Business of Furniture - December 11, 2019

 
  •   ergoCentric Looks to Repeat Canadian Success in the US - Using a modular manufacturing system, ergoCentric claims it can fit virtually 100% of the population. A task chair is more than just a piece of furniture. If it's designed properly, workers will be more productive and more comfortable doing work without pain or physical stress.
  •   Whitney Architects and Qdesign has New Chicago Home - The office features a number of work styles — from small, flexible conference rooms to a welcoming lobby that also works as a touchdown space for its designers and guests. In short, it shows that work doesn't have to happen in any one style.
  •   Diversity and Design Panel Held: How We can Shape a More Inclusive Workplace - Inclusive design results in better experiences for everyone.
  •   Update on Ergonomics, The Industry is Catching Up - The options for amazing ergonomics furnishings are seemingly endless. Yet, ergonomics is still a confusing topic for many people.
  •   Color of the Year: Pantone 2020: Classic Blue - Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade that brings to mind the color of the sky at dusk.
  •   Stephen Says - "Holiday Party Etiquette for 2019: Just Show Up!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from AIS, Indiana Furniture, Poliform, Masland and Springboard
  •   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 - December 4, 2019

 
  •   Flokk Acquires 9to5: What it Means for the Industry - For customers, dealers and employees at 9to5, the fast-growing Los Angeles-based seating company, little will change. But what about the industry?
  •   Skyline Design Introduces CAMAflage Glass by Cama Collection - Dignity Glass was created on the principle that environmental aesthetics play a significant role in patient healing and provider wellbeing.
  •   Tom Dixon Explains TOUCHYSMELLYFEELYNOISYTASTY to NYC Designers - During his discussion, Dixon provided insight into the importance of sensory engagement, especially now when capturing an audience of consumers is more challenging than ever.
  •   Behind-the-Scenes Look at Residential Furniture's Transition to Commercial-Grade Standards - Using a contract-grade brand often results in missing out on the consumer-inspired, easy ordering process and the softer look and feel of the residential lines.
  •   BDG Wins UK Project of the Year at the Int'l FX Awards - BDG architecture + design has won Project of the Year by a U.K.-based studio for Amsteldok, a new Amsterdam campus for WPP.
  •   Trendway Names New Leadership - Rhoades will oversee all Trendway operations with a focus on growing sales, optimizing manufacturing and the ongoing integration into Fellowes Brands.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do I Need My Home Address on My Resume? I Am Getting Mixed Advice" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's go Masterminding" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - United Microelectronics Centre Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Special-T, Cubicall, Foscarini, Fil Doux, Pallas, Jean-Marie Massaud, KFI, Wilsonart, Frovi and Wilkhahn
  •   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 - November 27, 2019

 
  •   Breaking News: 9to5 Seating Joins Flokk - Flokk Group, A leading European manufacturer of office seating products, has entered into an agreement to acquire 9to5 Seating. Through this acquisition, Flokk expands its footprint in the US market, underpinning its international growth strategy.
  •   Memo Furniture Creates Caffeinated Buzz - This simple-to-use, hackable product is designed for workers to create their own privacy in open-office structures and personalize their own workplaces.
  •   On the Heels of Corporation of the Year Award, Herman Miller Aims to Broaden and Develop its Diversity Efforts - The company has been recognized 12 times over the last 14 years as Corporation of the Year by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.
  •   The Concierge Effect of Today’s Hottest Design Trend: Personalization Becomes King - "What really matters to this new generation of occupants is more about what you're doing for me. What does this offer me, or how does it make me better?" In the design industry, we talk a lot about pulling influences from other verticals.
  •   With a Sense of Obligation, Room & Board Launches Commercial Division - 20 years ago, when Room & Board's founder John Gabbert took on a project furnishing the new Le Méridien Chambers hotel in Minneapolis, he didn't realize it would be the beginning of the company's commercial division.
  •   20 Years After "Office Space", The Mondays Are No More - While the modern workplace might have evolved of its own accord, the film became something of a lightning rod for a revolution in office culture.
  •   Stephen Says - "What if My Showroom Manager is a Sourpuss?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Contentful Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from LINAK, Allsteel, ErgoGenesis, Integra, Kimball, Compel, Carnegie, Designtex, Morbern, Shaw, JSI, Versa and Tarkett
  •   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 - November 20, 2019

 
  •   Designing Flexible Office Spaces - Office spaces have evolved tremendously over the years. Both advancements in technology and the emphasis on work-life balance have given birth to a newer, more modern type of office.
  •   Branch, a New Office Furniture Company, Aims to Own the Middle Market - Branch's furniture is affordable because the company sells directly to its customers, with no dealers to stand between the two.
  •   Maars Launches New Wall Product to Create Privacy in Open Office - This simple-to-use, hackable product is designed for workers to create their own privacy in open-office structures and personalize their own workplaces.
  •   Humanscale Works with Corporate Giants to Recycle Ocean Plastic - For some companies, creating environmentally friendly products is more greenwashing than good for the globe.
  •   Export Furniture Exhibition Slated for March in Malaysia - EFE has taken a big step forward with the expansion made possible by KLCC's expanded venue space.
  •   Room & Board Introduces Business Interiors for Hospitality & Workplace Environments - Room & Board has launched Room & Board Business Interiors, a collection of contract-grade hospitality and workplace products.
  •   Stephen Says - "When A Beauty Mark is Not So Beautiful?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: The 4 Steps to Making a Decision" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Gensler Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Special-T, AIS, Humanscale, Arper, Hightower, Flos, Unika Vaev, Clarus, Narbutas, Milliken and OFGO
  •   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 - November 13, 2019

 
  •   AIS Celebrates 30 Years with Pride in the Past - The furniture manufacturing company Affordable Interior Systems (AIS) had an unlikely start, but it has become one of the most notable in the industry — and it's even governor approved.
  •   Union Wood Company Brings Commercial Options to the Table - When it comes to furniture manufacturing, Craig Pearce loves making tables the most.
  •   Build Some Visual, Acoustic Privacy with Brix by Luxxbox - It is easy to create an open, so-called agile office. Getting acoustical privacy is the hard part. The unique, modular, acoustic sound management system creates partitions, walls and cubicles for privacy while reducing unwanted noise in open spaces.
  •   Legrand Acquires Connectrac - Expanding opportunities for its customers and driving innovation. Those are the two main reasons Connectrac co-founder Clint Strong decided to sell his company to Legrand.
  •   DeskMakers Acquires Furniture Company Scale1:1 - The purchase of Scale1:1 represents an expansion for DeskMakers that opens the door to a new audience while increasing the variety of designs available to clients and dealers.
  •   DIRTT 2019 Third Quarter Sales Slip 12 percent - Revenue decreased in the three months ended September 30, 2019 by $8.5 million or 12% compared to the same period of 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's the End of the Year and My Employee's Always Quit in January! What Should I DO?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PwC Experience Center Offices – Paris
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Indiana Furniture, Okamura, Unika Vaev, Móz Designs, Coalesse + Nanimarquina, Kirei and Knoll
  •   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 - November 6, 2019

 
  •   OM Asks Important Question with New Product: How do You Werksy? - All great chair designs come from exploration: tapping into curiosity and seeing where it leads. For OM, that design exploration led to one of the most unique chairs the industry has seen in some time, Werksy.
  •   Shedding Light on Misconceptions About LED--Modular Lighting Instruments Morphing to Next Level - If done properly, LED lighting is just as good as any other light source ever made. If done improperly, it's one of the worst elements to be included in design.
  •   theMART Looks to 'Rewrite Playbook'; Quell Concerns Over NeoCon's Future - Though theMART's grip on NeoCon may be loosening, show organizers believe keeping critical mass in the building is important.
  •   Connecting with Designers in a Time-Crunched Era - While the topics covered opinions on product and process innovation, perhaps nothing enlightened the audience more than when the conversation shifted to the ways in which dealers and manufacturers could best support designers.
  •   Davis Furniture Adds New Office Building and Warehouse - The new building will house 35,000 square feet of warehouse space and 16,000 square feet of office space.
  •   New Survey Shows Workers Prefer Private Offices, Spaces Over Open Plan - Employees may not want to work in an office with an open floor plan, but they can succeed in this environment, especially at a company that encourages collaboration.
  •   Kimball Posts 3.8% Sales Gain - Sales growth benefited from new ancillary products within National, healthcare products within Kimball, and custom business within Kimball Hospitality.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's Taking Twice as Long for Someone to Find a New Job Today, It's Not You!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Work has come Full Circle - by Darlene Burns
  •   PLACES - Fosbury & Sons Boitsfort Offices – Brussels
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Elkus Manfredi Architects and Studio Other, Landscape Forms, LINAK, Wilkhahn, Versteel, ESI, Carnegie, Concertex, Bentley and Mohawk
  •   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 30, 2019

 
  •   EDspaces Gathers Important Industry Segment in Milwaukee for Expo; Education - Split between top-notch educational sessions and a sizable expo showing off the latest furniture and educational products, EDspaces is not the kind of event where tens of thousands of attendees show up to kick tires.
  •   Why Face to Face Still Matters in the Workplace - Companies that provide a variety of opportunities for people to come together face-to-face have more engaged and effective workforces.
  •   Banker Wire Meshes With Design Community - The manufacturer of woven and welded wire mesh for architectural and industrial applications has been known since 1896 for its applications in the agriculture, transportation and food processing sectors.
  •   How has HAY Acquisition Changed Herman Miller? For Det Bedste. - HAY is cool, hits a price point rarely found in Herman Miller's portfolio and its founders — who will remain on with the brand — are on the cutting edge of design that goes well beyond the world of office furniture.
  •   MASHstudios Opens New York Showroom - The Los Angeles-based maker of custom contract furnishings for some of the world's most recognized brands, is expanding its footprint this fall with the opening of a showroom in New York City.
  •   The Latest Financials - Knoll, HNI and Interface all showed sales growth in their latest financial reports.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unblock Your Calls or Get Blocked from the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Digital Ergonomics - by Jake Himmelspach, principal and director of strategy at Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - FTI Consulting Offices – Century City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Scandinavian Spaces, Wilkhahn, AMQ, BuzziSpace, Fritz Hansen, Milliken, Maharam and Ghent
  •   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 23, 2019

 
  •   CET Experience Connects Users of Configura Software in Orlando - The CET Experience wasn't about the company. It was about the companies and the people that use CET Designer.
  •   Successful Launch of OM Chats: Design Discussion for Thinking Professionals - The role of empathy in the design of space and products was explored at the inaugural OM Chats: Design Discussions for Thinking Professionals at the Helms Design Center in Culver City.
  •   Delivering Excellence — Winslow Spares No Details in New Office Design That Embodies Its Brand - Typically, a horseshoe symbolizes good luck, but in the case of Winslow Capital Management, that shape wasn't so lucky.
  •   Embracing Technology Can Unlock Process Innovation - It's been said again and again — the biggest change coming to the A&D industry will be in the form of process innovation, not product innovation.
  •   Steelcase Expanding Relationship with Furniture Design Firm Uhuru - This relationship complements the extensive Steelcase portfolio that gives customers easy access to more choices with delivery by the largest dealer network in the industry.
  •   Room & Board Launches Business Interiors and Claims it is Reimagining the Contract Furniture Model with a Consumer-Centric Approach - As the company's commercial arm, Business Interiors was launched to meet the demands of commercial interiors and businesses.
  •   Stephen Says - "What is a 'Back Door' Reference, and is it Ethical?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Rejuvenate, Reenergize Your Mind and Body Defeating Distraction & Increasing Productivity" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - The Martin Agency Offices – Richmond
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Allsteel Introduces Modular Seating for Modern Solutions / Multipurpose Squared / KFI Studio Introduces Voodoo Collection / ESI Introduces Enmo / Brentano Will Debut Indoor/Outdoor Velvet at BDNY / Captivating Design and Innovation from Concertex / HBF Textiles Fall 2019 Collection Pursues the Great Outdoors / Luum Textiles Launches Loom State Collection
  •   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 16, 2019

 
  •   Seriously Happy – Framery World Conference Guests Treated to Finnish Delights and Words of Wisdom - Framery is serious about happiness. So much, that the privacy booth manufacturing company is becoming known for its elaborate efforts to prove it.
  •   From Basic to Beautiful – Workrite Reframes the Adjustable Desk - Workrite Ergonomics has hit the market with its new Advent Collection featuring breakthrough engineering on its height-adjustable desk, and the challenge was immense, according to the company.
  •   Designer David Allan Pesso Sweats Every Detail (and it Shows) - Pesso's career has evolved from designing simple freestanding products to systems.
  •   Herman Miller Agrees to Acquire Majority Interest in HAY - Founded in Copenhagen in 2002 by Troels Holch Povlsen and Rolf and Mette Hay, HAY is a leader in ancillary furnishings in Europe and Asia and is active in the contract and residential furnishing markets.
  •   CIFF Shanghai 2019: New Records, Innovation Respond to Changes in the Sector - CIFF Shanghai 2019 represented the entire furniture supply chain.
  •   OFGO STUDIO Announces ReLaunch as Commercial Furnishings Manufacturer - The commercial furnishings manufacturer OFGO has relaunched its business operation under the moniker, OFGO Studio.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is the Pen Mightier Than the Interview Process?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Lemay Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Studio TK Introduces F500 Series to North America / HBF Introduces Sleek, Flexible Morgan Chair / Indiana Furniture Expands Joy with New Upholstered Options / KFI Studios' Swey Chair Has Options for Days / Global Introduces Sas / Rockin' Roka with KFI Studios / ESI Introduces FlexCharge3 / Work Comfortably – The Hut Lounge Collection from Scandinavian Spaces / Mute Box: Artopex's Newest Innovation for Open Spaces / 3form Releases Four New Products for Fall 2019
  •   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 9, 2019

 
  •   California Cool: Arcadia, a Company on a Roll, Proves Design, Innovation Drive Sales - Arcadia isn't a new, upstart brand. It has been in business for 40 years. Yet in many ways, it is just hitting its stride.
  •   Knoll Sues Senator Over Alleged Patent Violations on Pixel Table - At issue is whether the Array tables by Senator, which Knoll said were on exhibit at Senator's showroom at NeoCon in June, infringe on the PIXEL patent.
  •   In a Co-Everything World, Standards Become King - One way clients can simplify the procurement of contract grade is through services like Curate from Level.
  •   Clear Design Sets Sights on Growth, Fueled by Simple, Effective Formula - The company, with a U.S. base in San Antonio, Texas, has made a name for itself not by being everything to everyone.
  •   International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign Manhattan to Co-locate from May 2020 - The ICFF-WantedDesign Manhattan co-location brings together two unique brands under one roof, creating a not-to-be-missed North American design industry event.
  •   Studio TK's Cesto Receives Bronze 2019 IDEA Awards - Studio TK's Cesto seating and table elements collection was honored in the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is a 'Brand Ambassador' Just a Glorified Sales Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The End is Just the Beginning: Kickstart Your 2020 Planning Now" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - AmorePacific F21 Offices – Seoul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: DeskMakers Introduces Catalina Open Plan Office Storage Solutions / Indiana Furniture Brings Biophilia Options, Barn Doors, and More to Square One / How Will You Design Your Revilution? / Camira Launches Yoredale, a Highly Anticipated British Wool Fabric / Source Introduces Tempt Stools
  •   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 2, 2019

 
  •   Vitra Design Museum Debuts Atlas of Furniture Design - In November Vitra Design Museum will publish the Atlas of Furniture Design, a comprehensive overview on the history of modern furniture design.
  •   Futuristic Nap Pods Might Be the Right Investment For Your Tired Team - A sleep capsule is an enclosed pod where one can rest in privacy within a community environment.
  •   Nowy Styl Group Continues to Strengthen Hold on Europe - Today Nowy Styl is probably the most successful company of its sector in Europe. With the acquisitions of Kusch and Majencia and our double-digit internal growth rate, 2019 group sales should be close to half a billion euros.
  •   Coalesse + Partners: Bringing Something New to the Table - From its start more than 10 years ago, Coalesse has collaborated with a handful of select partners providing complementary products and capabilities.
  •   Why Flexible Office Space Is Leading to Commoditization in the Market - The standard relationship between third-party, flexible space operators and landlords typically has been traditional leases.
  •   Wayfair Professional Launches Turn-key Solution for Business Customers to Furnish Spaces - Each pre-designed space is built to suit the needs of industries with an emphasis on cohesive design and quick-ship products with high customer reviews.
  •   Stephen Says - "During an Interview, How Many Questions is too Many Questions?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Assemblage Coworking Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Clear Design Introduces KOZE / Arper Introduces Bowl Chair / Hightower Launches New Pieces to Popular Nest Collection / Ghent Expands Hex Collection, Creating Functional Artwork
  •   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 25, 2019

 
  •   VividBoard Fills a Communication Gap in The Healthcare Industry, Prepares for Relaunch - VividBoard, founded in 2002 and now owned by GMi Companies, based in Lebanon, Ohio.
  •   CANOPY Opens its Third Shared Workspace Location in San Francisco - CANOPY Financial District houses 32 private offices that accommodate anywhere from one to 10 people within a five-story building.
  •   A 7.2-Million-Square-Foot Seating Plant Rises in China - Many factories in China are unfairly portrayed as being behind the times, instead of working on solving the production issues. This couldn't be farther from the truth at UE.
  •   Herman Miller Beats 1st Quarter Earnings and Revenues Estimates - On an organic basis net sales and orders in the first quarter increased by 7.7% and 7.3%, respectively, compared to the same quarter last fiscal year.
  •   Steelcase Revenue Rose 14% in Latest Quarter - The first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended with a net loss of $0.7 million or 5 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Stephen Says - "High Turnover and a Long Open Position: What does that Mean?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - SAP Österreich Offices – Vienna
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: Shaw Contract Introduces Joy Squared and Suited Collection
  •   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 18, 2019

 
  •   What We Learned from CIFF Shanghai 2019 - A growing part of CIFF Shanghai is the EAST Design Show. It features finely designed Asian products, mostly created by young designers. The design show was packed with young visitors, a hopeful sign for China's emerging design market.
  •   Boost Attraction and Retention Through Design Inspiration Catering to Gen Z - The workplace culture in the United States has shifted. While salary was the primary driver for past generations, today's workers want a workplace they enjoy.
  •   Configura Holds First CET Experience Conference in China - The event attracted 85 attendees — CET Designer users, Chinese manufacturers that have invested in the software and Configura leaders — to the Hangzhou Aocheng Kaihao Hotel in the city of Hangzhou.
  •   A Day in the Life of Office Designers Kara Treen and Jennifer Ballantyne - We interviewed two designers experienced in the field of office design. Designing an office requires a lot of planning, drawing and executing. We were interested in finding out what a typical day in the life of an office designer looks like.
  •   Inscape Posts Smaller Loss for Latest Quarter - The first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended with a net loss of $0.7 million or 5 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Salesperson Used Our Showroom As A Party Space For Their Birthday!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Keep Failing! Why failing is the best way to learn and grow" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Herman Miller Showroom – Hefei, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: HBF Introduces Sleek, Flexible Morgan Chair / Narbutas Launches BOXI / Concertex Includes Sunbrella Contract Textiles in Fall Collection / Unika Vaev Introduces Abstracta Acoustical Collection
  •   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 11, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Shanghai Opens Under Cloud of Tariffs and Talk of Trade Wars - No U.S. manufacturers tout a "Made in China" label on their office furniture products, but almost all of them have products and components that are made here. The office furniture industry in the U.S. and here in China are intimately tied together with Chinese suppliers and manufacturers connected to many of their counterparts across the Pacific.
  •   Designing for Designers: Dyer Brown Transforms its Own Headquarters - When not engaged in heads-down work, Dyer Brown's staff has choices for meetings, eating, relaxing and personal care.
  •   NeoCan't Event Provides Networking Opportunities and a Glimpse into the Future of Design - "The value of the event is the idea that you have limited space. Because of this, manufacturers whittle down their showcase to the best of the best."
  •   Herman Miller and Vitra Collaborate for the Limited-Run Eames Eucalyptus LTR Tables - The tables feature solid tops made from eucalyptus trees harvested from the Eames House property.
  •   Put A Smile On Your Feet – Floortex Solves Standing Desk Strain With New Line Of Tactile Mats - Two years ago, Floortex leveled up its offerings with a new line of AFS-TEX Active anti-fatigue mats. Today, the mats are the company's best sellers.
  •   Award-Winning Designer of Branded Environments Returns to Perkins and Will in Austin - A familiar face and known leader in the Branded Environments design discipline has returned to global architecture firm Perkins and Will to expand its services in the Southwest.
  •   Stephen Says - "There and Back Again: A Salesperson's Tale" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Edenred Offices – Barcelona, Spain
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: KI Launches New MyPlace Lounge Furniture Elements / Simplicity of Form: Roka from KFI Studios & Q 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 - September 4, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Shanghai Starts Sunday - CIFF expects more than 150,000 visitors from 200 regions and countries worldwide. The theme of this year's show is "A Paradigm for Global Living."
  •   AMDG Architects Creates a Beautiful Mess With New School Design - Students at South Christian High School in West Michigan are enjoying a new state-of-the-art school. Funded mostly by cash gifts from the community.
  •   The Dirt on Smed's New Business, Falk Built Technologies - At a time when most executives would hang it up and relax on a warm beach, Smed is back at it, once again creating a brand that is sure to cause a buzz in the industry and has infuriated the leadership of his former company.
  •   KFI Studios: Speed, Prices, Quality... and Now Design - KFI was a brand that had a few things going for it: It had speed, competitive prices and quality products. But it didn't have the design chops to get noticed by the office furniture industry.
  •   Benchmark Is Set to Launch the Sage Collection by David Rockwell - During this year's London Design Festival, British furniture brand Benchmark will be launching a new collection of office furniture by American architect David Rockwell.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can I Really Get Fired Over the Background of My Phone?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's Have a Meeting" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Barry Callebaut Offices & Chocolate Academy – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: ASTRAL by Groupe Lacasse - Modernity Without Compromise / Kay Chesterfield Announces "Workplace Pillows"
  •   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 28, 2019

 
  •   Navigating the Political Waters of an Industry Rocked by Tariffs - One of the major benefits of sourcing these materials from China is the country's low price tag.
  •   ErgoExpo Turns 25 and Looks To the Future - Not as many manufacturers of height-adjustable desks were present as in previous years. An increase was seen, though, in the basic height-adjustable desks from Chinese manufacturers.
  •   Knoll Acquires Ecommerce Start-up Fully for $35 million - The acquisition of Fully represents a digitally native platform for Knoll, allowing the company to reach a new audience principally outside of its current distribution while simultaneously leveraging Fully's product portfolio.
  •   SKG Jumps More Than 1,700 Spots on the Inc. 5000 List - SKG's revenue grew more than 213% from 2015 through 2018. SKG reported 70 employees for the Inc. 5000 list.
  •   obo Celebrates Sale of Three Million Zody chairs - Obo, creator of holistically designed workplaces, and Haworth are celebrating the worldwide sale of three million Zodies.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Sales Manager Asks: Should My Salespeople Be Able To Work From Home?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - OCAD U CO Incubator Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions, Including: The Lodger Collection from Scandinavian Spaces / TURF Refines Collection of Carved Wall Tiles / Fritz Hansen Reintroduces the Planner Series
  •   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 21, 2019

 
  •   Fellowes Expands Reach into Contract Market with Acquisition of Trendway - Fellowes Brands first expanded into contract furniture through its acquisition of ESI in November 2017.
  •   Juster Takes Kimball International into the Future with an Eye on its Rich History - In June, Kimball's board approved a transition plan that dovetails with Kimball International Connect.
  •   Simple and Sustainable, De Vorm is Molding Its Niche in the Office Furniture Market - De Vorm specializes in simplicity. Founded in 2005 by Jeroen ter Hoeven, De Vorm creates furniture described as Northern European — minimalist, contemporary and sustainable.
  •   IIDA Releases Latest Industry Economic Data in 2019 Index Report - First launched in 2018, the index provides contract design and architecture firms information about the market and competitive positioning plus it analyzes opportunities for new business.
  •   Finally! Fun for Fidgeters — It's Back to School Time With SIXINCH - SIXINCH North America creates bold and whimsical furniture for third spaces of all kinds.
  •   Former President Barack Obama to Keynote the 2019 Greenbuild Int'l Conference and Expo - Former President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
  •   Stephen Says - "Make Sure LinkedIn Profile is an Asset not an Albatross Around Your Neck" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Art of the Follow-Up Question" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - OCAD U CO Incubator Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Union Wood Co. and ESI
  •   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 14, 2019

 
  •   Customers are Finding they can Set Up an Efficient, Flexible Office Space with VARIDESK - VARIDESK made a name for itself selling desk risers directly to its impressive list of customers, but the real idea behind the Texas-based company's success is flexibility.
  •   Nienkämper Purchases All Ownership Interest From ICF - "Over the years, our partnership with Nienkämper has benefitted both our ICF furniture and Unika Vaev textile businesses," said James Kasschau, ICF Group president.
  •   Why Design is More than Pretty Pictures - The value of design exists in its ability to support two of the clients' most valuable resources: people and place.
  •   Landscape Forms Celebrates 50th Anniversary - Far from coasting into its golden anniversary, Landscape Forms is on a roll. July was the best month in the company's history, and its sales last year reached $118 million.
  •   KEM Studio Designs New Office for Port KC With a Nod to the Shipping Industry - If ever there was a magical idea to incorporate the grit of an industrial shipping port with the artistry of urbane interior design, KEM Studio nailed it.
  •   IIDA and KI Six-City Tour Highlights Discussions and Practices Related to Designing for Community - Community as Strategy is the focus of a series of discussions that will be hosted by IIDA and KI in six cities.
  •   HDR Acquires Hurley Palmer Flatt Group - HPF Group is headquartered in London and is the U.K.'s leading independent engineering consultancy, providing solutions for the built environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is it Strange that My Boss Invites Me to Lunch Once a Week?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - PayPal Offices – San Jose, California
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Encore, Brentano, Concertex, Indiana Furniture 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 - August 7, 2019

 
  •   July Furniture Survey Bounces Back - The July 2019 survey index of 58.90 is just slightly above the 58th survey average.
  •   Duracare Seating Strong in Senior Market - Furniture in the senior market needs to be sturdy, safe, stylish and easy to clean and move. Duracare Seating is all of those.
  •   Luum Textiles Collections Launched in Japan - Luum Textiles, in conjunction with Teknion Asia and dealer/partner Team Net, is going to make several of its collections available in the Japanese market.
  •   'A Well Designed Life' Panel Examines How Design Affects Your Wellbeing and the Psychology of Aesthetics - Have you ever walked into a room and felt anxious, depressed or wanted to run out of it?
  •   Luum Debuts Future Tense Collection With a Nod to Social Tension - Luum, a subsidiary incubation of Teknion, was originally called Teknion Textiles until a re-brand three years ago, with Tick at the helm.
  •   New Capital One Workplace Survey Shows Employees Want Flexibility; Mental Health Support - Connections to nature in the workplace can improve well-being, according to the survey, yet few offices have them.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Work for a Manufacturer and I Hate Dealers! Does That Make Me a Bad Sales Rep?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "I Hate Sales! The One Phrase I Hear Most Often that Makes Me Smile" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Partners + Napier Offices – Rochester, New York
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Source International, Ghent, Narbutas, Foscarini, IOA, Whitney Brothers and Knightsbridge
  •   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 31, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Welcomes Three New Supplier Partners to Program - INDEAL, which provides dealers with service to improve their sales process, is partnering with three new suppliers.
  •   Camira Group Acquires US Company Luna Textiles - The company's legacy comes from its founder, Anna Hernandez, who established Luna as an industry leader in the commercial textile field through her creative design portfolio, company credentials and memorable marketing techniques.
  •   HNI Office Furniture Sales Drop, but Reports 'Strong Momentum' Going Forward - The corporation expects full year organic sales to be up 1 to 4 percent.
  •   Knoll Reports Another Strong Quarter - The increase was driven primarily by investments the company made in expanding its range of height-adjustable tables and improved storage system offerings, as well as continued growth from DatesWeiser and Rockwell Unscripted.
  •   Video Games in the Office? 46 Percent of Creative Workers Want Them - New research from price comparison site MoneySuperMarket surveys the views of business owners and employees to find out what perks, facilities and styles are the most sought after in different industries.
  •   Humanscale Lays Off Workers; First Job Cuts at Company in a Decade - The company would not say exactly how many positions were cut, but the total is estimated to be somewhere between 60 and 100 workers.
  •   Blockchain in CRE: Expanding Beyond the Financial Applications - Cushman & Wakefield recently published a report on blockchain and bitcoin and their effects on real estate. In the report, the corporate real estate mogul shared that "global spending on blockchain technology totaled $945 million in 2017."
  •   Stephen Says - "Cursing in an Interview is Not OK" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Slack Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from 9to5 Seating, Arcadia, Poltrona Frau, JSI and Maharam
  •   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 24, 2019

 
  •   Kinsler Out as Trendway CEO; Bundy Back In - The company gave no details about Kinsler's abrupt departure, other than to say Trendway is "focused on growth and profitability."
  •   NYC Gets first LOOK at NeoCon Introductions - For the first time in New York City, the group welcomed Los Angeles-based ERG International and Tokyo-based Okamura.
  •   Hightower Follows NeoCon with New Design Made for Gathering - Hightower introduced its latest space-making design: The FourReal A, a slim, yet sturdy framed table design for multiple types of gatherings.
  •   With Swiftness and Accessibility, Poppin Enters the Privacy Pod Market with PoppinPod - The company debuted its off-shoot brand last month and it hits the pod market at a middle-ground price point.
  •   RightAngle Creates App that Controls Height-Adjustable Desk Using Siri - The app is available with all RightAngle's New Heights desks.
  •   Stephen Says - "Succession Planning Is Not the Problem in My Family Business; It's the People My Dad Hired I Can't Get To Go Away!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Keep Reaching for Your Dreams: How setting goals and taking action make dreams possible" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Vetsource Offices – Portland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from National Office
  •   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 17, 2019

 
  •   Concept Metals Group Acquires Freedom Manufacturing - The transaction will add 46 employees and one location to the veteran-owned Spring Lake, Michigan-based integrated metals group.
  •   Four Takeaways from the Residential Furniture Rent Model - As we look at the model of this residential furniture rental company, it becomes clear that many of its founding principles mirror the core recommendations presented by the Furniture Forum.
  •   Bentley Mills Came Clean at NeoCon Using Carpet and Laundry Machines to Deliver a Message About Design and Diversity - Los Angeles-based textile company Bentley Mills brings to NeoCon concepts that jolt visitors visually and philosophically — in a good way, of course.
  •   SONNEMAN—Officially Opens First NYC Showroom - A Way of Light has opened its new 7,000-square-foot showroom at the New York Design Center.
  •   Top US Architecture Firm Chooses Nureva Audio Conferencing Systems - The HDL300 system features full-room pickup and continuous autocalibration that automatically accommodates any room configuration.
  •   Building on LEED v4.1, USGBC Opens Call for Proposals to Solicit Input for the Future of LEED - Cities around the world are mitigating climate risks by pledging to raise the bar to reduce carbon emissions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Good Looking People Have It Easier in the Workplace: Yes of course they Do!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Wintrust Customer Contact Center – Rosemont, Illinois
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from SurfaceWorks, Quinette Gallay, OMT-Veyhl, iSiMAR, Unika Vaev and Waddell
  •   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 10, 2019

 
  •   2019 Magis Puppy Design Challenge - Seventeen local firms in Boston used their creativity to reimagine the Magis Puppy by Eero Aarnio in the Magis Puppy Design Challenge at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).
  •   The Nowy Styl Group Opens New Office in Kraków - "We are an international company, we operate in many markets," said Adam Krzanowski, president of the Nowy Styl Group whose office is in the new space.
  •   Liz Ogbu Calls to Designers to Consider Civic Projects - Ogbu enjoys working on high-end commercial and private projects, but it's her passion for spatial justice that is the foundation of her most meaningful work.
  •   Tarkett Launches Interleave Modular Carpet — New Collection by Jhane Barnes Evokes the Peaceful Rhythms of Nature - With the gentle flow of sines in a variety of colors, Interleave takes a contemporary approach to incorporating natural, soothing visual elements.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed? Email Your Future Boss Directly, Not Me!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Seventh Heaven" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   The Biz - "Crossing the Collaboration Divide" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Mac Properties Offices – Kansas City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Safco, Nevers and TURF
  •   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 3, 2019

 
  •   Designing Outdoor Spaces with Form and Function - Designing an outdoor space conducive to collaboration and productivity is beneficial only if employees physically want to use it.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces New Corporate Structure and Executive Management Team - The new strategic plan is consistent with Landscape Forms' history of internal evaluation and evolution to meet changing markets and capture new opportunities.
  •   MBH Architecture Plans on Tapping Into Denver's Growth and Development with the Opening of a New Regional Office - Retail and commercial development are MBH's specialty offerings, but it's also looking to expand into residential development in the Denver area.
  •   AIS Receives Four 2019 OFDA Dealers' Choice Awards - AIS recently received four 2019 OFDA Dealers' Choice Awards in the workstation, casegoods, seating and table categories.
  •   Herman Miller Hits Record Sales in Latest Quarter, More Strength Ahead - Herman Miller set a record net sales in the fourth quarter ending June 1 of $671 million, an increase of 8.6 percent from the same quarter the last fiscal year.
  •   Inscape Reports Fiscal Year 2019 Fourth Quarter Results - "We believe we have the right initiatives in place to achieve strong profitable growth."
  •   Stephen Says - "I Found My Coworker's Resume in the Office Printer: What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Sony Interactive Entertainment Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Nevers and Brentano
  •   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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