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

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: BELLAGIO'S PATTISSERIE - I had heard good things about the Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens, so with a renewed determination I decided to check it out since it was only across the street. The gardens are beautiful, and I would recommend a visit but it definitely is not a place to get any work done — there is no place to sit. Undeterred, I decided I would check out the rest of the Bellagio to see if I could find a quiet corner.
  •   THE NEW AGE OF CALL CENTERS: SO FUN, WORKERS CONSIDER IT A CAREER - Bryce Maddock and Jasper Weir did not grow up "dying to revolutionize the call center industry," said Jarrod Johnson, chief customer officer of TaskUs. Yet, the pair inadvertently did just that, and the Santa Monica, California-based TaskUs has become the ultimate millennial office space, catapulting call center work out of dark, dingy cubicles into the hot jobs market.
  •   OFFICE PLANTS ARE MORE THAN DECORATION - Studies show plants can reduce absenteeism, make workplaces more attractive to potential hires, boost creativity and improve indoor air quality. Another benefit is adding a touch of coziness to an otherwise professional setting.
  •   LUXOR QUIETS THE OPEN PLAN OFFICE WITH HOST OF PRODUCTS - Open offices can help creativity, but workers also need space to get away from it all. That's where Luxor and the RECLAIM product come in. "Historically, there has been nothing in this (product) category at all," said Paul Roche, president. "There are a lot of stories in the media about the open office — whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. RECLAIM is the solution for the open office. With the open office, you get that communication and collaboration.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and test products for the workplace this month include the Charge Dock which is capable of charging six devices at once. Four cables on the front of the dock can be extended two feet from the station. A slight pull on the cord retracts it back into the dock's housing. Each of these four cables provide 2.4 amps for rapid charging. The G-Hold is a circular attachment approximately four-and-a-half inches in diameter that attaches to the back of the tablet. When folded flat it only protrudes about a quarter of an inch. When used, it allowed us to comfortably hold the tablet. Sensel Morph is a pressure-sensitive touchpad that gives users a choice of overlays so you can swap between video editing, painting, music creation, gaming, coding and other tasks. These are job-specific overlays — sold separately — designed to reduce keystrokes and other input hassles. We found they work very well for the specific tasks associated with them. The Todoist app takes you from overwhelmed to on top of it. Everything's organized and accounted for so you can make progress on the things important to you. Best of all, Todoist helps you easily prioritize your tasks and projects so you'll always know exactly what to work on next.
  •   SURVEY FINDS WORKING PARENTS RANK WORK-LIFE BALANCE AHEAD OF SALARY WHEN EVALUATING JOB PROSPECTS - Work-life balance rates are more important than salary when people are considering whether or not to take a job, according to a recent FlexJobs survey.

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

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK - Trade shows are designed to get people talking, not working. Yet there are times when work needs to get done, even in the most chaotic places. So, I was thankful to find the NookBar at Clerkenwell Design Week, a show organized to celebrate the best in design from around the world. It is a busy show with tens of thousands of visitors. That makes trying to find a quiet place to work or take a phone call a challenge. Luckily, I found the NookBar, a collection of Nooks being displayed at CDW.
  •   THE FUTURE OF WORK: INSIGHTS FROM THE FUTURE USERS OF WORKSPACE - The report focuses on interviews with 50 school children who were asked to share their ideas about the future of work. It's a bit of fun, but is also a fascinating and uncompromising (kids don't hold back) exploration into the future workplace, with all its possibilities.
  •   HOW HOSPITALITY VENUES ARE ADDING CO-WORKING TO THE MENU - As the benefits provided in co-working spaces continue to increase and be enhanced, the gourmet aspect — whether it's food or beverage — has always been one of the most socially engaging amenities to offer.
  •   FURNITURE THAT BURNS CALORIES - Sitting for long periods of time is an ingrained behavior at the office. Everywhere you look, desks, conference tables, lounge furniture and café booths invite users into a seated position. But the conversation around sitting has shifted, fueled by alarming headlines that claim sitting is on par with smoking.
  •   INVESTING IN WORKPLACE DESIGN - Building a space that is intentionally designed to bring people together, both physically and virtually, while enhancing the ability to share ideas and think creatively, is a source of continued innovation.
  •   LIGHT, WORK, SLEEP - FUTURE Designs explored the effects that light and sleep have on our wellness with a sleep experiment carried out over 24 hours during the week of the longest day of the year.
  •   WAKE-UP CALL: SLEEP DEFICIENCY COMES AT A GREAT COST TO BUSINESS - When it comes to work productivity, the significance of a good night's sleep is no joke. Insomnia costs U.S businesses more than $63 billion annually in absenteeism and reduced workplace productivity, according to a report by the National Safety Council, "Calculating the Cost of Poor Sleep." Approximately 70 percent of Americans report they routinely get insufficient sleep each night — less than six hours on average. It is estimated 50–70 million people in the U.S. are living with a sleep disorder.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and test products for the workplace this month include Amazon's Echo, CLEAR security system, KI's Impress Ultra and ESI's Lotus DX Sit to Stand desk riser.
  •   CIFF SHANGHAI 2018 BRINGS RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TOGETHER - This edition will explore the topic "An Example of Global Home Life," which is fitting for what is taking place in the office and with more employees working from home.

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

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - Last month I traveled to Bordeaux, France, a beautiful part of the world. I choose to arrive a couple of days early, giving me some time to recover from jet lag and do a little exploring over the weekend. I had also hoped to get some work done.
  •   5 ADVANTAGES OF A DIVERSE WORKPLACE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT - When an organization embraces diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the fabric of the company, incredible cultural transformations take place.
  •   ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL - When designing physical spaces and products, we often think of ADA guidelines, which have greatly helped to make buildings accessible to those who use mobility devices.
  •   L.L. BEAN WANTS YOU TO BE AN 'OUTSIDER' AT WORK - It is the first-ever, outdoor co-working space, complete with individual workspaces, collaborative conference areas, cycling desks and outdoor team-building activities.
  •   WHY WORKING OUTSIDE IS COMPLETELY NATURAL - Businesses are starting to treat patios and courtyards as more than a landscaping area. These spots can be converted into a pleasant workspace for individuals, meetings and group collaboration. A natural setting can be a refreshing change of scenery that sparks a renewed sense of energy and drive.
  •   THE END OF THE TRADITIONAL 9-5? NEW STUDY FINDS 70 PERCENT OF US SKIP THE OFFICE TO WORK ELSEWHERE - More than two-thirds of global employees work remotely every week, and more than 50 percent do so for at least half of the week, heralding a major reassessment of corporate real estate, according to a comprehensive new global study.
  •   EUROPEANS VS NORTH AMERICANS, WHO HAS THE BEST WORK LIFE BALANCE? - How many hours a week do most people work? Who stays the longest with their employer? The French, Italians, Americans, Turkish?
  •   ICONIC OFFICES: MAXIMIZED DESIGN. MAJOR BRAND IMPACT. - Maximalism has been defined as modern design's expressive side, a style that allows greater freedom and opportunity for personal expression.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and test products for the workplace.
  •   WHAT NEOCON TAUGHT US ABOUT THE FUTURE WORKPLACE - NeoCon is formed around core showrooms, where individual companies selling office furniture, textiles and wallcoverings display their wares.

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.

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: AMTRAK METROPOLITAN LOUNGE, CHICAGO - The Metropolitan Lounge was built with the business traveler in mind. The lounge has several areas of casual seating and plenty of outlets, plus Internet access is free and fast. Snacks and soft drinks are also free, and you can buy alcoholic drinks. Televisions show local news and newspapers and magazines are available.
  •   THE FLEXIBLE UNIVERSITY WORKPLACE - Colleges and universities are the next in line to recognize the spaces they provide often don't support the work to be done, are not financially feasible in the long-term, are not environmentally sustainable and can inhibit the core activities for which a campus exists — interaction among students, faculty and staff.
  •   CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD - SPACE MATTERS - In the face of the tightest labor market in approximately 18 years, corporate occupiers are highly focused on talent acquisition and retention. Results of a recent research survey conducted by Cushman & Wakefield and CoreNet Global, entitled What Occupiers Want, reveal that finding and keeping top talent is the number one challenge for global organizations.
  •   CATCHING A FEW Zs IN THE OFFICE - Catching a few zzz's while on the clock may no longer be a fireable offense. The stigma of napping during work hours is starting to take a back seat to science. Companies striving for a workplace that promotes happiness and health are beginning to realize sleep is just as essential to well-being as nutrition or fitness.
  •   HOW A NEIGHBORHOOD IN LONDON SETS THE TONE FOR THE WAY WE WORK - The thought that goes into office design spans the knowledge of any industry. What surrounds you in the office is an amalgamation of furniture, lighting, paint, carpet, fabric and supplies that creates a space, but also includes a huge helping of creativity. That's what makes Clerkenwell Design Week so important and unlike any furniture-related event in the world.
  •   THE ART OF BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS AND HOW TO CULTIVATE GOOD CHEMISTRY - When it comes to teamwork in the office, sometimes, with personality conflicts and varying work styles hindering company morale and disrupting productivity, little work actually gets done. Don't you wish there was a magic remedy for improving team potential in the office?
  •   REMOTE.CO DELIVERS INSIGHT INTO HOW TO OPTIMIZE REMOTE WORK - Is remote work from the home office changing our perspective on work for the better or challenging traditional office norms?
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we take a look at a few products that will be hits at the upcoming NeoCon show in Chicago.
  •   AGGRESSION AT WORK CAN LEAD TO 'VICIOUS CIRCLE' OF MISCONDUCT - Workplace aggression is a significant issue, particularly in the health-care sector where nurses can be targeted by their colleagues and co-workers through bullying and by patients and their relatives through third-party aggression. While workplace aggression has been examined in relation to the health-related consequences for victims, less is known about the possible negative impact it may have on their behavior at work.

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

Workplaces Magazine - May, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - How do you rate a working experience in a space not really meant for it? On a recent business trip to Charleston I stayed in room 439 at the Charleston Harbor Resort, a mostly pleasant experience in a relatively nice room. If you are anything like me, no matter where you are traveling for business, you have to get some work done.
  •   FLEXIBLE SERVICES - Who cares about workplace services? Well, at a minimum, the 10,877 people who have it in their job title on LinkedIn right now. Or perhaps any employer who's motivated by Glassdoor's recent finding that 79 percent of employees would choose engaging benefits over a pay raise. Or perhaps any member or provider of co-working space, which now makes up 37 percent of office space in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, according to the Instant Group.
  •   GRAPHENE: A MATERIAL FOR THE FUTURE - Graphene is a very thin layer of carbon. Graphene is transparent, incredibly thin, and is the strongest material known to science and we are just now starting to tap in to its seemingly unending list of capabilities.
  •   TWO NEW CHAIRS THAT COULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - Sculptural, sleek, sexy. Not words often associated with office furniture. But two of the largest furniture makers in the world recently introduced new chairs that fit the bill. They also will change the way you work, adding some much needed comfort to the office. In the last few weeks, both Steelcase and Herman Miller launched new chairs that will sit in an office near you very soon. Both Steelcase's new SILQ chair and Herman Miller's Cosm are getting solid initial reviews.
  •   HOW CIRCADIAN LIGHTING BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY - The average workplace is awash in illumination from overhead fixtures, wall sconces, task lamps and computer and device screens. But with respect to Mr. Edison, there's a growing field of evidence that shows exposure to electric light at all hours of the day has far-reaching consequences that interfere with health, productivity and creativity.
  •   WORKPLACE SEATING: IT'S ALL ABOUT 'HABITATS' - When it comes to specifying seating for the workplace, Boss Design offers a strong collection of options suitable for the six workplace "habitats" identified by the company.
  •   LECTRA CHANGES THE WAY MACHINES WORK TO IMPROVE HOW YOU WORK - Many observers believe we are on the cusp of a new industrial revolution, commonly referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - The latest and greatest, and not so great products reviewed.
  •   WHY ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO WORK REMOTELY FACILITATES ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH - Technology offers the benefit of allowing your employees to work remotely, either on a regular basis or whenever the need arises. But did you know working remotely can actually make your employees happier and more productive?
  •   CIFF FOCUSED ON INTELLIGENT OFFICE, THE ELDERLY AND BETTERING WORKERS - Attendees continued to see higher quality products, particularly with the task chair.

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

Workplaces Magazine - April, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - What I found: Is there a more welcome oasis in the world than an airline lounge after a grueling 14 hour flight? I don't think so. So excuse me if this review is a bit skewed by jet lag. Travel is no excuse for not working, so it is nice to have a well organized, comfortable space to crack open a laptop and get plugged in after a half a day of being disconnected. The Korean Air Lounge is a great place to do just that if you are facing a layover at this busy airport that feels more like a high end shopping center than a transfer point for travelers.
  •   FLEXIBLE ORGANIZATIONS - At a time when there is so much change and so many competing needs, everyone is seeking the ability to adapt to and accommodate change. That's why today, every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace.
  •   REDEFINING DESIGN - Absolute 47 Aims to Turn Traditional Meeting Spaces into Something Inspiring: Forgoing drab cubicles and hotel conference rooms, Absolute 47's new namesake meeting space is all-inclusive with amenities and immersive experiences that seamlessly infuse state-of-the-art office and ultra-modern collaborative technology.
  •   BLUEPRINT + CO. BRINGS CLASS TO COWORKING IN NYC - Step inside the Midtown Manhattan space, and you can feel this is a different co-working experience.
  •   COVER: THE SPARK THAT LIFTS VARIDESK - With the ProDesk 60 Electric, you can go from sitting to standing with the touch of a button.
  •   A PEEK INSIDE HERMAN MILLER'S NYC FLAGSHIP - The store occupies 6,000 square feet on the first and second floors of Herman Miller's multilevel presence at 251 Park Avenue South in Manhattan.
  •   WOMEN AT MEADOWS RESHAPE WORKPLACE IN NYC - It is a stunning transformation at the dealership, which has been around for 50 years and has grown into one of Haworth's largest aligned dealers. It's also a testament to the all-female leadership team that is, to put it mildly, tenaciously driven.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - The latest and greatest, and not so great products reviewed.
  •   JLL'S JUST RELEASED U.S. AND CANADA FIT OUT GUIDE - A reference guide that provides average costs to build out three different office layouts in the United States and Canada.
  •   HOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN GREAT EMPLOYEES - Small businesses face a common challenge. According to the 2018 Goldman Sachs "10,000 Small Businesses Summit report," 70 percent of small businesses struggle to find and retain skilled talent. At that rate, this issue is nearly a pandemic among small businesses.

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.

Business of Furniture - March 14, 2018

 
  •   When it Comes to Manufacturing, 9to5 Rivals its Innovative Neighbors - 9to5 is literally surrounded by Elon Musk's SpaceX, the billionaire's idea for a private rocket company and other high tech ideas. Most importantly, the neighbors are friendly.
  •   Steelcase says Steel Tariffs will Impact Them - The company says it does purchase most of its raw steel domestically but some material they need is not available in the US. As a result, the company is likely to experience negative financial impact.
  •   Rainlight Spawns from HOK Product Design Success - Grossinger and Lykouria met in 2014 and founded Rainlight that year to create an integrated studio spanning London and Los Angeles.
  •   Sustainable Wood Products Helps Abcor Grow Strong Roots - The company began as a subsidiary of Herman Miller. Its technology first was launched in 1999 as Formcoat, part of Herman Miller's Resolve furniture system.
  •   The Battle for Benz - The Hülsta Group decided to sell the subsidiary to the Jason Group. With the acquisition, this large furniture producer in China takes one of its first steps in Europe.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Meeting Project Goals: Why Does This Have to be So Hard?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Struggling to Get an Interview? Maybe it's Your Job Title" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Woods Bagot Offices – New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Another new survey underscores that skilled workers can pretty much live wherever they want / Data and Design: Finding: The Strategic Needle in an Overwhelming Haystack / Well Living Lab launches extensive study on how indoor environments affect people's lives
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Scale1:1, Frem, Camira, HBF, Concertex 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 7, 2018

 
  •   Varidesk Launches Height Adjustable Desk Line at Shark Tank Investor's New York Coworking Site - The Dallas-based company has made a name for itself as a retailer of desktop ergonomic products that turn stationary desks into sit-stand models, with more than 1 million of them already sold.
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale Names New Chief Marketing Officer - Leena Jain has joined Humanscale as its first ever chief marketing officer.
  •   West Elm to Terminate Relationship with Inscape - It is unclear what impact, if any, the decision will have on West Elm's work in the contract furniture world.
  •   Herman Miller Works with Mercy Health to Create Doctor's Office of the Future - Herman Miller turned out to be the right fit because of the company's broad range of products and extensive research on design. The Mercy Health space was designed with the staff in mind. Their workstations are next to oversize windows so they could work in natural light. Each station has a small light that can change to one of five colors to communicate schedules.
  •   Restauranteur, Former City Commissioner Buy West Michigan Haworth Dealership - Interphase operates a showroom in downtown Grand Rapids along with sales and design offices in Grand Rapids and Traverse City.
  •   Meadows Office Interiors Creates West Side Showhouse in NYC; Redefines the Office Furniture Dealership - Bursting with technology, fresh ideas and a relentless drive to service nearly every aspect of a customer's office needs, Meadows is redefining what it means to be an office furniture dealer today and in the future.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Your Project Teams (and When too Many Cooks won't Spoil the Soup)"
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm a Young Mom Thinking About Quitting My Job to Stay at Home With My Kids. Anything Wrong With That?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - CDC Designs Offices – Costa Mesa
  •   Whiteboard - Remote work is "the new normal" / 3 ways the 'smart office' will change the future of work
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Molteni&C and Groupe Lacasse
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - The West Side of Grand Rapids is this hot city's hottest neighborhood right now, turning a working class section of Furniture City into a hipster heaven. When people talked about work on the West Side of Grand Rapids, it historically meant building things in factories along the west bank of the Grand River. Today, the neighborhood is increasingly attracting a new, young, high-tech group of residents and workers, some of them nomads who need a place to work. Enter Corridor Coffee, a new space in one of the neighborhood's historic buildings. As some coffee shops try to dissuade mobile workers from planting themselves in a space for hours at a time (while only spending $5 on a cup of coffee), Corridor Coffee provides a welcome and (mostly) well-equipped space to work.
  •   HOW CAN YOU MAKE SPACE TRULY FLEXIBLE? - Every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace. So much is changing, and there are so many competing needs, the ability to adapt to and accommodate change has become foremost. Space needs to be flexible for a variety of reasons. The workforce is more mobile, with 43 percent of U.S. workers working remotely at least part of the week, according to Gallup. Change and choice go together, and people want choices.
  •   BLOCKCHAIN: A LEDGER FOR BUSINESS - Concerned consumers want to understand the chain of custody that brings bananas to the store year-round. With an honest ledger, everyone would have access to the information they need.
  •   FLEXIBLE FUTURES: WORKSPACES OF 2030 - The world of work is undergoing a number of fundamental shifts that will have huge implications for every industry, market, region and working adult. We're seeing previously distinct aspects of life begin to overlap, with the boundaries between work, home, leisure, travel and family becoming increasingly blurred.
  •   RETHINK THE OFFICE KITCHEN - Kitchens with plentiful tables can be a space that hums with concentration and collaboration. Less formal than a conference room and more inviting than a work desk, cafe areas offer an alternative ambiance that has a homey feel.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - When it comes to an office chair, you don't want the kind that falls apart after a year or sends you on multiple visits to the chiropractor. You want a useful, comfortable, ergonomic chair. You can go to a big box office retailer and hope for the best. Or maybe you should consider the X-Chair.
  •   DRESSING FOR WORK MEANS UNDERSTANDING NEW NORMS - Dressing for work in the office looks much different today from 10 or 20 years ago. From business suits and high heels to hoodies and flip-flops, and everything in between, it can be challenging to know what's expected or allowed at work these days.

Business of Furniture - February 28, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: ASID Releases Interior Design Billings Index 4th Quarter 2017 Report - According to the ASID survey the fourth quarter declined, but otherwise, 2017 showed solid billings growth for the design industry.
  •   Raised Flooring Companies Combined to Create Global IFS - The TecCrete product line is a recognized industry standard in the raised access floor market for its performance and flexibility.
  •   COVER: Resimerical Design's Role in A Happier and More Productive Workplace - Common areas are expanding their definition to include fully stocked kitchens, relaxation areas, onsite exercise facilities and more.
  •   theMART is Planning a Big NeoCon for its 50th Edition - Unlike many other industry events, NeoCon is thriving, arguably stronger than ever having secured its spot as the world's most important interiors industry event.
  •   Designers Explain How Industry can 'Do it Better' - The important stories behind products like ergonomic chairs and height adjustable tables might be getting lost because of coworking.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "You Can't Buy This on Amazon"
  •   Stephen Says - "Is It Legal For a Prospective Employer to Ask Me What I Make Now?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Results
  •   PLACES - Bombas Offices – New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Sound Advice on Workplace Design / What's in Store for the Flexible Office Space Trend? / Step into your New Virtual Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Special-T, Carnegie 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 - February 21, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Dick Resch Pledges $5 Million for University of Wisconsin – Green Bay School of Engineering - Resch says his experience in the paper industry and more than 35 years of leadership at KI showed him the importance of a regional engineering program and higher education in general.
  •   Bianchi Reflects on Haworth Past, Present, Future - Franco Bianchi says he believes the company is in the right position to capitalize on these changes in the market.
  •   Nuova Contessa Improves on a Classic - Teknion's Nuova Contessa will come with a number of new features to help designers find a place for it, such as the ability to select conference versions with fixed arms.
  •   Clarus Moving Beyond Visual Communications - The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has built a business with more than 200 employees and has moved five times in the last eight years.
  •   CoreNet Chicago Shares a Preview of Rex Miller's New Book - The insightful findings will be found in The Healthy Workplace Nudge, a book that will be released in May.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Good News: The Internet has Changed the Built Environment Forever"
  •   Stephen Says - "Shake Hands, Don’t Kiss!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Haworth has a Very Good Year / Bene and Neudörfler acquire Hali and Svoboda / NeoCon 50 Announces Marquee Presentations
  •   PLACES - Gensler Basecamp Offices – London
  •   Whiteboard - Five Ways to Make Office Spaces Appealing to Millennials / How Holograms Will Disrupt Visual Collaboration in the Workplace / Ending The Myth Of Collaboration
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Allseating, Springboard, Emeco, Frem and Keilhauer
  •   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 14, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Bean Counter or Guru: How will Walker be Remembered at Herman Miller? - It is hard to imagine in the history of the office furniture industry a period — the 14 years of Walker's tenure — that was so turbulent and disruptive.
  •   CIFF Set for Guangzhou - Show organizers say the countless new products on display reflect "the face of a China that is changing rapidly; a China that is increasingly looking to quality, design and innovation" to attract buyers instead of simply providing low-cost commodity products.
  •   OM Helps VA in California - The VA in Long Beach has been a long-time customer of OM, with thousands of chairs of all kinds installed over many years.
  •   As You Move More Toward Residential, Residential Moves More Toward Commercial - Copeland Furniture is best described as transitional, neither strictly contemporary nor traditional but rather a combination of elements that incorporate classic proportion with modern simplicity.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Coach Wants to See You...Bring Your Playbook"
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes, Your Valentine Can Sit in the Next Workstation" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Knoll Sales Drop Nearly 3 Percent for Year Despite Strong Fourth Quarter / HNI Sales Drop Slightly for Year, Askren 'Excited' and 'Optimistic' about 2018 / American Society of Interior Designers Releases 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry Report
  •   PLACES - Fjord Offices – Helsinki
  •   Whiteboard - Transforming Your Office into a Desired Destination / Innovating the Office: Technology Trends Changing the Workplace / Top 8 Predictions for the Workplace Experience 2018
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Kartell, JSI, unika vaev
  •   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 7, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA 360° Brought Together Top Slate of Speakers - The main draw of the 360° is the slate of speakers and this year's group was exceptional and fit the event's theme of YOU — leadership, reputation and creativity.
  •   COVER: Commercial Furniture Transport Moves the Industry Forward in the Big Apple - There are other busy cities in the U.S. where traffic is a problem, but none that approach the logistical challenge that New York poses.
  •   OE Electrics 'Charges' Forward - We live in a power hungry world. Our phones, laptops and tablets always need charging, whether at our desk or on the go. And an emerging British company, OE Electrics, is there to feed our hunger with some unique products and a desire to move beyond the U.K. market.
  •   The Future of Buildings is More Change - There is a transition happening from the knowledge work era to the beginning of the knowledge work in the social era.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Did You Get an Invitation to the Wedding?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes, These Letters Are Real!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Brian Walker Plans Retirement as CEO at Herman Miller - Herman Miller, Inc. announced that Brian C. Walker plans to retire as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors by August 31, 2018.
  •   Varidesk Acquires Stand2Learn; Enters Educational Furniture Market - Varidesk said the acquisition is an important step in its mission to transform the way people of all ages work and interact every day.
  •   Kimball CEO Schneider: 'Office-Related Verticals were Generally Challenged' in Latest Quarter - The increase in net sales was driven by an increase in the hospitality, government and education vertical markets, partially offset by declines in the health care and other commercial verticals.
  •   PLACES - Enlisted Design Offices – Oakland
  •   Whiteboard - The World's Best Companies Offer Workplace Flexibility and Yours Should Too / Caring for The Self – The Hottest UK Workplace Trend / I've Worked Remotely For 5 Years, And It's Stressing Me Out
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Artopex, National, Alea, Maharam 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

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - Who wants to work in a mall? It could be easily argued a mall may be the least productive potential workplace. At a traditional mall, that would certainly be true, especially during the Christmas shopping rush. But when you are in downtown Los Angeles on a gloriously sunny day, and the mall is outdoors, there are worse places to set up your laptop prior to a meeting.
  •   FURNITURE SHOW IN CHINA OUTLINES FUTURE OF THE OFFICE - In a little less than two months, a furniture show in China will change your workplace and the way you work. It may not happen overnight, but the chairs, desks, ergonomic products and other furnishings shown there will reshape the way you work, improve your productivity, make you healthier and create a new look at your office.
  •   HOW WEWORK WILL DRIVE WORKPLACE INDUSTRY CHANGE IN 2018 - The most dramatic future innovation in this industry will likely come from process innovation, and no single company is defining the process innovation concept better than WeWork.
  •   COVER: THE RIVETER FOCUSES ON WOMEN AND WORK - While the rise of women-only workplaces has been a trend on the upswing in recent years (proliferated by spaces such as The Wing in NYC and Paper Dolls in Los Angeles), The Riveter is not only providing a supportive and inspiring place for women, it is also inviting men to the table — so to speak.
  •   HOW ARTS, CULTURE TURNED TO CUTTING EDGE FURNITURE: A CONVERSATION WITH KORAY MALHAN - Koray's own designs for Koleksiyon have gained wide notice for both the aesthetic and philosophical qualities undergirding them, as he has championed a dynamic and non-hierarchical design approach to the work environment.
  •   BOSS DESIGN HELPS WATES GROUP CONSOLIDATE LONDON OFFICE - When one of the UK's largest, privately owned construction, development and property services companies, the Wates Group, embarked on the refurbishment of its head office, it called upon Boss Design's expertise in workplace design solutions.
  •   UNDERSTANDING THE DECLINE OF WORKPLACE PROFESSIONALISM: IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT, IT'S EVERYONE'S FAULT - More and more, openly texting during meetings is considered OK. It has become common to see workers stroll in late to meetings with no apology. The office dress code seems to have gone from business casual to resort casual.
  •   EVERYONE NEEDS A FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE - Flexible work has been on a steady rise. Working remotely has risen from 9% to 37% over the last 20 years according to a 2016 University of Minnesota study.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Marcelo by National Office Furniture / Samsonite EzScan Computer Case / FITUEYES Clear Computer Monitor Riser / BUBM Travel Gadget Organizer Bag

Business of Furniture - January 31, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Gathers Industry Leaders in Miami - BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon opened the first day's session welcoming those gathered to "an event that is like no other in the industry."
  •   COVER: With Steelcase's new SILQ, Your Body is Part of the Chair Design - The company's materials science breakthrough led to an all-new chair design that intuitively responds to human movement without the use of mechanisms.
  •   AJK Design Studio: Putting Design in Unexpected Places - For Annie Kantor, when it comes to design, it's all in the details.
  •   Knoll Debuts Home Design Shop in LA - The Shop features contemporary ideas and palettes for living influenced by Modernist ideas -– background pieces that create a sub-architecture in a dynamic total space foiled against exuberant expressions of classic and new Knoll designs.
  •   'It is Core to our Culture' Kinsler Discusses Trendway Give 50 Challenge - Throughout the year, Trendway will feature various company-sponsored volunteer opportunities in the community.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Have You Earned the Right to Tell Your Business Story?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Just Pick Up the Phone!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Harden CEO Hopes for Rescue from Investor's Crushing Debt Before Sale - After 52 straight years of profitability, Harden saw its revenues cut in half during the Great Recession of 2008 and began losing money
  •   PLACES - Brixton Capital Offices – Solana Beach
  •   Whiteboard - Financial companies learning to better utilize office space to attract right talent / How Tech Giants Are Keeping Employees Happy Through Innovative Workspaces / Choice Is The Most Crucial Amenity In The Office Market
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Allseating, izzy+, Luum Textiles, Kimball and Gordon International
  •   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 24, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon Celebrates 50 Years of Tomorrow's Design - Registration is open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, which will take place June 11-13 at The Mart in Chicago.
  •   COVER: Smed Speaks: 'If You Think I am Going to be Mellow and Docile Now, it ain't Going to Happen' - The company has been quiet about the sudden change in leadership, which not only included moving Smed to the new executive chair position, but also included the ouster of Scott Jenkins.
  •   Finding Your Way - Understanding there is value to installing smart technology to help people get around enormous corporate structures.
  •   Smart Workplace Buildings: How to Break Away from Designing in a Vacuum - As part of JLL's Smart Building Program, Yann Palmore helps clients prepare and implement technology platforms driving the next generation of buildings and data-driven facilities management.
  •   What Were the Popular Office Design Trends of 2017 - Corporate office design trends in 2017 led to greener, more sustainable office environments while accelerating the move toward healthier, more mobile-friendly, open workspaces.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Business is Booming. Now What?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Hiring: Try Training for a Change" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - UOOYAA Offices – Shanghai
  •   Projects - Koleksiyon Furnishes Lounge Zones for Church's Transformation to Co-Working Space
  •   Whiteboard - People who work in an open plan office feel worse and are less satisfied / Meet The Architect Shining A Light On The Benefits Of Windowed Workspaces / US workers increasingly prioritize flexible working and personal development over status
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from JSI, Arper, Carnegie, Kirei, Maharam, Nevers, 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 - January 17, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: What the Industry Can Learn from CES - Walking around CES, it was obvious and, at times, scary where the future of everyday life is headed.
  •   2018 Workplace Design Trends that Increase Comfort and Boost Attraction and Retention - Wouldn't it be great if we had a crystal ball that could predict the hot workplace design products of 2018?
  •   Helping Business Find the Right Person at the Right Times - How do you craft the perfect team? Nexus A.I., a Chicago-based technology company is working on the answer with artificial intelligence and organizational behavioral science.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "When the Teams Get Lost"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Furniture Industry's #MeToo Reckoning is Coming" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Edelman's Office Expansion – London
  •   New Trucking Regulations a Mixed Blessing for Industry - The office furniture industry uses a lot of long-haul, multistop carriers — the group the ELD mandate is expected to hit the hardest.
  •   Creating a 'Nook' in the Open Office - To say David O'Coimin is excited about the Nook is an understatement, though it doesn't come as a surprise since he is the designer, inventor and "parent" of the product that makes working in the open plan a lot more enjoyable.
  •   Whiteboard - The Complex Relationship Between Productivity, Technology and Working Anywhere / Twitter Real Estate Chief on the Future of Offices / The Design Whisperers: Decoding Authenticity and Culture in Workplaces
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Teknion
  •   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 10, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Humanscale No Stranger to Massive CES in Vegas - The focal points of Humanscale's booth are the new QuickStand Eco platforms, the newest generation of sit/stand furniture using counter-balance weights, rather than electronic motors.
  •   Montisa Thinks of Itself as a 111-Year-Old Startup - The company was born in 1906 to make steel and wood milking stools. More than 100 years later, it is still trying to solve practical workplace challenges.
  •   COVER: The Automated Future of Offices - Workplace automation can sound alarming but it's far from a new trend.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Your Secret Sauce for Sales and Project Success in 2018?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Be a Helicopter Parent, Especially in This Job Market" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Capcom Offices – Vancouver
  •   Do These Chairs Look the Same? Knoll Sues Allsteel for Alleged Patent Violation - According to the lawsuit, the Lyric Multi-Purpose chair has an "ornamental appearance" almost identical to the ornamental appearance of the MultiGeneration.
  •   Tech Firm Researches Future of Work through Data - Every company is becoming a technology company, no matter what industry they are in. That is even more true for the office furniture industry because of the close physical connections between the technology equipment in the office and the user.
  •   Whiteboard - Building on Workplace-Wellbeing / Why C-Suite Office Space Is Being Pared Down / Goodbye Dark, Hello Open, Well-Lit Law Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from 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 - January 3, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: Workplace Design Positively Influences Health, Wellness, Employee Satisfaction, and Work Performance - ASID researched the impact of innovative workplace design on behavior and performance, how spatial design supports organizational goals and the impact of design.
  •   COVER: Gasser Gambles on Gaming Seats - In the 1960s, one of the world's largest gaming chair manufacturers got its start. Gasser Chair made bar stools during a time slot machines were played standing up. Eventually, players would pull the bar stools up to the slot machines to keep those streaks going.
  •   How a Simple Rejection Gave Way to a Million-Dollar Idea - The trio of friends, now accidental entrepreneurs, played around with existing equipment, repurposing parts and modifying the machines for the work environment.
  •   Sudden Executive Changes at DIRTT Causes Major Stock Selloff - The announcement of a sudden executive shuffle at DIRTT, one of the industry's promising growth companies, stunned investors early Tuesday, leading to a major selloff of its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Don't Forget Those Who Brought You to the Dance"
  •   Stephen Says - "New Year, New Job? Well, Maybe" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - CMG Offices – Los Angeles
  •   BoF NEWS - Jasper Group to take over Paoli Plant, Pick Up Workers Paoli LLC will likely wind down operations by the end of February, and during that time Jasper Group will begin bringing in raw materials and finalizing equipment purchases that can be used immediately in its new operation.
  •   Whiteboard - Activating The Workplace: How Active Workstations Impact How You Think, Perform, And Feel At Work / How The Internet Of Things is Impacting Workspace and Building Design / DLR Group: Trends in Tech-Office Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from 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 20 & 27, 2017

 
  •   Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Bellow Press - Wishing you the gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, Hope. May the joy of the holiday be with you in the new year.
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Domestic Sales Drop, Dragged Down by Reduced Demand from Small and Large Customers - Orders in the Americas declined approximately 6 percent in the third quarter compared to the prior year.
  •   COVER: Rising Demand for Custom Furniture - As the move toward resimercial design — or adding the residential look to a commercial space — becomes the new normal, customization requests are taking on unique new angles.
  •   Workframe and Outfit Want to Change the Industry - The company was launched in 2015 when the founders took note of the densely populated commercial interiors industry and realized while the industry has focused on product innovation, it has neglected process innovation.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Your Team Will Never Walk Alone When You Model Behavior for Them"
  •   Stephen Says - "Two Week's Notice is an Old Wives' Tale! It Does Not Exist and Never Has" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - One Legacy West's Communal Space – Dallas
  •   BoF NEWS - Safco Moving Mayline Production to Iowa When the sale is complete, the company will transfer manufacturing from the leased facility in Sheboygan to the newly purchased Iowa facility during 2018.
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Reports Second Quarter Orders at Record Levels Strong demand levels were a clear highlight of the quarter, as orders reflected an all-time record level for the company and grew 10% organically compared to the same quarter last year.
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Sales Up, Resumes Dividend / AIA: Architecture Billings Post Strong Growth in November
  •   Whiteboard - The Future of Workplace Design: The FETCH Model / Hospitality Comes to the Office / Anticipating the Workplace Needs of Generation Z
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Keilhauer
  •   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 13, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: From Science to Style, Geiger Taper Chair Redefines New High Performance Executive Category - Because of how it was designed, Geiger's Taper chair is different from any other executive chair and any other task chair.
  •   BREAKING: Knoll Announces Plan to Acquire Muuto - Knoll will pay $300 million in cash for the Scandinavian brand. Muuto products pair seamlessly with the range of modern Knoll designs.
  •   Science of Product Design: Innovation in Commercial Furnishings - In this month's article — the final one in this series — the sponsor would like to share what it is doing to leverage new technologies, science and data to drive product design.
  •   HNI to Close Paoli After 91 Years in Business - The plant will begin phasing out operations in January with the process expected to take about a year to complete. "We want to be very transparent in this process to help our people transition."
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "A Christmas Gift That Keeps On Giving"
  •   Stephen Says - "Bosses Who Refuse to Embrace Technology Lose Talent -- Especially Millennials. It’s that Simple." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - naked Hub Coworking – Hong Kong
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Sales Sink 15.7%, Posts Loss for Second Quarter / Steelcase Provides Bleak Preview of Upcoming Quarterly Report; Confident Sales Will Turn Around in Quarter Ahead / lauckgroup Designs a New Office with an Emphasis on Company Culture / dancker Unveils Engaging Experience Center
  •   Whiteboard - What Is Ergonomics and Why Does It Matter? / Shifts in occupier behavior and attitudes to real estate / Agile Working
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Egan, HBF, ICF Group 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 - December 6, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Teknion Leads the Way Downtown in LA - From the 41st floor of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper, visitors to Teknion's showroom can see the Hollywood sign, and on a clear day, all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
  •   The Thinking Behind Steelcase's New Munich Hub - Steelcase's new Learning + Innovation Center is just under 40 kilometers from Munich International Airport and is an eight- to 10-minute walk to the main train station. It is near the Königsplatz and the Siegestor gate.
  •   X-Chair Marks the Spot - The X-Chair is a nice looking chair, but not spectacular in its design. It is a fairly typical looking mesh chair. It is comfortable, works well and is sturdy, but it won't win any design awards; an attractive seat, but not a darling of the design community.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Six Trends for 2018 that Could Provide You with More Sales and Marketing Success Stories"
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Canceling Your Holiday Party Because Matt Lauer Was Fired? You Have a Bigger Problem" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Glassdoor Offices – Chicago
  •   BoF NEWS - Boss Design sets the scene at Wates HQ
  •   Whiteboard - Using the Nuances of Collaboration to Drive Innovation / Providing and Encouraging Purpose at Work / How Technology Can Transform Workplace Humanity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Arper, Arc-Com, Innovations, Carnegie, Maharam 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

Workplaces Magazine - December/January, 2018

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: STEELCASE WORK-LIFE LOUNGE, GERALD R. FORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - I once stood in front of a trash can at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and used the flat top of the bin as a makeshift standing-height desk, my laptop and wrists sitting on the same spot that probably held countless sticky Starbucks coffee spills and discarded Chick-fil-A wrappers. I know the importance of being able to get some work done in an airport.
  •   COLUMN: THE FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE - Every employee and every organization needs a flexible workplace. Unless, of course, they are in an industry impervious to technological and demographic change, in a business with surplus capital that's not expanding or contracting, with customers who are completely satisfied and employees who all work the same way, have no life outside of work and want to keep doing the same forever.
  •   HAUTE OFFICE IN THE HEARTLAND: WONDERFUL WORKPLACES AREN'T JUST ON THE COASTS - Columbus, Indiana, is an architectural Valhalla that rises out of the rolling farm fields of central Indiana and is home to Cummins. The company has 9,000 employees in a radius of a few blocks spread across a number of buildings — almost all of them architectural treasures.
  •   MAKE WORK PLAYFUL, BUT STILL PRODUCTIVE - If your company has only recently moved to a more relaxed atmosphere, it's particularly important to apply the principles of change management to games.
  •   AN ARMY MARCHES ON ITS STOMACH: HOW FAMILY-STYLE MEALS BOOST CAMARADERIE AND PRODUCTIVITY IN THE OFFICE - When people come together for a meal, good things happen — conversation, laughter, a sense of community.
  •   DO GOOD: GLOBAL BRAND STRATEGIST ANNE BAHR THOMPSON DISCUSSES HER BOOK ON BRAND - Citizenship, How Companies Espouse It to Enhance Profit and Purpose Brand citizenship also embraces the notion that work doesn't have to be the enemy of life, as the concept of work-life balance advertises.
  •   CAN A BAD BOSS MAKE YOU HAPPY - This new study is thought to be one of the first to investigate how the negative relationship between emotional exhaustion and happiness can be reversed.
  •   ATTRACTING MILLENNIAL EMPLOYEES: HOW A DMS BRINGS BETTER TALENT TO YOUR BUSINESS - For the millennial worker, flexibility in the work schedule is more important than ever.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - S2S By ESI / Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook / Logitech K350 Keyboard
  •   ENDMATTER | TRIA COMPLETES BIOTECH HQ - Oncorus's new headquarters features an efficient and flexible workspace that supports the company's scientific research mission and reflects the company's branding and culture.

Business of Furniture - November 29, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Healthcare Design Stitches Up Market in Orlando - The Healthcare Design Expo and Conference continues to be a favorite among its attendees, from architects to educators to furniture dealers and more.
  •   Bisley Creates Bespoke Storage Facilities for Historic School - Bisley manufactured and installed brightly colored bespoke fitted furniture for every room in the new school.
  •   Special-T Launches LINK - The LINK promises to be the answer for those looking for a smartly design, affordable conference/learning, education flip-top table.
  •   Steelcase to Acquire AMQ Solutions - The acquisition is expected to help Steelcase provide a broader range of price points to meet existing customer needs and serve additional customers globally.
  •   Stylish and Speedy, MASHstudios Unveils New Furniture Line to Help Companies Express Their Brands - READYMADE was inspired by the clients that came to MASHstudios wanting the commercially produced aesthetic but didn't have the time or budget to invest in furniture from a giant.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "So You Decided to Pull on Superman's Cape"
  •   Stephen Says - "Hiring Managers Really Do Check References: My Tips" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Education Credit Management Corp. – Oakdale
  •   BoF NEWS - BIFMA 360° Planned for Miami / Allsteel's Los Angeles Showroom awarded Gold Certification by the international WELL Building Institute / Teknion Honored With a Pair of 2017 Green Good Design Awards
  •   Whiteboard - Well-Designed Workspaces have a Direct Effect on Productivity / What will my office look like in the future of work? / Why Open-Plan Offices Don't Work (And Some Alternatives That Do)
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Coalesse and TK Studio
  •   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 22, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Creates New Spaces for Gerald R. Ford International Airport - Designing across generations and traveler types provided an innovative challenge for the Steelcase team as it aimed to create a positive experience tailored to each traveler.
  •   NeoCon East is Dead, but theMART is Already Planning its Replacement - Show organizers from theMART announced to exhibitors the 2017 edition of NeoCon East would be the last, though they are going to revive it in some way, shape or form in 2019 after collecting input from the industry.
  •   Lectra's New Virga a Cut Above the Rest - Lectra hosted its 4th annual VIP event, "Industry 4.0 Furniture Goes Digital." This year's attendance was the largest, and not everyone who wanted to attend could.
  •   Real Estate Trends Spark Analysis of Furniture Trends - The ability to create well thought out spaces that adjust to current and future needs of clients is an art and one that requires a vast understanding of the changing atmosphere and foresight into future needs.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Bet on Your Jockeys, Not Your Horses"
  •   Stephen Says - "Juliet Has a Job, Will Romeo Understand?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MobilityWare Offices – Irvine
  •   Whiteboard - Rethink Office Layouts to Improve Workers' Health / Workspace and Productivity / Should Millennials Prepare for Generation Z In The Workplace?
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Poppin, BuzziSpace and Davis
  •   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 15, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CBRE Furniture Forum Wraps Up a Year-Long Study - In a post-event survey 80 percent of respondents said they learned something new, while 87 percent said they would try something new in their own furniture process as a result of the discussion.
  •   Variety in the Workplace - With a workforce that includes all generations from baby boomers and Gen X workers to millennials and Gen Z employees, offices should incorporate a range of spaces that accommodate the diverse preferences and working habits found across generations.
  •   BREAKING NEWS: Fellowes Acquires ESi - The combination of Fellowes Brands and ESi advances Fellowes Brands' strategic expansion toward broad business solutions that help professionals be at their best through organization, productivity and wellness.
  •   Configura Conference Held in Las Vegas - Configura takes its conferences seriously by taking what it learns from users at the event and making its product better.
  •   NeoCon East Opens Today: What Kind of Show Will We See - As NeoCon East opens today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, many in the industry are watching and waiting to see what this event becomes.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Give Your Clients Recipes and They Will Invite You to Dinner"
  •   Stephen Says - "A Headhunter's Secret Tip List for Electronic Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - AMC Networks Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - Walker, Hackett Featured Speakers at Michigan CEO Summit in Detroit / DIRTT launches multi-user virtual reality app for construction; explore and modify before you build / Highlights from SuperDesign at the Architecture & Design Film Festival
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from SpecialT, Kimball, Camira and Byrne
  •   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 8, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: October: Furniture Industry Remains Solid - The survey measures the business activity of the commercial (office, education, health care and hospitality) furniture industry and its suppliers. It was completed during October 2017.
  •   Steelcase's Keane Leads Panel About how to Employ Design Thinking - Keane and his colleagues have used in design thinking, highlighting design thinking as part of a thought process to create change and movement within an organization.
  •   EDspaces Continues to Grow - EDspaces was a 3-day show filled with educational sessions, a very lively exhibit floor, facility tours and networking events, like the "Nothing But Net(working)" at EDfest.
  •   Science of Product Design: Innovation in Commercial Furnishings - The innovation process is necessarily an iterative process. An innovative idea is sparked. Blood, sweat and tears are the work required for it to become reality. At some point, it reaches the market.
  •   Mind Into Matter: How the Psychology of Color Impacts Allseating's Design Process and Products - Based on extensive research, color and its intensity have proven to influence employee mood — a finding important to both employers and designers.
  •   Connectrac Connects Pittsburgh Airport - Airports are going through a revolution similar to offices. Instead of simply installing banks of seats at gates, airports are beginning to think about different uses for different areas, depending on how long the traveler will be in that space.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "And You Thought You Were Finished"
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Leave So Quickly! Find Your Place in Interiors!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - AdGear Offices – Montreal
  •   BoF NEWS - DIRTT Announces Record Q3 Revenue / Kimball International Reports First Quarter Sales Decline / 'Severely Constrained' Economy can be Fixed by Millennial Productivity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Boss Design, Bretford and ERG International
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - November, 2017

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - Engine Coffee, 331 Huangpi Nan Lu, Xintiandi, Shanghai, China. What I found: It's not easy to find fast, efficient public Wi-Fi in China, even in the mega-city's hippest neighborhood, Xintiandi. At S. Engine, good coffee was plentiful. Easy-to-access internet and a comfortable place to work was not.
  •   FLEXJOBS IDENTIFIES THE TOP 10 CAREER FIELDS FOR FLEXIBLE JOBS - With the number of U.S. job postings reaching an all-time high recently, and seasonal holiday hiring in full swing, there are many opportunities for job seekers to explore. To help those job seekers interested in finding flexible jobs, FlexJobs has identified the top 10 job categories with the most flexible job postings in the FlexJobs 2017 database. A "flexible job" is defined as a professional-level job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time or freelance component.
  •   ANALOG WORKPLACE - THE COUNTER-CULTURE - Oh technology, will we always have a love-hate relationship with each other? The constant beeping and screen gazing is great when there are loved ones to stay in touch with or high school friends to stalk. But our devices can quickly feel like the loved one who's overstayed a welcome. Balance is hard.
  •   BCG HUDSON YARDS OFFICE PROVES BIGGER CAN BE BETTER - The new BCG offices at 10 Hudson Yards work because of the detail in the office design. Stairways connect collaborative areas in the office where employees are empowered to work. Wood and casual furniture soften the modern new office space. Technology is used throughout to make it easier to book unassigned desks and conference rooms.
  •   KITCHEN WISDOM MOVING INTO THE OFFICE : USING MISE EN PLACE TO INCREASE WORKER PRODUCTIVITY - All the best chefs in the world use a system called mise en place, a French term meaning everything in its place. It's about being well prepared before the restaurant opens or before cooking a recipe — ingredients collected, prepped or measured, pans in place, an orderly plan for the day. The technique is taking root in office settings, too.
  •   THINKING ABOUT DESIGNING YOUR WORKPLACE AROUND MILLENNIALS? STOP! - A lot of ink has been spilled about millennials, their "unique" characteristics and how best to attract, engage and support them in the workplace. The research is vast, and viewpoints are abundant.
  •   WINE SEMINARS UNCORK COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION - The success of Watson's seminars are highly dependent on the group she is working with and their ability to interact with their senses and one another.
  •   WHY BEING INTERRUPTED IS MOST LIKELY YOUR FAULT - It is time for a self-check-in if you are falling victim to the interruptions.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER
  •   DESIGN FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING SUMMIT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  •   ENDMATTER | FOSTER + PARTNERS - JUST COMPLETED

Business of Furniture - November 1, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: The HON Company New York City Showroom Relocates to Tin Pan Alley - The new facility is full of a variety of furniture vignettes and spirited color palettes, including a fabric and finish display that takes inspiration from the landscape of HON's hometown in Muscatine, Iowa.
  •   Workplace Analytics as a Powerful Tool for Innovation - Work hasn't changed much since the post-industrial World War II revolution, with many of today's workplaces still operating similar to assembly lines.
  •   Zoom.ai Hits Ground Running with New Personal Assistant Platform - Does having a personal assistant seem like a dream? There's one company making it a reality for all employees in the contemporary workplace.
  •   Configura User Conference Begins Next Week - The event will be held once again in Las Vegas, the site of the original CET Designer User & Developer Conference (it was held in Grand Rapids and Orlando in the years in between).
  •   BoF News - Market-Ready Solutions Awaits NeoCon East Attendees
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Are Your Customers Making You Better?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Have You Ever Seen a CEO in Sweatpants? Me Neither!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Retail Design Collaborative Offices – Long Beach
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Custer Expansion / Koleksiyon's Design Award / Allsteel's Jan Johnson Speaker at Corenet Summit / Khameleon New Cloud Solution / National names Allan Klotsche as its New President / Premier Office Solutions adds to Team / Spellman Brady Promotes Jen Sheehan / Puccini Group Names Three New Studio Directors / IDSA Members Elected to WDO Board / Mike Tucker Named President of Association / Sruthi Srinivasan / Daniel F. Pepersack
  •   Whiteboard - Three Rules For Creating Workplace Rituals To Improve Company Culture / Research Says Companies That Do This One Thing Increase Worker Productivity by 25 Percent / 2018 Workspace Trends
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from National and ERG
  •   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 25, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Karton: Is the World Ready for Furniture Made Out of Cardboard? - The design firm behind Karton is responsible for some of the most original and imitated pieces of cardboard furniture.
  •   Configura Opens New Grand Rapids Headquarters - The new office is triple the size, giving Configura room to grow even more. And it is much better suited to the collaborative nature of software design.
  •   How One Company is Driving Innovation in the Furniture-Buying Process - Swivelfly works on a subscription model, with payment based on the number of employees in an office.
  •   Emagispace: It's Like Legos for the Office - EmagiBlocks work perfectly for creating space on movie sets and in the office, but they also work well for trade show booths and disaster relief — really interior construction of all kinds.
  •   Saloni WorldWide Moscow 2017 Ends on High Note After Squaring Up to Russian Market - This year marked the 13th edition of the Salone Satellite WorldWide Moscow, involving 37 young designers from Russia and the former Soviet Republics.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Focus On What Matters. Leave the Rest"
  •   Stephen Says - "You Really Love Your Job? For Some People That Might Be Hard to Believe" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - Knoll Reports Flat Third Quarter Results / HNI Corporation Sales Grew 2% in the Third Quarter
  •   PLACES - Kpler Offices – Le Sentier - Paris, France
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Allseating Fundraising Initiative / ICF New Dallas Showroom / Ultrafabrics Earns Certification / WIPP Awards Recognize Sen. Joni Ernst & Exceptional Women Leaders / Allsteel at Greenbuild 2017 / KAI Design & Build Hires Kennedy Yanko / Camira Adds to Sales Team / Luxor Announces Paul Roche as President / Usman Tariq HDR's LA Studio / KAI Design & Build Hires Three
  •   Whiteboard - Suburban Offices Are Cool Again / Building a Culture of Creativity that Unites the Physical and Digital Workplaces / Psychology in the Workplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Humanscale, Waddell, Chief, Wolf-Gordon, Brentano and Carnegie
  •   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 18, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Workrite 'Family' Devastated by California Fires - Several Workrite employees lost their homes. Luckily, none of those employees lost their lives.
  •   A BOLD Move in New York City - Crye Precision was looking for a height-adjustable desk for its offices but didn't want one that would look the same as everyone else's.
  •   Inspired by an Illustrious Past, COCO Adapts to Serve a New Generation - Built in 1903 and spanning an entire city block, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange was a marketplace to promote fair trade of wheat, oats and corn.
  •   BoF Top News - Goodmans Acquires WORKspaces in Phoenix / Inscape and West Elm Workspace Renew Partnership
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Create Compelling Messages Your Clients Can't Ignore"
  •   Stephen Says - "Changing Your Career? It's Easier Than You Think" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Airbnb HQ Expansion – San Francisco
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - OMT-Veyhl USA Hosts Three Schools / Workwell Partners Hope For The Warriors / National Office Donates Benches / Versa Wallcovering Taps Metro to Distribute / Inscape Vice President of Marketing / Spellman Brady Hires Samantha Golden / Richard M. Miller Joins Hoefer Wysocki / IDSA Executive Director to Retire
  •   Whiteboard - Make Your Workplace Data Work for You: Keys for Data-Informed Strategies / How the WELL Building Standard Is Changing HOK's Approach to Design / Office Design Could be Affecting Staff Performance
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from LightArt, Kirei and Keilhauer
  •   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 11, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CBRE Furniture Forum Seeks to Solve Client Pain Points with Explorations in Multiple Cities - What started as an industry-wide discussion in one market has extended, and the conversation is getting deeper and increasingly thought-provoking.
  •   Bisley Opens Expanded Big Apple Showroom - Over the last three years, Bisley has secured clients like Unilever, L'Oreal, Verizon and Uber, and is currently working on projects across North America.
  •   Havenly Makes Design Accessible to All - Technology offers new opportunities through innovation, and the furniture industry is tapping in. While technological advances seem more apparent, the contract furniture segment demonstrates both sides of the market can learn from each other.
  •   THE SCIENCE OF PRODUCT DESIGN - Product Design for the Circular Economy - The office furniture industry has a long track record of leading the way in learning how to care for this little round ball we call "home." A MONTHLY SERIES SPONSORED BY LOGICDATA
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Making Your Pitch a Conversation"
  •   Stephen Says - "Are Your Employees Trying to Extort You for More Money? Fire Them!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Guest Opinion - "Why I Cringe at the 'Dealer Label'" - by Scott Lesizza
  •   BoF News - Dancker Acquires Office Furniture Partnership / Flexsteel Breaks Ground on Dubuque Manufacturing Facility
  •   PLACES - The Points Guy Offices – New York City
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Peopledesign 20 Years / CIFF Shanghai 2017 Dynamism / Allsteel and Henricksen Host Event / National Receives Navy Purchasing Agreement / U.S. Green Building Council Climate Leadership Awards / in2design Announces New Rep / Two Join Kentwood Office
  •   Whiteboard - When Working From Home Doesn't Works / The Office Gets Remade, Again / The True Cost of Noise
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Boss Design, Lux Lighting, HBF, Poppin, Obex, Smith & Fong, Arc-Com, Wolf-Gordon, Pallas Textiles, Unika Vaev and Magnuson Group
  •   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 4, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: London Design Festival Stretches Across City - With more than 400 events stretching across the capital from Decorex in Syon Park in the west to the edgier Shoreditch Design Triangle in the city's east end, it is only possible for a person to scratch this nine-day event's surface.
  •   Event Focuses on Empathy in Design - Empathy is an important component of the design thinking process used to solve complex problems in the world.
  •   Lacing Things Up at Zappos: A Look Inside One of the Most Innovative Offices and How it Works - From the entrance of the Zappos headquarters, the culture is immediately felt and seen. To enter any part of the office, employees and guests must go through doors in a semicircular courtyard, encouraging interaction among those entering and leaving the office.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "What are Your Customers' Unanswered Questions?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Be Embarrassed of Your Retail Job, and Definitely Don't Leave it Off Your Resume" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Trend Micro Offices – Austin, Texas
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Interior Workplace Solutions Acquires Creative Business Interiors / 109 Brands in Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai / Miller Named for Leadership in Family Benefits / Artopex Launches New Website / Poppin Signs Lease / "Last call" to enter CET Designer Awards / in2design New Rep Group / KAI Assembles New Interior Design Team / KI Names Bryan Ballegeer as Regional Education Leader / Indiana Furniture New VP Chad Nord / Kimball Personnel Addition / The Buildings Show
  •   Whiteboard - Moving Beyond Open Plan Spaces / Why we need to Design Work to feel like an Experience and not like a Transaction / The Benefits of Ancillary Spaces in the Modern Workplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Buzzispace, Carnegie 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

Workplaces Magazine - October, 2017

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - Often while traveling there can be a few extra hours between checking out of the hotel and the flight home. This was the case with a recent trip to Las Vegas after the National Ergonomics Conference when I had a couple of hours to kill. As a fan of strawberry milkshakes and having a need to get caught up on emails, I set out to find a place that would fill both needs.
  •   MICROSOFT ENVISION HIGHLIGHTS STEELCASE CREATIVE SPACES - Jim Keane, Steelcase CEO, and Ryan Gavin, General Manager of Microsoft Surface, demonstrated the power of integrating space and technology. Often, organizations think about real estate and technology strategies separately. By working together, Steelcase and Microsoft have created a holistic solution to empower people and organizations to be more creative.
  •   MODULAR CONSTRUCTION - SAVING BIG - Building large structures is a feat. The amount of time, money, and materials can be measured on a monumental scale. What if there was a better, more efficient way? Increasingly, there is. With prefabricated construction becoming commonplace, the ability to bring down costs is very real.
  •   WILLIS TOWER TRANSFORMATION IS WORKER FOCUSED - The 33rd and 34th floors are finished and have been transformed into spectacular tenant floors — a combination of informal meeting areas, a cafe and bar, conference room and fitness center. Work begins this fall on the 66th and 67th floors that will include more tenant-only facilities with a slightly more upscale fit and finish for the professional firms that fill the higher floors of the building.
  •   AN OFFICE OASIS FOR FOCUSED WORK - Collaborative environments have become the gold standard across virtually every business sector, but sometimes open layouts can ignore the very real need for quality monotasking. Workers can benefit from a change of scenery when they want to block out unwanted noise and interruptions.
  •   THE BIRTH OF A BOSS OFFICE CHAIR: TRINETIC EXPLAINED - "There's not been a massive amount of innovation in the task chair sector over the course of the last 20 years, and I think that if we, as an industry of designers, are brutally honest with ourselves, we've all just spent 20 years evolving the Aeron concept."
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at ZOOM Cloud Meetings, Office FootFidget, the MicroSoft Arc Touch Mouse and the Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball.
  •   WHAT WE LEARNED: CIFF SHANGHAI - The market in China is shifting slightly from an outward focus to an inward focus. Chinese office furniture makers understand there is money to be made making furniture for North American and European brands, but also by focusing on the increasingly sophisticated domestic market.
  •   ENDMATTER - ICONIC CHICAGO POST OFFICE GETS A LONG-AWAITED RENOVATION BY GENSLER It is currently the largest redevelopment in the United States.

Business of Furniture - September 27, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: KI Outfits Sports Med Facility in Titletown - If Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twists an ankle at Lambeau Field, he doesn't have to hobble very far to find one of the most state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities in the world — and it's outfitted almost completely with KI furniture.
  •   Coworking Gains Footing in Shanghai at Naked Hub - Naked Hub is part of the Naked Group, which was established in 2007 and is focused on lifestyle and hospitality products, from unique eco-friendly resorts to immersive learning to creative workspaces.
  •   Will Contract Furniture Embrace eCommerce? - In a recent conversation with a young specifier over coffee, she shared her frustrations with contract furniture manufacturers' selling process.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "That All You Got?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Love Me or Hate Me, You're Gonna Need Me" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Playster Offices – Montreal
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Sales Decline
    Reported net sales in the quarter totaled $580.3 million, a decrease of 3.1% from the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Allsteel Named Winner / Nation Receives Award / NeoCon East / ASID Board / GVSU Design / Zeftron Nylon Website / Schroeder Solutions Expands
  •   Whiteboard - Outdoor Space? Yes, please! / People who work in coworking spaces believe they are more productive / Office Makeovers may be Needed; Millennials want Flexible Spaces
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from HBF 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 - September 20, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: What We Learned: CIFF Shanghai - What you think you know about the Chinese office furniture industry is almost certainly wrong or at least changing. The Chinese furniture market of the past was focused on serving the North American and European manufacturers. Now it is heading to market with ideas of its own and has turned toward serving the end user.
  •   Steelcase to Partner with FLOS; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams - The relationships with the two companies will give Steelcase dealers easier access to the ancillary products becoming more and more important in the industry.
  •   Out of Darkness Came Light: Sensitile Interactive Lighting Surfaces Designed to Engage and Delight - For Abhinand Lath, out of the darkness came light. To which he added shadow and created a sense of movement.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "I'll be your CAD Monkey .... Just Keep the Checks Coming"
  •   Stephen Says - "Your President Can't Commute By Plane! If They Won't Move Their Lives, They Shouldn't Get the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Echo Global Logistics Offices – Chicago
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Reports Flat Second Quarter Results
    The current quarter reflected increased discounting and incentives, higher commodity costs, investments in support of product development and manufacturing agility, and unfavorable shifts in business mix.
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Reports Improved Results
    Strong order rates in spring and early summer translated into profitable revenue growth for the second quarter and first six months.
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Trendway Employees Support Hurricane Survivors / Karndean Designflooring Hurricane Relief / SurfaceWorks Awarded Purchasing Group Contract / Knú Contract | La-Z-Boy Meets BIFMA Certification / National Office Furniture Recognized / Level Reps & Flipside Join ESI / Kimball Personnel Addition / MRL New President
  •   Whiteboard - Approachable Technology in the Workplace / It's the Workplace, but not as We Know It / What Workplaces Can Learn From College Campuses
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Okamura 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 - September 13, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CIFF Off to Strong Start in Shanghai - CIFF started its four-day run Monday with larger crowds and smarter office furniture offerings than the first three years after organizers moved it to China's largest and most cosmopolitan city.
  •   CIFF Gala Celebrates Two Decades and Two Cities - The Chinese International Furniture Fair, CIFF, kicked off Sunday night with an opening gala commemorating 20 years of CIFF and its 40th session.
  •   LinkedIn's Innovative Approach to Health and Wellness - As a direct result of these wellness initiatives, LinkedIn has found 75 percent of its employees feel more loyal to their company.
  •   Putting Technology Into Our Furniture, or... The Science of Product Design - There have been two opposing camps in the argument concerning whether or not commercial furniture manufacturers should integrate technology into their products.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "What About Your Project and Design Feedback Loop?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Hurricane Distracting You At Work? Help However You Can!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Pageant Media Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Announces Fiscal Year 2018 First Quarter Sales Fell / Landscape Forms Acquires Kornegay Design
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Wilsonart to Acquire KML / NeoCon 2018 Call For Presentation / Los Angeles Building Expo / La-Z-Boy Healthcare - Knú Contract Awarded GPO Contract / 3form Names VP / Megan Winters Joins Kentwood / Michael Wildermuth Joins Vocon
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Designers Embrace Technology and Data to Benefit Workers / No Need To Worry About Robots Replacing Human Workers? Look At History / When Less is More and Less is a Bore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Kimball
  •   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 6, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Clarus Glassboards Spearheads Effort to Help Houston Hurricane Victims - For a company like Clarus Glassboards that is based in Texas, the catastrophic hurricane truly hits home. Clarus is challenging the industry to step up and help those suffering in Houston with a call to action. The company is "putting our money where our mouth is," matching every dollar donated until it reaches its $250,000 goal.
  •   AIS Settles Into Renovated Facility in Leominster, Massachusetts - The recently renovated factory and office space is headquarters to the $175 million office furniture company that proudly calls New England its home.
  •   CIFF Returns to Shanghai - CIFF is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the theme "Better Life, Better Work." "Create a Lively Workspace" is the name of the pavilions dedicated to office furniture, which is proving to be one of the largest and most important showcases in eastern China.
  •   ErgoExpo Educates: Proper Ergonomics can Increase Bottom Line - At this year's National Ergonomics Conference, ergonomists from around the globe learned how ergonomics also means an increase in employee productivity which can add to the company's bottom line.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "A Transparent Culture Changes Everything"
  •   Stephen Says - "Not Getting Interviews? It's Your Resume, Stupid!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Northland Controls Offices – Milpitas
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Spec Planting Trees / J+J Certified as Zero Waste / IDEC Awarded Chilewich Education Award / Washington, DC Named First LEED Platinum City / Solomon Coyle Dealer Training / New Sales Director Joins NeoCon / Baresque USA hires Douglas Shantz
  •   Whiteboard - Five Smart Building Features Transforming Today's Workplace / Confirmed: Good Workplace Design Fosters Innovation / That was then - This is now
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from eko
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2017

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - It is a cute place, but Little Cupcake Bakeshop is definitely not set up for a mobile worker. There are a few marble tables pleasant enough to work on for a short spell, but I could find no plugs along the wall for charging a laptop or phone.
  •   THE NEXT DRIVER OF WORKPLACE DESIGN? COLLEGE STUDENTS - Young professionals have spent the last four to six years on college campuses, where they've been socializing, studying and working. Fast-forward to graduation. Their expectations for corporate work environments are strikingly different than the average workplace in which they will start their professional careers.
  •   CAPITAL ONE WORK ENVIRONMENT SURVEY FINDS PROFESSIONALS WANT CHOICES TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY - The Capital One survey asked 2,500 full-time office professionals to share their preferences and priorities when it comes to workplace design, environment and benefits. They were given questions about what workplace features are most important to them, if their office accommodates their preferred work styles and how important workplace design is relative to the location of the office.
  •   IF SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING HERE ARE 7 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER WORKFORCE - Most companies still haven't taken some of the easiest steps to attract and retain great people while simultaneously improving the health and productivity of their workforce.
  •   IS YOUR JOB SAFE FROM AUTOMATION? NOPE. (BUT THERE IS HOPE) - Are American communities vulnerable to automation? Yes, they are, but that's not necessarily a bad thing according to Dr. Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.
  •   SMARTDOLLAR MAKES SENSE OF FINANCIAL WELLNESS FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE WORKPLACE - Within the workforce, plenty of generational differences exist between millennials, Generation X and baby boomers, including discussing the issue of money in the office. According to surveys by SmartDollar, today millennials actually expect their employers to assist them with financial education.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at the Mophie powerstation USB-C XXL, Tech Armor MacBook Pro Privacy Screen Protector, and Liquid-Armour, a product to help protect your various screens from being scratched.
  •   HOW A FURNITURE SHOW IN SHANGHAI WILL SHAPE YOUR OFFICE - Chances are furniture being shown this month in Shanghai will end up in your office and home. Other shows might better define trends in the office, but CIFF is where those trends become actual pieces of furniture.
  •   ENDMATTER: IN MEMORIAM: MAX DE PREE, 1924-2017 - The last member of a generation that helped usher in modern design in the workplace, passed away.

Business of Furniture - August 30, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: MyResourceLibrary Releases Latest Version; Continues to Gain Momentum - The new version is a massive reboot of the online catalog that has gained serious traction in the industry in recent years.
  •   ErgoExpo 2017 - The conference and expo, held last week in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center, was sparsely attended despite a larger venue.
  •   Kickoff of the CBRE Washington D.C. Furniture Forum Uncovers Consistent Challenges - Participation on this panel was extended to key individuals recommended by industry peers as well-respected, knowledgeable in the furniture process and most importantly: open-minded.
  •   Capital One Work Environment Survey Finds Professionals Want Choices to Inspire Creativity - The Capital One survey asked 2,500 full-time office professionals to share their preferences and priorities when it comes to workplace design, environment and benefits.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Is Being Remarkable Still Possible?"
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Lazy Boss Phoning It In? Here's What to Do" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Jellyfish Offices – London
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Haworth Awarded / Kimball Welcomes New Dealer / Contemporary Office Interiors Acquires Workplace Resource / LearnLaunch and EDmarket Collaborate / Powder Coat Line Will Increase Efficiency at OMT-Veyhl USA / Designtex Events During New York Textile Month / Landscape Forms New Hires / AIS Announces Additions / New Sales Rep for Cortina Leathers / MAC Contract Joins izzy+ / NIHD Selects HDR for Research Grant
  •   Whiteboard - Millennials Opening the Doors to Communal Modern Workspaces / Barclays using Sensors in Workplace as Cost-Cutting Measure / What Douglas Adams can Teach us about Workplace Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from HBF & Space Copenhagen, Quartertwenty, Brentano and 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 - August 23, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: North American Innovation Design Series Ready to Expand in 2018 - The first North American Innovation Exhibition is prompting the organizers to gather the best and brightest companies in London again in May 2018 — and expand the initiative to other important global markets.
  •   Eclipse 2017 Watching - Work everywhere took a back seat to eclipse watching on Monday. It was a beautiful day to get out of the office, breathe some fresh air and watch the sun disappear for a few minutes.
  •   Enwork sees more Competition as Opportunity to Improve - Though Enwork was one of the first to really push height-adjustable tables in North America, it certainly isn't alone today.
  •   Cycle of Life: Why Using Recyclable Materials is No Longer Enough to Protect the Environment - The world is clogging up with its own discarded plastic. This is despite the fact some of the most common sources of this waste are made from ostensibly recyclable materials.
  •   Materiality Just as Important as Design in the Office - Coalesse, Steelcase's high-design brand, has evolved into a mindset — they build the products but leave it up to the designer and customer to really put their stamp on it.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Buckle Up: You will Soon be Designing to Accommodate Something You Can't See"
  •   Stephen Says - "Can Getting Drunk One Night Follow You Forever?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) June 2017 Report
  •   PLACES - Dealer Tire Offices – Cleveland
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Teknion Partners with DFurniture / Humanscale Net-Positive Future / Kimball Welcomes Dealer / Industry West HQ Expansion / Teknion Showrooms LEED Certified / Obex Binder Goes To The Cloud / IOA Representation Changes / HPFi New Representation / Inscape Additions / Kimball Addition / Film highlights of ADFF:NY
  •   Whiteboard - How Workplace Design Shapes and Reflects Organizational Hierarchies / Secure Rooms: Taking Privacy to a Whole New Level in the Office / Mobilizing the Workplace to Attract and Retain Employees
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from HON, Maharam 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 - August 16, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: OMT Veyhl Continues West Michigan Expansion - Advanced machinery helps OMT Veyhl keep costs competitive with the flood of overseas manufacturers coming into North America with height-adjustable products.
  •   In Memoriam: Max De Pree 1924-2017 - During his tenure as the chief executive, Herman Miller nearly tripled its sales, erected architecturally striking new buildings and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and beyond.
  •   How Young is Too Young for Sit-Stand? - Because of the ergonomic and health benefits they deliver, standing desks are now ubiquitous in office environments, higher education and right on down to elementary schools.
  •   ErgoExpo Moves from Ancient Rome to Paris (Las Vegas) - The National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo has increased in size so much since it started in 1994, this year it will have to move to a new home. Held annually in Las Vegas, the event will start Tuesday and run through Aug. 25.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "What Industry Experts are Saying About Who Could be Your Best Sales Guides"
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's Rules to Interview Follow-ups: They Must Be Sent Within 24 Hours" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - NeoCon East Builds on NeoCon Momentum with 4 Powerful Keynotes
  •   PLACES - Wearable tech company in San Francisco
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Kimball Certified / ASID Business Conditions Webinar / China's Sinolinear Launches HumanMotion / National Receives REACH Award / Systems Inventory of Steelcase Sit Stand Desks / Staffelbach Merges into Minneapolis-based DLR Group
  •   Whiteboard - Meaningful Workplace Decisions Require Accurate Data / Seven ways in which Flexible Working is making our Lives more Rigid / The latest RAND survey paints a disturbing portrait of the American workplace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from Innovations Design Studio, Marcel Wanders, Unika Vaev and Lux
  •   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 9, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Vioski Breaking into Contract Soft Seating Market - Vioski didn't enter the contract market as much as they were pulled into it. The company has a unique style that fits well in the contract market — what Vioski calls "new century modern," a contemporary twist on mid-century modern styling.
  •   Symmetry Office Balances Price with Performance for Success - Symmetry is just seven years old, but has succeeded by creating niche products dealers can blend into their offers — products with more margin and products more focused on the changing office.
  •   brightspot Helps Create Engaging Workplaces - A bright spot has arrived. It is a New York-based firm that fits somewhere in the middle of the industry by finding ways to increase productivity and engagement at some of the country's top companies.
  •   The Science of Product Design (A Monthly Series Sponsored by LOGICDATA) - AI and EI Taking the Product Design Process to Another Level - Being an industrial designer in the office furniture industry has never been easy. And while it is not going to get any easier, it is moving to a higher plane.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "How Do We Turn What We Know into What We Do?"
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Asking If It's Okay to Hook Up Online During the Work Day? Are You Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF News - July Furniture Industry Index Is Up Again! / Kimball sees Sales Climb 5% Year-over-Year / DIRTT Announces Q2 Revenue Growth and Value Increase on Major Contract
  •   PLACES - Irish bank AIB in Dublin, Ireland
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Configura Announces Details of 10th Annual CET Conference / DARRAN Furniture Participates in White House Small Business Event / OFM Website Launched / National Office Furniture Receives ISO Certification / American Society of Interior Designers Announces Awardees / Chris Latham joins Carnegie
  •   Whiteboard - Can't Stand Your Obnoxiously Noisy Office? 4 Architects Share Their Quiet Hacks / New Workplace Design Trends Promote Well-Being, Collaboration And Flexibility / The state of the workplace right now? Everywhere and nowhere, baby
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from HBF, Magnuson Group
  •   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 2, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Egan Has New Owners; New Focus on the Future - Longtime Egan executive Sean Brown and a small group of investors purchased Egan and have big plans for the Toronto-area company. Even though Egan is celebrating its 50 year anniversary with its "Egan 50" tag, inside the company another motto is circulating: "50 Forward," a call to action for its employees and promise to its customers that Egan isn't resting on its past.
  •   Officeworks Acquires Workplace Environments - Officeworks purchased Workplace Environments from Sherri Krensel and Jean Harper. They started the dealership 20 years ago and grew it into a $20 million business.
  •   Alur Walls Building on Success - ALUR is relatively new to the market — it was founded five years ago — but it has already made a mark, especially in the highly competitive New York market.
  •   Boss Design Brings Comfort and Style to Historic Library in Reading, Mass - Boss Design — in conjunction with Total Office Interiors, Boston, Massachusetts — supplied soft seating solutions for quiet zones and group environments throughout a library in Reading, MA.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Facts About the Changing Customer Journey that Should Keep You Up at Night"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Co-Worker Screams At His Wife on His Work Phone! No, I am Not Kidding." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Insight - Michael A. Dunlap - A New Approach
  •   BoF News - Knoll Second Quarter Sales Fall 8.8% / Interface Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results / 9to5 Seating Launches New Brand Campaign / 5 Firms Selected to Design EDspaces 2017 Classrooms
  •   PLACES - Kimball showroom New York City
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Byrne Team Member Award / ASID A Retreat for Visionaries / LeanRite wins Award / Arcadis Acquires E2 ManageTech / Sound Reduction Technology In Tables / Camira Adds Bobbie Swaney / Kimball Office Addition / Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bartelsmeyer / WPF Hires Scott Augustine / Staci Thompson Joins Kentwood Office / Office Environments New President / Spellman Brady Welcomes Monica Stefek / Wallcoverings Industry Free Sample Book / World Architecture Festival 2017
  •   Whiteboard - The Line between Office and Home Design is increasingly Blurred / Design Connects: The Smart Revolution / Workplace Dress Codes changing from Collared to the 'Cool'-ered
  •   FIRST LOOKS - A look at Flock by Hon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2017

 
  •   WELL WORK PLACE - The future workplace will look radically different as employers respond to a growing requirement for a work-health balance. The wellbeing industry is a worldwide global phenomenon, but corporations are only beginning to understand and interpret implications for the built environment.
  •   FLEXIBLE OFFICES IN 2017 - 2017 saw continued growth of the flexible office industry and a broader range of offerings. While "Serviced Offices" have been around for decades (30+ years), the term "coworking" has been the media standard term for the last 10 years.
  •   CYBORGS: EXOSKELETONS IN THE WORKPLACE - When we think of workplaces, we usually think of our office, computer, emails, and desks. As an industry, we have been laser-focused of late on designing ways to encourage more standing and movement throughout the day. However, there's a flip side to this that is often overlooked; we tend to forget about the construction, factory, and automotive workers who are on their feet all day.
  •   ALLEY CHELSEA EMPHASIZES COMMUNITY IN COWORKING - Alley Chelsea is a New York coworking center that believes creating community is everything. And unlike many coworking locations that don't care much about how the space is designed, Alley Chelsea is a space that would make any worker envious.
  •   CREATING CULTURAL CAPITAL: EXPLORING THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THIRD SPACE DESIGN AND UNDERSTANDING ITS REAL PURPOSE - As workplace design evolves, trends and philosophies develop with more clarity.
  •   CREATE AGILE WORKSPACES WITH PARTITIONS - While open offices have become the default design in many industries, companies are realizing an absence of space delineation has its drawbacks.
  •   CHANCE MEETING IN PORSCHE DEALERSHIP SPAWNS NEW FURNITURE - A unique double-cross-shaped eight-workstation island — is turning just as many heads as any sports car he might have driven up in.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at the Microsoft Surface Studio, LifePrint Photo and Video Printer, the Ergotech Freedom Desk, and the Rii RK100 3 Colors LED Backlit Keyboard.
  •   NEW GBCC OFFICES REFLECTS DYNAMIC, INNOVATIVE APPROACH - When GBCC was evaluating new office space, it engaged MPA to assist in weighing options for staying or relocating.
  •   UNOFFICE THE OFFICE - In the past few decades, the sweeping transformations experienced by virtually every industry have rarely been matched by complementary, comprehensive workplace redesigns.
  •   ENDMATTER - Liberate Your Lobby - A well-appointed lobby can attract new tenants, firm up relationships with existing ones, greet visitors with a hospitable atmosphere and provide a communal area for employees.

Business of Furniture - July 26, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: NYC Market Gets First Look - Held last Wednesday at the New York Design Center, the 13th annual First Look event successfully blended a hopping social affair with some of the latest introductions from the office furniture industry.
  •   Furnishings Key to Creating Doctor's Office of the Future - West Michigan's biggest health provider enlisted Haworth to create a new doctor's office concept to change the dynamics of its relationship with patients.
  •   Custom Designs Growing in Value as Trend Shifts Toward Authenticity - Companies in all industries are shifting toward a more authentic and comfortable workplace, and makers are zeroing in on the window of opportunity.
  •   Steelcase Acquires Tech Behind Stir Height-Adjustable Desk - Details of the deal were not released, but Stir will continue to operate as an independent company, unaffiliated with Steelcase, according to company founder J.P. Labrosse.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Will Bringing Science to Customer Conversations Happen in our Industry?"
  •   Stephen Says - "New Boss You Think You Don't Like? Well, Think Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Insight - Scott Lesizza - Bridging the Gap Between Furniture and Technology: IT directors and facility managers are taking a more active role in specifying furniture
  •   PLACES - Cojecom Offices – Lyon
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - ASID Earns Both LEED and WELL Platinum Certs / Arconas Selected as Finalist / Kimball and 76ers Innovation Lab / ILFI Honors Stephen R. Kellert / Koleksiyon Continues its Expansion / In2design Representative / Landscape Forms Represntative / Rick Hansen IIDEXCanada Speaker / Camira Appoints Abigail Bomford / ICF Personal Changes
  •   Whiteboard - The Secret to a Great Workplace? Think of it as a People-Place / Does Sit-to-Stand Working Improve Health and Wellness at Work? / Sustainable Design Should Mimic the Outdoors
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Hon, ICF, HBF 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 - CIFF Special Edition - July 24, 2017

 
  •   40th CIFF (China International Furniture Fair) - National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) in Hongqiao!

  •   September 11–14, 2017 - The 40th edition of CIFF, the world's largest furniture exhibition and the most important business platform in Asia, is held in Shanghai Hongqiao showcasing leading brands of home furniture, home decor, home textiles, outdoor furniture, office furniture, furniture machinery & raw materials.

    CIFF has meticulously planned to create a furniture event for "Better Life, Better Work" to host 2,000 brands and 90,000 professional visitors, with the aim clearly set on enhancing the exhibition quality and providing excellent service and furniture. Perfect products for every lifestyle, even for the most demanding markets.

    The 400,000 square-meter exhibition covers the themes of the entire industry chain under the concept of the Whole Home Decor, which are integrated together and show their own features.

  •   Shanghai, the city where everything is possible - The Office Show will have Halls 7.2 and 8.2 and bring together the excellent businesses operating in the office and hotel furniture industry, making the layout of the specialized themes more simple and coherent, while also enhancing the impact.

    In addition to the U-shaped layout with three aisles running throughout the entire venue and the second half of the exhibition area, the 40th CIFF Shanghai will optimize exhibition circulation and introduce innovative kinked aisles allowing clear views of the booth facades and offering 360-degree views of the venue, thus further enhancing the exhibition experience.

Business of Furniture - July 19, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Coworking Grows in 2017 - This year we're seeing flexible options from landlords and private businesses grow faster than anyone expected.
  •   COVER: BW in London Focuses on Customer Experience - BW is a firm that is comfortable shaking up the industry. The company is 17 years old and specializes in workplace fit out and refurbishment.
  •   A NeoCon Showroom as Sweet as Honey - A month after the hustle and bustle and excitement of Neocon 2017 has worn off, there remains in my mind a showroom as vibrant and exciting in my imagination as it was on the first day of Neocon: Nightingale.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Some is Good... More is Better"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Prodigious Offices – Brooklyn
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Rebecca Boenigk Testifies / BIFMA Board Announced / Groupe Lacasse Certification / Custer Acquires Contractor / Texas A&M Study / ASID Releases Design Sector Briefs / INDEAL 2017 Idea Book / Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibit / Flooring Group Builds Momentum / MW International / The Scranton Group, Now Representing AIS
  •   Whiteboard - Data-Driven Design for the Modern Workplace / Top Performing Organizations Build Six Elements into their Design / Workplace of the Future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from Carvart and 3Form
  •   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 12, 2017

 
  •   Arper Partners with DEWG, Workspaces Division of the Studio Lombardini 22 - Arper has taken an active part in the Ernst & Young Milan headquarters project, designed by DEGW, the workspaces division of the Studio Lombardini 22.
  •   Artopex Adds Five New Collections to Portfolio - With the addition of the high-level Italian designs, the company expects to compete and increase brand awareness among its distribution channels, designers and architects.
  •   UPFRONT: Classic and Simple: m.a.d. Furniture Company disrupting Asian Furniture Industry - "It's a social kind of mission that were on here."
  •   Liberate Your Lobby - Lobbies are a tricky balance between the latest designs and your corporate aesthetic. Jump on the bandwagon of a short-lived trend, and the look will age out after a few years. Go too formal, and you might send the message your firm is stodgy.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "3 Easy Steps to Get Your Customer Ready for Your Next Call"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is an Uber Racist! What Do I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Sales Dip, Orders Flat, Consumer Up in Herman Miller's Latest Quarter
  •   BoF NEWS - Losing the Power Cord with TesLink: The Science of Product Design
  •   Projects - Custer Wraps Up Finishing Touches on Sustainable, Creative Office Space for Green Giftz
  •   PLACES - CA Technologies Offices – São Paulo
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Scott Cameron Knoll Senior VP / Boss Design President joins BIFMA Board / CIDA's Summit Report / National Office Furniture Donates to Local Community / ASID Releases Design Sector Briefs / HBF + HBF Textiles Welcomes Elaine Holub / Boss Design New Illinois Sales Appointment
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Sitcoms Reflecting the Faulty Modern American Work Culture / Long commutes are major source of poor health and low productivity / The workplace of the future
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest from Maharam, HBF Textiles 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 - July 5, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Formaspace Moves from Industrial to Office - Formaspace is off to a good start. It launched its office furniture collection at NeoCon to great acclaim and a mobbed seventh floor stand. It helped that the company's products looked like nothing else at the show.
  •   Sycamore plans to buy Staples for $6.9 billion - This buyout is definitely a consolation prize compared to Staples' previous plan to buy its main rival, Office Depot.
  •   theMART Gets Staring Role at NeoCon 2017 - From the beginning, there was a clear intent to encourage visitors to gather more comfortably, frequently and intentionally at theMART's Marshall's Landing.
  •   Problems with Noise at Work? A Lot of it is in Our Heads - While open-plan offices are designed to encourage collaboration, research published last year by Oxford Economics found more than half of employees say poor office acoustic design reduces their productivity and makes them unhappy.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Where is the Customer in your Org Chart?"
  •   INSIGHT: Michael Dunlap - "NeoCon at 49: Crossroads or Epiphany?"
  •   Stephen Says - "My Husband is Unemployed and I'm Beginning to Resent it" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Phoenix HSL Offices - Sidney, Australia
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Wolf-Gordan Exclusive Scuffmaster Distributor / AIS Hires Rep Firm / Koelnmesse CEO Gerald Böse: New Contract
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Strategies Are Shifting Towards More Flexibility / Dear Office Worker, The Future Is Free-Address / Your office desk and chair are about to become Big Brother
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Teknion, Bretford, Integra, Darran, Magnuson and Carvart
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2017

 
  •   WORKPLACE RESEARCH: KEANE: 'YOU HAVE TO BE VULNERABLE TO LEARN' - For a guy who can have any workstation in Steelcase's catalog, Keane has chosen this, a prototype his design team is working on that may or may not ever be a real product.
  •   PARK PARTY: BRING THE OUTDOORS IN - With summer in the air, we want to be outside as much as possible. We smell the flowers, mow the grass, we go barefoot and to the beach. But for those living in urban areas, green space may be in short supply or far away. There are many benefits to parks and greenery that go beyond looks and clean air.
  •   CAPITAL ONE PROVES FINANCE DOESN'T EQUAL FRUMPY - Imagine a workplace with height-adjustable desks, the latest technology, a creativity workshop to tinker with new ideas, freedom to work at a desk or a comfortable lounge seat overlooking the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan and a culture of collaboration. To keep employees spread across the country connected, Capital One built digital worm holes on each end of the building — on the west side connecting employees in Chicago to the San Francisco office and on the east side connecting employees in Chicago to colleagues in Washington, D.C.
  •   PEARL PICKS OFFICE THAT REFLECTS MODERN, FORWARD THINKING ATTITUDE - The design was based on the Pearl Properties brand image and design vocabulary. Because Pearl is one of the premier real estate investment, development and management firms in Philadelphia, DAS was tasked with making sure the office design reflected a modern and forward-thinking sensibility without feeling stuffy or formal.
  •   PRODUCTIVITY PROBLEMS LINKED TO MULTITASKING: MOVING FROM MULTI- TO MONO-TASKING FOR BETTER RESULTS - There are some situations where multitasking works, like doing the laundry and watching TV, driving the kids home from school and thinking about what to make for dinner, or exercising and listening to music. And, there are some obvious situations where multitasking should not be implemented and could be deadly, such as texting and driving.
  •   NEOCON TRENDS WILL SHAPE OFFICE OF THE FUTURE - NeoCon 2017 was more of a dog's dinner than a show that provided a clear design directive. From a trend perspective, it was messy, disjointed and downright delightful. Never has the industry gone in so many different directions, and I would argue that is a very, very good thing. It means designers have even more choices and offices will begin to see that diversity of thought found at NeoCon in their workplaces very soon. A photo portfolio.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at the Edge Desk, HOVR and the Tagus Lap Chill Mat.
  •   ENDMATTER - We all know wellness is becoming an increasingly important topic, but few could drive this point home to the contract interiors industry better than Arianna Huffington. Well known as the founder of The Huffington Post, author of 15 books and self-proclaimed sleep evangelist, she started her 2017 keynote with this: "You thought you were doing furniture, but you are actually doing much more than that.

Business of Furniture - June 28, 2017

 
  •   COVER: From Walls to Wheels to Workstations - The Clarus team devised a way to use the existing infrastructure of the workstations, whether they were Haworth, Steelcase, Herman Miller, or any number of other manufacturers, so the glass could hang without using a single tool.
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon 2017 - What We Liked (and didn't) - The Business of Furniture staff covered a lot of ground during NeoCon in Chicago. Innovative products and spectacular showrooms were everywhere.
  •   LOGICDATA Celebrates its Anniversary Austrian-Style - LOGICDATA makes components for height-adjustable desks. While some in the industry have moved toward cheap, low-priced components, LOGICDATA believes its success stems from its innovative, inclusive culture, now exemplified in its headquarters.
  •   Todd's Post NeoCon Story - Another NeoCon has come and gone, and with it we saw practically too many products to count.
  •   Steelcase Sales Increase just 2% in the Latest Quarter
  •   Inscape 4Q sales climb 2.7%, 19.3% higher for the Year
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "WARNING! Performance Reviews are a Silent Revenue Drain (Especially in our Industry)"
  •   Stephen Says - "The Viscusi Guide For What To Do If Your Company is Sold: Ask For a Stay Bonus or Leave" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - M Booth Offices – New York City
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Boenigk and Neville named Sales Managers / ASID Partnership with Sherwin-Williams / Trendway Names Jim Ford Director of Market Development / Kimball Office Personnel Addition / Meadows Office Interiors Director of Customer Experience / AIS Addition of Northern New England Territory Manager, Jackie DesLauriers
  •   Whiteboard - Accommodating a Liquid Workforce / Office Furniture Dealers Embrace Coworking / The Rise of the Residential 'Innovation Space'
  •   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 21, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Breakfast Serves Up Economic, Organization Update - BIFMA speaker Mitch Stapley, an economist at ClearArc Capital, said the economy has grown more slowly than past patterns, but there is no economic data that suggests a recession.
  •   NeoCon 2017 Keynote Speaker Arianna Huffington Delivers a Promising Message About Wellness - Huffington entertained the audience with multiple lighthearted moments, including our modern-day addiction to electronics.
  •   IIDA Unveils New Headquarters - The IIDA had very specific things it wanted in the space.
  •   Stelter Out at Inscape - Jim Stelter was the architect of the West Elm Workplace deal, which has fundamentally changed the market as competitors scrambled to recreate the residential look of the low priced, high design products.
  •   NeoCon Trends: A Delightful Dog's Dinner - The way people work continues to change at a rapid pace. The choices for how we work have never been greater. So the ideas being brought to the table at NeoCon should reflect that diversity.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "7 Sales Management Strategy Ideas that You Can Steal"
  •   Stephen Says - "He Who Smelt It Dealt It: Farting Etiquette in the Workplace" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sprout Social – Chicago
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Dealers Choice Survey Award Winners / Use of Standing Desks in Workplace Linked to Increased Productivity, Improved Health / Falcon and Thonet Mark Successful NeoCon / KI Wins Best of NeoCon Gold
  •   Whiteboard - The Five Elements of a Happy Workplace / How Furniture can affect Productivity and Wellness in Workers / The Dynamic Work Environment
  •   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 14, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: NEOCON OFF TO SMOLDERING START - The industry put its best foot forward, from the newest companies in theMart to the veteran firms that have pushed the workplace forward for years.
  •   WORRIED ABOUT A BOT TAKING YOUR JOB? BE A CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER - Microsoft reached out to Steelcase, a company that has been in workspace industry for more than a century.
  •   'YOU HAVE TO BE VULNERABLE TO LEARN' - At no other time in the industry's history have its three main players pursued such different strategies
  •   INDEAL Hosts Champion Training and Conference - The conference balanced interactive instructional sessions on the INDEAL program with manufacturer-focused segments and unique networking opportunities.
  •   Haworth Acquires Design Retailer Luminaire - Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, the married couple who launched Luminaire in 1974, said they will remain in charge of the Doral-based retailer.
  •   SCIENCE OF PRODUCT DESIGN - Industry 4.0 (Sponsored by LOGICDATA) - We are in the middle of a revolution of how the industrialized world functions and works.
  •   Stephen Says - Are You A Superstitious Salesperson? I Sure Hope So (Knock on Wood) - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Laddawn Inc. Offices – Devens
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - OFM Introduces Foresee Chair / 2017 ASID Foundation Transform Grant Recipients / Bretford introduces CUBE Cart Mini / Framery is Expanding in the US / My Resource Library (MRL) Connects To The level Data Platform / Ottlite Launches Workwell / PS Furniture Introduces WALS / Studio TK Names Eric Stroud as Vice President, U.S. Sales
  •   Whiteboard - The Impact of Office Design in Talking Brand Impact / Steelcase and Microsoft’s Partnership aims to raise Worker Productivity / Seismic Structural Shift about to hit the Office Market
  •   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 2017 SPECIAL EDITION

 
  •   COME BELLOW WITH US - Meet with the team behind The Business of Furniture and Workplaces Magazine. NeoCon 2017 - Seventh Floor; Booth: 7-5113
  •   THE FUTURE OF WORK: 4 MAJOR TRENDS AT NEOCON 2017 - As always, the future of the office will play a major role at the 2017 edition of NeoCon.
  •   NEOCON 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Arianna Huffington, Jessica Green, John Ronan
  •   SPECIAL EVENTS - NeoCon is three days of nonstop special events and parties.
  •   FLOOR PLANS - Don't get lost in theMART. Also don't forget about theMART's neighborhood showrooms.
  •   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: - 3form, 9to5 Seating, AIS, Allsteel, Arcadia, Arc-Com, Arper, Artopex, Barbican, Bentley, Boss Design, Brentano, Bush Business Furniture, BuzziSpace, Camira, Carnegie, CF Stinson, Chilewich, Clarus Glassboards, Coalesse, Concertex, Configura, Dauphin, Davis, DesignTex, Dyson, Egan, Encore, Enwork, ESI, Falcon, Flexsteel, Formaspace, Frem, Garrett Leather, Geiger, Ghent, Global, Great Openings, Groupe Lacasse, Gunlocke, HBF, Herman Miller, HON, HPFI, Humanscale, ICF, Indiana Furniture, Inscape, Integra, izzy+, J+J Flooring, Jabbrrbox, JRB Studio, JSI, Keilhauer, KFI, KI, Kimball Office, KnollTextiles, Koleksiyon, Loctek, LOFTWall, LOGICDATA, LightCorp, Luum, Maars Living Walls, Mayline, Mohawk Group, Momentum, Muzo, National Office Furniture, Nemschoff, Nienkamper, Nightingale, Nucraft, Nxtwall, Okamura, OM, Pallas, SitOnIt, Sixinch, Spec Furniture, Steelcase, Steelcase Health, Studio TK, Stylex, Symbiote, Teknion, Thonet, Trendway, Tuohy, unika vaev, Versteel, Via Seating, Vitra, Waddell, West Elm, Wilkhahn, Wolf-Gordon, Workrite - AND MORE!

Business of Furniture - June 7, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Sneak Peek: What NeoCon 2017 Tells us About the Industry - As one of the most pivotal annual tradeshows, one could look at NeoCon as a measure of overall health of the industry, and indicators are overall positive.
  •   Clarus Creates Projection Glass - Clarus Glassboards will be unveiling its new Projection Glass at NeoCon next week.
  •   IdeaPaint launches Mobile Dry Erase Collection - IdeaPaint first previewed its mobile furniture line at NeoCon in 2016, winning Best of Neocon Silver for Office Accessories, followed by the GOOD DESIGN award.
  •   Coalesse to Become Exclusive Distributor of Viccarbe in the Americas - Beginning this summer, Coalesse will offer the entire Viccarbe portfolio to the contract market throughout the Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, and the countries of Latin America) – as the Viccarbe Imports Collection.
  •   KI Shifts to Address Changes at Work - NeoCon's no small task for a company that competes in a variety of markets, ranging from corporate to education. Instead of focusing on each of those markets individually, KI is drilling down on workstyles and behaviors that transcend all of them.
  •   The Toyification of the Office - Companies are trying to create spaces that produce genuine moments for employees to come together and have conversations.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "The Touchstone"
  •   Stephen Says - You Want A Day Off Because Your Dog Died? Good Luck - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Civis Analytics Offices – Chicago
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - 2020 Inspiration Awards for Office Designers Winners Announced / Nightingale Presents the Urban Beehive Project at NeoCon / Bisley Showing at Netherlands' Design District / Special - T Promotes Dale Nutter / Maars Living Walls announces two new hires in United States
  •   Thonet Reconnects to Legacy Collection - The history of Thonet's innovation began more than 170 years ago when Michael Thonet registered a patent for bending solid wood.
  •   Whiteboard - Why residential influences are just part of the story in the evolution of the workplace. A Q&A with Pair / Yesterday's Urban Factory could be tomorrow's tech HQ / A Health Minded Approach to Workplace Design
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2017

 
  •   INTERIOR DESIGN BILLING INDEX & RESEARCH FROM ASID - Looking forward the design industry remains optimistic about the near term outlook for business conditions.
  •   UPCOMING | NEOCON CHICAGO - The 49th edition of NeoCon, the premier, global platform for connecting, learning and conducting business in commercial interiors, will draw more than 50,000 design professionals from across the globe to theMART, June 12-14.
  •   CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK - Clerkenwell Design Week is a quirky, powerful, bold and increasingly important event for the interiors industry. The three-day event, held at the end of May in one of London's most important architecture and design hubs, packed in nearly 40,000 visitors to see the latest in new products, new ideas and new trends that will affect how people work for years to come.
  •   "SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN" ROUNDTABLE - SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it is the restraint shown by designers like George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, whose mid-century modern stripped down products to only those components necessary.
  •   MULLENLOWE'S OFFICE IN FORMER TOBACCO FACTORY IS SMOKIN' - MullenLowe engaged TPG Architecture to design its new office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  •   GIRALDI ARCHITECTS TRANSFORMS ITS HEADQUARTERS IN FLORENCE - The Giraldi Associates Architects have relocated their headquarters in Florence to the Santo Spirito neighborhood of the city, to a 600- square-meter space inside the ancient 19th century palace Antinori-Aldobrandini.
  •   GROWING VINEYARD VINES - If you don't know the brand, ask your kids. They do. That's why the company needed a new office that reflected the preppy, nautical nature of its culture.
  •   CREATE A QUINTESSENTIAL HOME OFFICE - Today's home office designs are as eclectic and imaginative as the individual personalities of their owners.
  •   TRULY GREEN OFFICE OR OUTDOOR WHIMSY - Everything in a building can be rethought from a healthy perspective. Air, ventilation, water, light, sleep, sound and movement all impact how we feel and how we work.
  •   INSIDE POPPIN'S COLORFUL ONE-STOP SOLUTION FOR THE WORKPLACE - NYC-based Poppin is a one-stop shop of workplace solutions for companies of all sizes.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - BOSS Design's new Trinetic Chair, the very unusual CoreChair, Screen Mom Natural Screen Cleaner, and Paperpro Staplers.
  •   LIVING - With graduation season upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2017's Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.
  •   ENDMATTER - The planner, creator and innovator of the modern workplace turns 100.

Business of Furniture - May 31, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT : Clerkenwell Design Week Informs Interiors Decisions in Europe and Beyond - The three-day event, held last week in one of London's most important architecture and design hubs, packed in nearly 40,000 visitors.
  •   CDW Roundtable Explores Simplicity in Design - Simple looking designs, panelists agreed, are a good first step, but buildings and the products inside them need to be simple to use as well.
  •   LightArt Launches New Collection at ICFF - LightArt launched its new Acoustic lighting collection at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during NYCxDesign.
  •   Bendheim's New Houdini Unlocked Glass Collection Takes Workplace Privacy Needs To The Next Level - Houdini Unlocked was developed as an answer to customer inquiries and has evolved to expand design potential while simultaneously serving workplace surroundings.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Why Sales People Win...and Lose"
  •   Stephen Says - Retreads: The New Normal? - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Squarespace Portland, OR
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Allsteel Workplace Expert to Present at NeoCon 2017 / SurfaceWorks Launches Major Rebrand / Furniture Marketing Group Completes Migration to Khameleon Business Intelligence / Dirtt Gets Delivery By Air / New LOGICDATA Leadership Team Structure
  •   Whiteboard - An overdue attempt to connect smart buildings with smart people / The Office Of The Future May Not Be In Silicon Valley / Tech Firms Seeking Alternatives To Open Offices
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in projects from DAS Architects
  •   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 24, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Clerkenwell Design Week Gets Underway in London - Though the opening day was subdued because of the terrorist bombing in Manchester the night before, CDW managing director Daren Newton said the show must go on while offering thoughts and prayers to the victims.
  •   Mission Impossible? Hackett is Right for Ford, but Task Might be Too Big for Anyone - Many in the office furniture industry are stunned by the news, but don't doubt that he can make the tough decisions needed to jumpstart Ford.
  •   Contract Furniture's Tectonic SHIFT - As we look at the change that will likely come in this industry, we have to look at those who have the most appetite to embrace change. Today, that's the dealer.
  •   NeoCon Guide to Special Events & Features
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The One Magic Question That will Change Client Conversations
  •   Stephen Says - The Do's and Don't's of Interviewing at NeoCon - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PetSure, Sydney, Australia
  •   Holistics to Aid the Workplace Community - The design of the workplace can act as a conduit in bringing people together or the opposite — it can unintentionally keep people apart. Clearly we have to remain realistic and be mindful of the impact of management frameworks and organizational culture.
  •   Components Shine at Interzum in Cologne - Unless you hail from Europe, chances are that you missed attending this amazing event. Chances are good you have never even heard much about it. And, that ought to change.
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Accessible furniture innovators Muzo announce NeoCon showcase events / Danker Named Steelcase 2017 Premier Partner / Indiana Furniture Facility Certified for Workplace Safety and Health Programs / National Office Furniture's Essay, Fold, and Whimsy Products Earn the GEI Seal of Endorsement
  •   Whiteboard - Mapping Presence in Virtual Reality Environments / Stan Stands Out From the Standing Desk Crowd / Home Workers More Likely to Sustain Work-Related Injuries than People based in Offices
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from izzy+ and Via
  •   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 17, 2017

 
  •   Survey Shows Mixed Results for Industry; Strength Continues - Mike Dunlap believes 2017 will exceed the solid growth the industry experienced last year.
  •   Steelcase Explores Radical New 3D Printing Method with MIT - MIT and Steelcase first tested this by 3-D printing a top for one of the turnstone Bassline tables — part of a collection of tables that promotes personality and personalization by allowing the expression of one's unique design choices.
  •   UPFRONT : Clerkenwell Design Week is Not Your Typical Event - If NeoCon is the giant office furniture blitz to start the summer, consider Clerkenwell Design Week the calm before the NeoStorm. CDW, which runs next week in London, May 23-25, has grown to become one of the most important office furniture events, a major exhibition that blends permanent office furniture showrooms and nearly every available temporary space.
  •   New and Notable Exhibitors for NeoCon - Here is a preview of new and notable brands and products at the show, by floor.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - So...What Makes You So Different?
  •   Observations - Dina Sorensen - 'Moving' for Wellbeing in Schools as the Third Teacher and Beyond
  •   Observations - Scott Lesizza - The New Way of Thinking About Office Furniture Solutions
  •   PLACES - L'Oreal Offices in Paris
  •   Is the Edge Desk All You Need to Work? - Edge Desk is a portable, easily movable product that acts as both the desk and the chair.
  •   Global Design Spotlight - Italian Pavilion at ICFF NYC / Scandinavian Pavilion at ICFF NYC
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Associates Purchasing Intends to Merge with Western Office, Los Angeles / Haworth Honors Workwell Partners with 2017 Best in Class Distinction / The Design Museum Foundation Named 2017 ASID Design Innovation Award Winner / Kimball Office Unveils Flagship Urban Design Hub in New York City
  •   Whiteboard - Bringing Privacy to Open Plan Offices / Virtual and augmented reality: The future of the workplace / When Work has Meaning, the Workplace becomes a Cultural Hub
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from Clarus Glassboards, Boss Design 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 - May 10, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT Worktech NYC is Like TED for the Office - Attending Worktech 17 New York is a bit like going to a series of TED talks, assuming all the presentations were related to the way work is changing.
  •   NYCxDesign 'Swirls' Open - NYCxDESIGN is a becoming a bit like Milan's Fuorisalone: A series of smaller events that when combined, overshadow the show that they grew up around.
  •   FEATURE: Designing Workspaces for Engagement and Productivity with lauckgroup - There are several elements of design that contribute to supporting productivity in workplace design, and the designers at lauckgroup have noticed numerous changes to achieve it over the past few years.
  •   Science of Product Design - Puddle – The Technology of Collaboration
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - What Teams Need Also Makes Them Fail
  •   Observations - Randy Storch - Where's the Tech Strategy?
  •   Stephen Says - Residential Is the New Contract and It's As Hot As Gender Neutral Restrooms - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Uniqlo Headquarters - Tokyo
  •   DIRTT Posts Record First Quarter 2017 Sales - "We delivered solid topline growth in excess of 16%, despite the fact our first quarter is traditionally our weakest."
  •   More DIRTT from Mogens - On the conference call last week Mogens had plenty to talk about.
  •   BoF TOP NEWS - Kimball International Reports Third Quarter Sales and Income Climbed
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - CIFF Guangzhou 2017 Everybody is racing toward the future / Interphase Interiors Receives National Award for Excellence / TriMega - Board of Director Changes / Kimball Health Announces Personnel Addition / JRB Studio selects Contourlines Northwest as its representative / BSI Promotes Lori Torrison / Boss Design USA announces new Global Accounts Manager
  •   Whiteboard - The Workplace is the New Corporate Communications Platform / Inspirational office design: A way to retain millennials / Trends In Workplace Design Focus On Productivity, Occupant Satisfaction
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest offerings from unika vaev and Invision
  •   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 3, 2017

 
  •   An Early Peek at NeoCon: theMART is Preparing for Your Arrival - "In the last three years, we have renewed all five of our anchor tenants (those with spaces of 15,000 square feet or larger). All the majors are locked in into the '20s."
  •   FEATURE: Wolf-Gordon Celebrates Anniversary with Return to Manhattan - This year marks the 50th anniversary of American design company Wolf-Gordon.
  •   FEATURE: Companies Need to Dig Deep When it Comes to Rebranding - No longer strictly a furniture manufacturer, the company changed and grew based on customer needs over time. In thinking about rebranding, you have to ask yourself if the need that you are filling is something that customers actually still require.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Digitize or Die
  •   Stephen Says - Getting Offers Out of The Blue? What You Need to Know Before You Commit to an Interview - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - eBay Headquarters Remodeling by Gensler
  •   BoF TOP NEWS - Interface Reports Flat First Quarter 2017 Results
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Artopex donates $150,000 to the Granby Hospital Center Foundation / National Office Furniture Partners with Configura to Release CET Designer Extension / Kimball Office Celebrates Earth Day with Company-wide Initiatives / Custer's annual technology showcase unveils the latest in workplace solutions and products
  •   Whiteboard - This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office / Designing Offices That Increase Productivity / Smart Offices: The Future Arriving at a Workplace Near You
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Integra, Carnegie, Groupe Lacasse, Pallas, Brentano 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

Workplaces Magazine - May, 2017

 
  •   JLL - FUTURE OF WORK STUDY - Executives will look toward the future of work as an agile and adaptable model for achieving ambitions in an environment where stability is an illusion or, worse, a sign of stagnation.
  •   MYTHBUSTERS - Challenging workplace assumptions.
  •   TRENDS - OTTO CAMPUS COWORKING OFFICES - HAMBURG - Around the heart of the space – an arena for presentations, speeches or panel discussions with over 100 guests – there have been built meeting areas, lounges, quiet rooms, work- and flex benches as well as a café.
  •   WORKPLACE 3.0 / SALONE UFFICIO - There are some cool new products, lots of ideas and a fair number of visitors to the office area of the show (actually, iSalone is made up of many events running together).
  •   CBRE FURNITURE FORUM: UNRAVELING FURNITURE FRUSTRATIONS - The topic was explosive: How can we improve the furniture buying process? The idea was to gather designers, office furniture dealers and manufacturers at CBRE's Chicago office and hash out a process many believe is, at best, inefficient and at its worst, broken.
  •   WHY SEATING STILL MATTERS - Since the introduction of the task chair decades ago, office dwellers have had many options to chose from, but almost all of them came with a large price tag. There are still plenty of affordable chairs around.
  •   OM PUTS THE FUN AND FUNCTION IN SEATING - OM believes in sweating the details so when their chairs make it to offices around the country, they will be perfect for the workers sitting in them.
  •   ALLSEATING'S NAME SAYS IT ALL - As Allseating delves more into design, it is changing the way those who specify furniture perceive the company.
  •   PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON BIKING TO WORK - A bike-friendly workplace is also important to job seekers, even though it's often an underappreciated component of the hiring process.
  •   REFINING REEFER: COULD CANNABIS CULTURE IN THE WORKPLACE BRING FOCUS AND CREATIVITY? - Increasingly, people of all walks of life are using marijuana in small amounts throughout the day to be more focused and creative on the job.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - BOSS Design's new Trinetic Chair, the very unusual CoreChair, Screen Mom Natural Screen Cleaner, and Paperpro Staplers.
  •   RESEARCH: TODAY'S WORKFORCE CRAVES FLEXIBLE OFFICES - Technology and Information are forcing commercial real estate to adapt a more flexible model.
  •   CHARTING - Improve Your Wellness In The Workplace / CoWorking
  •   ENDMATTER - It could be that the Chinese have the perfect napping product for the old-fashion cuble centered workplace.

Business of Furniture - April 26, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: CBRE Hosts Furniture Forum to Unravel Furniture Frustrations - The stakeholders gathered last week to expose pain points in the furniture specifying process in front of an invite-only crowd of their peers during "CBRE Furniture Forum: Unraveling Furniture Frustrations."
  •   JLL's Future of Work Enables Workplace Transformation - Real estate was once about acquiring and managing buildings. Now, real estate has become a strategic lever for transformation, enabling organizations to achieve broader business agendas and create new levels of value.
  •   FEATURE: USM Haller E Adds Power to Structure - The structure of the furniture becomes a conduit for transferring power throughout the system.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Executing the Big Arrow
  •   Stephen Says - References Today Are the Price of a Ticket to the 'Hall of Fame' Dinner, So Don't Get Fooled - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Saatchi + Saatchi, Chancery Lane HQ, London
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - HNI Reports Sales Decline for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 / Architecture Billings Index Growth Continues in March / Former HON Leader Howe Helped Grow Company / Knoll Reports First Quarter Sales Slide 9.8% / Tomorrow's Office Furniture will be Rapidly 3D-Printed in Pools of Goo
  •   Whiteboard - Now WeWork Wants to Build Out Your Office and Run it for You / Are Businesses Taking 'Collaborative' Workspaces Too Far? / Re-examining the sit-stand workstation
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Groupe Lacasse, Encore, LightCorp, Kinestral Tech 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 19, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: From Custom to Construction, OFGO Goes the Extra Mile - Though many office furniture makers claim to customize, OFGO's ability to do it has helped the company grow.
  •   Bending the Boundaries of the Timeclock - The workplace we are familiar with was designed in the 30s and doesn't come from any strategy for productivity.
  •   FEATURE: GMi Evolves - Though its brands reach back decades, GMi Companies acts a lot younger. Its hunger to innovate is palpable.
  •   Humanscale Announces Five Sustainable Initiatives - Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy transforms Humanscale's sustainability program into a globally recognized model of excellence.
  •   Teknion Opens New Showroom in Downtown Los Angeles - Situated on the 41st floor of the Ernst & Young Plaza, the showroom provides clients with an accessible location in the city's burgeoning downtown.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Just What are You Going to Do?
  •   Stephen Says - How to Deal With a New Type of Coworker: The Noisy Guy From a Different Company Who Shares Your Coworking Office - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Hollands Kroon Municipality Offices
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Meadows Office Interiors Opens New 20,000-SF Showhouse Facility / Teknion 2017 International Dealer Award / Charter Capital Partners Named in Axial's Top 100 Most Referred Middle-Market Advisors
  •   Whiteboard - Green Offices May Be the Key to Productivity—and Employee Health / Lighting the Work Environment / Beware the Great Apex Fallacy of Workplace Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Poltrona Frau, Arcadia, BDI, ChargeSpot 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 - April 12, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Fuorisalone: Not Part of Salone Internazionale del Mobile, but Perhaps More Important - Fuorisalone is the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan on the same days the Salone Internazionale del Mobile takes place in the stands of Rho Fiera.
  •   Science of Product Design: It's Time for E-Textiles - E-textiles is an emerging technology helping tradition-bound industries move beyond the ideas of yesterday and into the e-world.
  •   FEATURE: Workplace 3.0 LOOK BOOK - There was lots to see and take in during our visit to Milan. Here's a look at what was going on. Workplace3.0/SaloneUfficio, the International Biennial Workspace Exhibition focussed on a new, all-encompassing approach to workspace design.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - You are Being 'Disrupted'
  •   Stephen Says - Sexual Harassment in The Furniture Industry? More Common Than a Dealer Asking for a Discount - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Twilio Offices – San Francisco
  •   BoF NEWS - 2020 Contest Searches for Inspiring Office Designs
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Gunlocke Announces Changes, Growth at Wayland HQ / E&I Member Purchases Exceed $2.7 Billion in 2016 / The American Society of Interior Designers Introduces Ones to Watch Program / BSI Wins American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Award
  •   Whiteboard - If an AI Doesn't Take Your Job, It Will Design Your Office / Designing Space for Virtual Collaboration in an Untethered World / Why your Office needs Unassigned Workstations
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Nevers, Knape & Vogt, Maharam, ICF 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 5, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Workplace3.0 Defines Office at iSalone in Milan - Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Love it or hate it, iSalone, kicked off yesterday in Milan, with a mix of innovation, beautiful design and a dash of just plain weird.
  •   CBRE Furniture Forum Panelists Seek a Vuja-De View of the Furniture Buying Process - In continuation of a multi-month-long discussion about frustrations with the furniture buying process, panelists reconvened at CBRE Chicago.
  •   FEATURE: 9to5 Will Change Your Notion on Made in America - Here's an American manufacturer making parts in Union City, Tenn and shipping them to China to be used in chairs assembled and sold there.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Where are the Thought Leaders?
  •   Stephen Says - "Last Year I Made More Money Than Ever, This Year They Are Dividing My Territory!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Zalando, Helsinki, Finland
  •   BoF NEWS - A First-Timer's View of CIFF & 'Getting Old' at CIFF Guangzhou
  •   BoF NEWS - BSI Wins American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Award
  •   BoF NEWS - Innovative's Evo Articulating Monitor Arm Named 2017 Red Dot Award: Product Design Winner
  •   BoF NEWS - New Sales Group Joins Symbiote, Lab Furniture Manufacturer
  •   Whiteboard - Coworking's Continuing Evolution and Challenges / 5 Influences on Design for the Modern Workplace / Wearable tech: The new tool for the modern construction workforce
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Arcadia, Safco, Arc-Com, Unika Vaev, Bretano and Ultrafabrics
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - April, 2017

 
  •   TRENDS | CLOUDFLARE LONDON - London-based architecture and interiors practice Jump Studios (a Populous Company) has designed the first UK office for Internet performance and security company Cloudflare in London.
  •   LEARNING TO STORYTELL - Data visualization in the workplace. Information is everywhere. We are constantly surrounded by new facts and data; it's impossible to get away from them. Together, technology and the Internet have increased our data exposure to unprecedented levels.
  •   THE EFFECT OF INDIVIDUALIZED WORK SETTINGS ON PRODUCTIVITY AND WELL-BEING - This research looks at the evolution of office environments and examines how present day activity-based work environments support employee personalities and work modes. From multi-tiered incentives to volunteer-run initiatives, workplace wellness programs come in all shapes and sizes. With some businesses covering up to 80 percent of their employees' insurance costs, companies are eager to balance health expenditures.
  •   WORKTECH17 NEW YORK RETURNS TO MANHATTAN FOR ITS 8TH ANNUAL FUTURE OF WORK CONFERENCE - The future of work is on everyone's agenda, and WORKTECH17 brings thought leaders together from North America and Europe on May 4th.
  •   CASE STUDY: REINVENTING AN ICON - A NEW HQ HELPS THE NEW LA-Z-BOY - A company that thrives for nearly a century is exceptional. A company with a product that's a household name and brings a smile to faces everywhere, that's a rarity. La-Z-Boy has long enjoyed such status.
  •   PUMP UP WELLNESS WITH FITWEL CERTIFICATION - From multi-tiered incentives to volunteer-run initiatives, workplace wellness programs come in all shapes and sizes.
  •   THE 'SMART' OPEN OFFICE - High-performing businesses recognize the competitive advantage they gain by supporting their employees' well-being. Open office planning has received some negative press lately, as the workplace trend drew complaints for noise, interruption and employee dissatisfaction.
  •   THE RIGHT LIGHTING CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE - One aspect of design not always delved into on an individual basis is lighting, but the impact it has on a space should not be underestimated.
  •   THE SCIENCE OF FEELING - More and more, philosophy and sacred science is making its way into the contemporary interior design process.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month you'll find reviews of ESI's Evolve2 monitor arm, Loctek's Flexispot Desk Riser, Tetley Super Tea for Focusing, and Targus' compact blue trace mouse.
  •   HOW TO HONE YOUR HUMILITY: SEVEN TIPS TO HELP YOU LEARN THE ESSENTIAL SKILL SET FOR OUTSMARTING SMART MACHINES - The journey to becoming a more humble person will not be short. It will take persistent hard work, and it will be a lifelong endeavor.
  •   ENDMATTER - Asia Raising Rapidly in Office Furniture World

Business of Furniture - March 29, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Fashion Meets Future of Office at Workplace 3.0 in Milan - For European office furniture makers and the rest of the world that sells into the European market, iSalone is a place where business opportunities arise.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Sales Slowed - Net sales in the quarter decreased 2.2% from the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   FEATURE: CIFF Smashes Preconceived Notions of Asian Office Furniture Market - The industry here, like CIFF itself, continues to mature and develop, becoming a major force not only in the Asian market, but around the world. Trends helping turn the Asian office furniture market into a true superpower include an increasing focus on design rather than knockoffs, exponential improvements in quality and the ability to quickly follow trends.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Why Research Should Make Your Firm Question Everything
  •   Stephen Says - "The New Rules: When to Talk Money When Interviewing" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Deskopolitan Co-Working Offices – Paris
  •   BoF NEWS - Architecture Billings Index in February climbs back into positive terrain
  •   BoF NEWS - February nonresidential starts edge down 2%
  •   BoF NEWS - Jeff Osborne, former Knoll VP of Design, Dies at 72
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball International Named 2016 Recipient of Indiana Governor's Half Century Award
  •   Whiteboard - Staying Connected at Work: 1900's to Now / Environmental Ergonomics in an Office Workplace / The Evolution of the Office: Cubicles, Open Offices, & the Next Generation
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Teknion, LightArt, T-Concepts 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 - March 22, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Studio Wise Expands Product Line; Streamlines Sales - Known for surface products inspired by its designs for some of West Michigan's most iconic restaurants, breweries, clubs and offices, the design and fabrication studio based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, saw its revenues double last year.
  •   DIRTT Leaf Falls into Place - Leaf is a simple concept: Give objects designed to be put into place until moved hinges and bearing systems and guides so they can move easily.
  •   COVER: BuzziSpace Refined - BuzziSpace has always been known for its innovative acoustic products. Now it is moving further into the office with new lounge seating products that follow the Belgian company's belief that every workplace should be happy and healthy.
  •   Steelcase Results - Steelcase Inc. reported fourth quarter revenue of $769.1 million and net income of $25.8 million.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Maybe it's About Time to Abandon Ship
  •   Stephen Says - "Lost Your Job, But Afraid to Advertise That on Your Resume?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From the Editor-in-Chief - Providing You a Broader View
  •   Research - The Effect of Individualized Work Settings on Productivity and Well-Being
  •   PLACES - LAYER London offices
  •   BoF NEWS - IF Design Award: Gold Award for LessThanFive by Coalesse / Industry-First Bullet and Blast-Resistant Technology Unveiled for Airport Seating
  •   Whiteboard - Defining Privacy for The Future of Workspace Design / Six Design Principles to Support Wellbeing / America's Coming Workplace: Home Alone
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from Clarus, Landscape Forms, Knoll, Luna Textiles, HON, Arconas, Wilkhahn, 3Form, Carnegie, Arc-Com, Luum Textiles, and more!
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 15, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Jamboard — the Whiteboard, Reimagined for Collaboration in the Cloud - Jamboard raises the bar on collaborative creativity, bringing the same real-time collaboration found in G Suite, combined with the best of the web, to your team's brainstorms and meetings.
  •   Nancy Willemstein: The Smile Behind Steelcase for More Than 30 Years - When asked about more than three decades as the receptionist at Steelcase's Global Headquarters in Grand Rapids, it wasn't surprising that Nancy Willemstein responded humbly, though not entirely accurately.
  •   Science of Product Design -- CAD Goes Cloud - Virtually every product you interact with, from the fork you use to eat your lunch, to the office chair you sit in, to the car you drive to work and back, begins its life in CAD.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Beyond Just Playing Nice
  •   Perspective - Scott Lesizza - A Fresh Perspective on Office Seating Plans
  •   Stephen Says - "Will Snoring Get You Fired, or Just Divorced?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Research - 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey
  •   PLACES - TQ Offices – Amsterdam
  •   BoF NEWS - DIRTT Reports Record Q4 and 2016 Annual Results / Inscape Reports Third Quarter Sales Inched Up 2% / Configura Holds Partner Meeting in Grand Rapids / Everything is ready for the 39th edition of CIFF / Allsteel Announces Partnership with Carnegie
  •   Whiteboard - How IdeaPaint is fostering Frictionless Collaboration through Design / How to Design Your Office for Authenticity + Comfort / The Shifting Demands Of The Modern (And Future) Workspace
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New Products from Magis, Lacasse, Falcon and Frem Group
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - March 8, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase and Microsoft Announce Development of Technology - Enabled Spaces to Boost Creative Work - Companies joined forces to develop a range of technology-enabled spaces designed to help organizations foster creative thinking and better collaboration.
  •   COVER: Boss Builds Brand in North America - Boss Design is the latest to build its furniture in the U.S. And after just six months of seriously focusing on making its products here, the move is paying dividends.
  •   Road Trippin': Loctek Lands in Livermore to Help You Get Moving - The company, founded 20 years ago in China, has made a name for itself by building low-cost options to get people moving in the office.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Branding Guts = Business Glory
  •   Stephen Says - "Posting From the Oscars: What If That Guy Worked For You?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Next Gen - OM Studio Collaborates with CSULB Industrial Design
  •   PLACES - Sysrepublic Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - Prep Continues for the CBRE Furniture Forum: Unraveling Furniture Frustrations
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura signs Sunon
  •   BoF NEWS - Antimicrobial Products? Just say NO!
  •   Whiteboard - Apple's Spaceship Campus will lead to more Innovative Workplace Design / Holistically Rethinking the Workplace / The Digital Nomad's Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from LightArt, EKO, Innovations, Shelby Williams, Brentano, Camira, & Creation Baumann
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2017

 
  •   TRENDS | FULLSCREEN OFFICES, NEW YORK CITY - Rapt Studio has designed the new offices of youth media company Fullscreen, located in New York City. For this global youth media company, home is where the content is. And Fullscreen is how you find it. The young startup, featuring videos made by creators around the world, wanted their space to reflect the community they've created and inspire everyone inside.
  •   A FURNITURE SHOW IS HAPPENING IN CHINA: HOW IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - Show organizers say the "Made in China" label connotation is less and less that of poor quality and low price, and instead is now able to provide appropriate and tangible solutions even for a medium-high client sector target.
  •   STATE OF THE MARKET: OCCUPIER PERSPECTIVE - The latest research from Cushman & Wakefield.
  •   A PLACE OF THEIR OWN: HERMAN MILLER AND IBOTTA TEAM UP TO CREATE IDYLLIC LIVING WORKSPACE - Employees of the tech company were overwhelmed with excitement and pride when they moved from a windowless, cramped (former fire station) basement workspace to an entire floor in Denver's tallest high-rise last March.
  •   THE GROWING VALUE OF OUTDOOR WORKSPACE - For years, designers, architects and facility managers have been measuring and improving interior workspace. But, as technology untethers us from set work locations and workplace cultures relax, attention is turning to activate and measure dormant outdoor space with the same fervor.
  •   STREAMLINING FOR SUCCESS WITH PROGRESSLY IN THE WORKPLACE - Having received $6 million in funding, the company's technology consolidates these workplace processes with one standard, making it simpler to perform daily team tasks and projects.
  •   MARCH MADNESS COSTS ECONOMY $1.9 BILLION (AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT IN THE OFFICE) - Recent statistics reveal March Madness has become more popular than ever, thanks in large part to the worldwide betting on the games.
  •   WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE A STAND - Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard that "Sitting is the New Smoking" or maybe that "Your Chair is Killing You." We can thank James Levine of the Mayo Clinic for really bringing this subject into the spotlight back in 2014 when he published his research on NEAT, Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. NEAT is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise.
  •   WORKPLACES - DESIGNING EXPERIENCES - Brand new research from Gensler on the latest trends in workplace design. The new workplace is a moving target - as organizations flatten, collaboration increases, and technology frees workers from their desks.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month you'll find reviews of ESI Lustre LED Task Light, Beyouneeq's Wipenote Dry Erase Notebook, and the Master Lock Bluetooth Indoor Padlock. which, to be fair, didn't impress us.
  •   ENDMATTER - Bob - New lounge seating from Swedish designers Stefan Borselius and Thomas Bernstand. Why are People Searching for Better Places to Work? Microsoft's new offices in Milan. Metal Wall features transforms outdated office lobby.

Business of Furniture - March 1, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Herman Miller: Creating the 'Tapestry of the Room' - Overdrive capitalizes on the progress already made through Shift and accelerates Herman Miller's "transformation into a modern lifestyle brand."
  •   Configura hosts BitCamp for girls - because software and coding isn't just for guys - Configura's BitCampGR event featured a tour of the company's Grand Rapids office and the opportunity to meet with programmers, including women.
  •   3Form Provides the Frame, Designers Paint the Picture with New Wood Frame Product - Wood Frame is a floor-to-ceiling mounted partition system that is easy to install and adaptable to the needs of any space.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Changing the Very Core of Who You Are
  •   Stephen Says - "Gossip is Gold, Except When It Is About You: How to Use and Not Let Gossip Abuse You or Your Company." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sequoia Consulting Offices – San Mateo
  •   BoF NEWS - Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Sales Declines
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Office Launches Innovative Technology
  •   BoF NEWS - Coalesse Introduces Updates to Global Best-Seller SW_1
  •   Whiteboard - Three Ways Technology is Improving The Office / Strategically Rethinking the Workplace / Liquidspace's Newest Service Reinvents Office Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from National Office Furniture, Boss Design, Wilkhahn and BuzziSpace
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 22, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Spring CIFF Promises to be Bigger, Better - As organizers of the 39th CIFF in Guangzhou prepare for the massive furniture fair, they are making an increasingly compelling case for attending the show.
  •   Office Big Box Realspace Competes with Cool, Casual Furniture - Customers want to express their personal style in their workspaces and are seeking functional areas in their homes that are more flexible than the traditional home office and still complement their existing home décor.
  •   3M Window Film Moves Light Farther Into Office - The 3M Daylight Redirecting Film is an alternative for light shelves or redirecting blinds.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Why Only 64 Percent of Projects Meet Their Goals: Promises, Promises...
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Eat Dealer Recruiting: How to Hit Your Competitor Where it Hurts All on Your Own" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   NOTED - Design Futures Council event in the UK last week hosted by Steelcase.
  •   PLACES - SapientRazorfish Offices – London
  •   BoF NEWS - ASID Index Shows Continued Strength; Outlook Bright
  •   BoF NEWS - Dancker, Sellew & Douglas Changes Name to Dancker
  •   BoF NEWS - BIFMA Approves New Office Chair Standard
  •   Whiteboard - How to Design a Creative Brainstorming Space in the Office / Digital Workplace is Ineffective Without Workers' Technical Empowerment / Dystopian Office Tech uses Sensors to Track Workers' Every Move
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Pallas Textiles, ERG, Nightingale, Spec, Designtex & Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 15, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Knoll Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Slump - Net sales were $292.9 million for the fourth quarter, a decrease of 4.2%, from the fourth quarter of 2015.
  •   The Science of Product Design: Solving Acoustics Beautifully with Burgeree - With the decline of systems installations, acoustics has not surprisingly reared its ugly head again as a key design challenge.
  •   UnWork helps BCG create an office of the future in Hudson Yards, New York - The idea of space that is a destination and provides an exciting place to be were two of the guiding principles behind the new BCG workplace at 10 Hudson Yards on Manhattan's far west side.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Next Big Thing for Design Marketing ... Get Ready cause "You're Gonna need a Bigger Boat"
  •   Stephen Says - "Conundrum: What If You Received This Email?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   NOTED - Herman Miller team showing off the remastered Aeron chair at the Stockholm Design Fair last week.
  •   PLACES - McCann Offices – Toronto
  •   BoF NEWS - Haworth Sales Grew 6.4% in 2016
  •   BoF NEWS - HNI Corporation Reports Increased Earnings For Fiscal Year 2016 as Sales Fell
  •   BoF NEWS - CBRE to Host Upcoming Event Examining 'Pressure Points' in the Industry
  •   Whiteboard - The See-Through Office: Why Interior Glass Is All The Rage In Workplace Design / The Open Office: What's Working And What's Not? / Workplace Design Is Failing Knowledge Workers, Says Study
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Nightingale, Versteel, Magis, Maharam & BuzziSpace
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - CIFF Special Edition - February 13, 2017

 
  •   39th CIFF (China International Furniture Fair) - The world’s largest furniture exhibition and the most important business platform in Asia, is opening soon in Guangzhou!
  •   The Fair is Held in 2 Phases - The second phase from March 28-31 is dedicated to the office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture and furniture machinery & raw materials industries.

    Under the theme of Smart Office, Smart Work, with a total scale of 210,000 square meters, the Office Show is the world’s largest office furniture trade fair. It will bring together famous brands from countries and regions including China, Denmark, Australia, Korea, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Chinese and foreign professional visitors, designer teams, medical & healthcare industry insiders and industry experts will gather to seize unlimited opportunities. A pleasant office environment and humanized office furniture have become one of the important factors to increase work efficiency and enhance cohesion among workmates.

    With the theme of "Better Life, Better Work", CIFF 2017 will spare no effort to enhance exhibition quality and provide excellent service, bringing closer connection among industry stakeholders. CIFF is the must-attend furniture industry event in Asia that provides all-round solutions for every attendee from afar.

  •   Guangzhou, China - Canton, or Guangzhou in Chinese, is the largest coastal city in South China, and the third largest city in the country, after Beijing and Shanghai, at all times a flourishing commercial centre, it is definitely one of the most prosperous cities in the country. Chaotic and lively, it unquestionably provides numerous opportunities for you to enjoy yourself and relax after the fair, and to return home with a full stock of memories and photographs.

Business of Furniture - February 8, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Kimball Sales, Profits Continue to Increase in Latest Quarter - Net sales in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 increased 4 percent from the prior year second quarter.
  •   Paperworld Outlines Office of the Future - As part of The Office of the Future exhibit, there were unique spaces designed to show how modern offices must cater to a new generation of employees.
  •   Cover: Symbiote Counts on Quality Over Quantity - Symbiote is good at "turning the knob" a little and adjusting its products for its customer's specific needs.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Your Future Lies in Customer Success
  •   Stephen Says - "Tired of Saying Sorry When You're Not? Me Too!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Whiteboard Offices – Chattanooga
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Announces Restructuring to Implement 'Overdrive' Strategy
  •   BoF NEWS - Retiring Custer Founder and CEO Reflects on 36 Years of Business
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura Exhibits Virtual Reality Technologies at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair
  •   BoF NEWS - The Aram Gallery, in Association with Humanscale Present No Randomness
  •   BoF NEWS - Coalesse Expands Federal Business Opportunities Through Updated GSA Contract
  •   BoF NEWS - HNI Corporation Announces the Retirement of Kevin Stark, Vice President of Design
  •   Whiteboard - Whiteboard Is An Open Office Plan Healthy For Your Staff? / The Well Living Lab Attempts to Connect Human Health With Buildings
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from HBF, Nightingale, Source International, Magnuson, Arper & Brentano
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2017

 
  •   THE SKINNY ON CHEMISTRY: WORKPLACE SUSTAINABILITY - The office furniture industry considers itself to be ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability regulations. Many in the industry's manufacturing sector have initiatives that go beyond compliance and view some environmental regulation as a low bar which they can clear with ease. From what we've seen, that claim is often justified. Kudos all around. So when we saw the recent EPA announcement about a new evaluation protocol under the Toxic Substance Control ACT (TSCA, pronounced "TOSCA" if you're in-the-know), we took notice.
  •   TRENDS | CLOUDFLARE OFFICES IN LONDON - UK-based Jump Studios has designed the first UK office for the Internet performance company Cloudflare. The design has transformed a former paper factory in London's Southwark area into a bright, efficient space, capable of accommodating a growing workforce of programmers and salespeople.
  •   URB-E: A LAST MILE SOLUTION - With 70% of the world's population living in urban cities by 2025, commuters will need efficient, compact and sustainable modes of transportation to get them from home to the office to everywhere inbetween. One solution to that problem is URB-E, a foldable, two-wheeled electric vehicle.
  •   FOR SMITHGROUP JJR, NEW OFFICE IS ALL ABOUT CHOICE - The SmithGroup's decision to move its offices happened for the same reason as many of its customers: The firm was growing and needed more space. So it decided to use its own office to test many of the latest workplace trends.
  •   ACOUSTIC HACKS TO COMBAT OFFICE DIN - Offices are a notorious soundscape of pings, creaks and echoes that reverberate incessantly: clothes rustling, furniture moving, doors opening, phones ringing and colleagues talking.
  •   COWORKING ISN'T JUST ABOUT WORK: WHY EVENTS ARE NEEDED IN SHARED SPACES - Co-working spaces are on the vanguard of workplace trends, forgoing the corporate model to form an innovative, professional community. But enticing membership rates and amenities are not enough to sustain a collective of otherwise disparate solopreneurs. Events act as social glue that promotes a friendly atmosphere of networking and business alliances. Learning how to plan the right mix of events will energize your members.
  •   "WORK MARTYRS" AND WHY THEY MUST BE STOPPED - Work martyrs, as defined by Project: Time Off, are employees who believe it is difficult to take vacation because no one else at the company can do their work while away, who want to show complete dedication to their company and job, who don't want to appear replaceable and who would feel guilty for using their paid time off.
  •   FINDING THE SPACE FOR MEDITATION AT WORK - The business benefits of meditation are numerous. So many people are searching for sacred spaces to clear their heads that meditation spots like MNDFL in New York City and The DEN in Los Angeles are booked solid throughout the day, offering 30-45 minutes of respite.
  •   POSTURE FRIENDLY FURNITURE JUST ONE PIECE OF THE HEALTHY OFFICE PUZZLE - Research shows sitting around all day is hazardous to your health. Physicians say sitting is the new smoking.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Reviews of Neutral Posture's Forearm Support, Goldtouch Wireless Semi-Vertical Mouse, Dihome's Mini Projector and Voke Tab natural Energy.

Business of Furniture - February 1, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Aftershock Speaker Lineup Best in Years - The office furniture industry was gathering for BIFMA's Leadership Conference, dubbed The 360°, just as President Donald Trump was beginning his first week in office.
  •   Economist: Globalism Making Way For Nationalism - The peak of globalization, she believes, happened in 2001 when Europe adopted a single currency. It has been on the decline since then.
  •   Trade Wars: How Sanctions Might Hurt Office Furniture - Trump has complained that China has prospered over the last few decades by focusing its economy on low-cost manufacturing for foreign markets at the expense of the American worker.
  •   COVER - Luxo's L-1, which heralded the modern era in lighting, turns 80
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Unconventional Guide to Wasting Sales Dollars
  •   Stephen Says - "I Know When You Don't Wash Your Hands, and I'm Not the Only One" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Eclectic IQ Offices – Amsterdam
  •   BoF NEWS - Möbel360, Independently Owned Herman Miller Dealer, Opens in Montreal, Quebec
  •   BoF NEWS - Teknion Wins a Pair of 2017 Green Good Design Awards
  •   BoF NEWS - National Office Furniture Launches SpecStudio Online Visualization Tool
  •   Whiteboard - Cisco's Affordable Spark Board Wants To Change How You Conduct Meetings / Six Tips To Update Your Workspace For The Office Renaissance / 5 Essential Elements of Office Space Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Carnegie and KFI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 25, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Leadership Conference Examines Aftershock - The BIFMA Leadership Conference, now simply called The 360°, kicked off Monday evening in St. Petersburg, Fla. with a powerful keynote address and some speedy dining.
  •   COVER: LDI Grows its Brands and Reach Through Acquisition - Prior to last year, few in the office furniture industry gave much thought to Safco and its parent company, Liberty Diversified International.
  •   Everyone Needs an Oasis in the Office - The company was started by Chief Executive Officer Bryan Daisy and his wife, Claire, in 1989. It started as an importer of Danish furniture, but Daisy realized the limitations of the business model. He wanted to do things differently and provide businesses with ready-designed standard solutions, or tailor-made answers to their storage and office.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Check Out the Tech
  •   CoLaboration - Scott Lesizza - Proceed with Caution: Signs that an Employee is Considering Leaving
  •   CoLaboration - Steven L. Blue - Why Incentive Programs Fail
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Slack HQ - New York City
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura announces partnership with Open Systems Technologies - the two global firms expand capabilities
  •   BoF NEWS - Trial Date Set for Baker Trademark Lawsuit
  •   BoF NEWS - OFM Expands Into Everyday Furniture / Keilhauer Wins Two 2016 GOOD DESIGN Awards / New Manufacturer Representative Group in Midwest / Melissa Morris Joins CBRE / AIS Announces the Return of Mark Facciani / Dani Leather Hires North America Sales Manager / AIS Hires Tracy Reed / Much More...
  •   Whiteboard - What Uber Can Tell Us About the Future Workplace / After Two Years Of Trying 6-Hour Workdays, These Companies Say It Worked / A Futuristic Office Is Less Important Than An Office That's Good For Workers
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Okamura, ICF, Keilhauer & Luum
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 18, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: BIFMA Leadership Conference to Convene in St. Pete - The conference always has a top-notch lineup of speakers, almost all of whom have nothing to do with the office furniture industry.
  •   Office Furniture from Amazon? Online Retailer is Threat or Boon to Industry, Depending on Who You Ask - Amazon is a danger and a darling to the traditional office furniture industry. For some, it opens up the market to low price, cut-rate office furniture makers from Asia who previously had a hard time breaking into the North American market.
  •   Upcoming: 39th edition of CIFF in Guangzhou - The Made in China label connotation is less and less that of poor quality and low price, and instead is now able to provide appropriate and tangible solutions even for a medium-high client sector target.
  •   FEATURE - Experts in Design, Ergonomics, Technology and Sustainability Reveal Insights in a Changing Landscape
  •   COVER - Fully is a Retailer Focused on Ergonomics
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Cultivating Referrals
  •   Stephen Says - "Eighty-Year-Old Reps? Why Do People In This Industry Work Until the Grave?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   NOTED - The 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate Breakfast; MSNBC at Trendway
  •   PLACES - Wink Offices – Manhattan
  •   BoF NEWS - The Science of Product Design: Bill Marras Puts His Back into His Work
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Office awards Premier Partner Award
  •   Whiteboard - Why Open Offices are Bad for Us; The Way A Space Feels Is Just As Important As The Way It Looks; Open Plan Offices Ruin Our Productivity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Encore, FLOS, Poliform,Designtex, and Ultrafabrics
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 11, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: Interface to Exit FLOR Retail Channel - Changes will include workforce reductions of approximately 70 FLOR team members and a number of other employees in the commercial business in the Americas and Europe regions, and write-downs of certain underutilized assets.
  •   Strikeout: Why American Seating Left Stadium Seating - The sale is the culmination of an ongoing effort by the company to optimize its operations and resources and pursue significant growth opportunities in the transportation seating market.
  •   Let it Snowsound, Let it Snowsound, Let it Snowsound! - Snowsound has found itself in the right time and the right place. Everyone is moving into the open plan, and the aesthetic in the office is, simply put, really loud.
  •   FEATURE - Humanscale and Tome's OfficeIQ is Getting People Active at Work
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Smoke and Mirrors - Part 2
  •   Stephen Says - "HR Director Asks: Why Does it Take Us So Long to Make a Hire?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - DES Architects + Engineers Offices – San Francisco
  •   BoF NEWS - Industry Vet Buys Philly Herman Miller Dealer
  •   BoF NEWS - Logicdata, Bellow Press to Launch Innovation Series
  •   Whiteboard - The workplaces of 2017 will see a revolution in design / Beyond Millennials: Meet the new Group Inspiring Workplace Innovation
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Allseating, Magnuson, HON, Arc|Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 4, 2017

 
  •   UPFRONT: American Seating Selling Architectural Fixed Seating Business to Irwin Seating - The transaction is expected to close in March 2017, pending due diligence.
  •   Autonomous Promises Tech for Less - Technology is part of everything, changing the way we communicate, learn, listen to music, drive our cars and, increasingly, design our office furniture. Autonomous is another new company that is part of a small, but growing number of office furniture makers that have roots in technology.
  •   Enwork Studio Collection Lures West Coast Techies - Silicon Valley technology companies understand the need for a healthy, happy workforce, but they also want furniture that speaks to the culture of the organization.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Clearing the Smoke
  •   Stephen Says - "Slow Start to the New Year" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Health Plan San Mateo – San Francisco
  •   BoF NEWS - Flat Results, Forecast for Herman Miller
  •   BoF NEWS - Making Sense of Manufacturer Certifications
  •   Whiteboard - Workplace Trends That Will Boom in 2017 / Designing space for virtual collaboration in an untethered world
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from HON, Wolf Gordon & Arc|Com
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 21 & 28, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Low Cost VR Helps Designers Show Off Space - Yulio is a DIY virtual reality platform for those in the business of designing spaces.
  •   DIY Luxury Style: Emerging Custom Furniture Designer Finds His Niche - Design It Yourself designs and builds custom furniture for commercial and residential spaces and provides a wide selection of table tops, table legs and accessories for amateur and professional furniture builders.
  •   Byrne Partners with Shinola on New Consumer Product - While some in the industry might be surprised by Byrne's collaboration with such a hip consumer-facing brand, the company has steadily worked to position itself as a supplier capable of customization.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Sales Enablement for the Rest of Us
  •   Stephen Says - "Your Wife is on Your LinkedIn picture? Are You Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Threadless
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Reports Flat Quarterly Results
  •   BoF NEWS - Maars Living Walls celebrates Seventy Years
  •   BoF NEWS - EthoSource Celebrate its 15th Anniversary
  •   BoF NEWS - Rebecca and Bobby Boenigk named 2016 Community Builders of the Year
  •   BoF NEWS - ESI Ergonomic Solutions Promotes Robert Day
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from HON and HBF
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 14, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Quarter Expected to be Slightly Below Guidance, but Better Than Previous Year - Revenue in the Americas was negatively impacted by lower than expected growth in day-to-day business.
  •   Wilkhahn Celebrates Success with Windy City Party - The company announced earlier this year it would manufacture some of its products sold in North America in the U.S.
  •   Matchmaking in the Workplace - PivotDesk space-sharing arrangements are month-to-month. Nobody is locked into a sublease or a long-term contract. Hosts can have their space back whenever they need it.
  •   FEATURE - Wolf-Gordon Continues to Excavate Office Ideas
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Transparency: The Power of Becoming Customer-Centered
  •   Stephen Says - "All Eyes on You at the Holiday Party, Even Unwanted Ones" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sky Central
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Reports Sales, Profits on the Rise
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Reports Third Quarter Sales Rose 3%
  •   BoF NEWS - Lift Mechanism Maker Linak plans $33M Expansion in Louisville
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Restructures Organization
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from RightAngle, Teknion, ICF & Global
  •   COLORS - Pantone's Color of the Year: Greenery
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 7, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Knoll Purchase of DatesWeiser Opens Door to Conference Room and Custom Furniture - The company continues to acquire complementary companies that compete in the contract furniture and furnishings world and add a different dimension to its core office furniture business.
  •   North American Exhibition Planned for London Event - The North American exhibition will be as unique as the event itself.
  •   The Next Evolution of the Humble Pedestal File - When a major West Coast tech firm asked Great Openings to create a custom mobile storage unit to be considered for a large project last year, the Ludington, Michigan-based company set to work.
  •   FEATURE - Proper Posture and Movement Decreases Stress and Injury
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Transparency: The Power of Removing Walls
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Goals Are Too High? It’s Groundhog’s Day for Reps" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MOBI
  •   BoF NEWS - National Ergonomics Conference Keynotes Provide Wide Range of Information
  •   BoF NEWS - Humanscale Partners with Thrive Global
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from J+J Flooring and LightArt
  •   SNAPSHOT - IIDEXCanada
  •   EVENT WRAP - Teknion at IIDEXCanada
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - December, 2016 / January, 2017

 
  •   WEST ELM PLANTS SEEDS IN BROOKLYN - Home furnishings retailer West Elm's workforce moved into its new DUMBO offices (a Brooklyn neighborhood that gets its name because it is Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in August and since taking possession of the space, it has become a living laboratory for its West Elm Workspace with Inscape brand while serving as a hip hub for its 320 employees. And what a space it is. West Elm was committed to staying in its home in Brooklyn, where the company was founded in 2002.
  •   GEN XER FINDS PLACE AT HONG KONG WE WORK - We Work has made a huge investment in Hong Kong with the development of two sites in the city — one in Causeway Bay and the other in Wanchai — for a combined total of 15 floors. Like We Work offices in other cities around the world, there are common areas on each floor with coffee and beer taps, "phone booths" for private calls and communal copy machines.
  •   POWER UP YOUR WORKSPACE: CHARGING OPTIONS FOR ACTIVE OFFICES - While mobile devices (like all the ones we carry every day) have liberated us from working at a single spot throughout the day, that pesky issue of battery life remains. Many offices were designed in an era when electrical sockets along the walls were more than sufficient for our desktop devices. Now that layouts are flexible and dynamic, supporting new configurations with power can be a challenge. In this feature you'll find some charging solutions that will keep employees connected no matter where they work.
  •   INSIDESALES.COM & DATA MINING THE GREAT MILLENNIAL SHIFT - Millennials have officially surpassed baby boomers as the nation's largest living generation, dominating the workforce and causing businesses to scramble to meet their demands. You may be thinking, "not another article about millennials," but — spoiler alert — this one will have an interesting twist.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - If you do a lot of writing, you understand what an important tool a pen like the Ti2 TechLiner still is in this digital world. The new MacBook Pro is faster, thinner and lighter. The company touts its new MacBooks for an even brighter, more colorful display as well. It is one of the most technically advanced work tools ever built. Though it is a great machine, it still has a couple of grumble-worthy features as well.
  •   VITRA OUTLINES WORK AT ORGATEC - When the organizers of Orgatec approached Vitra Chief Executive Officer Nora Fehlbaum about taking an entire hall at the biennial trade fair in Cologne, Germany, she declined. How would a single company fill out an entire 12,000 square meter hall into a cohesive story about its brand, even one as iconic as Vitra? Upon reflection, Fehlbaum said she started to see it as an opportunity to curate an environment that went beyond office furniture.
  •   "GET TO THE HEART" BOOK BY TED FRANK - Everyone who has walked into an office to work has sat through mind-numbing presentations. They are the bane of office dwellers everywhere. But what if everyone put the movie industry's storytelling secrets into their presentations to make them clear and compelling?
  •   PERSONAL BRANDING IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE - Many companies and business professionals tend to be unaware of how they perform as a brand and how important a brand is.
  •   WHAT MAKES A WORKPLACE GREAT FOR WOMEN? - Recognizing talent, as well as the competitive advantages and skills women in the workplace provide, has been key to Transwestern's success in the industry.

Business of Furniture - November 30, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Herman Miller Flagship Influence Stretches Beyond Retail - The opening of the Flagship, as the company calls it, is an example of its branding strategy in action, says Ben Watson, executive creative director.
  •   What a Little Outfit from Zeeland has Brought to the Big Apple - Herman Miller's success always has been a study in contrasts. New York ideas and Michigan know-how, innovative expression and generations-deep craft, piety and play all form the essence of the output and appeal.
  •   Clarus Finds Its Products Popular at Home Too - Occasionally, an office product becomes a surprise home hit, even to the company that makes it. That's what happened to Clarus Glassboards and its go! Mobile product, a design-friendly portable whiteboard with an office pedigree and a growing number of residential fans.
  •   FEATURE - What Makes a Workplace Great for Women?
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Transparency: The Power of the Customer's Voice
  •   Stephen Says - "Keep Your Cold to Yourself" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   CoLaboration - "7 Small Workplace Changes that Make the Big Impact" - by Scott Lesizza
  •   PLACES - Karma
  •   BoF NEWS - Configura Releases Version 7.5 of CET Designer
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Office DC Showroom Achieves LEED-CI Gold
  •   BoF NEWS - Healthcare Leader Returns to HDR
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Fitterfirst, Arc-Com, Camira, Innovations
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 23, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: ErgoExpo Continues to Grow in Size and Importance - The National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo may not be the largest show for the industry, but it is the only one of its kind.
  •   Herman Miller Opens First Stand-Alone Retail Store in NYC - The store occupies 6,000 square feet on the ground and second floors of Herman Miller's multi-level presence at 251 Park Avenue South in Manhattan.
  •   Ergo Impact Launches LeanRite - At the National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo in Las Vegas last week, Ergo Impact, a new company focused on the healthy workplace, launched its first product, LeanRite, a perching/sitting/leaning product designed to get workers moving from position to position in the office.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Investing into Sales & Marketing, part 3
  •   Stephen Says - "Can Scruff Get a Man Fired?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Square
  •   BoF NEWS - GM Drives Furniture Reuse with Herman Miller
  •   BoF NEWS - Unique Furniture Shows Off SOHO Offerings
  •   AWARDED - OM's Truly. gets the hat trick
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from National Office Furniture, UnSit, Designtex, ERG & Brentano
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 16, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon East: Did it Suffer from Post-Prez Hangover? - It was an important year for NeoCon East as the show, which moved to Philadelphia from Baltimore last year, tried to get its footing in a new location. Whether NeoCon East was a success this year depended on who you asked.
  •   Mükava Created to Make Your Tab Fab - The brand and its products started out in the U.S. market, but are beginning to be distributed in Europe and Asia.
  •   Not Everyone's Old: Millennial Starts Rep Group in Kentucky - The aging of the office furniture industry has a lot of executives wringing their hands about what they can do about bringing younger generations — and a different and new way of thinking — into the fold.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Investing into Sales & Marketing, part 2
  •   Stephen Says - "Hate Them Or Love Them, You Gotta Drink With Them" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MOBI
  •   BoF NEWS - NeoCon East: Did it Suffer from Post-Prez Hangover?
  •   BoF NEWS - NeoCon East Keynotes Deliver Dose of Design
  •   BoF NEWS - DIRTT Posts Record Third Quarter Revenues
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from ErgoCentric, Trendway, Kimball, & Pallas
  •   SNAPSHOT - HCD - Healthcare Design Expo; BDNY - Boutique Design New York
  •   AWARDS - Latest winners
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 9, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: NeoCon East Kicks Off Todays - Last year was the first in Philadelphia, and exhibitors liked the venue change. There's more to do in Philadelphia outside the show, and it is easier to book a nice dinner than it was when the show was in Baltimore.
  •   Another Timeless Classic at Herman Miller - Gerb Kingma's accumulated knowledge of the company's culture, history and designs makes him an invaluable resource and mentor to Herman Miller's sales personnel in his role on the corporate customer experience team.
  •   Falcon to Introduce Kubo Sound-Absorbing Cubes at NeoCon East - Kubo works a lot like ceiling baffles, sound absorbing panels that are hung to reduce noise in a large room.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Investing into Sales & Marketing, part 1
  •   Stephen Says - "The Hiring Tap is Dry, but Only in the Off-Season?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - ING Bank
  •   BoF NEWS - NeoCon East: The Region's Most Important Commercial Interiors Event Offers Insider Look at New Design Trend
  •   BoF NEWS - Rightsize Opens the Doors to a New Office in Downtown Milwaukee
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Office Receives EDspaces Innovation Award
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New products from Allseating and Flos
  •   SNAPSHOT - Humanscale's PopUp Showroom
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 2, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Orgatec: Why It Still Matters - What you see on the massive trade show stands in Cologne literally defines how your office will be organized, outfitted and look, so it is important to watch the trends coming out of the fair.
  •   NeoCon East Offers Wealth of Smart Market Ready Solution - This year, 200 top companies will show a wide range of market-ready solutions spanning the workplace, health care, education, retail and hospitality sectors, as well as the largest concentration of products and services supported by the GSA.
  •   Vitra Outlines Work at Orgatec - To create Work, Vitra selected design, architecture and technology companies to share the exhibition space.
  •   FEATURE - Configura Holds Conference in Grand Rapids
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Conversation Cloud and Transparency
  •   Stephen Says - "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - DoubleDutch
  •   BoF NEWS - Orgatec Look Book
  •   BoF NEWS - The Desirable Dozen: 12 Products at Orgatec Worth a Look
  •   BoF NEWS - Over: Orgatec Ends On Positive Note
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Posts Income "Best in 15 Years"
  •   BoF NEWS - Mondopad "Wows" in Meadows Office Interiors Installation
  •   BoF NEWS - NeoCon East Will Deliver Powerful + Productive Industry Moment for the Northeast Region
  •   BoF NEWS - NeoCon East - A Wealth of Smart Market Ready Solutions
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Flexsteel, Camira, National Office
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - November, 2016

 
  •   DISTRACTION & VIRTUAL REALITY - WORKPLACE TECH - Tech in the workplace is vital to communication, both externally and within organizations. We are surounded by screens– laptops, phones, tablets, televisions– and while they are all necessary to the everyday work we do, they also cause distraction and loss of focus on that very same work.
  •   JLL'S OFFICE OUTLOOK - Neither Brexit nor summer vacation were able to slow the office leasing market during the third quarter and by the end of September, U.S. leasing volume totaled nearly 60 million square feet—4.4 percent higher than the fourth-quarter trailing average—and expansionary leases comprised the largest share of 20,000-square-foot-and-larger leases at 47.1 percent.
  •   FROM THE STREETS OF SPAIN TO THE DEPARTMENT STORES OF AMERICA: SOLUDOS NURTURES ITS SOLE - When Nick Brown was a boy, he often traveled to Spain from his native England on holiday where he loved the laid-back Spanish lifestyle. Life there seemed to slow down with things getting done on their own time, poco a poco (little by little). And for Brown, those memories are embodied by the shoes he wore while on vacation: espadrilles..
  •   FURNITURE MAKERS: PREPARE AS GEN Z ENTERS THE OFFICE, MORE CHANGE IS COMING - So, who is Generation Z and what types of offices will they need to succeed now that Millennials have changed the conversation?
  •   HOW AN EVENT IN COLOGNE, GERMANY WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - Once every two years, an office furniture show is held in Cologne, Germany, that will define the way you work, how the office will look and what the workplace will be for years to come.
  •   REMASTERING A CLASSIC: HERMAN MILLER LAUNCHES NEW AERON - Herman Miller has enhanced the chair by combining the latest insights since Aeron was first launched in 1994.
  •   THE PHENOMENON KNOWN AS AERON - A certain, reliable cash cow for Herman Miller.
  •   PERSONAL BRANDING IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE - Many companies and business professionals tend to be unaware of how they perform as a brand and how important a brand is.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - Who needs an organizer when you have a smart phone? I get it. Digitally organizing one's life is wonderful. But for those of us who need to write things down — ideas, contacts, events — there's nothing like a Filofax Personal Organizer. Also Microsoft's Universal Foldable Keyboard, Aromatherapy for the workplace and Amped Bluetooth Neck Bands.
  •   COWORKING: A CORPORATE REAL ESTATE PERSPECTIVE - An unfamiliar concept 10 years ago and poorly understood even now, coworking is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial real estate market. In the few years since the concept began to take hold, the industry has grown to include more than 11,000 shared workspaces around the globe.
  •   END MATTER - Nissan has collaborated with UK-based design workshop studio Hardie to transform its zero emission 'E-NV200 van into the world's first all-electric mobile office–the 'ENV200 workspace'.

Business of Furniture - October 26, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Orgatec 2016: Relevant and Fresh - Orgatec itself seems to be suffering slightly from a truly interconnected world. In the past, the show was a game changing event that defined the office for the two years that followed.
  •   Big (dark) Blue Works with Blu Dot - To make things easy for dealers, Steelcase is plugging Blu Dot into its Smart Tools software and order management system. Steelcase will take care of the logistics, getting the Blu Dot items to its customers through a single order with the rest of the Steelcase products.
  •   Remastering a Classic: Herman Miller Launches New Aeron - With the input of original co-designer Don Chadwick, and a team of scientists, engineers, materials specialists and researchers who worked on the project for over two years,
  •   FEATURE - What to look for at Orgatec
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - 7 Habits of Salesmasters
  •   Stephen Says - "The Louder the Mouth, The Younger the Officemate" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Pinterest
  •   BoF NEWS - Knoll Reports Continued Growth and Margin Expansion
  •   BoF NEWS - HNI Reports Earnings
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Launches New Aeron in NYC
  •   SNAPSHOT - KI Celebrates Dōni in Style!
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Aeron Reborn - Special Edition - BoF - October 20, 2016

 
  •   REMASTERING A CLASSIC: HERMAN MILLER LAUNCHES NEW AERON - The iconic Aeron chair, which for more than two decades has been the symbol of start-ups and creatives, is getting a major top-to-bottom overhaul that keeps the classic shape, but updates just about everything else on it.
    With the input of original co-designer Don Chadwick, and a team of scientists, engineers, materials specialists and researchers who worked on the project for over two years, Herman Miller has enhanced the chair by combining the latest insights since Aeron was first launched in 1994.

  •   THE PHENOMENON KNOWN AS AERON - When Herman Miller launched Aeron, the disruptively different chair design from the perfectly complementary minds of Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, all heaven broke loose.
    Despite a fair amount of focus-group dissonance and doubt, the chair debuted to approving, even awestruck throngs at Orgatec 1994. By the time I joined the Herman Miller communications team in the spring of 1998, Aeron had become an object of desire for many upwardly mobile office workers, as well as a reliable cash cow for Herman Miller’s employees and shareholders.

  •   FROM GERIATRIC INSPIRATION TO DESIGN CLASSIC: THE HISTORY OF THE AERON - Simply put, the Herman Miller Aeron chair is the most important piece of office furniture ever built.
    Herman Miller balked at what the designers first came up with, the Sarah chair, because, well, they didn’t know how to sell a high-end ergonomic chair for old people. So Stumpf and Chadwick went back to the drawing board.


Business of Furniture - October 19, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Orgatec 2016 Opens Next Week - The show is fully booked, even as organizers added to the exhibition area by 20 percent. And that's without the help of some of the largest brands in the industry that are not exhibiting at Orgatec for some odd reason.
  •   How do Baby Boomers and Millennials Thrive in the Same Workspace? - Despite an initial wave of culture shock from Generation Xers, the majority recognize that it ain't hip to be square anymore and are open to bridging the generational divide.
  •   Old World Craftsmanship Meets Tech Automation - How one artisan tile company is leveraging technology to change the game and fight the notion that they're "just" a commodity.
  •   FEATURE - Making Offices More Beautiful, One Slice at a Time
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Discontinuous Change and Transparency
  •   Stephen Says - "Are Friendly Hires Friendly Fire?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Apple
  •   BoF NEWS - A Unique Branding & Wayfinding Solution
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Recognized with Multiple Supplier Diversity Awards
  •   BoF NEWS - Meadows Office Interiors adds Director of Project Coordination and Director of Service Operations
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Source International, Falcon Products
  •   SNAPSHOT - Hon Launches Build, The Eyes have it
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - October 12, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: HNI to Close Paoli Plant in Orleans, Indiana - The plan is to begin phasing out the manufacturing operations in January. Some departments may leave the facility early in the year while others won’t be phased out until next fall.
  •   Allermuir Leads Senator into U.S. Market - Building its furniture in North America makes Senator much more price competitive than its European rivals.
  •   Big Box Explores Co-Working - Staples continues to expand its business services for store customers and online and on-the-go mobile and social apps, so it’s a natural evolution for the company to expand into co-working spaces, having found success already with in-store business centers.
  •   FEATURE - Davis Hopes Designers are Mindful of Zen
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Best-Laid Plans (part 2)
  •   Stephen Says - "Millennial Mayhem" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Instagram
  •   BoF NEWS - Safco to keep Mayline plant open
  •   BoF NEWS - Knoll Designs Featured in MoMA Exhibition How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior
  •   BoF NEWS - The Rise of Co-working
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Hon, Brentano, Arc|Com
  •   SNAPSHOT - A day at the Zoo, Greenbuild, Road Trip for Storr Office
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - October 5, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Overseas Markets Wants to Open the World to Industry - North American brands are highly valued around the world, including products for the commercial interiors markets, which are consistently specified by architects and designers worldwide.
  •   Herman Miller alleges firm sold knock-off Eames products - For Herman Miller, the lawsuit comes as a part of the company's overall strategy to police and curtail unlawful use of its trademarks.
  •   Seating Inc. Puts Overstock to Good Use - On average, NAEIR members receive $18,000 worth of free merchandise each year.
  •   FEATURE - Chair Art Wows Furniture City During ArtPrize
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Best-Laid Plans
  •   Stephen Says - "Promises Lost" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Squarespace
  •   BoF NEWS - Vingerhoets to Lead Italian Unifor USA
  •   BoF NEWS - Interior Designers Understand the Value of Health and Wellness in the Built Environment
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Encore, Innovations & EKO
  •   SNAPSHOT - Interphase Interiors hosted Reggae on the Roof, Utrecht arm chair in production at the Cassina factory in Italy, Opening Today - Greenbuild
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - October, 2016

 
  •   TEXTILE EVOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE - THE FUTURE OF TECH - The "golden era" for contract textiles began with the advent of the cubicle in the open office. These so-called cube farms translated into large canvases for the color and texture of textiles. These soft materials aided in delivering the acoustic absorbency and privacy that 60", 72", and even 84" high panel systems provided. Toward the end of end of the millennium, the industry realized that panel heights were beginning to come down, leaving less room for fabric. Textile manufacturers certainly took notice as they saw yardage-per-workstation shrinking.
  •   THE RISE OF CO-WORKING - As one of the fastest-growing workplace movements of the last decade, co-working enables people from diverse backgrounds to work together in a common space. The number of co-working spaces around the world has increased by nearly 700 per cent since 2011. Globally, an estimated half a million people work in more than 7,800 shared workspaces today, a number which is expected to climb to 37,000 over the next two years.
  •   MARY KAY GOES PINK IN SHANGHAI - Mary Kay's Shanghai headquarters is a testament to the brand and the Chinese market's growing thirst for beauty products. And that beauty is reflected in the space, a remarkable office that holds the company's founding principles of empowering women and entrepreneurship dear.
  •   SWEAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS - DREAM (Dundee Real Estate Asset Management) recently remodeled its space in a way that shows how an office building created to celebrate individual achievement can be transformed into a showplace of collaboration.
  •   TURNING VIRTUAL GAMES INTO OFFICE REALITY - FunPlus is a mobile, social gaming company that puts fun first for players worldwide. The company's signature game, "Family Farm," is enjoyed by more than 6 million players each day and growing. Founded in 2010, FunPlus employs more than 400 people and is headquartered in Beijing, China, with offices in San Francisco and Vancouver. By focusing its market in Europe and the Middle East, it is number six on Facebook's gaming list, and number one in China.
  •   HARD WORK LEADS TO HARD PLAY FOR CEOS - Executives who compete in the CEO Challenges get a first-class experience at the event.
  •   LUNCHTIME YOGA SESSIONS LEAD TO CUBEFIT - It is urgent that companies lay a more holistic foundation for controlling organizational stress.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - After many miles and more years than I care to admit, it was time for a new bag to carry my laptop, other electronics and various things I carry to and from work and when I travel. •Now there is an affordable solution to help us overcome the lack of color memory or the ability to match colors. But the COLOR MUSE can do much more than just match paint. •My favorite currency converter is a free app. •How about rechargeable batteries that already come charged?
  •   RESEARCH: THE DRIVE TOWARD HEALTHIER BUILDINGS 2016 - 75% of owners want to achieve improved employee/tenant satisfaction when they invest in healthier buildings, but only 68% of architects, 51% of contractors and 41% of interior designers see this as a top goal for their clients.

Business of Furniture - September 28, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Global Celebrates 50 by Positioning Itself for Next Half Century - Regardless of the Feldberg at the helm, Global's growth and success is a remarkable story.
  •   Bretford Explains Move Out of Furniture - It is getting out of furniture production and focusing instead on products that support technology.
  •   High Point Rolls Out Red Carpet to Hospitality Furniture - The idea for a special event within the High Point Market geared for the hospitality community arose from a focus group conducted during the April show.
  •   FEATURE - Distraction-Free Design is the Next Evolution of Your Workspace
  •   FEATURE - FlexJobs Announces Five Flexible Job Categories on the Rise
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - From a Different Point of View
  •   Stephen Says - "A New Job, A Satisfied Reader" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Fuhu
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller Results
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Results
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest from OM, Landscape Forms, Wilkhahn and Unika Vaev
  •   SNAPSHOT - KnollTextiles
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - September 21, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: It's Lights out for Kontor "the visual network for workplace design" - What happens when you take $10 million and a bunch of photos of workplaces? Apparently not much. Just ask the folks at Kontor.
  •   West Elm Workspaces Sweating the Details - In some ways, the trajectory of its product introductions is following a similar path to its launch into the contract office furniture market. West Elm, the retail furniture juggernaut, got into the office furniture industry because it couldn't find what it was looking for from anyone else.
  •   Lunchtime Yoga Sessions Lead to CubeFit - Workplace stress is a significant contributor to both health problems and costs. Americans are working longer and harder. Absenteeism due to job stress has escalated. It is urgent that companies lay a more holistic foundation for controlling organizational stress.
  •   EDITORIAL - What do YOU Have to Say?
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Communities of Trust
  •   Stephen Says - "From Diapers to Diapers: When Parents Become Our Children" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - McCann Offices
  •   BoF NEWS - Humanscale First to Hit Living Product Target
  •   BoF NEWS - Neutral Posture Wins Texas Business Star Award
  •   BoF NEWS - Survey: Open Plan Threatens Productivity; Worker Peace of Mind
  •   BoF NEWS - Tips for Cultivating a Happy Workplace
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Reports Flat Sales
  •   BoF NEWS - HNI Corporation Updates Earnings Guidance For Third Quarter And Fiscal Year 2016
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest from Arconas
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - September 14, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: CIFF Shanghai, Take 2 - Regardless of how CIFF's fall edition made its way to Shanghai or how it was organized at the massive National Exhibition & Convention Center, the office furniture makers that took over three halls there did their part to advance the Chinese industry.
  •   Disrupting Industry Norms, The Neenan Company Pioneers Integrated Real Estate Strategy - Integration is the lifeblood of The Neenan Co.
  •   Is Yours a Great Place to Work? - Overall, great workplaces seem to run the gamut in terms of business types, and there aren't necessarily specific ones more attuned to creating better places to work.
  •   FEATURE - Welcome to China; Furniture shows like this don't start and succeed because there is a need. They start and succeed because this country wants CIFF to happen.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Sales Prevention Syndrome
  •   Stephen Says - "Email Libel Is Forever Libel" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   SNAPSHOTS - CIFF Shanghai, China
  •   SNAPSHOTS - KI Hosts San Francisco Showroom Opening
  •   SNAPSHOTS - Herman Miller
  •   PLACES - Pagerduty
  •   BoF NEWS - CIFF Shanghai Look Book
  •   BoF NEWS - Inscape Sales Surge in Latest Quarter
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Finally unloads Post Falls, ID Factory
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Textiles
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - September 7, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Shanghai Set to Host CIFF; Launches with Party - The show runs Wednesday through Saturday with several of the 13 massive halls filled with office furniture. The rest of the show will be filled with everything else that has to do with furniture.
  •   New COLOR MUSE Device Provides Option for Exact Color Matching - The COLOR MUSE app is unlike other color apps in the marketplace today, most of which only show a manufacturer's product catalog.
  •   Durst is a Driving Force in Interior Design - Within the contract interiors industry, Durst is widely regarded as an eloquent and engaging advocate and ambassador for the design profession.
  •   FEATURE - Humanscale Makes Headway in Living Product Challenge
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Train Drain
  •   Stephen Says - "Seeing Through Glassdoors" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   SNAPSHOTS - InterContinental Hotel Shanghai, China
  •   BoF NEWS - Passing: KI Executive Norman Nance, 57
  •   BoF NEWS - Teknion Pursuing WELL Certification for its NYC and Toronto Showrooms
  •   BoF NEWS - Dekko Acquires Electri-Cable Assemblies
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2016

 
  •   JLL'S OFFICE OUTLOOK 2Q 2016 - The first half of 2016 has, no doubt, been filled with surprises, but results from the second quarter indicate that office markets across the United States remain stable and are, in many cases, still growing. Expanding tenants drove further occupancy gains during the quarter, which were most pronounced in tech and Sun Belt markets where demand has been both persistent and growing.
  •   DISCOVER FINANCIAL CREATES URBAN HUB FOR CHICAGO EMPLOYEES - About 16 percent of Discover Financial Services' Chicago-area workforce — more than 3,000 people — live in the city and must commute to the company's Riverwoods headquarters. In ideal traffic conditions, which isn't often in one of the most snarled cities in the world, it takes about an hour to drive from Chicago to Riverwoods, a suburb northwest of downtown.
  •   DESIGN GROUP LEADS THE WAY WITH MOVE INTO OFFICE OF THE FUTURE - When you are the American Society of Interior Designers, workplace design matters, especially your own. So when the interior design group decided to move into a new headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization knew it had to create a space that was not only functional for its own employees, but inspirational for its membership. The space had to reflect the best attributes of a workplace, but also the best thinking and best practices of an entire profession.
  •   POKEMON AS A WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT AT WORK? - The HealthyWager is an individual weight loss challenge where participants select their weight loss goal, decide on how long they want to take to lose the weight and how much they want to bet on their success, and then win if they successfully reach their goal.
  •   LACTATION ROOMS HELP WORKING MOTHERS TRANSITION BACK TO OFFICE - Lactation support can lower turnover rates, medical costs, sick time and absenteeism while improving productivity, morale and retention.
  •   FIREPLACES FIND A PLACE IN OFFICES - As humans, we naturally gravitate to fire and fireplaces. Fireplaces invite us to relax, linger and calm down. Wouldn't it be great to have a fireplace in an office, a place where stress is often high and clear thinking is critical?
  •   ALL-IN-ONE WORKSTATION DESIGNED AROUND USER - What started as a project to help a friend work through an injury turned into a business model to create the ultimate healthy workstation. Che Voigt and his business partner, John Speicher — he's the guy who was injured — went to work designing the Altwork Station and building a business around it. Perhaps because it came from outside the office furniture industry, the Altwork Station does look and function remarkably different from nearly anything else on the market
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - An office chair can be described in many ways, but fun is rarely one of them. Yet, the KI Sway chair is just that — and a lot more. Sway is designed to work in casual areas of the office or in an educational setting (imagine a lounge area in an office or commons area in a college). It is one of the most unique looking chairs we've ever seen, but it is the movement of the chair that really makes it shine.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - August 31, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: CIFF Ready to Kick Off in Shanghai - The show is expected to gather about 2,000 top brands from Asia and abroad. National Pavilions from countries include Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea. Though it is not a show that is known for attracting North American visitors, both KI and Herman Miller exhibited in Shanghai last year.
  •   Former Herman Miller Executive Jack Schreur Named New CEO of FLOS USA - Schreur is known for his dedication and passion for design-focused home and office products.
  •   Senator Builds Brand in US with New Products - The company launched seven new products at NeoCon, including a chair specifically designed for the U.S. market that put the brand in a position to make great headway in North America.
  •   FEATURE - Scheduling Headaches Soothed by App
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - PPT – Pete's Why
  •   Stephen Says - "Making a Plan: How to Start Moving" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   SNAPSHOTS - Trendway Factory
  •   BoF NEWS - Charlotte, NC Steelcase Dealer buys another North Carolina-based Steelcase Dealer
  •   BoF NEWS - Allsteel Dealer Interiors Environments Expands to Denver via IE Connect
  •   BoF NEWS - Knoll Wins Inaugural Linny Award for Excellence in Product Design
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - August 24, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Safco adds Mayline and 'Robust Assortment' of Products - The acquisition of Mayline is a very strategic move for Safco.
  •   How the Election is Hurting the Industry (All Politics Aside) - Whether rational or not, the election does affect the business cycle. Some 60 percent of business economists say uncertainty about the November vote is damaging prospects for growth this year, according to a survey released in June.
  •   NELSON Announces Launch of Creative Tech & Media Workplace Design Practice - With a finger on the pulse of major metropolitan areas across the country, NELSON's launch of a dedicated TAMI practice continues to track the changing needs of this emerging sector.
  •   FEATURE - Via Wants to Rewrite Work Inside and Out
  •   FEATURE - Kinsler Drawn to Trendway 'Caring and Commitment'
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Digital Waves
  •   Stephen Says - "Finding Employees or Becoming Unemployed" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Process - "The Path to Leadership Through Mentoring" - by Scott Lesizza
  •   BoF NEWS - The July 2016 Furniture Industry Index is Solid - Over Three Years of Steady Growth
  •   BoF NEWS - Studio-Tag Launches
  •   BoF NEWS - Companies Who 'Care' Favored by 47% of American Workers
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - August 17, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Interior Design Group Outlines First Quarter Performance for Profession - Practitioner perspectives on current and future business conditions for the interior design industry are a helpful indicator of changes in the direction of economic activity.
  •   Three Ways the Generation Gap Affects the Design Industry - The Steelcase WorkLife Center at Columbus Circle was packed for the July forum hosted by the International Interior Design Association's (IIDA) New York Chapter.
  •   Thinking out of the box leads back to the box - People are stopping in their tracks as they pass through a vibrant Maryland city plaza and notice a distinctive structure that recently appeared.
  •   FEATURE - ERG Works to 'Perfect the Product,' Not Follow Fads
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - PPT – It's Not Just PowerPoint
  •   Stephen Says - "Work Stinks" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - HPFI Finishes Their Fiscal Year 2016 Strong
  •   BoF NEWS - President of OFM Recognized by Woodworking Network
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball Office, CMG Media sign leases at SL Green’s 215 Park Avenue South
  •   BoF NEWS - New Day Launches Education Division
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - August 10, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Dirtt Growth Continues - Revenue increased by $8.4 million, or 15.9%, for Q2 2016 compared with Q2 2015.
  •   New Book Outlines Healthy Workplace - Creating healthy workplaces is a relatively new area of emphasis, so the book also helps readers design the workplace for health by following new building standards like the WELL Building Standard to develop spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life.
  •   All-In-One Workstation Designed Around User - "Why hasn't someone made a workstation like this before? Because it is really hard," said Altwork co-founder and chief executive officer Che Voigt.
  •   FEATURE - Calligaris Moves Into Commercial
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Creating Customer Communities, Part 2
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Ten demonstrable truths about the workplace you may not know
  •   BoF NEWS - NeoCon East Returns to Philadelphia
  •   BoF NEWS - First Office STAKS product series in CET Designer
  •   BoF NEWS - New from Magnuson, Smith & Fong, Humanscale, Brentano, Gunlocke, Arcadia
  •   SNAPSHOT - ConAgra Foods
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - August 3, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Sina Pearson Textiles is now part of Momentum Group - With Momentum Group, Sina Pearson will continue to design many more fabrics now unencumbered by the daily task of running a business.
  •   Choice in the Office Can Be Both Frightening and Tantilizing - What attendees discovered is that with choice and change comes a fair number of challenges -- for the designers trying to create the best spaces possible, the companies that hire designers to create their offices and for workers who inhabit them.
  •   Dyson Sets Sights on LED Lighting - Dyson designers are hard at work creating its Dyson Professional brand and products at its Chicago office, in the same building as Groupon that was built as the Montgomery Ward Catalog House, a fitting mix of Dyson history and young professionals in a hip office setting.
  •   FEATURE - The Business of Products
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Creating Customer Communities, Part 1
  •   Stephen Says - "Working on Planes, Trains, and in Automobiles" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Knoll Posts 9.7% Gain in Quarterly Sales
  •   BoF NEWS - Kimball International Reports Fourth Quarter / FY 2016
  •   BoF NEWS - Interface results: Second quarter sales in Americas business declined 6.0%
  •   BoF NEWS - Leggett Tops Q2 Earnings, Sales Lag; Revises Outlook
  •   SNAPSHOT - The Cloud
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2016

 
  •   GENSLER: U.S. WORKPLACE SURVEY 2016 - The 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey is the most recent installment in Gensler's 10-year Workplace Survey research effort. The A&D firm surveyed a panel-based sample of more than 4,000 U.S. office workers in 11 industries to understand where, and how, work is happening today, and the role design plays in employee performance and innovation.
  •   FUN | WORKPLACE PERFORMANCE - Working behind a desk may not seem appealing day-to-day, but there is a growing trend of companies, both large and small, who are challenging the paradigm that work can't be fun. What better time to explore this topic than when we are weighted by current events and have the summer office blues?
  •   LEADERSHIP AT FURNITURE MAKER MOVES TO 'BANKS OF THE RIVER' - Some executives would blanche at the idea of strangers walking through their offices, but Steelcase is at the forefront of a movement that tears down the corporate walls between the company's leadership team and its workers. And it seems to be working.
  •   WHAT SWEDEN CAN TEACH US ABOUT BALANCING WORK AND LIFE - Studies have shown that employees are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs and careers. From working long hours and experiencing health problems to feeling unappreciated, employees are sensing the crunch of a corporate system that desperately needs an overhaul.
  •   EXAMPLES OF 'TRIVSEL' CAN BE FOUND AROUND THE WORLD - Whether we call it trivsel, dobre samopoczucie, nhlalakahle, or bien-etre, the feeling of well-being is something humans appreciate, especially in the American workplace - which has typically ignored a wholistic approach to its mental and physical infrastructure until now.
  •   EXECUTIVES HEAD OUT OF THE OFFICE - Imagine a typical corner office for a company president. Does a cloister of wood paneling and stately furniture or an expanse of windows overlooking skyscrapers come to mind? While executive spaces are traditionally separate from junior-level employees, the same shift to open offices is altering the role and function of leadership areas. Learn about which industries have let the corner office go the way of the cubicle and which businesses are striking balance between executive privacy and transparency.
  •   WORKPLACE TECH IS FAST (BUT NEVER FAST ENOUGH) - The spinning wheel of death or the hourglass — we've all seen them. You go to save a large document or hit send on an e-mail with an attachment, and your screen freezes while the dreaded icon appears and just keeps going around and around. As that world keeps turning, yours comes to a grounding halt.
  •   MOVING BEYOND MILLENNIALS: UNDERSTANDING GENERATION Z AND ITS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE MODERN WORKPLACE - While appealing to Millennials has dominated the workplace conversation in recent years, a new group, Generation Z, is on its way to transform how organizations conduct day-to-day business.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - While at NeoCon I noticed an increase in options for customers placing orders. One of the options that will undoubtedly continue to grow is through the Internet.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - July 27, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: First Look Brings New Products to NYC - First Look is more exhibition than show since it is a single evening rather than a days-long event like NeoCon or Orgatec. And since it does present products shown at NeoCon, First Look is a bit of a misnomer. Yet First Look is just that for many in the New York design community who do not make the trek to Chicago.
  •   theMART is Evolving - This project is an adventure in designing public space that is functional for commuters, tenants and show spaces alike. TheMART is already a huge tech hub and the contract furniture epicenter, but could it be more?"
  •   Spec Practices the Golden Rule to Celebrate Silver Anniversary - Building a company and a solid reputation is never easy. The right mix of people and experiences is critical when a company is launched.
  •   FEATURE - Nextep Takes Active Design Seriously
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - The Transition to MethodWhy
  •   CoLaboration - Mike Dunlap - A Key to Often Hidden Savings
  •   Stephen Says - "Friends Forever" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - HNI Corporation Reports Double Digit Earnings Growth for Second Quarter as Sales Slide
  •   SNAPSHOT - Open Plan to the Extreme
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - July 20, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Rapson's Designs Come to Life in Leland's Thirty-Nine Collection - Ralph Rapson was a contemporary of some great designers, but he is perhaps better known for his groundbreaking work in architecture than his furniture designs; that's about to change.
  •   Gensler Survey finds Top Innovators Spend Less Time in Office; Have More Choices at Work - High-performing workplaces "create an ecosystem of innovation across organizations and is a crucial predictor of how innovative an employee sees their company to be."
  •   Shipping Rules Change: Here's What You Need To Know - Ports, marine terminals and container lines are coming closer to creating a system that will use pre-existing weighing processes to alleviate the burden on U.S. exporters.
  •   FEATURE - Clarus is Bigger Than Just Glassboards
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Courting Insurgents or Giants?
  •   Stephen Says - "Work-Wife Worries" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Two Teknion Showrooms Receive LEED Platinum Certification
  •   BoF NEWS - National Office Furniture Headquarters Earns Green GOOD DESIGN Award
  •   SNAPSHOT - Cubicles Return?
  •   Industry Moments - Photos of the Week.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - July 13, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Enwork Acquires ERGO Contract Furniture - The addition of Ergo Contract brings with it more than 400 dealers around the U.S. that carry its line.
  •   National's VR Experience is Ultra Immersive - Users of the technology can tour the National corporate headquarters and get in-depth views of products through two unique experiences.
  •   Slyde Ped Proves There's Still a Need for Storage - Starting a manufacturing company from scratch has its challenges.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Just How Do I Get a Decision Made?
  •   Stephen Says - "They Love Me, They Love Me Not" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Gunlocke Puts a Fresh Face with a New Brand Direction
  •   BoF NEWS - Designtex Recognized by Cooper Hewitt
  •   BoF NEWS - Last Remaining Founding Partner of Three H Passes Away at 89
  •   PLACES - Equator Designs
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - July 6, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Meadows Office Interiors Explores Age-Neutral Design - Meadows Office Interiors is in the midst of a four-part series focused on major issues surrounding workplace design today.
  •   C.F. Stinson Announces Investment by BV Investment Partners - Stinson serves diverse commercial markets and a substantial percentage of its business is derived from the growing demands of the U.S. health care delivery industry.
  •   NeoCon 2016: The Year the Cubicle Disappeared? - This year perhaps marks the first year since the advent of systems furniture that it was difficult to find a cubicle in the Mart. But don’t be fooled. The cubicle has not yet disappeared.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Planning: Building a Culture of Intentional Action
  •   House Views - Melissa Skolnick - From the heart
  •   Stephen Says - "How to Lose a Job in Ten Days" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Office Depot Rebrands Workspace Interiors by Office Depot, Partners with Inscape
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase launches WorkLife Centre in Delhi
  •   BoF NEWS - WORKTECH Shows Softer Side of NYC Real Estate Industry
  •   RESEARCH - Knoll: Immersive Planning
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2016

 
  •   INCLUSIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE / COWORKING / WORKPLACES OF THE FUTURE

  •   WORKPLACES OF THE FUTURE DEFINED AT NEOCON - While you were working, office furniture makers and sellers, interior designers and the folks who create your workplaces gathered last month in Chicago to talk about how you'll work in the future and the products that will make it happen.
  •   PERSPECTIVES - Productivity is often brought up when talking about efficiency, or lack thereof, in the workplace. However, this topic of productivity might be more, well…productive if the conversation shifted to the notion of time itself. What seems to be a fixed convention can be interpreted differently depending on an individual's cultural view of time. The field of study around this topic is called Chronemics.
  •   INCLUSIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE: BE TRU TO YOURSELF - It's been a landmark year for 30-year-old Tru Jonkman. After living his whole life being known as a female, he made a life-changing decision recently to transition to a male identity. Jonkman, who has worked in the seating plant at Herman Miller in Holland, Michigan, since 2014, had been thinking about transitioning to a male for some time.
  •   COWORKING AND WORKING OUT GO HAND-IN-HAND IN NYC - The concept behind the coworking facility Primary is that businesses and individuals prosper from convenient access to wellness. Believing that people work best when they feel good, the company uses a three-prong approach to achieve it: 1) by providing the physical workspace to enhance it; 2) fostering and supporting the community that's there; and 3) offering healthy amenities and benefits at every turn.
  •   CAN OFFICE DESIGN SOLVE OBESITY? - For anyone who follows workplace trends, it's no secret health and wellness are becoming all the rage when it comes to designing for the built environment. As a society, we have turned the corner from looking at sustainability as something inherent in a building (LEED) to extending that sustainability story to "human" sustainability.
  •   HOW 3D PRINTING IS CHANGING THE WAY YOU WORK - Intricately carved chairs, serpentine tables and elaborate lamp shades – these creative pieces were once the digital doodles of furniture designers with little hope of a life beyond a computer file. But the rise of 3D printing can now bring these designs to life with startlingly precision. Known as additive manufacturing, this technology is more than a way to push aesthetics past traditional limits.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - The dry erase marker may be a small accessory for the office, conference or training room, but it is one of those items that when you need it, it is very important. That's happening a lot more than it used to as whiteboards find their way out of conference or training rooms and spread throughout the workplace. The ones on wheels can be moved around for impromptu collaboration or at individual work stations.
  •   A NEW ERA OF COWORKING - The coworking revolution is transforming real estate. Pioneered by start-ups, entrepreneurs and freelancers, a growing number of companies, large and small, are exploring how to incorporate the concept.
  •   ENDMATTER - 10 Workspace Features that Millennials and Gen Z want. / One of the Top Workplaces to Work: One Workplace in the Bay Area/ Also: Pay $4K To Work In a Coworking Temple to Yves Béhar's Design.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - June 29, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: Attention Amazon Shoppers - The impossible has happened! Herman Miller has made Amazon a distributor for some models of the company's task chairs - sold by and shipped by Amazon. What manufacturer will be next?
  •   Steelcase, Herman Miller and Inscape announce Financial Results - Steelcase was flat, Herman Miller up a bit, but it could be hammered by Brexit. Inscape? West Elm partnership appears to be working.
  •   E Ink Will Change the Way Space Looks - E Ink's technology is unique because Prism can instantly change the color of a wall, ceiling panel or an entire room at the flip of a switch. Programmable patterns and shapes also can be integrated to create designs or functions.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - What Has Lead Nurturing Got to do With Me?
  •   House Views - Todd Hardy - A Rookie's View of NeoCon
  •   Stephen Says - Sweat It: Why It's Worth Not Wearing Short Shorts to Work - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   BoF NEWS - Herman Miller begins Direct Selling on Amazon
  •   BoF NEWS - Architectural Billing Reaches a 10-Month High in May
  •   PLACES - ASID's New HQ
  •   FEATURE - AMQ has Right Product for Time and Place
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds & Careers - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods, services and the top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - June 22, 2016

 
  •   UPFRONT: People Make NeoCon Shine - Many who attend NeoCon mistakenly see it as a product show. I've been to enough of them to recognize it as a people show. The real value of NeoCon is found in the connections made, dinners shared and friendships rekindled.
  •   BIFMA Breakfast Outlines Direction For Industry Trade Group - BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon outlined how the group can be more relevant, including participation in its revamped statistics program.
  •   With NeoCon Done, Time to Think of Orgatec - The show, which runs from Oct. 25-29 in Cologne, always has a theme and this year, Orgatec will tackle "New Visions of Work" and "Creativity".
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Who Is Your 'Best Customer?'
  •   CoLaboration - Mike Dunlap - A Veteran's Views of NeoCon
  •   Stephen Says - The Invisible Unemployed: Over 50 and Jobless - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   SNAPSHOTS - Moments of the Week
  •   BoF NEWS - People Make NeoCon Shine
  •   BoF NEWS - NeoCon 2016: Five Notable Carpet and Textile Trends
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - June 15, 2016 | Live from NeoCon

 
  •   Live From NeoCon Chicago - Still one more day left!
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: NeoCon in Full Swing in Chicago!
  •   Feature - The Mart Shows Off New Look at NeoCon
  •   Feature - What You Should See on the Last Day of NeoCon
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Navigating Digital Disruption: Part Two
  •   Stephen Says - Smartphone Storm: Why It's Alright that Your Employees Text at Work - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   SNAPSHOTS - Moments of the Week
  •   BoF NEWS - Lawsuit Against Herman Miller Alleges DWR Sale Never Happened
  •   BoF NEWS - Humanscale, SitOnIt and Bellow Press party like it's 1999
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - June 11, 2016 | NeoCon Special

 
  •   NeoCon 2016 Product Special - Over 130 Pages of Content!
  •   Featuring Products From: - Allsteel, American Seating, AMQ, Arper, Brentano, BuzziSpace, Camira, Carnegie, Chilewich, Coalesse, Community, Configura, Davis, DesignTex, DeskMakers, DIRTT, Egan, Encore, ERG International, ESI, Falcon, Flexsteel Commercial Office, Framery, Garrett Leather, Geiger, Global, GMi Companies, Groupe Lacasse, Gunlocke, Herman Miller, HON, Humanscale, Indiana Furniture, InMovement, Innovative Office Products, Inscape, ISE, JRB Studios, JSI, Keilhauer, KI, Kimball Office, Knoll, LightCorp, Luum, Magnuson Group, Momentum Textiles, National Office Furniture, Nemschoff, Okamura, OM (Office Master), Pallas, PS Furniture, Safco, Steelcase, Stylex, Teknion, Trendway, Turnstone, Via Seating, Versteel, Vitra, 2020, 3Form, and more!
  •   Welcome to Your 'Brain Book' - In a technical sense, what you are reading is a product guide. It is an expansive (though not entirely complete) listing of all the things you can see when NeoCon opens in a few days. But when you take a peek inside this issue of Business of Furniture, I ask that you look beyond the pictures of pretty products. Instead of thinking of this as a product guide, I ask that you consider what went into the products that grace these pages.
    Each photo, each description represents literally thousands of hours of design, engineering and marketing work, not to mention the work done by factory workers, support staff, accountants, lawyers and everyone who has a hand in making every single product that is shown at NeoCon. It also represents the beginning of the work for the sales staff, dealers and reps whose critical job is to sell what the industry has created to the world.
    This year, I'm going to try to look at NeoCon through fresh eyes, which makes sense, I suppose, since this is my first NeoCon as editor of Bellow Press and our publications, Business of Furniture and Workplaces magazine. Of course, that doesn't mean every new product has value. Some will be duds, to be sure. My colleagues and I are going to call them out. It would be unfair to those who really did innovate if we didn't. Still, I am going to respect and celebrate the work that went into every single new product introduced.
    - Rob Kirkbride
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.

Business of Furniture - June 8, 2016

 
  •   Pre NeoCon Weekly Issue - Over 111 Pages of Content!
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: What time is it? NeoCon Time!
  •   Feature - Steelcase Focuses on Employee Engagement at NeoCon 2016
  •   Feature - Things You Didn’t Know About Office Furniture Design
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Navigating Digital Disruption: Part One
  •   Stephen Says - Survival Guide to NeoCon - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   LAUNCHING - Suzanne Tick and Luum
  •   NeoCon PREVIEW - Steelcase
  •   NeoCon PREVIEW - Humanscale
  •   NeoCon PREVIEW - Gunlocke
  •   NeoCon PREVIEW - Wilkhahn
  •   NeoCon PREVIEW - Vitra
  •   NeoCon PREVIEW - Haworth
  •   SNAPSHOTS - Moments of the Week
  •   FEATURE - Things You Didn't Know About Office Furniture
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2016

 
  •   COWORKING, NETWORKING & NEOCON PREVIEW

  •   RECENT EXHIBITIONS SHOWCASE LATEST THINKING ON WORKPLACE FURNISHINGS - From Milan to New York City, and on to London, a variety of recent tradeshows all point to the resimercial (residential+commercial) nature of today's evolving workplace.
  •   INSIGHTS - The Mamava suite for breast feeding and pumping popping up in airports, coworking centers, and perhaps a workplace near you.
  •   COWORKING LEADS TO NETWORKING IN NEW YORK CITY - From its first location at the well-known Bank of New York Building in New York City's Financial District, Joynture welcomes business organizations from very diverse backgrounds, ranging from technical recruiting, video game design and accounting to jewelry design, tailoring and other creative fields. Entrepreneurs, writers, students and small businesses happily call Joynture their workplace home.
  •   THE UGLY DUCKLING THAT BECAME LONDON'S LATEST SWAN - Sea Containers sits along the south bank of the Thames River, a building finished in the late 1960s as a hotel, but never occupied as one. Sea Containers always has been an office building, but a notoriously bad one among companies housed there and the architects and designers tasked with making them comfortable and productive.
  •   IDEAPAINT BREAKS DOWN THE WALLS - Since you were a little kid you've been told not to write on the walls. That certainly holds true for the office, where walls are for hanging art. A rogue worker might tape something to the wall near his desk or adhere a Post-it Note, but that's about it.
  •   WHAT HAPPENS AT NEOCON WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - What shapes and goes into your workplace over the next few years will be decided by what happens in Chicago in a couple weeks, as NeoCon gets underway at the Merchandise Mart. Those who make the furniture and those who buy it gather each year.
  •   WOMEN AND WORKPLACE - It's 2016. Yet, according to the International Labor organization (ILO), gender pay gaps persist around the world, including the United States.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - SitOnIt Seating is the kind of company that punches above its weight — it makes really good chairs that compete head to head with companies that are much larger and better known in the seating category.
  •   THE VALUE OF DESIGNING HEALTHY WORKPLACES - Gensler's Joseph Brancato writes that most conversations about wellbeing dwell on exercise routines, dietary regimens, and stress busting tactics from more yoga to less caffeine. Only on the rarest of occasions will wellness advocates mention the role the built environment plays in engendering personal wellbeing.
  •   ENDMATTER - The current wave of dress-code decline is being pushed by hot-button issues surrounding gender equality and fluidity. Women shouldn't need to wear heels if men aren't required to wear uncomfortable footwear; and men shouldn't have to cinch ties around their necks if women don't. / Also Forpeople designs a new chair for Herman Miller.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - June 1, 2016

 
  •   Feature - Neutral Posture's new Look
  •   Feature - Ligne Roset: 5 Generations and Still Innovating
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: The Mamava Lactation Pod is coming to NeoCon
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - In One Ear
  •   Stephen Says - Rolling Head: How to Rebuild Your Career - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   WORKPLACE HEALTH - Is Third Space Becoming the Primary Space?
  •   BoF News - Arborite Announces New American Acquisition
  •   BoF News - Clerkenwell Design Week Rocked London
  •   NeoCon First Looks - Mamava Lacation Pod
  •   HEALTHY WORKPLACE - The Value of Designing Healthy Workplaces
  •   LIGHT READING - Lamp Sales and Market Share in 2015
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Okamura's New Stool
  •   INDUSTRY TECHNOLOGY - DIRTT Expands Virtual Reality and Residential Integration
  •   WORKPLACE TECH - More Fuel: Robin
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - May 25, 2016

 
  •   Feature - Falcon: CFGroup Brands Focus on Areas You Ignore
  •   Feature - Research Reveals Secret to Unharnessing Workplace Productivity
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: Clerkenwell Design Week Gets Underway in London
  •   Feature - CF Group's Thonet division and their Blog Collection
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - How Well are You Managing Your Client Pipeline?
  •   Stephen Says - NeoCon Dreams: How to Get Yourself to the Show - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   WORKPLACE HEALTH - To Sit or Stand? The Argument for Standing in the Workplace
  •   BoF News - Arborite Announces New American Acquisition
  •   BoF News - Charter Hosts Important Seminar ABout Succession Planning during NeoCon
  •   BoF News - RT London to Debut a New Room Solution Designed by Gensler
  •   BoF News - Configura releases CET Designer 7.0
  •   NeoCon First Looks - KI's Doni Chair
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Herman Miller's Keyn Chair
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - May 18, 2016

 
  •   Feature - NYC Rocks Design with ICFF and much more - LookBook
  •   Feature - Herman Miller Opens New York Flagship Showroom
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: The Mart Prepares for Your Arrival
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - Grunt Work: the Difference Between Winning & Losing
  •   CoLaboration - Jeremy Erard - Succession: Capture and Transfer that Knowledge
  •   Stephen Says - Befuddled Boston Boss - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - LinkedIn Chicago
  •   BoF News - Safco Products Company Acquires the Assets of Focal Upright Furniture
  •   BoF News - DIRTT Reports Flat 2016 1Q Results
  •   BoF News - Clerkenwell Design Week to Take Over London
  •   BoF News - Bouty Acquires ADI
  •   ECONOMICS - Interior Design Softens Slightly, Still Strong
  •   REAL ESTATE - Global Office Leasing Volumes Hold Up Despite Uncertainty
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - May 11, 2016

 
  •   Feature - ICFF is Bigger but Still Finding its Place
  •   Feature - No NeoCon Dud planned for Herman Miller this year
  •   Feature - Landscape Forms
  •   CoLaboration - Touchpoints and the Customer Experience - by Al Everett
  •   Stephen Says - Swallowing my Tongue and a McFlurry - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Gyro NYC
  •   BoF News - Camira Wins Queens Award
  •   BoF News - DIRTT Reports Flat 2016 1Q Results
  •   BoF News - Haworth Expands Dealership Presence in Phoenix
  •   ECONOMICS - Quarter of Two Halves gets 2016 Off to a Slow Start
  •   MAKERS - Trendway Forges a Nordic Connection with Iconic Danish Furniture Designers of Magnus Olesen
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: JENS RISOM@100 - Sunday, Mother's Day, Jens Risom celebrated his 100th birthday, having long ago achieved the status of the longest living Mid-Century furniture designer.
  •   BLOGGERLAND - The Natural Workplace Benefits of Daylighting
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - May 4, 2016

 
  •   COVER - New Potrero415 from Coalesse Gives Control to Designers
  •   Feature - Gunlocke Combines Traditions and Latest Technology to Build Furniture
  •   CoLaboration - Your Next Secret Weapon: Consider a Virtual Coach - by Al Everett
  •   Trending - Haworth's Fern First Look
  •   PLACES - Placester
  •   BoF News - Industry Vet Starts New Contract Company -- With a Twist
  •   BoF News - Arconas Adds to its European Products with Partnership
  •   BoF News - April Furniture Industry Index is Unchanged
  •   BoF News - Kimball Office makes a Strategic Investment in a Smart Technology Company
  •   INDUSTRY TECH - Configura Offers a Preview of its NeoCon 2016 Products
  •   MAKERS - Kimball Opens Boston Showroom
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: DICK RUCH In 1987 Dick Ruch was named Herman Miller CEO, the first person outside of the De Pree family to hold that title.
  •   BLOGGERLAND - The Natural Workplace Benefits of Daylighting
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - May, 2016

 
  •   FOCUS ON WORKPLACE DESIGN

  •   WORKPLACE DESIGN - LinkedIn's new San Francisco Offices say much about the current state of workplace design - maybe.
  •   LIFESTYLE - Lifestyle minimalism rewards your efforts to purge with the promise of a more abundant life.
  •   WHAT IS A THIRD SPACE (AND IS IT SECOND NOW)? - The third space has become so important to those thinking about and planning your offices some are wondering whether we should scrap most of the traditional office space and think of the third space more seriously as a place to work.
  •   PIVOT PROVES OFFICE CHAIRS CAN COME IN DIFFERENT SHAPES AND FORMS - "Sitting disease" is a term used to describe the myriad health problems associated with long-term sedentary work and leisure activities. Despite the headlines that claim your office chair is killing you, the real problem is a lack of movement in the office.
  •   HOW A FURNITURE SHOW IN MILAN WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK - The future of how you work and live is a topic that is resonating with more people. More than 300,000 visited iSaloni over the course of the week. It is a trade show in the loosest sense of the word. In fact, much of the groundbreaking work that happens at iSaloni happens in showrooms and temporary spaces around the city. And it is not just furniture makers trying to get a glimpse of the future.
  •   INSIDE A CHINESE TECH COMPANY: HOW QIHOO 360 WORKS - While most of the world knows the Large Hadron Collider for finding the Higgs Boson, the last particles that many say unlock the mystery of the universe, Designer David Ho saw it as inspiration for his radical office design at Qihoo 360 Technology Co. in Beijing.
  •   RICHARDS BASMAJIAN EXPLAINS HOW HONG KONG WORKS - Richards Basmajian counts many of Hong Kong's high-tech companies as clients, some of them gathered in the city's so-called Cyberport, a "creative digital community" with a cluster of technology and digital content tenants, including Microsoft, and others near the Hong Kong Science Park.
  •   CROSS-MARKET INFLUENCES - In recent years, a residential feeling has been invading offices, and work has invaded the home, but apparently these cross-market influences aren't stopping there. Many more markets are beginning to influence one another and with them the finishes, materials, and even experiences users have within those spaces.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   THE 10 BEST SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS OF 2016 ACCORDING TO THE AIA - Once a year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment selects the best new green buildings—that were built for essentially the same amount or even less than regular architecture. These buildings, while costing the same, just happen to be much better at saving energy and water—and as a result, much nicer to work inside, thanks to better light, materials, and cleaner air. Here are the 10 that won this year.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - April 27, 2016

 
  •   COVER - Maars Living Walls Hires Industry Vet Craven; Sets Sights on North American Market
  •   Feature - An IGLOO for Work? Holmris Designs Next-Gen Work Hub
  •   CoLaboration - What happens if we Train our Sales Team? - by Al Everett
  •   Guest Views - Bringing College to the Workplace - by Dick Resch
  •   Trending - COACHELLA | Really BIG Chairs
  •   PLACES - South & Browse
  •   BoF News - Maars Living Walls Hires Industry Vet Craven; Sets Sights on North American Market.
  •   BoF News - Knoll Kicks off 2016 with Strong Growth and Margin Expansion
  •   BoF News - HNI Reports Double Digit Earnings Growth for First Quarter FY 2016
  •   BoF News - Here's Why Workrite Acquired ISE
  •   BoF News - Humanscale to Participate in Living Product Challenge
  •   BoF News - Virco Posts Stronger Results
  •   IDEA PEOPLE - Joey Ruiter
  •   MAKERS - B&B Celebrates 50
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: PATRICIA URQUIOLA Milan 2016
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - April 20, 2016

 
  •   Feature - Why iSaloni in Milan Matters
  •   Feature - Cross Market Influences
  •   CoLaboration - Love/Hate Relationships with Technology - by Al Everett
  •   Places - Hillshire Brands HQ
  •   Trending - MILAN | The Double Dream of Spring
  •   Trending - JLL Office Redo
  •   BoF News - MILAN Snapshots
  •   BoF News - Workrite Acquires ISE
  •   Reading Matter - 2016 Trends in the Workplace by Callison RTKL
  •   IDEAS - A Connected Chair?
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: ALBERTO MEDA
  •   Feature - FOLLOW UP: Haworth Acquires JANUS et Cie: Here’s Why.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - April 13, 2016

 
  •   Feature - LOGICDATA Builds New Austrian HQ on Innovation
  •   Feature - Using Big Data to Better Connect with People
  •   CoLaboration - Put on your track shoes! Are your Project teams ready? - by Al Everett
  •   CoLaboration - Top Ten Mistakes - by Mike Dunlap
  •   CoLaboration - Trends in Talent Management & Development - by Jeremy Erard
  •   Places - Medill at Northwestern
  •   Trending - MILAN | Boring Collection
  •   Trending - JLL Office Redo
  •   BoF News - Haworth Acquires JANUS et Cie for Poltrona Frau Group
  •   BoF News - U.S. Office Vacancy Inches Up Slightly in Q1 2016
  •   Reading - Diversity and Design: Why Gender, Equality, and Multidisciplinary thinking are essential to Business
  •   SNEAK PEAK NeoCon - A quick look of what's coming
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: CARLO RATTI
  •   Feature - THIS WEEK: Buongiorno from iSaloni in Milan
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - Q1 2016 In Review

 

  Quarter One In Reivew - The Best of BoF from January - March, 2016

New publications about predicting change, not just watching it / Deb Bailey: Take nothing for granted / Sales' love-hate relationship with technology / Finding Talent Requires Strategy / Stephen Says / Ten "S" (teps) Toward the "OotF" / Losing Control of Your Brand / Stop Poaching my Employees! / Develop Your Most Important Asset: Your People / Ergonomics Faces Future With More Handhelds, Fewer Desks / Sales vs Marketing? The Internet has Changed that Relationship Forever / JRB Studio completes the design circle / In2Design's experience benefits growing customer base / West Elm Workspace takes industry by storm / The future of coworking / National learns from its own new HQ experience / DWR's dynamic duo:Edelman & McPhee / FluidStance is on the Level (and hopes you are too) / Tech startup PointDrive picks furniture close to home / Folkert Goes Big, Goes Bold / Industry Can Learn From The Coworking Movement / AV can add to a Dealer's Bottom Line / Where's Your ShowroomR? Everywhere / Group Dekko: Supplier to Budding Tech Company / Emory University connects with Backbone / HDR Chicago / IDEO has joined the creative kyu collective, a unit of Tokyo-based Hakuhodo DY Holdings / Studio Wise Uses Expertise in Specials to Create New Lines / Reflections on Groupe Lacasse turning 60 from its CEO / MOI Moves to New D.C. NoMa Showroom / idesk, Cherryman make a Splash on Silicon Beach in L.A. / Stir unveils new Product / The Backlash Against Collaboration / Melissa Price Helps Detroit Pop / Artopex showrooms / PWV Takes Carpets to New (Corporate) Levels / Dauphin Retools for the North American Market / History is Important but OM is Ready for the Next 30 Years / And Much More!

Business of Furniture - April 6, 2016

 
  •   CoLaboration - Say 'Why' Not 'What' - by Al Everett
  •   Places - Malwarebytes
  •   Places + People - Vitra, Hadid, Fehlbaum
  •   BoF News - Staples makes a stab at becoming a coworking place
  •   BoF News - New Trends for Asia Arrive at CIFF
  •   BoF News - LOOK BOOK CIFF
  •   BoF News - The Real Cost of Chinese-made Furniture (and everything else)
  •   BoF News - Lane Office Relocates
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: Zaha Hadid
  •   Feature - THIS WEEK: New Trends for Asia Arrive at CIFF
  •   Feature - Keilhauer Goes 'Poufy'
  •   Feature - Have you Tested your NeoCon Introductions yet?
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - April, 2016

 
  •   FOCUS ON ERGONOMICS

  •   SNAPSHOT - Work is no longer a place you go to do stuff.
  •   NUMBERS - A roundup of relevant numbers about the workplace from a variety of research reports.
  •   GEN Z & WORKPLACE - A lot has been written about the generations and how they coexist - or don't - in the workplace. Gen Z's are the true digital natives who were handed their parents' new toy, the iPhone, to occupy themselves. So what might the workplace be like in 2026 with them in it? IDa Design gives us some possible hints.
  •   LET'S BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF ERGONOMICS - When most people think of ergonomics, their eyes glaze over with memories of some human resources-mandated video about sitting properly. But to those who make ergonomic products — the office tools that help workers stay healthy — the idea of ergonomics is much broader and more interesting. It is about creating an office that helps people be happier and healthier.
  •   NEW POSTURES FOR NEW WORK ENVIRONMENTS - As technology frees us up from a set work location, workplace ergonomics are starting to look a little different. While product designers once had to optimize one set work location for optimal ergonomic postures, technology is driving us to different postures in many places throughout the workplace and beyond.
  •   TEXT NECK: BENDING THE LIMITS OF MOBILE DEVICE USE - Just when we think we've eliminated the danger of poor posture in the office with ergonomic furniture and standing desks, mobile device use is bringing new problems to a head — literally. Dr. Andrew Bang of The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is seeing an increase in patients with neck and back soreness related to long periods of handheld technology use.
  •   STEELCASE TAKES EMPLOYEE WELLNESS TO NEW HEIGHTS - For years, Steelcase tried the carrot and stick method to get its employees healthy. With the best intentions, the world's largest office furniture maker worked with the Mayo Clinic to develop an online health portal for its workers. The company gave away gift certificates to prompt its workers to go online to work on healthier living. Recognizing that people stress about things they can't control, Steelcase decided to give employee well-being back to the employees.
  •   TECHNOLOGY DRIVES LOGICLINK TO CREATE HEALTHY WORKPLACES - The problem with really well-designed products that keep us happy and safe in the office is that the average worker doesn't know how — or forgets to use them.
  •   CHINESE OFFICE FURNITURE IS READY FOR PRIME TIME Live from CIFF in China
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   EVERYDAY ERGONOMICS
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - March 30, 2016

 
  •   CoLaboration - Client Transparency: The Secret Sauce - by Al Everett
  •   CoLaboration - Ten “S” (teps) Toward the “OotF” - by Mike Dunlap
  •   CoLaboration - What to do When Talent Departs - by Jeremy Erard
  •   Trending - Gen Z & Workplace
  •   Places - Condé Nast
  •   BoF News - Wall-to-wall, booth-to-booth BoF is on the ground in China.
  •   BoF News - Indiana Furniture has a new President
  •   BoF News - ESI has a new President
  •   BoF News - Humanscale enters Architectural Lighting sector
  •   BoF News - NeoCon 2016 Educational Programs
  •   BoF News - Vocon Adds NYC Director with Diverse Background
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: Suzanne Tick is off to a great start in 2016.
  •   Feature - THIS WEEK: CIFF Shows Asian Wave is Coming: Ride it or be Swallowed by it
  •   Cover - History is Important but OM is Ready for the Next 30 Years
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - March 23, 2016

 
  •   CoLaboration - Losing Control of Your Brand - by Al Everett
  •   Trending - Allermuir new UK showroom
  •   Places - GustoMSC Schiedam
  •   BoF News - Herman Miller Results
  •   BoF News - Steelcase Results
  •   BoF News - DIRTT Results
  •   BoF News - Vocon Adds NYC Director with Diverse Background
  •   BoF News - Configura Holds GR Confab
  •   Crowd Funding - Feazer
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: Mogens hits pay DIRTT
  •   Feature - THIS WEEK: The Eyes of the Furniture Industry are On Guangzhou for CIFF
  •   Cover - Dauphin Retools for the North American Market
  •   Products - New products this week
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - March 16, 2016

 
  •   CoLaboration - The Honeymoon is Over: Why Clients Fire You - by Al Everett
  •   Blogged - Virtual Office: Definition
  •   Places - Horizon Media Expansion
  •   BoF News - Inscape Sales Climb 36% in Latest Quarter
  •   BoF News - Swedish Furniture Firm ROL USA Plans Major Expansion
  •   BoF News - KI Hosts Active Design Charrette for Designers and Students
  •   Crowd Funding - The Edge Fold-up Desk
  •   Feature - UPFRONT: Hackett gets picked up by Ford
  •   Feature - Wilkhahn Leader Focused on Growing Brand in North America
  •   Cover - PWV Takes Carpets to New (Corporate) Levels
  •   Products - New products this week from Steelcase & Actiu
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - March 9, 2016

 
  •   CoLaboration - More Cars and Chairs - by Mike Dunlap
  •   CoLaboration - Settling for Maintenance Level - by Al Everett
  •   CoLaboration - Develop Your Most Important Asset: Your People - by Jeremy Erard
  •   BoF News - Workrite Ergonomics Celebrates 25th Anniversary
  •   BoF News - Steelcase Updates Guidance for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2016
  •   Showrooms - Artopex showrooms in Quebec City and Montreal
  •   Feature - How Gen Z Will Affect the Workplace
  •   Cover - Melissa Price Helps Detroit Pop
  •   Products - New products this week from Gunlocke, ergoCentric, Light Corp and Camira
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - March 2, 2016

 
  •   CoLaboration - Sales vs Marketing? The Internet has Changed that Relationship Forever - by Al Everett
  •   BoF News - Steelcase Issues Trend Report (The Findings Will Shock You)
  •   BoF News - Boenigk Diversifies to Grow Neutral Posture.
  •   Feature - idesk, Cherryman make a Splash on Silicon Beach in L.A.
  •   Feature - Stir unveils new Product
  •   Feature - The Backlash Against Collaboration
  •   Products - New products this week from HPFi and Brentano
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2016

 
  •   WORKPLACE RESEARCH SPECIAL

  •   SNAPSHOT - Engagement and the Global Workplace - Research from Steelcase
  •   COLLABORATION WORKS AT GENSLER'S LA HUB - Gensler is a huge company with 5,000 people working in 46 offices in 16 countries. But it is important the workforce stays connected, especially in those local offices. That's why Gensler chose to relocate to what is called the Jewel Box, a glass building found in the center of the City National Plaza. City National Plaza is a twin tower skyscraper complex — originally built for Bank of America.
  •   STEELCASE ISSUES MASSIVE WORKPLACE TREND REPORT - Steelcase found that one in three workers are disengaged in the office and 37 percent of those are highly disengaged. It is an office epidemic that is sapping productivity and happiness in the office, according to the report, "Engagement and the Global Workplace."
  •   THE BACKLASH [AGAINST COLLABORATION] - Typically, it is assumed collaboration leads to better intrapersonal work relationships, better culture and perhaps more innovation from one person's idea sparking another's.
  •   FLOS AND DESIGNING THE COLLABORATIVE WORKPLACE - Walking through the door at FLOS, you are immediately greeted with a light and open space. You see the company's logo illuminated by an orange glowing light. Inside, the mood is calm and welcoming. An animated black line drawing travels across the white walls from floor to ceiling. There is a sense that interesting and creative things happen here. You start to think that FLOS is the kind of place where you would want to work.
  •   HOW IS FURNITURE DESIGNED TO HELP WORK? READ THIS. - "We look for designers that have some of the same attributes as ourselves — curious, passionate, exploring new materials and processes, understanding what new technologies will mean for work, willing to take risk and try the new but also able to see the brand language and are open for real collaboration with our team."
  •   IT'S A JOB, IT'S A CLASS, IT'S COLLABORATION - Galvanize is a network of communities that bring together company founders, students and folks looking to level up their career.
  •   MEET THE MASTER OF WORKPLACE JOY - Joy is not some shameless mantra or even a clever marketing technique.
  •   HOME OFFICES ARE NOT DEFINED BY A SINGLE ROOM - Even in residential, the space dedicated for traditional work tasks is now much more integrated: "Activity-based planning" is invading the home, too.
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   UNPREDICTABILITY IN THE OFFICE CAUSES STRESS - Office workers and people working in engineering and academia reported unpredictability (26 percent) causes the highest level of stress.
  •   WORKPLACE DESIGN: WHERE CREATIVITY AND BUSINESS DRIVERS COLLIDE - Take a look inside our process of designing your office. Spoiler alert: there's a lot more to it than design.
  •   TED MOUDIS ASSOCIATES RELEASES 2016 WORKPLACE REPORT - The report encompasses more than 2.5 million square feet of workspace built over the past two years — including data from workplaces across four sectors throughout the U.S.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - February 24, 2016

 
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   CoLaboration - Dr. Deming, Quality, and Sales - by Al Everett
  •   BoF News - Steelcase: A Decade of Recognition in Fortune Magazine's 'Most Admired' Companies Survey
  •   BoF News - KI Goes Big in China
  •   BoF News - January Architecture Billings Index Dips into Negative Territory
  •   BoF News - 2016 Workplace Report from Ted Moudis Associates
  •   BoF News - Contract Furniture Spotted at TED 2016 in Vancouver
  •   Feature - CEO Reflects as Groupe Lacasse Turns 60
  •   Feature - MOI Moves to New D.C. NoMa Showroom
  •   Feature - Teknion Opens Redesigned Showroom in Bangalore, India
  •   Blogged - Collaborative vs. Private Office - via Gunlocke
  •   Blogged - The Evolution of Activity-based Design via OFS Brands
  •   Products - New products this week from Humanscale, OFM, Wilkhahn and Bentley
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - February 17, 2016

 
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   CoLaboration - Let the Stars Shine - by Al Everett
  •   CoLaboration - Talent Profiles: A Tool That Brings Clarity to Talent Selection - by Jeremy Erard
  •   BoF News - Ideo's news is symptomatic of a shifting landscape that has prompted many design consultancies to reassess their business strategy.
  •   BoF News - Haworth Reports Sales Growth in 2015
  •   BoF News - Knoll Reports Strong Operating Margins and Profits
  •   BoF News - HNI Reports Office Furniture Sales Decline in Latest Quarter
  •   Feature - HDR Settles in 'Seat of Chicago Architecture'
  •   Feature - Studio Wise Uses Expertise in Specials to Create New Lines
  •   Opinion / Research - An Open-Plan Office Can Cut Your Emissions. Research on Flexible Working
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - February 10, 2016

 
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Major Events - A preview of the upcoming large industry events.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   CoLaboration - The Cost of 2010 - Style Sales Effectiveness - by Al Everett
  •   CoLaboration - Cruising along with cars and chairs - by Mike Dunlap
  •   BoF News - Kimball's Second Quarter Provides Proof of a Broad Rebound
  •   Feature - Emory University connects with KI's Backbone
  •   BoF News - Survey Shows Industry Remains on Solid Ground
  •   Products - Our roundup of this week's latest product introductions.
  •   BoF News - Coverage of the just completed IMOB Show in Istanbul
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Business of Furniture - February 3, 2016

 
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our o ice furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   CoLaboration - Differentiate Your Brand: The No Product Zone - by Al Everett
  •   CoLaboration - February marks time to set serious goals - by Jeremy Erard
  •   BoF News - First Product from combined ErgoTech, Innovative Office Products Acquisition
  •   Healthcare - Where ever you look in the world of contract interiors, you’re likely to find Mogens Smed.
  •   BoF News - LOGICDATA Adds New North American President
  •   Showrooms - KI heads trade the other way by opening a showroom in Beijing.
  •   BoF News - Economic report out of the UK shows growth to continue for a while longer.
  •   Feature - ShowroomR is the latest disruptive idea to hit the office furniture industry.
  •   Feature - Group Dekko: Supplier to Budding Tech Company
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2016

 
  •   COWORKING SPECIAL

  •   DAY IN THE LIFE OF WEWORK - This workplace is unique, a former meat packing smoke house that was transformed by WeWork into a bustling hub for more than 900 workers who have left the traditional office for the chance to work collectively. If co-working is the hottest trend in the "unoffice" movement, WeWork has refined the way it is being done.
  •   DIANA ROTHSCHILD PUSHES FOR MORE OPTIONS FOR NEW PARENTS - One of the biggest challenges to creating coworking spaces with childcare is that it requires running two mutually exclusive businesses at once.
  •   PONYRIDE PROVES THE MOTOR CITY (CO) WORKS - Equally critical to the city's health are the entrepreneurs and small business creationists filling the gaps of a city's workforce and its path to becoming whole again.
  •   COWORKING ISN'T LIMITED TO BIG CITIES - Suburban co-working spaces operate differently than traditional co-working spaces because the suburban audience has different needs.
  •   COWORKING AND ITS IMPACT ON INNOVATION - The growth of co-working has paralleled the growth of open offices. Most co-working spaces look like today's progressive office environments. No one in a co-working space is telling workers that they have to show up at a certain time or show up at all. People can work in a way that suits them best for that project, that week or even that day.
  •   CANDY CRUSH CREATOR'S COOL LONDON DIGS - Because of the young workers who inhabit the office and the fun products they make, the place crackles with energy and creativity.
  •   CREATIVE COMPANY QUESTIONS NEED FOR OFFICE - The question of whether or not a company needs an office and how it should be organized is one that plays out countless times each day. For Peopledesign, it was an intensely difficult decision, especially since many of its own clients are office furniture makers — the people who set the tone for offices around the world.
  •   AT WORK - What qualities should a modern workplace have to be considered a place of excellence for women?
  •   PRODUCT MATTERS - A selection of easily attainable products that caught our attention this month.
  •   ACTIVE DESIGN - Active design is quickly becoming a buzz word in the industry and because it isn't understood by some, risks having the same fate as a word like "collaboration" -- a word that has become almost meaningless because of its willy-nilly use.
  •   CORPORATE CO-WORKING SPACE - The company designed the space to help attract the best and brightest to the company.
  •   ENDMATTER - A look at the renovated offices of CBRE in London, Microsoft's new San Francisco office designed by Design Blitz, The Affordable Standing Desk.
  •   DEALER DIRECTORY - North America's best office furniture dealers.

Business of Furniture - January 27, 2016

 
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our o ice furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   BIFMA KEYNOTE - Ben Casnocha believes there is a dishonest conversation going on between workers and the companies that employ them.
  •   BoF NEWS - Leaders in the office furniture industry gathered last week for the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association Leadership Conference, now called 360°, in Austin, Texas.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   CoLaboration - Today's CRM is Not Just for Sales - by Al Everett
  •   BoF NEWS - BIFMA Leadership Conference Messes with Texas.
  •   Folkert goes Big, goes Bold - At the age of 37, with almost 16 years of experience at Bold, Todd Folkert leads a team of 130 employees.
  •   News - BIFMA Keynote wants you to take "Tour of Duty".
  •   Industry can learn from the Coworking Movement - As the coworking revolution takes hold, it will have a big e ect on the landscape of the future workplace.
  •   AV can add to a Dealers Bottom Line - AV is an opportunity for dealer growth at a time when even a little growth is difficult to find.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The Global Marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The Global Marketplace for top workplace furniture talent.
  •   Over 72 Pages of Content in our Fourth Issue!


Business of Furniture - January 20, 2016

 
  •   CoLaboration - Weekly columns by Al Everett and Jeremy Erard. Why Do Sales Teams Struggle With Acquiring New Business? | Finding Talent Requires Strategy
  •   BoF NEWS - Leaders in the office furniture industry are gathering today for the Business and International Furniture Manufacturers Association Leadership Conference, now called 360°, in Austin, Texas, to discuss one of the most pressing problems this group of executives will face: attracting and retaining talent.
  •   Feature - This impressive young company was looking for an office furniture company with the same commitment to moving fast and creating products that work well and are adaptive. They didn't have to look far.
  •   Feature - Ergonomics Faces Future with more Handhelds, fewer Desks.
  •   Feature - Let's face it. The office furniture industry is small potatoes when it comes to custom technology products.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The global marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The global marketplace for top furniture industry talent.
  •   Over 62+ Pages of Content in our Third Issue!


Business of Furniture - January 13, 2016

 
 
  •   CoLaboration - Sales' love-hate relationship with technology - Al Everett.
  •   No room at the Inn Mart - If you are looking for exhibit space in the Mart for NeoCon, you're pretty much out of luck.
  •   The Lead - North American Office Furniture Trends - Lots of interesting whiteboard research to use in your next meeting.
  •   Why CES is so important for office furniture - Every year the giant show becomes more and more relevant to the office furniture industry.
  •   DWR's Dynamic Duo: Edelman and McPhee - The two running DWR have developed a remarkable yin-yang kinship.
  •   FluidStance is on the Level - Level is the only product on the market today that allows the body to move in three dimensions.
  •   JRB Studio completes the design circle - While JRB Studio is entering the casegoods market with the Marker Collection, it is certainly not abandoning its roots.
  •   Industry Portfolio - A look at how our office furniture manufacturing rich stock portfolio is doing this week.
  •   Hutch - Our weekly industry centered cartoon of thought and reason.
  •   Industry Events - Looking to attend an industry function this year? We've compiled a complete list of what's happening.
  •   The Stream - A curated look around the web at this week's most compelling articles and blogs.
  •   Stephen Says - Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Industry Pulse - Late-breaking news and career changes in the industry.
  •   Industry Classifieds - The global marketplace for workplace furniture goods and services.
  •   Industry Careers - The global marketplace for top furniture industry talent.
  •   Over 60+ Pages of Content in our Second Issue!


Business of Furniture - January 6, 2016

  •   Free Reading Today - Our Inaugural Issue Celebration!

  •   It's 2016 - let's get down to the Business of Furniture
  •   Mike Dunlap, Jeremy Erard and Al Everett with timely and important industry columns.
  •   Headhunter and industry guru Stephen Viscusi steps up to answer your career questions.
  •   Teknion's stunning new Toronto showroom
  •   CES: Humanscale and software partner hit Vegas
  •   West Elm Workspace takes the industry by storm
  •   American wood furniture grows in London
  •   National learns from its own new HQ experience
  •   The Business of Furniture profiles 34-year industry veteran Deb Bailey.
  •   Industry Pulse & Industry Careers
  •   Over 125+ Pages of Content in our Inaugural Issue!


 

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