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Business of Furniture - March 21, 2018

  •   Sedia Systems Collaborates with Aircharge for Wireless Tabletop Charging - Sedia Systems and Aircharge are embarking on a landmark partnership that will enable wireless charging of mobile phones and tablets as an optional feature in all of Sedia Systems' fixed table lines.
  •   Vaaka Partners Invest More in Booming Framery - Private equity investor Vaaka Partners is investing in Framery, the Finnish manufacturer of sound-insulated office phone booths and meeting pods.
  •   Scale 1:1 is the Right Size to Attract Market - "Contract is a business model full of rules."
  •   Trump Talks Tariffs, Industry Fears Costs - A few industry leaders are speaking out on the tariff plan, urging President Trump to reconsider his actions. BIFMA acted quickly by sending A letter to President Trump, authored by Executive Director Tom Reardon.
  •   How Interior Define Has Turned to Custom for a Simplified Take on Furniture Buying - Working within the parameters of an exclusive factory partnership, Interior Define offers entirely custom pieces. In fact, the company uses its exclusive custom model as its premier core competencies.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "Just Like 'Cheers' Where Everybody Knows Your Name"
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's New Guide for Hiring and Retaining the Best Talent" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Editorial - "Tariffs Won't Help Our Industry" - by Rob Kirkbride
  •   PLACES - Bumble Offices – Austin
  •   Whiteboard - 3 Ways University And Office Design Are Converging / 5 Essential Design Trends for Every Creative Workplace / The Eight Zones Of The Ideal Office
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from BuzziSpace, Kimball, Gunlocke, Boss Design, and Encore
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - March, 2018

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

Business of Furniture - March 19, 2018 - CIFF Special Edition

  •   41st CIFF Guangzhou - The second phase of CIFF (28-31 March 2018), is dedicated to office furniture and seating, hotel furnishing, metal furniture, furniture for public spaces and waiting areas, accessories, materials and machinery for the furniture industry, inaugurating the sector dedicated to furniture for the elderly and tackling the Smart Office topic in depth.
  •   People work! - They work a lot, they work hard, particularly if their bodies are comfortable. In fact, it has been clearly demonstrated that efficiency requires comfortable spaces that create a sense of wellbeing. The office furniture sector is therefore becoming increasingly successful at CIFF, which is focussing evermore on this area.
  •   At CIFF the intelligent office is on show - To expert eyes it is clear that the growth in the office sector has been accompanied by a great deal of research into the internet of things; objects that can interact directly with people. In effect, with life becoming increasingly fast-paced, and with very little time available, there is an increasing need for objects that are intelligent, programmable and able to ensure high-level office-people interaction. We are therefore seeing major new brands that can design and manufacture high-performance furniture. For example: Loctek, Jiechang, OMT, Aoke, CONSET, Chuangqi.
  •   Great comfort in public spaces, waiting rooms and schools - Furniture providing high-level comfort is of the greatest importance for waiting areas. In fact, waiting for planes or trains for extensive periods of time in precarious conditions causes considerable stress. This timeless topic is addressed by the range of items proposed for the school sector. Furniture that is perfect, sturdy and comfortable, able to cope with heavy use by students. So together with major brands like Lijiang, Hongji, Oshujian, a platform will be provided for those dedicated to the school sector, such as Hongsheng, Jubao, Hongyu.
  •   Furniture made from metal … but intelligent! - CIFF has always given space to the metal furniture sector; high-performance cupboards and safes. This year, as part of the “Steel Boutique Pavilion”, there will be full ranges of high-technology intelligent lock furniture that can ensure usability and unparalleled security levels.


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