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Business of Furniture - February 15, 2024

 
  •   9to5 Seating Launches Adaptable New Task Chair HÅG Tion - Innovative chair one of the most environmentally responsible choices in the market.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Reps Dating Sales People?" - by Stephen Viscusi - When I worked for Haworth, for example, our showroom manager ultimately married one of the reps and they are still happily married 25 years later.
  •   Sustainability Meets Commercial Performance in Momentum's New Finnegan Wools Collection - The collection features three distinct constructions — Shire, Chekov and its namesake Finnegan — that highlight wool's most impressive natural attributes of longevity, durability, and sustainability to create a quietly luxurious product for all interiors.
  •   Now Available: KI Sonrisa Lounge Furniture - From the Spanish language meaning "smile," Sonrisa lounge furniture brings a casual comfort to any space.
  •   The New Frontier of the Salone del Mobile.Milano: To be an Open Ecosystem and Experience Capable of Connecting and Offering a Great Many Visions of the Future to the Design Community - Evolution and innovation are the key words for the 62nd edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, which from a strictly trade fair event is increasingly becoming an inclusive, value-based, responsible context and fabric, generating relationships, narratives and projects relevant to the design community all year round.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Landscape Forms Celebrates 27 Design Awards and Recognitions in 2023 - Landscape Forms celebrates another highly-awarded year in 2023, receiving 27 design awards and recognitions from leading industry organizations and publications.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Treefrog Continues 20th Anniversary Celebration with Introduction of Designer Veneers - Treefrog Veneer is turning 20. To celebrate, the company has revamped its entire collection, with the addition of 11 new prefinished woods including seven new Designer Veneers.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Lesro Recognizes Their 2023 Rep of the Year - With a territory that extends from Washington State and Oregon, eastward to include Idaho and Montana, the entire H4 team has the respect of the A&D and dealer community and provides the service levels our customers have come to expect from a Lesro representative firm.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: Creative Office Resources Elevates Candice Gould and Holyn Nickerson to Managing Principals, Driving Growth and Operational Excellence - "Candice and Holyn's promotions underscore our commitment to excellence across all facets of our organization."
  •   New from Flos: My Circuit - Inspired by Anastassiades's childhood toy cars and their looped tracks, My Circuit is distinguished by its functional, yet elegant approach to lighting, perfectly complementing commercial interior spaces.
  •   Keilhauer's Reimagined NYC Showroom Invites Co-Working, Collaboration, and Celebration - The fully renovated showroom is a haven for creativity and conversation in the New York Design Center.
  •   UPFRONT: Join Humanscale's Upcoming Webinar: Strategies and Tips for Healthier Hybrid Work - Hybrid work challenges traditional workspace setups by requiring flexibility to accommodate both remote and in-office tasks.
  •   NaughtOne Moves into its New, Self-Designed Headquarters in Harrogate, UK - "From the very beginning I wanted it to feel like an inspiring, beautifully interior designed space, like a destination rather than an office," said NaughtOne Managing Director Nadean McNaught.
  •   FLOR Launches Area Rug Collaboration with Fashion Designer Trina Turk - Trina Turk X FLOR Collection Takes Inspiration from Ready-to-Wear Fashion Brand's Archival Prints and Versatile Patterns. The collection brings together two brands committed to supporting their customers and creating beautiful and on-trend concepts.
  •   KFI Studios' Juna Outdoor Collection Ready for Spring - Juna is available in white and black, two classic colors to complement many outdoor spaces.
  •   IIDA NY Enlists Suzanne Tick for Pioneering Design Series - The Pioneering Design Series showcases the power of collaboration in design, which seeks to expand perceptions, open discussion and bring innovative ideas to our community.
  •   DIRTT Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2023 Financial Results - Full year 2023 revenue is expected to be approximately $181.9 million, an increase of $9.8 million or 6% from $172.2 million in 2022.
  •   The End of an Era: The Rise and Fall of Trendway Corporation - Fellowes will continue to serve the contract furniture industry with its full line of monitor arms, power solutions, height adjustable tables, desktop lighting, keyboard solutions, organizational products, networked air purification, air quality monitoring and modular walls.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2024: Office and Commercial Space, The World's Largest Furniture Platform for the Tertiary Sector - Taking place from March 28th to 31st, the second phase of the 53rd CIFF Guangzhou will focus on furniture for workplaces and commercial spaces and will be complemented by CIFM/interzum Guangzhou, dedicated to materials, components, and machinery for the furniture industry.
  •   Mohawk Industries Reports Q4 Results - "Our fourth quarter results were ahead of our expectations, with benefits from cost containment, productivity and lower input costs."
  •   New In Classifieds - Regional Sales Manager - MergeWorks | MergeWorks is an ancillary furniture manufacturer seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Regional Sales Manager to work with our Independent Rep organization in the eastern half of the US. Read more on page 134.
  •   PLACES - Hundsun Offices – Hangzhou | With mental and physical health as a key consideration, the space offers a variety of breakout areas for relaxation and learning.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - Scandinavian Spaces Hires Local Representative to Cover the Territory of Tennessee and Mississippi / Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet, Leather and Fabric Names New Director of Carpet Division / Room & Board for Business Launches Weber for Commercial Environments / Caleb Tollen Announced As New Principal Of bam associates / New from Maharam: Beyond and Midair by Jacob Hashimoto / Bendheim Celebrates Important Distinction From UNESCO / Ultrafabrics x Allgood Launch Bespoke Fabric Covered Hardware / Andreu World Unveils Newest Showroom in Stockholm
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - February 8, 2024

 
  •   Stefanie Schwalb: Allsteel Introduces Admix: How the New Light-Scale Table Series Aims to Elevate the In-Office Experience - Designed for collaboration, Admix tables seamlessly adapt to evolving workplace needs. They offer an array of designs and configuration options to accommodate a variety of workspaces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Strong Economy - PAY UP!" - by Stephen Viscusi - It sounds like you know my favorite expression already which is: Outside recruiters do it better! We just do. We can shift the narrative, wrap our brand around yours and we don't have to do anything unethical while poaching people from your competitors.
  •   BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Arper to Open New Showroom Space in Chicago - The new 4,500-square-foot space will showcase Arper's portfolio of furniture and highlight its versatility in various settings.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Skyline Design's SDX3 SmartView Film-Free Switchable Glass - SDX3 is an exciting new evolution of smart glass technology to the contract market, the first to be created without a film interlayer. This means that the 7-11% visual haze that was inherent to all smart glass products is gone. In its diffused state it offers compete privacy, and in clear state, SDX3 has extreme clarity.
  •   PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: COFCO, a Henricksen Company, Appoints VP of Sales for Washington D.C. Region - With her background in real estate, construction, and engineering, Joanna brings valuable insights and a proven track record for delivering quality-driven, large-scale projects to one of the nation's leading contract furniture dealerships.
  •   Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Illuminates Healthcare, Hospitality, and Work Spaces with Innovative Light Collection - Each pattern within the collection is inspired by the way light filters through nature and the built world alike. Abstracting plant leaves, creating silhouettes, and casting shadows that move and elongate throughout the day and year, the collection captures the essence of light's rhythms.
  •   KI Awards $40,000 of Furniture to Winning Educators in Second Annual Classroom Furniture Giveaway - Entrants in the giveaway used KI's Classroom Planner tool to design their ideal learning space.
  •   NeoCon 2024 Announces Keynotes & Robust Exhibitor Activity as Attendee Registration Opens - Inspiring Programming & Global Design Innovators & Activations Promise an Impactful 55th Edition.
  •   Ethosource Announces New Account Executives, Jessica Wilkinson and Jack Cossa - Ethosource provides businesses with a better way to create their perfect office environment.
  •   2023-Q4 Market Outlook Report Now Available from Solomon Coyle - A new chart has been added to the Market Outlook report illustrating how effective respondents are at forecasting changes to Bookings.
  •   Perkins&Will Announces New Interior Design Leadership for the Firm's Dallas Studio - Courtney Johnston and Amber Wernick oversee the Dallas studio's interiors practice; Sarah Wicker heads up a new local branded environments practice.
  •   Framery Helps 2.7 Million Workers Cope with Return to Office Life - Over 12,000 companies worldwide now have access to Framery Connect – smart technology that ends the scramble to secure meeting rooms at work.
  •   Design Within Reach Brings A New Way To Experience Authentic Modern Design To San Francisco - Representing the continued evolution of the DWR offering, the new Bay Area location will mark the brand's most experiential concept to date.
  •   David Allan Pesso Designs Dayton Occasional Table Program - Clean, Minimalist, and Modern Series for Commercial and Institutional Spaces
  •   J+J Flooring's Warp & Weft Collection Reinterprets Art of Woven Textiles Into Tufted Carpet Format - Warp & Weft carpet planks were designed to effortlessly coordinate with each other and other products and platforms from the manufacturer, including modular carpet tile, broadloom, LVT and Kinetex textile composite flooring.
  •   Versteel Introduces Troupe Seating, Expanding its Troupe Collection with Stools and Benches - This new collection offers versatility, quality craftsmanship, and a contemporary aesthetic, complementing the existing Gathering and Inline tables.
  •   Kin Reps To Bolster Boss North America Sales Team - The Kin team includes industry veterans Amy Rudkin, Kyle Rudkin and Sandy Borland.
  •   Fräsch Unveils 22 New Colors Offered in Its Product Catalog - Fräsch was founded with a vision to create beautiful yet functional products that help reduce unwanted noise and elevate the acoustical properties of any space.
  •   Camira Celebrates 50 - The name Camira references the original company name Camborne, founded on Camborne Drive in Huddersfield, as well as pointing to a new 'era' as an independent company.
  •   OFGO STUDIO Introduces Refreshed Laminate Collection for 2024 - All three new laminates include premium ECO+ and SURFACE+ construction as standard, at no additional cost.
  •   OFS Acquires Adaptive Architecture Pioneer ROOM - Founded in 2018, ROOM is at the forefront of adaptive architecture, offering a range of modular office pods that cater to the needs of modern workspaces.
  •   Mercato Place Continues its Evolution as the Go-To Source for Samples - Mercato Place was designed for those who manufacture, distribute or specify products within the specifically curated categories.
  •   Artaic Launches "Designs on Demand" for Rapid-Turnaround Mosaics - Leverage an innovative design and manufacturing process for by-the-square-foot mosaics made of Vitreous Glass in 1/2" and 3/4" sizes. All inventory is on-site in Boston for domestic mosaic production that's made to measure. Individual colors are available as quick ship solids or blends in just 2-4 weeks.
  •   Fellowes Donates 5,300 Air Purifiers to Habitat for Humanity in Chicagoland - Indoor Air Purifiers Contribute to Safe, Healthy Housing for Families.
  •   UPFORNT: Maharam Supports Formafantasma at Stockholm Furniture Fair - Serving as a space for reflection, the Reading Room's aim is to acquaint visitors with the ideas that shape Formafantasma's work.
  •   New In Classifieds - Independent Manufacturers Representative Group - BRC | BRC is looking for an effective independent manufacturers representative group to drive sales in Florida's strong commercial market. Read more on page 134.
  •   PLACES - ABB Offices – Santiago | To prioritize access to views and natural light, both workstations and informal meeting areas were set in open space on the perimeter of the floor.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE & FIRST LOOKS - The Mitchell Group Welcomes Nikki Rubalcaba as Sales Leader for New York Region / A Reimagined Classic - Carl Hansen & Son Introduces the VLA26 Vega Chair in Chrome / Hightower Releases +Halle Nest Offerings with Design-Forward Enhancements / Newsweek Recognizes Steelcase as one of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity, Most Responsible Companies / Independent Suppliers Group Announces Board of Directors Elections / Steelcase Recognized as One of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, Named First in Home Equipment and Furnishings Category / MATTER CONTRACT - Now Representing Via Seating in the Great Pacific Northwest
  •   So Much More Every Week - Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

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