Business of Furniture - May 27, 2020

 
  •   Here's What it's Like in our Neck of the Woods - Whenever I speak to folks in the industry from around the country and across the globe, we always seem to have the same question for each other: How is it where you are?
  •   Why Soft Leadership Skills Will Rise to the Top During Times of Crisis - ThinkLab research indicated 60% of West Coast survey respondents' (comprised of both A&D and manufacturers/dealers) bid activity has slowed or stopped.
  •   Workplace Reimagined: COVID-19 to Reshape the Modern Office Experience - The wholesale move to remote working in response to the crisis has quickly changed habits, exposed weaknesses and opened new opportunities for the work environment.
  •   A Sign of Hope: Orgatec is On for October - To be sure, the 2020 version of Orgatec will be more lightly attended and with fewer exhibitors, according to organizers who held a virtual town hall meeting last week.
  •   Knoll, Herman Miller Cut Jobs to Cope with COVID Crisis - As part of a restructuring, Knoll expects to reduce its workforce by approximately 275 positions. Meanwhile, Herman Miller eliminated approximately 300 full-time positions throughout the company as of May 14.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   3form Creates Line of Desk Partitions - The translucent desk partition uses Varia, a durable, architectural-grade resin.
  •   Stephen Says - "Any Suggestions for My Designer Clients and Friends that have Recently Lost Their Jobs?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Stop Playing Small: Do You Have What it Takes to Make it Happen?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Obscura Digital Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HAT Contract and SiS Ergo, Boss, KFI Studios, Hightower
  •   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 20, 2020

 
  •   COVID Crisis Causes Shift in Way We Talk about the Office - Offices across the country are preparing to reopen. How that will look remains to be seen, but offices will be less dense and workers more separate.
  •   Killing "The Way We've Always Done It" - With less face-to-face meetings, accessibility and ease of scheduling will become an X-factor.
  •   All Hands on Deck, USGBC Says Green Building Ratings Still Relevant - Under the new strategy, the USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials and risk management.
  •   AIS Launches Sew the Masks Campaign to Support First Responders and Others at High Risk from COVID-19 - AIS masks are already helping protect health care workers at UMass Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as first responders around Massachusetts and others.
  •   Nearly Half of Employees Now Working from Home Want to Stay Remote, Study Finds - Clearly, employee work preferences still differ and working from home is not for everyone — either because employees simply cannot do their jobs remotely or would prefer not to.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Knoll Announces June 2020 Free Virtual Knoll Design Days Lineup - "We're here to help organizations adjust to a new normal and give people confidence in their work environments."
  •   Humanscale Chief Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy Recognized as Living Hero - The Living Future Institute developed the Hero award to acknowledge exceptional work of individuals who are going above and beyond in their approach to creating a Living Future.
  •   Stephen Says - "Help! My WFH Salespeople are Becoming Unfocused" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Max Barney Estate Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, H Contract, R-Go, Bisley
  •   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 13, 2020

 
  •   Office Design Post-COVID: Have We Gone Through a Weird Time Warp Back to the '80s? - Trying to conform to guidelines about office safety is like trying to hit a moving target.
  •   Be Certain, Things Will Change, but One Group Will be Loyal Through and Through - "From a transportation standpoint, you have to ensure driver safety coming in and out of facilities, that you're not spreading any diseases."
  •   Three Predictions on How Remote Work Will Shift the Product Specification Process - ThinkLab research suggests that specification takes between 20–39% of a designer's time.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Architects Work with Manufacturers to Help People WFH Effectively - A huge amount of speculation in workplace architecture and design about the future of the office, return to work protocols and the new norm is occurring.
  •   Kimball Posts Strong Quarter, Despite Impact of Virus - "It is difficult to predict the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our customers, our suppliers and our business."
  •   DIRTT Releases Q1 2020 Financial Results - Revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were $41 million compared to $65.1 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.
  •   Could Copper Help Reopen Offices? - Many scientific studies are demonstrating copper kills bacteria, and De Castelli has set up an experiment to develop working methods that ensure this property is preserved.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Worry. College Grads Still Have Great Prospects." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "We're All In This Together" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Milkman Offices – Verona
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luxxbox, Falcon, Nowy Styl Group, JSI
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - May 6, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Allseating Stays the Course With Updated LEVO and a New Collection of Chairs for Remote Workers - Levo builds on the methodology of the award-winning, proprietary design of the You family, providing a more affordable ergonomic option that adapts to users movements.
  •   Question: How to Safely Return to Work? - Whether you are a manufacturer, dealer or designer, you are fielding calls from customers about how they can safely return to work.
  •   Designing for Overcapacity Presents Opportunities to Prepare for the Future - With a lack of beds at the forefront of the pandemic's impact on health care, CRTKL is exploring ideas like repositioning hotels from luxury to healing spaces designed to accommodate more infected patients at once.
  •   Economist Predicts 'Short, Sharp' Recession During BIFMA Virtual Presentation - Just what the long term effects on the office are remains to be seen.
  •   Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Design Industry - Best case scenario for recovery is a "V" recovery (think sharp decline, quick bounce back), however, it's important for the design industry to remember our category lags, and especially in this case with phased "back-to-work" scenarios.
  •   Twilight Zone or the Jetsons: What Will Going Back to Work Really Look Like? - Never before have you been able to buy so many room dividers, desk partitions and iterations of acrylic space division. It seems that overnight, the industry has made two fairly seismic declarations.
  •   Herman Miller Sues Website but can't Find 'DOE 1' Behind It - Herman Miller and DWR contend that Interior Icons is engaged in a dramatic and brazen scheme to undermine Herman Miller's intellectual property rights and trade on the goodwill of Herman Miller.
  •   Best of British: Bisley and Deadgood Announce Exclusive Partnership in North America - In a move that celebrates the "Best of British," both Bisley and Deadgood fly the flag for the "designed in Britain, made in Britain" model.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is This a Bad Time To Change Jobs? Am I Crazy?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Krispy Kreme Offices – Charlotte
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF, Designtex, Focal Point
  •   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 29, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   What I'm Hearing from the Industry - Employment is a cause for concern as the industry continues to implement layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts at a growing rate.
  •   What's the Future of Height Adjustable Tables? SiS Ergo, the Company Credited with the First-Ever Product, Has Some Answers - For the company that pioneered the first height-adjustable table 50 years ago, the future looks just as promising today as it did then.
  •   Bringing Elements of Home into the Workplace - Like it or not, says the folks at Coalesse, this is the time of the mandatory, if temporary, home office.
  •   As the Design Industry Faces the Pandemic, Learnings from Previous Recessions Still Apply - In terms of the physical work we do both now and in the future, adaptation and flexibility will be key.
  •   HNI Posts Loss in Latest Quarter as Virus Cuts into Finances - HNI Corp. announced sales for the first quarter ending March 28 of $468.7 million and a net loss of $23.9 million.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "High Performance Hacks" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - PhotoShelter Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Zonez, MASHstudios
  •   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 22, 2020

 
  •   Have Faith, the Industry will Emerge Stronger Than Ever - We can't control a virus, and it is frustrating. I always feel better when I'm active; doing something to improve myself. There are things I can control.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   FUNC Hits the Market with Fresh Products Because "Blah Is So Tiresome" - FUNC makes privacy screens, desking screens, space dividers, mobile marker surfaces, integrated lighting and other ancillary products — taking a simplistic, "almost Japanese approach."
  •   Byrne Creates 'Powerful Connections' to Help People Hospitalized, Loved Ones Stay Connected - The virtual visits, made possible through donated iPads and technical assistance from Byrne, have lifted the spirits of family members separated by illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Industry Shifts to Support COVID-19 Efforts - The automotive and apparel industries aren't alone in these efforts. The contract furniture industry has rallied together to come up with innovative ways to contribute, keep their people at work and push us to be hopeful for a world beyond the virus.
  •   Innovative Office Products is 3D Printing PPEs - Through the use of one of its two 3D printers, the company is producing the headband component for face shields.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Emoji's Have a Place in a Business Email?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Power of Conversations" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Zogenix Offices – Emeryville
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Welltek, 9to5, EKO, VIA Seating, Arcadia
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - April 15, 2020

 
  •   How VariDesk Became Vari: An Interview with CEO Jason McCann - Varidesk started working with experts that worked with other companies on transitioning their branding, including one which helped Federal Express go to FedEx.
  •   Loftwall Is Thriving on Incredible Ideas and American Grit - Loftwall provides privacy — specializing in space division with products like room dividers, counter shields and sound control panels.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Whatever it Takes - As an industry, when facing the prospect of annihilation, the only adequate response is to do whatever it takes to prevent it.
  •   The Interiors Industry Leans on One Another to Connect Amidst C-19 Chaos - People in the interiors industry today seem to fall into two categories: Those who remember the downturn of 2008 and those who don't.
  •   Arper's Farewell to its Founder Luigi Feltrin - Feltrin founded Arper in Monastier di Treviso in 1989, together with his sons Claudio, Arper president, and Mauro.
  •   Stephen Says - "The 35th Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame Gala was Held in December 2019 at the River Pavilion, Javits Center NYC, and Now it is a COVID-19 Hospital. That is Surreal!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "April 2020: How Will This Month Define You?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - SAP Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK, OM, 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 8, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   You Take Care of Sales, Design, Avanto Streamlines the Process - Avanto helps streamline your back office processes through accounting, order management and merchant processing.
  •   Two Ways to Keep You Connected - Bellow Press is not immune to the business upheaval. So, we have spent weeks trying to figure out a plan for how to help our readers and advertisers stay connected through this unprecedented time.
  •   Orgatec is On for October ... at Least for Now - Koelnmesse, which stages the fair, said it is keeping a close eye on developments as it presses ahead with preparations for ORGATEC 2020 in seven months.
  •   Utility Company Connects its Brand to New HQ Architecture - Corix chose a 22,000-square-foot space on the 36th floor in a downtown Chicago high-rise as its new headquarters and brought on Nelson Worldwide to complete the build out.
  •   Dauphin Takes up 100 Million Mask Challenge - Inspired by the 100 Million Mask Challenge, office furniture manufacturer Dauphin quickly pivoted to the production of face masks for health care facilities close to its Northern New Jersey factory.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Own a Business: Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Here is how!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "5X Connection: Developing and Increasing Meaningful Connections in a Time of Crisis" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Publicis Sapient Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Encore, 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 1, 2020

 
  •   Building a Dream — Gebesa Sets Sights on Growing Its US Market - The company specialized in kitchen cabinets at first, eventually adding more products and finishes to its offerings.
  •   COVID-19 Industry Bulletin Board - New on page 8 - Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   The Brandywine Experience - The Brandywine Experience (Bex) is a co-working and meeting space created exclusively for tenants within Brandywine Realty Trust's office buildings.
  •   Remote Work Tips for the A&D Industry - As an industry that thrives on creative inspiration and human interaction, we've been forced almost overnight to transition to a near-complete remote existence.
  •   "So the Company and its Employees can Come Through This Crisis Together" - A certain sense of helplessness comes from being quarantined.
  •   Steelcase Combats COVID-19 Global Pandemic; Commits to Supply Critical Medical PPE Equipment Needs - Steelcase Friday reported it has already started and continues to manufacture and deploy critical equipment supplies for healthcare providers on the frontlines of the battle against the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  •   Note from CIFF: The Show is Rescheduled for Late July - Salone del Mobile.Milano Now Cancelled; Event to Take Place Next April
  •   Stephen Says - "The Perfect On Line Job Interview (and How to Have Better Internet Meetings for Anything)" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Global Asset Management Company – Amsterdam
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Luna, SurfaceWorks, Source, 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 - March 25, 2020

 
  •   NeoCon 2020 Cancelled - For the first time in 52 years, there will be no NeoCon.
  •   Our Commitment to You: Providing the Most Useful and Up-to-Date Information - A lot is going on, and things are changing quickly.
  •   The Viscusi Group Now TVG Recruiters - The company's tag — "excellence in search" — remains. It is there to emphasize TVG's ongoing commitment to what it says will never change — a brand ethos which has been built on trust, credibility and industry knowledge.
  •   Career Builder Catches Up With Its Culture in New HQ - Career Builder's previous setup was compartmentalized over three floors, and the employees rarely interacted with each other.
  •   Kimball Announces Next Chapter of David Edward Brand - Kimball has announced the next chapter of David Edward, introducing a refreshed brand identity and product structure within the Kimball family.
  •   Corporate Real Estate Professionals Report Continuing Increase in Revised Workplace Strategies Based on Coronavirus - 78% of end users surveyed think expanded use of virtual meetings (e.g., versus face-to-face meetings) will last beyond the current crisis.
  •   Herman Miller 'Focused...On What We Could Control' in Latest Quarter - The company delivered adjusted earnings per share that exceeded the expectations that were established at the start of the quarter.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Is Going To Happen To My Job After the COVID-19 Pandemic?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Lead with Gratitude" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Artjail Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Encore, Global, Source 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 - March 18, 2020

 
  •   Breaking News: NeoCon 2020 Postponed - Due to the escalating Coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing, theMART, along with key industry stakeholders, have made the decision to postpone NeoCon 2020.
  •   Coronavirus Won't Crush Industry Optimism - In the short term, our industry — along with the world — is going to feel a lot of pain. Bellow Press, the publishers of this publication and "Workplaces" magazine, is working on a plan to help with alternative marketing opportunities now that NeoCon is postponed.
  •   TÜV Rheinland Furniture Test Lab Opens in West Michigan - The new testing facility comes at an important time for the industry.
  •   ROOM with A View - A Sustainable Solution Provider of Soundproofing Booths Aims to Solve Modern Workplace Challenges The concept of how ROOM came about was rooted in the personal experiences.
  •   The Future of Hackability Is Here: 5 Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Game - Flexible work is the top of every employee's bucket list as the lines between work and play continue to blur.
  •   The HON Company and Unika Vaev Announce Partnership Agreement - HON and its nationwide network of trade partners will market and sell some of Unika Vaev's decorative acoustic products.
  •   Versteel Debuts its Elly Chair - The Elly line features an integrated family of seats and small tables that can be configured in countless ways.
  •   Stephen Says - "More LinkedIn Advice To Create to Best Profile in the World" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "How to Become Recognized as a Leader in Your Company" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Zovio Headquarters – Chandler
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bisley + Vetrospace, Muzo, BrighterBooth
  •   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 11, 2020

 
  •   NeoCon, High Point Market are a Go, but Mart Watching Spread of Coronavirus Carefully - The office furniture industry is bracing for the economic effects of the coronavirus on the North American economy.
  •   Teknion Weighs in on Neurodiversity, Taking its Cues From the Classroom - Teknion has taken neurodiversity into consideration by expanding its product portfolio to cater to a variety of workspace environments.
  •   Office Design Trends for 2020 & beyond - from Coalesse - With the large generational gap in today's workforce, it is important for offices to be designed for a multi-generational workforce, and diverse spaces support a diverse workforce.
  •   AIS Unveils Renovated and Expanded Headquarters Showroom - The 6,000-square-foot space within AIS's headquarters features the latest AIS products in a vibrant working environment surrounded by windows that overlook a forest.
  •   Haworth Sales Reach $2.25 Billion in 2019; Up 5% Over Last Year - "Haworth experienced a good year of profitable growth across our commercial interiors and lifestyle design businesses," said Franco Bianchi.
  •   New Trendway opens Los Angeles Showroom - Utilizing Trendway's full architectural wall line, the space is delineated into hospitality, private and open office zones.
  •   Spacestor Expands Global Presence with NY Flagship Designed by Gensler - The company tapped Gensler to design an inviting and versatile space for the brand.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Cool Company Was Bought By One of the Big Guys: Now What?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From Where I Sit - "The Office 2030 – A Few Things We Will Rarely See" - by Michael A. Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Lacoste Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira and Sonneman
  •   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 4, 2020

 
  •   Compartment | A Launches Sustainable, Industrial-Inspired Furniture Brand - Compartment | A, founded by furniture entrepreneur John Keogh and designer Kurt Loubaton, has launched with industrial-inspired furniture and fixtures that emphasize sustainability in office, home and hospitality.
  •   Using Design to Express the Humanistic Elements of a Brand - As younger generations enter the workforce, expectations of the workplace have changed, including assumptions about remote work and the belief the workplace should be more than a place to do the physical job.
  •   A Letter from China: The Coronavirus and How it is (and Could) Affect the Office Furniture Industry - CIFF, the world's largest office furniture fair, is postponed until further notice.
  •   VARIDESK Undergoes Major Rebrand - The company that was formerly known worldwide as VariDesk announced it is now Vari – a workspace innovation company.
  •   Herman Miller and Logitech G Join Forces to Create High-Performance Furniture for Gamers - Herman Miller Heads into a new product and marketing lane where contract hasn't gone before.
  •   Costin Named CEO of Bisley - Bisley has strengthened its executive board team with the appointment of Richard Costin, its former commercial director, to the position of CEO following the departure of John Atkin in February.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Is the Best Time of Day to Ask My Boss for a Raise?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "3 Keys to being a Great Leader" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Full Node Coworking Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bisley and LEVEL 4 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 - February 26, 2020

 
  •   Special-T, the Fastest Growing Table Manufacturer in US, Rebuilds the Lives of Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts - For those trying to get clean and sober, past addiction to drugs or alcohol can prevent them from finding steady, meaningful work.
  •   Herman Miller Joins WELL Portfolio Program, the First Furniture Manufacturer on the List - We spend about 90% of our lives indoors, so our building management practices have a really big impact on people in our society.
  •   Surface Design Show 2020 Inspired with the Best in Surface Innovations - The 2020 edition of the Surface Design Show at London's Business Design Centre Feb. 11-13 featured its biggest showing ever of surface material and architectural lighting designs.
  •   Registration Now Open for NeoCon and Four Keynote Speakers Announced - Registration is open for NeoCon 2020. The show will celebrate its 52nd edition June 8-10 with the latest ideas, products and experiences in the furniture industry.
  •   Haworth Inn and Conference Center Undergoing Complete Renovation - Hope College's Haworth Inn and Conference Center near downtown Holland, is undergoing a complete renovation that will debut in a few months.
  •   Knoll Posts Record Year-end Results that Fall Short of Wall Street Expectations - Full year growth was driven by both Office and Lifestyle segments.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Strong Profitability for 2019 - Office furniture net sales decreased $8.9 million or 0.5% from the prior year to $1.697 billion.
  •   Stephen Says - "Love Me or Hate Me, You're Gonna Need Me" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Booking.com Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design, ESI, Kirei, Tayco, Louis Poulsen, Designtex, Pallas and Arcadia
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 19, 2020

 
  •   Students Need Flexibility and Ownership at School, which Begins With Furniture - Flexibility, comfort, posture support and fidgeting features are considered essential elements to be included in student furniture design for the updated classroom.
  •   Innovative Office Products Acquires SiS Ergo - Founded and headquartered in Denmark, SiS Ergo is a manufacturing pioneer of height-adjustable tables.
  •   Reps Learn Nook is More than a Typical Pod at UK Event - A group of top independent reps gathered in the U.K. last week to learn about Nook. Nook was designed by company founder David O'Coimin to create an oasis of calm in the din of the open office, classroom or other space where a bit of privacy is needed, but not the complete isolation found in other products.
  •   Industry Inspiration: An Assessment of Disruption in the Residential Real Estate Industry - Across the residential industry, real estate brokerage firms are looking for creative ways to continue to capture market share.
  •   Over 550 Dismissed in Wayfair Layoffs - Recently, the eCommerce retailer has entered the contract furnishings arena, offering an assortment of furniture from the likes of Turnstone and Steelcase along with several no-name Chinese sourced products.
  •   Stephen Says - "Stuck in the Sales Rep Rut: How Do I Get to be a Sales Manager?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Suhrkamp Verlag Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Room & Board, Workrite, Unika Vaev, Dekko, Davis, Hightower, Scandinavian Spaces
  •   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 12, 2020

 
  •   INDEAL Holds Supplier Council in NOLA - INDEAL is the largest purchasing organization of its kind in North America and the only one focused exclusively on the needs of the aligned contract dealer.
  •   IMM Cologne: A Review - While outdoor furniture may typically be thought of as purely practical, launches in Cologne proved style and comfort could be factored in too.
  •   Plumen x Batchworks Lampshades Debut, Highlighting Sustainability - London-based design companies Batchworks and Plumen have partnered on a collection of five 3-D printed lampshades using plastic recycled from water bottles and other sources of plastic pollution.
  •   Designing for Icons: EQ Office Owns and Manages Some of the Most Renowned Buildings in the World - Today, the workplace is focused on the humans who use the space and the generation of ideas, which is a seismic shift.
  •   New Bill Proposed in New York is For the Birds, Really - Associate the word safety with a big city and one might be concerned about their own safety or human safety in general, but do you ever think about bird safety?
  •   Kimball Sales Decline on Brand Realignment - All verticals reported orders growth in the quarter with hospitality leading at 31%. The growth within the hospitality vertical was attributed to the robust Las Vegas market.
  •   USM Joins the Billionaire Boys Club - USM has been chosen to create the structure and provide furniture to display The Billionaires Boys Club (BBC) designs at a pop-up shop in the newly opened Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Outside Sales Rep I Hired Has Turned Into a Glorified Messenger Service" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Creating Massive Momentum: Three Simple Actions You can Take to Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Fontworks Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bendheim, Luum, Frövi, Bisley, Workrite, BDI, ErgoGenesis, Humanscale, DeskMakers and Waddell
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 5, 2020

 
  •   Organizers Postpone CIFF Guangzhou Over Coronavirus Outbreak - China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), the largest office furniture show in the world, is being postponed by organizers as the country continues to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.
  •   Do the Math: Wyatt is Confident its Seating Products Add Up - If you are an office furniture dealer, Wyatt Seating wants you to do a little math. Compare its seating with its competitors, figure out your margin and add in a little cost savings for your customers.
  •   The Perfect Workplace for Every Type of Worker - Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) recently designed the new Liberty Property Trust headquarters, an office geared to fit a variety of workstyles.
  •   Maximizing the Impact of Design in an Ecosystem of Shrinking Leases - Since 2015, the volume of commercial real estate transactions has been on a steady decline. Metrics suggest that, other than the pre–real estate bubble burst of 2006, 2015 marked the peak of commercial transactional spend.
  •   LightCorp Acquires California Design Brand Most Modest - LightCorp's acquisition of Most Modest provides a major growth opportunity to cross over from the contract office environment into residential and direct-to-consumer markets with lighting and technology solutions.
  •   West Coast's Largest Interior Solutions Firm Brings a Focus on Workplace as a Driver of Culture and Performance - One Workplace has relaunched the company as One Workplace Sacramento.
  •   Landscape Forms Honored with Two IDA Awards - Landscape Forms' Generation 50 and Upfit received top honors at this year's International Design Awards Awards Competition.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Your Employees Have EQ?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Home Base International Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MergeWorks, Kimball, Okamura
  •   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 29, 2020

 
  •   Industry Leaders Examine Every Direction at BIFMA 360° Conference - The three-day leadership conference revolves around the speakers that each present for about an hour, followed by a question-and-answer session.
  •   KI Contributes to New School Building for Homeless Children - KI often works on projects that involve sensitive situations, such as children's hospitals or the Salvation Army, so it seemed a natural fit to get involved with the Positive Tomorrows project.
  •   Tom Reardon, the Industry 'Standard,' Reflects on Two Decades as BIFMA Executive Director Reardon is retiring from his full-time position as executive director. - For more than two decades, Reardon has been the steady rudder at BIFMA, the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers.
  •   No Phone Zone — The Offline Chair Provides a Quiet Space Without Screen Time - The key amenity to the chair — in addition to its soft seat cushion and cozy upholstery — is a special pocket for mobile phones that blocks mobile and Wi-Fi signals.
  •   Configura Expands into Japan with Launch of Kokuyo's CET Designer Extension - Kokuyo will call its CET Designer Extension "GRIP" — Graphically Integrated Platform.
  •   Stephen Says - "Furniture Folk Are Good Folk!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - JCJ Architecture Offices – Hartford
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kimball and Global
  •   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 22, 2020

 
  •   Industry to Organize Around City of Hope in Major Charitable Push - The office products industry started small, raising about $50,000. Last year, the industry raised $15.5 million for City of Hope and the target for 2020 is $17.5 million.
  •   Framery Debuts a New Pod Relevant for the Future - The O VCR is a one-person booth featuring video call technology without the technology. Instead, the O VCR offers space in the booth for a 24-inch screen of the customer’s choice.
  •   How the Application of Neuroscience in Design Can Separate Us from Artificial Intelligence - Why do some spaces appeal to our senses better than others?
  •   Knoll Mothballs Grand Rapids Plant, 210 Jobs Affected - Under the restructuring plan, most of the Grand Rapids manufacturing operations are expected to be closed by the end of the second quarter of 2020.
  •   Novacap Portfolio Company Bestar Acquires Bush Industries - The two companies have more than 130 years of combined history in the RTA furniture industry and consolidated sales of approximately $200 million.
  •   Innovative Office Products Acquires CompuCaddy, Opens Up Healthcare Market - CompuCaddy is a manufacturer of medical computer carts, medical cart workstations and other complementary products for medical and health care facilities.
  •   Teknion Experience Centre Opens in Heart of Dubai Design District - The Teknion Experience Centre officially opened in the heart of the d3 Dubai Design District during the recent Dubai Design Week.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why is the Search to find the President of our Company Taking so Long?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From Where I Sit - "A Gender Revolution in Jasper, Indiana" - by Michael A. Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Flight Centre Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Ferco Seating and Coalesse
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 15, 2020

 
  •   Innovakote Creating 'Full Circle' Powder Coat Recycling Process - A new company, Innovakote, is cleaning, sorting and preparing industry waste for a new life. It is trying to close the loop on a major problem for the office furniture industry and others who use powder coating.
  •   Trend Marketing Announces Passing of Founder and Principal, Fred Goff - Fred was more than the boss or industry rep, he was a friend and mentor to those on his team and to those he worked with.
  •   There Are New Giant TV Screens on The Market — Make Some Room For Massive Marketing Technology - Colossal-sized screens might be the next big thing.
  •   The Future is Bright with LED Lighting Possibilities - Diode light is more efficient powerwise than incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. LED lights are not filament bulbs, but little semiconductors.
  •   BuzziSpace Opens New Showroom at Design Post Cologne - BuzziSpace, the global brand behind acoustic lighting and furniture solutions for healthy workspaces, opened its Cologne, Germany, showroom at Design Post during IMM 2020.
  •   Stephen Says - "Please Stop Forwarding Me Articles You Read Online, I Already Saw Them" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Importance of Reading: Every Book Gives You the Opportunity to Learn and Grow" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Urban Spaces Coworking Offices – Stuttgart
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ghent and National Office
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 8, 2020

 
  •   Steelcase Superdealer One Workplace Acquires OpenSquare - For One Workplace, the deal is another example of how it continues to evolve and transition the business. Last year, the company's sales were $500 million, a figure that dwarfs most office furniture manufacturers. It also accounts for nearly 14% of Steelcase's sales. And now it's even bigger.
  •   HAT Contract: The Future Is Certain, According To Its Latest Research - HAT Contract recently introduced "The Office of 2025, Six Trends Driving the Future of Office Design," a white paper on the future of office spaces.
  •   Experts Explain How User-Centric Design Will Play Out in 2020 - Expanding beyond meditation, many companies are making their definition of wellness more inclusive.
  •   Perkins&Will Transforms Former Austin Bar into HQ for Disruptive eCommerce Retailer Spreetail - Spanning three levels, the Spreetail office features bold and branded design highlights complemented by state-of-the-art amenities.
  •   Inscape's RockIt Bench Honored with GOOD DESIGN Award - The light scale bench is designed to utilize natural materials to create diverse environments, including resimercial, industrial chic and mid-century modern.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Sell My Furniture Through Independent Reps and I'm Worried About the Future" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Tech - "Technology's Role in Making Space Relevant" - by Steven Lang, President & CEO of dancker
  •   PLACES - Dimension Data Offices – Johannesburg
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Landscape Forms, Mohawk, Wolf-Gordon, Workrite and Mannington
  •   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 1, 2020

 
  •   EDITS Promises to Sell Modern Design Direct for Less - Though the furniture industry has been slow to adapt to the internet model, it appears as if the digital age is rapidly taking shape in this industry.
  •   It Starts With Furniture — TPG Designer Weighs In On The Timing Of Project Elements - As more flexibility is needed in the workspace, it's less about needing the perfect space and more about creating an agile space that can be reconfigured at any point to accommodate growth and change.
  •   Ware Malcomb Announces Construction Complete on Sam Clar Corporate Office and Showroom - Construction began in 2018 on the renovation of the company's 18,922-square-foot facility, which was severely damaged in a warehouse fire on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.
  •   Steelcase Q3 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates - Revenue increased 6% in the third quarter compared to the prior year, reflecting strong growth in the Americas and the Other category. The growth in the Americas benefited from favorable timing of shipments compared to recent trends.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Decrease in New Orders for Latest Quarter - New orders in the second quarter of $674.9 million were 4.2% below the prior year level, causing Herman Miller shares to dive.
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Cursing At Work? Are you F&@#$ng Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - RigUp Offices – Austin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Landscape Forms, KFI Studios, Wilkhahn, Maharam and Mohawk
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - December 18 & 25, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL U Learning Platform Celebrates Major Milestone - INDEAL University, which offers a curriculum of learning modules for dealers, marked its first year in November.
  •   LogicData Holds Open House at New Grand Rapids HQ - The company's success brought with it growing pains — like getting too big for its Grand Rapids office, the hub of its North American operations.
  •   Coronado DC Designs Its New Headquarters - Known for its specialization in selecting, designing, procuring, ordering and installing furniture in commercial spaces, Coronado DC focuses mainly on government contracts.
  •   Service West Is Turning 40 and Ramping Up for Its Next Level - Founder and CEO Mark Vignoles said it's not necessarily a rebrand as it is an effort to enhance a brand that already exists with the company principles of H.E.A.R.T. — humility, execution, accountability, respect and trust.
  •   Simplify the Client Experience Through Furniture Price-Per-Square-Foot - CBRE Furniture Advisory Services has been quoting in cost-per-square-foot terms for furniture from the start.
  •   Herman Miller Appoints Debbie Propst as New President of Retail - Propst joined Herman Miller from Bed, Bath & Beyond, where she served most recently as president of One Kings Lane.
  •   Stephen Says - "Another Regional Manager Quit in NYC...Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "'I'm a Great Multitasker': Debunking the Myth that You Can Effectively do More Than One Thing at a Time" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Slack Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from National Office, Coalesse, H Contract, Versteel 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 - December 11, 2019

 
  •   ergoCentric Looks to Repeat Canadian Success in the US - Using a modular manufacturing system, ergoCentric claims it can fit virtually 100% of the population. A task chair is more than just a piece of furniture. If it's designed properly, workers will be more productive and more comfortable doing work without pain or physical stress.
  •   Whitney Architects and Qdesign has New Chicago Home - The office features a number of work styles — from small, flexible conference rooms to a welcoming lobby that also works as a touchdown space for its designers and guests. In short, it shows that work doesn't have to happen in any one style.
  •   Diversity and Design Panel Held: How We can Shape a More Inclusive Workplace - Inclusive design results in better experiences for everyone.
  •   Update on Ergonomics, The Industry is Catching Up - The options for amazing ergonomics furnishings are seemingly endless. Yet, ergonomics is still a confusing topic for many people.
  •   Color of the Year: Pantone 2020: Classic Blue - Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade that brings to mind the color of the sky at dusk.
  •   Stephen Says - "Holiday Party Etiquette for 2019: Just Show Up!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from AIS, Indiana Furniture, Poliform, Masland and Springboard
  •   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 4, 2019

 
  •   Flokk Acquires 9to5: What it Means for the Industry - For customers, dealers and employees at 9to5, the fast-growing Los Angeles-based seating company, little will change. But what about the industry?
  •   Skyline Design Introduces CAMAflage Glass by Cama Collection - Dignity Glass was created on the principle that environmental aesthetics play a significant role in patient healing and provider wellbeing.
  •   Tom Dixon Explains TOUCHYSMELLYFEELYNOISYTASTY to NYC Designers - During his discussion, Dixon provided insight into the importance of sensory engagement, especially now when capturing an audience of consumers is more challenging than ever.
  •   Behind-the-Scenes Look at Residential Furniture's Transition to Commercial-Grade Standards - Using a contract-grade brand often results in missing out on the consumer-inspired, easy ordering process and the softer look and feel of the residential lines.
  •   BDG Wins UK Project of the Year at the Int'l FX Awards - BDG architecture + design has won Project of the Year by a U.K.-based studio for Amsteldok, a new Amsterdam campus for WPP.
  •   Trendway Names New Leadership - Rhoades will oversee all Trendway operations with a focus on growing sales, optimizing manufacturing and the ongoing integration into Fellowes Brands.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do I Need My Home Address on My Resume? I Am Getting Mixed Advice" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's go Masterminding" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - United Microelectronics Centre Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Special-T, Cubicall, Foscarini, Fil Doux, Pallas, Jean-Marie Massaud, KFI, Wilsonart, Frovi and Wilkhahn
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - November 27, 2019

 
  •   Breaking News: 9to5 Seating Joins Flokk - Flokk Group, A leading European manufacturer of office seating products, has entered into an agreement to acquire 9to5 Seating. Through this acquisition, Flokk expands its footprint in the US market, underpinning its international growth strategy.
  •   Memo Furniture Creates Caffeinated Buzz - This simple-to-use, hackable product is designed for workers to create their own privacy in open-office structures and personalize their own workplaces.
  •   On the Heels of Corporation of the Year Award, Herman Miller Aims to Broaden and Develop its Diversity Efforts - The company has been recognized 12 times over the last 14 years as Corporation of the Year by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.
  •   The Concierge Effect of Today’s Hottest Design Trend: Personalization Becomes King - "What really matters to this new generation of occupants is more about what you're doing for me. What does this offer me, or how does it make me better?" In the design industry, we talk a lot about pulling influences from other verticals.
  •   With a Sense of Obligation, Room & Board Launches Commercial Division - 20 years ago, when Room & Board's founder John Gabbert took on a project furnishing the new Le Méridien Chambers hotel in Minneapolis, he didn't realize it would be the beginning of the company's commercial division.
  •   20 Years After "Office Space", The Mondays Are No More - While the modern workplace might have evolved of its own accord, the film became something of a lightning rod for a revolution in office culture.
  •   Stephen Says - "What if My Showroom Manager is a Sourpuss?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Contentful Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from LINAK, Allsteel, ErgoGenesis, Integra, Kimball, Compel, Carnegie, Designtex, Morbern, Shaw, JSI, Versa and Tarkett
  •   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 20, 2019

 
  •   Designing Flexible Office Spaces - Office spaces have evolved tremendously over the years. Both advancements in technology and the emphasis on work-life balance have given birth to a newer, more modern type of office.
  •   Branch, a New Office Furniture Company, Aims to Own the Middle Market - Branch's furniture is affordable because the company sells directly to its customers, with no dealers to stand between the two.
  •   Maars Launches New Wall Product to Create Privacy in Open Office - This simple-to-use, hackable product is designed for workers to create their own privacy in open-office structures and personalize their own workplaces.
  •   Humanscale Works with Corporate Giants to Recycle Ocean Plastic - For some companies, creating environmentally friendly products is more greenwashing than good for the globe.
  •   Export Furniture Exhibition Slated for March in Malaysia - EFE has taken a big step forward with the expansion made possible by KLCC's expanded venue space.
  •   Room & Board Introduces Business Interiors for Hospitality & Workplace Environments - Room & Board has launched Room & Board Business Interiors, a collection of contract-grade hospitality and workplace products.
  •   Stephen Says - "When A Beauty Mark is Not So Beautiful?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: The 4 Steps to Making a Decision" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Gensler Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Special-T, AIS, Humanscale, Arper, Hightower, Flos, Unika Vaev, Clarus, Narbutas, Milliken and OFGO
  •   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 13, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - November 6, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - October 30, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - October 23, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - October 16, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - October 9, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - October 2, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - September 25, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - September 18, 2019

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

Business of Furniture - September 11, 2019

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

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