Business of Furniture - January 25, 2023

 
  •   Top Eight Workplace Trends for 2023 - A company culture that prioritizes employee health and wellbeing has the best chance of attracting and retaining top talent, as well as amplifying the employee experience.
  •   9to5 Seating Wins Four GOOD DESIGN Awards - "Last year, 9to5 Seating received three prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards and to receive four awards this year is representative of our continued commitment to providing high-design products to the market that are both functional and attainable," said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating.
  •   Framery Builds Best-In-Class Hybrid Workspaces with Logitech - All-in-one video conference set-ups equip the office for effective and intuitive hybrid work.
  •   Finch™ Takes Flight - Byrne's clever new accessory is perfectly positioned to elevate any space with easily-accessible power from both the front and back.
  •   Allsteel Moves Sales Organization to Chicago - In late Spring of 2023, Allsteel will open the doors to its new Experience Center in Fulton Market in Chicago, one of the fastest growing markets for Allsteel and the HNI family of brands.
  •   Years In The Making: The McKenzie Family's Continued Investment In Watson's Future - As CK McKenzie takes on the role of President, we look at the ways the McKenzie family has shaped Watson's culture, and how they're committed to help guide its future while maintaining its deeply-held values.
  •   As New Year Rings in, Wyatt Seating Celebrates with New Staff and Promotions - As operations continue to grow, a trusted leader in seating solutions promotes new VP, adds fresh talent to operation.
  •   Louis Poulsen Announces Appointment of CEO, US and Canada - "We see an incredible potential in the US and Canada, and we're excited to bring Carly Conelli in to ensure continued growth." said Tommy Rothoff, Louis Poulsen's chief sales officer.
  •   Formica Celebrates 110th Anniversary - Iconic inventor of laminate will commemorate its history and future with events, product highlights throughout the year.
  •   Choosing Color, Materiality and Design - The Davis Color Story continues to expand with the release of the Aurora Leather Collection.
  •   KAI Enterprises and The UP Companies CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Named a 2023 St. Louis Titan 100 - As CEO of Minority Business Enterprise KAI (architecture, engineering and construction firm) and UPCO (electrical, carpentry and labor subcontractor services), Kennedy has successfully embraced change in the ever-evolving design and construction industry.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Before we get into the fun and games, let me just point out why the email address on resumes is so important.
  •   UPFRONT: BOS Orlando Names New Executive Team - BOS, a 100% ESOP, full-service Haworth Preferred Office Furniture Dealership, is pleased to announce new executive leadership as Robert Bagley, III joins Mike Berry.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Spinni by Division Twelve - The bent metal furniture brand takes on the classic drafting stool, with a twist.
  •   NOW REPPING: Landscape Forms Appoints Annette Baubie as Business Development Representative for British Columbia - Baubie brings to Landscape Forms over 25 years of experience in the furniture industry, working extensively with architecture and design professionals, contractors, and end users alike.
  •   INDUSTRY FABRIC: Bernie Gordon - Bernie Gordon, Co-founder of Wolf-Gordon and beloved father of former Executive Vice President David Gordon, recently passed away.
  •   PLACES - Nestlé Offices – Jakarta | The Customer Engagement Centre for Nestlé Professional is designed for team meetings and training sessions with customers.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Yamini Mudaliar to Studio Manager, Architecture in Atlanta Office / FK Architecture Adds Talent and Continues Growth, Hires John Anderson, Linda Rodriguez, and Hamilton Carias / Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Welcomes Commercial Interiors Industry Titan Paul Cleary as New President and CEO- Former Mohawk Group SVP Brings Years of Industry Leadership Experience to Momentum / Hollman Announces Promotion of Sue Hwang to President and COO / Material Bank Expands Global Presence with Launch in Europe
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kirei Unveils Geo Collection of Printed Acoustic Panels / Flos Skynest: Hypnotizing Woven Light
  •   NEW CLASSIFIED - Page 74: Looking For Energetic Sales Professional
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 18, 2023

 
  •   Imperfections Are the Perfection — Mantra Inspired Furniture Finds Beauty and Sustainability in Solid Wood - "Every plank, every knot, that's the beauty of it. When I see knots and 'imperfections' it makes me wonder, where was this tree? What animals climbed this tree? What did this tree see? There's so much life in wood. That's so cool to me."
  •   Five Foundational Shifts You Should Make Now To Avoid Falling Behind In 2023 - A ThinkLab survey of in-industry leaders found that only 56 percent of companies surveyed feel their model today is more successful than it was pre-pandemic.
  •   Stephen Says - "Who Are the Nepo Babies?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I can't address examples of nepotism in industries other than our furniture and interiors industry. However, I personally know, and have done business with, many furniture executives who have helped their children find jobs in our industry and my take is that both the parents and the children are hard workers and successful on their own merit.
  •   Frank Bucher Assumes Role of Formaspace CEO - Thanks to Frank Bucher's leadership, the company had its best year ever in 2022, with revenue doubling despite significant economic headwinds due to pandemic and supply-chain issues.
  •   KI Announces Inaugural Classroom Furniture Giveaway for Teachers - Three winners will each be awarded $40,000-worth of KI furniture of their choosing to receive the classroom makeover of their dreams.
  •   Palmer Hamilton Partners with NOOK to Launch the NOOK Huddle pod - Palmer Hamilton manufactures the NOOK Huddle pod at its Elkhorn, Wisconsin manufacturing plant.
  •   Acer Unveils the eKinekt Bike Desk to Empower Active and Sustainable Lifestyles - As the rider pedals, the eKinekt converts kinetic energy into an electric charge. One hour of constant cycling at 60 RPM on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of self-generated power.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces Third Phase of Lighting Road Show - Beginning in the new year, the company will continue showcasing their latest lighting solutions with designers of outdoor space throughout the US South and West Coast.
  •   Teknion Brings Festival of Trees to Dallas - Fourteen of some of Dallas' most talented designers gathered with Teknion in a competition to transform the Dallas Teknion showroom into a festive forest of trees.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2023: Ready to Welcome International Visitors Again - All of China's entry restrictions have been lifted and all services have been safely resumed. This good news means that CIFF is finally able to warmly welcome back its large community of international partners.
  •   Styling Pantone's Viva Magenta - Pantone's color of the year may seem like a brave choice for paint if you're a more classic and reserved decorator who usually remains loyal to the steadfast nature of a neutral.
  •   Tangram Furnishes Innovative New Chapman Swenson Family Hall of Engineering - The original Keck Center for Science and Engineering received a 31,000 square foot interior build-out for the new engineering school.
  •   Renovation Of University Engineering Lab to Spark Urban Design Innovation - The transformed space is already having a big impact on the experience of students and faculty, with state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and vibrant environmental graphics in a flexible academic setting.
  •   UPFRONT: Saul Feldberg, 1935 – 2023 - Saul founded Global in 1966, with a singular vision; to manufacture an office chair the average person could afford.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Maharam Introduces Prism by Paul Smith - Based on the pixelated image of a checkered textile featured in a Paul Smith womenswear collection, Prism uses intricate color blending to create a painterly grid animated by value, arrangement, and scale.
  •   QUICK SHIP: The Agility Company Introduces New Quick Ship Height Adjustable Table - The Slope Desk's sophisticated design pairs a simple rectangular column with an eye-catching angled foot.
  •   PLACES - Emerson Offices – Warsaw | The new office had to be tailored to the staff – engineers who work there need large desks because they own a lot of equipment.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - FitzGerald Welcomes Elma Milanovic / Ware Malcomb Promotes Lyz Ward to Studio Manager, Branding in New York City Office / Ware Malcomb Promotes Lynne Orlowski To Director, Interior Architecture & Design In Phoenix Office / LET'S NEOCONNECT: NeoCon Launches a New Year-Round Events and Programming Series / Katie Clark Joins KI as Higher Education Market Manager / Woodstock Introduces Logo Designed by Specify Creative / Kimball International Named One of America's Most Responsible Companies / Tarkett Announces Partnership with Midwest Floor Coverings / Inscape, in Trouble, Files for CCAA Protection
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Artaic's New Tile Mosaic Design Evokes the Serene Nature of the Outdoors / JSI Launches Poet Lounge / Watson Launches CET Extension
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 11, 2023

 
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Nova: 9to5 Seating Launches the Innovative HÅG SoFi Task Chair - HiP award-winning seating solution joins the @NCE collection.
  •   Real Amenities Equal Real Results: Spectorgroup Understands What Attracts People to the Office - To enhance the community aspect, Spectorgroup also moved away from the traditional reception area design — a big desk front and center in the lobby with a receptionist as the gatekeeper.
  •   Arconas Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Sellex - "We're excited for this new partnership with Sellex," said Pablo Reich, Arconas' Executive Vice President.
  •   Fellowes Brands Receives ISG "Supplier Partner of the Year" Award - Fellowes was the recipient of the esteemed award for a variety of reasons, including its over 150% growth year over year on the AMK Pro line.
  •   Indiana Furniture Kicks Off The New Year By Introducing Healthcare-Oriented Options And Other Product Enhancements - Inspired by the staying power and classic design of Indiana Furniture's popular Gleem Seating line, Gleem+ was designed for high traffic and multi-use areas, as well as patient management, to bring lasting comfort and style to a wide range of spaces, including Healthcare and Educational environments.
  •   Artopex Inaugurates the StudioLab: A New Creative Space Highlighting the Company's Innovative Philosophy - This new space, located at the Pro-Systèmes plant in Granby, will become the official incubator for Artopex's next products.
  •   Plural Studios Names Lisa Schroeder as Partner and Vice President Sales - Commercial furniture sales expert brings 35 years experience in providing solutions for healthy spaces.
  •   AAA Business Supplies & Interiors Welcomes The Office City into the Family - Bill Jones, long a leader in the AOPD community, and Jerry Carroll, who is currently serving on the Pinnacle board, are both joining AAA in key leadership roles.
  •   Chilewich Appoints Kevin McVey to Hybrid CFO-COO Role - McVey comes to Chilewich from MillerKnoll, where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance, Americas, and Group Brands.
  •   Expanded, Reinvented 'Heart' of Cathedral School in San Francisco Designed by Office of Charles F. Bloszies - Sensitive addition and reorganization led by Charles Bloszies FAIA creates modern moment in historic milieu, responsive to context with elegant, sustainable design solution for boys school.
  •   Bruder Office Furniture Gears Up for North American Expansion in 2023 - The business was founded during the epidemic by three brothers who were in the last-mile delivery services sector.
  •   Andreu World Opens its Showroom in Charlotte, North Carolina - A new showroom inspired by sustainable design.
  •   COE Distributing Honors Institutional Associates, Inc. for Multiple Achievements During Company's Annual Sales Meeting - For a record fifth-straight year, Pennsylvania' office furniture giant celebrates Atlanta-headquartered rep group with Manufacturers Rep Group of the Year awards.
  •   Allseating Launches Rühe, a Multi-Range Seating Collection Emphasizing Rest and Wellness - Suitable for a variety of public settings such as corporate waiting areas, hospitals, airports, and educational institutions, the Rühe collection is comprised of guest, patient, lounge, and several table options.
  •   Stephen Says - "Slow Start to the New Year" - by Stephen Viscusi - There are a number of factors that contribute to a post-New Years' lull in attitude and sometimes in sales. Which is to say that, yes, of course this is a real thing! A main culprit that I have written about in this space before is a major increase in the new year's sales goal.
  •   UPFRONT: Via Seating Expands Sales & Marketing Teams with 2 New VPs - Ashley Blevins, New Vice President of Sales and Allison Kausar, Vice President of Marketing.
  •   ACQUIRED:Young Office Acquires McWaters, Expands Footprint in South Carolina & Georgia - "We are excited to announce the acquisition of McWaters," Young Office President and CEO Thomas Young IV said.
  •   PLACES - Ubisoft Offices – Abu Dhabi | The spaces of the office are designed for the people who are go-getters, bold and future thinkers. When the brief was presented, we are tasked to create a space that would encourage the users to move.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Chicagoland SPEC'd Firm to Represent Nevers Industries in Illinois / Landscape Forms Announces Lighting Agency Partnership with Alaska Architectural Lighting / Unika Vaev Promotes Jessica Lawton to Vice President of Operations / KAI Hires Andrew Kerr-Grant as Senior Project Architect
  •   FIRST LOOKS - FSR Announces Plans to Bring International Infrastructure and Power Solutions to ISE / SitOnIt Seating Delivers a Broad Yet Curated Tables Collection with Parallon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 4, 2023

 
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Do MillerKnoll Dealers Keep Hiring Each Other's People?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I'm fine with a MillerKnoll merger and I'd like to stay put, but I have this nagging feeling that I should start interviewing around, like a lot of these other people are doing. What's your advice?
  •   Framery Announces A Product Offering in Perfect Harmony - Color choices in office design need to support the employees that utilize the office space every day. The color choices made by Framery reflect their goal to provide users with a place to focus, relax, and conduct video meetings.
  •   Solomon Coyle Ye2022 Financial Benchmarking Survey Now Underway - The survey includes the participation of Allsteel, Haworth, MillerKnoll, Kimball International, Steelcase, and Teknion, LLC aligned dealers.
  •   Affordable Office Interiors Names New President - Jessica Platt started with AOI, in Madison, Wisconsin as a Showroom Manager and Designer in November of 2010. She quickly demonstrated organizational, sales and leadership qualities that developed into numerous promotions throughout her career.
  •   Carnegie Fabrics Launches the World's First Plant-Based, Commercial-Grade Indoor/Outdoor Textile - Outdoor Biobased Xorel breaks through greenwashing noise as the first and only indoor/outdoor textile to achieve Cradle to Cradle Gold and Living Product Challenge certifications.
  •   USAI Lighting's New LittleOnes Micro Doubles Bring Twice the Luminosity - LittleOnes Micro Doubles provide options for interior designers, architects, and architectural lighting specifiers that meet the requirements for nearly any project.
  •   Kimball International Announces WELL Certified Platinum for Corporate Headquarters - "We are incredibly proud to achieve WELL Certified Platinum for our corporate headquarters," said Jessica Gubbins, Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Kimball International.
  •   Herman Miller Named a Frontrunner and Disclosure Leader in Chemical Transparency - The Chemical Footprint Project recognizes companies for their commitment to minimizing their chemical footprint and integrating criteria for safer alternatives into their design and safety processes.
  •   Richard French Named President of Mannington Commercial - A veteran of the floor covering industry his entire career, French was most recently the senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Bentley Mills.
  •   Acoufelt Expands Global and North American Design Teams - The resource investment coincides with architects and interior space planners becoming more attuned to the contributions of acoustic soundscaping for building occupants.
  •   Colberg Architecture Completes New Corporate Offices for Technological Cinevideo Services (TCS) at Brooklyn Navy Yard - Brooklyn-based architect & design studio creates new headquarters for leading camera equipment rental house.
  •   National Firm Three Launches Studio for Interior Architecture and Design for Workplace, Clubs: Cura Interiors - Led by Director of Interior Design Sarah Bay, cura interiors delivers compelling and transformative environments for work and leisure settings.
  •   Blu Dot Flagship in San Francisco Debuts, Designed by the Office of Charles F. Bloszies FAIA with Brand's Leaders - Second store location by Charles Bloszies firm for Blu Dot displays sensitivity to local context as well as expertise in adaptive reuse and elegant, sustainable design solutions.
  •   UPFRONT: BOS Tampa Expands - Michael Furnari has been promoted to Market President for the Tampa office, and in this leadership change, Kevin Baker will be stepping down after fourteen years of leading the Tampa-based team.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Nova: Humanscale's Task Light for Video Calls - Nova's counterbalance arms rotate up to 180 degrees, offering exceptional customization and ergonomic benefits; they also allow the fixture's body and head to be effortlessly adjusted with one hand.
  •   WALLCOVERINGS: Transform with Texture - DI-NOC from Designtex - This new collection of self-adhesive wallcoverings offers over 800 patterns — ranging from luxurious woods, decorative metals and sophisticated stones.
  •   PLACES - One42 Offices – Ahmedabad | Visitors are greeted with a custom white oak reception desk inspired by the pickaxes used by coal miners. In contrast, vertical mesh panels with stones acts as an elegant backdrop to the lighter, more sculptural desk.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Indiana and Kentucky / Nieves Appointed to Nevers Territory Sales Position / Office Furniture Recyclers (OFR) Conference, February 14-17 2023, Orlando, FL / Architecture Firm RDC Promotes Exec To Senior Principal; Expert on Retail and Hospitality Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace Introduces BuzziRugs Clouds / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet & Leather Introduces Four New Leather Qualities
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 21 & 28, 2022

 
  •   The Year in Review — 2022 Shaped Up To Be Innovative and Inspirational - We congratulate all the companies and stakeholders in the design industry this year, that have bounced back, grown stronger, and have inspirational visions for the future of workplace design.
  •   Stephen Says - "New Year, New Job!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Most other industries are more welcoming of people outside of the box than the office furniture industry is. That's why I suggest going outside your comfort zone.
  •   Regional Growth Attracts Interior Solutions Firm to Acquire Fargo-based Office Furniture Dealer - Going forward, the Fargo office will be known as Christiansons by Fluid to sustain the broad market awareness it has had in the region for decades.
  •   Ethosource Office Furniture Announces Promotions Amid Extraordinary Company Growth In 2022 - "The promotions of these valued staff members are an important step in our continued growth as a company," said President and Owner of Ethosource John Gallen.
  •   NARBUTAS Triple Success at the German Design Award 2023 - Two collections – ZEDO desks and SURF chairs – were awarded the Special Mention'23 prize, and NOVA Wood Multipurpose won the Winner'23 award.
  •   Loll Designs' Year of Giving - For its 14th consecutive year, Loll Designs made its annual contribution to 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of the net sales from its best-selling Lollygagger Collection.
  •   IIDA Announces Winners of 13th Annual Global Excellence Awards - "It is a pleasure to highlight an impressive array of projects from around the world," said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA.
  •   MillerKnoll Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - Sales growth of 4% over the prior year, up 8% organically; Continued progress with the integration of Knoll.
  •   Steelcase Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results - Revenue and earnings growth driven by strong beginning backlog and year-over-year pricing benefits; Actions to reduce cost structure expected to produce approximately $30 million of annualized savings.
  •   Keilhauer's Forsi Chair Named Best of Year - "The Forsi collection acts as a sophisticated, functional solution for the modern workplace, and the evolving needs of those who occupy them," said Mike Keilhauer, president.
  •   RDC Promotes Sean Slater, Principal-in-Charge of the RDC San Diego Office, to Senior Principal - "The San Diego design community provides a rich environment for innovation and future thinking," said Slater. "I am excited to continue to serve clients locally and nationally, while growing community here in San Diego."
  •   UPFRONT: Henricksen Welcomes Tegin Roche Woods as Vice President of Marketing and Communications - In her role, Roche Woods will lead Henricksen's Proposals, Marketing, and Communications teams by serving as the strategic brand visionary and leading the development of robust marketing strategies and content that will fuel Henricksen's growth and provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KFI Studios Introduces Tioga Seating Collection - The Tioga collection includes an arm and armless guest chair, arm and armless lounge chair, ottoman, barstool, and counter stool.
  •   TRAINING: Solomon Coyle Now Accepting Registrations for Winter Session of Project Management Training - Classes to be held for aligned Haworth, MillerKnoll, and Steelcase Dealers and Non-Aligned Dealers
  •   PLACES - ACSV Legal Offices – Ho Chi Minh City | From layout to the color schemes, all design elements need to come together in a way that exudes competence and understanding.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Kimball International Receives Multiple Best of Year Product Awards from Interior Design Magazine / ASID Student Portfolio Competition Opens for Submissions / HNI Corporation Ranks Number Six in Newsweek's List of America's 500 Most Responsible Companies For 2023
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design Adds The Acacia Series to Willow Park / Rock Crystal & Solid Brass Cabinet Handle Collection by Deco & Deco / New Hollman Acrylic Lockers
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 14, 2022

 
  •   Engaging and Inspiring — Design Studio SOSO Aims to Foster Simple Human Connection Through Multidimensional Technology Art - There are lots of ways to revive the office and use unique design elements to tempt workers out of their homes. SOSO's installations are not only hard to resist, they are indeed engaging and bring people together.
  •   Stephen Says - "Never Assume the Reason You Just Got Fired Is the Real Reason You Just Got Fired." - by Stephen Viscusi - Often, being fired has to do with the ultimate number you're being paid in your salary. In other words, it is never really the reason they tell you, unless you have had a series of bad performance reviews.
  •   BDNY Returns with Enthusiastic Attendance and a Spotlight on Thought-Provoking Design - Thousands of industry professionals explored new products from nearly 600 exhibitors and learned about the latest trends and issues in hospitality from sessions covering innovation in design, wellness and mindfulness, navigating inclusivity, and the future of hospitality.
  •   Stylex Opens NYC Showroom in the New York Design Center - The showroom opening also marked the launch of the dynamic new Dau collection, a colorful, contemporary collection of tables, upholstered sofas, benches, poufs, and lounge chairs designed to reimagine the workplace and beyond.
  •   MillerKnoll Retail HQ Awarded WELL Certification Platinum - The prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI's WELL v2, the latest version of the WELL Building Standard.
  •   Tarkett's Powerbond RS is World's First CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly Soft Surface Flooring - Powerbond RS is a hybrid resilient flooring, meaning it combines the look and feel of carpet with the durability and cleanability of a resilient surface.
  •   Spinneybeck Introduces the Softwood Collection - The practice of bending plywood dates back to the 19th century, during the Industrial Revolution, a time when design was deeply rooted in technology and innovation.
  •   Inscape Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results - Second quarter fiscal 2023 was disappointing as sales volumes did not achieve expected levels and certain orders were unable to be recognized within the quarter further diminishing revenue levels reported. Management is responding to these challenges appropriately.
  •   InstallNET's EcoServ Program Recognized With 2022 SEAL Business Sustainability Award - EcoServ provides the processes, standards and metrics needed to recirculate workspace assets in a way that delivers value to companies and the community, without harming the environment.
  •   UPFRONT: Allseating Supports the Community - Allseating and The Bennett Edge have worked together to hire five employees — all people who have endured tough times and needed an opportunity to get back into the workforce.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Carl Hansen & Son Presents Nesting Tables Created by Danish Furniture Designer Hans J. Wegner - The new Nesting Tables consist of three tables that can be used together or separately. Thanks to their light and discreet look, the tables can integrate seamlessly into any interior.
  •   NOW REPPING: Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Rep to Cover Ohio - "We are very pleased to be partnering with The Davis Group. We have been able to attract excellent independent representatives and can now proudly say that we have local representation in Ohio." said co-owner Robert Jönsson.
  •   PLACES - Hasbro Offices – Haiphong | The office center is a space designed with the inspiration of "The Nest". Vacons renovated the existing atrium to turn this area into a multi-purpose space.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Sims Patrick Studio to Expand Existing Design Team / DuraCare Seating Now Offering REVIT Symbols / LRS Bolsters Design Team with New BIM Hires, Leticia Lopez Cushnie and Matthew Salazar / Pickard Chilton Announces Three New Principals, Expands Leadership / Skram Announces the Appointment of Robert Wolf, Vice President Growth Marketing
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carl Hansen & Son Present the Sideways Footstool / Catwalk: Flexible Interaction and Comfort / Pallas Textiles Introduces Alinea Collection / New Vibia Collection – Plusminus
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 7, 2022

 
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Artopex Introduces a New Generation for Take Off - A collection that breaks boundaries and trends. This new generation of Take Off is distinguished by the high quality of the details that have been thought out and created to offer beautifully designed furniture from every angle. The collection is marked by the introduction of multiple finishes and new colours. Inspired by residential design, it allows the creation of enhanced environments thanks to its unparalleled modularity and impeccable aesthetics.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss Has a Favorite, and It's Not Me!" - by Stephen Viscusi - To me it's human nature. That's why I tell people when they take a job, chemistry with your boss is the most important thing.
  •   CEUs Are Evolving: 3 Strategies Your Brand Should Try to Succeed - Designers are no longer trapped in a conference room with a free sandwich for your CEU. So, with so many new options for content delivery, if yours is not on point, you'll lose them.
  •   Throwback Decades Inspire Modern Designs at Carnegie - Looking forward to future trends carries weight too.
  •   Georgia Peach Coleby Hettler, Breaks Industry Barriers as the New Woman Owner and CEO of Business Environments - Business Environments is a well-respected commercial furniture dealership that has been in business for over 23 years, operating under the watchful eye of founder Ken Morris.
  •   Customized Workplace English Instruction Helping to Fill Manufacturing Talent Gap - "Our goal was to make the program accessible and equitable for our associates," said Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, DEI program manager, MillerKnoll.
  •   A Bed for the Holidays: KI Donates Custom Bed Frames to Area Shelters - "Through the generosity of KI, these beds will offer warmth and security to someone in need during and after the holiday season."
  •   Ultrafabrics x Pantone - Performance fabric collaborates with leader in color trends and development.
  •   This Polish Startup Offers a Tenerife Workation as a New Job Perk - We all know work-life balance matters and workations are more than office hours. So, besides having an excellent work setup, the Tenerife office lets employees have fun. There are board games and a bicycle, and it is located close to the city's attractions.
  •   New Leadership Team Announced for ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan - Kevin Gaffney boasts 25 years of experience managing the planning and execution of over 60 trade shows.
  •   Robert A.M. Stern Architects Unveils Renovation and Expansion to South Bend's Main Library - The renovation of the existing library and the addition of the 40,000-square-foot Community Learning Center illustrates the critical role that libraries serve in spurring economic activity and also providing the surrounding community with modern and flexible spaces.
  •   Museum of Modern Art Unveils Mamava Lactation Pod as a Design Object with a Gallery-Like Experience - The Museum of Modern Art's new lactation pod is located in the lobby of the Museum's ground floor.
  •   Teknion Named An Honoree at the 2022 Metropolis Planet Positive Awards - Routes is recognized for its positive impact on human health and wellbeing.
  •   UPFRONT: Peter Pepper Celebrates 70 Years of Design Innovation - Peter Pepper Products got its start in the founder's home in Los Angeles with wife Jacquie Pepper, designing many of the wall art pieces.
  •   COLORS: Pantone Color of The Year 2023: Viva Magenta - This year's Color of The Year is powerful and empowering. It is a new animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundaryless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement.
  •   PLACES - Unicorn Stores Offices – Hong Kong | The entrance and reception foyer has been lined in timber to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with seating booths which can be used by visitors and employees alike in a cosy setting.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - 2020 and Workrite Ergonomics Strengthen Partnership Through Cloud Pricing Tools / Landscape Forms Names Eric Swanson President of Loll Designs / Arper Welcomes Pascal (PJ) Manzari, National Sales Director for the US & Canada / Woolpert Welcomes Sustainable Design and Interior Design Leaders Shawn Tubb and Chris Shrodes
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF Textiles Introduces Two-Part Harmony - Part Two: Coated Fabrics / Cambria Launches New Alloy Infused Quartz Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 30, 2022

 
  •   Why Isn't our Wellbeing Improving? Start With Small Steps - As a general rule, people need to have the option to come in and work how they want to work and be free to do so. In terms of working from home, isolation, loneliness is difficult for some people.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Dealership is Hiring BIG for 2023!" - by Stephen Viscusi - The experience you're describing about hiring for 2023 is identical to what I'm hearing from most of our dealer and manufacturer clients. It's very important for people in the furniture industry to cut out all the noise they hear in the media about the firings in the tech industry and not confuse that with the office furniture industry they work in.
  •   ThinkLab's 5 Greatest Hits to Keep You Informed - At ThinkLab, we pride ourselves not only in providing research-led insights to help you grow your business, but also in sharing them in whatever way helps you digest the insights best.
  •   Spellman Brady & Co. Receives IIDA Gateway Chapter's IDEA Award for PayneCrest Electric Custom Artwork - PayneCrest's brand is clearly demonstrated throughout the entire artwork package. The artwork is seamlessly incorporated into the interiors and helps bring the company values and culture to life.
  •   Framery Celebrates Continued Growth With Optimistic Views on the Future of Offices - The brand reaches half a billion in all time revenue and expands the sales team with two new key hires.
  •   RBW Expands to Kingston With RBW Factory, the Company's New Headquarters for Manufacturing and Innovation - RBW looked to architect Neil Logan and Kingston-based Dutton Architecture to re-envision the building, which combines all working spaces under one roof, from design and manufacturing to traditional open bench desking and break-out spaces to promote collaboration.
  •   AB Concept Designs Noi, the New Restaurant of the Four Seasons Hong Kong led by Michelin-Starred Chef Paulo Airaudo - The overall design concept is a representation of an Italian silhouette with Japanese infill – as a reference to the food served – and pays homage to Chef Airaudo's Italian-Argentinian heritage by intertwining Italian architecture and contemporary furniture, as well as a statement wine cellar.
  •   Legrand Named to FORBES' 2022 List of "World's Best Employers" - "Just as Legrand is committed to improving lives by transforming the spaces where we live, work, and meet, we're also committed to our workforce," said John Selldorff, CEO of Legrand North and Central America.
  •   HON Honored by Configura - Anna Creek, Senior Design Integration Specialist for HON, led the team in creating this most-requested search feature.
  •   IIDA Names Winners of the 10th Annual Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards - "It is an honor to showcase the tremendously talented designers represented in this region," said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA.
  •   UPFRONT: Hempitecture Wins $500,000 Prize at Grow-NY Global Food and Agriculture Business Competition - "We are thrilled by Grow-NY's honorable recognition and this opportunity to grow Hempitecture's footprint on the East Coast," said Mattie Mead, founder and CEO of Hempitecture.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kirei Unveils Natural Materials Collection of Printed Acoustic Panels - Featuring five prints, the Natural Materials Collection offers designers the look of concrete and marble without the echoes.
  •   CERTIFIED: Okamura Becomes First Japanese Company to Achieve LEVEL Certification - Although there were many conceptual overlaps between LEVEL by BIFMA and Okamura's GREEN WAVE, the structure was different. Okamura was motivated to take the time to re-configure their own process to align with the LEVEL program.
  •   PLACES - Oktopost Offices – Tel Aviv | The office space Switchup chose was open and bright, with hardly any dividing walls to begin with.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Inscape Files Directors' Circular in Support of Hilco's All-Cash Offer for Inscape and Recommends Shareholders Accept the Offer / Appointment of Anthony Booth as Chief Customer Office of eSolutions Furniture / Ultrafabrics Announces Partnership with 2022 Sustainable Design Summit
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Introducing Hover, a New Lighting Series by Lodes / Cadre: A Fresh Take on an Iconic Chair / Maharam: Introducing Bertjan Pot / Inspiring Environments from Ligne Roset
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 23, 2022

 
  •   Designing a Sustainable Future — It's Not That Hard to Do the Right Thing - It takes just as much energy to do the right thing as it does to do anything else.
  •   BDNY Returns to New York City as Design Lines Between Hospitality and Contract Continue to Blur - Clients are looking for things that can invite people to gather while simultaneously having individual spaces.
  •   I Spy Something Green: Three Meaningful Developments in Sustainable Products! - How ThinkLab Trendspotters caught glimpses of a groundswell movement toward more sustainable products.
  •   Jamie Fellowes Named 2022 Business Solutions Association Legend - Jamie and his wife, Deby, have been married for 53 years and have four children – Jennifer, John, Elisabeth, and Andrew – and seven grandchildren. He enjoys golf and biking, as well as reading, opera, and road trips with his wife.
  •   ABI October 2022: Architecture Firm Billings Take a Sharp Downward Turn - Business conditions were fairly consistent across the country in October, as firms in all four regions saw either slight growth or a slight downturn.
  •   Stephen Says - "Hiring Managers Really Do Check References: My Tips" - by Stephen Viscusi - If your references are not contacted before or shortly after you get an offer, you should be very curious, very suspicious and consider skipping the job altogether.
  •   Healthy Residence Halls Promote Student Physical Activity, Utilize Sustainable Construction Materials - More and more materials used in building interiors today are being made from sustainable, recycled materials such as countertops made from recycled plastic waste and carpet nylon made from recycled fishing nets harvested in the Philippines and Central Africa.
  •   Herman Miller Expands European Gaming Business with Dedicated Gaming Webshops in Denmark, Finland and Sweden - In addition to the Embody and Vantum Gaming Chairs, the webshop will also feature the Aeron Gaming Chair, Sayl Gaming Chair, Nevi Gaming Desks, and Ollin monitor arm for the complete gaming setting that prioritizes aesthetics and function.
  •   IIDA NY Expands Educational Activities for Children - Initially conceived in 2018 by IIDA NY's Student Development committee, the Design Camp program has since worked with hundreds of students.
  •   IIDA Names Transformational and Innovation Award Winners and Best of Competition Winner of the 10th Annual IIDA Healthcare Design Awards - The IIDA Healthcare Design Awards recognize firms for creative design of healthcare facilities across seven categories within Hospitals, Extended Care and Assisted Living Facilities, and Ambulatory.
  •   DIRTT Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Private Placement - The proceeds from the Private Placement are intended to provide additional liquidity as the Company works to complete its strategic initiatives.
  •   UPFRONT: Kirei's Air Baffle Wins Three Major Industry Awards - The Air Baffle is an innovative ceiling baffle that combines the acoustic performance of recycled PET felt with a soft filling made of recycled textile fluff from Nike Grind, a global sustainability program that helps transform manufacturing scrap and end-of-life shoes into recycled Nike Grind Materials.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New from Arper – Shaal Modular Sofa - Designed by Doshi Levien, Shaal is structured and soft like a basket of pillows and wraps around you in a welcoming embrace– inviting tactility and warmth into any space, from residential to contract.
  •   SUSTAINABILITY: Luum Launches Sustainable Approach to On-Demand Textiles - At Luum, sustainability is the lens through which all decisions are made. From fiber to finish, they look to honor the Earth and user wellness through research, development, testing, and industry feedback.
  •   PLACES - CBRE Offices – Kyiv | Linear and individual lighting fixtures in combination with soundproof panels under the ceiling create a playful geometry and immediately attract attention.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Landscape Forms Appoints Stephen Godanis as Business Development Representative for the New York Metropolitan Area / Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Lori Ambrusch to Studio Manager, Science & Technology, in Washington, D.C. Office / Artaic Appoints Steve Drew as National Sales Director / Liberty Diversified International Names Dan Gigstead, Vice President / Allseating Becomes the First Canadian Manufacturer to Achieve LEVEL3 from BIFMA in the Seating Category
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design Adds the Nexus Monitor Arms to its FAST Ergonomic Solutions / Agapecasa Reissues the "Club 44" Table Designed in 1957 by Angelo Mangiarotti
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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