY Show Focused on Hospitality - Boutique Design New York (BDNY) is an annual trade fair that covers what's happening now in hospitality and leisure design.
  •   Greenbuild: Does Anyone from the Industry Care? - Did the office furniture industry abandon Greenbuild or did Greenbuild abandon the industry?
  •   Powerful Presentation Tools From 2020 You Can Use to Showcase Your Designs - Whether you're pitching to a client or getting ready for a talk, the key to a successful presentation largely depends on its creativity and its ability to keep your audience engaged.
  •   Stephen Says - "Who Gets Co-Workers Gifts Anymore?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "The Landscape of Furniture and Workn" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Rios Clementi Hale Studios Offices – Los Angeles
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, Arc-Com and Shaw Contract
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 14, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: SurfaceWorks Opens Additional Manufacturing Facility: Penny table first out of the gate - SurfaceWorks, a manufacturer of tables for the contract furniture industry, plans to open a second manufacturing location in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
  •   October Furniture Survey Remains Solid - The most frequently cited perceived threats to the industry's success are tariffs, transportation and logistics costs, steel prices, and general material costs.
  •   BIFMA Prepares for 360 Conference (and So Should You) - The 200 or so attendees of the annual 2019 BIFMA Leadership Conference scheduled this for Jan. 28-30 in Scottsdale, Ariz. have come to expect an exceptional programming.
  •   Humanscale's Jane Abernethy Wins Women in Sustainability Leadership Award - Abernethy has won the 2018 Women in Sustainability Leadership Award (WSLA), which was established to encourage awareness, advancement and support for women in sustainability leadership. The award comes on the heels of Humanscale announcing Abernethy's promotion in September.
  •   SKG Among Austin's Fastest-Growing Private Companies - SKG is competing in a market filled with fast growing companies. Many of those companies in Austin are customers of SKG, which reported an annual average growth of more than 34 percent from 2015 to 2017.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Coworker Stinks! Literally and Figuratively. What Can I Do About It?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What do You Need to do to be Successful?" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Landsec Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Scandinavian Spaces, IOA, RightAngle and National
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 7, 2018

 
  •   Configura's 11th CET Designer User and Developer Conference Draws Global Audience - This year's annual Configura Designer User and Developer conference saw record-breaking attendance, drawing 527 people from various industries and around the globe to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in October.
  •   A Conversation with Designer and Artist Jaime Hayon - If you want to get into the head of artist and designer Jaime Hayon, follow his Instagram feed. It is an explosion of colors he finds during a travel schedule that would make Phileas Fogg tired.
  •   CBRE Responds to Demand for Coworking with New Flexible Office Solution Launching in 2019 - Despite rapid growth over the past decade of the coworking sector, many have still dismissed the concept as a fad.
  •   Office Revolution Expands into Columbus - Office Revolution, the largest Teknion dealer in the Midwest, is expanding into Columbus, Ohio. Teknion has been Office Revolution's marquis brand since the dealership was founded in 2001.
  •   State of Massachusetts Selects AIS as a Manufacturer of the Year - AIS — with nearly 800 employees — is the largest employer and manufacturer in the city of Leominster, Massachusetts.
  •   JLL Liquid Lab to Include Haworth, Humanscale - The lab will enable established corporates and new companies to develop and test products that solve the work space problems many organizations face — whether it's managing occupancy levels or providing comfortable furniture.
  •   Stephen Says - "Concerned About the Entertainment Expense Budget The Boss Will Pay For? You Should be!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Financière des Professionnels Offices – Laval, Canada
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Springboard, Boss Design, Arc-Com and National Office
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 31, 2018

 
  •   Orgatec Filled with Trends to Watch - Some of the coolest new products and ideas are coming from the most unlikely of places — the smaller manufacturers and in some cases the makers who are pushing the design envelope. New and emerging companies more than made up for the stumbles of Vitra and the other European majors.
  •   Allsteel and Normann Copenhagen Expand Successful Partnership - After a successful year of collaboration, Allsteel has expanded its partnership with European furniture and accessories brand, Normann Copenhagen.
  •   Three Questions to Ask When Specifying a Residential Brand for a Commercial Space - Residential furniture was designed for just that, the residence. What happens when this furniture doesn't hold up to the durability standards of an office? Resimercial. Respitality. Soft contract. There are many terms on the market today to describe the use of residentially designed furniture in commercial spaces.
  •   Knoll Reports Continued 2018 Momentum With Strong 3rd Quarter Results - Newer workplace platforms and ancillary products drove sales growth while legacy system sales remained flat.
  •   Stephen Says - "Bored with Your Job? Did Not Get the Promotion You Expected? Think There is Something Better? Think Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Coming Collapse and Opportunity in the Value Chain" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Tre Headquarters – Stockholm
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Hightower, Sunon, HBF and Inscape
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 24, 2018

 
  •   Orgatec Off to Solid Start - At Orgatec, design matters. Depending on who you talk to, the products themselves are just the byproduct of design and ideas coming together.
  •   Mediatechnologies Acquires Izzy+ Seating Lines Hannah, Bola, Smile and Arc - Hannah, Bola, Smile and Arc, previously mainstays under the izzy+ umbrella, have been added to the mediatechnologies' family of furniture products.
  •   A Non-Traditional Response to Address Failing Workplace Strategies - Miller took what many would view as the traditional contract interiors path. "Mindshift is a process designed to tackle complex problems that seem perpetually stuck by creating the necessary willingness to set aside assumptions and explore the worlds of outlier."
  •   Employees are Happier, Healthier and More Productive in LEED Green Buildings - 90 percent of respondents in LEED-certified green buildings say they are satisfied on the job. The survey also shows a majority of office workers want to work for companies that are value-oriented, take stances on important issues like sustainability and do their part to make a positive difference in the world.
  •   Kimball Announces the Pending Acquisition of David Edward - The David Edward product portfolio consists of classic and contemporary designs focused primarily in the seating, tables and ancillary furniture categories.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Frightening Development: Are Your Salespeople Ghosting You?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Not all Managers are Coaches; Ones Who are Rise to the Top" - by Sid Meadows of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Kjellander Sjöberg Studio – Stockholm
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Special-T, KFI Seating, Landscape Forms, Sunon, IdeaPaint, H Contract, BuzziSpace, Arper, Indiana Furniture, Inscape and National Office
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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