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Business of Furniture - July 8, 2020 - 67 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen since early June. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: SurfaceWorks Launches Dax and Grows in Education - Dax, is one of those products that exemplifies SurfaceWorks — it is well-designed, well-built and does exactly what it promises. In the case of Dax, that means it is an exceptionally good training table.
  •   The Death of the Office is Greatly Exaggerated - Instead of thinking of work from home as a negative, it is time for the industry to think of it as net positive.
  •   ORGATEC 2020 Cancelled - In recent weeks, a large majority of exhibitors and trade visitors decided not to attend ORGATEC. In light of this, Koelnmesse reassessed the overall situation.
  •   Diversity & Inclusion in the Interiors Industry: The Most Important Issue We'll Ever Tackle - We sat down with Malene Barnett, and discussed some of the most pressing issues our industry faces in order to hear the perspective of those who have been silenced for far too long.
  •   From Ocean to Office: A New Path for Plastic - Research shows about eight to 10 million tons of plastic enter the planet's oceans every year. That equates to about a garbage truck of plastic being dumped in the ocean every minute.
  •   Product Spotlight - Dauphin Introduces Bosse Series 2 Acoustic Pods and Bosse Series 4 Room-in-Room Systems
  •   Neurodiversity and Workplace Inclusivity - Neurodivergent conditions include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Tourette's, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and Parkinson's.
  •   Female Leaders Show the Power of Kindness Through Donation - Two women — Melissa Kehl of Rieke Office Interiors of Elgin and Neli Vazquez Rowland of A Safe Haven — came together to show how the power of kindness can even defeat, in a small way, the brunt of a virus.
  •   Just 30% of Workers Are More Productive Working From Home Than in an Office, Even as Remote Work Continues During the Coronavirus Pandemic - Working from home has become the new norm for employees around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been remote for several months already, and some, such as Twitter, have decided to let employees work remotely permanently, even after the pandemic passes.
  •   Stephen Says - "How to Lose a Job in Ten Days" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Innovation is HERE: How to Embrace Innovation in Your Business" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Riccó Offices – São Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Maharam, 9to5 Seating, Indiana Furniture, Teknion, 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 - July 1, 2020 - 79 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Maars Living Walls Evolve to Meet Needs of Changing Market - Since entering the North American market, Maars has made a name for itself by creating demountable walls of the highest quality and design.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Keilhauer Swurve is a New Chair that Puts the Environment First - The company and its president have taken the environment seriously for a long time, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Keilhauer recently launched Swurve, its first carbon neutral chair.
  •   Deirdre Jimenez Wants to Elevate Design in Her New Role at BIFMA - Jimenez was attracted to the job by the work that is being done solely for the benefit of the industry and its members — not just trade members, but suppliers and specifiers as well.
  •   Celebrating Freedom is Impossible When Others are Oppressed: An Industry Call to Action - Events of recent weeks deserve to be looked at through the lens of our industry.
  •   Women-led Design is More Crucial Than Ever - As the panel discussion kicked off, Gabrielle Bullock, director of Global Diversity at Perkins & Will, believes this particular time presents an opportunity for everyone to help in dismantling systemic racism.
  •   KI Goes Beyond With Owens Corning in Future-Proofing Workspaces With Infinity From KI - KI and Owens Corning designed the marquee conference room in the Hub with 33 feet of glass storefront featuring KI's Lightline architectural wall, providing beautiful views of the river.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Fell 21.1%. Posts Loss. - Herman Miller reported a net loss per share of $2.95 in the fourth quarter compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.78 in the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   Inscape Announces Fourth Quarter Sales Fall 22.5% - The decline in the quarter was primarily due to COVID-19 which resulted in both shipment delays and customer order pushouts in some of their major markets.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Overlook This Way to Find a New Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Alternative Technology Client Offices – Austin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF, Nevers, Keilhauer, Concertex
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: LUCY'S CAFÉ, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, I've ventured outside to work from someplace other than home or a small office.
  •   74% OF WORKERS SAY A 6-HOUR WORKDAY WILL IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AMID COVID-19, ACCORDING TO STUDY - 74% of workers believe six-hour workdays could lead to higher productivity at work.
  •   AS DESIGN MOVES FORWARD, DESIGNING FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS GARNERS MORE ATTENTION - Though COVID-related design is on everyone's mind, designers still need to consider all the other elements needed to create healthy and productive workplaces.
  •   DESTINATION UNKNOWN: WHERE BUSINESS TRAVEL MIGHT LAND NOW THAT COVID-19 HAS ARRIVED - Business travelers, if and when they decide to travel, will make conscious choices about who to fly with, where to stay, what mode of transportation they use to get around. With demand (and necessity) of airports evolving in the age of COVID-19 and its aftermath, no one knows exactly what the travel experience will look like going forward.
  •   LEVERAGING HOSPITALITY CUES IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORKPLACE - COVID-19 is challenging all industries and the designers that serve them to revolutionize and rethink established experiences.
  •   KI GOES BEYOND WITH OWENS CORNING IN FUTURE-PROOFING WORKSPACES WITH 'INFINITY FROM KI' - Some companies come in and want to talk to you and tell you their thought starters before they even understand what you want.
  •   VIRTUAL REALITY MEETINGS: THE NEW NORMAL - While working from home certainly has merits, the long view is that organizations prosper from the hard-won social capital of connections among people.
  •   SURVEY REVEALS MORE THAN HALF OF EMPLOYEES WANT TO WORK IN AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT AGAIN, AND 73% ARE COMFORTABLE WITH TEMPERATURE CHECKS - Many employees are feeling confident and ready to get back to work, but some still have their hesitations.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - The latest products to help you be productive wherever you're working from.
  •   CORONAVIRUS AND WORKING FROM HOME: ALMOST 60% OF AMERICANS THINK COVID-19 HAS CHANGED THE WAY WE WORK FOR THE BETTER - WalletHub's survey examined Americans' thoughts about working from home during the coronavirus pandemic and a potential return to an office.
  •   REAL-TIME CORPORATE SOLUTIONS FOR A COVID-19 WORLD - One North American technology startup has created a solution that is both fully functional and cost effective.

Business of Furniture - June 24, 2020 - 91 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Returning to Work and School—KI Leads With Empathy, Insight and Innovation - KI is in the process of bringing about half of its organization of 500 or so workers back, while helping other companies come alive as well.
  •   NeoCon PPP: It's Time to Take a Fresh Look at Indiana Furniture - Indiana Furniture is inviting the industry to take a new look and experience the changes it has worked on for the last few years.
  •   Time for Us to Exemplify the Spirit of Gambaru - The shock of COVID is over. Now the hard part begins. It is time to rebuild and renew the market. While that may be a bit out of our hands, there are some things we can do to turn the corner.
  •   IIDA to Furlough Staff - IIDA will return to normal business operations July 20 at full strength and with a robust slate of programming.
  •   Fellowes Brands Announces New Contract Interiors Division - Fellowes Brands strategic expansion into contract furniture began with the acquisition of ESI and Trendway.
  •   BIFMA Names New Leader at Virtual Annual Meeting - In her new role, Jimenez will be responsible for leading BIFMA and partnering with its board of directors, membership (regular, supplier, service and international) and staff by connecting and advancing the industry's common interests.
  •   Creativity Goes Digital: Harnessing the Power of Virtual Design - How do we design for a digital workplace that fulfills our need for human interaction?
  •   Maars Understands Now is the Time for Space Division, More Than Ever - No one wants to waste money on an unsightly plexiglass pane that a customer will throw up and then throw away in a couple of months.
  •   Place Matters — Designers Weigh in on Physical Barriers in Design and Starting with Empathy - When families suddenly found themselves needing to keep busy while quarantined at home, many turned to digital access to museums and cultural institutions online.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do Dealers Manage the Expense of Social Distancing?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "2020 Cancelled? One of the Toughest Years could be Your Best Year" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - NAACP Legal Defense Fund Offices – Washington DC
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Woven Image, Source International, Woodstock Marketing, Kimball
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 17, 2020 - 69 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program that you have seen these past few weeks. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Never Stop Moving, Pushing or Striving | OM Digs Deep for Meaningful Change - Since its beginnings in 1986, Southern California-based OM has believed continual evolution creates a living company.
  •   NeoCon PPP: 2020 | Industry Mainstay Keeps Ahead of Technology (and Always has for its Customers) - The company has focused most of its innovation around building experiences that it believes will speak to the future designer as well as connecting the end user.
  •   I don't Know About You, but I'll Never Take the Fun and Friendship of NeoCon for Granted Again - By Wednesday during NeoCon week, I'm sick of restaurant food, sick of talking to people and sick of Chicago.
  •   Steelcase CEO Jim Keane Speaks to Grand Rapids Economic Club about COVID and the Company - Disaster preparation is important for any business, but leaders also have to adjust course as needed since there is no way to account for everything that might go wrong.
  •   When Nothing is Guaranteed: Practical Ways to Reset your Career Trajectory - With industry insiders optimistic about a rebound and a revamping of the office, there is still real fear about the now weekly announcements of furloughs, layoffs and "creative re-structuring" that's going on in the world of contract furniture.
  •   Industry News - Designing a Better Chicago Announces Grant Program Recipients / Humanscale Launches Online Platform / Nook Announces the Winning Super Nook Design
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "In These Unusual Times I am So Glad We Go To Market with Independent Reps!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Innovid Offices – Ramat Gan
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Ghent, OMT-Veyhl, Keilhauer
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 10, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program you are beginning to see today. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: LOGICDATA - When considering innovative shifts in the office furniture industry, one immediately thinks of high-tech devices like connectivity of smart phones and tablets or powerful laptops. Yet there is a mechanical revolution happening in height adjustability that is being led by LOGICDATA.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Spec Furniture Design Makes Us Wonder, 'Why Didn't I Think of That?' - The Toronto-based company always seems to come up with a new wrinkle for furniture that leaves its customers pleased and competitors wondering why they didn't come up with something like that.
  •   The Making of an Industry-Wide Charity - From tragedy, INDEAL Cares was born and it is poised to make a huge difference not only in North America, but globally. INDEAL Cares was designed to be more than a "house" charity for INDEAL, its dealer partners and manufacturers.
  •   "Wisdumb" Mentality Is Blocking Innovation in Building - Last week NeoCon launched NeoConnect, a series of online resources programming designed to virtually connect the NeoCon community in the month of June.
  •   Uniting the Commercial Furniture Industry in Health: Introducing INDEAL Cares - INDEAL Cares was launched in honor of my daughter, Dr. Shannon Bloch.
  •   Blurring the Line Between the Home and Corporate Offices - Many people consider a separate home office to be a real luxury. In lieu of a true dedicated space, individuals choose to convert an extra bedroom or perhaps an unused corner in the living room into a semi functional home office.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is a Micromanager! What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Product Madness Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Scandinavian Spaces, Source International, Okamura, Integra Seating, Tayco, ESI, Sedia Systems, Encore, Unika Vaev
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - June 3, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   NeoCon: Products, People and Projects - We launched Products, People and Projects this year to help fill the gaps. We don't want all the information we would have learned about at NeoCon to be lost. So we worked with theMART to come up with a program you are beginning to see today. For the rest of the summer, we will be presenting Products, People and Projects, a few companies at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Groupe Lacasse Shifts to Address Changing Office - The Quebec-based manufacturer has done a masterful job of shifting gears to address the crisis, first by coming out with a package of furniture for the home office and by creating products that make office work safer as well.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Nook Takes Pod Life to a New Level with a Focus on Agility and Wellbeing - Nook, by Do Company, a Bristol, England-based design startup, creates semi-private spaces critical for productivity, focus, confidentiality or simple respite from the noise and traffic on the floor.
  •   From The Editor - Instead of Wringing Our Hands About What We can't Control, We Need to Start Worrying About What We Can
  •   Gensler says Reports of the Death of the Workplace Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - In part of its ongoing exploration on how design is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gensler finds the future workplace may be entering its Golden Age, not of sudden death.
  •   Knoll Design Days are Around the Corner - Hosted this year as a free virtual event for industry insiders and design enthusiasts alike, Knoll Design Days will take place June 9-10, 2020, bringing the Company's unparalleled expertise on design and the workplace to audiences in a digital-first format.
  •   Designer Outlines How Hospitality, Social Spaces will Change post-COVID During Haworth Webinar - Rottet said social spaces may just be the design that is needed to keep workers at a safe distance from each other while fostering a comforting, residential feel many will crave in the crazy new world of work.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Stephen Says - "What to Put on LinkedIn When You Are Unemployed" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "HOPE: Another Meaning to One of the Most Overused Words in the World" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - One Workplace Offices – Santa Clara
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Frövi, BuzziSpace, Haworth, Davis, Arper
  •   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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