Business of Furniture - May 23, 2018

  •   Exemplis acquires Table and Ergonomic Accessories Provider Symmetry Office - Exemplis Corporation announced its acquisition of Symmetry Office, a Florida-based provider of training, multi-purpose and height-adjustable tables and workspace accessories.
  •   Clerkenwell Design Week Opened Tuesday in London - It is nowhere near the size of iSalone in Milan and doesn't command the cachet of Orgatec, but Clerkenwell Design Week punches above its weight when it comes to its importance in London's critically important design community.
  •   ICFF Brings Trends to the Big Apple - Taking place at the Javits Center in New York City, the four-day event brings together more than 36,000 industry professionals ranging from architects, distributors and manufacturers, to interior designers, retailers, visual merchandisers and more.
  •   Lectra Unveils Cutting Room 4.0 and New Made-To-Order Solution for Fashion and Furniture Markets - The new made-to-order solution is now available commercially for the furniture market and will be available for the fashion & apparel market in late 2018.
  •   Gensler's Analytic Approach to Perceptions Around the Workplace - Gensler has been using its survey tool, the Workplace Performance Index, to inform its workplace survey since 2007 and has identified several elements that help the company understand how to move the needle.
  •   Remote Work Boom Brings Attention to the Home Office: What are You Doing to Sell to It? - No particular trends indicate some industries are more hesitant than others to take on remote workers, though there are certain job functions that lend themselves better to remote work.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Our Customers are not Always Buying... but They are Always Learning"
  •   Stephen Says - "He Quit Before NeoCon, But You Countered and Kept Him: Fire Him After the Show?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Alibaba Pictures Offices – Pasadena
  •   Whiteboard - Healthy offices: Why Employers should be pushing for more Standing Room in the Workplace / Inventions and Innovations that Shaped the Workplace: The Starting Point / Between Chicken Little and Deviance Theory: Changing the Role of Workplace Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Clarus, Innovant, Poppin and PPP
  •   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 16, 2018

  •   Studio TK Announces New Partnership with Artifort - Studio TK has entered into a new product partnership with Artifort to manufacture and distribute the Dutch company's chairs, tables and sofas in North America.
  •   LIGHTFAIR International Held in Chicago - Like the office furniture industry, lighting is very splintered with a few large companies, like Sylvania, Philips and Samsung, and hundreds of smaller ones filling the hall.
  •   CDW SPECIAL SECTION - The second edition of the North American Innovation Exhibition will have those technology companies (and some seriously high tech products) on view in London next week at Clerkenwell Design Week.
  •   Will the Showrooms Finish on Time? Our Annual Mart Walkthrough - "The Mart will be ready," Byron Morton said during Business of Furniture's annual walk-through of the show floors last week, but that doesn't mean it all happens without a little stress.
  •   A Q&A with Bruce Allum - Bruce Allum was working as a registered architect in Tampa, Florida, in 1984 when he got a call from an old friend who owned a computer service bureau.
  •   Steelcase Expands Relationship with Microsoft - Steelcase believes that as organizations pursue growth they need to foster more innovation, which needs a new kind of work culture.
  •   State Senate Majority Leader Attends Trendway 50th-anniversary Celebration in Holland - State Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof applauded Trendway for its commitment to the Holland community and its employees.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Dance Like Your Competitors are Watching... Because They Are"
  •   Stephen Says - "Take a Hint from Your Children: Changing Jobs Is Easier Than Ever" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - LogicMonitor Offices – Austin
  •   Whiteboard - Hacks for Supporting the Untethered Employee / The Baby & The Bathwater: Build on What You Know / Is Coworking the Future?
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Maars, Global, ESI, Arcadia 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 - May 9, 2018

  •   KI Now 100% Owned by Employees - Employees were notified of the change during a town hall meeting at its headquarters in Green Bay.
  •   Knoll Leaving the Mart After Upcoming NeoCon, Heading to Chicago's Hot Fulton Market Neighborhood - The decision is causing shockwaves in the industry as the Mart moves to fill the space that made up five percent of the building's entire contract inventory.
  •   Kimball International Reports Weak Third Quarter Results - Orders received during the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 decreased 6% from the prior year.
  •   Stelter Lands at Yulio - Despite the odds, Stelter keeps surfacing in the industry he loves, often pushing it forward and changing the way it thinks about itself — about what's possible in the office furniture industry.
  •   Dynamic Themes Emerging from the 2018 Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference - An overwhelming feeling of reminiscence toward classic design and elegance could be seen throughout the show.
  •   Scrappy and Dealer-Centric, AIS Finds the Right Formula in Leominster - AIS always has been known as a little scrappy company that has grown consistently because it remembers to service its dealers first.
  •   ORGATEC 2018 Addresses the Opportunities and Challenges in Tomorrow's Worlds of Work - When ORGATEC 2018 opens its doors in Cologne from 23 to 27 October, well over 50,000 trade visitors from all over the globe, who want to inform themselves about the future of modern worlds of work, are awaited again.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Silence Can Mean Acceptance"
  •   Stephen Says - "Open Offices: Now You Can See How the Sausage is Made" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Marketing Technology - The Try Before You Buy: How the VR Experience Can Change Furniture Sales
  •   PLACES - Medallia Offices – San Mateo
  •   Whiteboard - Swanky Google And WeWork-Style Offices Miss A Huge Swath Of Occupiers / How To Survive In An Open Office Without Hating Your Coworkers / The Limits of Workplace Densification: How We've Moved Beyond Efficiency
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Egan, Kirei, Poppin and ercol
  •   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 2, 2018

  •   ICF in exclusive distribution agreement with Magnus Olesen A/S - International Contract Furnishings has made an exclusive distribution agreement with Magnus Olesen A/S for North America.
  •   INDEAL Holds Champion Conference in Charleston - INDEAL, which if you don't know, is a purchasing organization that adds value to dealers and suppliers in the contract office furniture industry, and is just eight years old.
  •   How Amazon is Inching into the Contract Furniture Market - By partnering with local businesses, Amazon is creating its own solution for procurement using established businesses' unique channels.
  •   KI Now 100% Owned by Employees; Resch Calls it 'A New Era' for Company - KI completed the move to become a 100 percent employee-owned company late last week, a shift that should keep the company solidly independent and keep it in Green Bay for the long term.
  •   Benefits of Specialized Educational Furniture for the Modern Classroom - Classrooms furnished with static desks, chairs all facing the same direction. and a blackboard in the front of the classroom are becoming a thing of the past.
  •   Late Breaking News - Knoll has signed a lease to move from the Mart to Fulton Market, where they will continue to hone their approach to integrated design for the office and home, as well as showcase their growing constellation of brands.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Have a Client that is Not Happy with You? What Should You do if You Start Getting too Many?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Are You Deaf? What to Do About a Boss Who Can't Hear" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Glu Mobile Offices – San Francisco
  •   Whiteboard - Moving Beyond Open Plan Spaces in Workplace Design / Emerging and Evolving Job Roles: Tech-Enabled Offices are Fueling Demand for New Roles & Skills / Architects, Armed with Data, Are Seeing the Workplace Like Never Before
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Indiana Furniture, Wolf-Gordon, Skram, m.a.d., OFM and Egan
  •   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 25, 2018

  •   HNI Corporation Announces Retirement of Stan A. Askren - Stan A. Askren will retire as HNI Corporation's CEO and chairman of the board by the end of the year, and Jeffrey D. Lorenger will take over as president.
  •   Neutral Posture Sues Knoll Over Equity Deal - A lawsuit filed by Neutral Posture against Knoll is based on Equity — both figuratively and literally.
  •   COVER: The Balancing Act of Flexibility in the Workplace - Employees are the most important asset to these organizations and providing them the amenities and services they need to be productive and engaged are key parts of an effective workplace strategy.
  •   Once an Industry Darling, izzy+ Closing its Doors - The company will stop taking orders and end production after fulfilling its supplier and contractual obligations. Dealers are being told not to sell the brand any longer.
  •   Free-Standing Rooms Go Mainstream - The vision for Zonez is as much about community as anything else. One of the user-experience principles of these spaces beyond the desk is creating organic experiences that foster community.
  •   CASE STUDY: Mayline-Safco and Seattle City Light - By using products from Mayline-Safco's Active Collection, Seattle City Light was able to save its Safe Habit Safe Worker program $1.5 million and improve worker safety by 60 percent.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Temporarily Short on Creativity? How to Get Your Swagger Back"
  •   Stephen Says - "Reading My Co-Workers' Facebook Feed Make Me Hate Them" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Enthought Offices – Austin
  •   Whiteboard - Remote working may be doing some people more harm than good / Here's how working at your desk job while standing may trigger lower back pain / Lighting in 2018: Diversity is Key
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Scandinavian Spaces 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 - April 18, 2018

  •   Essendant and S.P. Richards Business To Combine - Essendant and Genuine Parts Company announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement to combine Essendant and Genuine Parts Company's S.P. Richards business.
  •   The Wait is Over - Cosm Unveiled in Milan - Cosm is a radically new family of mesh chairs and the first by Herman Miller that adjusts to users instantly through high-tech materials and a unique shape.
  •   Dealer Proves Tech Belongs with Furniture - The ever-changing technology landscape is why Custer, the Steelcase dealer in Big Dark Blue's backyard, has changed its approach to designing workspaces.
  •   2018 Workplace Trends That Will Influence How We Design - Work no longer is a place we go from 9 to 5. Instead, it's a compilation of the many things that make up our identity. We go to work to do a job. But we also go to work to be inspired, socialize, work out, eat, learn and even sleep.
  •   With Coworking Running Rampant, will Regus be Left Behind? - Regus has been around for 30 years leasing office space to solopreneurs and others looking to have a professional office without the hassle of long leases and too much space.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Creating Big Ideas is not the Same Thing as Bringing Them to Life"
  •   Stephen Says - "A Free Business Plan on an Interview? Yes or No?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Bustle Offices – New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Move Over Millennials - The Future is Inclusive Office Design / Q+A: The Psychology of Workplace / Office Design Trends Are Causing A Privacy Crisis
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from KI, Davis, Sedia Systems, SitOnIt, Poppin, HBF, Claridge, Pallas, Concertex and Innovations
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 11, 2018

  •   EY wavespace Sets Up Shop at Steelcase Asia HQ in Hong Kong - Steelcase is helping EY in Hong Kong by loaning wavespace part of its office and introducing it to the latest Microsoft products.
  •   Humanscale Launches First-Ever Task Chair Made with Recycled Fishing Nets - Humanscale has come out with the Smart Ocean chair, an adaption of the legendary Diffrient Smart chair.
  •   Herman Miller Connects Workers to Furniture, the Future - Together, the Live app, desk and Aeron Chair create a new suite of responsive furnishings and tools that offer a more intuitive and active experience of work.
  •   NeoCon 50: The Mart Marks the Milestone with 10 New Showrooms, Legacy Showroom Expansions & Continued Building Enhancements - This year NeoCon keeps on growing with 10 new permanent showrooms making their debut.
  •   Nienkämper Celebrates 50 Years - For the last 50 years, Klaus Nienkämper has been in the right place at the right time. The founder and namesake of the Nienkämper furniture brand first benefitted from the infatuation with European furniture in the late 1960s.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "You Say That Your Products are Unique...How About the Way You Operate Behind the Scenes?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Do I Really Have to Write That I Got Fired on My Resume?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Carvana Offices – Tempe
  •   Whiteboard - Interview With Steelcase's Christine Congdon / How your Workplace can help Win the Talent War / There will be little privacy in the workplace of the future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Boss Design, Arcadia, Juniper, Concertex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 4, 2018

  •   Teknion Enters New Venture with Gus* Design Group - Teknion Corporation has entered into an alliance with Gus* Design Group, a Toronto-based designer and maker of Gus* Modern contemporary residential furnishings suited to contract settings.
  •   Bigger, Better, Broader: CIFF Continues to Evolve, Improve - If there are three takeaways from the 2018 Guangzhou version of the China International Furniture Fair, those would be good words to describe them. The spring version of CIFF just finished up half way around the world.
  •   Business Furniture in Indy On a Journey, Yet to Reach Destination - The success of Business Furniture relies on its adaptation; its ability to change and improve over decades. That commitment to adaptation stems from its customers.
  •   Configura expands "ecosystem," looks to the long-term - Even as Configura expands into diverse markets, the 28-year-old company is looking beyond just "products" specification.
  •   MRL, Project Matrix, Configura Meet with Manufacturers, Dealers to Streamline Technology - The meeting earlier this month included representatives from Haworth, Herman Miller, Steelcase, OFS and friends from APG Office Furniture, a Herman Miller dealer in Ohio and Tennessee.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Design Firms, Dealers and Manufacturers...and the Challenges of Digital Marketing"
  •   Stephen Says - "Wear Your Tie, Stupid!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Hyatt Headquarters – Chicago
  •   Whiteboard - Wellness in 2018: Community and Inclusion Drive Well-being / If These Walls Could Talk: Reinvigorate Your Workplace Culture Through Your Branded Environment / With 5 Generations at Work Together, Flexible Workspaces could be a Blessing to Companies
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from BDI, Arper, Arconas and Arcadia
  •   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 28, 2018

  •   UPFRONT: Mamava Collaborates with Steelcase - Mamava and Steelcase have come together to create a compact lactation suite that provides an affordable, easy-install option for office settings.
  •   Aruba to Tie Together IoT with Industry Help - Smart Digital Workplace's goal is to help organizations create highly efficient Internet of Things-enabled smart buildings that deliver a personalized user experience to improve productivity, collaboration, creativity and flexibility.
  •   LeanRite Elite Addresses Risks of Standing - A recent study about the health risks of standing desks is gaining buzz just as Chicago-based Ergo Impact prepares to launch its first product.
  •   CIFF Kicks Off Today in Guangzhou - Most think of CIFF as a true trade fair where deals get inked and furniture orders sealed. It is that, to be sure, but it is also becoming a show where ideas are discussed.
  •   How the Definition of Flexible Work is Expanding from Where We Work to How We Work - Driven largely by today's millennials who are demanding flexibility in their work schedules, the trend truly applies to all generations of work as society looks to achieve a more fulfilling balance.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "When Leadership Changes, does it Really Make a Difference?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Trade Show Etiquette 101 for Reps and Execs" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Substantial Offices – Seattle
  •   Whiteboard - HOK's Tom Polucci on the Forces Reshaping Workplace Design / Are Technology Advances Affecting the Headquarters Location Decision? / SheWorking: Female-Driven Co-Working
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from AIS, OFM, Wolf-Gordon, FLOS and Innovations
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 21, 2018

  •   Sedia Systems Collaborates with Aircharge for Wireless Tabletop Charging - Sedia Systems and Aircharge are embarking on a landmark partnership that will enable wireless charging of mobile phones and tablets as an optional feature in all of Sedia Systems' fixed table lines.
  •   Vaaka Partners Invest More in Booming Framery - Private equity investor Vaaka Partners is investing in Framery, the Finnish manufacturer of sound-insulated office phone booths and meeting pods.
  •   Scale 1:1 is the Right Size to Attract Market - "Contract is a business model full of rules."
  •   Trump Talks Tariffs, Industry Fears Costs - A few industry leaders are speaking out on the tariff plan, urging President Trump to reconsider his actions. BIFMA acted quickly by sending A letter to President Trump, authored by Executive Director Tom Reardon.
  •   How Interior Define Has Turned to Custom for a Simplified Take on Furniture Buying - Working within the parameters of an exclusive factory partnership, Interior Define offers entirely custom pieces. In fact, the company uses its exclusive custom model as its premier core competencies.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Just Like 'Cheers' Where Everybody Knows Your Name"
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's New Guide for Hiring and Retaining the Best Talent" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Editorial - "Tariffs Won't Help Our Industry" - by Rob Kirkbride
  •   PLACES - Bumble Offices – Austin
  •   Whiteboard - 3 Ways University And Office Design Are Converging / 5 Essential Design Trends for Every Creative Workplace / The Eight Zones Of The Ideal Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from BuzziSpace, Kimball, Gunlocke, Boss Design, and Encore
  •   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 19, 2018 - CIFF Special Edition

  •   41st CIFF Guangzhou - The second phase of CIFF (28-31 March 2018), is dedicated to office furniture and seating, hotel furnishing, metal furniture, furniture for public spaces and waiting areas, accessories, materials and machinery for the furniture industry, inaugurating the sector dedicated to furniture for the elderly and tackling the Smart Office topic in depth.
  •   People work! - They work a lot, they work hard, particularly if their bodies are comfortable. In fact, it has been clearly demonstrated that efficiency requires comfortable spaces that create a sense of wellbeing. The office furniture sector is therefore becoming increasingly successful at CIFF, which is focussing evermore on this area.
  •   At CIFF the intelligent office is on show - To expert eyes it is clear that the growth in the office sector has been accompanied by a great deal of research into the internet of things; objects that can interact directly with people. In effect, with life becoming increasingly fast-paced, and with very little time available, there is an increasing need for objects that are intelligent, programmable and able to ensure high-level office-people interaction. We are therefore seeing major new brands that can design and manufacture high-performance furniture. For example: Loctek, Jiechang, OMT, Aoke, CONSET, Chuangqi.
  •   Great comfort in public spaces, waiting rooms and schools - Furniture providing high-level comfort is of the greatest importance for waiting areas. In fact, waiting for planes or trains for extensive periods of time in precarious conditions causes considerable stress. This timeless topic is addressed by the range of items proposed for the school sector. Furniture that is perfect, sturdy and comfortable, able to cope with heavy use by students. So together with major brands like Lijiang, Hongji, Oshujian, a platform will be provided for those dedicated to the school sector, such as Hongsheng, Jubao, Hongyu.
  •   Furniture made from metal … but intelligent! - CIFF has always given space to the metal furniture sector; high-performance cupboards and safes. This year, as part of the “Steel Boutique Pavilion”, there will be full ranges of high-technology intelligent lock furniture that can ensure usability and unparalleled security levels.

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