Business of Furniture - October 10, 2018

  •   Industry Consolidation: Why it's Finally Happening - In the office furniture industry, the string of acquisitions and partnerships during 2018 shouldn't be a surprise, partly because it's simply long overdue.
  •   3form Introduces ILTUO and HooDoo, Part of Subtle Shift from Materials to Products - It makes sense for 3form to move from simply being a materials provider to a manufacturer using its palette of materials.
  •   ErgoErgo Gives User Different Sitting Experience - The ErgoErgo gives you the same range of movement as an exercise ball, but in a much safer and attractive product.
  •   Questions to Ask When Selecting a High-Profile Design Feature - "It takes a team to create a beautiful space, and today, that team looks different than it did in the past. As timelines get tighter, it's more important than ever to have the right information up front to serve clients with the best result."
  •   Humanscale's Freedom Chair Comes to Life in New Gagosian Exhibit - Humanscale Freedom Chair is the star of PLAY, a new exhibit currently open at the Gagosian through October 13th in Chelsea.
  •   Stephen Says - "Resume Reading Robots! How do I Please the Virtual HR Department?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "One of the Biggest Challenges Facing the Industry Today" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Expensify Offices – Portland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Varidesk, OFGO, Shaw Contract and Herman Miller
  •   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 3, 2018

  •   Kimball Select Dealer Contract Resource Group Transitions Ownership - Contract Resource Group, a Spokane-based interior services company that provides commercial office furniture and corporate facility solutions to clients across the Inland Northwest, is changing ownership.
  •   Landscape Forms Brings Office Outside with Upfit - While a building is a building, and the outdoors is, well, outdoors, Upfit creates spaces somewhere in between. Upfit is an adaptive structure with a sleek, modern style and flexibility to create intentional outdoor environments.
  •   2020 Holds Customer, User Happy Hour - Competition can be brutal, but 2020 is still in the game. The event was a happy hour, yes, with food and drinks, but it was also a chance for Mark Stoever, 2020's chief executive officer of just more than a year, to meet the company's customers and deliver a message.
  •   Industry Experts Form Coaching, Training Company - Everyone in the office furniture industry agrees: Attracting and retaining young, talented professionals is critical for its continued growth and success.
  •   Byrne Remembers Elizabeth Wirgau - Liz passed away on June 24 when a drunk driver crossed the centerline and struck the vehicle in which she and her husband were driving. In a moment, she was gone. She was 37.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sock It To Me! What Is The Deal With Men Not Wearing Socks Today?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - United Technologies Digital Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Republic of Fritz Hansen, Source International, Coalesse, LINAK, Luum Textiles, Carnegie and Shaw Contract
  •   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 26, 2018

  •   Sunon: An Inside Look at a Chinese Office Furniture Plant - The huge factory buildings covering three million square feet of manufacturing space are filled with the latest furniture making machinery.
  •   INDEAL and Workplace Furnishings Announce Merger - Two of the office furniture industry's top dealer groups, INDEAL and Workplace Furnishings (WPF), will merge September 30th.
  •   Project Business, Small and Large, Drives Steelcase Sales Higher - The Americas posted 15% revenue growth, or 9% on an organic basis, driven by strong project business from both large and small customers.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Strong Financial Results - New orders in the first quarter of $630.6 million were six percent above the prior year level.
  •   Steelcase Acquires Orangebox - "We are really excited about bringing our portfolios together, and we see the opportunity to more than double the size of Orangebox's business within five years by leveraging Steelcase's global scale and distribution."
  •   Egan Purchases Working Walls Solutions - Working Walls Solutions will not be operated as an independent business. Instead, it will be folded into the Egan brand.
  •   Stephen Says - "Business Owner Says, 'Everyone Wants a Raise! Guess What? Not Everyone Deserves a Raise.'" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Lundin Mining Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allsteel, ICF and ERG
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 19, 2018

  •   Steelcase Expands Relationship with Danish Design Company Bolia - Steelcase and Bolia, a contemporary Danish furniture designer and maker, has announced plans to expand their relationship to the Americas and Asia Pacific.
  •   AIS Reopens Renovated Washington, D.C., Showroom - The showroom features the newest AIS products, offering inspiration for the diverse ways that people work today.
  •   Sunon: A Company that Exemplifies the Meteoric Rise of the Chinese Office Furniture Market - The company is growing at 20 percent to 25 percent a year and it will be a $1 billion office furniture maker in five years time.
  •   Constellation to Power Herman Miller's Spring Lake Manufacturing Locations with 100 Percent Renewable Energy - Long-term electricity supply agreement leverages innovative CORe offering to help Herman Miller meet its clean energy goals.
  •   What We Learned: CIFF Shanghai - China is moving from a "made in China" model to a "created in China" model where products aren't simply conceived there, but created there as well.
  •   Inscape First Quarter Sales Drop 9% - The first quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended with a loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share, compared with a net income of $3.1 million or 21 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Virco Reports Second Quarter Sales Rose 3% - A challenging environment of late orders, rapidly escalating raw material costs, and unexpected shifts in demand led to mixed results for the second quarter and first six months ended July 31, 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "Expecting Multiple Job Offers? You are in the Driver's Seat" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Pearson Packaging – Airway Heights, WA
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from from Landscape Forms and 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 - September 12, 2018

  •   DIRTT Announces Smed Departure, Names new CEO - DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. Monday announced that founder and executive chair Mogens Smed has left the company, effective immediately. "Mogens has not adequately performed the agreed assigned duties, requiring the board to align management resources to begin building a more collaborative, adaptable and responsive team that creates the ability to successfully scale the business."
  •   CIFF Shanghai Off to a Strong Start - The development of the Shanghai version of CIFF is being closely watched by many in the industry. Though the Guangzhou event is larger, Shanghai is growing in importance since the city has become one of the world's top business hubs.
  •   BuzziSpace Opens Big Apple Showroom - BuzziSpace has invested heavily in the U.S., which is expected to be its largest market in the coming years.
  •   Inventor Uses Simple Idea to Produce Amazing Results: Posture Keeper is Ready for the World and Spines are Ready for it Too - Many successful products are born out of one's personal experience or need.
  •   ABI July 2018: Billings Grow at Slower Pace for Second Straight Month - Softness in firm billings was pervasive across the country, with firms in all regions except the South reporting decreasing billings for the month
  •   Stephen Says - "I Can't Stand My Coworkers Cologne" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - LendingHome Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Boss Design, Innovative and HAT Contract, Scandinavian Spaces, m.a.d. furniture design and 9to5 Seating
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 5, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - August 29, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - August 22, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - August 15, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - August 8, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - August 1, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - July 25, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - July 18, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - July 11, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - July 04, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - June 27, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - June 20, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - June 13, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - NeoCon 2018 SPECIAL EDITION

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

Business of Furniture - June 6, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - June 5, 2018 - CIFF Special Edition

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

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