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Business of Furniture - September 21, 2023

  •   Creative Office Resources Acquires OFI - "COR's acquisition of OFI will amplify their collective talent, elevate their ability to serve the industry, and extend their geographic reach, all with the singular aim of enriching service to clients."
  •   Stephen Says - "Why You Should Make Your New Employees Update Their LinkedIn the Day they Start!" - by Stephen Viscusi - To my readers who are candidates changing jobs and understand this trick (stalling to update your LinkedIn): consider yourself outed or outdated! Either way, your boss or your HR will be catching up with you sooner rather than later.
  •   Steelcase Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results - Earnings per share increased 35% compared to the prior year driven by strong improvement in gross margin.
  •   The Playtime Collection from Concertex - Explore and celebrate the shapes that shaped us, the colors that connected us, and the patterns that still make us smile.
  •   First MillerKnoll Showroom Debuts in Dallas, Texas - Customers are invited to experience the best of the MillerKnoll collective in one dynamic space.
  •   Majority Of American And Canadian Workers Blame Their Workplace For Recent Respiratory Illnesses, According To Survey By Fellowes - As workers more deeply understand the connection between workplace IAQ and their health, leading organizations have updated their guidance to equip employers with the knowledge they need to protect their employees.
  •   EF Contract Launches the Textural Kasuri & Kimono Carpets - The foundational patterns and tempered colors make Kasuri & Kimono a natural fit for corporate interiors, public areas looking to add warmth, retail spaces, and even education, particularly higher education.
  •   Giulio Ridolfo and Schiavello Come Together for The Next Evolution of ColourLab - The new palette of powder coats, timber stains and laminates has been developed with the intention to suit a broad variety of environments.
  •   Three H Announces New Hires and Promotions - Shawn Popovich has been promoted to Regional Sales Director and Johnny Picklyk has been added as a sales manager.
  •   Teknion Introduces the Smooth Felt Hoodie Screen: Blending Home Comforts with Office Productivity - The Hoodie Screen is made of soft-to-the-touch PET felt which quiets your surroundings as well as the opportunity to bring accent color into a space.
  •   Chemetal Launches Curated Collection of Darkened Metals - The curated Blackened Metals Collection features an array of options to fit a range of budgets and design needs.
  •   BuzziSpace Appoints New CEO & Announces New Role for Former CEO and Founder - "I am very excited to take up this new role and continue to build not only a strong brand but also a strong organization with a very high focus on customer experience."
  •   PurOptima Launches Revolution 54 Plus In The US: Adaptability Meets Acoustic Performance for Today's Workspaces - Completely adaptable, Revolution 54 Plus glass walls mean this unique glass wall can be easily adapted between single- or double-glazed systems to accommodate our client's changing design requirements.
  •   Interface – Celebrating 20 Years of Smart, Beautiful and Responsible Design with the Heritage Collection by FLOR - Premium Area Rug Brand Refreshes Three Archival Products for Milestone Achievement
  •   UPFRONT: Landscape Forms Named by Fortune and Great Place to Work as a Best Workplace in Manufacturing & Production for a Fourth Year in a Row - "Receiving our fourth Fortune Best Workplace award is a testament to the enduring passion, dedication, and relentless pursuit of excellence that defines our manufacturing team."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Leading the Industry, Humanscale Opens First Showroom in Seoul, South Korea - Championing Sustainable Design, Humanscale's expansion into South Korea Reinforces its Global Commitment
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: McCann Becomes Indiana Furniture's CFO & Vice President of Finance as Kreilein Retires - McCann began her career as a Senior Auditor with Procter & Gamble after earning a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from University of Cincinnati, as well as a Master's degree from North Carolina State University.
  •   PLACES - PwC Service Delivery Center – Katowice | The functionality of the office was designed to encourage employees to return to the company's headquarters after a period of remote work during the pandemic.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Jonathan Matta Steps Into Newly Created Role as KI's Research Manager / COE Distributing's J.D. Ewing Honored With Prestigious Top Workplaces Leadership Award / Matter Surfaces, Inc. and Mats Inc. Awarded Sourcewell Contract / Elevated Unveils Human-Centric Spatial Analytics / KI's Katie Clark Recognized With EDmarket's NexGen Rising Star Award / Virtual CEU: Journey of a Textile Presented by Mayer Fabrics / Zero Emissions Day 2023: Humanscale's Commitment to Planet Positivity
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Herman Miller Introduces Fuld Nesting Chair Designed by Stefan Diez / Nomad Finds a Workplace Abode / Isle Table: A Softer More Domestic Feel to Modern-day Commercial Furniture / Luum Textiles Launches Organized Complexity Collection | Exploring the Connection Between Humans + Nature
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 14, 2023

  •   ON THE COVER: AMQ Activ Pro 2.0 - Activ Pro, AMQ's flagship height adjustable desk, is evolving and getting an update to the new Activ Pro 2.0. It's everything you've loved about Activ Pro but better. Activ Pro 2.0 will have an adjusted BIFMA height range to support the widest range of users, improved install times that are 40% faster, and built-in cable management contained within all the bases. All this, at the same great price point!
  •   ERCO: LED-lighting for Future-Proof Office Design at Zaha Hadid Architects in London - Making the office desirable: ERCO lighting supports responsive design and staff wellbeing in future-proof revamp of Zaha Hadid Architects office.
  •   Going Green: Join Dauphin And Our Commitment To Coral Reef Conservation - Inspired by the infinite variety of underwater worlds where no coral reef is like the other, Reefs system seating provides solutions for the open office environment by offering comfortable structures with visual and acoustic privacy.
  •   Vitra Unveils the ACX by Antonio Citterio - Developed by Vitra in Switzerland, the ACX is up to 100% recyclable.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do I Go From A Dealer To A Manufacturer's Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's very true – if you represent one of the majors, it can be very difficult to get them to hire you unless your boss at the dealership signs off on it directly.
  •   Highlighting Sustainable Design Manufacturing Practices During Pollution Prevention Week - For Pollution Prevention Week (September 18-22), let's explore the revolutionary strides these brands are making in the realm of sustainable manufacturing and design.
  •   Salone del Mobile.Milano Obtains ISO 20121 Certification for Sustainable Events Management - The Salone will contribute to the occasion with Design with Nature, the installation created together with the architect Mario Cucinella in 2022, as part of the 60th anniversary edition of the trade fair.
  •   Spaces by Ware Malcomb: Industrious 30 Adelaide Street East - The overall interior spaces reflect the clean, modern and bespoke aesthetics that are hallmarks of the Industrious brand.
  •   NARBUTAS @ Paris Design Week - Participating in Paris Design Week for the first time, NARBUTAS is included in one of the four places to visit during the event, so the showroom is expected to receive an influx of interior designers, architects, dealers and other visitors interested in the products.
  •   TOKO Honored with Best of Products Award by Architects Newspaper - Toko's freestanding design enables relocation or reconfiguration as well as independence from traditional building architecture, without incurring the costs associated with conventional drywall construction.
  •   SMPS-NY Inaugurates New Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2023-2024 Term - The newly elected board members represent a diverse and accomplished group of individuals, each bringing unique insights and expertise to guide SMPS-NY into the future and honor its rich history of fostering excellence in the AEC marketing and business development community.
  •   UPFRONT: Allsteel's 345 N. Morgan Experience Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification - "Throughout the entire design process of our Experience Center at 345 N. Morgan, we were focused on creating a space that promotes collaboration, one that aligns with our commitment to sustainability, and supports our clients and the design community in their endeavors."
  •   EXPANSION SPOTLIGHT: ERG International Announces Acquisition of West Coast Industries - "This strategic move aligns seamlessly with our growth objectives as we seek to diversify our business and capitalize on our synergies."
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: COE Distributing Receives Fourth-Consecutive Top Workplaces Award with Leadership Accolade - "We're always thrilled to receive the Top Workplaces Award but earning top marks for confidence in leadership in 2023 is especially meaningful."
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Camira Launches Eco-friendly Fabric Inspired by Sportswear - "Just like the best sportswear, it provides comfort and freedom of movement, whilst bringing a contemporary look and feel to any and every interior space."
  •   GIVING: Help Celebrate the Life of Emily Clingman - The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and photography exhibition featuring Emily's amazing works of art for family and friends to gather and support each other and to remember and celebrate her.
  •   PLACES - Timbro Offices – Sao Paulo | he chosen building has a facade with details in oxidized copper sheets, in a greenish hue, referring to one of the products imported by Timbro, copper.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - IIDA NY Presents 8th Annual BuffCon / Lesro Welcomes New Manufacturer Representative - Inline and Company / Lectra Joins the CAC Mid 60 and SBF 120 Indices / Ware Malcomb Announces Peter Priebe as Director, Special Practices
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Comfort And Care: The Benefits Of The Kiwi Bean Bag Chairs / BuzziPebl Light: The Harmony of Light and Acoustics / Multiple Choices LVT from J+J Flooring Brings a Wide Selection of Patterns to a Single Collection / Anthros: This Chair Checks ALL The Boxes
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers


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