Business of Furniture - September 12, 2018

 
  •   DIRTT Announces Smed Departure, Names new CEO - DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. Monday announced that founder and executive chair Mogens Smed has left the company, effective immediately. "Mogens has not adequately performed the agreed assigned duties, requiring the board to align management resources to begin building a more collaborative, adaptable and responsive team that creates the ability to successfully scale the business."
  •   CIFF Shanghai Off to a Strong Start - The development of the Shanghai version of CIFF is being closely watched by many in the industry. Though the Guangzhou event is larger, Shanghai is growing in importance since the city has become one of the world's top business hubs.
  •   BuzziSpace Opens Big Apple Showroom - BuzziSpace has invested heavily in the U.S., which is expected to be its largest market in the coming years.
  •   Inventor Uses Simple Idea to Produce Amazing Results: Posture Keeper is Ready for the World and Spines are Ready for it Too - Many successful products are born out of one's personal experience or need.
  •   ABI July 2018: Billings Grow at Slower Pace for Second Straight Month - Softness in firm billings was pervasive across the country, with firms in all regions except the South reporting decreasing billings for the month
  •   Stephen Says - "I Can't Stand My Coworkers Cologne" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - LendingHome Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Boss Design, Innovative and HAT Contract, Scandinavian Spaces, m.a.d. furniture design 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 - September 5, 2018

 
  •   Poppin's Evolution From Pens to Office Furniture - The company's growth has come in stages, from an initial focus on desk accessories to a successful expansion into customized products and office furniture.
  •   How to Avoid Tariffs? Make Your Furniture in the USA - Trump is president and his tariffs are taking a bite out of the office furniture industry. By some estimates the tariffs could cost the industry 4 percent of its sales.
  •   MergeWorks Helps Define Space in Open Offices - MergeWorks is one of those firms that wants to help provide some structure and noise abatement to increasingly chaotic open offices. "Open office space is so popular and people are realizing that it's not always the most advantageous situation for their workers," said MergeWorks Chief Executive Officer Scott Klingler.
  •   Walker Pens Final Letter to Herman Miller Shareholders - I'm humbled to join the list of Herman Miller leaders, and I'm still awed by the chance I was given to help this great community change and grow.
  •   The Forward-Looking Cycle of Design - Neil Usher, executive consultant for Property, Workplace, Facilities and Change Management, reminds us of this unwavering need to reflect on the defining principles of design in his recent book, "The Elemental Workplace," where he considers the workplace journey, pulling upon his more than 25 years of industry experience.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss Snoops My Instagram and It Needs to Stop" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Offices – Bend, OR
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Wilkhahn, OFM, Kimball, Ergo Impact and Victor Technology
  •   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 29, 2018

 
  •   ASID Collaborates with Real Estate Industry to Fill Talent Pipeline - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is helping pave the way forward in the real estate sector with a brand-new collaboration aimed at bolstering the industry's job force.
  •   ErgoExpo at Paris Las Vegas, Take Two - ErgoExpo kicked off last Tuesday evening with an opening night's reception. The Conference took place over 4 days and was made up of workshops and educational sessions designed to bring the latest in ergonomics to the attendees.
  •   Embracing Your Inner Child: Designer Finds Inspiration on Playground for Active Office Desk Invention - Palovis' main source of aesthetic inspiration comes from Scandinavian and industrial furniture design. From a functional standpoint, Palovis added that swings are mobile sitting places that rely on momentum, plus it's something that looks familiar and fun to use, which led him to incorporate it into his design.
  •   ASID Reports Industry Still Strong Despite Regional Sluggishness - How well your interior design firm is doing also depends on where it is located. Not every region is performing at the same level.
  •   First Chair Hockey World Championship to take place at ORGATEC 2018 - Chair hockey is exactly what it sounds like. It works in a similar way to conventional hockey, only on office chairs.
  •   Stephen Says - "You Went On An Interview Without Knowing the Salary?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Shop at the CAC Coworking Offices – New Orleans
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Maharam, Brentano, Camira, Concertex, Wolf-Gordon, 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 - August 22, 2018

 
  •   Andi Owen Named New Herman Miller President/CEO (and Why it Matters for the Industry) - Michael Volkema, board chairman and former CEO said Owen's strengths are highly complementary to Herman Miller's leadership team's contract furniture expertise and growing retail capability.
  •   Allsteel Boston Showroom Awarded WELL Gold Certification - The Allsteel Boston showroom is one of five spaces in Boston that has achieved WELL gold certification.
  •   Dealers React to Herman Miller CEO Hire - "I am optimistic that with her background from Gap Inc., she will be able to take Herman Miller to the next level in the digital markets."
  •   Hush Wants to Keep the Office Quiet (at an Affordable Price) - The timing for Hush is good, despite the other products flooding the market.
  •   Andi Owen Appointment is Good Not Because She is a Woman, but Because She is Right for the Job - "The Year of the Woman" is how 2018 has been described, and the furniture industry has added another big event to the year.
  •   Reaching a Balance for Remote Work Design and Principles - Some view remote workers as less accessible, which is perhaps the reason why 95 percent of these people require workers to be based in a specific location, like a city, state or country.
  •   BIFMA Voices Opposition to Furniture Component Tariffs - The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association let the government know Friday it was opposed to the Administration's proposed 25 percent tariff on China sourced furniture and components/parts.
  •   Stephen Says - "Looking for a New Job? Upload Your Resume Directly!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - ActiveCampaign Headquarters – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Bisley, Koleksiyon, Teknion, ICF, IDEON, Kirei, Nienkamper, RightAngle and Poppin
  •   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 15, 2018

 
  •   Trendway Opens Showroom in Washington D.C. - The opening of the 6,000-square-foot showroom marks the completion of a move from New York Avenue in D.C, which the company occupied for more than seven years.
  •   ErgoExpo Kicks Off Next Week in Vegas - The conference and expo is the nation's premier event for all things ergonomic and is not just for experts in ergonomics.
  •   JLL Uses Technology and Good Old-Fashioned Human Intel to Improve Workplace Planning - The ability to envision a space prior to its development requires a talented team of architects, designers and real estate professionals.
  •   DIRTT Sales results continue to outpace Industry - Revenue increased by $10.7 million or 15.2% to $80.7 million, over Q2 2017, while Gross profit increased by $2.9 million or 9.7% to $32.8 million, over Q2 2017.
  •   CF Stinson Introduces First Ever Responsive Woven Textiles Collection for Commercial Interiors - Fabrics woven using this innovative, FDA-designated technology will absorb energy (heat) emitted by the body and recycle it back into the body, increasing strength, giving you more energy while you work.
  •   EDmarket and LearnLaunch Accelerator Announce Investors & Channels Summit - This two-day summit brings these two key resources to the forefront and explores strategies and developing trends.
  •   Stephen Says - "You Use Your Smart Phone in the Bathroom at Work?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - WeWork Champs-Élysées Coworking – Paris
  •   Whiteboard - How Hospitality Design Makes Spaces (Of All Types) Better for Users / Six design elements for a more productive office / Blind loyalty
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Neutral Posture, Kirei and Knoll 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 8, 2018

 
  •   Knoll Profits on Corporate Growth, Dismisses Tariff Concerns on The Street - Knoll stock jumped on Tuesday, July 31, after the company reported earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street’s estimates, driven largely by the office segment.
  •   SurfaceWorks Purchases izzy+ Table Lines - The acquisition consists of the full izzy+ table line, which includes several Best of NeoCon award winners.
  •   Kimball Posts Highest Quarterly Sales in 15 Years - Orders received during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 increased 19 percent from the prior year, or 10 percent on a comparable basis.
  •   Lessons Learned from the Incoming Residential Players - We're starting to witness the growth of consumer brands into the contract interiors industry.
  •   July Furniture Survey Remains Strong - The industry continues to grow but at a nice, steady pace.
  •   AIS Makes Splash in New York with Showroom - AIS is proud of its Boston roots, but the Massachusetts company is proving it can also make it in New York.
  •   INDEAL Introduces Latitude - Latitude aims to meet the needs of dealers who derive less than 50% of their overall volume from their primary supplier and who therefore have greater flexibility or latitude to specify product from INDEAL manufacturers.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales People Hate to Share, But Should They?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Camping World Offices – Chicago
  •   Whiteboard - Key steps to a more productive workplace identified / Dialing Up: Planning Strategies to Support Agents in the New Contact Center / VR In The Workplace: 3 Changes To Expect
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Arcadia, Clarus 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 - August 1, 2018

 
  •   IIDEX will Join Interior Design Show in Canada - IIDEX, Canada's largest and oldest trade show for interior designers and architects specializing in the contract market, will be folded into the Interior Design Show (IDS) beginning in January 2019.
  •   Capital One Releases Extensive Workplace Survey - The revolution in workplace design seen in the past decade isn't just a trend. Today's workforce wants to work for companies with a flexible workspace that accommodates all kinds of work styles, according to the report.
  •   When the World of Work is in Chaos, We Tend to do Very Well': How Innovant is Helping to Create Innovative Workplaces - Innovant wants to help their customers understand what's working, not just give them a one-size-fits-all environment.
  •   Knoll Reports Continued 2018 Momentum With Strong 2nd Quarter Results - Sales increase 20.3% with 12.5% organic growth excluding Muuto acquisition.
  •   Senator, Allermuir Continue to Expand Reach in U.S. Market - The showroom reflects the strength of the Allermuir brand. It is filled with products the company showed off at NeoCon.
  •   Stephen Says - "Are You Stalling or Just a Dunce?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Microsoft Technology Center – Detroit
  •   Whiteboard - Can technology help fix remote working? / The Surprising Reason Why an Open Office Space may not be great for your Company / Talent Search: It's all about a great employee experience
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Maharam, Unika Vaev and Boss Design
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - July 25, 2018

 
  •   Knoll Rings the Closing Bell at the NYSE - Knoll was first listed on the NYSE in 2004. Fourteen years later, Knoll is back in honor of the brand's 80th Anniversary.
  •   Take a Peek at first LOOK in NYC - Though it is not associated in any way with NeoCon, first LOOK has become the de facto NeoCon East, a chance for the design community in New York that didn't go to Chicago to see what it missed.
  •   Clean, Minimalistic, Open: A Look Inside Humanscale's New HQ - Unlike its former headquarters on Madison Square Park, the new headquarters also was designed as a living showroom, a place where customers could come and see Humanscale products in action.
  •   SHiFT Happens: How NELSON Chicago is Seeking Inspiration from Outside the Industry - SHiFT Happens is a quarterly series designed to shake up the mind to see the same problem in a new light.
  •   Office Furniture Visionary Friedrich-Wilhelm Dauphin Celebrates his 80th Birthday - After an active career spanning more than 50 years, Friedrich-Wilhelm Dauphin still captivates people today with his unique personality.
  •   Stephen Says - "Where the Heck Is My Company's President?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Blend Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   Whiteboard - A day in the life of an 'agile worker' / Invisible Design for Performance / 5 Facts About Remote Work and Millennials
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Gunlocke, Arper, Scandinavian Spaces 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 - July 18, 2018

 
  •   Legendary Steelcase Leader Frank Merlotti Sr. Dies - Frank Merlotti Sr., who helped Steelcase become a powerhouse in the office furniture industry, died July 11 at the age of 91.
  •   first LOOK Opens in NYC Today - The 14th annual first LOOK opens today at the New York Design Center, which is the home base for dozens of office furniture showrooms in the city and a handful of New York's most powerful furniture reps.
  •   2020 Inspiration Awards for Office Designers Winners Announced - "Our goal is to listen to our clients' needs and offer them innovative features and enhancements that will make the office design process as seamless and as intuitive as possible."
  •   New Management Team is Directing the Dauphin Group - The consolidated activities of the new management structure within the Dauphin corporate group exist as a family-owned company under the Dauphin office interiors Holding umbrella organization.
  •   The Biggest Theme You Didn't SEE at NeoCon 2018 - Navigating change often leaves us uneasy, but many industry players are seeing these emerging relationships as opportunities.
  •   How to Get Workers to Use Height Adjustable Desks? Kesseböhmer Suggests Pulling the Plug Might Help - "The height-adjustable market has developed in some ways like the Aeron chair — it has become a status symbol."
  •   Stephen Says - "Making The Case For a Raise" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Diageo Offices – Singapore
  •   Whiteboard - For The Office Of 2050, Think Adaptation, Not Revolution / Yes, Open Office Plans are the Worst / A Different Path for Thinking
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, Global, Special-T, ICF, Maharam, Vitra, Innovations, Wolf-Gordon and Morbern
  •   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 11, 2018

 
  •   How many interns does it take to fill a "phone booth?" - KI interns took office sharing to a new level when they packed inside the company's phone booth.
  •   It's Not too Early to Plan for Orgatec - While some trade shows are suffering, Orgatec continues to grow. The international trade fair for the modern working world recorded a considerable increase in visitor numbers of more than 10 percent in 2016 with more than 56,000 visitors from 118 countries.
  •   Inspired by Community: The Global Boom in Co-working Spaces - The concepts for these shared offices are as diverse as the people using them and one of the many reasons Orgatec is focusing on the influence co-working is having on workplace design.
  •   Rain Design Believes in Ergonomic Simplicity - As more businesses use Apple products, Rain Design has its sights set on the contract ergonomic product market, showing for the first time on the seventh floor of NeoCon in June.
  •   Time to Get Focused: Workplace Distractions Come with a Price - Though technology distractions are significant, it's really overall workplace distractions which are on the rise and in need of solutions.
  •   2020 and Promob to Merge Business Operations - Promob leads the market in Latin America with interior space planning applications, solutions and content tailored for designers, architects, retailers and manufacturers.
  •   Stephen Says - "So You Never Needed a Resume to Get a Job Until Now? Welcome to the Real World!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Brunswick Offices – Mettawa
  •   Whiteboard - Creating "in-between" spaces in research facilities / How Design Inspires Creativity in theWorkplace / Open-plan offices have a surprising effect on workplace communication
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from FUTURE Designs
  •   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 04, 2018

 
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "A Final Note..."
  •   KI Holds Annual "Pup Up" Event - Bring Your Dog to Work Day is a treasured tradition at KI. For many years, KI has covered cat and dog adoption fees for employees.
  •   Rising Steel Prices Turns Industry Profitability Rusty - While the policies in Washington might seem like they are unrelated to office furniture, the effects of higher steel prices are being felt by the industry that still uses a lot of metal while making products.
  •   NeoCon Reaches 50th Milestone Mark - A marked, yet diverse focus on well-being in the workplace also took center stage. From privacy solutions to biophilic design, workplace solutions exhibited a people-centric approach.
  •   ERGOCHIEF Finds Active Work Helps Mind as Well as Body - The company's goal is to design and make office furniture adapted to the modern world, with the belief that "your workspace should improve your life not burn you out."
  •   Herman Miller Posts Record Net Sales - Brian Walker, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Strong net sales and order growth were a clear highlight of our results this quarter as we finished the fiscal year setting all-time records for quarterly and annual sales for our Company."
  •   The Rise of the Dealer Designer - As contract furniture dealers make strategic shifts to avoid becoming a taxi in an Uber world, their most important asset (people) needs also are shifting.
  •   Stephen Says - "You Want A Day Off Because Your Dog Died? Good Luck" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sivantos Headquarters – Singapore
  •   Whiteboard - Steelcase and Microsoft: Bridge the Creative Gap / The Five Pillars of Effective Space Management / A bug-eyed view of workplace design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from ESI, Encore, Poppin, Innovant and BDI
  •   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 27, 2018

 
  •   Lectra Unveils the Future of Cutting Room Solutions - The company has been working to advance the Industry 4.0 revolution for the cutting room for years. Not only is it providing solutions for cutting rooms, it also is implementing Industry 4.0 in its manufacturing process.
  •   NeoCon at 50: A Retrospect and a Reflection - Will we see a NeoCon 100 or even a NeoCon 75? What about a NeoCon 60? I'd like to hope so, but the odds are diminishing.
  •   Integra Growing to Meet Increased Customer Demand - This summer, the company will complete the installation of new, state-of-the-art equipment and machinery into a renovated 50,000-sq. ft. facility.
  •   Steelcase Reports Flat Sales for Quarter; Strong Backlog Bodes Well for the Future - The Americas posted flat revenue growth, or an organic decline of 1 percent, compared to the prior year, which included approximately $20 million of revenue related to a very large project.
  •   The Biggest Partnership Announcement you may have missed at NeoCon - Nowy Styl is just 25 years old, but has already established itself as one of the dominant forces in European office furniture.
  •   CIFF Set for September in Shanghai - Chinese office furniture makers are investing heavily in their own designs or hiring European and North American designers to do it for them.
  •   Trend Spotting at NeoCon 2018 - If you work in the world of contract interiors, one of the best times of the year is NeoCon, and this year did not disappoint.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Your Customers Can Make You Better. Help Them Help You"
  •   Stephen Says - "Is PTO What I Think It Is?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Uber EMEA Headquarters – Amsterdam
  •   Whiteboard - Why Co-Working Doesn't Work for All / Turning to Tech to Boost Employee Wellbeing / Five Key Trends In Alternative Workplace Strategies
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from National Office and Landscape Forms
  •   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 20, 2018

 
  •   Interface Agrees to Acquire Nora Systems - Interface has signed a definitive agreement to acquire nora systems in a stock purchase transaction valued at $420 million.
  •   Cheers and Jeers from NeoCon 2018 - We liked a heckuva lot more than we could list in these pages. Simply put, you, dear industry, did a fantastic job of wowing us once again. Your creativity, product design and showroom presentations were excellent.
  •   Bright and Fun Floorcoverings Unveiled at NeoCon 50 - The manufacturers of floor coverings are taking advantage of open floor spaces by designing new and fresh patterns, giving bright and fun options to designers.
  •   Designer Dies After Falling from Swing in David Edward Showroom During NeoCon - Jacqueline Albertine, 57, worked for Corporate Design Choice, a Miami dealer aligned with Herman Miller.
  •   BIFMA Holds Annual NeoCon Breakfast - The industry's top leaders gathered once again for BIFMA's annual breakfast, the traditional end of NeoCon.
  •   WeWork Executive Outlines Company's Vision at BIFMA Meeting - Economy and mobility promote engagements, continuous and rapid innovation is a must, the pace of change is accelerating, and it's still expensive.
  •   The Fabrics of NeoCon - In addition to the effort that goes into the design of the seat's structure, a great deal of effort also goes into what covers that design.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "The Customer 'Deciding Journey' is Different Than Their 'Buying Journey'"
  •   Stephen Says - "If She Liked Me Enough, She Would Hire Me" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - LoyaltyOne Offices – Toronto
  •   Whiteboard - To improve Open-Plan Offices, look at the evolution of Elementary School Classrooms / A Fantastic Workplace does not necessarily have to be Innovative, just Fantastic / Four key points to consider when creating a Digital Workplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Norm Architects 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 - June 13, 2018

 
  •   Bush Industries and Bush Business Furniture Sold to Lorraine Capital - This acquisition was almost lost within the much larger pool of acquisitions announced the past few weeks.
  •   Successful NeoCon Wrapping Up in Chicago - Mobs of people came to NeoCon 2018, anecdotally one of the busiest on record. The halls were packed Monday and Tuesday as specifiers went to the Mart to find out what the future of work looks like.
  •   NeoCon Keynote Address: Art Gensler Gives Insight to Success - Many designers socialize with other designers, which is great but those designers will never give you a job.
  •   Flurry of Acquisitions Roils Industry - Marking the importance of a diverse product offering that spreads far beyond the office, it was the biggest week of acquisitions and partnerships in the industry in recent memory, and all of them were announced just before the opening of NeoCon.
  •   Hekman Focuses on Booming Senior Living Furniture - People are living longer, and the elderly who might need a little help but aren’t ready for a nursing home are not satisfied with the clinical, institutional look of the furniture available to them from most manufacturers.
  •   Steelcase Plugs into Microsoft (and what it means for the company and industry) - The collaboration began about 18 months ago with Creative Spaces — an immersive ecosystem that brings together place and technology to help people generate new ideas and move them forward.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Client Discovery: Two Questions that can Help You Build Your Empire"
  •   Stephen Says - "Selling Furniture Is Not Brain Surgery" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PwC Offices – Melbourne
  •   Whiteboard - The evolution of the Office Workspace / Office Expectations are Changing - Is Your Company Ready? / Why your office needs a makerspace—it's about investing in the creative workplace
  •   NEOCON WRAP-UP ISSUE COMING JUNE 20TH - Complete coverage of a great show!
  •   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 2018 SPECIAL EDITION

 
  •   COME BELLOW WITH US - Meet with the team behind The Business of Furniture and Workplaces Magazine. NeoCon 2018 - Seventh Floor; Booth: 7-5113
  •   NEOCON IS MIDDLE AGED, BUT FAR FROM STODGY AND WRINKLED - With NeoCon turning 50 this year, it would be easy to assume that it would share other middle age traits such as “finding you have no idea what ‘young people’ are talking about,” “falling asleep after one glass of wine” or “taking a keen interest in The Antiques Road Show.” And yet it feels fresh somehow, doesn’t it? NeoCon might make YOU feel a bit haggard and old come Wednesday, but the event itself is anything but stodgy.
  •   FLOOR PLANS - Find your way around NeoCon this year.
  •   THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PRODUCTS DEBUTING DURING NEOCON - Hundreds of the latest products to stop by and see.
  •   THE COMPANIES - The Latest Products and Introductions at The Show: - 2020, 9to5 Seating, AIS, Allseating, Allsteel, Arcadia, Arconas, Arc-Com, Arper, Artopex, BiSemA Corporation, Boss Design, Brentano, Bretford, BuzziSpace, Camira, Carnegie, Chief, Claridge, Clarus Glassboards, Coalesse, Community, Concertex, Configura, Davis, Decca, Encore, Enwork, ESI, Falcon, Geiger, Global, Groupe Lacasse, Gunlocke, HBF, Herman Miller, HPFI, Humanscale, Indiana Furniture, Innovant, Innovative, Jabbrrbox, JANUS et Cie, JSI, Keilhauer, KI, Kimball Office, Knoll, Koleksiyon, LOGICDATA, Momentum, National Office Furniture, Nemschoff, Nienkamper, Nook, Okamura, OM, Peter Pepper, Pallas Textiles, Safco - Mayline, Scandinavian, SitOnIt, Spec Furniture, Steelcase, Studio TK, Symbiote, Teknion, Thonet, and Versteel - AND MORE!

Business of Furniture - June 6, 2018

 
  •   Breaking News: Steelcase and West Elm Announce Plans to Partner - Leading Furniture Providers Team Up to Help Organizations Create Inspiring, High-Performance Workplaces
  •   Hope to Visit DIRTT During NeoCon? You'll Need an Invitation - The DIRTT Chicago penthouse is always a hotspot in mid-June. Actually, it's gotten too hot. This year the custom prefab construction company is closing its doors to drop-ins.
  •   Guest Opinion: Beyond NeoCon - NeoCon has too much emphasis in the industry. Trade show booths that function as a showroom and a desire for industry PR result in a pattern of overspending.
  •   The Art of Nienkämper - A lot of the staff at Nienkämper have logged 20-plus years of experience at the 120,000-square-foot plant, and when it comes to manufacturing, nothing replaces experience.
  •   NeoCon Ready to Roll - What does the office of the future look like? An insider look at the future can be found at NeoCon, June 11–13, the world's largest and most important event for the commercial interiors industry.
  •   Nightingale Celebrates 90 by Celebrating its Employees - Nightingale's commitment to its employees goes beyond longevity. The company provides 12 months of maternity leave. It also provides 12 months of paternity leave.
  •   AE Superlab Takes Unconventional Approach to Design in Brooklyn - Since one stone was set atop another to create a structure, it seems there has been debate over the practice of architecture and design.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Show Me Your Mentors and I will Show You Your Future."
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Need a Counter-Offer to Get a Raise, It's Time to Quit Your Job!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Hudson River Trading Offices – NYC
  •   Whiteboard - Shining A Light on Health and Well-Being / Why You Should Rotate Office Seating Assignments / Majority of global workforce now work somewhere other than the office every week
  •   SPECIAL BOF NEOCON ISSUE COMING JUNE 9TH - We'll preview all of the new products at NeoCon!
  •   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 5, 2018 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   THE SHANGHAI EDITION - 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 develop unique events, such as the East Design Show, 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.
  •   THE GUANGZHOU EDITION - CIFF was born here, and a good 38 editions have been held in the city. Deemed a historic fair for this city, every year is definitely a very animated affair; just think that because of the extremely high number of applications to exhibit, the March edition was divided into two phases, divided by product group. The office furniture show is held during the 2nd phase of CIFF Guangzhou, from March 28-31, occupying 17 halls. During the latest edition, which ended last March, a large area was dedicated to the "intelligent office", while furniture for the healthcare facilities and the elderly appeared for the first time.
  •   A PREVIEW OF THE 42ND CIFF (SHANGHAI) - The 42nd China International Furniture Fair (Shanghai) will take place at NECC (Shanghai) in Hongqiao, on September 10-13, 2018. It will host more than 2,000 brands that are distributed in the Import & Design Hall, Trendy Furniture, Quality Furniture, Customized Intelligent Home & Kids Furniture, Sofa & Ding/Living Room Furniture, Sofa Hall, Sleep Center, Homedecor & Hometextile & Lifestyle, Outdoor & Leisure, Office Life Pavilion and China International Furniture Machinery & Furniture Raw Materials Fair, which complement each other and have extraordinary strength.
  •   EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS - The EAST Design Show, held for 3 consecutive sessions, will take place with a new look in the 42nd CIFF (Shanghai) in cooperation with the designers, design brands and design academies at home and abroad to bring the industry a visual feast that "good design creates good business". The Pinnacle Awards Asia-Pacific is jointly launched by CIFF, the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) and High Point Market, and is a sub-award of the Pinnacle Awards created for the first time in the countries and regions outside the United States. It is the only international furniture & home furnishing award in the Asia-Pacific region, created to select the enterprises and designer's products well-received by the furniture market and industry, aiming to improve the overall design level of the US furniture and home furnishing industries.

Business of Furniture - May 30, 2018

 
  •   Logitech Teams with Furniture Maker Herman Miller on 'More Creative' AV Solutions - Logitech and Herman Miller are the latest in the line of AV manufacturers teaming up with furniture companies—and we certainly don't expect them to be the last.
  •   Here's What Happens When You Combine Art and the Office in London - Though British accents rule, Clerkenwell Design Week is beginning to attract a growing number of North American companies and visitors as well.
  •   Newmark Knight Frank Evolves the Process Behind Workplace Design - When it comes to execution, Newmark Knight Frank has taken a unique approach to pulling in furniture partners.
  •   50 for 50: Come June, KI's Dick Resch will be the Only Person to Attend Every NeoCon - Many in the industry have been to 20, some to 30 and even a few to 40, but Resch is believed to be the only person who will be able to say (after the start of the show in a few weeks) he has been to every single one.
  •   Bisley Hosts 'Matter of Fact' Exhibit in London, curated by Dirty Furniture - "Matter of Fact" explored a central question: How have human storage needs changed in contemporary times and in the age of digital media?
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Our Economy is Temporary. Your Reputation is Eternal."
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Am I Losing Salespeople to a Company Called Restoration Hardware?!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - LinkedIn - New York City, NY
  •   Whiteboard - Yes, your coworkers are secretly changing the office temperature / Workplace IoT: Smart Office Applications for Better Productivity / Top perks wanted by workers revealed – including free gyms and day off on their birthday
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Group Lacasse, ERG 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 - 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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